News & Announcements
- 9/3/14 The NAMWOLF Board recently elected Carla Fields Johnson, from Fields & Brown (Kansas City), as one of two Vice Chairs of NAMWOLF. Read the full story here.
- Fields & Brown recently recovered $2.2 Million dollars on behalf of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as a result of the settlement of directors and officers’ liability litigation filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The FDIC alleged that because of the negligence and breach of fiduciary duty of certain directors and officers, a failed bank incurred significant losses for imprudent loans. Specifically, the FIDC alleged the defendants abdicated their responsibility by repeatedly disregarding the bank’s loan policies, as well as safe and sound banking practices that resulted in the bank loaning millions of dollars to borrowers who had no adequate means to repay the loans in the event the proposed projects failed or underperformed, By their acts and omissions, the defendants knew or should have known the subject loans created an obvious risk of injury to the failed bank. Taylor Fields and J. David Bowers handled this matter for the firm.
- Recently, Fields & Brown successfully defended a workers’ compensation claim in Kansas for an automotive manufacturer. The claimant alleged a repetitive back injury caused by his employment with the manufacturer. At the preliminary hearing, Fields & Brown focused on the claimant’s lack of credibility by introducing evidence that the claimant had falsely reported a personal injury as work related several years ago. The claimant’s testimony was also impeached by Fields & Brown when he testified about the longevity of his symptoms in stark contrast to his testimony at a prior deposition. Fields & Brown also provided opinions from the claimant’s treating physician as well as a retained expert that the injury sustained by the claimant was acute and that there was no evidence of the claimant’s injury being work related. As a result of the defense put on by Fields & Brown, the Administrative Law Judge found in favor of the manufacturer and found no compensable work injury was sustained, thereby denying all claims and benefits made by the claimant. Troy Larson handled this matter for the firm.
- Recently, Fields & Brown successfully defended a workers’ compensation claim in Missouri for a retailer. The claimant sustained a minor knee injury, but alleged that the injury necessitated a total knee replacement. The claimant obtained an expert who, at his deposition, testified that the claimant’s need for a total knee replacement was caused by the work injury, but acknowledged on cross examination that he had not viewed any diagnostic imaging to come to this conclusion. Fields & Brown obtained the opinion of the claimant’s treating physician as an expert, and, after viewing diagnostic imaging of the knee, he concluded that the claimant’s need for a total knee replacement preexisted the claimant’s work injury. At the hardship hearing, the Administrative Law Judge found the opinion of the employer’s expert more credible and found that the need for a total knee replacement was not caused by the work injury sustained by the claimant. Troy Larson handled this matter for the firm.
- Fields & Brown successfully defended an appeal of Summary Judgment in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in the matter of Kathy White v Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Case No. 13-2166 (8th Cir. 2014). In the lawsuit, Ms. White alleged that the employer’s decision not to rehire her constituted retaliation, because of her use of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Ms. White also alleged that the refusal to rehire her was a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, based on her claim that the employer made no effort to accommodate her disability. Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, Fields & Brown filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on behalf of the employer. The District Court ruled in favor of the employer and granted Summary Judgment. Ms. White appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In summary, the Court Appeals ruled that Ms. White was not qualified for protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the employer offered valid justifications for its employment decision. Taylor Fields and J. David Bowers handled this matter for the firm.
- Fields & Brown is pleased to announce that Denise Fields has joined the firm. Her principal focus will be labor and employment as well as commercial litigation.
- February 2014 Carla Fields Johnson elected Treasurer of NAMWOLF. Ms. Johnson will serve as chairperson of the NAMWOLF Finance Committee. Ms. Johnson will continue to serve on the Executive Committee of the NAMWOLF board of directors.
- Taylor Fields has been designated a “Super Lawyer” in the area of employment law by Kansas City Magazine in its November issue every year since 2006.
- Charles Brown designated 2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law.
- Carla Fields Johnson appointed to the Executive Committee of the NAMWOLF Board of Directors. The Executive Committee manages the day to day activities of NAMWOLF.
- Ms. Johnson recognized as Kansas City’s Top 40 under Forty in 2006 by Ingram’s, Kansas City’s Business Magazine.
September 21st – September 24th, 2014
Carla Fields Johnson and Taylor Fields
June 12th – 13th, 2014
Charles R. Brown
National Bar Association
July 26th – August 1st, 2014
Taylor Fields and Charles R Brown
ABA House of Delegates Meeting
American Bar Association
August 11th, 2014
Carla Fields Johnson