A report recently released by consulting firm KCIC1 signals a decline in asbestos-related lawsuits filed since 2015. The report, which offers a comprehensive summary of 2017 trends and observations, found there were 4,450 asbestos lawsuits filed nationwide in 2017.
Does a Minnesota federal district court sitting in diversity jurisdiction apply state law when deciding whether to allow a claim for punitive damages? Despite longstanding precedent, a series of recent decisions suggest the answer is “maybe.”
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled in a recent failure-to-accommodate case that, unlike the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) does not require employers to engage in the "interactive process" with disabled employees to determine if an appropriate reasonable accommodation is necessary.
The Minnesota Supreme Court appears to have abandoned a common law limit on the tort liability of product manufacturers, particularly in a workplace setting.
This time of the year is filled with family, food, laughter, and cheer. But this year, Minnesota limited liability companies should add one more thing to their holiday "to-do" list: a review of their operating agreements, bylaws, and other governance documents.
In a pair of recent rulings, the Supreme Court continues to narrow a state's authority to hale non-resident defendants, such as foreign corporations, into their courts. One decision, BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell et al., narrowed a state's general jurisdiction authority; the other, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, San Francisco County et al., narrowed specific jurisdiction authority.
In what is sure to be a sea change for the whistleblower litigation landscape in Minnesota, a recent landmark ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court expanded the rights of whistleblowers by considerably lowering the threshold for an employee's reporting requirement under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act ("MWA").