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New Law Seeks to Lessen Condominium Construction Defect Claims

June 2, 2017

Governor Dayton has signed into law House Bill 1538, which adds additional requirements for condominium and townhome homeowners associations wishing to bring construction defect claims against developers.

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Vetoed Preemption Bill Means Minneapolis and St. Paul Sick Leave Ordinances Go Into Effect July 1 as Planned

June 1, 2017

On May 30, 2017, Minnesota Governor Dayton vetoed a bill that would have prevented cities from enacting their own minimum wage and sick time ordinances.

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Changing Residency: Keeping a Minnesota Bank Account and Financial Adviser No Longer Matters!

June 1, 2017

Should keeping a bank account or financial adviser in Minnesota be considered when determining where a person is a resident?

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Residency Legislative Alert: Location of Attorney, CPA, Financial Adviser or Bank Account May No Longer Be Considered in Domicile Determinations

May 31, 2017

When evaluating whether an individual is a Minnesota resident, the Minnesota Department of Revenue has been considering, among many factors, the location of a person’s attorney, accountant, financial adviser and bank accounts.

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Federal Court Holds ADA Applies to AmeriServ Bank Website

May 24, 2017

In the case of Frazier v. AmeriServ Financial Bank, # 17cv0031, 2017 federal district judge Arthur J. Schwab ruled that Title III of the ADA, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, applies to AmeriServ Bank’s website.

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Minnesota Court of Appeals Rejects “Arbitrary and Capricious” Abuse Ruling by DHS

May 23, 2017

On April 17, 2017, the Minnesota Court of Appeals rejected a maltreatment ruling by the Minnesota DHS against Meridian Services. 

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Supreme Court Dramatically Restricts Venue in Patent Cases

May 22, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court’s May 22, 2017, decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group redefined the possible venues for patent infringement lawsuits.

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Federal Circuit’s Helsinn Decision Limits America Invents Act Changes to “On Sale” Prior Art

May 12, 2017

In Helsinn Healthcare, S.A., v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed the degree to which the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) altered the “on sale” prior art provision of 35 U.S.C. § 102.

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New York’s New Cybersecurity Regulation: What’s the Impact?

May 10, 2017

With cyber intrusions becoming more common and sophisticated, the NY State Dept. of Financial Services has implemented a new regulation to combat these dangers.

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Visa Bulletin for May Discusses Expiration, Imminent Unavailability of Certain Visa Categories

May 10, 2017

Several visa categories are due to expire or become unavailable soon.

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