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Two men charged in US in Gambia coup attempt
January 5, 2015
Two men have been charged in the US with conspiring to help overthrow the government of The Gambia. According to the complaint, Cherno Njie and Papa Faal traveled last month from the US to The Gambia to participate in a coup attempt while Gambian President Yahya Jammeh was away. The men later return....... [more]

Minnesota judge approves settlement in priest abuse case
October 14, 2014
A Minnesota judge on Monday approved a settlement in a landmark sexual abuse case involving Catholic church leaders that neglected to warn parishioners about an abusive priest. The plaintiffs accused the church leaders of creating a public nuisance by failing to warn the parishioners, which is the f....... [more]

Federal judge approves final settlement in Wells Fargo investment case
August 19, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Minnesota on Monday approved a settlement for $62.5 million between Wells Fargo & Co and large institutional clients who lost money in an investment program known as securities lending. US District Judge Donovan Frank also awarded attorneys f....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses five-state Asian carp lawsuit
July 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday against a coalition of five Great Lakes States seeking to compel the Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District) to take action to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan thr....... [more]

Minnesota lawmakers approve limited legalization of medical marijuana
May 18, 2014
Minnesota lawmakers on Friday approved a bill legalizing medical marijuana in pill or liquid form for a limited number of patients who suffer from severe or fatal illnesses. The state's Senate voted 46-16 and the House voted 89-40 to approve the bill with bipartisan support. Governor Mark Dayton has....... [more]

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]