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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) adopted by the European Parliament went into effect in May 2018.1 Why is this news to American companies?
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Continuing its recent trend to mirror their federal counterpart, the Minnesota Supreme Court (the “Court”) recently approved several amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure (“MRCP”). Both substantive and procedural in nature, these changes were adopted with an eye towards usability and efficiency and will certainly affect civil practice in Minnesota.
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On May 21, 2018, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, in an unpublished decision, affirmed the rulings of the district court judge overseeing all asbestos litigation in Minnesota on various grounds.
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Despite a bipartisan push to significantly alter workplace sexual harassment law in Minnesota, the legislative session ended this week with no changes to the law. At issue was the proposed rejection of the “severe or pervasive” standard that has prevailed for sexual harassment claims nationally and in Minnesota for more than 30 years.
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HKM attorneys Daniel Haws and John Paul (J.P.) Gatto are pleased to announce a favorable appellate decision in the highly publicized matter of Kedrowski v. Lycoming Engines.
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The Supreme Court of the United States granted a petition for certiorari this week in an asbestos case which may directly impact the ability of equipment manufacturers to assert the “bare metal” defense.
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Modernizing Wisconsin Tort Law: Tort Reform and Assembly Bill 773

Governor Scott Walker signed Wisconsin’s most recent tort reform bill into law earlier this month. Assembly Bill 773 (“AB 773”) aims to lower litigation costs for businesses by modernizing and tightening Wisconsin’s outdated rules of civil procedure. Through passage of AB 773, Wisconsin’s statutes regarding discovery procedures now comport with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on these issues. The bill also amends statutes pertaining to class actions, statute of repose and limitations, and an insurer’s timely payment of claims.
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A report recently released by consulting firm KCIC signals a decline in asbestos-related lawsuits filed since 2015. The report, which offers a comprehensive summary of 2017 trends and observations, found there were 4,450 asbestos lawsuits filed nationwide in 2017. That figure represents a 17% decrease from 2015 (5,336 filings), and an 8% decrease from 2016 (4,812 filings). The decline was noted across each disease type between 2016 and 2017, including a 5% decrease in mesothelioma filings, nearly a 10% decrease in lung cancer filings, and nearly a 12% decrease in all other cancer types.
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