Scott D. Kaiser is a trial lawyer and Partner in Shook’s Class Action and Complex Litigation practice, where he defends foreign and domestic companies in high-exposure product liability and consumer fraud cases, whether brought individually or as a large-scale class action or multidistrict litigation.
He has experience defending cases in a variety of industries involving products ranging from vacuums to Teflon-coated cookware to Class III medical devices. Scott has an average of four trials per year.
Scott’s clients benefit from his 360-degree view of product liability law. He teaches the upper-level Product Liability course at his alma mater, the University of Kansas School of Law, and is principal author of the Missouri and Kansas Class Action Law blog, which is dedicated to discussing national developments in class actions and complex litigation with an emphasis on the Midwest.
Scott effectively applies his project management and graphics design expertise to his cases and trials. He serves as faculty for the firm’s Strategic Litigation Management program, where he teaches lawyers how to leverage technology.
When preparing for trial, Scott also uses his expertise in graphic design to develop persuasive presentations that make case themes as well as scientific and technical concepts more memorable for jurors and judges.
- Rosenthal v. SharkNinja, No. 16-1048 (D.N.J. 2016) Scott served as lead counsel and defeated a putative statewide class action against SharkNinja involving an alleged design defect under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act. The court dismissed plaintiff’s amended complaint and plaintiff declined to appeal, ending the litigation in less than a year.
- Bray v. Simon & Schuster, No. 14-CV-00258 (W.D. Mo. 2014) Scott served as lead counsel defending a publisher and online retailer against a putative class action alleging unfair sales practices in the sale of foreign-language lessons. Within four months of plaintiff’s initial complaint, the individual class representative’s claims were dismissed with prejudice and no class was certified.
- Hussain v. Delta Air Lines, No. 14-333-CV (W.D. Mo. 2014) Scott served as lead counsel defending a putative class action alleging breach of contract for failure to pay denied-boarding compensation. After targeted factual investigation by the defendant, the class representative elected to dismiss her case with prejudice and no class was certified.
- Williams v. Jackson County, No. 13-866 (W.D. Mo. 2017) Scott first-chaired a three-day civil jury trial representing an inmate who challenged the mail policy at the Jackson County Detention Center on First Amendment grounds.
- Abdiana v. Quixotic Fusion, No. 1416CV03181 (Mo. Cir. Ct. Jackson Cty. 2016) Scott first-chaired a jury trial representing a performing arts company, Quixotic, on a claim against their landlord for constructive eviction after raw sewage repeatedly interfered with Quixotic’s use of the space and damaged its property. After a three-day trial, the jury found in favor of Quixotic and awarded damages.
- Coleman v. Crawford, No. 13-4205 (W.D. Mo. 2016) Scott first-chaired a three-day civil jury trial representing an inmate who claimed his Eighth Amendment rights were violated when guards failed to protect him during a savage attack.
- Dinkins v. Correctional Medical Services, No. 9-4111 (W.D. Mo. 2016) Scott first-chaired a five-day civil jury trial representing a wheelchair-bound inmate claiming violations of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Eighth Amendment.
- Scott has served on over a dozen trial teams representing Philip Morris USA Inc., in individual and complex smoking-and-health cases, including Bifolck (D. Conn. 2017); Kaplan (Broward County, Fla. 2017); Dubinsky(Brevard County, Fla. 2016); Hall (Orange County, Fla. 2016); Tognoli(Broward County, Fla. 2015); Cooper (Broward County, Fla. 2015); Gray(Ft. Myers, Fla. 2015); Bishop (Orlando, Fla. 2014); Goveia (Orlando, Fla. 2014); In re: Tobacco Litigation (W.Va. 2013, 2011); Sulcer (Pensacola, Fla. 2011); Evans (Boston, Mass. 2010); and Thompson (Kansas City, Mo. 2003).
- J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
- B.A., University of Kansas (Philosophy)
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
- Defense Research Institute
- International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO)
- University of Kansas School of Law, Board of Governors (2013-2015)
- Greenway Fields Community Improvement District, District Manager (2013-2016)
- Greenway Fields Homes Association, Board of Directors (2013-2016)
- Kansas City Free Health Clinic, Bloom Fundraiser Committee (2009-2015)
- Kansas City Civic Council, Kansas City Tomorrow Alumnus (2013)
- Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, Board of Directors (2007-2013)
- Plaza Pavilion Homeowners Association, President (2003-2013)
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