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Student Sues Columbia University For Failure to Promptly and Thoroughly Investigate Reports Of On-Campus Rape

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Kurowski Shultz LLC

A Columbia University student recently filed suit in federal court alleging the school failed to properly investigate two separate instances of sexual assault that occurred on the Ivy League campus in 2015.[1] Amelia Roskin-Frazee,[2] currently a sophomore, alleges in her complaint that Columbia violated Title IX and its own policies and procedures for cases involving sexual misconduct by failing to “promptly and equitably” investigate her claims of sexual assault. Under Title IX and its accompanying guidance documents, once a school knows, or reasonably should know, about sexual harassment or an allegation of harassment, it must promptly investigate the claim in

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Uber Hires Third-Party Investigation Team Amid Claims of Sexual Harassment

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Kurowski Shultz LLC

On-demand driver app, Uber, recently hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct an impartial, third-party investigation into a prior employee’s claims of sexual harassment.[1]  Holder and Tammy Albarran, partners at law firm Covington & Burling, were hired to investigate former Uber site reliability engineer, Susan Fowler’s, claims that her manager propositioned her for sex via the company’s chat program.[2] After reporting the alleged harassment, Fowler asserts that she was told by Uber HR and upper management that it was the “high performing” manager’s first offense, and offered a team transfer.  Upon transfer, she met other female engineers who

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Defense Verdict in St. Louis City Talc Trial

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Candice C. Kusmer

A St. Louis City jury has today returned the jurisdiction’s first defense verdict in a talcum powder trial.  The verdict for Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America follows three major talc trials over the past year which awarded plaintiffs a combined total of $197 million. In Swann v. Johnson & Johnson, St. Louis City No. 1422-CC09326-01, Plaintiff Nora Daniels alleged her 2013 ovarian cancer was caused by daily use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder for over 38 years.  However, the jury found in favor of the defendants on counts of negligence, product liability failure to warn and misrepresentation

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Missouri Supreme Court Holds Compliance with Foreign Business Registration Statute Does Not Imply Consent to General Jurisdiction

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Candice C. Kusmer

The Missouri Supreme Court has issued an opinion clarifying whether a foreign business consents to general jurisdiction by registering to do business in the state.  In holding that foreign business registration does not imply jurisdictional consent, the February 28th State ex rel. Norfolk Southern Railway Co. v. The Hon. Colleen Dolan, 2017 WL 770977, opinion joins a growing number of courts strictly following the US Supreme Court’s Daimler paradigm test in determining whether a defendant is “at home” in a state. Norfolk stems from a St. Louis County personal injury FELA action filed by plaintiff Russell Parker, an Indiana resident,

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Madison County Jury Issues Defense Verdict in Asbestos Trial

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Candice C. Kusmer

A Madison County jury continued a streak of defense verdicts for asbestos defendants yesterday in finding for defendant, Hennessy Industries, in the Stanley Urban matter.  Mr. Urban, a living mesothelioma plaintiff represented by the Shrader Law Firm, was a shop teacher who alleged he inhaled asbestos fibers from his work with the defendant’s brake grinders.  Plaintiffs alleged that Hennessy Industries knew that asbestos was dangerous, sold brake grinders in every state and failed to warn of the dangers before and after sale.  Plaintiffs are Michigan residents and all of Mr. Urban’s alleged exposures occurred in the state of Michigan. Mr.

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  • Editor

  • CANDICE C. KUSMER

    Candice Kusmer enjoys working with several of Kurowski Shultz’s major clients, oversees the firm’s asbestos docket in Central Illinois and handles high-level matters in Madison County. An accomplished writer, she has a passion for writing and leads the firm’s Appellate Practice.

  • Contributors

  • LINDSAY A. DIBLER

    Mr. Dibler has been with Kurowski Shultz since 2002 and is responsible for the firm's substantial St. Louis City and Cook County (Chicago) asbestos dockets. He is one of few defense counsel who have taken verdicts in the challenging defense environment of St. Louis City.

  • JUSTIN A. REINHARDT

    Justin Reinhardt joined Kurowski Shultz in July 2015. He concentrates his practice in complex civil litigation and toxic tort defense. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri. He is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

  • KYLER H. STEVENS

    Kyler Stevens has been with Kurowski Shultz since October 2012 and has focused his practice on complex civil litigation, protecting the interests of large and small businesses alike. Mr. Stevens is also active in the defense of schools and municipal corporations in various civil matters.

  • Alexander J. Baker

    Alexander J. Baker joined Kurowski Shultz in 2012. His practice area concentrates on complex civil litigation including the defense of toxic tort and personal injury lawsuits. Mr. Baker also recently tried to verdict a Southern District of Illinois pro bono case regarding First Amendment rights and violations of the Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection under the US Constitution. He is an active member of the St. Clair County and the Illinois State Bar Association.

  • Joshua N. Severit

    Joshua N. Severit, joined Kurowski Shultz in July 2016. Mr. Severit specializes in toxic tort and personal injury. He is a member of the Illinois State and Madison County Bar Associations and is licensed to practice law in Illinois.