Latest news and events from Stich, Angell, Kreidler, Dodge & Unke.
In August, 2012, Jesse Beier won a summary judgment dismissal of a premises liability claim on behalf of his clients, a major Twin Cities shopping mall and property management company. The plaintiff had sustained a significant injury in a slip and fall accident while attempting to cross a parking lot median in the middle of winter.
Negligence – Wrongful Death
In July, 2012 Louise Behrendt and Mike Kreidler obtained summary judgment from the Goodhue County District Court in a negligence-based wrongful death case involving an ATV accident on a DNR trail. The court decided that the firm’s client, a paving company, did not breach a duty of care.
In July 2012, Cindy Butler and John Angell successfully obtained a summary judgment win in a declaratory judgment action involving an insurance coverage question. The firm’s client faced a damages claim for over a million dollars after the claiming party entered into a Miller-Shugart agreement. The Minnesota District Court found no coverage under the client insurer’s policy after extensive briefing on complex coverage issues.
In July, 2012, Louise Behrendt obtained summary judgment from the Anoka County District Court on behalf of a general contractor client in a construction defect case involving alleged moisture intrusion damages to a single-family home.
Employment – Sexual Harassment
In June, 2012 Mike Kreidler and Louise Behrendt obtained a favorable settlement in a two-plaintiff sex harassment case venued in the Hennepin County District Court. The case additionally involved claims of retaliation and invasion of privacy, and a claim for punitive damages against one defendant.
Insurance – Personal Injury
In June 2012, Garth Unke obtained an Arbitration Award in excess of $300,000 for a client in an insurance dispute that included claims of personal injuries, subrogation and ERISA issues. The injuries included a fractured femur, ankle, collar bone and pelvis. The Award resulted in a quick, cost-effective resolution of a case that had been previously denied.
In March 2012, Stacey Sever obtained an excellent result for a client defendant in a binding arbitration. The award issued was for only a fraction of the claim that Plaintiff sought.
In January 2012, Stacey Sever obtained a very favorable award for her client insurer in a binding arbitration. The arbitrator found that the Plaintiff’s cervical spine surgery was not related to the accident, resulting in a very good result for the defendant.
In February 2012, Louise Behrendt and Stacey Sever won affirmance of their client’s win at trial in a disability discrimination case. The Court’s opinion may be accessed at http://www.lawlibrary.state.mn.us/archive/ctapun/1202/opa110637-020612.pdf
Business Disputes – Contracts
In January 2012, Stacey Sever obtained a favorable settlement for her client in a lawsuit involving a breach of contract claim. Ms. Sever’s client faced a claim for extensive damages and attorney’s fees. After extensive motion practice and negotiation, the case was resolved very favorably for the client.
Product Defect – Construction Defect
In December 2011, John Angell and Stacey Sever successfully obtained summary judgment for their window manufacturer client in a construction defect case involving a large commercial building. The damages sought exceeded a million dollars. The motion involved a complex procedural history and claims of breach of contract, breach of warranty, breach of implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose, negligence, products liability, and contribution and indemnity. This was a full dismissal of all claims in favor of the firm’s client.