A January 11, 2017 explosion at a truck manufacturing facility in (appropriately named) Dodge Center, Minnesota caused many serious injuries. It is alleged that a company, Swagelok, failed to properly design, manufacture, test, and inspect a hose assembly, which is alleged to have caused the devastating explosion (See the complaint here. The complaint, by the […]

Congratulations to lawyers Christopher Kuhlman and Joe Crosby for their $8.98 million dollar jury verdict in a medical malpractice case against Allina Health Systems on behalf of their client, Sirena Samuelson (and her son). (The verdict came late last month and the Star Tribune covered it here.) The case arose out of problems in the […]

(Original post (1/11/14), updated/revised: 6/5/15, 11/20/17, 10/9/18): The Minnesota Litigator blog of news and commentary on Minnesota civil litigation is now in its TENTH year and we have posted more than 2,000, 27 interviews with notable Minnesota litigators, and 6 interviews with state and federal judges. We have twice been listed as a Top 100 […]

Update (October 3, 2018): The Minnesota Supreme Court accepted the petition for review of the case described below and the case has gotten some national attention. On Monday, the Minnesota Supreme Court heard oral argument. The issue on appeal is, on one level, extremely simple: if Debbie Defendant falsely accuses Peter Plaintiff of domestic abuse and Peter […]

Update (October 1, 2018): Sometimes, clients push their lawyers to take extreme positions, “scorched earth tactics,” or a “take no prisoners” strategy. Our ethics rules seem to “punt” on the question of who bears ultimate responsibility as between the lawyer and the client for over-the-top tactics. This seems appropriate. Lawyers are advocates. Lawyers are their clients’ […]

Update (September 26, 2018): Here we go again. In the linked complaint, another law firm charges Findlaw with fraud, among other causes of action, for promised web-based marketing help that fell far short of the law firm’s expectations. Minnesota Litigator has fielded off-line calls from lawyers dissatisfied with Findlaw’s services more than once (website design, […]

Update post (September 21, 2018): Notch another successful prediction for Minnesota Litigator as Prof. Kristin Naca has lost her lawsuit against Macalester College on Macalester’s motion for summary judgment, discussed (and predicted) below. We also covered the case here and here. The opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Patrick J. Schiltz (D. Minn.) granting Macalester’s motion […]

Ambassador Press, Inc. (“Ambassador”) is a Minnesota-based printing company that went to Durst Image Technology U.S., LLC (“Durst”) to buy a large format printer. As Ambassador discussed the potential purchase with Durst, Ambassador was very concerned about the potential risk of “print head” failures (and the delay and added expense that they would cause, particularly when […]

Update (September 14, 2018): The posts below recount the unfortunate trajectory for Minnesota lawyer, Todd A. Crabtree, and this week, the sentence was meted out for the perceived wrong-doings. One, in particular, caught our eye: Mr. Crabtree is found to have improperly notarized his own document. Query: in a transaction between A and B in […]

If a person allegedly misappropriates copyrighted material, the copyright holder may sue the misappropriator for copyright infringement. If the material is pornography, is the accused infringer entitled to additional protections because pornography consumption is widely viewed as private and embarrassing? Apparently, the answer is, “Yes.” According to his lawyers, Mr. Greg Lansky, an owner of […]