An attorney who made headlines for calling a U.S. bankruptcy judge a “Catholic Judge,” a “black-robed bigot” and a “Catholic Knight Witch Hunter” has been indefinitely suspended from the practice of law by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Under the discipline order, filed Wednesday, Rebekah Mariya Nett can petition for reinstatement after nine months.
In its order, the court went beyond the recommended suspension for Nett. A referee appointed in the case sought a six-month suspension for Nett, while Martin Cole, director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, sought a minimum suspension of two years. The court noted that despite its usual deference to referee recommendations, the referee erred in this case by calling Nett’s lack of disciplinary history a mitigating factor.
The court found that Nett committed many acts of misconduct, including repeated “frivolous and harassing personal attacks and discriminatory statements” in 11 pleadings in five different matters over a period of 17 months. The court found that Nett continued to make false statements about judges after being sanctioned.
The suit claims that the Greenbrier Village Homeowner’s Association prevented children from playing on the grass and common area at the condo.
Elaine Gustafson, her partner Richard Wise and her two great grandchildren were named in a complaint filed against the association in 2012. [Wise died in 2012.]
The suit claims that the association formed a committee in 2011 to make rules about that dealt with behavior on the grounds and common areas. The committee came up with new regulations that in part, barred playing, picnicking or sunbathing on the common grounds. Bikes, skate boards and roller blades were also forbidden.
The suit claims these new rules were not well publicized.
In August of that year Gustafson and Wise got a letter from the property managers informing them they were in violation of the rules and “about the children in your care being out on the grass by the building,” the suit says. The letter told them that the two children could use the playground across the street. If violations continued the couple would be fined.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels, said in a statement announcing the suit that “families with children should have the same ability to enjoy their homes as all other tenants.”
Edina Attorney David Hellmuth represents the homeowner’s association.
Eden Prairie company Stratasys is suing Chanhassen-based Afinia for patent infringement in connection with the 3D printers each company sells. In the complaint, filed Monday, Stratasys accuses Afinia of infringing on four patents held by Stratasys.
According to the complaint, the Afinia H-Series 3D printer both makes use of and encourages printer buyers to make use of patented designs. Stratasys is asking for damages to compensate for the alleged patent infringement, including lost profits and royalty payments. The company also is asking for injunctions enjoining Afinia and its employees and officers from infringing on the patents.
Stratasys is represented by Faegre Baker Daniels.
Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Jennifer Frisch to fill an open judgeship in the Second Judicial District. The judicial appointment is the third announced by Dayton this week.
Frisch currently works as the senior associate general counsel for the University of Minnesota. She also has worked as an attorney at Kelly & Berens.
“Throughout her career, Jennifer Frisch has developed an exemplary record of legal scholarship and professionalism,” Dayton said in a prepared statement. “Ms. Frisch’s commitment to high ethical standards and her efforts to expand diversity in the legal profession have greatly enhanced our court system and the people it serves.”
Frisch is an investigator for the Second Judicial District Ethics Committee. She is a member of the Federal Practice Committee, the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the General Rules of Practice for District Courts and the Diversity Committee for the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She has taught courses at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Frisch replaces Judge Kathleen Gearin, who retired this year. She will be chambered in St. Paul.
Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Suzanne Bollman and Amy Brosnahan to fill two vacancies in the 10th Judicial District, he announced Thursday.
Bollman, a Ramsey resident, is the Assistant Sherburne County Attorney and specializes in criminal prosecution. She has served as a prosecutor in Stearns County, Benton County, and the City of St. Cloud. Bollman has been a member of the Supreme Court Gender Fairness Implementation Committee, the Ramsey Public Safety Board and has been a union negotiator. Bollman replaces Judge Elizabeth Martin who retired earlier this year. She will be chambered in Center City.
Brosnahan, who lives in Knife Lake Township, is the Kanabec County Attorney. Before entering the public sector, Brosnahan practiced intellectual property law, products liability law and contruction litigation at Leonard, Street and Deinard. She has served on the board of the Methamphetamine Task Force/Substance Abuse Coalition, as well as the Paradise Theatre in Mora, Minn. Brosnahan replaces Judge Hunter Anderson, who also retired this year. Her chambers will be in Cambridge.
Minnesota’s electronic court filing systems, the eFile and eServe system, might be unavailable Tuesday, Nov. 26, due to a scheduled system upgrade, the judicial branch announced Wednesday.
The system is scheduled for maintenance from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. that day. If anyone is unable to complete a mandatory electronic filing because the system is down, an exception can be requested. Check the Minnesota Courts website for more information.
Nov 18th, 2013 by Elizabeth Ahlin
Chief Justice Douglas Amdahl’s legacy will be the center of attention at the Membership Reception of the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Minneapolis Club. The event will include a program and memorabilia display. Appetizers will be served, and the bar will be busy.
Amdahl was a justice on the court from 1980 to 1981 and chief justice from 1981 to 1989. Amdahl is widely credited with the successful creation of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and with unifying the county and district courts into one trial court system.
Nov 18th, 2013 by Elizabeth Ahlin
A 2009 law school graduate is suspected in the weekend slaying of a Twin Cities physician.
Ted Hoffstrom, 30, is suspected of killing Dr. Stephen Larson, 74, at Larson’s Orono home. Hoffstrom, a University of St. Thomas law school graduate, was killed by police outside the home.
Police have not said what connection, if any, existed between Larson and Hoffstrom, the Star Tribune reported.
Hoffman was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in October. The St. Anthony Village High School graduate had interned with the Minnesota Department of Civil Rights, the Hennepin County District Court, the Minnesota State Senate and the Hennepin County Drug Court, according to the Pioneer Press.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is expected to hold a news conference Monday afternoon.
The Commission on Judicial Selection recommended three candidates to Gov. Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota’s 1st Judicial District. This vacancy was created upon the retirement of Judge Edward I. Lynch. This district court judgeship will be chambered at Le Center in Le Sueur County.
Robert Bauer is a shareholder at Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A., where he is a general practitioner with an emphasis in real estate, civil litigation and municipal law. He is also a Certified Real Property Specialist with the Minnesota State Bar Association and is a qualified neutral.
Timothy Looby is a partner at Melchert Hubert Sjodin, P.L.L.P., where he practices in family law, including marriage dissolutions, child custody and spousal maintenance. Previously, his practice has also consisted of wills, real estate, business, employment, criminal and municipal law. Looby is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a volunteer attorney with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services.
Mark Vandelist is a trial attorney and partner at Vandelist & Vandelist, P.A., where he primarily handles personal injury cases and provides pro bono services in criminal areas. He previously served as a trial attorney at Heuer & Vandelist, P.A., and Cousineau McGuire Chartered. Vandelist is a certified civil trial specialist and serves as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.
Minnesota’s 1st Judicial District consists of Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Le Sueur, McLeod, Scott and Sibley counties.
An announcement of the appointment will be made following an interview process over the next few weeks.