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Guy’s trademarks suit settles for $1.3M

At least one of the lawsuits over Guy's snack food brands is over. A federal judge in Kansas City on Wednesday dismissed a trademark lawsuit over the brands after approving a settlement Aug. 27. FlyBy Capital, a company formed to buy brands including Guy's, Krunchees and Tortz, reached the agreement with the trustees for the bankrupt Heartland Snacks, the former owner of the trademarks, and its holding company.

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Life after the big firm

Commercial litigators exit Husch over client conflicts

Two Husch Blackwell Sanders partners kicked into high gear their plan to start their own firm after conflicts forced them to give up potential cases. Commercial litigator Geoffrey Gerber on Sept. 1 joined former Husch Blackwell recruiting vice-chairman Pete Salsich III at The BrickHouse Law Group office in Lafayette Square.

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New lawyers paid to play

Bryan Cave is offering some would-be incoming associates payment in lieu of starting work at the firm. The amount of the payment wasn’t provided, but legal blog Above the Law, which first reported the offer and further deferral of start ...

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PI firms see auto defect cases bloom again

Missouri lawyers’ auto defect cases are coming back now that Chrysler and GM have agreed to take on liability. GM has taken over the defense in four of five of plaintiffs’ attorney Bob Langdon’s cases filed before GM’s bankruptcy. The ...

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Pace of law firm breakups accelerates

Two years after making partner at Langdon & Emison, Rob Sullivan (pictured) couldn't see a way to advance. Sullivan, 40, figured the only way he could have more of a stake was to get out of the firm. So he did, along with three Langdon & Emison associates. They joined with Jose Bautista as name partners in a new Kansas City plaintiffs' firm. The July law firm split was the fifth Missouri Lawyers Media has reported since November. That compares to two reported in the previous 12 months.

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Bryan Cave paying new associates to stay home

Bryan Cave is offering some would-be incoming associates payment in lieu of starting work at the firm. The firm is taking steps to ensure would-be associates "have resources to assist them during this time," said a letter from Dennis Fleischmann, a member of Bryan Cave's management committee. The firm's measures will vary from office to office, the letter said. That could mean that lawyers slated to start in Missouri offices would be offered less than those who would start at other offices; starting salaries are lower in Missouri than at the firm's offices in bigger markets, such as New York.

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$81,658 judgment awarded to Ford in collections case

Editor’s note: The original post contained the incorrect judgment amount. Ford got the car and the money, or at least a judgment for it, at the end of a collections case. Bethel King Harris promptly returned a “very nice” 2006 ...

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National Bank gets $292,635 combined settlement, judgment

National Bank of Kansas City got a settlement of $156,050 from one used car dealer and a judgment of $136,585 against another in a lawsuit over the use of credit lines. Wayne’s Cars Inc. reached the settlement with the bank ...

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