On October 17, 2018, Dowd Bennett attorney John Comerford defeated a plaintiff’s motion for temporary restraining order in an employer’s case against its former employee alleging breach of noncompetition agreement and misappropriation of trade secrets. The case was pending in the Circuit Court for St. Louis County and involved the highly competitive dental sales industry.
On November 28, 2018, Dowd Bennett defeated a Motion to Certify Class Action in a case seeking medical monitoring for exposure to metalworking fluid in an industrial plant. The case was pending in the Circuit Court for Laclede County, Missouri. Dowd Bennett attorney John Comerford handled the case.
On March 12, 2019, Judge Erza of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas granted complete summary judgment in favor of Dowd Bennett’s client, dismissing with prejudice all plaintiffs’ race discrimination and retaliation claims, including claims of disparate treatment, disparate impact, and retaliation, and ordered plaintiff to pay Dowd Bennett’s client’s costs. The case was handled by Dowd Bennett attorneys Jim Bennett, Michelle Nasser, Beth Carver, Sheena Hamilton, Adam Simon, and Carlos Marin.
On May 9, 2019, the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri entered an order granting summary judgment in an equitable garnishment case resolving all claims in favor of Dowd Bennett’s client. The plaintiffs sought over three million dollars in damages, but the court sided with Dowd Bennett attorneys who argued the plaintiffs lacked standing to pursue their claims, and that Missouri law did not recognize the plaintiffs’ claims in any event. Dowd Bennett attorneys Robert Epperson and Michael Kuhn represented the defendants in the case.
On May 10, 2019, a District Court in the Southern District of Illinois entered an order granting summary judgment and dismissing all claims against a major league baseball player represented by Dowd Bennett in connection with a civil lawsuit filed by a participant in an altercation in a bar. The lawsuit sought damages for alleged assault, battery, and civil conspiracy. The dismissal of the case against the player was covered by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which cited the Court’s observation that the case involved a “plain old bar fight” and that there was “zero evidence” of a conspiracy. Gabe Gore and Arsenio Mims were the Dowd Bennett attorneys on the case.
On June 12, 2019, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri dismissed an employer’s case against a former employee alleging breach of noncompetition agreement and misappropriation of trade secrets in the dental sales industry. Dowd Bennett attorney John Comerford handled the case.
On July 3, 2019, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted summary judgment in favor of Dowd Bennett clients in a federal False Claims Act and employment retaliation case, resulting in dismissal of the entire action with prejudice. The court had previously dismissed several of the relator’s claims when it granted the defendants’ motion for partial judgment on the pleadings. Dowd Bennett attorneys Jim Bennett, Megan Heinsz, Hannah Preston, and Arsenio Mims represented the defendants in the case.