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McCollum Crowley Attorneys Dan Singel and Cheryl Hood Langel Secure Summary Judgment Dismissing Retailer After Trial Commences

  • By Robert McCollum

After taking over the defense of a case just months before trial, McCollum Crowley lawyers Dan Singel and Cheryl Hood Langel won a motion to amend the retailer’s Answer to assert a statute of limitations defense at trial. Dan Singel began the jury trial and expected to bring a motion for directed verdict on the statute of limitations. But things didn’t go as planned…

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Minnesota Supreme Court Issues Workers’ Compensation Decision Mattick v. Hy-Vee Foods Stores

  • By Lauren N. Harvey

Mattick v. Hy-Vee Foods Stores, Case No. A16-1802

In Mattick v. Hy-Vee Foods Stores, Case No. A16-1802, Mattick tripped over a pallet and twisted her right ankle while working at Hy-Vee on January 18, 2014. Mattick had a history of right ankle problems, including a fracture that resulted in two surgeries in 2000. She ultimately underwent an ankle-fusion surgery in 2015. Based on Mattick’s medical records, her testimony, and the four medical expert reports, the compensation judge concluded Mattick’s work injury was not a substantial contributing cause of the ankle-fusion surgery.

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Legislature Imposes Prerequisites For Construction Defect – Claims In Common Interest Communities

  • By Vanessa Kahn

In recent years, real estate developers have significantly limited the construction of new condominium and townhome projects in Minnesota. One reason cited was the perception that homeowner controlled boards of directors of such developments could easily commence costly construction defect claims – of marginal benefit to unit owners as a group – based upon the wishes of only the board or a minority of unit owners. To address the problem, the 2017 legislature amended certain provisions of the Minnesota Common Interest Community Act (Minn. Stats. Sec. 515B.1-101 et.seq.)

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Minnesota Supreme Court Issues Workers’ Compensation Decisions – Gilbertson v. Williams Dingmann

  • By Lauren N. Harvey

Shannon Gilbertson v. Williams Dingmann, LLC, Case No. A16-0895

In Shannon Gilbertson v. Williams Dingmann, LLC, Case No. A16-0895, the Minnesota Supreme Court looked at the issue of whether, under Minnesota Statute § 176.101, subdivision 1(i), an offer to return to work with the same employer was “consistent with” a plan of rehabilitation stating that the employee’s vocational goal was to return to work with a different employer in the same industry.

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Minnesota Supreme Court Issues Workers’ Compensation Decisions – Hudson v. Trillium

  • By Lauren N. Harvey

Eddie Hudson v. Trillium Staffing, Case No. A16-2017

In Eddie Hudson v. Trillium Staffing, Case No. A16-2017, Hudson was injured in the course of employment with Trillium Staffing when the semi-trailer truck he was driving jackknifed and veered into a ditch. He was treated for injuries to his neck and low back, a traumatic brain injury, and psychological injuries. The parties participated in a mediation, which resulted in a settlement of Hudson’s claimed neck, low-back, brain, psychological, and other injuries for which he claimed PPD.

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