Steve Six

Kansas City - Partner | 816-714-7190 (Direct) | six@stuevesiegel.com

An experienced trial attorney, Steve Six has successfully tried complex cases before juries in state and federal court. He has tried cases to verdict in a wide variety of areas, including product liability, professional liability, commercial disputes, and consumer fraud. Steve has significant experience in multidistrict litigation and has litigated cases before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

Areas of focus include:

Antitrust. Steve focuses on recovering damages for corporate victims of antitrust cartels for price-fixing, restraints of trade, boycotts, and other anticompetitive practices. Steve has represented companies bring claims for price fixing in the agricultural sector.  Steve is currently representing a large commercial purchaser in claims against the three largest producers of shelf stable tuna. Steve has taught antitrust law at the University of Kansas School of Law as an adjunct professor. 

Business Litigation.  Steve’s practice includes a broad range of business litigation from business torts to breach of contract cases. Steve has represented senior corporate executives in whistle blower cases involving Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley claims, as well as other wrongful discharge and employment-related claims.

Personal Injury. For more than 20 years, Steve has been trying cases and handling lawsuits for individuals in personal injury, product liability, and other complex injury cases who have been injured or harmed. He currently is handling cases against ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft arising out of assaults by unfit and poorly screened drivers.

Appellate. Steve maintains an active appellate practice and has successfully argued before state appellate courts in Kansas and Missouri, the federal appellate courts, and before the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining Stueve Siegel Hanson, Steve was a district court judge and served as a law clerk to Judge Deanell R. Tacha of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Steve joined Stueve Siegel Hanson in 2011 following his term as the 43rd Attorney General of Kansas. As Attorney General, Steve represented the State of Kansas in complex cases in various areas, including healthcare, antitrust, environmental resources and consumer protection. He successfully prosecuted capital and first-degree murder cases. He also represented the State of Kansas in multimillion-dollar water disputes with the States of Nebraska and Colorado before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Steve has been recognized among the “Best of the Bar” by the Kansas City Business Journal and named to Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers since 2012. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of appellate practice and commercial litigation.

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Appellate Practice

Fourth Circuit: Dillon v. BMO Harris Bank, N.A., et al. and Four Oaks Bank & Trust, No. 14-1728. Question of whether an appeal was timely brought under the Federal Arbitration Act and whether, if timely asserted, whether the district court erred in denying defendants motions to compel arbitration.

Kansas Supreme Court: Craig v. FedEx Ground Package Sys., Inc., No. 108526. Certified Question from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals of whether FedEx Ground and Home Delivery drivers are employees or independent contractors under the Kansas Wage Payment Act. The Kansas Supreme Court found the drivers were employees under the Kansas Wage Payment Act.

Antitrust Litigation

Radon Sport, Inc. v. Sports Car Club of America et al. – Steve represented Radon Sport, Inc. in an antitrust action against several race cars manufacturers and the industry’s sanctioning body. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants engaged in a long-running conspiracy to oust them the market for Formula Continental race cars. A confidential settlement was reached with all defendants.  

In re Fresh and Process Potatoes Antitrust Litigation, Case No: 4:10-md-02186 ID – Our firm represents Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. against the country's largest potato growers and shippers alleging that these defendants fixed the price of fresh and processed potatoes. The plaintiff alleges that starting in 2004, defendants conspired to use pre-harvest and post-harvest methods to control and reduce the supply of potatoes in order to raise and stabilize the prices at which potatoes were sold in the United States     

In re Chocolate Confectionary Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1935 - Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. v. The Hershey Company, Mars, Inc., Nestle USA, Cadbury plc, et al., 12-CV-2209, District of Kansas.  Our firm represents Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. in an antitrust lawsuit filed in the District of Kansas against some of the country's largest chocolate producers alleging that they conspired to artificially inflate the price of chocolate.  The claims include violations of the Kansas Restraint of Trade Act, K.S.A. 50-101, et seq.

In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, MDL Mo. 2002 - Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., et al. v. United Egg Producers, United Egg Association, et al, 10-cv-2171, Wyandotte County District Court. Our firm represented opt-out plaintiff Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. in an antitrust lawsuit filed in Wyandotte County, Kansas against several large egg producing companies and shell egg trade associations.  The lawsuit alleged that defendants engaged in illegal price fixing in violation of the Kansas Restraint of Trade Act, K.S.A. 50-101, et seq. After nearly four years of litigation, Stueve Siegel Hanson successfully resolved this litigation in 2014.

Class Action Litigation

GMO Agricultural Litigation  - In re Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation.  Stueve Siegel Hanson was appointed Lead Counsel in the action alleging that Syngenta introduced a new genetic trait into the US market prematurely before it was approved in all export markets, including China.  China (the third largest importer of U.S. corn) found the MIR trait in US imports and closed its markets to US corn from November of 2013 to January of 2015, resulting in lower corn prices and which caused US corn producers to experience market losses.

Payday Loan Bank Processor Litigation (Business Litigation). Steve is prosecuting a dozen suits around the country alleging several banks known as Originating Depository Financial Institutions (ODFIs) processed illegal payday loans on behalf of payday lenders operating in states that have banned or restricted payday loans. The cases allege that the ODFIs have facilitated illegal payday lending and include claimed violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and seek damages associated with the illegal loans.

Truth In Lending Act Litigation - Small v. BOKF, N.A., 13-cv-01125-REB-MJW, United States District Court for the District of Colorado.  Steve was appointed interim class counsel for claims against the BOKF banking divisions for alleged violations of TILA, EFTA and state consumer protection law relating to its payday loan product FastLoan.

Five Star Farms, Frahm Farmland, Inc., et al v. Syngenta AG, Case No. 2:14-cv-02571-JWL-JPO (D. Kan).  Representing corn farmers against large seed company for market losses as a result of introducing a genetically modified corn seed into the US corn supply.

Securities Litigation

Anderson v. Spirit Aerosystems Holdings, Inc., United States District Court for the District of Kansas, No. 13-cv-02261-EFM-DJW. Lead Plaintiff and Liaison Counsel motion pending.

In re Sprint Nextel Shareholder Litigation, Consolidated Case No. 12CV08366, Johnson County District Court - Steve was appointed by the Court as Liaison Counsel for the Co-Lead Plaintiffs in this case brought on behalf of Sprint Nextel Shareholders alleging that the Softbank takeover of Sprint undervalues the deal resulting in a loss to Sprint Nextel Shareholders.  The case is currently being litigated in Kansas in the Johnson County District Court.

Personal Injury Litigation

Propane Explosion – Kansas - $1.2 Million Policy Limits Settlement

Martin v. Confidential Propane Company and landlord, Case No. 13-cv-40, Labette County, Kansas.  Steve represented a young man seriously injured in a propane explosion in rural Kansas.  After several firms told the client he did not have a case against the propane supplier, we took the case, hired 5 experts, conducted discovery and obtained a policy limits settlement against both defendants.  Our propane expert identified deficiencies in corroded system piping, non-compliance with the National Fuel Gas Code §54, the LP-Gas Safety Handbook (NPGA), and the National Propane Gas Association Certified Employee Training standards.  Additional discovery uncovered the supplier’s continued refill of the propane system that contained an unsafe and recalled regulator.

Texting While Driving - Distracted Driving Cases

Wrongful Death Lawsuit - Missouri - $1.6 Million Policy Limits Settlement. Steve represented the family of a Missouri resident who was struck and killed while walking across the crosswalk at 31st and Main in Kansas City, Missouri.  Evidence obtained in the case showed that the driver was distracted and had her attention diverted from operating her vehicle because she was using her phone to text. Cell phone records showed that the driver received and sent a text shortly before the collision. Video evidence obtained from nearby KC ATA buses showed the driver accelerated through the crosswalk, never braking before striking the pedestrian.  The case was filed in Jackson County, Missouri.

United States Supreme Court Practice

Kansas v. Colorado, No. 105 Orig., 129 S.  Ct. 1294, 173 L. Ed. 2d 245 (2009).  Steve successfully argued the case before the United States Supreme Court on December 1, 2008.  Kansas asserted that it was entitled to have its litigation costs recovered as a prevailing party under United States Supreme Court Rules, not the federal statute that limits reimbursement of costs.  The Supreme Court agreed and ruled that in Article III cases, the Supreme Court’s rules trump court rules passed by Congress.

Kansas v. Nebraska, No. 126, Orig. (2010).  Kansas sought to have the Supreme Court reopen this previously settled case and impose sanctions on the State of Nebraska for overuse of its share of water from the Republican River and enjoin Nebraska from further depletion of Kansas’ water rights.  Steve coordinated the legal team developing Kansas’ strategy to protect its environmental resources.

Snyder v. Phelps, 130 S. Ct. 1737, 176 L. Ed. 2d 211 (2010),  Steve assisted in drafting and editing an amicus brief representing 47 states and the District of Columbia in arguing that the First Amendment is not violated by state laws imposing an umbrella of protection over a military families’ funerals for a soldier killed in action.   

 Other Significant Cases

State of Kansas v. Pharma Manufacturers –AWP Litigation As Attorney General, Steve brought suit against over 30 large pharmaceutical companies for overcharging the state Medicaid program for medications.  The suit alleged the drug companies unlawfully inflated the drug cost charge to the state.  The Average Wholesale Price (AWP) exceeded the true price by more than 200% in some cases.  The suit sought actual damages, statutory penalties and injunctive relief.  The case to date has resulted in settlements of over thirty million dollars. 

State, ex rel. Stephen N. Six, Attorney General v. Kansas Lottery, 286 Kan. 557, 186 P.3d 183 (2008).  Steve coordinated the legal team evaluating the new Kansas Expanded Lottery Act and assisted in drafting and editing the brief filed in a direct appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court seeking to test the constitutionality of the Expanded Lottery Act.

State ex rel. Stephen N. Six, Attorney General, and Pawnee County Cnty. Health Org., Inc. v. St. Joseph Mem’l Hosp., Case No. 09-CV-61 (2010).  After Central Kansas Medical Center decided to close St. Joseph Hospital in Larned, Kansas, CKMC refused to sell or transfer it assets or its Critical Access Hospital (CAH) status to Pawnee County Community Health Organization, a new organization set up to save the medical facility.  Steve worked with our team to develop a strategy seeking to file suit against CKMC and force it to transfer its property and CAH status to the new entity to prevent the waste or misuse of the charitable assets.  The case was successful in forcing CKMC to transfer these valuable assets.

Pronold v. Bridgestone Firestone, 01-CV-05088 (Johnson County District Court 2004).  Steve represented a young man injured in a roll-over accident caused by a tread separation on a Firestone tire.  Following trial, the jury awarded a verdict of 8.3 million, one of the largest verdicts in Johnson County, Kansas in many years.  

Bessey v. Genuine Auto Parts, Inc., CL 89895 (Polk County District Court, Des Moines, Iowa 2004).   Trucking accident case arising from an accident in dense fog at a railroad crossing.  The case was settled for a significant, confidential amount.


Criminal Cases

State of Kansas v. Israel Mireles, Case No. 07-CR-524 (2010).  Steve prosecuted Israel Mireles, for the brutal murder of a Butler County Community College student Emily Sander.  He obtained a conviction before a jury for capital murder and Mr. Mireles was sentenced to life in prison.

State of Kansas v. Wilson, Case No. 08-CR-30 (2009).  Steve prosecuted the defendant Kenneth Wilson in the Osborne County, Kansas District Court for the murder of Kansas farmer Scott Noel and, following a trial, the jury convicted him of first-degree murder and sentenced him to life in prison.

 

Kansas

Missouri

U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas
J.D.
Honors: Order of the Coif
Honors: Rice Scholar

Carleton College, B.A. Economics


President, Kansas Bar Association, 2016

Best Lawyers® in America - Appellate Practice-2015, 2017; Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation-2016, 2017

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2012-2016

Best of the Bar - Kansas City Business Journal

Adjunct Professor, Antitrust Law, University of Kansas

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