Hillside Handshake

Kansas juries enforce handshake agreements. Alan Meyer and John Pratt envisioned a housing development in Junction City, Kansas, for soldiers and their families stationed at Fort Riley. They called their vision The Bluffs. Meyer and Pratt shared their vision with two other partners. The four men shook hands and formed a joint venture to build the project. But the two other partners had a different bluff in mind. After Meyer and Pratt helped secure millions in public financing, they were tossed aside by their partners, who built the project with someone else. A federal jury in Kansas City, Kansas returned a $14.7 million verdict for our clients, Meyer and Pratt. Kansas City saw only one larger verdict in 2009. We tried and won the case without a written contract — just a handshake and a promise on a rocky Kansas hillside.

Meyer, et al. v. Christie, et al., Case No. 07-2230, United States District Court for the District of Kansas