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Congratulations to Farrish Johnson Super Lawyers!

Farrish Johnson Law Office is pleased to announce attorneys Scott V. Kelly and William S. Partridge have been named “Super Lawyers” for 2018.  This prestigious award from Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, recognizes them to be among the top 5% of all lawyers in Minnesota. Scott and Will, trial lawyers practicing in personal injury litigation, business disputes and construction law, have received this distinction every year for the last 18 years! Two “Rising Star” attorneys are also part of the Farrish Johnson team. Daniel J. Bellig and Joseph A. Gangi recently received this designation for 2018. Daniel is a trial...
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Massive Water Pollution Settlement

In a widely publicized case, 3M agreed to pay the State of Minnesota $850 million to avoid a trial over allegations that 3M contaminated water with perfluorochemicals (PFCs). The settlement is minuscule compared to the billions of dollars sought by the State in actual and punitive damages. Settlement funds could be used for water restoration projects as well as water infrastructure projects, such as new wells or connecting additional homes to municipal water. This settlement does not end 3M’s legal troubles. It faces many other lawsuits seeking to recover for environmental damage. 3M continues to maintain that there is no...
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Insurance Disputes

Farrish Johnson’s litigation attorneys are seasoned insurance coverage litigators. Most recently, they have handled and resolved cases concerning payment of medical expenses, resolved disputes over coverage for liability claims, and addressed questions concerning the scope of a policy’s coverage limits. Insurance companies may use legalese, jargon, or other confusing language in their policies to justify denials of claims or requests for defense and indemnity. At Farrish Johnson, our attorneys help clients work through these issues and if necessary will take an insurance company to court to resolve a dispute. Depending on the nature of the claim, these cases may be...
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Witness to History: 2011

This month in 2011, writer and activist Maya Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. In that same year, Scott Kelly and Daniel Bellig were selected by Minnesota Lawyer as “Attorneys of the Year” for their efforts in stopping illegal use of newborn screening blood samples. Maya Angelou During a ceremony on February 5, 2011, President Barack Obama presented to Dr. Maya Angelou the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. Angelou is perhaps best known for her 1969 autobiography, about growing up in Arkansas during the Jim Crow era of segregation....
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Witness to History: 2002

This week in 2002, the 19th Olympic Winter Games began in Salt Lake City, Utah. The United States won 34 medals during these Games. Also in 2002, Daniel Bellig began working with Farrish Johnson Law Office. 19th Olympic Winter Games The opening ceremony for the XIX Olympic Winter Games was held on February 8, 2002 where athletes from 78 nations participated in 78 events contested in seven sports, including alpine skiing, curling, figure skating, luge, and snowboarding. The United States set the record for most gold medals at a home Winter Olympics, with 10, tying with Norway at the 1994...
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Fighting for Your Rights

In 2014, Minnesota joined several states to offer compensation to persons who served time in prison for a crime they did not commit.  Wrongful convictions have been on the rise lately, thanks in large part to state “innocence projects” and have gained particular attention with the Netflix series, “Making a Murderer.” Attorneys Joseph Gangi and Daniel Bellig currently have an appeal pending before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, challenging application of the new compensation statute.  A judge denied an award of compensation to a person who was declared innocent by the Minnesota Supreme Court.  As written, the compensation statute requires...
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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 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 Apple, the...
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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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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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