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A Perfect Storm: Credit-Card Litigation Climate Changes

Recent amendments to the Truth in Lending Act, coupled with challenges to mandatory arbitration clauses and a litigation climate that favors consumer protection actions may lead to an increase in class actions and individual claims of statutory violations involving consumer credit-card agreements.

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Learning by Example: ‘Materially Limited’ Conflicts

Most lawyers readily understand conflicts wherein they are directly adverse to another party, but they may be uncertain where their own interests or responsibilities to another person “materially limit” their representation of a client.  Because lawyers owe their clients independent professional judgment, they should identify and weigh any limits of their representation.

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Collaborative Law: Not Just for Family Lawyers

Originating in Minnesota nearly 20 years ago, collaborative law has grown from its origins in family law practice and taken root in other professions as well as other areas of law practice throughout the world.  A uniform act now before the Minnesota Legislature would establish statutory guidelines for the collaborative process.

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Summary of Admonitions

In calendar year 2009, the Director’s Office resolved 120 files with admonitions that were issued to Minnesota attorneys for isolated and nonserious misconduct.1 Fifteen lawyers entered into stipulations for private probation that were approved by the Lawyers Board chair;2 these stipulations resolved an additional 35 complaint files. A summary of the admonitions and private probation […]

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Judicial Reform: On Behalf of Seven Generations

Boozhoo Niijii; Gdinimikoon. Hello, Friend; I greet you in a good way. The Ojibwe/Anishinaabe people, like many American Indian communities, have a cultural ideal of contemplating how the lives of the next seven generations of children will be affected by the making of long-term decisions. According to Ojibwe/Anishinaabe tradition, by contemplating how what is done […]

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