News and Events

Kristen Johnson selected for Missouri Bar Leadership Academy

August 7, 2018

On August 6, 2018, Kristen Johnson was selected as one of 13 Missouri attorneys for the Missouri Bar’s 2018-2019 Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy was founded in 2001.  The program’s mission is to recruit, train and retain recently admitted Missouri lawyers for leadership positions within The Missouri Bar. The academy is offered to Missouri lawyers   …read more

Court of appeals rules in favor of CVDL client in arbitration case

April 24, 2018

The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled on April 24, 2018 that our client can proceed in court on her claims of employment discrimination.  The employer had moved to compel arbitration in the case, saying that the employee had signed an arbitration agreement when she was hired.  The employee, who is blind, argued that she had   …read more

Missouri Supreme Court clarifies the limits of co-worker negligence liability for workplace injuries occurring between 2005 and 2012.

March 12, 2018

On March 6, 2018, the Missouri Supreme Court issued opinions in four companion cases dealing with co-worker liability for negligence personal injury claims occurring between 2005 and 2012, Conner v. Ogletree and Evans v. Wilson, Nos. SC95995 and SC95997 (consolidated), Fogerty v. Armstrong, No. SC96030, and McComb v. Norfus, No. SC96042.  During this time period,   …read more

Missouri Supreme Court upholds $3.25 million verdict against employer where defense counsel’s trial and appellate arguments did not match.

February 16, 2018

On February 13, 2018, the Missouri Supreme Court issued an opinion in Wieland v. Owner-Operator Services, Inc., No. SC 96210, that clarifies the differences between arguments that a jury instruction was not submissible versus an argument that a party’s claim was not submissible.  The case involved a suit by an employee who sued her employer   …read more

Missouri Supreme Court to consider cases involving whether the Missouri Human Rights Act prohibits workplace sexual orientation discrimination and public school transgender discrimination.

January 24, 2018

On January 23, 2018, the Missouri Supreme Court granted transfer in two cases that are expected to address the scope of sex discrimination claims under the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA): Lampley et al. v. Mo. Comm’n on Human Rights and in R.M.A. v. Blue Springs R-IV School District, No. SC96683.  Lampley involves a state   …read more

Kari Schulte elected officer of Cole County Bar Association.

December 20, 2017

In early December, 2017, CVDL partner Kari A. Schulte was elected as an officer of the Cole County Bar Association.  Kari will serve as the association’s Secretary/Treasurer for 2018.  The Cole County Bar is a local bar of attorneys practicing in Cole County, Missouri.  It organizes continuing legal education courses, charitable events and provides a   …read more

CVDL attorneys teach litigation course for the MO Bar.

December 20, 2017

CVDL attorneys Tim Van Ronzelen and Kari Schulte recently taught “Representing Nursing Home Residents and their Families” at the request of the Missouri Bar.  The continuing legal education course was available to attorneys of the Missouri Bar and was well-attended.  Tim and Kari have represented a number of nursing home residents and their families in   …read more

Missouri Supreme Court to consider auto-owner insurance liability where accident-causing permissive driver fails to follow the owner’s rules or policies.

December 20, 2017

On December 19, 2017, the Missouri Supreme Court accepted transfer in Griffitts vs. Old Republic Insurance Company, et al., Case No. SC96740, after an opinion by the Southern District in Case No. SD34753.  The case involves a plaintiff who was seriously injured after being struck by a railroad employee who had general permission to use   …read more

Missouri Supreme Court to consider consumer loan arbitration case.

December 20, 2017

On December 19, 2017, the Missouri Supreme Court granted transfer in A-1 Premium Acceptance, Inc. v. Hunter. The case involves an arbitration clause in a consumer loan agreement which provides for a specific arbitrator who is no longer able to serve.  The trial court had found that this was an integral term of the contract   …read more

The Missouri Supreme Court to consider arbitrability of a workers’ compensation retaliatory discharge claim.

December 20, 2017

The Supreme Court issued a preliminary writ of mandamus in State ex rel. Chaparro v. Youngs, SC96779.  In the underlying suit, Ms. Chaparro sued U-Haul alleging that it discriminated against her for a perceived disability and retaliated against her for exercising her workers’ compensation rights in violation of § 287.780.  U-Haul moved to compel arbitration of   …read more