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.
By all accounts, Susan Holden has found success.
As an attorney, she's achieved just about every distinction and honor available in the profession including serving as President of both the Minnesota State Bar and Hennepin County Bar. She's a partner in her law firm, SiebenCarey, where she specializes in personal injury, product liability, dram shop liability, auto accident and insurance litigation.
Trial attorney Susan Holden was honored with the Fidelis Apparitor Award at the College of Saint Benedict.
The award, which means "faithful servant" in Latin, is given to individuals who have been good and faithful servants of the law. Holden is a partner in the SiebenCarey law firm and she has years of experience as an advocate representing injured people. Holden is receiving this award because of her tireless commitment to her community.
This week, the families of the four young adults who died when a freight train slammed into their car, were awarded $4 million when a Washington County judge ruled the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company tried to cover up evidence during the trial.
In that trial, which ended a year ago, a jury awarded the families $21 million and placed 90 percent of the blame for the crash on Burlington Northern. The additional $4 million is a sanction against the railroad for what Judge Ellen Maas called "staggering" misconduct during the trial.
William Bongard represented the family of one of the four teens killed in a train crossing accident in 2003.
When the families and their attorneys took the case to trial, a jury awarded them $21.6 million in damages. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation appealed that decision and refused to pay.
Then the attorneys for the families filed sanctions against the railroad, to punish them for their attempts to cover up their responsibility for the accident; because the crossing gate wasn't working properly and because they destroyed evidence, fabricated evidence, interfered with the investigation and lied.
"She's made a miraculous recovery but she still has risks of future complications."
The parents of an 11-year-old Minnesota girl who spent more than a month in the hospital because of an illness caused by an E. coli-contaminated hamburger have reached a settlement with Cargill, Paul Downes, the family's attorney said.
The girl became ill in 2007 after eating contaminated hamburger supplied by Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation. The hamburger meat was linked to an E. coli outbreak that led Cargill to voluntarily recall about 845,000 pounds of frozen ground beef patties.
News Makers - Paul Schweiger
The law firm of SiebenCarey is proud to announce that attorney Paul F. Schweiger, a member of the Duluth office, has been honored with a "Best Lawyers in America" distinction. He was voted one of the best in Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation.
Paul is one of the leading wrongful death lawyers and personal injury attorneys and in cases involving auto accidents, medical malpractice, catastrophic personal injury and product liability.
Sieben initiated the “Know Your Rights” campaigns that brought personal injury law to the people.
Some lawyers have cases that have changed the law, and some are able to affect the political climate. Harry Sieben has done both, and in spades. And he has done something else: he changed the very way the business of law is conducted in Minnesota, all while building one of the state’s premier law firms, SiebenCarey.
"Know Your Rights" has been the motto under which Harry Sieben has led a Minneapolis personal injury law firm for half a century.
For his part, Sieben knew it was right earlier this year to have longtime partner Jim Carey succeed him as managing partner of SiebenCarey.
"This law firm's been around for 56 years, and we'd like to have it be around for another 56 years," Sieben said. "It was time for somebody else to take over management of the firm."
Police Officer Assisting Trooper at Accident Scene Hit by Passing Car
Roads were icy and a vehicle had slid into the ditch off U.S. 52 South near Rochester, Minnesota. Officer Berhane, then a four-year veteran with the Rochester Police Department, responded to the accident to help.
A State Patrol trooper was already on the scene. Berhane went back to his squad car to get his traffic vest and gloves and had just closed the door and was near the front bumper of his squad car when he heard an approaching car. The squad car was hit and then Officer Berhane.
Too much pain, not enough money: How three lawyers divided state funds to I-35W bridge collapse victims
How do you put a dollar figure on someone's pain? That was the job of the three lawyers who allotted compensation to victims of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse.
The three personal-injury lawyers, chosen as the special masters panel, divided $36.6 million in state funds among 179 claims. In the more than four months they spent hearing the details of the victims' problems, Chairwoman Susan Holden and panel members Mike Tewksbury and Steven Kirsch were profoundly moved by the victims' stories.
The verdict of $21.6 million to the families of four young adults killed in a 2003 train-car accident was among the largest wrongful-death awards ever in Minnesota.
But the case is bigger than that, the families' attorneys said Tuesday. Maybe $45 million bigger. Claiming that Burlington Northern Santa Fe fabricated, destroyed and withheld evidence that prevented the families from recovering punitive damages, the families' lawyers asked a Washington County judge for sanctions against the railroad of $45 million or more.
Summing up the 35W panel's $36.6 million job, survivors and victim's families said it was handled well.
When they added up all the losses incurred by survivors of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse and the families of those who died, the compensation panel came up with a number exceeding $99 million. That was almost three times the size of the available state fund -- $36.6 million.
"I didn't see it coming at all," Sarah Shelley said of the accident that changed her life forever.
Sarah was the passenger on a motorcycle involved in a hit and run accident. The driver, Aaron Liimatainen, had his right leg amputated after the crash.