Ian Cooper Wins Breach of Contract Case for Truman State University

Mar 8, 2023

On March 7, 2023, Judge Matthew Wilson of the Circuit Court of Adair County, Missouri entered Judgment in favor Truman State University in an action filed by a former faculty member at the University.   The Plaintiff, Luke Amoroso, claimed that the University breached its contractual obligations to him by failing to provide him a hearing prior to non-renewing his appointment.   Plaintiff asserted breach of contract and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing claims in the Adair County Circuit Court.   Prior to filing his breach of contract action in state court, the Plaintiff sued the University in federal court claiming, among other things, that the University violated his rights to procedural and substantive due process however United States District Judge Henry Autrey dismissed Plaintiff’s due process claims in 2021. Judge Wilson concluded that the University was entitled to summary judgment as a matter of law on all of Plaintiff’s remaining claims.

Truman State University was represented in both the state and federal litigation by Tueth Keeney attorney Ian Cooper.


Ian P. Cooper is a founding Shareholder of Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C. Ian practices in the areas of employment law, higher education law, and litigation and regularly serves as lead trial and appellate counsel in significant employment lawsuits, including class actions and other complex litigation. Ian has been elected a Fellow in both the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and in Litigation Counsel of America.   He has also been named a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Ian was named the 2022 St. Louis Lawyer of the Year in Labor and Employment Litigation by Best Lawyers.

Higher Education – Tueth Keeney maintains one of the largest and most successful higher education law groups in the Midwest. Our higher education practice includes representation of numerous colleges and universities throughout Missouri and Illinois.   The attorneys in the Firm’s higher education group provide a full range of services to colleges and universities, ranging from day-to-day counseling on legal issues, to representation in complex litigation.