The purpose of defamation laws is to protect people from false statements that may harm others. Defamation is not defined by a Minnesota Statute. However defamation is a common law cause of action that is well-established in Minnesota case law. In short, defamation is a false statement published to a third party, whether intentional or not,
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Defending the “Accidental Celebrity” and the Right to Privacy
Many people make poor decisions while under the influence of controlled substances. When people are letting loose and partying, they are often not thinking about the consequences. In fact, many people believe it is safe to let loose, especially when they are in the company of friends. Unfortunately, these actions often have unintended consequences. What
Can You Stop Someone From Posting a Picture or Video of You Online?
In the age of the internet and sharing social media it has become a growing concern that some people will take a photograph or video of another and then post it online. Does posting the picture or video violate the subject’s privacy? The first question to ask in determining if there has been a violation
Minnesota’s “Wire Tap Law”:
Who Can Record a Phone Call?
Minnesota’s wiretapping statute, Section 626A .02, is almost identical to the federal wiretapping statute, 18 U.S.C. Section 2511(1). In general, Minnesota’s statute states that it is legal for a person to record a wire, oral, or electronic communication if that person is a party to the communication, or if one of the parties has consented
WANTED: An Ethos of Personal Responsibility–
Why Codes of Ethics and Schools of Law Don’t Make for Ethical Lawyers
This is a guest article from Professor Daniel Kleinberger. Prof. Kleinberger is the director of the Mitchell Fellows Program at the William Mitchell College of Law. He was the reporter for the MSBA Business Law Section Task Force that developed the Professional Firms Act and the principal drafter of the act. Four hundred years ago Shakespeare had
Neighbor Nuisance: What is Your Recourse?
A person's home is his or her castle. It should be a place of calm, comfort, and sanctuary. However, unless you live out in the country on lots of land, you will be in close proximity to other people’s homes and, as we all know, not everyone makes the best neighbor. So, when you believe
Minnesota Anti SLAPP Statute
Minnesota’s Anti SLAPP Statute Gets Clarification Statute §§ 554.01-554.05 are considered Minnesota’s anti-SLAPP statutes. SLAPP stands for Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation. These anti-SLAPP laws allow defendant’s to file motions to dismiss against lawsuits that are filed in response to a citizen’s attempt to influence governmental projects. Examples for when an anti-SLAPP statute applies is
Minnesota Medical Cannabis Patient Registry
Minnesota Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Program and the Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research The design of the Minnesota registry program will begin with a patient's diagnosis of a qualifying medical condition. Under the statute, qualifying medical conditions are cancer, severe or chronic pain, cachexia or severe wasting, glaucoma, HIV, Tourette's syndrome, amyotrophic lateral
Defamation of a Public Figure: Why Ventura Sued an Author and Won
Video courtesy of KSTP TV: You may rarely see public figures suing for defamation. Even less common is a public figure winning a defamation lawsuit. Public figures have a greater burden to prove in a defamation lawsuit because United States laws protecting freedom of speech and freedom of the press require extra proof in a
Damages for Trespass Claims
Damages may be recovered in an action for trespass even though those damages may be nominal. Sime v. Jensen, 7 N.W. 2d 325, 328 (Minn. 1942). In a trespass claim, compensatory damages are measured by: The diminished value of the land or chattels, The cost of repair or restoration, The reasonable rental value of the
Parameters of Defamation
Recently former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura filed a defamation lawsuit against Chris Kyle for statements made in Kyle’s book, “American Sniper.” In his book, Kyle stated that in 2006 he was involved in an incident with the former Minnesota governor wherein Kyle punched Ventura. Ventura claims that the fight didn’t happen and sued Mr. Kyle
Is It Illegal in Minnesota to Post a Private Email Online?
I was recently asked this question: Is posting a private email on social media or an online website illegal? Is it illegal to forward it to a group of people? A person emailed her elected official. She called the elected official names and used foul language. The elected official would like to forward the email
Sample Residential Lease Agreement Template
Upon execution of this lease, Tenant will deposit with Landlord the sum of Dollars ($ ), which is to be held as collateral security and applied on any rent or any other charge that may remain due and owing at the expiration of this agreement, any extension thereof or holding over period or applied on any damages to the premises caused by the Tenant...
Sample Real Estate Purchase & Sale Agreement Template
Download this Property Purchase Agreement Template in DOC format → View all free form templates→ REAL ESTATE PURCHASE & SALE AGREEMENT and escrow instructions This PURCHASE & SALE AGREEMENT AND ESCROW INSTRUCTIONS (the “Agreement”) is made and entered into this ___ Day Of ___, 20____ (“Effective Date”) by and between ______ (hereafter referred to as
Sample Services Contract Template for Minnesota Businesses
he Buyer wishes to be provided with the Services (defined below) by the Service Provider and the Service Provider agrees to provide the Services to the Buyer on the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
Sample Commercial Lease Agreement for Minnesota Businesses
Tenant is taking the Premises and accepting the condition of the Premises "AS IS" and Landlord is under no obligation to make any structural or other alterations, decoration, additions or improvements. Tenant shall not make, and shall not commence, any improvement that has not been previously approved by the Landlord.
Sample Independent Contractor Agreement for MN Contractors & Businesses
Company shall pay the Independent Contractor according to the following terms and conditions:
Sample One-Time Sale of Goods Agreement Template for MN Businesses
Download this Sample One Time Sales Agreement Template in DOC format → One-Time Sale of Goods Agreement This CONTRACT FOR SALE OF GOODS is made this __ day of _______, 20__ by and between ______________, a [STATE OF ORGANIZATION OR RESIDENCE] [CORPORATION/PARTNERSHIP/SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP/RESIDENT], with its principal place of business at [COMPLETE ADDRESS], (“Seller”) and ___________,
Sample Employment Agreement Template for Minnesota Businesses
The parties wish to provide for the employment of the EMPLOYEE by the COMPANY. B. The EMPLOYEE wishes to receive compensation from the COMPANY for the EMPLOYEE’s services, and the COMPANY wants reasonable protection of its confidential business and technical information
Free Contract & Agreement Templates for MN Businesses & Individuals
As free service to the public, JUX Law Firm has begun to compile a database of contract templates for use by the general public. We recognize that contracts and agreements are vital to many small businesses; and that many of these small businesses cannot justify the expense of hiring an attorney to review the documents. However,