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Minnesota Comparative Fault Act Does Not Reduce Damages Owed by Third-Party Defendant Where Jury Find Plaintiff’s Employer Also Shares a Percentage of Fault

In Fish v. Ramler Trucking Inc., 2019 WL 272865 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 22, 2019), the Minnesota Court of Appeals determined that Minnesota’s comparative fault statute does not apply to reduce the amount of a judgment entered against a third-party tortfeasor based on the percentage of fault allocated to an employer immune from tort liability… Read more »

Congratulations to Tom Brock

The Erickson Law Firm is pleased to announce that Tom Brock has joined us as a Shareholder effective today, January 3, 2019. Tom has done an exceptional job for the firm and our clients since the day he arrived as a law clerk back in 2013.  We look forward to practicing with him for many… Read more »

Is Broad Indemnity Dead in Minnesota? When “Any and All” Doesn’t Mean Any and All: Idemnity Clause Does Not Apply to Own Negligence Unless Expressly Stated.

The Minnesota Supreme Court recently struck down language purporting to apply to the indemnitee’s because the indemnity clause did not state so expressly. Put another way, broad, indemnity clauses – e.g. “from and against any and all liabilities” – does not require the indemnifying party to indemnify against claims for the other party’s own negligence…. Read more »

Minnesota Supreme Court Defines “Machines” under Statute of Repose and Sets Rule Regarding Manufacturer’s Post-Sale Duty to Warn

Minnesota Supreme Court determines what is “machines” under statute of limitations for improvements to Real Property and sets rule regarding manufacturer’s post-sale Duty to Warn. The Minnesota Supreme Court recently applied the exception in Minn. Stat. § 541.051 (1)(e) for “machinery installed upon real property,” and established the rule for a product manufacturer’s post-sale duty… Read more »

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION/MEDIATION

Effective May 11, 2017, Erickson Law Firm shareholder and attorney Matthew Johnson is now a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.  As part of his litigation practice, Mr. Johnson serves as mediator for parties who wish to mediate their legal disputes.

NO-FAULT STATUTORY BUSINESS PREMISES EXCLUSION APPLIED TO MOBILE BUSINESS

On December 12, 2013, Jose Luis Estrada-Martinez died from carbon monoxide poisoning while repairing a customer’s tire inside his truck on a winter evening.  Estrada-Martinez was self-employed providing vehicle repair services for customers, which he often performed in the rear cargo bay of his truck.  In Castillo v. American Standard Insurance Co., Case No. A16-1002,… Read more »

Insurance Coverage: Eighth Circuit finds Bank is entitled to Bond Coverage for Cyber Theft of $485,000 despite Employees Failure to Follow Security Procedures.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reached an important decision regarding insurance coverage for cyber thefts from banks.  The key takeaways from the case, State Bank of Bellingham v. BancInsure, Inc., — F.3d —, No. 14-3432 (8th Cir. May 20, 2016), are: Failure by a bank’s employees to follow established security measures may negate coverage… Read more »