Avoid Courting Disaster from Vague Business Contracts

Want to avoid costly litigation? Make sure your business agreements are clear and detailed.

Battle Over State Bid for Amazon’s HQ2 Continues

Public Record Media files appeal to district court decision which kept details under wraps.

Former Ashby Farmers Grain Elevator Manager Pleads Guilty to 15-Year, $5.3M Scheme

The charges were brought against Jerome Robert Hennessey after an investigation found he’d committed mail fraud and tax evasion while working at the Ashby Farmers Co-Operative Elevator Company.

United Natural Foods Sues Goldman Sachs, Advisors Over Alleged Scheme in $2.9B Supervalu Deal

Rhode Island-based UNFI alleges that during the transaction process, the advisors on its $2.9 billion deal for Eden Prairie-based Supervalu last July schemed UNFI out of more than $140 million.

Hormel, Jennie-O to Donate $25,000 Reward Money to Jayme Closs

The deceased parents of Jayme Closs were both longtime employees of Jennie-O Turkey Store, a subsidiary of Hormel Foods.

Owners of Burnsville Sushi Restaurant Charged with Using Zappers to Hide Sales

Two Eagan men who own and operate Shogun Burnsville allegedly used sales suppression software to cheat the State of Minnesota out of sales tax revenue over a three-year period.

Minneapolis Landlord Stephen Frenz Hit with Perjury Charge

Less than three months after he and fellow landlord Spiros Zorbalas agreed to an $18.5 million settlement on a class-action lawsuit, Frenz has been charged with falsifying evidence in a tenants’ remedies court case.

Medtronic Pays $50.9M to Settle Three Federal Cases

The medical device giant isn’t admitting wrongdoing in any of the cases but will pay $13 million in relation to its own STRATIS Registry, and the remaining amount for issues involving products and activities of two subsidiaries: Covidien and ev3.

What Exactly Did Minnesota Bid for Amazon's HQ2? We May Soon Know

The state and Greater MSP are fighting the effort to disclose its HQ2 bid.

Judge Hands Former City of Plymouth Official Two-Year Prison Sentence for Wire Fraud

A former city facilities supervisor, Ronnie Eugene Taggart, plead guilty in May to receiving about $58,532 in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for city contracts. The sentence also includes two years of probation.

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.

Shootings in Uptown Have Some Business Owners Sweating Bullets

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

Five Attorneys Decipher Intellectual Property Law

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

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.

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