Alexander T. Ricke

Kansas City - Associate | 816-714-7141 (Direct) | ricke@stuevesiegel.com

Alex is a go-to litigator for “bet the company” commercial cases as well as complex class actions.  He regularly litigates business and class action cases in state and federal courts throughout the country.  In commercial cases, Alex is a zealous advocate for his clients when their business and livelihood are in jeopardy.  He also passionately represents plaintiffs in nationwide class actions for antitrust violations, wage and hour violations, defective products, and deceptive practices.  In these high-stakes cases, Alex often litigates against lawyers from the largest firms in the country representing some of the most powerful companies in the world.

Prior to joining Stueve Siegel Hanson in 2016, Alex was in private practice in Kansas City, Missouri at a boutique complex litigation firm prosecuting business and class action cases around the country.  In his practice, Alex has successfully resolved “bet the company” business cases for his clients as well as nationwide and state-wide class actions for hundreds of thousands of class members.

Alex earned his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri in 2009 and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2012.  He is an active member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys as well as the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.  Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Alex now lives in Kansas City, Missouri and enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and supporting the Missouri Tigers.

 

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Current Cases

DIRECTV Wage and Hour Litigation, Multiple Jurisdictions: Alex is part of the litigation team asserting violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage laws against DIRECTV and associated entities on behalf of satellite installation technicians.  In over 50 federal cases against DIRECTV brought by Stueve Siegel Hanson, Plaintiffs are challenging DIRECTV’s fissured employment structure where DIRECTV disclaims the responsibility of employment while simultaneously controlling nearly every aspect of the technicians’ work, including hiring and firing. Plaintiffs are further challenging DIRECTV’s “piece-rate” payment structure, which fails to compensate technicians for all hours worked, overtime hours, and business expenses. Alex has deposed in excess of 30 current and former DIRECTV employees in connection with these cases.  Alex also regularly drafts evidentiary and dispositive motions including successfully drafting and arguing a motion to compel the production of documents that DIRECTV had previously withheld.

Criddell v. Premier Healthcare Services, LLC, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California: Alex has day-to-day management responsibility for this case where Plaintiff asserts claims for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and California Labor Code against a home healthcare provider.  The case is pending before Judge Manuel L. Real, who, in February 2017, certified the FCRA claim as a class action and conditionally certified the FLSA claim as a collective action.  In March 2017, Plaintiff accepted a Rule 68 Offer of Judgment that provided $101 per class member to the FCRA Class and full damages to the FLSA Collective.  Plaintiff is now seeking approval of these Rule 68 Judgments from the Court.

Finefrock, et al. v. Five Guys Operations, LLC, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania: Alex has primary responsibility over this case, which asserts violations of the Equal Pay Act against Five Guys’ corporate-owned restaurants for paying women less than men for equal work.  The case seeks recoupment of the underpaid wages and status as a collective action under the Equal Pay Act provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  In March 2017, Judge Sylvia H. Rambo denied Five Guys’ motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim.  Plaintiff is now engaging in class-wide discovery.

Hutkai, et al. v. Penn National Gaming, Inc., et al., U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri: Alex represents Plaintiffs asserting claims for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and state minimum wage and overtime laws.  Plaintiffs are current and former table games dealers at PNG’s subsidiary casinos who seek to represent similarly situated employees for claims of illegal time-clock rounding, failure to pay wages for training, and failure to correctly calculate overtime for tipped employees.

Cox, et al. v. Gordmans Stores, Inc., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri: Alex is part of the litigation team asserting violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act against Gordmans for misclassifying Assistant Managers as exempt from receiving overtime compensation.  The case is pending before Judge Ronnie L. White, who, in November 2016, conditionally certified the case as a collective action class of all Gordmans Assistant Managers across the country.  Plaintiff and the certified collective seek recoupment of previously denied overtime compensation. 

Hapka v. CareCentrix, Inc, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas: Alex is part of the litigation team asserting that CareCentrix was negligent in connection with a breach in the company’s data security where its employees’ confidential personal and tax information was sent to third parties.  Plaintiff has already experienced tax fraud as a result of the data breach.  In December 2016, Plaintiff defeated a motion to dismiss on standing and failure to state a claim grounds.  The case seeks certification as a class action.

Recent Litigation Highlights

Defective Product Litigation Against a Major Automotive Manufacturer, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California:  Alex coordinated the litigation team that, in April 2016, secured final approval of a nationwide settlement between a class of owners and lessees of class vehicles and a major automotive manufacturer.  The lawsuit stemmed from allegations that the steering system in the class vehicles was defective and caused the vehicles to “wander” at highway speeds.  The settlement followed extensive written and deposition discovery where Alex deposed five corporate executives.  The settlement relief provided cash refunds or repair vouchers to class members who made claims.

Commercial Litigation Against a Major Bank Holding Company, Confidential Jurisdiction: Alex was a part of the litigation team that filed a lawsuit on behalf of a bank holding company against a major bank holding company and one of its subsidiaries.  The litigation arose out of a merger agreement between the parties whereby Defendants agreed to purchase Alex’s client.  However, the merger failed to obtain regulatory approval due to Defendants’ actions in another market in violation of federal regulations.  After defeating a motion to dismiss and engaging in discovery, Alex and the litigation team were able to reach a settlement with Defendants resulting in Defendants purchasing Alex’s client.  Alex worked closely with Defendants’ counsel to ensure the acquisition obtained regulatory approval.   

Antitrust Litigation Against a Nationwide Dairy Cooperative, Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri:   Alex was a part of the litigation team that, in November 2015, secured final approval of a $3,500,000 settlement between a certified class of Missouri citizens who had purchased milk and cream products and Defendant.  The lawsuit stemmed from one of Defendant’s programs whereby Defendant incentivized member farmers to cull their cattle herds.  Plaintiffs alleged that Defendant’s program artificially increased the price of milk and dairy products in Missouri in violation of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.  The case was settled following class certification, denial of a writ related to class certification, and argument on summary judgment.

Antitrust Litigation Against Pool Products Manufacturers and a Distributor, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana: Alex was a part of the litigation team that, between 2014 and 2015, secured finally approved settlements between indirect purchasers of pool products in California, Arizona, Missouri and Florida and three manufacturers of pool products.  The allegations in the suit stemmed from a Federal Trade Commission investigation that a pool product distributor conspired with three pool product manufacturers to damage competition in the supply chain and increase prices.

State Courts

Missouri, 2012

Illinois, 2013

Kansas, 2014

U.S.Federal Courts

U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 2012

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 2012

U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 2013

U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2015

U.S. Court of Appeals

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2015

University of Missouri School of Law, J.D., 2012

University of Missouri, Bachelor of Journalism, 2009

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2016

The Missouri Bar

The Illinois State Bar Association

The Kansas Bar Association

Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

The Mizzou Alumni Association


Professional Organizations

Illinois State Bar

The Missouri Bar

Kansas Bar Association

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

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