Articles by John Hanna

Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Law Barring ‘Wrongful Birth’ Suits

Kansas’ highest court on April 30 upheld a law barring so-called wrongful birth lawsuits against doctors, in a case in which a couple sued because they weren’t told of serious fetal defects until after an abortion could have been obtained. …

Kansas Lawmakers Look to Extend COVID-19 Liability Shield for Businesses

Kansas lawmakers moved on March 2 to extend protections for businesses from lawsuits over COVID-19. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would give businesses an extra year of protection, until March 31, 2022, from lawsuits from customers or …

Kansas Fitness Studio Sues State Over COVID-19 Restrictions, Losses

A Wichita fitness studio’s owner and his business are suing Kansas for compensation for being forced to shut down and reopen with restrictions this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that the state essentially used their property in attempting …

Kansas Legislature Passes Bill Barring COVID-19 Lawsuits

Republicans pushed a sweeping coronavirus measure through the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature on May 22, aiming to shield businesses and health care providers from coronavirus-related lawsuits and take control of the state’s pandemic response from Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. Some Democrats …

Kansas Sausage Making Plant with COVID-19 Cases Shuts Down

A Kansas plant that makes sausage shut down on May 13 after employees tested positive for the coronavirus, and an outbreak that has infected hundreds at the state’s largest prison claimed the life of another worker. The shutdown at the …

Kansas GOP Lawmakers Want to Limit Coronavirus Lawsuits

Republican legislators in Kansas are joining a broader effort to shield doctors, hospitals and businesses from lawsuits stemming from the coronavirus, with business and medical groups pushing them to act quickly. The effort faces strong opposition from labor unions, trial …

Kansas Lawmakers OK Bill Allowing Farm Bureau Non-ACA Compliant Health Plan

Republican lawmakers in Kansas pressed ahead with allowing the state Farm Bureau to offer health coverage to members that doesn’t satisfy the Affordable Care Act, a state-level effort to circumvent an Obama-era law that President Donald Trump wants to replace. …

Farm Bureau Health Coverage Plan Favored by Rural Kansas Lawmakers

Rural state lawmakers are pushing a plan to allow the Kansas Farm Bureau to offer health insurance coverage to members without having to comply with federal Affordable Care Act mandates in hopes that the influential agriculture group can offer a …

Firms Sued Over Missouri Duck Boat Sinking Seek Mediation, Cite 1851 Law

Two companies facing multiple lawsuits over a summer tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people have invoked an 1851 law that allows vessel owners to try to avoid or limit legal damages as they also seek settlement negotiations …

Kansas Lawmakers’ Proposed Ban on State-Paid Harassment Claims Advances

Kansas legislators are moving to ban taxpayer-funded settlements of sexual harassment claims against state officials and block non-disclosure agreements in harassment cases. House and Senate negotiators have agreed to include a provision in budget legislation that would prohibit any state …