Sean Cooper

Kansas City - Associate | 816-714-7109 (Direct) | cooper@stuevesiegel.com

Sean focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, class actions, wrongful death and catastrophic injury, and antitrust litigation. He joined Stueve Siegel Hanson in 2013 after graduating law school, and has helped clients gain successful results since joining the firm.

Sean is part of a team of lawyers at Stueve Siegel Hanson and co-counsel firms prosecuting claims on behalf of corn farmers in In re Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation, a multi-district proceeding consolidated in federal court in Kansas.  Stueve Siegel Hanson was appointed Lead Counsel in the action alleging that Syngenta introduced a new genetic corn trait into the US market prematurely before it was approved in all export markets, including China.  Recently, after a half day of deliberation, the jury found Syngenta negligent and awarded $217,700,000 in compensatory damages to a class of more than 7,000 Kansas corn growers.     

In 2016, Sean was part of a team of lawyers who reached a Settlement Agreement between Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp, U.S.A. (KMM), Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) and a Kawasaki vendor, resulting in a $ 4 million payment to Kawasaki.

Sean earned his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2013.  During law school, Sean was an Associate Editor of the Kansas Law Review and won CALI Excellence for the future Awards in KU’s Immigration and Asylum Clinic and International Human Rights Law. Before law school, Sean earned a B.A. in English from Truman State University and graduated summa cum laude. Sean also received his M.A. in English from Truman State, where he was graduate student of the year in the English program. Sean was a four-year varsity tennis player at Truman State, posting one of the winningest records in school history. After receiving his M.A., Sean taught English as a second language in Bangkok, Thailand.

Sean, along with Barrett Vahle and Todd Hilton from Stueve Siegel Hanson, recently authored a chapter for the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Business Litigation Handbook, on the topic of punitive damages in Kansas and Missouri. 

Sean is an active member of the Federal Bar Advocates, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys.  

Sean lives in the Waldo area of Kansas City with his wife and two young children.

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In re Syngenta AG MIR 162 Corn Litigation.  Stueve Siegel Hanson was appointed Lead Counsel in this multi-district, complex 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.

Sean was part of a team of lawyers who reached a Settlement Agreement between Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp, U.S.A. (KMM), Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) and a Kawasaki vendor, resulting in a $4 million payment to Kawasaki.  The vendor supplied fuel filters to Kawasaki for use in small engines which powered outdoor equipment such as lawnmowers.  Kawasaki’s suit alleged the filters were defective, leaked fuel, and in some cases caused fires on consumer lawnmowers.  After learning of the defective part and potential fire hazard, Kawasaki instituted a nationwide recall for the safety of its customers.  Kawasaki brought claims for breach of warranty, breach of contract, and fraudulent inducement to recover its damages from recalling the fuel filters, seeking $4 million in damages. 

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., et al. v. United Egg Producers, et al.  Sean was part of the litigation team that represents Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., and local grocery stores in an antitrust lawsuit against numerous egg producers and egg industry trade groups for artificial inflation of egg prices. The lawsuit alleged that defendants engaged in a conspiracy designed to increase the price of eggs in violation of the Kansas Restraint of Trade Act. After nearly four years of litigation, Stueve Siegel Hanson successfully resolved this litigation in 2014.

In re: The Home Depot, Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation (N.D. Georgia) (Consumer Data Breach Litigation) - Sean worked with lead counsel representing consumers in multi-district litigation against The Home Depot, Inc. following a massive data security breach involving the personal and financial information of approximately 56 million customers. The case is consolidated and currently being litigated in the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division.  

In re: Target Consumer Data Security Breach Litigation (D. Minnesota) (Consumer Data Breach Litigation) Sean was a member of the firm's team representing a class of consumers in multi-district litigation against Target Corporation following an announcement that hackers had apparently stolen 40 million customers’ credit and debit card information and compromised 70 million customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. A settlement providing for monetary and non-monetary relief to consumers nationwide was approved by the Court in March of 2015.

Missouri, 2013

Kansas, 2014

U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

University of Kansas School of Law, 2013

J.D.

 

Truman State University

M.A., English, 2008

B.A., English, 2006 – Summa cum Laude

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

American Bar Association

Missouri Association of Trial Attorney

Missouri Bar Association

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