"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.
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.
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."
The city of St. Paul and a consulting firm were sued after a worker was swept away during a sudden downpour.
It was a quiet courtroom Monday when a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the heirs and next-of-kin of Joe Harlow was officially settled.
Harlow, 34, was one of two sewer workers swept to his death when a sudden downpour flooded the St. Paul sewer system on July 26, 2007. Harlow and Dave Yasis, 23, the other victim, were employed by Lametti & Sons of Hugo, which did the actual sewer rehabilitation work.
Exposing The Errors
Mistakes happen to each of us. But when they happen in a hospital, the consequences can be fatal. For many years, we had no idea how often medical mistakes happened. One study estimated that as many as one hundred thousand Americans die every year from them. In Minnesota, an effort is underway to prevent medical errors.
Joe Harlow, who drowned with Dave Yasis in a downpour last July, was wrongly put in a dangerous situation.
The family of one of the two sewer workers who died in July after being swept from St. Paul's storm tunnels into the Mississippi River has filed a wrongful-death suit against the city and the firm hired to oversee work in the tunnels.
Joe Harlow and Dave Yasis were killed when a sudden downpour swept them away before they could climb up a sewer shaft in the Frogtown neighborhood.
An Inver Grove Heights Reservist went to court after trying to get his job back at the Ford plant in St. Paul
When Army Reservist Mitch Minnaert came marching home to Inver Grove Heights after 15 months of active duty in 2003, all he wanted to do was to go back to work at the Ford plant in St. Paul. That was easier said than done.
State law does not allow obviously intoxicated persons who are served alcohol to sue parties that sold them drinks, but others who suffer losses as a result - can.
The Minnesota Wild, the Xcel Energy Center's manager and a concession company have reached an out-of-court settlement with a woman whose intoxicated husband was paralyzed in a vehicle crash after being ejected from a Wild game.
Attorney Harry Sieben, who is representing Rebecca Lodahl, said the law is clear that any negligence on Kris Lodahl's part does not apply to his wife.
Kris Lodahl drank so much at a Minnesota Wild hockey game two years ago that his blood-alcohol level was 0.27 percent, or nearly triple the legal limit for driving.
Guards at the Xcel Energy Center tossed him out of the arena, and on his way home the 37-year-old sheet-metal worker flipped his SUV on a freeway exit ramp. He was seriously injured and remains partly paralyzed. Now his wife, Rebecca Lodahl, has sued the arena's concessionaires, management and team owners.
Fan-on-Fan violence at Vikings game
In an uncommon case of fan-on-fan violence, an Edina man appeared in court Thursday on charges that he punched and kicked another Vikings fan after a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game at the Metrodome.
Jeffrey W. Lupient was charged with third-degree felony assault for injuries allegedly inflicted on John Robinson. Minneapolis and Hennepin County prosecutors said they don't recall any fan-on-fan assault cases at Metrodome sports events.
Harry Sieben, said of his client: "She was crying when I told her, because she had not expected to win."
A Hennepin County jury awarded nearly $800,000 this week to a woman who fell through the floor of the new Science Museum of Minnesota when it was under construction in 1998.
The project's general contractor was ordered to pay damages to Fe' E. Clardy. She was sweeping up debris on a plywood floor covering a hole when she plunged through the hole and fell 30 feet. She suffered a head injury, fractured pelvis, broken jaw and a broken foot.