Austin received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Mississippi,... more
Austin received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. While in law school, Austin was an Associate Editor and published member of the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy and the 2011 recipient of the Mary Collier Hitchcock Prize, awarded to one ... view profile
Barrett represents businesses and individual clients in a broad range of litigation... more
Barrett represents businesses and individual clients in a broad range of litigation matters, from contract and antitrust disputes, to consumer and employment class actions. He was named a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyer in 2013. Before joining Stueve Siegel Hanson in 2009, Barrett practiced in the Kansas City office of Sonnenshein Nath & Rosenthal LLP (now known as Dentons), one of the larges... view profile
A class action lawsuit is a particular kind of litigation, used when a large number of people have the same problem with a company's product or activities. Many companies have had class action lawsuits filed against them, including Apple Computer, Farmers Insurance, Burger King, LP Siding, Microsoft, and Coppertone. Class action lawsuits are also filed against companies for product defects that could potentially hurt anyone buying their products. Asbestos and tobacco class action claims are examples, as are the drug class action cases against the manufacturers of Accutane, Celebrex, Ephedra, Vioxx, and Paxil. Class action attorneys can discuss the pros and cons of a class action lawsuit with you if you think one may be appropriate. Class action lawyers are usually paid on contingency, which means they receive a percentage of the money paid if you win the lawsuit.