The city of Red Wing is one of my favorite places in Minnesota. In part this is because it has two name-sake businesses that make well known and well respected products. Boots and stoneware. The people of Red Wing have reason to be proud of their town. However, an article in last week’s Pioneer Press […]

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 […]

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 […]

There has been an exponential amount of growth in the Minnesota craft-brewing scene. Ever since the passage of the Surly Bill, a law spearheaded by local beer powerhouse Surly Brewing Co. that allows local breweries to sell beer on-site, new breweries and tap rooms have been popping up all over the state. With fast expansion […]

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 […]

Update (January 22, 2013): After trying to think of some bad shoe-related puns to insert into this post, I decided to use my better judgment and just give the facts: Minnetonka Moccasins has voluntarily dismissed its trademark infringement lawsuit against Target. Since Minnetonka Moccasins initiated the lawsuit back in September 2012, there has been little action […]

A trademark fight that celebrates its third birthday in the U.S. District Court, D. Minn., in less than two weeks, is set for court trial on February 8. Louis Roederer’s Cristal-brand champagne sells for over $150/bottle. Defendant’s Cristalino “Brut Cava” (not champagne, the defendant will no doubt stress) is less than $10/bottle. U.S. Judge Joan […]

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 […]

[12/11/09 UPDATE: The Minnesota Litigator jumped the gun. Before the appeal comes Fair Isaac’s motion for an amended judgment, judgment as a matter of law, a new trial or, in the alternative, findings of fact filed 12/10/09.] In a large lawsuit covered in this blog previously here (discovery deadline dispute), here (technology in the courtroom), […]

I have never felt the need to name my meat before eating it; I don’t know anyone, in fact, who makes a habit of it, but, for some reason, McDonald’s new ad campaign seems to hint at this strange act. McDonald’s odd, “Who’s your patty?” ad campaign apparently derives from “Who’s your daddy?” (or an […]