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DSDK Puts Down Our Pens and Picks Up Hammers to Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity

The entire DSDK team put down our collective pens and picked up hammers for the day on September 23. No, we weren’t doing handy projects around the firm. We headed out to spend the day volunteering for Habitat for Humanity Kansas City. What better reason is there to take a day out of the office and put our heads and hands to use for one of our favorite community organizations? Habitat for Humanity offers groups like ours the opportunity to come together for a full, rewarding (and yes, very tiring) day of home building for a deserving family. Luckily for us, no construction skills or home building experience was required. All we needed were our own work gloves. The Habitat for Humanity team trained and supervised us, plus provided the tools we needed to get the job done. In this case, it was helping build a home for Angela Guess….

DSDK Secures Important United States Supreme Court Ruling on Jurisdiction for “Trusts”

The United States Supreme Court ruled on March 7, 2016, that, for purposes of federal diversity jurisdiction, the citizenship of an unincorporated association called a “trust” under state law must be measured by its beneficial owners, not the trustees. John Duggan briefed and argued the case for ConAgra Foods, Inc. Read the rest of this entry »

DSDK Successfully Defends Trustee Accused of Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Affirmed by Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District

Roy Rogers, Jr., son of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Rogers, two of the most popular American Western actors and country musicians of their era, oversaw assets of the family held in trust accumulated over a lifetime career by his famous parents. Indeed, Roy Rogers, Sr. made almost 100 films, and he and Dale Evans starred in The Roy Rogers Show which aired on NBC from 1951 through 1957 and on CBS from 1961 to 1964. Read the rest of this entry »

John Duggan Argues ECOA Case to the Supreme Court of the United States

John Duggan argued to the Supreme Court of the United States in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore, urging the Court to defer to long-standing federal regulations interpreting the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”).
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DSDK Secures Kansas Supreme Court Ruling

Ruling Confirming Property Owners’ Right to Establish Condemned Property’s Value by Showing Future Development Potential

Duggan Shadwick Doerr & Kurlbaum LLC secured a victory for property owners facing condemnation when the Supreme Court of Kansas in Kansas City Power & Light Company v. Strong, et al. affirmed a $1,922,559 jury award. John Duggan represented the Strongs at trial and on appeal, urging the Court for the first time to clear the way for landowners to show how hypothetical buyers evaluate partial land takings by showing detrimental effects on future development potential.
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DSDK Preserves Important Mortgage Rights in Decision by Kansas Court of Appeals

The Kansas Court of Appeals eliminated uncertainty for lenders by refusing to uphold a trial court ruling that a senior lender’s priority mortgage merged with the title to real estate taken as part of a deed-in lieu of foreclosure agreement allowing a junior creditor to leapfrog the senior creditor. The Court of Appeals in CML-KS Blue Valley, LLC v. MJH Venture, LLC, et al, refused to foster the unworkable ruling handed down by the trial court. The Court of Appeals remanded the case directing the trial court to enter judgment on behalf of Duggan Shadwick Doerr & Kurlbaum LLC’s lender client, MJH Venture, LLC (“MJH”). John Duggan argued the case for MJH.
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Bartnett v. Rogers

Appellate Court Summary: Bartnett v. Rogers, 400 S.W.3d 38 (Mo. Ct. App. 2013).

After obtaining a Taney County, Missouri trial court’s ruling in favor of defendant Roy Rogers, Jr., DSDK attorneys successfully argued on appeal for affirmation of the trial court’s decision in Mr. Roger’s favor. Specifically, the Missouri Court of Appeals (Southern District) affirmed the trial court’s findings and held that Rogers, as trustee, did not breach his fiduciary duty by failing to timely close the family museum, which had a licensing agreement with the family trust to display trust property and which had taken loans from trust. Read the rest of this entry »

Kansas City Power & Light Company v. Daniel E. Strong

Trial Court Summary: Kansas City Power & Light Company v. Daniel E. Strong, Trustee, et al., Johnson County, Kansas Case No. 12CV00366.

After appealing from the appraisers’ award of only $96,465.00 as compensation to Dan and Evelyn Strong for Kansas City Power & Light Company’s taking of easements across prime development land owned by the Strongs in southern Johnson County, DSDK attorneys successfully tried the case to a Johnson County, Kansas jury over the course of a week. Read the rest of this entry »

Commercial Real Estate Outlook Improving for 2014

According to a recent report from Forbes, the outlook for commercial real estate continues to improve for 2014.  This includes the office market and contractor spending.

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Changes Coming to Kansas Tax Law

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed legislation on March 22nd making sweeping changes to Kansas tax law, which will change how tax planning attorneys manage their clients.

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DSDK Puts Down Our Pens and Picks Up Hammers to Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity

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DSDK Secures Important United States Supreme Court Ruling on Jurisdiction for “Trusts”

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DSDK Successfully Defends Trustee Accused of Breach of Fiduciary Duty

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John Duggan Argues ECOA Case to the Supreme Court of the United States

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