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Holmes v. Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners

Former police officer Danny Holmes sued the Kansas City police department under the Missouri Human Rights Act and on breach of contract and whistleblower claims for the termination of his employment by the police department. The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District reversed the trial court’s judgment for Mr. Holmes on the breach of contract claim. The appellate court held that, while R.S.Mo. § 84.600 gives police officers a property right in continued employment, it does not give them a contractual right to sue for damages for wrongful termination. The court stated, “The general rule is that there is no private right of action to enforce a statute or regulation through an action for damages … and [w]here administrative review of a denied property right is adequate, parties may not” sue for damages instead. Further, R.S.Mo. § 84.600 doesn’t create a contractual term binding the board of police commissioners and a police officer.

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J M Neil & Associates, Inc. v. Alexander Robert William, Inc.

J M Neil & Associates, Inc. (“JMN”), a woman-owned business, entered into a teaming agreement in 2005 with Alexander Robert William, Inc. (“ARW”), a veteran-owned business, in hopes of being awarded a veteran set-aside General Services Administration contract. Under the teaming agreement, ARW would be the prime contractor under the GSA contract, and JMN would serve as a subcontractor to ARW. The teaming agreement contained a non-compete agreement that prohibited ARW from hiring the JMN employees who were to work on the GSA contract or attempting to influence them to remain with ARW after termination of the GSA agreement.

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