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Miller Schirger Wins $883,465 for Client

January 31, 2019

Miller Schirger attorneys Steve Miller and Toby Hausner obtained an $883,465 award on behalf of Berkel & Company Contractors, Inc. against Phillips Hardy, Inc., following a one-week arbitration hearing.

Berkel, a specialty deep foundations, shoring, and ground improvement subcontractor, installed sheeting and shoring on two highway projects for Phillips Hardy, a regional general contractor. Phillips Hardy refused to pay Berkel in full, claiming Berkel delayed the projects.

The arbitrator rejected Phillips Hardy’s claims and awarded Berkel its full contract balances, its additional delay damages, plus attorney fees, costs, and interest.

“We are thrilled to have obtained such a complete victory for our client, who was finally made whole,” said Miller.

Greg Righter, Berkel’s President, was ecstatic. “We are obviously very pleased with the outcome.  We attribute such a convincing award to Miller Schirger’s extraordinary preparation and attention to detail.”

“The business realities of the construction industry often make it difficult for subcontractors to take a stand against hard-nosed, stronghanded tactics intended to force subcontractors to walk away from amounts they are entitled to,” Hausner added. “In this case, our client’s courage and perseverance were rewarded.”

Miller Schirger Attorneys Honored for Top 5 Missouri Verdict in 2018

January 25, 2019

Miller Schirger partners John Schirger, Matt Lytle and Joe Feierabend were honored by Missouri Lawyers Weekly for their efforts in securing a Top 5 Verdict in Missouri in 2018.  The lawyers obtained a jury verdict of $34.3 million for the plaintiff class of life insurance policy owners in Vogt v. State Farm Life Insurance Company.  The jury found that State Farm systematically overcharged its policy owners in violation of the terms of the policy.  The 2019 Missouri Lawyers Award ceremony was held January 25, 2019 in St. Louis.  

Life Insurance Class Action Settles for $59.75 Million

August 01, 2018

Miller Schirger LLC and co-counsel Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP have settled a nationwide class action lawsuit against John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.) over alleged life insurance policy overcharges. The settlement was approved by the court on May 8, 2018 and provides that John Hancock will pay $59.75 million (less fees and expenses) in cash compensation to approximately 103,000 policyholders who own or owned a Flex V-II variable whole life insurance policy sold and administered by John Hancock over the last several decades.  (more…)

Missouri Class Certified in Guardrail Litigation

December 08, 2017

On December 6, 2017, a Missouri class action consisting of Missouri counties and others was certified against Trinity Industries, Inc. and Trinity Highway Products, LLC (“Trinity”).  The product at issue is Trinity’s ET-Plus guardrail end terminals. (more…)

Schirger Certified as Lifetime Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, The Top Trial Lawyers in America®

November 17, 2017

MMDA high resThe Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, which recognizes one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States, is pleased to certify John J. Schirger, founding partner of Miller Schirger LLC, as a lifetime member. Forum membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards, or settlements. Forum membership encompasses excellence in advocacy. Fewer than 1% of U.S. attorneys are members. For over 25 years, John has represented businesses and individuals nationwide in cases involving business and commercial disputes, securities litigation matters and class actions.

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