Hennepin County Rules in Favor of MCMML

The district court recently granted our motion, ruling in favor of MCMML and the ‘first-filed rule’.

Occasionally, parties’ claims involve the interplay between civil and workers’ compensation laws, making the parties question the proper forum to resolve their differences. After a party pursuing workers’ compensation benefits in the workers’ compensation court also brought a civil action in district court, our firm, on behalf of an insurer, moved to dismiss the civil action under the “first-filed” rule. The district court recently granted that motion, ruling that the first-filed rule “bars this Court from exercising concurrent jurisdiction” with the workers’ compensation court. The compensation court will thus decide whether the injured party was an employee or an independent contractor.

For more information and questions please contact:

Cheryl Hood Langel
McCollum Crowley Moschet Miller & Laak, Ltd.
7900 Xerxes Avenue South, Suite 700
Minneapolis, MN 55431-1127
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