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When appraisal panel’s damage assessment is based on use of replacement materials, and the parties dispute that replacement materials are “matching,” jury must determine whether policy terms of “similar materials” and “material of like kind and quality” are met. Trout Brook South Condo Association v. Harleysville Worchester Insurance Co., No.12-2888 (RHK/JSM) (D. Minn. Feb. 5, 2014).

The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed jury apportioned liability, finding that the dog attack statute, Minn. Stat. § 347.22 (2012), does not preclude allocation of fault between a dog owner and a co-tortfeasor under the comparative-fault statute, § 604.02 (2012). Clark v. Connor & Jones, No. A13-1110 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 21, 2014).

The Minnesota Supreme Court determined that the public-policy exception to employment-at-will does not apply to a termination resulting from an application for unemployment benefits. It also held that a court is required to award costs and disbursements to the prevailing party, regardless of the non-prevailing party’s indigent status or inability to pay. Dukowitz v. Hannon Security Servs., 2014 WL 23644 (Minn. Jan. 2, 2014).

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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

The Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF) featured member Larry Rocheford on its website on March 25, 2014.

Vicki Hruby spoke on Legal Issues Involving Online Medical Advice at the Hennepin County Bar Association 2014 Medical Malpractice Conference on March 6.

A new JLO Newsletter has been released and is available by clicking this link.

Congratulations to Eugene J. Flick, Joseph E. Flynn, Lawrence M. Rocheford, Leonard J. Schweich who were named to the 2013 list of Minnesota Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business.

Congratulations to Elisa M. Hatlevig who has been named to the 2013 list of Minnesota Rising Stars by Minnesota Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business.

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