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War Stories: The Best Idea Mark Hinderks Ever Had

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03.24.2014

The Kansas City Business Journal is publishing a series of profiles about Kansas City attorneys highlighting their favorite war stories. The Journal spoke with Mark Hinderks, the firm's co-managing partner, who discussed a class action matter that involved a municipality and how he came up with "the best idea he's ever had."

The story begins with a lawsuit filed by the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma against the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.— a longtime Stinson Morrison Hecker client – and hundreds of corporate and individual landowners. In all, Mark said there were about 1,200 individual defendants. The Native American tribe alleged that the defendants forced the tribe out of Kansas and stealing its land.

Mark's idea? Mark and the firm's team of attorneys proposed a "defendants' class action," an unconventional move that allowed the firm's team to represent nearly all of the defendants.

The story ends with a favorable outcome for the Unified Government.

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