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Sep 27, 2023

Defining ‘and’ in sentencing statute falls to Supreme Court

What the justices decide about how to intrepret the simple conjunction could affect thousands of prison sentences each year.

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Sep 27, 2023

Hashtag rates higher libel protection

A divided Minnesota Supreme Court finds a Facebook post that accused a dance instructor of sexual assault involved a matter of public concern.

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Sep 27, 2023

Court: Performance issues, not bias, prompted union to fire organizer

The U.S. District Court for Minnesota recently dismissed a retaliation and wrongful termination case brought pro se by a former employee against the union she worked for.

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Sep 26, 2023

ABA panel spotlights critical value of witness prep

A new ethics opinion from the ABA reminds litigators of the critical role of witness preparation in winning cases while setting markers for defining impermissible “coaching” in an age when remote proceedings have increased the opportunity for chicanery.

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Sep 25, 2023

Robot milker case yields $122M

Three years of litigation have ended with a settlement of nearly $122M in a class action over problems dairy farmers encountered while using a robotic milker.

Up&Coming 2023
Sep 25, 2023

2023 Up & Coming Attorneys

These Up & Coming Attorneys are the legal minds Minnesota Lawyer is going to cover for the next 20 years as they find justice for their clients and make the arguments that will help define new legal precedents.

Unsung Legal Heroes 2023
Sep 25, 2023

2023 Unsung Legal Heroes

Without the support of the paralegals, IT professionals, investigators and more featured in this section, it’s nigh impossible to do great work.

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Sep 22, 2023

Appeals court takes up transgender health coverage case

A federal appeals court is considering cases out of North Carolina and West Virginia that could have significant implications on whether individual states are required to cover health care for transgender people with government-sponsored insurance.

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Sep 22, 2023

Court upholds sex-with-minor report submitted by man’s therapist

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld the district court’s decision to allow admissions made to a mandated reporter to be entered as evidence against a man accused of engaging in sex with a minor.

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Sep 21, 2023

Federal judge rules for students with disabilities in age-cutoff case

The ruling sided with a Minnesota law center that said some students' education was cut short in violation of federal law.

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Sep 20, 2023

Justices remand Duluth dispute

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled there was no ‘continuing violation’ of preservation advocate’s rights.

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Sep 20, 2023

Legal education for incarcerated students expands

Incarcerated legal students and paralegals in the Prison-to-Law Pipeline program appear to have broken further new ground by working on expungement petitions and other civil matters for formerly incarcerated clients.

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