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").