In the Great White Northland of Minnesota Nice, few of us regularly see overtly racist — that is anti-black — behavior. On the other hand, a great many of us (but unfortunately not all of us) are aware of subtler, thinly veiled, and pervasive anti-black attitudes and racism in Minnesota, perhaps more than many other […]

Regular Minnesota Litigator readers will note that, among other recurring themes, we are preoccupied with marketing for legal services and lawyers and reputation. We should not have to point out the critical overlap of these areas of interest. We have also found defamation in the internet age to be a fertile ground for posts and, again, the overlap […]

July 1, 2018.  Amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure will take effect on that day.   Many of the proposed amendments will bring Minnesota’s civil procedure rules into conformity with the federal rules. Parts of rule 56 governing summary judgment will be amended. It is hard to compare the rule 56 provisions as they […]

    Judicial Independence Day – June 12 – marks the passage of the Act of Settlement in England in 1701.  For the first time, the King of England could not remove judges at will.  Judges could be removed only by Parliament, and served for life during “good behavior.”   This was an important step towards […]

Only last week, we noted how schools and colleges are the bomb factories where our kids’ hormonal fire-works are set off. Kids are alleged to have behaved badly. Schools investigate and, where they believe it is warranted, discipline perceived wrong-doers. Someone ends up charged with wrong-doing (or not) and sometimes it seems the school is […]

Update (June 8, 2018): Minnesota Litigator is proud of its accurate predictions but we also own our botched predictions. We got a recent prediction way wrong. In Glacial Plains Co-op v. Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company, the primary case described in earlier posts, below, the issue was whether a contract that expressly provided that it had […]

  Update (June 6, 2018): We commented recently on the closing of Bar Louie in Minneapolis (see below), openly questioning how this pertained to “News and Commentary about Minnesota Civil Litigation,” which is our subject matter focus. Apparently, we were prescient. Linked here is a complaint against Bar Louie filed this week in U.S. District Court […]

For years now, Minnesota Litigator has tried to catch the next big wave in civil litigation. We have tried to predict growth in particular areas of civil litigation and we kind of caught this one (September 5, 2017: He Sad/She Sad, The Next Big Wave?). Hang ten. Kowabunga. Hello, hello, hello, how low Hello, hello, […]

Update (June 5, 2018): In last Thursday’s post, below, we mentioned Life Time, Inc.’s “bringing the hammer down” on former employees for violations of their non-competition agreements (and related alleged wrong-doing). Life Time prevailed on its motion for a preliminary injunction yesterday. Congratulations to Life Time and its lawyers, Patrick Martin and Stephanie Willing from […]

Update (June 4, 2018): ATTENTION 2018 WEDDING PARTICIPANTS: Sneaking off to a lawyer repeatedly before the wedding day and then confronting your fiancé with a “prenup” while guests are en route to your destination wedding will likely not fly in Minnesota. To go all legal on you: In the Kremer v. Kremer case, discussed below […]