As a national public health crisis develops across the country due to an outbreak of fungal meningitis, lawyers in Minnesota have filed a class action against the company that compounded, or mixed, the steroid medication that has sickened 214 and killed 15 people.
At this point, only five cases have been reported in the state, but there could be many more - in Minnesota and elsewhere. According to one report, public health officials have contacted 12,000 of the roughly 14,000 people who received the steroid shots at clinics in 23 states.
"In today's day an age, I think specializing helps," he said. "And I specialize in helping injury victims."
Lakeville-based attorney Art Kosieradzki has been selected by "Super Lawyers" magazine for recognition in 2011. Only 5 percent of lawyers in the state of Minnesota are named to this list each year. Kosieradzki is a partner at SiebenCarey in Lakeville, where he manages the location.
"Super Lawyers" is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. It is published as a special supplement in several publications including Super Lawyers.
He sits on the Million Dollar Roundtable, a recognition given only to lawyers who have won million-dollar-plus verdicts, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a national merit organization consisting of about 700 of the nation's most accomplished attorneys.
Given his record of winning large-figured verdicts might cause some to believe his work is all about money, but hearing him talk about his involvement in the lives of those he is helping legally could leave one with an entirely different impression.
Fred Soucie knew what to do: Call Tex
Veteran personal injury attorney Fred Soucie, the Anoka lawyer who is familiar to fellow trial lawyers as well as billboard-watching drivers along Hwy. 10, recently decided it was time to let someone else take his cases.
"I thought this case was notable because of her and her courage."
A woman received a bench verdict of $48,137 in Hennepin County District Court for injuries she sustained when, at the age of 80, she was bit by a dog.
The Minnesota Supreme Court put the brakes on a defendant's argument that the doctrine of primary assumption of risk should relieve him of liability for negligent operation of a snowmobile.
That April 25 ruling in Daly v. McFarland stems from a lawsuit regarding a January 2007 accident. Christopher Daly and Zachary McFarland were riding when McFarland's snowmobile hit a drift and became airborne. He pushed his snowmobile away from his body to avoid injury, and it collided with Daly's sled. Daly fell off and was injured.
Fairfax native Shannon Carey was selected as one of the top women attorneys in Minnesota.
Carey graduated from University of St. Thomas in 1996 and obtained her law degree from William Mitchell College. Carey was pleased to receive the honor. "I was very humbled to be recognized with women I look up to everyday," she said.
Hopeful a lawsuit will get people to rethink their habits using cell phones while driving.
Driver distraction is now a leading factor in Minnesota car crashes. The Minnesota Safety Council estimates that at least 70 people die every year and another 350 are injured due to distraction. Using a cell phone is one of the worst. An insurance industry study found drivers are four times more likely to get into an accident when they're on the phone.
SiebenCarey President and Managing Partner James P. Carey has been recognized by Minnesota Lawyer as a 2011 "Attorney of the Year." This award is reserved for a select group of attorneys from throughout the state who have distinguished themselves through exemplary work. The honorees were chosen based on the following criteria: leadership in the profession, involvement in major cases or other newsworthy events, excellence in corporate or transactional services and public service.
When it comes to driving, teens are tops in all the wrong categories:
The good news, if you can call it that, is that research shows exactly which behaviors contribute to teen crashes. Inexperience and immaturity combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving, nighttime driving, and other drug use aggravate this problem.
Cyberbullying can be an ugly part of a childhood or high school experience, but it doesn't have to create lasting effects.
Cyberbullying is defined officially as "willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones and other electronic devices." And while cyberbullying looks different from the schoolyard variety, it is driven by the same social and emotional dynamics. However, there are some key differences.
If there's a dispute, currently we're not offering resolution services.
Without a working state government, there's no forum to resolve the disputes that embroil thousands of Minnesota workers over workers' compensation benefits. Workers, employers and their insurance companies argue the validity of claims or attempts to change, reduce or end wage and medical benefits.
Medical malpractice lawsuits are difficult to file in Minnesota, let alone win, and they're not approached lightly.
Under a state law passed in the 1970s to prevent frivolous lawsuits, before a case can be brought it must be reviewed by an independent medical expert who specializes in the same field of the physician accused of wrongdoing. That expert then has to sign a detailed affidavit saying that not only did negligent care occur, but the care resulted in harm. The cost to get an expert and to obtain medical records can be thousands of dollars.
"A lot of law firms stay away from these cases because it involves a lot of time and expense before you even know if there's a case," said Paul Schweiger, a Duluth attorney who specializes in malpractice cases.
Minnesota Senate to hear testimony to repeal "no fault" today
“No fault” has been a battle point among insurance companies and plaintiffs’ attorneys
for many years. Previous attempts to change or get rid of the system went nowhere under the Democratic controlled legislature but the Republican takeover of both bodies this year has changed the landscape.
Shannon Carey Selected as "Up and Coming Attorney"
In its eleventh year, this award identifies those Minnesota attorneys who have distinguished themselves during their first ten years of practice. Criteria for selection include leadership, professional accomplishment and service to the legal community. The 25 honorees were chosen by Minnesota Lawyer's editorial staff based on nominations from law firms, legal associations, previous award recipients and other members of the state bar.
Paul Schweiger made major changes to his law practice during the past two years and the hard work is paying off.
As managing partner of SiebenCarey's Duluth office, he transitioned his personal injury practice to focus exclusively on medical malpractice work, making it one of the very few statewide plaintiff's medical malpractice groups in Northern Minnesota. He won $4.25 million, $2 million and $1.25 million judgments for clients last year.
Lawyers say tort reform bill would result in fewer cases
Plaintiffs' lawyers say a sweeping federal tort reform bill is intended to drive lawyers away from helping injured clients. The bill, which would cap non-economic damages in a broad range of lawsuits at $250,000, severely limit punitive damages and pre-empt many state laws, has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee.
Minnesota law permits private attorneys to bring claims against those who engage in deceptive trade practices.
In 2009, the Minnesota Department of Commerce brought 438 enforcement actions. These actions were designed to protect Minnesota citizens and resources from financial fraud to adulteration of food to poaching. These enforcement activities involved criminal and civil actions, cease and desist orders, and license revocations..
Denny's settled a slip-and-fall case, but the source of trouble at a Coon Rapids restaurant remains.
Much has changed since Barbara Anderson slipped on some ice two years ago in the parking lot of a Denny's restaurant in Coon Rapids. But one thing is the same: The downspout from the roof of the Denny's still empties into the handicapped parking space, creating what one safety consultant called a "freezing lake effect" that left Anderson flat on her back and screaming in pain.
More proof that driving and dialing is never a good idea.
In 2007, a bread delivery truck driver who was on his cell phone crashed into the vehicle of Michael Wills, who was on his way to work in Wabasha, Minn. Wills suffered a brain injury and shoulder and neck and knee injuries, and has since had memory problems.
Personal injury lawyer Harry Sieben took the case to trial and received a verdict of $1.2 million.
"The family members have legitimate questions and we will work to provide the family with answers."
The husband of a woman killed when a semi-trailer struck her vehicle on I-35W in Lakeville last May has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the trucking company.
Twin Cities attorney Jim Carey filed suit in Dakota County Wednesday on behalf of Todd Brinkhaus, the husband of Pamela Brinkhaus, who was killed when her car was rear-ended by the truck owned and operated by Reinhart Foodservice.
Brinkhaus was traveling behind another truck loaded with 17 million bees when the chain reaction crash was allegedly triggered by the Rinehart semi. Her car, and one driven by a pregnant woman were crushed between the two trucks.