St. Paul’s Proposed $15 Minimum Wage Ordinance Will Give Businesses Up to 9 Years to Comply

The ordinance must still be approved by the City Council, but establishes a plan for phasing in wage increases from 2020 through 2027, with deadlines dependent on company sizes.

Patterson Cos. to Pay Roughly One-Quarter of $80M Settlement in Price Fixing Suit

Minnesota-based dental supply company Patterson Cos and two other industry leaders, Benco and Henry Schein, have decided to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging an anti-trust law violation.

Five Attorneys Decipher Intellectual Property Law

What the latest developments in patent and trademark law mean for Minnesota businesses.

Shootings in Uptown Have Some Business Owners Sweating Bullets

Concern for customer and worker safety is rising in the Minneapolis neighborhood.

Founder of Wind Energy Co. Convicted of Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme

Shawn Robert Dooling was found guilty of five fraud charges, after it was revealed he used his company Renewable Energy SD to steal money from customers for personal extravagances.

3M to Pay $9.1 Million Settlement in Case of Defective Military Earplugs

The Maplewood-based company opted to avoid further legal action.

Former Minnesota Auto Tycoon Denny Hecker Released from Prison

Convicted fraudster Denny Hecker ultimately served seven years of a 10-year max sentence – first at corrections institutes, and most recently at a Minneapolis half-way house.

St. Cloud-based Marco Acquires Michigan Industry Peer

The acquisition of Prime Office Innovations in Macomb, Michigan continues Marco’s mission to expand its presence throughout “the Upper Midwest and beyond.”

Criminal Forfeitures in Minnesota Rose More Than 11 Percent in 2017

St. Paul police had nearly twice the number of forfeiture incidents than the Minneapolis police force reported.

Audit Finds Meet Minneapolis Overstated Its Success by Nearly $200M

An independent city audit reviewed reports from the tourism agency from 2015 through 2017 and found it used pre-event estimates and duplicated data, inaccurately boosting figures by millions.

Second Stage of Minneapolis Minimum Wage Hike to Take Effect July 1

The move is the second step toward the city’s “Pathway to $15” plan to bring the bar to $15 citywide by 2024.

KleinBank, DOJ Reach Settlement in “Redlining” Discrimination Case

The company still denies allegations of lending practices designed to avoid minority-heavy communities, yet must make structural changes anyway, per terms of agreement.

Duluth Restaurant Owners Convicted for Using ‘Zapper’ Software to Hide $290K in Sales Tax Revenue

The owners of Osaka Sushi Hibachi Steak House admitted to using sales suppression software, avoid jail time through plea deal.

What the New Tax Order Really Means

While federal tax changes will benefit many businesses, accountants and other financial experts are still deciphering the unintended consequences.

Why More Minnesota Businesses are Steering Away from Courtrooms

A rising number of Minnesota businesses are avoiding expensive litigation and resolving disputes through mediation and arbitration.

Former City of Plymouth Official Charged for Taking Bribes, Kickbacks

Ronnie Taggart allegedly took bribes and kickbacks in exchange for project contracts while serving as city building overseer.

Prince’s Heirs Sue Illinois Hospital, Walgreens

The suit suggests Prince’s family feels the pharmacy company and hospital could have prevented singer’s fatal overdose

Guest Commentary: Yes, There's A Predator In Your Midst

Who Shot the Warehouse District?

A true Minneapolis story: the best intentions, questionable results.

US Bancorp Penalized $613M by Feds for Anti-Money-Laundering Shortcomings

The Minneapolis-based bank will have two years to pay off the fines and install improved controls to prevent money laundering through its banking system.

Patterson Cos. Among Dental Product Distributors Accused of Violating FTC Antitrust Laws

The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against dental supply industry leaders for conspiracy against dental product buying groups.

My Pillow Takes Similarly Named Competitor to Court

Michael Lindell, of the well-known brand My Pillow, sued an industry peer for the second time citing name and advertising technique poaching.

Owner of Defunct Shoreview Pain Relief Co. Reaches $7.6M Settlement Over Fraud Claims

DJO Global subsidiary Empi, which closed down in 2015, had allegedly used “assumptive selling” tactics to overbill a health care program for military members and their families.

Former Allina Health VP Charged with Embezzling $269K, Using Co. Card for Vikings Tickets

Allina suspected that David Matthew Johnson, who was vice president of talent and human resource, had been submitting false mileage and expense reports since 2004.

Woman Charged with Targeting Hmong Community to Invest $450K in Nonexistent Ginseng Farm

Casino and horse track records indicate that the suspect spent much of the money on gambling.

3M Files Patent Lawsuit Against Kerr Corporation Over Dental Composite Tech

The suit alleges that a dental composite material used by the Kerr Corporation infringes on patent rights related to nanotechnology 3M developed for its Filtek brand of dental restoratives.

Former Controller of Blaine Company Sentenced for Embezzling $1.2M to Fund Classic Car Hobby

His hobby grew to the point where he also used company funds to rent out a storage facility when he kept his car collection and car parts, court documents indicate.

IBM Sues State for Denying $33M in Tax Credits

The Revenue Department will have less than three weeks to respond to the technology company.

Lindquist & Vennum Merging with Philadelphia-based Law Firm

The combined company will have more than 650 lawyers in 15 locations across the country.

Safeguarding Intellectual Property

Minnesota businesses can take multiple steps to prevent ex-employees from using and transferring key company information.

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