June 20

Police Misconduct? City of St. Paul Says No!

On June 15, 2018, our law firm argued an excessive force case of critical importance before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.   The case is titled Robin Neal vs. Daniel Ficcaenti et al.

Link to Oral Argument Audio: http://media-oa.ca8.uscourts.gov/OAaudio/2018/6/172633.MP3

May 3

Infant Wrongful Death Settlement (Medical Malpractice)

Our firm recently reached a $250,000.00 settlement on behalf of the parents of a child whose wrongful death was the result of medical malpractice committed during his birth.  This amount represented 50% of the $500,000.00 statutory cap because this case was against a county hospital.  (Please note that there are generally no statutory caps on medical malpractice cases in Minnesota).

In the case referenced above, several months went by and the parents still were not sure why their son died a mere few days after he was born.  They were not getting any answers from the hospital where their son was delivered or from anyone else. 

March 27

A Technical Yet Important Victory for Civil Rights Plaintiffs

Just this past week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Manuel v. City of Joliet, that a criminal suspect who is arrested and detained absent probable cause, and whose pretrial detention lasts for several weeks before the prosecutor dismisses the case against him, has the right to bring a § 1983 claim based on a Fourth Amendment violation.
March 10

Avoiding Deadly Force Encounters

As I was preparing to give a talk at a Minneapolis event regarding community and police officer relations, it dawned on me that the excessive force test that the U.S. Supreme Court laid out in the landmark case of Graham v. O’Connor not only provides the basic legal framework for deciding an excessive force case, but also provides a very practical guide for citizens seeking to avoid deadly encounters with law enforcement.
February 24

Let’s Go To The Videotape!

Video evidence of encounters with police can be vital in civil rights excessive force cases.  Our firm recently resolved such a case, largely because a dashcam video recorded the events culminating in our client’s arrest and, what we believe to be, excessive force against her in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

In this case, our client was struck by a police squad car.  The police officer (and the city of Minneapolis) denied any wrongdoing.  As such, we placed this matter into suit in Federal Court.

Predictably, the Defendants brought a motion for summary judgment.  The Defendants requested the Court to rule that our client had no case because there were no facts at issue.

February 17

Proving Excessive Force Now More Challenging

The U.S Supreme Court recently issued a decision making it more difficult for police misconduct victims to successfully sue law enforcement.  The case of White v. Pauly dealt with the qualified immunity doctrine and under what circumstances it applies to protect police officers from lawsuits.
July 31

Settlement in Slip and Fall Case: The Importance of a Thorough Investigation

One evening last summer, a young gentleman was spending time at a local, popular nightclub in downtown Minneapolis.  Unfortunately, he slipped and fell to the ground while walking toward the dance floor.  Immediately after falling down, this man noticed that he had slipped on a wet floor and this was the reason for this unlucky incident.  He also observed a small leak from the ceiling that was the reason there was water accumulation on the floor.
May 9

$200K Settlement: Tapping Into Your Underinsured Motorist (UIM) Coverage

Our client was involved in a motor vehicle accident wherein she was seriously injured. The Magna Law Firm was able to settle her case for the policy limits, in this case $100,000.00, with the at-fault party’s automobile insurance carrier. Although this was a significant settlement amount, we still felt that this amount would not adequately compensate our client for the injuries that she sustained as a result of this car accident. Our firm understands that in every case that we handle it is extremely important that all avenues of insurance recovery be thoroughly explored in order to make sure that our clients are fully compensated.
March 20

$69K Low Speed/Low Impact Auto Collision Jury Verdict

The Magna Law Firm is proud to announce a positive verdict for our client in an automobile accident case.  Our client, a woman in her early 30s, sustained soft-tissue injuries to her neck and back as a result of an accident in which her car was rear-ended by another vehicle.  Insurance adjusters are always looking for reasons to deny a personal injury claim.  The insurance company in this case maintained that because there was very little property damage sustained by the vehicles that were involved in this accident (there was no visible property damage to our client’s car), the injuries our client sustained could not have been significant or even caused in this collision.  After being presented with all the evidence at trial and after hearing the arguments from the attorneys from both sides, the jury awarded our client over $69,000.00 in this case.  The verdict was a clear win for our client.  The jury concluded what science has already proven:  An injury can certainly occur when a low impact collision takes place!  Even when the damage done to the car is minor, injuries can be serious and long-lasting.