Noncompete Agreements in Minnesota and the Enforceability of Remedies Clauses

Restrictive covenants such as noncompete agreements are commonplace in today’s employment contracts. Minnesota’s large med-tech presence often lands departing employees in legal battles with Medtronic, Boston Scientific, St. Jude Medical, and other companies who have attempted to protect their intellectual property and trade secrets through restrictions in employment agreements. As one expects, a noncompete agreement… Read more »

Appeal Win for Client in Dispute Regarding Land Development in Lake Elmo.

On February 20, 2018, Dudley and Smith, P.A. attorneys Chris Boline and Joseph Dudley secured a land use victory for their client, LeRoy J. Rossow, Jr., after the Minnesota Supreme Court denied Lake Elmo’s petition asking the Court to review the Court of Appeals decision in favor of Rossow. Background Facts Rossow owns ten acres of… Read more »

The Defend Trade Secrets Act – New Business and Employment Protections

Congress recently passed a law that will provide further security to companies seeking to protect their trade secrets. The newly signed Defend Trade Secrets Act adds a civil cause of action to the criminal liability currently existing through the Economic Espionage Act of 1996. Though most states already have a form of trade secret protection… Read more »

How to Remove an Unwanted Guest from your Home in Minnesota

Many are familiar with the “Minnesota nice” stereotype that was long ago coined to describe the demeanor of Minnesotans. With hats, t-shirts, and movies highlighting this slogan, it is fair to say that Minnesotans are proud of this portrayal. Regardless of the truth of this aphorism, you could find yourself in a bind if your… Read more »

How to Vacate a Default Judgment in Minnesota

Quite often, people contact our office to ask what they can do to vacate, or get relief from a default civil judgment entered against them or their business. These calls occasionally involve a defendant who became aware of a default judgment entered against them with little or no prior notice. A plaintiff can obtain a… Read more »

Minnesota Construction Law – Builder’s Right to Inspect, Offer to Repair, and Pre-Suit Mediation

In a prior post titled What Type of Claims May be Brought Under Minnesota’s Construction Defect Warranty Statute, we discussed the types of statutory construction defect warranties that protect homeowners from shoddy building or remodeling and the notice requirements that homeowners must provide to their builders. We also reviewed several exclusions that serve to shield… Read more »