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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE EXPERT AFFIDAVIT: Curative expert affidavit filed by medical-malpractice plaintiff under safe-harbor provision of Minn. Stat. 145.682, subd. 6(c) is not subject to filing deadlines for dispositive motions of Minnesota Rules of of General Practice, Rule 115.03. Pfeiffer v. Allina Health System, 851 N.W.2d 626 (Minn. Ct. App. 2014), pet. for rev. denied (Minn. October 22, 2014).

MINNESOTA STATUTE OF REPOSE: Ten year statute of repose, Minn. Stat. Sec. 541.051, does not bar claims that common law duty to use reasonable care for safety of entrants on their land has been breached, as such claims fall under the exceptions found in subdivision 1(d) of the statute. Monson v. Suck, et al., A14-0461 (Minn. Ct. App. October 14, 2014).

ASSUMPTION OF RISK. Minnesota Court of Appeals found that doctrine of primary assumption of risk barred plaintiff’s negligence claims arising out of injuries sustained when colliding with a fence while snowtubing. Dawson v. Afton Alps Recreation Area, No. 82-CV-13-224 (Minn. Ct. App. Sept. 22, 2014)

STANDARD MORTGAGE CLAUSE. Under Minnesota law, “standard mortgage clause” creates independent contract of insurance for mortgagee, and denial of coverage to insured allowing property to remain vacant for more than 60 days, does not invalidate mortgage holder’s claim because mortgagee’s insurance is not invalidated by the act, neglect, omission or default of mortgagor. Commerce Bank vs. West Bend Mutual Ins. Co., A14-0247 (Minn. Ct. App., Sept. 22, 2014); compare Waterstone Bank, SSB v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co., 832 N.W.2d 152, 156 (Wis. App. 2013, review denied (Wis. Nov. 26, 2013), where coverage was denied to Wisconsin bank mortgagee with a virtually identical standard mortgage clause.


Firm News

JLO COOKS FOR KIDS: JLO donated its time on October 4th to prepare and serve brunch to families at the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital Ronald McDonald House. This is one of the Firm’s many activities undertaken to benefit the community.

We are pleased to announce that Matthew P. Bandt has become a partner in the firm.

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

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


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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