Missouri Supreme Court Accepts Case Of Wrongful HIV Disclosure By Quest Diagnostics

The Missouri Supreme Court granted our request to hear our client’s case against Quest Diagnostics, involving the disclosure of his HIV status.   Attorneys Ken Chackes and Bridget Halquist pursued the case through the Trial Court and Court of Appeals and are pleased to have the opportunity to argue to the Supreme Court for the protection of the privacy rights of persons with HIV.

Missouri Supreme Court Allows Trial in Sex Abuse Case

The Missouri Supreme Court today upheld a favorable ruling in a sex abuse case, which will allow the case to go to trial.  Our client, known as John Doe MH, sued the Marianist Order for sexual abuse that occurred at St Mary’s High School in the 1980s.  The abuser was Brother William Mueller, who was well known to the Marianists for sexually abusing boys in their schools.  The trial court rejected the Marianists’ statute of limitations defense, and today the Supreme Court rejected the Marianists’ appeal of that ruling.

Federal Court Approves Settlement Improving Mental Health Services for Deaf

A federal judge in Missouri today gave final approval to a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by Chackes, Carlson & Halquist, LLP, that promises to significantly improve the mental health services that the State of Missouri provides to deaf Missourians.

The 35-page settlement results from the lawsuit filed in April of 2010 by the Missouri Association of the Deaf and 13 named plaintiffs on behalf of more than 1,000 deaf Missourians in need of mental health services.   About 20 percent of deaf persons needing such services are children.  The defendant State agencies who agreed to the settlement are the Missouri Department of Mental Health (“DMH”) and the Missouri Department of Social Services (“DSS”).  Plaintiffs in the lawsuit had alleged that DMH and DSS had violated the rights of the adults and the children in the plaintiff class under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

For a copy of the press release issued today and for a complete copy of the Settlement Agreement, click on the links below.

Press Release 5-10-12

Settlement Agreement



Workers Compensation retaliation lawsuit filed against Toyoda Gosai

Chackes, Carlson, & Halquist, LLP filed a workers compensation retaliation lawsuit against Toyoda Gosai on February 29, 2012, alleging that an eleven-year employee was subjected to a pattern of harassment and then fired three days after exercising her rights under Missouri Workers’ Compensation Laws, § Section 287.780, RSMo.


Group seeks to block subpoena in Kansas City clergy abuse case

“It would severely damage SNAP’s ability to provide support for victims if victims aren’t able to come forward to speak in confidence,” – Ken Chackes Read more

SNAP Director May Face Jail Time

“The leader of a St. Louis-based group fighting sexual abuse by priests is standing his ground and could face jail time for refusing to turn over documents to lawyers for the Catholic Church. The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that the survivor’s network of those abused by priests, known as SNAP, has to turn over 23 years worth of e-mails, telephone logs, and letters to lawyers for a Kansas City priest.”

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Lawsuit against Archdiocese of St. Louis

Chackes, Carlson & Halquist, LLP filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Louis in the Circuit Court of St. Louis City on behalf of two brave men who were sexually abused as young children. Read more

Ken Chackes, LLC welcomes Nicole Gorovsky

Ken Chackes, LLC welcomes Nicole Gorovsky as our newest attorney. Nicole represents individuals who have been victims of childhood sexual abuse and pursues the abusers and institutions that enable them. As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Illinois, Nicole has prosecuted over one hundred perpetrators of sexual abuse and exploitation. Read more

Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Ameren UE

Chackes, Carlson & Halquist LLP files whistleblower lawsuit against Ameren UE on behalf of plumbing company which was fired by high-ranking Ameren officials after repeatedly reporting the company’s violations of state and federal hazardous waste laws.
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