“Let me check with my client to make sure everything is Kosher.” I have heard this phrase, or some similar iteration, countless times to make sure certain terms or conditions were acceptable or legitimate, but never to make sure something was actually Kosher. It looks like some local lawyers are going to have to do just […]

We recently covered Defendant TiZA’s extremely broad view of a proposed protective order in the case.  We now have the ACLU’s response (here).  Of particular interest is the news that threats and intimidation have apparently caused a third-party witness whom the ACLU wished to depose to cancel the deposition.  “Stopping TIZA’s intimidation of potential witnesses […]

Rockwood Retaining Walls, Inc. spent ten years and obviously a lot of money defending claims of patent infringement represented by the boutique Twin Cities IP firm Patterson Thuente Skaar & Christensen (PTSC).  The litigation did not go very well for Rockwood.  After the ten-year fight, the jury handed down a $24 million verdict against it. Rockwood turned […]

The press release is here. The FBA specialty items are here.

Well over 90% of cases settle, many on the courthouse steps, some while the jury deliberates, and others, post-verdict while the case is on appeal.  Too bad the court system does not permit a “dual track” scenario where the parties settle the case, but also, just out of curiosity, the court decides a pending motion, […]

The ACLU is taking on the Tarek Ibn Zayad Academy (“TIZA”) Charter school for an alleged violation of First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution — i.e., the Establishment Clause. TIZA attempted to turn the tables and came out fighting with several counterclaims — tortious interference, business defamation. Today, the U.S. District Court, D. Minn., disposed […]

In an earlier post, this blog discussed a ruling of the U.S. District Court (D. Minn.) in which the Court was pessimistic about the plaintiff’s class action claims of computer fraud and abuse in connection with unwanted text messages on her cell phone. Plaintiff was given a chance to amend her complaint and give it […]

Minnesota has a statute that dates back to the 19th century, originally passed to protect a woman from her husband’s mortgaging and losing their home without his wife’s knowledge, that requires both the husband and the wife’s signatures on mortgage loans.  Now, during the current “mortgage meltdown,” this law has become “an out” for some […]

Apparently Dennis Hecker’s former secretary decided to take some documents with her when she left her job working for him and, when served a subpoena by Chrysler Finance, who has a lawsuit against Hecker, she produced the computer files to Chrysler Finance. Now Hecker’s counsel not only wants the files returned, because they were allegedly […]

An attorney, purporting to act on behalf of a client, sends correspondence that a disappointed business entity blames for the collapse of an important business transaction. The business entity (let’s call it PureChoice) brings suit against the son of the purported client — alleging that the client was not competent, that the son was acting […]