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Capella Tower, Suite 3500
225 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402, United States
Contact: Gretchen Milbrath, Director of Business Development and Marketing
Phone: 612-604-6640
Fax: 612-604-6940
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
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  • Communications & Media Law
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  • Securities Law
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  • Minnesota
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Emily Johnson Piper Appointed As Commissioner of The Minnesota Department of Human Services

On Monday, December 7, 2015, Governor Mark Dayton appointed his Office’s General Counsel Emily Johnson Piper to take the helm of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (“DHS”). Ms. Piper will replace outgoing Human Services…more

Administrative Appointments, DHS

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Joint IP Ownership Rights

New ideas, creations, and business ventures are often the product of collaboration. If lawyers had their way, a written agreement would precede every creative collaboration. Of course, this is not the case. Collaborators…more

Copyright, Intellectual Property Protection, Inventors, IP License, Joint Inventors

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The Federal Circuit Building’s Circuitous History

I had the opportunity this week to attend an oral argument at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington this week (#humblebrag). I quickly came to realize that, like so many things in trademark law, the Federal…more

Historical Landmarks, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Trademarks

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Joust Do It? A New Form of Nike Battle Cry?

By now, you’re familiar with my enjoyment in capturing and sharing new billboard signage that hits the streets of the Twin Cities. Question, what tagline might have inspired this one?…more

Billboards, Nike, Tagline, Trademark Application, Trademark Infringement

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Erroneous UCC-3 Termination Leads to Disastrous Consequences

In a recent decision, a U.S. Court of Appeals held that the filing of a UCC-3 termination statement in a relatively simple payoff transaction between General Motors and a lender was still considered "authorized," despite the…more

Appeals, Commercial Bankruptcy, General Motors, Lenders, Perfected Security Interest

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My Namesake Triumphs: Tiffany & Co. awarded $19.35 million

The four year saga ended (at least for now) with Tiffany & Co. being awarded for its vigorous fight to maintain its trademark and protect against genericide. As previously reported, Tiffany & Co. filed suit against Costco…more

Appeals, Costco, Genericide, Jury Verdicts, Punitive Damages

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MN Supreme Court: Creditors May Void Fraudulent Transfers of Assets in Uncontested Divorces

On July 9, 2014, in Citizens State Bank Norwood Young America v. Gordon Brown, et al., the Minnesota Supreme Court held that Minnesota's Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act ("MUFTA") may be applied to transfers of assets made as a…more

Debt, Debtors, Divorce, Fraud, Fraudulent Transfers

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Registrations for Golden Knights Still Refused…Partially

Another update on my series of posts following the newest NHL expansion team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, and the difficult time they’re having prosecuting their trademark applications. The applicant Black Knight Sports and…more

Lanham Act, Likelihood of Confusion, Merchandising Rights, NHL, Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP)

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Ten Questions to Consider Before Granting Equity to Employees

Granting employees equity can be a great way to reward and motivate employees. Most employees will work harder once they have some skin in the game. However, granting equity can be complicated and it's easy to make mistakes…more

Co-Ownership, Employee Benefits, Equity Plans, ERISA, Securities Litigation

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Consumer Agreement Audits: Reduce Risk Posed by Financial Aggregators and Cyber Attacks

Has your banking organization conducted its annual review of its electronic banking agreements? If you haven’t, your organization may want to consider whether revisions are required to your bank’s deposit agreements, online…more

Bank Accounts, Banking Sector, Cyber Threats, Cybersecurity, Data Breach

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Federal PAC Reports Due July 31, 2017

All federal PACs are required to submit a semi-annual report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on or before Monday, July 31, 2017. The semi-annual report must reflect all receipts and disbursements between January 1, 2017…more

Campaign Contributions, Federal Election Commission (FEC), Filing Requirements, PACs, Political Contributions

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The End Times for Brands?

Several years ago I wrote a post about Selfridges’ “No Noise” campaign, featuring de-branded from brands like Heinz, Clinique, and Levi’s. In that post, I asked whether de-branded design would soon become a new trend…more

Brand, Corporate Branding, Generic, Internet Retailers, Retailers

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Final Rules Issued on Information Reporting for Employers and Insurers Under the ACA

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service published Final Rules to implement the information reporting provisions for insurers and certain employers under the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), which…more

Affordable Care Act, Employer Mandates, Healthcare, Pay or Play, Shared Responsibility Rule

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Asserting a Tribal Sovereign Immunity Defense, Even Where the Tribe has Contractually Waived its Immunity

The doctrine of sovereign immunity acts as a powerful protection for any sovereign entity. By prohibiting the courts from adjudicating whether or not the sovereign party breached a contract, committed a tort, or otherwise…more

Sovereign Immunity, Tribal Governments, Waivers

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The Modern Family and the Modern Estate

Practitioners Need to be Aware of Changing Trends - The removal of the estate and gift tax curtain is exposing what was always clients’ true concern: how to provide for the ultimate well-being of their families. No longer…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Gift Tax

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Session Closing Chaos: Special Session in the Wings

In the waning hours of the 2016 legislative session, lawmakers wrapped up a supplemental budget and a tax bill, but failed to pass a comprehensive transportation package, a bonding bill, and a plan for implementing federal Real…more

Infrastructure, Legislative Agendas, REAL IDs, State Budgets, State Funding

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Winthrop & Weinstine Summary of Revenue Procedure 2014-12

Scope of the Guidance & General Information - 1. Application of the Guidance is limited to allocations of HTC from Buildings that are placed in service on or after December 30, 2013. 2. This means the Guidance does…more

Income Taxes, Net Investment Income, Safe Harbors, State Taxes, Tax Credits

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Erroneous UCC-3 Termination Leads to Disastrous Consequences

In a recent decision, a U.S. Court of Appeals held that the filing of a UCC-3 termination statement in a relatively simple payoff transaction between General Motors and a lender was still considered "authorized," despite the…more

Appeals, Commercial Bankruptcy, General Motors, Lenders, Perfected Security Interest

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Federal PAC Reports Due July 31, 2017

All federal PACs are required to submit a semi-annual report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on or before Monday, July 31, 2017. The semi-annual report must reflect all receipts and disbursements between January 1, 2017…more

Campaign Contributions, Federal Election Commission (FEC), Filing Requirements, PACs, Political Contributions

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Winthrop & Weinstine Summary of Revenue Procedure 2014-12

Scope of the Guidance & General Information - 1. Application of the Guidance is limited to allocations of HTC from Buildings that are placed in service on or after December 30, 2013. 2. This means the Guidance does…more

Income Taxes, Net Investment Income, Safe Harbors, State Taxes, Tax Credits

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Erroneous UCC-3 Termination Leads to Disastrous Consequences

In a recent decision, a U.S. Court of Appeals held that the filing of a UCC-3 termination statement in a relatively simple payoff transaction between General Motors and a lender was still considered "authorized," despite the…more

Appeals, Commercial Bankruptcy, General Motors, Lenders, Perfected Security Interest

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Another Shot Across The Virtual Bow

This post is a follow-up to my post a couple weeks ago regarding the Zenimax v. Oculus case. As expected, Zenimax filed its motion for an injunction on February 23. The motion itself pulls no punches. It directly and angrily…more

Attorney's Fees, Copyright Infringement, Injunctions, Jury Verdicts, Motion for Judgment

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Winthrop & Weinstine Summary of Revenue Procedure 2014-12

Scope of the Guidance & General Information - 1. Application of the Guidance is limited to allocations of HTC from Buildings that are placed in service on or after December 30, 2013. 2. This means the Guidance does…more

Income Taxes, Net Investment Income, Safe Harbors, State Taxes, Tax Credits

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Consumer Agreement Audits: Reduce Risk Posed by Financial Aggregators and Cyber Attacks

Has your banking organization conducted its annual review of its electronic banking agreements? If you haven’t, your organization may want to consider whether revisions are required to your bank’s deposit agreements, online…more

Bank Accounts, Banking Sector, Cyber Threats, Cybersecurity, Data Breach

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Winthrop & Weinstine Summary of Revenue Procedure 2014-12

Scope of the Guidance & General Information - 1. Application of the Guidance is limited to allocations of HTC from Buildings that are placed in service on or after December 30, 2013. 2. This means the Guidance does…more

Income Taxes, Net Investment Income, Safe Harbors, State Taxes, Tax Credits

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Winthrop & Weinstine Summary of Revenue Procedure 2014-12

Scope of the Guidance & General Information - 1. Application of the Guidance is limited to allocations of HTC from Buildings that are placed in service on or after December 30, 2013. 2. This means the Guidance does…more

Income Taxes, Net Investment Income, Safe Harbors, State Taxes, Tax Credits

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Federal Judge Suspends FLSA Overtime Rule

On November 22, 2016, just 10 days before the Department of Labor’s final rule on overtime exemptions was to become effective, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction halting its implementation…more

FLSA, Minimum Salary, Minimum Wage, Over-Time, Preliminary Injunctions

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Federal Judge Suspends FLSA Overtime Rule

On November 22, 2016, just 10 days before the Department of Labor’s final rule on overtime exemptions was to become effective, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction halting its implementation…more

FLSA, Minimum Salary, Minimum Wage, Over-Time, Preliminary Injunctions

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June Special Session?

Gov. Mark Dayton rejected a $259 million tax cut bill at midnight Tuesday by declining to sign it (pocket veto). The Omnibus Tax Bill would have delivered new credits, exemptions and deductions for farmers, businesses and…more

Bonds, Governor Dayton, Governor Vetoes, Legislative Agendas, Property Tax

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SEC Approves New Crowdfunding Rules

Fulfilling a promise made more than three and a half years ago, on Friday the SEC approved final rules for Regulation Crowdfunding ("Reg CF"), the last remaining component of the JOBS Act of 2012. Reg CF aims to create a…more

Amended Regulation, Capital Raising, Comment Period, Crowdfunding, Emerging Growth Companies

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Bank Held in Contempt for Failing to Return Collateral Repossessed Before Bankruptcy

Most lenders know that a bank cannot repossess collateral after a borrower files bankruptcy unless the bank first obtains relief from the automatic stay. But can a bank retain collateral that it repossessed before the…more

Automatic Stay, Collateral, Contempt, Repossess

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Bank Held in Contempt for Failing to Return Collateral Repossessed Before Bankruptcy

Most lenders know that a bank cannot repossess collateral after a borrower files bankruptcy unless the bank first obtains relief from the automatic stay. But can a bank retain collateral that it repossessed before the…more

Automatic Stay, Collateral, Contempt, Repossess

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Trick or Trademark? Mars Says Hershey’s Can’t Own “SCARY” Candy.

Sandwiched between 90 degree days in a Minnesota summer, the idea of Halloween wasn’t on my radar – until I learned about the latest dispute between candy giants Mars and Hershey’s…more

Brand, Descriptive Trademarks, Marketing, Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP), Trademark Opposition Proceedings

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Winthrop & Weinstine Summary of Revenue Procedure 2014-12

Scope of the Guidance & General Information - 1. Application of the Guidance is limited to allocations of HTC from Buildings that are placed in service on or after December 30, 2013. 2. This means the Guidance does…more

Income Taxes, Net Investment Income, Safe Harbors, State Taxes, Tax Credits

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Minnesota Energy Law

A federal judge, in a ruling issued today, struck down a portion of Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act (NGEA) because it violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution by attempting to regulate the generation of…more

Commerce Clause, Energy Sector

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Winthrop & Weinstine Summary of Revenue Procedure 2014-12

Scope of the Guidance & General Information - 1. Application of the Guidance is limited to allocations of HTC from Buildings that are placed in service on or after December 30, 2013. 2. This means the Guidance does…more

Income Taxes, Net Investment Income, Safe Harbors, State Taxes, Tax Credits

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To Search or Not to Search

Inditex – the parent company of fashion giant Zara – sued a small New York-based brand over the use of the mark Zara Terez (“ZT”). Zara Terez was launched in 2008 by friends Zara Terez Tisch and Amanda Schabes. The complaint…more

Dilution, Likelihood of Confusion, Trademark Searches, Trademarks, USPTO

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