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Latest News

April 2, 2014
Spencer Fane, a full service business law firm based in Kansas City, announced plans to remain downtown by renewing its lease for at least another twelve years. The firm, which has called this area home for more than a century, plans to transform the space located at 10th and Walnut to meet the demands of its clients and growth plans.
General News
March 26, 2014
We are pleased to announce that Ron Fano has been named the Denver Office Managing Partner.
General News
March 17, 2014
Spencer Fane congratulates 3 of our attorneys, William Brady, Stuart Pack and Jamie Cotter, selected for inclusion in 2014 Colorado Super Lawyers®.
General News
March 6, 2014
Ryan Hardy has been selected to serve on the standing Local Rules Advisory Committee (LRAC) for the Eastern District of Missouri Bankruptcy Court
General News
March 3, 2014
Mike Hockley, a Partner In the Kansas City office, has been selected to receive the United Way’s Adele Hall Spirit of Caring Award.
General News

Latest Publications

April 14, 2014
In 2010, Congress tasked the SEC with imposing disclosure requirements on reporting company manufacturers if so-called “conflict minerals” are “necessary to the functionality or production of [their] product[s].”  On April 14, the D.C. Circuit struck down part of the SEC's final rule, but left most of it intact.
Blogs
April 10, 2014
Under the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”), consumers are granted a right of rescission for mortgage loan transactions. Normally, a mortgage lender provides the consumer notice of this rescission right, and the consumer has three business days to rescind the transaction. If the mortgage lender does not provide the required TILA disclosures, the right to rescind is extended from three business days to three years. The Eight Circuit and the Eastern District of North Carolina have both recently provided additional guidance with respect to a consumer’s rescission rights and the rescission process.
Blogs
April 10, 2014
Recently the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) sent a “prerule” notice to the White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) in an initial effort to determine what reporting might be required for chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.  OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs announced last month that it had received an “advance notice of proposed rulemaking” from EPA concerning the potential regulation of chemicals used in “fracking.” According to the Unified Agenda listing for this rulemaking (RIN: 2070-AJ93), this action was initiated in response to a petition filed under section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”).    
Blogs
April 10, 2014
Data breaches have been big news lately.  Hot on the heels of revelations by major retailers that hackers were able to obtain personal information about their customers, a vulnerability in Open SSL was made public on April 7.  The vulnerability, known colloquially as Heartbleed, allowed easy access to sensitive information held by a host of major companies, including customer passwords.
Blogs
April 8, 2014
On April 7th the Colorado Supreme Court, en banc, granted a petition for writ of certiorari filed by Antero Resources, agreeing to review the decision of the Colorado Court of Appeals which reversed the trial court’s grant of a “Lone Pine” order. No. 13 SC 576, Court of Appeals Case No. 12 CA 1251, Antero Resources Corporation, et al, Petitioners v. William G. Strudley, et al., Respondents. (Cert. granted, April 7th, 2014.) The Colorado court agreed to consider whether a district court is barred as a matter of law from entering a modified case management order requiring the plaintiffs to produce evidence essential to their claims after initial disclosures but before further discovery. The court also agreed to consider whether, if such modified case management orders are not prohibited as a matter of law, the district court in this case acted within its discretion in entering and enforcing such an order.
Blogs

Upcoming Events

May 13, 201402:00 - 03:15
OSHA is at your doorstep, now what? Too often, companies are unprepared for agency inspections and do not understand the associated ramifications. During this 75 minute webinar, we will outline the fundamental basics on OHSA Inspections so that your business is prepared for an agency inspection.
Webinar
May 14, 201403:00 - 05:00
The 2014 Annual Ethics CLE Program will be offered in Kansas City.
Seminar
May 15, 201407:30 - 04:00
The 2014 Complimentary Labor & Employment Seminar will cover topics of interest to HR professionals and in-house legal staff.
Seminar