St. Louis City”™s “Ban the Box” Ordinance Goes Into Effect January 1, 2021

by John Reynolds This is a reminder for our St. Louis City private employers that St. Louis City Ordinance 71074, which prohibits St. Louis City employers from basing job hiring or promotion decisions on applicant’s criminal histories, recently went into effect on January 1, 2021.   Similar ordinances are already in place in Columbia and Kansas City, Missouri. In order to help employers ensure compliance, below is a summary of key components of the Ordinance:

Employers

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Ian Cooper and John Reynolds Win Class Action Appeal

Ian Cooper and John Reynolds won an appeal for ConocoPhillips in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on September 15, 2015. Ian and John sought reversal of a class certification order entered by the district court in a case involving environmental contamination and alleged property damage. In a unanimous opinion, the Eighth Circuit reversed the class certification order holding that the Plaintiffs had failed to establish that they suffered a common injury. Ian argued the case

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Ian Cooper and John Reynolds win summary judgment on class action for ConocoPhillips and Burlington Resources

Ian Cooper and John Reynolds won summary judgment in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in Erlandson v. ConocoPhillips.   The plaintiff claimed that he and other members of a putative class were not paid “retention bonuses” plaintiff valued in the millions of dollars following the merger between ConocoPhillips and Burlington Resources.   On January 3, 2012, after previously denying Plaintiff’s request for class certification, Judge David Herndon denied plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment and

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John Reynolds and Robert Jackstadt Win Jury Trial; Jury Awards $4.7 Million to Firm Clients in Commercial Litigation.

John Reynolds and Robert Jackstadt successfully completed a two-week trial in Madison County, Illinois and secured a verdict of approximately $4.7 million dollars on behalf of the firm’s clients. At issue in the trial was whether the defendants”™ horizontal directional drilling operations near the Wood River Refinery in Hartford, Illinois had damaged an underground sewer belonging to the Plaintiffs. On September 29, 2006 the jury found defendants liable and awarded almost $ 4.7 million in damages. The trial team for

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Rob Jackstadt and John Reynolds Obtain Dismissal of Construction Litigation Claims Against Kansas City Area School District

Tueth Keeney attorneys Robert Jackstadt and John Reynolds recently obtained the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against a Kansas City area school district. The Plaintiff in the lawsuit, a construction company, alleged that the school district had failed to fully pay Plaintiff for work performed. The lawsuit had been pending against the District for several years, and Plaintiff had been through two attorneys. After the second attorney for Plaintiff withdrew from the case, Plaintiff

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