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Minnesota governor signs bill raising minimum wage
April 15, 2014
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on Monday signed into law a bill raising the state's minimum wage for the first time in nearly a decade. The law is incremental, raising the minimum wage on August 1 of each year before reaching $9.50 per hour in 2016. The 2016 minimum wage is more than three dollars h....... [more]

Wolf v. Walker: Fighting for Marriage throughout the Midwest
April 2, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Gretchen Helfrich of Mayer Brown LLP and John Knight of the American Civil Liberties Union discuss the challenge to Wisconsin's same-sex marriage law...For same-sex couples in Wisconsin—many of whom have been in loving, committed relationships for decades—it's been f....... [more]

Supreme Court limits suits over frequent flyer miles
April 2, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday In Northwest Inc. v. Ginsberg that federal aviation law preempts a state law claim for breach of contract. Rabbi Binyomin Ginsberg sued Northwest Airlines for breach of implied covenant of good faith in dealing under Minnesota state contract law after the airline....... [more]

Minnesota high court reverses conviction for encouraging suicide
March 20, 2014
The Supreme Court of Minnesota ruled Wednesday that part of a Minnesota statute prohibiting the advising or encouraging of suicide is unconstitutional. The court overturned the conviction of William Melchert-Dinkel, who was convicted in 2011 of two counts of aiding suicide, after a judge found he "i....... [more]

Germany prosecutors recommend murder charges for ex-Nazi commander living in US
November 19, 2013
A German prosecutor on Monday recommended that a 94-year-old man living in Minnesota be charged with 40 counts of murder for his involvement in an attack that razed a Polish village to the ground in 1944. An earlier investigation found that retired Minnesota carpenter Michael Karkoc was formerly a c....... [more]

Lawsuit challenges online voter registration system in Minnesota
November 5, 2013
A lawsuit filed on Monday in the second judicial district court of Minnesota alleges that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie acted beyond his authority with the establishment of an online voter registration system in September. The petition was filed by a pair of conservative advocacy groups, Minnesot....... [more]

"Assisting" Suicide: The Limits of Free Speech
October 30, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Gabriel Walsh, Willamette University College of Law Class of 2016, analyzes the limits and protections of free speech surrounding issues of language used to encourage or promote suicide...On September 30, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Minnesota issued a ruling declaring uncons....... [more]

Minnesota high court upholds DWI implied consent law
October 24, 2013
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the state's driving while intoxicated (DWI) implied consent law, ruling it is constitutional under the Fourth Amendment. The law makes it a crime for impaired drivers to refuse to take a breath, blood or urine test. The case, State v. Brooks, arose ou....... [more]

Minnesota court strikes down law against advising suicide
October 1, 2013
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a state law criminalizing speech that "advises" and "encourages" another's suicide is unconstitutional. In the suit filed against the national right-to-die group Final Exit Network after they were charged with the 2007 suicide of a Minnesota woman, th....... [more]

Increased Access to Emergency Contraception in is Good Policy and Good Precedent
July 12, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Andrea Miller, University of Minnesota Law School Class of 2015, explains how Judge Korman's decision in Tummino v. Hamburg creates solid policy and legal precedent...US District Judge Edward Korman recently brought some much-needed closure to a 12-year legal debate over the r....... [more]

Minnesota governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law
May 15, 2013
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on Tuesday signed a bill into law making the state the twelfth to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill was given final approval in the Senate Monday after being approved by the House of Representatives last week. At a signing ceremony on the steps of the Capitol, Dayt....... [more]