IN THE HEADLINES
► Curtis, Heinz,
► Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale: Leonard D. Vines (franchise law, 1995) and Beata Krakus were both nationally recognized by Chambers USA for their efforts in franchise law. David M. Harris (health care law, 1991) was listed as a top general commercial litigation, and Kevin T. McLaughlin (employment law – management; labor law – management, 2013) and Dennis G. Collins were named top employment and labor lawyers. Chambers USA also recognized Greensfelder as a top firm in St. Louis for corporate mergers and acquisitions, employment and labor law, general commercial litigation, and real estate law.
► Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis & Giljum: Charles S. Elbert (employment law – management; labor law – management; litigation – labor and employment, 2008) reviewed the Senate Bill 5, which aims to put stricter restrictions on abortion clinics. Elbert said, “Senate Bill 5 clearly pre-empts a portion of the ordinance, but the question is whether it does fully pre-empt the city ordinance. I don’t think it is entirely clear.”
► Evans & Dixon: Ronald Hack (mass tort
► Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale: Mark E. Stallion (copyright law, 2010) has left Husch Blackwell and moved to Greensfelder, joining its intellectual property practice group as a leader of the patent team.
► Stinson Leonard Street: David E. Everson (bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; litigation – antitrust; litigation – intellectual property, 2003); The Simon Law Firm: John G. Simon (commercial litigation; mass tort litigation / class actions – plaintiffs; medical malpractice law – plaintiffs; personal injury litigation – plaintiffs; product liability litigation – plaintiffs, 2005); and Christopher Hayes have been named to the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s (LSEM) board of directors.
Medical Malpractice Ruling Upheld by High Court
Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard: Kenneth W. Bean (health care law; medical malpractice
A physician at the hospital was concerned about the lack of movement from the fetus and ordered fetal monitoring and a biophysical profile. Ma Sheryll Joy agreed to deliver the baby, and a cesarean section was then agreed to after the child’s heart rate decelerated during the delivery. The parents alleged that the physician should’ve immediately recommended the cesarean delivery rather than induced labor, which they believe resulted in brain damage to the newborn.
Moon said, “Our position was that unfortunately whatever caused the baby to have absent movement and initiated this process had already injured the brain. … Most likely an accident with the umbilical cord where it became significantly occluded for a period of time sufficient to cause brain injury but was relieved before it could cause a fetal demise.”
In the original trial,
Judge Gael D. Wood ruled in favor of Mercy in the original case, and the high court ruled in a 6–0 decision that the juror had no knowledge of the case or its fact to form an opinion that required disqualification.