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By George H. Singer In response to the continuing crises brought on by the covid-19 pandemic, Congress recently passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA). The legislation signed into law by the president on December 27, 2020 is one of the longest bills (5,593 pages) and largest spending measures ever enacted. The CAA contains among its provisions a number of amendments to the United States Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. §§101 et seq., all of which…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 29, 2020 Contact: Teddy Tschann  teddy.tschann@state.mn.us651-402-8841    Commission on Judicial Selection Opens Application Process for Vacancy in the Tenth Judicial District [ST. PAUL, MN] – Today, the Commission on Judicial Selection announced a new vacancy in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. The vacancy occurred upon the retirement of the Honorable Mary E. Hannon. This seat will be chambered in Stillwater in Washington County.  The application process is now open for this vacancy. The Commission…
By Joel Van Nurden Mary is a widow in her mid-70s.1 She has worked hard all her life, paid off her mortgage, and lives frugally on Social Security and her modest savings. She was looking forward to spending her golden years relaxing in her humble, post-World War II ranch-style home in the suburbs. Then the pandemic hit and Mary’s daughter lost her job. Mary converted her sewing room back to a bedroom and welcomed her…
By Michael T. Burke & Brandon D. Meshbesher The overwhelming majority of drivers and passengers use a seat belt. A 2019 study found that nationwide seat belt use was over 90 percent for drivers and just under 90 percent for right-front seat passengers.1 While compliance has been historically lower for backseat passengers, backseat passengers nonetheless use a seat belt about 75 percent of the time.2 The combination of governmental efforts to mandate seat belt availability…
The facts are in. The law should reflect them.  By Jacquelyn S. Lutz & Linda R. Allen A review of Minnesota Statutes leaves one with the firm conviction that Minnesota places breastfeeding, and increasing the rates of breastfeeding mothers, as a priority.  Minn. Stat. §145.894 directs the commissioner of health to develop public education programs promoting the Maternal and Child Nutrition Act and dictates that the programs must include a campaign to promote breastfeeding.  Minn.…
By Dyan Ebert Would you agree to represent Payton and Parker or Nixon Lodge in this case?  Payton Knox, a local hockey hero, and Parker Stevenson became engaged to be married in 2019. Payton’s parent, Jordan Knox, formerly a well-known clothier in Hibbing, was as excited as Payton for this wedding, with visions of grandchildren dancing in their head. The happy couple’s parents each agreed to foot 35 percent of the wedding costs. The big…
By Susan Humiston As one year ends and another begins, some lawyers find themselves in transition between firms or employment opportunities. When this happens, it’s natural to focus on employment law—and, if one is a partner, fiduciary obligations. But please don’t forget there are also ethical obligations when a lawyer leaves a firm. And they’re a frequent source of questions on our ethics hotline at this time of year. The American Bar Association issued a…
By Mark Lanterman Recently, the CIA awarded a diversified contract for cloud computing, including the housing of top-secret data, to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, Oracle, and IBM. “Under the C2E contract vehicle,” reports an article at Nextgov, “the companies will compete for specific task orders issued by the CIA on behalf of itself and the 16 other agencies that comprise the intelligence community.”1 This is a huge contract for the companies awarded, and it…
‘No one can fix anything working alone’ OMNI KIECKER is the owner of Kiecker Law Office, LLC. Her offices are located in Belle Plaine and Mankato. She prides herself on making the legal process as straightforward as possible. In 2019 she published a book, Financially Caring for your Disabled Child, that was rated as a #1 new release in practical guides for law at Amazon. More information can be found on her website www.kieckerlaw.com.  …
CRIMINAL LAW JUDICIAL LAW • Check forgery: Forged signature on front of check is not a “false endorsement.” Appellant was found guilty of check forgery by false endorsement for writing 18 checks from S.H.’s account to a grocery store, forging S.H.’s signature on the signature line on the front of the check. Appellant argues he did not “endorse” the checks, because he did not sign the backs of the checks. Appellant was convicted under Minn. Stat.…