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Sep 1, 2023

Driver’s cellphone conviction vacated

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled a trucker didn’t violate state law by glancing at a spam alert.

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Sep 1, 2023

Local attorneys played key role in litigation over 3M earplugs

Minnesota lawyers were instrumental in achieving the historic $6 billion settlement announced by 3M.

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Aug 31, 2023

Justices ask lawmakers to examine litigation financing

Litigation financing has come to Minnesota, along with generous, some would say unconscionable, “repayment rates,” the term used instead of interest.

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Aug 30, 2023

Justice Barrett says she welcomes scrutiny of court

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett told attendees at a judicial conference that she welcomed public scrutiny of the court. But she stopped short of commenting on whether she thinks the court should change how it operates in the face of recent criticism.

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Aug 30, 2023

When does criticism of a judge cross the line?

Three experts in legal ethics discuss what lawyers can say about judges.

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Aug 30, 2023

8th Circuit upholds sanctions imposed on attorneys for Satanic Temple

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals recently upheld attorney sanctions that were imposed by the federal district court.

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Aug 29, 2023

3M agrees to pay $6 billion to settle earplug lawsuits

The settlement, consisting of $5 billion in cash and $1 billion in 3M stock, will be made in payments that will run through 2029.

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Aug 29, 2023

EEOC proposes ‘expansive’ Pregnant Worker Act rule

Attorneys see the newly proposed rule to implement the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act as painting the employee’s right to a reasonable accommodation with a broad brush while maintaining a firm standard for the employer’s burden of showing that a particular request would constitute an undue hardship.

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Aug 29, 2023

Waiver of counsel inadequate in felony, court finds

What constitutes a waiver of counsel — and what does not — was addressed by the Court of Appeals in the release of State v. Gant.

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Aug 28, 2023

Workplace dispute, racial bias claims get mixed results in 8th Circuit ruling

A contract attorney of Asian descent sued her former employer and co-workers for allegedly targeting her with slurs and other tortious conduct.

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Aug 25, 2023

Vatican sovereign immunity upheld

The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota has dismissed a lawsuit brought by four plaintiffs who were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests when they were children.

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Aug 25, 2023

OLPR withdraws disbarment petition against Odegaard

The Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility has withdrawn its petition to disbar Warren attorney Anders Odegaard, who is charged with killing his former wife.

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