The Governor recently approved H.B. 2446, increasing the required minimum motor vehicle insurance liability limit for property damage. Effective January 1, 2017, every policy of motor vehicle liability insurance issued or renewed in Kansas must contain stated limits of liability, exclusive of interest and costs, not less than $25,000 because of harm to or destruction of property of others in any one accident.
This new law also requires, beginning in 2026 and not less than every 10 years afterwards, a legislative interim study committee to study the issue whether the minimum per person-per accident limits of liability for bodily injury or death should be adjusted.
Sparked by recent business trends, we’re pleased to announce the addition of five lawyers:
And if your matter involves products liability or requires deep litigation experience, you can count on Katie O’Shea and Russ Peterson to handle your needs throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area and beyond.
Contact any one of these or our nearly 50 other lawyers today, and let us show you how Wallace Saunders can “Partner with You.”
In Missouri, the State Average Weekly Wage used to determine maximum workers’ compensation benefits between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 is $867.88. This SAWW produces a maximum weekly benefit rate of $911.27 for temporary total/permanent total disability and $477.33 for permanent partial disability. Also, as of July 1, 2016, the mileage allowance for travel expenses is 51 cents per mile.
In Kansas, the maximum rate will be $627.00 for temporary total/permanent total disability and permanent partial disability on injuries occurring July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
Whether it’s Kansas or Missouri, we have one of the largest and most experienced groups of full-time workers’ comp defense attorneys in the Midwest. A member of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation group is standing by to answer your questions today.
Employees formerly exempt from the FLSA’s overtime pay requirements may become non-exempt after new regulations become effective later this year. The new regulations were drafted in an effort to increase the number of employees eligible for mandatory time-and-a half overtime pay.
Rick has a very good track record as a mediator and has been chosen by Plaintiff’s and Defense counsel because of his extensive trial practice of over 45 years. He is thorough and complete in the review of materials in advance of the mediation which is very helpful in creating an atmosphere which is comfortable for the parties and counsel. It is not uncommon for Judges to suggest him or appoint him in difficult cases. The rare combination of experience in court and a helpful demeanor is what is needed and successful. His rates are very reasonable.
Does your Firm enter into contracts with governmental entities or state agencies in the state of Texas? If so, then be prepared to determine if you must complete and file a Form 1295 the next time your Firm submits a contract for professional services to be signed by a governmental entity or state agency in the state of Texas. If required to be filed, your contract cannot be approved until it is filed.
Look around. It’s hard to miss. Kansas City has a truly remarkable group of talented designers. They’re so good, in fact, that it might be a little unfair to all the other cities.
As a part of its continued partnership with the Design Community, Wallace Saunders was privileged to again support the AIA’s Design Excellence Kansas City Awards. Congratulations to the 2015 Award Recipients.
Interested in protecting the dollars and cents your firm works so hard to earn? Then, read “$urefire Po₵ket Prote₵tor” presented by our Design Professionals Practice Group. We will share with you the risk management of “actual” contract provisions we often encounter. We think many of the contract provisions we will explore will leave you, as they did us, perplexed, dumbfounded and/or scratching your collective heads as to the purpose of the contract provision and/or the effect of the contract provision. Our goal with “$urefire Po₵ket Prote₵tor” is to help identify contract provisions that can reduce your firm’s bottom-line, offer ways to protect your firm’s pocketbook and, most of all, provide some thought-provoking and hopefully entertaining content. So, without further ado, here is this edition of “$urefire Po₵ket Prote₵tor”.
Super Lawyers Magazine announced yesterday that nine attorneys from Wallace Saunders have been recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Missouri and Kansas.
Annually, this prestigious award is presented to three trial attorneys in Missouri under the age of 40. The recipients of the award are chosen based on their passion, strength, and confidence as demonstrated through their proficiency and excellence in trial advocacy.
Wallace Saunders Associate Leilani Leighton recently graduated from the American Institute of Architects Kansas City’s Pillars Program, which prepares the chapter’s emerging leaders for their role in shaping the future of the architectural profession and the greater Kansas City area.
The Missouri Supreme Court recently issued a decision finding the statutory cap on punitive damages is unconstitutional for most civil claims. In Kansas, the cap on non-economic damages has increased through a statutory amendment.
Wallace Saunders attorney Douglas C. Hobbs was recently honored with a request from the Kansas Society for Human Resource Management to testify on behalf of employers and workers compensation insurers in Kansas before the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce. Mr. Hobbs was tasked with voicing opposition to proposed changes to the Kansas Workers Compensation Act which would relax recent favorable statutory amendments affecting exposure in functional impairment cases.
Insurers and insureds alike often assume damages from a data breach are covered by commercial general liability (“CGL”) insurance. However, just last year, a claim for CGL coverage for data breach was rejected in the high profile case of Zurich American Ins. Co. v. Sony Corp. of Am., et al. (Index No. 651982/2011) (N.Y. Sup. Ct., Feb 21, 2014). Furthermore, insurance companies are responding to CGL cyber breach claims with sweeping exclusions and instead offering more narrowly focused insurance products, which are relatively new and remain untested by courts and litigants.
As part of her involvement in AIA Kansas City’s Pillars Leadership Program, Wallace Saunders Associate Leilani Leighton participated in the Little Free Library Build Out Day on May 27, 2015. The Build Out Day was the culmination of months of planning by the AIA, Pillars, KC Chamber for a Greater Kansas City, and their Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) partners, and was attended by hundreds of people, including members of the Builder’s Association and Representative Emanuel Cleaver.
This past year Rick Merker celebrated his 45th year at Wallace Saunders. He took time to reflect on his 45 years at the firm ~ a career that began as a law clerk the second semester of his first year of law school. Rick’s introduction to the legal field occurred much earlier, however. At age 18, while in undergraduate school, Rick took his first job in the legal field as a runner for a downtown law firm for $1.10 an hour to help his family financially after his father had passed away. The same sense of dedication, integrity, and passion has remained the hallmark of Rick’s practice at Wallace Saunders.
The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, recently issued an opinion in Rider v. Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Kansas City, Case No. WD76680 (Mo. App. W.D. Jan. 13, 2015), which addresses the burden of proof for a defendant to assert a comparative fault defense in slip-and-fall cases. The Missouri Court of Appeals also refused to apply the Kansas cap on non-economic damages even though the incident giving rise to the litigation occurred in Kansas.