On November 17, 2015, the Minnesota Supreme Court granted review of Melillo v. Heitland, a case raising questions about service of process. The issue presented is whether service of process by certified mail, return receipt requested, is sufficient under Minn. R. Civ. P. 4.
Because of the significant procedural ramifications for defendants, Heitland’s attorney asked the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA) to file an amicus petition and appellate brief. The MDLA asked Cheryl Hood Langel of McCollum Crowley to petition for amicus status on its behalf and prepare a brief for the supreme court. The case is scheduled for hearing on March 7, 2016, and a decision is expected later this year.