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Snowplow driver’s decision to drive his snowplow in reverse, when not actively engaged in snow-removal operations, involved the execution of a ministerial duty because it was the performance of a simple and definite act under circumstances that were fixed and designated. Therefore, snowplow driver and City were not protected by common-law official immunity or vicarious official immunity. Shariss v. City of Bloomington, et. al., A13-2293 (Minn. Ct. App. August 18, 2014)

Minnesota Supreme Court reverses Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals concerning intervenor rights, narrows its holding in Brooks v. A.M.F., Inc., 278 N.W.2d 310 (Minn. 1979) and holds that even when employer fails to give medical provider notice of its right to intervene in a workers’ compensation proceeding, medical provider is not entitled to automatic payment of unpaid medical charges unless it can show that it was prejudiced by lack of notice. Gamble v. Twin Cities Concrete Products, A13-1409 (Minn. August 13, 2014)

Minnesota Supreme Court holds that the only retirement benefit that may be offset against an employee’s permanent total disability benefits under the “old age and survivor insurance benefits” provision of Minn. Stat.§ 176.101, subd. 4, is federal social security benefits. The Court did not address disability benefits paid under any government disability benefit program, which can be offset, under § 176.101, subd. 4. Ekdahl v. ISD 213, A14-0089 (Minn. August 13, 2014)


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Congratulations to Eugene J. Flick, Joseph E. Flynn, Marlene S. Garvis, Lawrence M. Rocheford, and Leonard J. Schweich who were named to the 2014 list of Minnesota Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business. Click here for additional information about this announcement.

Congratulations to Elisa M. Hatlevig and Jason A. Koch who have been named to the 2014 list of Minnesota Rising Stars by Minnesota Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business.

Jardine, Logan & O’Brien, P.L.L.P. is pleased to announce that Elisa M. Hatlevig has been recognized by Super Lawyers for inclusion in the 2014 Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota selection. READ MORE


Partner Lawrence M. Rocheford has been appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure for a two-year term.

Partner Marlene S. Garvis has been appointed to the ABA Health Law Section leadership for the 2014-15 year, as Vice Chair of the Breast Cancer Initiatives Task Force and Vice Chair of the Health Lawyer Editorial Board. She has also been reappointed to the Iowa Bar Association Health Law Council and the Advisory Board of Minnesota Women Lawyers.


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