Littlest Victim Pays the Biggest Price in Wake of Tragic KC Murder-Suicide



Who will provide for Zoey; the littlest victim of the KC tragedy?  In light of the recent murder/suicide touching the lives of those connected with the Kansas City Chiefs, one may wonder how the smallest victim will be cared for in the years to come.   A typical source of financial support comes from the life insurance policies of the parents.  In this instance, the life insurance policies of Zoey’s mother (Kasandra Perkins) and father (Jovan …

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Free Speech, At-Will Employment, and the Double-Edged Sword of Social Media



Recently, a young woman named Lindsey Stone sparked a nationwide debate over free speech and appropriate use of social media.  In November of this year, Ms. Stone posted to her Facebook account a picture of herself raising her middle finger and pretending to yell at a sign posted near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery that states “Silence and Respect.”  The photograph soon went viral and national media outlets  picked up …

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No Ho Ho Ho or Be Merry for Hostess



According to legend, a Twinkie has an indefinite shelf life.  The outcome of the most-recent Hostess Brands, Inc. bankruptcy might put that legend to the test.  After rounds of labor negotiations, Hostess could not reach an agreement with all of its union employees to accept wage, pension, and benefit reductions.  The company announced its plan to cease operations and liquidate its assets on November 16, 2012. The Hostess story has local ties, as the company …

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Klenda Austerman’s Aviation Law Practice Group Attends NBAA



Members of the Klenda Austerman LLC aviation law practice group attended the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 65th Annual Meeting & Convention held in Orlando, Florida. It is the largest event of the year for the business aviation industry, bringing together businesses and individuals from all segments of the business aviation industry around the world. Aircraft and parts manufacturers use this event to unveil and launch new products.                                               NBAA is a great opportunity for firm …

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Hawker Beechcraft Wants Money to Pay Executives



On July 13, 2012, Hawker Beechcraft filed an 83 page motion asking a federal bankruptcy court for permission to pay its current leadership team more money.  Local news station KWCH interviewed KlendaAusterman attorney, Eric W. Lomas, to provide an explanation of what the filing means in reality. “In this case it’s important to point out that Hawker is still operating, they’re in bankruptcy and they’re trying to do two distinct important things at the same …

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American Airlines Tries to Straighten Up (its finances) and Fly Right



While most of the nation was fighting off the urge to snooze into a tryptophan-induced coma following Thanksgiving dinner last November, attorneys for AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, were busy preparing the company for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  In a follow up to that story that made holiday headlines, American Airlines recently announced that it will cut up to 14,000 jobs in an effort to lower labor costs and get out of bankruptcy. …

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT



The Recent Debate “Raising Cain” In the Workplace The recent debate over the sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain has focused on potential political implications and whether Mr. Cain’s campaign can handle and survive these issues.  The media has largely ignored what role, if any, Mr. Cain’s former employer may have played in investigating and dealing with its employees’ complaints.  An employer that fails to investigate and respond to an employee’s complaint of inappropriate conduct …

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Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers 2011



Klenda Austerman LLC Member Chad Nelson was named to the International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers 2011. He is one of only 409 lawyers from 61 jurisdictions named as a leader in his field, and the only lawyer named from the State of Kansas.

Super Lawyers



Klenda Austerman LLC Members Gary Austerman and J. Michael Morris, selected for inclusion in the 2010 Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers listing, will appear in the inaugural nation publication, Super Lawyers Business Edition.  Austerman was listed as a Super Lawyer practicing in the areas of Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice and Morris was listed as a Super Lawyer practicing in the areas of Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.  This is Austerman’s and Morris’s third consecutive listing with the group. Super …

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Bowl for Kids’ Sake



Klenda, Mitchell, Austerman & Zuercher, L.L.C. made its 5th appearance in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake Law Firm Bowl on Saturday, April  10, 2010, at Northrock Lanes. KMAZ was again awarded the first place trophy for raising the most pledges. KMAZ bowlers succeeded in bringing home the award under the guidance of Office Manager, Steve Cook. Cook, who is often subtle in his slyness, waged all out challenges to the other law firms, taunting them …

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