Minnesota

428 ABA Journal Minnesota articles.

Sex offender’s quest for ‘Better Off Dead’ name change bites the dust in appeals court
A man who was civilly committed as a sexually dangerous person can’t change his name to “Better Off Dead,” the Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled.
2 sets of BigLaw firms confirm merger talks
If merger talks are successful between two sets of BigLaw firms, there will be two new entrants on the American Lawyer’s list of the nation’s 50 top law firms.
Lawyer who pleaded guilty in ‘wrecking ball’ scheme to sue porn downloaders gets prison sentence

A federal judge in Minneapolis scolded a suspended lawyer for his abuse of trust as she sentenced him Friday to 14 years in prison for a scheme to sue porn…

All charges dropped in Flint water case with promise of continuing investigation

Prosecutors in Michigan have dropped all pending criminal charges against officials accused in connection with the leaching of lead into the water supply in Flint.

Prosecutors said they dropped the…

Fight to repeal marital rape exception succeeds in this state because of 1 woman’s efforts
Minnesota has lifted an exception that protected some people accused of raping their spouses, thanks to the lobbying efforts of a woman who learned that her own spouse couldn’t be prosecuted for sexually assaulting her while she was unconscious.
Citing petition by law firm ‘Sue, Grabit, and Run,’ judge enjoins Old Man Winter

A Minnesota judge has not only complained about the weather—he decided to do something about it.

In a March 7 order, Judge Kevin Burke issued an injunction barring any…

Prince’s estate files lawsuit over cybersquatting of prince.com

The estate of the late recording artist and actor Prince is suing an Englewood, New Jersey-based domain broker for cybersquatting the prince.com website.

Filed last Wednesday in the U.S. District…

Supreme Court upholds Minnesota law that invalidated ex-wife as life insurance beneficiary

A Minnesota law that invalidated beneficiary designations to spouses after a divorce does not violate the contracts clause when applied to a policy purchased before the law’s enactment, the U.S.…

Minnesota Supreme Court rules that warrants are required for searches in driveways

A divided Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that the Fourth Amendment protects driveways from warrantless searches, Minnesota Public Radio has reported.

Wednesday’s ruling upholds an intermediate court’s decision…

Lawyerist expands offerings, rebrands TBD Law conference

Lawyerist, an online blog and publisher, announced a new path for the company, which will now focus on helping small and solo firms build a community and improve their…

Trump nominates 9 to federal court vacancies

Updated: Nine more nominees for federal judgeships were announced Tuesday by the White House.

The newest wave of nominees are:

• Mark Bennett, former attorney general of Hawaii, to…

Some states are welcoming back ex-offenders to work behind bars

In 2010, Cindy Stubbs was nearing the end of a 14-year sentence in a South Carolina prison, determined never to return. A mother of four, locked up on gun and…

JDs from middle-ranked schools in states with many public colleges may give best investment return
Between 2010 and 2014, net tuition declined the most at middle-ranked law schools, due to merit scholarship patterns associated with maintaining or improving rankings, according to a law review article by Jerome M. Organ, which looks at variable returns on investing in a law degree.
A person who locks himself in another’s car can be guilty of vehicle theft, state’s top court rules

A person in Minnesota can be guilty of motor vehicle theft even if he doesn’t move the vehicle, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled.

The court ruled against Somsalao Thonesavanh,…

Franken opposes Stras for 8th Circuit; will confirmation hearing be held?

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has announced he will oppose the nomination of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Franken…

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