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Court Orders Apple, Inc. to Create New Technology Undermining its Encryption

On February 16, 2016, a United States Federal Magistrate in California issued an order igniting a nation-wide debate over privacy and data security.  Apple notes while it believes the FBI’s intentions are good, what the FBI seeks has considerable implications. The FBI using an obscure law, the All Writs Act of 1789, obtained an order from the Federal Court compelling Apple to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, removing security features and developing new software capabilities to the operating system bypassing all encryption.  Apple is being ordered to create new technology to undermine its privacy-protection encryption.  According to...
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Death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, there has been quite a lot of debate regarding President Obama’s intentions to nominate a replacement.  Can he do this in the last year of his Presidency?  The simple answer is found in the very text of the U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 2, which states that the President shall nominate and appoint judges to the Supreme Court, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.  There is nothing in the text of the Constitution that limits a President’s nomination power to the first three years of the Presidency, or any...
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Expungement: Sealing Criminal Records

Criminal expungement is the process of going to court and asking a judge to seal court criminal records. People ask for an expungement when they have been denied a job, housing, or professional license because of their criminal background. Minnesota Statutes § 609A.02 lists specific situations when a court has the authority to seal government-held records. This list includes: Some first time drug possession offenses; Offences committed by juveniles who are prosecuted in adult criminal court; Cases that were resolved in your favor where you were found not guilty or where the case was dismissed; Petty misdemeanors, misdemeanors, and some...
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Privacy Cases on the Rise

Daniel Bellig, a Farrish Johnson attorney who practices in medical and data privacy, has reported an uptick of invasion of privacy claims.  These include increased reports of improper accesses and dissemination of medical records, often by employees of medical providers.  Daniel Bellig has tried and settled medical privacy claims.  The increase of medical privacy claims has coincided with numerous incidents of government data practice violations committed by government employees in state and local agencies.  The most recent data breach claims involve violation of federal privacy laws governing motor vehicle and driver licenses records. If you need further information concerning invasion...
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Wrongful Death Settlement

Farrish Johnson Attorney Daniel Bellig recently settled a substantial and complex wrongful death claim arising out of an accident that occurred in Southern Minnesota.  The decedent, a father of four, was driving a semi-tractor and pulling a tanker of anhydrous ammonia.  He was killed when a farm tractor made a sudden left turn into a field approach.  The farm tractor struck the semi tractor and trailer.  The semi-tractor and trailer rolled into the ditch and adjoining field.  Annhydrous ammonia leaked from the semi’s tanker and the vapors entered the cab.  In addition to obtaining a lump sum monetary settlement from...
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Marital Communications–Camille Cosby

Camille Cosby has been subpoenaed to testify in a case of defamation brought against her husband, Bill Cosby.  On December 9, 2015, counsel served a deposition subpoena on Camille Cosby, seeking her deposition testimony in connection with claims brought by seven women claiming they were defamed by Bill Cosby.  On December 18, 2015, Camille Cosby filed a motion to quash her deposition subpoena, or in the alternative, for a  protective order. On December 31, 2014, the magistrate denied the motion, claiming the “Disqualification Rule” in Massachusetts does not limit a spouse from testifying as to their marital conversations in a...
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Newborn Screening

Farrish Johnson attorneys Scott Kelly and Daniel Bellig successfully represented several plaintiffs in a case that challenged the Minnesota Health Department’s practice of storing blood samples taken from newborns indefinitely. Under the program, blood samples are taken from newborn babies in the hospital and sent to the Health Department, in order to be tested for health disorders. The screening, however, only uses a portion of the sample. The Health Department has been keeping the remaining indefinitely, unless requested to have the sample destroyed. Farrish Johnson attorneys argued that the practice was in violation of the state’s Genetic Privacy Act and...
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Law & Politics Magazine Recognizes Farrish Johnson Law As One of the 10 Oldest Law Firms in Minnesota

Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine recognized Farrish Johnson Law Office Chtd as one of the 10 oldest law firms in the State of Minnesota.    Established in 1893 the firm has produce a number of distinquished jurists, including two Minnesota Supreme Court chief justices: Henry Gallagher (1937-19) and Robert Sheran (1963-1970).   In the past 100 years the firm brought more than 230 cases to the appellate courts.

Charlotte Farrish and Robert Sheran Named “Most Influential Lawyers”

Charlotte Farrish and Robert Sheran, two former members of Farrish Johnson Law Office, were named two of the most influential lawyers in the history of the state of Minnesota by Minnesota Law and Politics magazine in 2007. “Charlotte Farrish and Robert Sheran, formerly of Farrish Johnson Law Office have been named as two of the 100 most influential lawyers in the history of the State of Minnesota by Minnesota law and Politics Magazine. Charlotte Farrish (1904-1995) practiced from 1926 to 1989, and was one of the first women to establish a successful law practice in Minnesota. Farrish attended the University...
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