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KANSAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: AG Derek Schmidt: Kansas Supreme Court clarifies scope of open records law

By Press release submission | Aug 28, 2018

In a first-of-its-kind decision, the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday decided that a corporation contracting with a county to operate a county hospital is an “instrumentality” of the county that is covered by the Kansas Open Records Act, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Kansas court rules use of AMA guide is unconstitutional in case of twice-injured UPS driver

By Karen Kidd | Jun 15, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – Use of an American Medical Association guide to rate disability for work-related injuries is unconstitutional as applied to a case, the Kansas Court of Appeals ruled recently in the case of a parcel delivery driver who twice injured his shoulder.

Kansas intervenes in civil case to defend constitutionality of state's cap on non-economic damages

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 2, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced March 26 that he has filed a brief with the Kansas Supreme Court arguing that the state’s cap on non-economic damages in civil lawsuits is not a violation of the U.S. or Kansas constitutions.

Kansas court defines 'cargo' in Midwest Crane & Rigging appeal of fine

By Christopher Mobley | Jul 31, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that a crane permanently bolted to a truck chassis does not qualify as cargo, nor does it make the truck a commercial motor vehicle under the Unified Carrier Registration Act.

Kan. SC overturns decision on contingency fee; Terminated lawyer entitled to percentage of recovery

By John Myers | Jun 21, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – A Kansas appeals court ruling in a dispute over a fee from a personal injury lawsuit has been overturned by the state Supreme Court .

Kansas SC affirms decision awarding employee injury benefits despite fraudulent application

By Sara McCleary | Apr 4, 2017

The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld a state Court of Appeals decision that a fraudulent employment application does not preclude a person from being considered an employee under the Kansas Workers Compensation Act.

Kansas Supreme Court orders back pay to fired country appraiser

By Tricia Erickson | Mar 27, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – The Kansas Supreme Court recently issued a ruling stating that the firing of a former county appraiser was in violation of state law.

Plaintiffs drop suit against constitutionality of Kansas' school funding system

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 19, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has announced a 6-year-old federal lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the Kansas school funding system has been dismissed by its plaintiffs.

Attorney for former Kan. AG says client's suspension was 'endless levels of garbage'

By Anna Aguillard | Oct 21, 2015

On Monday, former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline filed a federal lawsuit against the Kansas Supreme Court, Kansas Disciplinary Administrator Stan Hazlett, and the replacement judges serving on the Supreme Court panel that indefinitely suspended him in October 2013.

Kansas SC suspends former AG's law license indefinitely

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 21, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) -- The Kansas Supreme Court has suspended former state Attorney General Phill Kline's law license indefinitely.

Obama nominates three to federal circuits, another six to federal districts

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 2, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- President Barack Obama made six federal district court nominations and three federal circuit court nominations Thursday, just one week after making six federal district selections.

Kansas Court of Appeals judges now picked by governor, with Senate confirmation

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 28, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) -- Kansas Court of Appeals judges now will be chosen by direct gubernatorial appointment with Senate confirmation, under legislation signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback Wednesday.

Kan. SC: Exotic dancers can collect unemployment

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Feb 8, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) -- The Kansas Supreme Court last week sided with the state Department of Labor in determining that exotic dancers are employees, rather than independent contractors, for purposes of unemployment insurance.

Kansas SC rules against unhappy class action member

By Nathan Bass | Jan 22, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) - Stan R. Boles, a dissatisfied class action member, lost on his objection to the class certification and class action settlement agreement negotiated with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation by the class representative.

State officials investigating ethics complaint against Kan. AG

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 9, 2012

Schmidt TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) - State officials say they are investigating ethics complaints filed by an anti-abortion group against Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe.

Kan. SC upholds cap on noneconomic damages

By John O'Brien | Oct 5, 2012

Biles TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) - The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases.

Kan. SC to hear challenge over proposed power plant's permit

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 20, 2012

Chief Justice Lawton Nuss TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) - The Kansas Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case over an air pollution permit granted to a company to build a new coal-fired power plant in the state.

Five Kan. SC justices step aside in Kline disciplinary case

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 21, 2012

Kline TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) - Five Kansas Supreme Court justices have recused themselves from a disciplinary case against former state Attorney General Phill Kline.

Fla. business banned in Kansas

By Bryan Cohen | May 21, 2012

Schmidt TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced a court order on Friday against a Florida business, banning it from doing business in the state of Kansas.

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