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How to Cope With the Wrongful Death of a Loved One

Grief is a normal response to losing someone you love. The pain of the loss can be overwhelming, especially when the loved one’s death could have been prevented. The desire for justice may seem like yet another unexpected emotion and burden during a difficult time. We can help lift that burden from your shoulders. Minnesota …

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A Courthouse for class ation lawsuits

A recent investigative report by the nonprofit Consumer Reports has concluded that at least 32 babies have died while using the Fisher-Price® Rock ‘n Play Sleepers and that the product is a serious safety threat. As identified by Consumer Reports, the problem with the rocker seems to be its overall design. Intended to offer babies …

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Why I Take Personal Injury Cases to Trial

Personal injury cases take time. It can be one to two years or longer from the time of the accident until the case is resolved through settlement or a jury verdict. During that time, in Minnesota, an attorney can assist you in dealing with the insurance companies and getting your medical expenses and wage loss …

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For the better part of the last 15 months, employees across the country have been required to work remotely as the world has struggled with the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Now, though, restrictions are starting to lift, and employers are beginning to ask, or, in some instances, insist, that their workers come back …

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What is Marital Status Discrimination?

Were you fired from marital status discrimination, because of your spouse or something that your spouse did? Or, were you discriminated against at work because you are single, married, or divorced? Under Minnesota law, it is illegal for an employer to refuse to hire, terminate an employee, or discriminate against an employee based on their …

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May is Mental Health Month – Be Aware of Your Protections

May is Mental Health Month – a time to promote and unite our efforts around mental health awareness. Millions of people in the U.S. are affected by mental illness each year. In fact, 1 in 5 adults will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime.[1] Those numbers are destined to increase as the …

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Police Brutality — What it is, and what legal steps are available when it occurs.

Police brutality is in the news, whether it is the Derek Chauvin trial, the shooting of Daunte Wright, or the punching of a restrained teenager in north Minneapolis.  So, what exactly is police brutality, and what legal recourse is available if you or a loved one is a victim? Police brutality can take one of …

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State and Federal Authorities Denounce Racism Amid Increasing Attacks Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, racist and xenophobic attacks against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community have been on the rise. A study analyzing police department statistics across 16 major U.S. cities found anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 150% in 2020, while overall hate crimes fell by 7%. Only weeks ago, …

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Can the False Claims Act Protect Former Employees?

A recent decision out the 6th Circuit reinforces that former employees are protected from retaliation under the False Claims Act – even when the retaliatory conduct happens after they are fired or leave the company. In the lawsuit, an employee alleged he was “marginalized” for insisting on compliance with the law during his employment and …

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Legislation to Prohibit Arbitration Clauses from Denying Employees Their Day in Court

Forced arbitration is a powerful tool used by employers to limit employees from suing them in court. Under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), employers have wide latitude to force employees into mandatory arbitration. Arbitration is a binding process that is conducted by a private judge (arbitrator),  instead of a public trial. Arbitration can have many …

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