U.S. Women’s National Team Files Complaint with EEOC



Five soccer players from the U.S. women’s national team made recent headlines with the filing of a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The players, including notables Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan, allege that female professional soccer players are paid significantly less by the U.S. Soccer Federation than their male counterparts, despite achieving more success and generating more annual revenue. Last year the U.S. women’s national team brought home soccer’s coveted …

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Who is Merrick Garland?



Last week President Obama named Merrick Garland as his first Supreme Court justice nominee. If confirmed, Judge Garland would fill the vacancy left by the untimely death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Despite the controversy surrounding President Obama’s attempt to appoint a justice in an election year, and the Republican senators outspoken refusal to hold hearings, we think it’s important to get to know Judge Garland a little better. According to CBS news, Garland has more …

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Sedgwick County Tax Foreclosure 2016



Klenda Austerman lawyers are experienced and knowledgeable in the area of ad valorem real estate property taxation and foreclosure. On behalf of Sedgwick County, Klenda Austerman will initiate three (3) real estate tax foreclosure actions in 2016. The first case has already been filed with a potential foreclosure sale date pending. At the following links, you can access (1) a copy of the petition filed in the first case along with a listing of the …

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Supreme Court Battle Heats Up



If the political scene was not hot enough going into the upcoming United States presidential election, the untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and more appropriately, President Obama’s opportunity to nominate a new justice, has served to pour gasoline on an already intense fire. The death of Justice Scalia took the SCOTUS head count from nine down to eight – four Republicans and four Democrats. Washington Republicans believe President Obama will nominate a …

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Peier Recognized for Lifetime of Service to National Multiple Sclerosis Society



The National Multiple Sclerosis Society recognized Klenda Austerman Managing Member Jeff Peier on November 7, 2015 for over three decades of leadership, creativity and innovation in service to the Society. Peier’s MS story began 31 years earlier in 1984 when he was asked to represent the law firm on the local Society Board of Trustees. Since that time, Peier has used his unfailingly optimistic and consistent leadership to support and encourage volunteers and mentor staff, …

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Sedgwick County Tax Foreclosure 2015



SEDGWICK COUNTY TAX FORECLOSURE 2015 –  Klenda Austerman lawyers are experienced and knowledgeable in the area of ad valorem real estate property taxation and foreclosure. On behalf of Sedgwick County, Klenda Austerman has initiated three (3) real estate tax foreclosure actions for 2015.  At the following links, you can access (1) a copy of the petition for each separate action, (2) a listing of the properties included in each case, and (3) the general tax …

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The Importance of Collecting Delinquent and Unpaid Accounts for Medium and Small Businesses



Everyone knows that one of the primary goals of any business is to generate profits.  The typical business cannot afford to operate “in the red” for long periods, if at all.  Though statistics vary, in general, roughly fifty percent (50%) of small businesses fail in their first five years of operation.[1]  At the end of ten years, that number increases to between 80% and 96%.[2]  Regardless of the exact statistics, it is clear that to …

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Non-Competes and Strengthening Business Relationships



Strong, well-written non-compete contracts can strengthen your business relationships. Small businesses especially can face challenges when a business partner is unwilling to sign a non-compete.  Reluctance to sign a non-compete can result from a failure to understand what the purpose of the provision is, overly-complex or overly broad language, or a belief that signing it will put them out of business if the relationship goes poorly.  These problems can be avoided if a competent business …

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Dead & Pregnant: Wait, what?



Last December the country was captivated by a devastating tale of a husband and his expecting wife from Texas.   Erick Muñoz found his wife Marlise lifeless in their home and rushed her to the hospital.  Once there, the doctors told Erick his wife had likely suffered a pulmonary embolism.  They also informed him Marlise was expecting a child, and was fourteen weeks pregnant.  Prior to that conversation with the hospital, Marlise’s pregnancy was unknown to …

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The Right to Privacy as it Applies to the Smartphone Era



This summer Americans learned that the National Security Agency over the past several years has collected data on citizen’s internet searches and telephone calls.  With the cooperation of numerous telecommunications companies, the NSA monitored millions of Americans and gathered information including call metadata and call logs.   Widespread debate ensued over privacy rights and the reasonableness of the NSA’s intrusion, if any, upon those rights. Though the NSA focused its information collection efforts on the …

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