Environmental Lawyer, Thad Lightfoot, on an Upcoming Minnesota Supreme Court Environmental Case

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I find myself stymied by multiple trash cans in cafeterias, asking me to separate “trash” from “recyclables.” As such, I figure I have to renounce any claim to any background or experience in environmental law. For environmental law, call someone else, like Thad Lightfoot. Few, if any, Minnesota lawyers have the depth of experience, generosity, kindness, and wisdom of environmental lawyer, Thad Lightfoot.

So I was delighted when Thad agreed to share his comments and thoughts with Minnesota Litigator on a recent Minnesota Court of Appeals decision that the Minnesota Supreme Court has decided to review (In The Matter of Reichmann Land & Cattle, LLP).

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In early 2011, Minnesota Litigator noted the unorthodox website of Twin Cities lawyer, Marc G. Kurzman. Specifically, Mr. Kurzman includes ten quotes from unnamed sitting judges supposedly praising Mr. Kurzman’s “moral character” and his “legal acumen.”


The man has a veritable rap sheet of ethical violations stretching back twenty years.

I note that Mr. Kurzman was found in 2003 to have falsely stated to a court that he was a pharmacist admitted to practice in Minnesota and other states. His website still promotes him as “a Patent Attorney and a Pharmacist” among his other many claimed accomplishments.


What I REALLY have a hard time getting my head around is how there can be so many fine Minnesota lawyers, young and old, desperate for work and, yet, at the same time, there seem to be some….shall we say, perhaps unfit lawyers?…who seem to stay pretty busy. Is this an instance of “market failure” or what? Am I missing something?

$20,000,000+ for Plaintiffs’ Counsel in Wells Fargo Mortgage Melt-Down Class Action

Back in December, 2013, Minnesota Litigator had a post about Wells Fargo’s apparently inconsistent positions on “SLPs” and “SIVs” back in the go-go years in the U.S. mortgage industry (before the 2008 meltdown). Wells Fargo seemed to tell some investors that these Securities Lending Programs (“SLPs”) presented opportunities for risk-free gains while also saying publicly in other contexts that there were “enormously risky” and “nonsense.”

But another group of class action plaintiffs brought and have now settled another claim against Wells Fargo along the same lines, the final settlement of which was this week for $62 million for the class and $22 million for the class’ lawyers.

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College Sports Litigation Season

Summer can be a slow time for sports fans. Basketball season is over, football season hasn’t started, and, while baseball season is still going, some fans know that their team’s season is effectively over (see: Minnesota Twins). But one season has been alive and very active this summer: college sports litigation!

The NCAA has been very busy lately defending against a barrage of high profile lawsuits, primarily challenging the NCAA on the issue of paying players. Now, coming on the heels of a ruling against the NCAA from Judge Claudia Wilken (N. D. Cal – and coincidentally from Minneapolis), an order that enjoins NCAA rules that prohibit football and men’s basketball players from being compensated for their names and images in TV broadcasts and video games, comes a new antitrust class action lawsuit brought on behalf of a Division I football player, seeking to certify a class of current and former football players by Minneapolis based Zimmerman Reed. Continue reading

St. Jude v. Grubiak: Electronically Stored Information (ESI) And the High Costs of Distrust

Money Role 300x225 St. Jude v. Grubiak: Electronically Stored Information (ESI) And the High Costs of DistrustHave you ever given any thought to the dollar value of trust? How much money does distrust cost?

Distrust is extremely expensive and the parties and lawyers in St. Jude v. Grubiak will be measuring it. Minnesota Litigator has covered St. Jude v. Grubiak previously.

St. Jude distrusts Grubiak. So, rather than asking for and receiving documents information from Grubiak, St. Jude insists on undertaking a forensic exam of Grubiak’s stored electronic data (that is, his computer, his lap top, his hard drive, his phone).

Grubiak distrusts St. Jude. So, rather than just turning over all of the data on this computers and phone, Grubiak insists that St. Jude narrow its search.

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