Update (October 16, 2014): It is very rare for there to be “amicus” filings in trial court cases (that is, filings by interested third-parties, non-parties to the litigation). The legal malpractice lawsuit by JJ Holand against the Twin Cities law firm of Fredrikson & Byron is such a case. Can Fredrikson & Byron (“F&B”) hide […]

Summer can be a slow time for sports fans. Basketball season is over, football season hasn’t started, and, while baseball season is still going, some fans know that their team’s season is effectively over (see: Minnesota Twins). But one season has been alive and very active this summer: college sports litigation! The NCAA has been […]

Update (July 15, 2014): The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit recently affirmed the District of Minnesota’s ruling in favor of Nothern States Power (NSP), covered previously on Minnesota Litigator (below) by Jake Smith: Assuming, without deciding, that Minnesota courts would apply the doctrine of temporary impracticability to conditions precedent for use as […]

Update (July 15, 2013): [Editor’s update] Motion to dismiss this legal malpractice claim against the Twin Cities law firm of Fredrikson & Byron based on the statute of limitations is denied. Even if the statutes of limitation began to run in October 2004, when Fredrikson first allegedly communicated the possibility of its error, Fredrikson may have tolled the […]

Link Snacks, Inc., the makers of JACK LINK’S brand beef jerky, has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the district of Minnesota (federal court, that is) alleging that 100 anonymous eBay users have sold counterfeit coupons and violating their trademarks. Link Snacks has also filed a motion for early discovery. Will […]

On December 10, Jammie Thomas-Rasset filed a petition for a writ certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court (meaning that she seeks review of an intermediate appellate court’s ruling against her) asking to have a jury verdict reduced on the grounds that the award is excessive and violates her due process rights. Thomas-Rasset shared 24 songs […]

For our second profile of an interesting Minnesota trial lawyer (our first, Elliot Olsen, can be found here), we had the chance to sit down recently with Jim Behrenbrinker to talk about his diverse practice and the big excessive force/wrongful death claim he brought against the City of Minneapolis. Behrenbrinker was formerly at Robins Kaplan […]

Jennifer Eisenbarth, of Shakopee, Minnesota lost a whole lot of weight, was a participant in the hit show, The Biggest Loser, and now sues certain weight-loss firms that, she alleges through her lawyers at M&G, “are wrongfully capitalizing on Plaintiff’s reputation and intellectual property rights to lure consumers into ordering their Infringing Products on the false premise […]

An earlier post highlighted U.S. District Court Judge Patrick J. Schiltz’s pragmatic approach to judging. In another example of what might be called “active judging,” Judge Schiltz issued an order today in a garden-variety Truth-in-Lending rescission case giving the parties clear direction on several varied but specific legal issues that the Court deemed important to […]

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Davis heard argument today on cross-motions for summary judgment in a case brought by Sierra Club Northstar Chapter in regard to a bridge over the St. Croix River. Cross motions for summary judgment had been pending since late May. The Sierra Club, represented by the Environmental Law & Policy Center, […]