John "Skip" M. Kunst, Jr.

Experience

Bond v. General Motors

We represented Defendant General Motors in a suit filed by its employee under the Employee's Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), as amended, 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq., alleging breach of fiduciary obligations and equitable or promissory estoppel.  The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio granted summary judgement for the employer.

Lykins v. GMC

Dinsmore & Shohl represented General Motors Corporation in a suit filed by the surviving spouse of one of it's employees seeking in excess of $300,000 in benefits under the deceased husband's employee pension plan.  The district court ruled, as a matter of law, that Plaintiff was not entitled to receive surviving spouse benefits under her deceased husband's ERISA-qualified employee pension plan, because her husband had not changed the designation of his former wife as beneficiary under the GMC plan prior to his death.  The case was dismissed upon Motion for Summary Judgment.

Personal Injury Case Related to a Vehicle Seatbelt

We represented a major automobile manufacturer in a personal injury product liability lawsuit. The Plaintiff alleged that her seatbelt failed to restrain her during an accident, and she contended that she suffered severe head injuries resulting in alleged cognitive impairment. By effective presentation of our expert witnesses, and through extensive discovery, we were able to negotiate favorable settlement terms to resolve the litigation.