Overview

When individuals and businesses face litigation, they want more than just aggressive representation. They want an attorney that has the experience and judgment to guide them to the best resolution possible, whether that be through trial or a business solution. In short, they want attorneys who have a proven track record of success.

At Fredrikson, we deliver on both counts. With over 80 attorneys, our Litigation Group is one of the largest and most experienced in the Upper Midwest. We try cases in state and federal courts, before domestic and international arbitration tribunals, and in front of administrative agencies. Because we have substantial experience in a wide range of litigation areas, our attorneys are frequently called upon locally, nationally and internationally to represent clients in highly complex disputes. In each case, our goal remains the same: to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients through aggressive and experienced representation.

Experience

  • Fredrikson successfully obtained a decision from the Minnesota Supreme Court clarifying what activities constitute a continuation, rather than an expansion, of a nonconforming land use in Minnesota. Represented the landfill operator in this significant nonconforming use rights case, AIM Dev. (USA), LLC v. City of Sartell, 946 N.W.2d 330 (Minn. 2020).
  • Starting in 2014, we defended Hormel Foods Corporation in Minnesota Federal Court against claims that it misappropriated trade secrets, and breached multiple contracts with the plaintiff related to a failed joint development program. At the center of the lawsuit was Hormel’s innovative and revolutionary new process for making a next generation of pre-cooked bacon Hormel markets under the brand Bacon1. The plaintiff sought damages in excess of $60 million. After two years of litigation, Fredrikson’s litigation team defeated each of the plaintiff’s claims on summary judgment. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Hormel’s victory in 2018, and the District Court subsequently awarded Hormel over $800,000 in fees and costs in defending the lawsuit. Fredrikson is also representing Hormel in two patent infringement lawsuits filed in 2018 relating to this hybrid bacon cooking process technology, and has already defeated the infringement claims in one of those lawsuits.

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