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MSBA Legal News Digest

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


During this past winter season, which isn't over just yet, there were a record number of school closings. Back in my day we didn't close school unless the White Walkers were invading from the north. If you understand that reference than you are one of millions who either tune in to watch the HBO hit show Game of Thrones or tackle reading George R.R. Martin's books. While I still try to sort out who did what in Sunday's messy Purple Wedding episode, I included a few Game of Thrones law-related stories in this week's edition of LND for your reading enjoyment.

Minnesota Legal News

  • Suits against Target coming to Minnesota: Star Tribune
  • Jury Phone Scam Reported: MN Courts
  • Arbitrator rules against MSU-Mankato: ESPN
  • Order for Public Comment Period - Juvenile Protection/Adoption Rules: MN Courts
  • Dayton signs minimum wage increase: MPR
  • Judge hits back at critics of light sentence for CEO who bilked Best Buy: Business Journal
  • Plus: Ex-Babbitt fire chief sentenced for setting fires; and Higher CenterPoint gas charge wins key approval from judge

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Bar and Association News

  • MNAPABA Event: Reception for Chief Public Defender Dan Lew: MNAPABA
  • MSBA action at the capitol this week and Minnesota legislative developments: MSBA
  • 2014 Indian Law Conference: MAIBA
  • From Bin Laden to Snowden: Fighting Terrorism in a Networked World: MSBA Sections
  • Legal Systems Delegation to Australia and New Zealand 2014: People to People
  • Use of ADR in Business Practice for In-House Lawyers: MSBA Sections
  • Plus: 10 Tech Tips to Jumpstart Your Solo/Small Practice; and Primer on Minnesota Emergency Preparedness Law

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Legal Blogs

  • The "Game of Thrones" Trademark: A Song of Goods and Services: Trademarkology
  • Ten Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Heartbleed: Versus Texas
  • Which Legal Sites Did Heartbleed Affect? LawSites
  • Game of Thrones 'Purple Wedding' Becomes Most Shared Illegal Download Ever: International Business Times
  • Ohio Links Earthquakes to Fracking, Toughens Drilling Rules Near Fault Lines: North America Shale Blog
  • Plus: Canada's Digital Privacy Act lets companies share customers' personal info, privacy critics warn; and Would You Pass a Trust Account Audit?

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The Profession

  • Heartbleed: What Lawyers and Law Firms Need to Know: Lawyerist
  • 'You are not alone': Law prof who considered suicide tells his story: ABA Journal
  • Concussion Cases Inspire New Course at George Washington's Law School: New York Times
  • Judge retires, is reprimanded after sexist comment: Associated Press
  • Law schools leading effort to teach teens privacy: Daily Journal
  • Plus: Is this the death of hourly rates at law firms?

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National Legal News

  • The Truth About Chicago's Crime Rates: Chicago Magazine
  • Should Pets Have the Same Legal Rights as People? Wall Street Journal
  • SeaWorld Loses Appeal in Death of Killer Whale Trainer: The National Law Journal
  • NHL Sued by Ex-Players Over Culture of 'Extreme Violence': Bloomberg
  • Out of hours working banned by German labour ministry: The Telegraph
  • Plus: Lost In Translation: French Rule On Work Email Covers Fewer Workers; and Who Gets Sued When Your Robot Car Crashes?

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