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.
By settling, the county admitted no fault.
A multimillion-dollar deal between Ramsey County and those exposed to tuberculosis in the county workhouse in 2008 was approved by a federal judge. The settlement covers inmates who were at the workhouse between April 17 and June 9, 2008. After the infected inmates came forward, the county sought people who were there during that time and offered to test them for the disease.
"We think the settlement was fair and, more importantly, hope it sends a message."
In 2007, Kirstie Jones decided to go back to school. At that time she was the only female enrolled in Mesabi Range's millwright program. She says other students - two in particular - started harassing her from day one. She ended up quitting the program and moving back to her hometown of Hoyt Lakes. Then she got in contact with personal injury attorney Harry Sieben.
Claims of elder abuse at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Albert Lea continue to make their way through the court systems.
A civil lawsuit was filed in South Dakota in June against nursing home parent company Good Samaritan Society. It is the third civil lawsuit filed by families of the nursing home residents who were abused. The abuse, by six young women nursing assistants, allegedly occurred between January and May 2008.
Another lawsuit has been filed in the Albert Lea elder abuse case against the Good Samaritan Society. This civil case has been filed in Sioux Falls, which is the headquarters for the nursing home chain.
The lawsuit seeks damages from Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, saying its supervisors in Albert Lea were negligent in failing to provide proper supervision of four teenage certified nursing assistants who allegedly abused patients emotionally, sexually and physically in the first half of 2008.
Jim Carey, of the SiebenCarey law firm said the situation was not just the case of one employee who on one or two occasions engaged in this type of behavior.
Suing the servers
One of the most powerful weapons against bars that serve drunken patrons is the so-called dram shop act, a state law that allows someone to sue a bar or other business for illegally serving alcohol to someone who later dies or suffers an injury.
Attorneys said dram-shop cases rarely go to juries. The bulk of claims are settled out of court, with insurance lawyers negotiating payouts for bars -- almost always on the condition of confidentiality.
"It's off-the-chart wrong."
The operator of nursing home in Albert Lea and four fired nursing assistants were sued over allegations that the aides groped, spanked and spat on several nursing home residents suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
The lawsuit claims the nursing assistants spent four months abusing residents at Good Samaritan Society. The conduct of the four defendants "was so extreme and outrageous that it passed the boundaries of decency."
There is a lesson in this case for anyone who uses a drive thru. As you pull out your wallet or purse do you have the car in drive or park?
A family is stunned by the sudden death of a loved one in a car crash. It happened of all places at a drive thru for a fast food restaurant. Was it a freak accident or something else? This is one of those stories that sounds more like an episode from a television crime drama. It begins with a mysterious death then leads to all kinds of wild accusations. Eventually science unravels the truth.