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Notes & Trends – February 2019

CIVIL PROCEDURE JUDICIAL LAW • Minn. R. Civ. P. 6.05; affirming dismissal of late administrative appeal. Appellant contended the Worker’s Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) erred in dismissing her appeal as untimely, arguing she was entitled to a three-day extension under Rule 6.05 when a party is served by mail. In denying the appeal, the Supreme […]

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Notes & Trends – January 2019

CIVIL PROCEDURE JUDICIAL LAW • Minn. R. Civ. P. 59.01; affirming denial of motion for new trial after settlement. Plaintiff and defendant were parties to a marriage dissolution proceeding. The parties attended mediation, where an agreement was reached to fully resolve the dispute. After mediation, respondent circulated proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law, and order […]

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Notes & Trends – December 2018

COMMERCIAL & CONSUMER LAW REGULATORY LAW • Unlawful practices: Federal consumer protection laws give regulators considerable authority to penalize creditors that violate the protections afforded. In a regulatory action, a Minnesota bank was charged with “redlining”—that is, intentionally avoiding providing services in Minneapolis-St. Paul to individuals living in predominantly minority neighborhoods, because of race or […]

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Notes & Trends – November 2018

CIVIL PROCEDURE JUDICIAL LAW • Minn. R. Civ. P. 12.02(e); affirming claim dismissal due to insufficient pleading of foreseeability. Doe 121 v. Diocese of Winona arose out of sexual misconduct by a priest in the early 1960s. A Catholic priest received a written reprimand from the bishop of the Diocese of Winona for “his poor […]

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Notes & Trends – October 2018

CIVIL PROCEDURE JUDICIAL LAW • Minn. R. Civ. P. 63.03; affirming timely removal of assigned judge. Appellant is a petitioner in the Minnesota Tax Court in three cases. In June 2016 one of three tax court judges issued a scheduling order to control the first case, and in May 2017, a second tax court judge granted […]

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Notes & Trends – September 2018

EMPLOYMENT & LABOR LAW JUDICIAL LAW • Janus decision; Minnesota impact.As Labor Day 2018 rolls around, the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of its 2017-2018 term, in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Mun. Employees, Council 31,is continuing to create waves in Minnesota, one of about two dozen states with […]

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Notes & Trends – August 2018

Commercial and Consumer Law JUDICIAL LAW • Alternative dispute resolution. Arbitration agreements in both consumer and commercial contracts are common and provide in many circumstances both a cheaper and a more rewarding and efficient method of dispute resolution than does litigation. Not surprisingly, trial lawyers may prefer litigation, and some individuals may later seek to evade the […]

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Notes & Trends – July 2018

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDICIAL LAW • Data Practices Act; ‘substantial evidence’ standard of review. In an important case under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that the ‘substantial evidence’ standard of review applies to data practices disputes heard by administrative law judges and clarified the act’s requirement that data requests be handled […]

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Notes & Trends – May/June 2018

CIVIL PROCEDURE JUDICIAL LAW • Minn. R. Civ. P. 25.01; dismissing appeal for lack of jurisdiction. Plaintiff was convicted of multiple counts of first degree-murder following a jury trial. In 2014, plaintiff filed an “Amended Petition for Post-Conviction Relief” arguing newly discovered DNA evidence placed an alternative suspect at two crime scenes. During the pendency of […]

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Notes & Trends – April 2018

COMMERCIAL AND CONSUMER LAW JUDICIAL LAW • When does the clock run and who has what rights? In Trebelhorn v. Agrawal, 94 U.C.C. Rep. Serv. 2d 241, 2017 WL 5560063 (Minn. Ct. App. 2018), the court had to decide whether the statute of limitations in Uniform Commercial Code Article 2, which applies to sales of goods (§ 2-725), […]

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