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Latest News

October 13, 2014
Spencer Fane welcomes Elizabeth Wente as an Associate in the firm's Springfield, MO Labor & Employment practice group.
General News
October 8, 2014

Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the addition of three new attorneys. Joining the Springfield office are Wade Early in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group and Paul Satterwhite joins our Labor and Employment Group. Carl Desenberg is joining our St. Louis office and will be a part of the Real Estate Group.

General News
September 26, 2014
The Kansas City Business Journal announced its 2014 Best of the Bar and four Spencer Fane attorneys were among the honorees.
General News
September 19, 2014

Brian Peterson interviewed as expert in Labor Law.
General News
September 17, 2014
Peter and Molly Hartweger co-chair Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation Liberty & Justice Gala
General News

Latest Publications

October 16, 2014
The Third Circuit recently affirmed denial of certification of a class of patients who alleged that the medical testing company, Quest Diagnostics, Inc., routinely overbilled patients.  See Grandalski, et a. v. Quest Diagnostics, Inc., et al., No. 13-4329 (September 11, 2014).  Quest Diagnostics is the country’s largest provider of medical testing. 
Blogs
October 13, 2014
There’s an unwritten rule that if you blog about manufacturing, you must blog about the Internet of Things.  I blog about manufacturing, so here we are.
Blogs
October 9, 2014
This post comes to you based on a story by the always-excellent Matt Levine of BloombergView. Evidently Apple loaned a company called GT Advanced Technologies a bunch of money so GTAT could develop and supply Apple with sapphire screens for a long time. Anyway, there may have been a default under part of that agreement, and GTAT filed for bankruptcy protection because that default was going to ruin everything (at least according to industry speculation).
Blogs
October 7, 2014
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) recently released advisory regarding indicators related to human smuggling and human trafficking.  FinCEN states that that human smuggling involves: (1) acts or attempt to bring unauthorized aliens to or into the United States, (2) transporting them within the United States, (3) harbor unlawful aliens, (4) encourage entry of aliens or (5) conspire to commit these violations, knowingly or in reckless disregard of illegal status.  FinCEN states that human trafficking involves: (1) recruiting, (2) harboring, (3) transporting, (4) providing or (5) obtaining a person for forced labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud or coercion.
Blogs
October 6, 2014
A thing I like to do is approach people at parties and other gatherings and ask them if they know they can use contracts to shorten some statutes of limitations.  Usually I get quizzical looks, but I guess the context just worked better when I mentioned it while speaking at a recent event put on by the Kansas Bar Association.  An especially attentive participant asked a good follow-up question that warrants some discussion: can you shorten the limitations period for fraud?
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