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MSBA Legal News Digest

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


I have two cats: a beefy 15-pound tabby who is an avid hunter fond of presenting me with live "gifts" and a scrawny 8-pound calico who is a talker and begins her daily chats directly in my ear somewhere between 5 and 6 am. But they both have endearing qualities too and that's why I put up with their shenanigans. Whether you like the furry critter or the all-terrain vehicles, in this week's edition of LND you'll find a couple of local and national law-related cat stories.

Minnesota Legal News

  • Mental impairment isn't grounds to end parental rights, Minnesota Court of Appeals says: Star Tribune
  • State Senate passes tougher cell phone tracking standards: Minnesota Public Radio
  • Cat sanctuary agrees to improve business practices: Winona Daily News
  • We are now paupers, say Lake Minnetonka scam suspects: Star Tribune
  • Court: Medtronic can sell CoreValve device for now: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
  • Video: Nienstedt admits archdiocese hid info on abusive priests: National Public Radio
  • Polaris alleges Arctic Cat violates patents: Praire Business
  • Plus: Trial for Little Falls Homeowner Continues after Judge Rejects Mistrial Request; and Federal judge strikes part of Minn. energy law; Minnesota to appeal

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Bar and Association News

  • Notice of Upcoming MSBA Elections: MSBA Governance
  • MSBA action at the capitol this week and Minnesota legislative developments: MSBA
  • Delegating Authority – When Tempted by the Power: MSBA Nine Day Days in June
  • What Non-Criminal Attorneys Need to Know about DWI Law: MSBA Sections
  • H-1B RFE's – RFE Trends and Practice Tips on Avoiding and Responding to RFEs: MSBA Sections
  • Criminal Law Trial School: MSBA Sections
  • Plus: You're invited to attend the 2014 Indian Law Conference; and Reception for Chief Public Defender Dan Lew

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The Profession

  • Obama Names White House Counsel: New York Times
  • Fergus Falls Federal Courthouse to be Renamed After Judge Devitt: KSTP
  • Clay County Judge Cahill reprimanded by state board: Pioneer Press
  • State board reprimands Wabasha Co. Judge Walters: Winona Daily News
  • Judge Rules Lawyer Filing Malaysia Flight MH 370 Petition Acted Improperly: Aviation Law Monitor
  • MSBA Names Three Newly Certified Civil Trial Law Specialists: MSBA Board Certified Specialists
  • Plus: Justice Stevens: The five extra words that can fix the Second Amendment; and Proposed Opinion on E-Discovery and Ethics Cautions Lawyers Not to Be Overly Confident; and MSBA Names Three Senior Civil Trial Law Specialists

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National Legal News

  • When one New Zealand school tossed its playground rules and let students risk injury, the results were surprising: National Post
  • Arizona court ruling upholds DUI test for marijuana: Arizona Central
  • What Law Schools Can Teach Colleges about Lowering Tuition: TIME
  • Prosecutor: Indicted art dealer, painter were 'masters of forgery and deceit': CNN
  • Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned: Associated Press
  • Feral cat trap, neuter, return program met with lawsuit: KOAT
  • Plus: Lawmakers Broadening Their Focus to Fight Against an Array of Sex Crimes; and Supreme Court upholds state's affirmative action ban

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