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Overview

Sean focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, class actions, wrongful death and catastrophic injury, antitrust litigation, mass torts and wage and hour litigation. He joined Paul LLP in 2017.

Sean earned his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2013.  During law school, Sean was an Associate Editor of the Kansas Law Review and won CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in KU’s Immigration and Asylum Clinic and International Human Rights Law. Before law school, Sean earned a B.A. in English from Truman State University and graduated summa cum laude. Sean also received his M.A. in English from Truman State, where he was graduate student of the year in the English program. Sean was a four-year varsity tennis player at Truman State, posting one of the winningest records in school history. After receiving his M.A., Sean taught English as a second language in Bangkok, Thailand.

Experience

Representative Cases

Forest River Farms v. Monsanto. Sean is part of a team of lawyers and firms who recently filed antitrust claims against Monsanto Company. St. Louis-based Monsanto is one of the largest companies in the world and the largest of a small set of multi-national biotech companies. The suit alleges Monsanto has monopolized and attempted to monopolize the market for soybean and cotton seeds with its commercialization of dicamba-resistant soy and cotton seeds. The case was recently filed in the Eastern District of Missouri.

Evans, et al. v. HCA-Healthone LLC, et al. Sean represents patients and their spouses who were potentially exposed to HIV because they had operations at a Colorado hospital where an HIV-positive surgical technician was caught stealing Fentanyl for personal use. The suit alleges claims for pain and suffering from the diversion of Fentanyl, severe emotional distress, and loss of consortium. This case is pending in Colorado state court and the first bellwether trials are set for late 2018.

Benton v. Jason’s Deli. Sean represents drivers who allege they were paid below minimum wage because their employer failed to properly reimburse their vehicle expenses as delivery drivers. This case is pending in the Northern District of Georgia.

In re Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation.  Sean worked with lead counsel in this multi-district, complex action alleging that Syngenta introduced a new genetic trait into the US market prematurely before it was approved in all export markets, including China.  China (the third largest importer of U.S. corn) found the MIR trait in US imports and closed its markets to US corn from November of 2013 to January of 2015, resulting in lower corn prices and which caused US corn producers to experience market losses.

Fuel Filter Litigation. Sean was part of a team of lawyers who reached a Settlement Agreement between Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp, U.S.A. (KMM), Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) and a Kawasaki vendor, resulting in a $4 million payment to Kawasaki.  The vendor supplied fuel filters to Kawasaki for use in small engines which powered outdoor equipment such as lawnmowers.  Kawasaki’s suit alleged the filters were defective, leaked fuel, and in some cases caused fires on consumer lawnmowers.  After learning of the defective part and potential fire hazard, Kawasaki instituted a nationwide recall for the safety of its customers.  Kawasaki brought claims for breach of warranty, breach of contract, and fraudulent inducement to recover its damages from recalling the fuel filters, seeking $4 million in damages.

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., et al. v. United Egg Producers, et al.  Sean was part of the litigation team that represented Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., and local grocery stores in an antitrust lawsuit against numerous egg producers and egg industry trade groups for artificial inflation of egg prices. The lawsuit alleged that defendants engaged in a conspiracy designed to increase the price of eggs in violation of the Kansas Restraint of Trade Act.

In re: The Home Depot, Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation (N.D. Georgia) (Consumer Data Breach Litigation) – Sean worked with lead counsel representing consumers in multi-district litigation against The Home Depot, Inc. following a massive data security breach involving the personal and financial information of approximately 56 million customers.

In re: Target Consumer Data Security Breach Litigation (D. Minnesota) (Consumer Data Breach Litigation) Sean worked with the team representing a class of consumers in multi-district litigation against Target Corporation following an announcement that hackers had apparently stolen 40 million customers’ credit and debit card information and compromised 70 million customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

Bar Admissions

Missouri, 2013

Kansas, 2014

U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

 

Education

University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, 2013
J.D.

Truman State University

M.A., English, 2008

B.A., English, 2006 – summa cum laude

 

Publications

KCMBA, Business Litigation  Handbook, Punitive Damages in Kansas and Missouri, 2017

 

Community

Federal Bar Advocates

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

American Bar Association

Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys