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Legal Update: Minnesota Wage Theft Statute Changes

By: Court Anderson , Eric Friske | June 28, 2019

Employers in Minnesota should be prepared for sweeping changes that go into effect next week. On July 1, 2019, Minnesota will 1) start requiring employers to provide written wage-related information to employees, 2) change existing law governing when employees must be paid and the penalty for failing to pay wages and commission owed, as well […]

Trademark Law

U.S. Supreme Court Resolves Treatment of Trademark Licenses in Bankruptcy

By: J.R. Maddox | June 16, 2019

For decades, federal courts have been split on what happens to a trademark licensee’s rights when a debtor-licensor “rejects” a trademark license agreement in bankruptcy. In this article, we discuss the two longstanding interpretations of this issue, the recent resolution by the U.S. Supreme Court, and the resulting impact on licensors and licensees. The issue: Rejection-as-breach […]


Although Copyrights Vest Immediately, Enforcing Them Requires Another Step

By: J.R. Maddox , Benjamin (Ben) Hamborg | April 16, 2019
Risk Management

Copyright Registration is Mandatory, Prior to Filing an Infringement Suit A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court has clarified that the Copyright Office must grant registration of a copyright before the copyright holder can sue for infringement and recover damages. This article explains the ruling and its implications. The United States Copyright Act of […]


Cabin Fever: Considerations for Owning a Cabin with Family or Friends

By: Carter DeLaittre , Allison Plunkett | March 20, 2019
Real Estate Equity

With this winter’s relentless snowfall and low temps, many of us have a serious case of cabin fever. As we patiently wait for spring to arrive, we dream of escaping “up north” for peaceful summer weekends of fishing, water skiing and sunset cruising on one of Minnesota’s many beautiful lakes. For some, that dream includes […]


Proposals and Prenups: What to do before – or after – you say I do

By: Lisa Spencer | February 20, 2019
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

February is the month of love, so it’s no surprise that Valentine’s Day is a popular day for couples to get engaged. Unlike previous generations, Millennials appear to be taking their time finding the love of their lives. According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2018, the average age for saying “I do” is 27.8 […]


Protecting Your Security Interest in an LLC Membership Interest: Methods and Considerations for Perfecting

By: Rochelle Hauser | September 18, 2018
Owning a Business

You have made the decision to provide financing, whether as a business owner or otherwise. Perhaps you are loaning money to a borrower, or selling a company you own and financing the purchase. You will likely require some type of collateral to secure repayment of the loan. If your collateral includes a limited liability company […]