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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402, United States

Contact: Stacey McGuire

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Worth The Work? Why it is Risky To Not Pay Your Interns

Unless you were unplugged, you probably saw all the high profile names that made legal headlines last week. Included in that list was David Letterman. In a quick whirlwind of activity, a CBS intern filed a wage and hour lawsuit…more
| Labor & Employment Law

The parade of NDAs

Non-disclosure agreements have been a regular part of my practice because so many of my clients have technology at the core of their businesses. Lately, however, it seems like I’ve been dealing almost daily with clients who are…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Health Law Alert: CMS Modifications to Meaningful Use Rule Gives Providers a Welcome Reprieve

On September 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Final Rule that made several helpful changes to the meaningful use requirements for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. Among other…more
| Health

Wikimedia Makes Monkey Out Of Photographer (Or Is It Vice Versa?)

Last month, Wikimedia (the operator of Wikipedia) again refused the request of British photographer David Slater to remove a picture of a monkey from the Wikimedia Commons database of publicly available photographs. Wikimedia’s…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Video Clip: Family Wants Access to Son’s Digital Data After Death

Minnesota’s KMSP-TV Fox 9 News ran a video story on September 9, 2014, by Ted Haller about a family wanting access to their deceased nineteen-year-old son’s digital data. They have been seeking access to his text messages,…more
| Family Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Falling Back (or Springing Ahead): The Correct Method to Pay Employees

The semi-annual ritual of changing the clocks is often a concern for those employers who have non-exempt (hourly) employees working the late shift (at 2:00 a.m. when the clocks change). When the clocks are moved back those…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Nonprofit Alert: Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act - Who Will Measure the Benefit, and How?

On January 1, 2015, the Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act (the Act) takes effect, and will allow the formation of public benefit corporations for the first time in this state. Public benefit corporations are not…more
| Business Organizations, Nonprofit Law

Week in Review

Some popular online services made legal headlines this week. After years of litigation, a federal appeals court held that Yelp did not extort businesses by manipulating user reviews to coerce advertising purchases. While Yelp…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Business Torts, Securities Law

“Wage Theft” – New Name, Same Concern

“Wage theft” is becoming a popular phrase in the media. A New York Times article recently announced that “More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft.’” Other news outlets are using the phrase to describe lawsuits brought by workers…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Should You Consider Forming A Public Benefit Corporation?

Did you form your business to benefit the public and is it designed to operate in a responsible and sustainable manner? Does your business focus on pursuing a net material positive impact as well as making a profit? If so, you…more
| Business Organizations

Insurer’s “Reservation of Rights” Creates a Conflict of Interest, Entitling the Insured to Independent Defense Counsel

In case that has been widely watched by Minnesota insureds and insurers alike, a federal district court ruled Tuesday that an insurer’s “reservation of rights” letter created a conflict of interest, thereby permitting the…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Small Business Certifications: Where Do I Start?

For many small, privately held businesses, navigating the world of small business certifications can be a daunting task. Certification options abound for women, minority, veteran-owned, and small disadvantaged businesses. What…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting

Week in Review

The National Labor Relations Board continues to focus on employer social media policies and employee discipline for online activity. In a ruling this week involving Triple Play Sports Bar & Grill, the Board concluded that…more
| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Delaware Enacts Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

On August 12, 2014, Delaware’s governor signed into law the Delaware Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, which is based on an earlier draft of the recently-approved Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Asset Act. Delaware’s…more
| Science, Computers, & Technology, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Bordering the Obvious

Last week we learned in Olson v. Push, Inc. that Minnesota’s Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act (DATWA) does not apply to a West Virginia employee working for a Wisconsin company. While at first blush this may seem…more
| Labor & Employment Law
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