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 »

Alternatives to Litigation

If I have a dispute with two or more people, is there any other method to resolve the differences other than litigation or court? Yes!  There are numerous alternatives to trial or litigation if you have a dispute.  Minnesota courts often require that parties participate in “alternative dispute resolution” (“ADR”) prior to trial.  However, ADR… Read more »

Minnesota Dog Bite and Dog Attack Law

Attorney Katherine Brown Holmen recently settled a claim based on Minnesota Statute §347.22 for a client who was severely injured in a bicycle accident caused by a dog. The accident was not due to a direct dog bite, but by a dog on dog attack in the road. The settlement was accomplished outside of court… 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 »

Undisclosed conditions in a Home Purchase and Arbitration Proceedings

Question: Have you either purchased or sold a home in which there is an issue about the condition about property?  It is not uncommon for an issue of undisclosed defects in the condition of the property to arise. Minnesota law generally requires a seller of residential real property to make a written disclosure to a… 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 »