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RICHARD KORN authors article regarding the impact of the recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Richard Korn recently wrote an article, published on a website which caters to not-for-profit organizations, regarding the impact of the recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 on employers with 15 or more employees, including not-for-profit organizations.  The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (or ADAA), as detailed in the article, provide for a far less stringent standard of what qualifies as a “disability” when compared to the law before the amendments.  By way of example only, the new law provides that temporary conditions may be considered a disability (whereas before, they almost always were not).  In addition, under the new standard, physical impairments in remission or not currently active may be considered a disability if they otherwise would be in their active state.  Thus, employers must be ever so cognizant of employee requests for accommodations even when requests are made by employees who do not appear to be disabled in the traditional sense of the word.  For more information, please click here (http://www.501connected.com/non-profit-news/the-americans-with-disabilities-act-what-every-non-profit-should-know).

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Richard Korn wins appeal for Fox Galvin client

After winning summary judgment for his legal malpractice client in Illinois state court, Richard Korn has now prevailed on plaintiffs appeal to the Illinois Appellate Court for the Fifth District. The suit stemmed from the client’s alleged handling of a personal injury case in which plaintiff claimed more than $750.000.00 in damages. Richard obtained summary judgment in the Circuit Court of Madison County based on a statute of limitations argument. On appeal, the appellate court agreed, and unanimously affirmed the trial court’s judgment.

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Celebrating Ten Years of Service

Fox Galvin, LLC, founded by Ron Fox and John Galvin in the spring of 2001, celebrates its tenth anniversary in 201 1. Thanks to the valued relationships we have with our clients and the hard work of our members and employees, the firm, located in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, has tripled in size with respect to attorneys and more than doubled in overall staff size since opening. The firm now consists of thirty-five people, including lawyers and staff. We are fortunate to enjoy a significant presence at the national and regional levels for our environmental, class action, maritime, and product liability capabilities, working with clients from around the country. Additionally, much of our work takes place right here in the St. Louis metropolitan area, on behalf of local interests from both sides of the Mississippi River.

Although we work closely with many larger firms from around the country, we have chosen not to align with out-of-town firms or to open offices anywhere else. At the same time, since the firm’s inception we have expanded our St. Louis office space to more than double its original size while also expanding greatly the nature of services we offer our clients. We now maintain eleven practice areas: Admiralty, Class Action, Commercial Law, Complex Litigation (including Pharmaceutical Drugs and Products), Environmental Litigation, Health Law, Insurance Coverage, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Professional Liability, and Employment Law.

In recognition of our anniversary year, Fox Galvin has scheduled a number of unique activities to not only honor and celebrate our people, but to further serve the interests of the communities of which we are a part. The anniversary activities include:

• Sponsoring a local “ice cream social” to benefit the Japanese earthquake victims
• Holding “Jeans Fridays” to benefit Sunshine Ministries
• A celebration luncheon for all firm members and employees
• Volunteered to work and serve dinner at Sunshine Ministries Homeless Shelter
• A celebration firm family picnic at a local park

And—many thanks to our clients, for ten rewarding years! We look forward to serving and working with you now, and in the years to come: Our people, your voice!

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Fox Galvin, LLC partners with Sunshine Ministries

Fox Galvin, LLC partnered with Sunshine Ministries providing baskets containing Christmas dinner for 142 families. In addition, contributions were made in exchange for the privilege of wearing jeans to work on established days. Those funds will go to support the many projects of Sunshine Ministries. Sunshine Ministries is a non-denominational Christian ministry to the homeless and needy of St. Louis. They serve the men, women and children of the near north side community of St. Louis through Sunshine Mission, our Youth and Family Center and Eagle Lodge. www.sunshineministries.org.

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Richard Korn authors article regarding employment law and social networking websites

Richard Korn recently wrote an article, published on a website which caters to not-for-profit organizations, regarding a very hot topic in employment law—namely, how (and whether) employers should respond when an employee posts negative or derogatory comments about the employer on Facebook or any other social networking website. This issue has become prevalent in the last year as employers around the country have found themselves staring down the barrel of a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board which has taken the position that such comments amount to protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act. For more information about this issue, please click here.

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Tom Smith appointed to Institutional Review Board for Logan College of Chiropractic

Tom Smith has been appointed to the Institutional Review Board for Logan College of Chiropractic. Logan College of Chiropractic was founded in St. Louis in 1935 and has been located in Chesterfield, MO since 1973. The college is world renowned for chiropractic education and care. The doctor of chiropractic degree program of Logan College of Chiropractic is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education and by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Richard Korn authors article regarding the recent failed attempt by the Missouri legislature to overhaul the Missouri Human Rights Act

Richard Korn recently wrote an article, published on a website designed to provide information and guidance to non-profit agencies, regarding the recent failed attempt by the Missouri legislature to overhaul the Missouri Human Rights Act. The MHRA, to many people’s surprise, is a very employee-friendly statute and one which can catch an employer by surprise if it is ever faced with a claim. The Act, for example, provides that individuals can be held personally liable if sued for discrimination and/or retaliation. Under the federal laws (such as Title VII, the ADA, and the ADEA) on the other hand, individual liability is not recognized. The revised statute, had not been vetoed by Governor Nixon, would have eliminated individual liability. The revised statute would have also placed caps on the damages available to an employee in the event he/she prevails on a claim brought under the Act. For more information, please click here.

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Katie Fowler to Speak at National Business Institute Seminar

Katie Fowler will be a featured speaker at the “Your Crash-Course to Navigating the Civil Court System” seminar sponsored by the National Business Institute on June 29, 2011, in Collinsville, IL. Katie will address the subject of “Responsive Pleadings – What to Use, When and How.” She will cover such topics as:

  • Do you Need Pre-Answer Motions?
  • What Can Trigger A Motion to Dismiss?
  • The Purpose and Process of Request to Revise
  • Common Grounds for and Proper Structure of Motion to Strike
  • Answer/Special Defense/Reply
  • How Much Time Do You Have to Plead?
  • Amendments Procedure

Don’t Tip Your Hand! Pros and Cons of Using Various Responsive Pleadings.

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Richard Korn authors article regarding the impact of the recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Richard Korn recently wrote an article, published on a website which caters to not-for-profit organizations, regarding the impact of the recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 on employers with 15 or more employees, including not-profit organizations. The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (or ADAA), as detailed in the article, provide for a far less stringent standard of what qualifies as a “disability” when compared to the law before the amendments. By way of example only, the new law provides that temporary conditions may be considered a disability (whereas before, they almost always were not). In addition, under the new standard, physical impairments in remission or not currently active may be considered a disability if they otherwise would be in their active state. Thus, employers must be ever so cognizant of employee requests for accommodations even when requests are made by employees who do not appear to be disabled in the traditional sense of the word. For more information, please click here.

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Celebrating Ten Years of Service

Fox Galvin, LLC, founded by Ron Fox and John Galvin in the spring of 2001, celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2011.  Thanks to the valued relationships we have with our clients and the hard work of our members and employees, the firm, located in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, has tripled in size with respect to attorneys and more than doubled in overall staff size since opening. The firm now consists of thirty-five people, including lawyers and staff.   We are fortunate to enjoy a significant presence at the national and regional levels for our environmental, class action, maritime, and product liability capabilities, working with clients from around the country.  Additionally, much of our work takes place right here in the St. Louis metropolitan area, on behalf of local interests from both sides of the Mississippi River.

Although we work closely with many larger firms from around the country, we have chosen not to align with out-of-town firms or to open offices anywhere else.  At the same time, since the firm’s inception we have expanded our St. Louis office space to more than double its original size while also expanding greatly the nature of services we offer our clients.  We now maintain eleven practice areas:  Admiralty, Class Action, Commercial Law, Complex Litigation (including Pharmaceutical Drugs and Products), Environmental Litigation, Health Law, Insurance Coverage, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Professional Liability, and Employment Law.

In recognition of our anniversary year, Fox Galvin has scheduled a number of unique activities to not only honor and celebrate our people, but to further serve the interests of the communities of which we are a part.  The anniversary activities include:

· Sponsoring a local “ice cream social” to benefit the Japanese earthquake victims
· Holding “Jeans Fridays” to benefit Sunshine Ministries
· A celebration luncheon for all firm members and employees
· Volunteered to work and serve dinner at Sunshine Ministries Homeless Shelter
· A celebration firm family picnic at a local park

And—many thanks to our clients, for ten rewarding years!  We look forward to serving and working with you now, and in the years to come:  Our people, your voice!