Schultz & Associates LLP is well versed on a wide array of litigation areas ranging from class action lawsuits under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to complex Intellectual Property cases to website accessibility under the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Our team combines expertise with exceptional care and empathy, delivered locally to you. We understand how stressful and confusing legal disputes can be. We know this, we understand, and we are here to help.
Municipal and local government law consists of constitutional and statutory claims against municipalities most commonly for zoning and sunshine law violations or tort claims not barred by sovereign immunity.
Our firm has successfully represented municipalities and local governmental agencies such as the City of Bridgeton, the City of Wellston, and Central County Emergency 911 Dispatching Agency. We have provided both litigation and legal consultation services to these and other government agencies. We have successfully prosecuted cases for breach of contract and for zoning violations for these agencies and have advised them on zoning, sunshine law, contracts, and more.
Our law firm has also used its expertise to sue government agencies who violate the law or the Constitution. For example, we successfully defended the largest hog farm in Missouri from exclusionary zoning regulations and successfully prosecuted a case for Sunshine Law violation against a city, securing a judgment for statutory damages and legal fees. We also successfully prosecuted a case overturning a municipal annexation, and we prosecuted a case overturning the impeachment of a city council member.
Patent Law refers to the prosecution of the application to obtain a trademark or a patent as well as the filing of a lawsuit or defending a lawsuit for a trademark or patent infringement. We prosecute patent and trademark registrations with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and copyright registrations with the United States Copyright Office. We defend patent infringement claims and file copyright infringement cases. A copyright claim could involve a photographer whose photos have been taken and used by someone without permission. We also defend restaurants, nightclubs, and their owners accused of pirating pay-per view boxing and mixed martial arts events. Copyright claims feature large potential statutory damages for the infringement and may include a Digital Millennium Copyright Act claim for removal of copyright notices. On the patent front, we have prosecuted claims for patent infringement against the United States and related claims against large corporations in situations where the use has been claimed to be top secret by the United States.
Our firm has litigated cases involving the State Secrets Privilege that the United States may invoke to protect secret projects from lawsuits which may reveal secret information
Environmental Law can involve the enforcement or defense against the enforcement of environmental statutes like clean water, Superfunds, and clean air. Another aspect of Environmental Law is bringing or defending lawsuits based upon common law claims, such as trespass or nuisance for pollution injuries.
Our firm has successfully defended clients from Superfund claims and defeated the United States in a federal Superfund trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. We also advise clients on environmental matters and successfully prosecuted a nuisance case against a leaking petroleum pipeline.
Whether you simply need advice on environmental matters for your business or if you have noticed that your water, air, or land has been contaminated by chemicals, by a leaking petroleum pipeline or by landfill fumes and discharges, do not hesitate to contact us.