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Minnesota county alleges termination of grant by HHS was abuse of discretion

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A Minnesota county alleges a federal agency unlawfully terminated a grant it used for a teen pregnancy prevention program.

Climate change activists charged with shutting down pipeline can present 'necessity defense'

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) – The Minnesota Court of Appeals dismissed the state of Minnesota’s appeal to allow climate activists charged for shutting down a petroleum pipeline the chance to present evidence to explain their actions.

New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

Minnesota woman alleges loan she took out to purchase dog had 120 percent interest rate

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – A Carlton County, Minnesota consumer alleges two companies failed to disclose the interest rate on a loan.

Individuals allege Gold's Gym sent them text messages without consent

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – Two consumers allege that a gym sent them text messages after they indicated on a form that did not wish to receive the messages.

Woman claims Target Up & Up towelettes caused allergic reaction

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – A Los Angeles, California woman alleges Target failed to warn consumers that one of its Up & Up products carried a risk of significant injuries.

Best Buy alleged to have misrepresented no interest, zero interest promotions

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – A Michigan consumer alleges a retailer "lures consumers" with deceptive promotion plans.

Ph.D. student seeks more than $2 million from Capella University over fraud allegations

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – A Ph.D. student residing in Texas is seeking more than $2 million in damages over allegations a Minneapolis university deceived and defrauded him.

Capella Education Co. stockholder files suit over registration statement

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – A stockholder alleges that a Minneapolis corporation filed a false registration statement in connection with a merger.

Minnesota Supreme Court says governor's line-item vetoes were constitutional

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) – The Minnesota Supreme Court determined on Nov. 16 that Minnesota Gov. Mark B. Dayton did not violate the state’s constitution when he exercised his line-item veto power on appropriations made by the Legislature in its biennial budget.

Minn. judge issues injunction against DOL’s fiduciary rule, also grants stay

Judge Susan Richard Nelson for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, in her order last week, said an “actual, ongoing controversy” exists between plaintiff Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Target Up & Up product causes allergic reactions, class action claims

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A consumer has filed a class action against Target after a makeup remover product allegedly caused an allergic reaction.

Target data breach settlement needs subclasses, group argues to Eighth Circuit

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – A group objecting to a $10 million class action settlement stemming from a 2013 Target data breach has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit to vacate the class certification order.

BNSF Railway Co. challenges Minnesota's assessed value of its property

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – A Texas-based railway company alleges that the State of Minnesota assessed its property at values in excess of its true market value.

Target files motion to dismiss claim regarding biotin supplement

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A class action lawsuit over a supplement sold by Target should be dismissed, according to the retailer.

University of Minnesota files suit over substances present at WWII site

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – A university claims it has spent millions in environmental response costs for a property it owns that was formerly owned by the government for use in World War II.

Products liability claims get a boost from Minnesota's Supreme Court

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) – The Minnesota Supreme Court last month revived a lawsuit brought by a farm worker who had his legs crushed by a machine - even though he was working on the machine without having read its manual and had received no instruction on how to perform the repair he was attempting.

Eighth Circuit asks for additional briefing in Target data breach class action settlement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, earlier this year, sent the case back to a Minnesota federal district court to reconsider the objections of class member Leif Olson. In May, the federal court approved certification of the class action for a second time.

DOL looks to delay fiduciary rule until 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor and its new secretary, R. Alexander Acosta, last week notified a Minnesota federal court that it submitted to the Office of Management and Budget, or OMB, proposed amendments to three exemptions. The proposed amendments include an “extension of transition period and delay of applicability dates” from Jan. 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019.

Farm worker, legs crushed in accident, gets chance for trial

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsine) – A farm worker whose legs were crushed in an accident has been granted another chance for his case to be heard.