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May 17, 2018 | John Wells
  • John Wells
The Supreme Court of the United States granted a petition for certiorari this week in an asbestos case which may directly impact the ability of equipment manufacturers to assert the “bare metal” defense.  Where applicable, the bare metal defense generally exempts manufacturers from liability for injuries caused by parts or components they did not manufacture, distribute, or sell. 
April 26, 2018 | Casey B. Suszynski
  • Casey B. Suszynski
Governor Scott Walker signed Wisconsin’s most recent tort reform bill into law earlier this month.  Assembly Bill 773 (“AB 773”) aims to lower litigation costs for businesses by modernizing and tightening Wisconsin’s outdated rules of civil procedure. 
April 09, 2018 | Ryan Brackin
  • Ryan Brackin
A report recently released by consulting firm KCIC1 signals a decline in asbestos-related lawsuits filed since 2015. The report, which offers a comprehensive summary of 2017 trends and observations, found there were 4,450 asbestos lawsuits filed nationwide in 2017. 
March 23, 2018 | Ryan Malone
  • Ryan Malone
Does a Minnesota federal district court sitting in diversity jurisdiction apply state law when deciding whether to allow a claim for punitive damages?  Despite longstanding precedent, a series of  recent decisions suggest the answer is  “maybe.”
March 14, 2018 | Brandon T. Glanz
  • Brandon Glanz
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled in a recent failure-to-accommodate case that, unlike the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) does not require employers to engage in the "interactive process" with disabled employees to determine if an appropriate reasonable accommodation is necessary.