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Prosecutors move to toss tainted drug cases

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 7:13am
BOSTON — Prosecutors moved to throw out more than 21,000 drug convictions on Tuesday, five years after a chemist at the state drug lab was caught tampering with evidence and falsifying tests. The state’s highest court had ordered district attorneys in seven counties to produce lists by Tuesday indicating how many of approximately 24,000 cases ...

Rail group pushes back on insurance bill

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 7:02am
Light rail is the council’s idea, attorney says, so it should pay

Lawyers can’t petition for fees in condemnation case

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 7:00am
Lawyers in inverse condemnation cases have no standing to petition for their attorney fees because that is a right that belongs only to the landowner, the Court of Appeals ruled on April 17 in Vermillion State Bank, Faegre Baker Daniels v. State of Minnesota. The ruling leaves Faegre with an unpaid bill for about $64,000 ...

In the Hopper: Emphasizing judiciary; protesting dissent; Real ID

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 9:38am
Gov. Mark Dayton wants full funding for Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea’s budget request.

Massachusetts judge halves fees in panhandling case

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 7:57am
BOSTON — They worked together successfully to strike Worcester’s two “aggressive panhandling” ordinances from the books on First Amendment grounds. But now a federal judge has said a phalanx of lawyers from Boston’s Goodwin firm and their partners from the ACLU of Massachusetts got a bit aggressive themselves in asking for the legal fees they ...

Perspectives: Circuit court considers class cases

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 7:31am
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals decided a quartet of class action settlement cases within a month in the middle of this winter. As it was doing so, its Minnesota counterpart ruled upon the settlement of a mediated real estate dispute in St. Paul.

Bellwether corn claim heads to court

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 7:30am
Issue is damages due to sale of genetically modified corn seed

Breaking the Ice: House seat is latest venture for ‘sharecrop kid’

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 7:05am
"You could ask me about the presence of the Holy Spirit in a group or the significance of the mites that are killing our beehives."

People and Practices: April 24

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:33pm
Halunen Law has named Melissa Wolchansky as an equity partner in the Minneapolis-based employment, whistleblower and class action law firm. Wolchansky chairs the firm’s complex litigation and class action law practice. A Minnesota native, Wolchansky obtained a B.A. in political science and Spanish from the University of Michigan, and earned her law degree from William ...

Law professors’ notable achievements

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:16pm
Susanna Blumenthal, Eric Janus and Heidi Kitrosser all have things to celebrate.

James Florey named to Court of Appeals

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:12pm
Judge James Florey of the 6th Judicial District will represent the 8th Congressional District in the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Gov. Mark Dayton announced April 8. Florey will replace Judge Lawrence Stauber who will retire at the end of May. Florey has been a District Court judge for 18 years and served as chief judge ...

Court of Appeals Digest: April 17, 2017

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:33am
These opinions were released by the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Digest: April 19, 2017

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:33am
These opinions were released by the 8th U.S. District Court of Appeals.

Vacancy on Legal Services Advisory Committee

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 9:19am
The Minnesota Supreme Court is seeking to fill one position with the Legal Services Advisory Committee. The opening is for a public non-lawyer representative. The appointment is for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2017. The Legal Services Advisory Committee has two primary purposes: making grant awards to support civil legal services programs and providing ...

Roggensack remains Wisconsin’s chief justice

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 7:57am
MILWAUKEE — Pat Roggensack will continue leading the Wisconsin’s highest court. The Wisconsin Supreme Court announced Thursday that the justices had re-elected Roggensack to continue as chief justice. She will be serving her second, two-year term as chief. “I am honored to have been elected to continue as chief justice,” Roggensack said. “It is a ...

‘Inflammatory’ claims merit sanctions, judge rules

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 7:06am
Briefs designed “to land a public relations blow” rather than litigate the appropriate issues, judge says

Court: Sorry, you can’t shave 7 years off your age

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 7:05am
Psychologist characterizes petition to change birth date as “an attempt for him to be true to himself.”

Legislative intent remains go-to research resource

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:46am
But courts, lawmakers tend to view bills’ historical rationale as moot

Capitol Retort: Impasse forecast; lights on; priestly garments

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:29am
Our review of issues in state and national news, with a rotating cast of political people in the know.

Design shows new county court space in Bloomington

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:23am
The expansion would offer leased space for some of Hennepin County’s suburban district courts