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November
2017

Minnesota Supreme Court delivers another victory for employees

In Burt v. Rackner, Inc., the Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed the Minnesota Court of Appeals and ruled that employers cannot fire employees who refuse to share the tips they earned.  The employer told the plaintiff, who was a bartender, that he mus… Read More
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02
October
2017

While tweets distract, Trump administration dismantles vital protections

Since assuming power, the Trump administration has sent a barrage of messages on a regular basis through social media.  Such communications, particularly tweets from President Donald Trump, have often included aggressive and even inflammatory rhetor… Read More
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13
September
2017

Whistleblowers win in important False Claims Act cases

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which typically has sided with employers and other defendants rather than with whistleblowers and other plaintiffs, recently reversed the district court that had ruled in favor of defendants in a high-profile whis… Read More
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09
August
2017

Minnesota Supreme Court upholds legislative fix of whistleblower law

In the wake of several recent pro-plaintiff rulings in employment law or civil rights cases, the Minnesota Supreme Court has just ruled in a unanimous decision authored by the Chief Justice that a “good faith” report by a whistleblower means any… Read More
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03
July
2017

Anti-retaliation protections apply to all employees

The Minnesota Supreme Court just reaffirmed a longstanding legal principle that helps to promote workplace fairness for all.  In Sanchez v. Dahlke Sales, Inc., the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that the anti-retaliation protections under the State w… Read More
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05
June
2017

The law continues to reward whistleblowers who fight fraud

The courts have long recognized the vital role that whistleblowers play in the nation’s system of justice.  Without the assistance of whistleblowers, significant and costly legal violations would happen without any meaningful accountability for th… Read More
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08
May
2017

Important victory in housing discrimination case

The Supreme Court has ruled that local governments have the right to sue banks for civil rights violations against, for example, city residents.  In Bank of America Corp. v. City of Miami, the Supreme Court held that the City of Miami may continue t… Read More
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17
April
2017

Recent Minnesota Supreme Court rulings favor employees

Employees and other plaintiffs tended to have difficulty succeeding before the Minnesota Supreme Court in the past.  That trend appears to be changing, as reflected by two recent decisions that should have significance well beyond the cases themselv… Read More
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13
March
2017

Proposed “preemption” laws threaten local democracy and civil rights

Counties, cities, towns, and other local governmental units across the country have been leaders in developing public policies that expand civil rights and otherwise promote the public interest.  Minneapolis and St. Paul  have both exemplified this… Read More
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13
February
2017

Trump presidency triggers immediate legal and direct action

In a per curiam decision, State of Washington, et al. v. Trump, et al., a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently and unanimously affirmed a landmark ruling against the Trump Administration’s travel ban concerning people from certain n… Read More
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