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Farrish Johnson Law Office Welcomes New Attorney

MANKATO, Minn. — Farrish Johnson Law Office is pleased to announce the addition of a new attorney to the firm, Paul T. Moosbrugger. He practices in the areas of criminal law, family law, and employment law. A Minnesota native, Moosbrugger brings additional legal capabilities to Farrish Johnson Law Office and the greater Mankato community. After receiving his law degree from the University of St. Thomas, Moosbrugger and his family relocated to Mankato, Minnesota, where he worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Kurt Johnson in Blue Earth County. He actively volunteers his time with the Veteran’s Family Law Clinic...
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Meet Mankato’s 2015 Super Lawyers

Farrish Johnson Law Office Attorneys Scott V. Kelly, William S. Partridge, and Steven H. Fink have been named “Super Lawyers” for 2015.  This prestigious award from Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters business, recognizes them to be among the top 5% of all lawyers in Minnesota!  Scott and Will are trial lawyers practicing in personal injury litigation.  Steve is a leading attorney in the areas of real estate law, estate planning, and business law. A “Rising Star” attorney is also part of the Farrish Johnson team!  Daniel J. Bellig recently received that designation in 2015.  He is a trial lawyer practicing...
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Nibbe Family Statement

The following is the complete statement made by Leslie Johnson, sister of James Nibbe, made after a settlement was reached in the wrongful death lawsuit pursued by the heirs and next of kin of James Nibbe: We are very grateful for the verdict and judgment issued against James Nibbe’s killer.  The jury members listened carefully to the evidence and obviously put a lot of thought and deliberation into a fair and just award of damages.  We appreciate the jury and their hard work in what we recognize is a difficult decision.  Although no amount of money will ever bring James...
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Settlement Reached in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A confidential settlement agreement was reached Thursday between the heirs and next of kin of James Nibbe and Jenifer Nibbe .  The settlement was for the punitive portion of a wrongful death case that was filed against Jennifer Nibbe by James Nibbe’s family.  During the first portion of the trial, a jury found that Jennifer Nibbe had caused the wrongful death of 26-year-old James Nibbe and should pay his family $220,000 in compensation for losses incurred as a result of his death. “We appreciate the jury and their hard work in what we recognize is a difficult decision,” Leslie Johnson,...
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Verdict Reached in Wrongful Death Trial

The jury has reached a verdict in the wrongful death civil suit against Jennifer Nibbe: the jury awarded the Nibbe family, James’ mother and three siblings, $220,000 for his wrongful death. Today the jury was asked to decide how much in damages Jennifer Nibbe owed to the Nibbe family.  Nibbe family attorney, Scott Kelly, says, “It’s very difficult to put a number on the death of a loved one.” The jury returned a verdict including damages in the amount of $220,000, taking into consideration the wages Jim would have earned, assistance he provided to his family, and the loss of...
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Wrongful Death Trial Begins

The heirs and next of kin of James Nibbe bring a wrongful death against Jennifer Nibbe.  The lawsuit is seeking punitive damages for what they say is the wrongful and malicious death of James. Attorney Scott Kelly,  in his opening statement, said the Nibbe family suffered a significant loss.  The family was very close, very caring and loved each other very much.  They have never recovered from this cold blooded murder. Four years ago in August, Jennifer Nibbe shot and killed her husband James in her Lake Crystal home.  She is currently serving time in Shakopee for that crime and is now...
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Scott Kelly Named The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100

Scott Kelly has been named as The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers. The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers.  Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.  Membership is extended solely to the selected few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile. Each distinguished Top 100 member possesses the knowledge, skill, experience and success...
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Newborn Screening Lawsuit Against Minnesota Department of Health Settled

A settlement was reached with the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health over the illegal and improper use of blood samples obtained under the Newborn Screening Program by the Minnesota Department of Health.  The settlement is a victory for privacy advocates. Attorneys Scott Kelly and Dan Bellig of Farrish Johnson Law Office and Robert Bennett and Robert Vaccaro, civil rights lawyers with Gaskins Bennett Birrell & Schupp of Minneapolis, represented 21 families against the Minnesota Department of Health. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) secretly established a bio-bank of blood samples and test results from blood left...
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Partial Judgment Issued in Nibbe Lawsuit

It is a partial victory for James Nibbe’s family in their civil lawsuit against Jennifer Nibbe.  The Nibbes, represented by Scott Kelly, are suing Jennifer Nibbe for the wrongful death in the killing of James Nibbe in 2010.  On October 25th, the judge granted a partial summary judgment, ruling that the evidence overwhelming showed that Jennifer Nibbe was liable in James’ death. A jury will still be required to decide what damages the family should receive for the loss of James Nibbe.  The jury also will have to decide if the family is entitled to punitive damages and , if...
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Will Contest Case Succeeds at Appeal

Attorney Scott Kelly, representing the defendant, prevailed at the Court of Appeals in a will contest matter.  In this appeal from a district court order in probate proceedings, the plaintiff challenged the district court’s adoption of the county taxing authority’s estimated market value as the fair market value of certain real property.  The Court of Appeals agreed with the district court that the district court’s finding of fair market value had meaningful and adequate evidentiary support and was not clearly erroneous. This was the second appeal arising from a dispute over the administration of the estate and Scott worked closely...
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