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September 2012

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Motor Vehicle Stops: A Four-Step Analysis Every Attorney Should Know

Whenever a motion to suppress challenges the legality of a motor vehicle stop, a four-step constitutional analysis is in order.  This starts by determining whether the facts of your case implicate the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Regardless whether the person before the court is a criminal defendant seeking suppression of evidence or a […]

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Minority Shareholder Protection: Practical Implications for Business Planning

Small businesses are the foundation of our economy. They are often formed by friends, relatives, and business associates in a spirit of optimism and mutual trust. Partly because of that optimism and trust, many small businesses are informally organized and managed. All too often relationships among shareholders degrade over time or there are disagreements about […]

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Mock Trial: A Recipe for Growth, Satisfaction, and Civic Education

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Friends to the Court

Back in February, our most recent past president, Brent Routman, discussed a concept that was aptly named the “AMICUS Society.”  The concept was, from my understanding, the brainchild of Chief Justice Gildea and past president Lew Remele and envisioned an approach whereby attorneys, as a profession, can become true “friends to the court.” The underlying […]

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UPL by Suspended Attorneys

In the past few years, several attorneys have either been disciplined or have allegations pending against them based upon their continuing to practice law after being suspended due to discipline, suspended for nonpayment of the lawyer registration fee, or having their practice restricted for failure to meet Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements.  As a variation […]

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That Magic Moment

Who gets the engagement ring after a divorce? What about when an engagement is called off? Minnesota law provides pretty straightforward answers when these questions are considered separately, but things get fuzzy when you look at the answers together. Post-marriage, because the engagement ring is acquired before the marriage, it is nonmarital and goes to […]

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Discrimination Claims

The doctrine of “aiding and abetting” discrimination under the Minnesota Human Rights Act was clarified earlier this year by the Minnesota Court of Appeals in a case brought by a woman who was fired after complaining about sexual harassment by a coworker. It held that the majority owner of the company and his father, who […]

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