Minnesota

Minnesota is ranked #13 in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States.  It has dropped 9 rankings from the 2012 survey when it was #4.  It does appear in the top five states, however, for having and enforcing meaningful venue requirements. 

Minnesota at a Glance

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$516 Potential Tort Cost
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0.45% - 1.21% Potential Increase
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In the News Today - July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016 | News and Blog

The Minnesota Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence is studying whether to shift from the Frye-Mack Standard for expert testimony to the Daubert Standard. Read More »

WATCH: Medical Device Maker Spends $25 Million Fighting Federal Charges - and Wins

June 23, 2016 | News and Blog

Our latest Faces of Lawsuit Abuse video features the story of Minnesota medical device maker Vascular Solutions and its CEO, Howard Root. In February, a Texas jury acquitted them on all counts over federal charges the company conspired to advance illegal off-marketing claims about its varicose vein treatment device. Read More »

CEO: DoJ 'Tried to Throw Me in Prison' Because Sales Reps 'Said the Wrong Words'

May 31, 2016 | News and Blog

We're a medical device company in Minnesota. I started it 20 years ago. We have 100 medical devices that we develop and sell. We've got 600 employees. We went public about 15 years ago. It's kind of a classic American entrepreneurial success story. But over the last five years, the Department of Justice tried to throw me in prison. Read More »

A 'Shakedown' by the Feds in Case of Minnesota Medical Device Maker?

May 02, 2016 | News and Blog

Forbes/Southeast Texas Record reports on the case of Minnesota medical device maker Vascular Solutions, which spent $25 million in defense costs to successfully fight a U.S. Justice Department indictment over off-label marketing allegations - after the company had already offered a $520,000 settlement. Read More »

WSJ: 'Where's the Redress' When a Company Fights a Bad Prosecution and Wins?

April 18, 2016 | News and Blog

"When governments try to criminalize honest businesses, the good guys lose even when they win," writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board about a case involving a "whistleblower" complaint against Minnesota medical devices company, Vascular Solutions. Read More »

Survey: Companies Say State Lawsuit Climates More Important than Ever in Deciding Where to Grow

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

New Poll Shows Several Large States Like California and Illinois Rank Among the Worst Litigation Environments for Businesses; Delaware at Top Spot Read More »

The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study

September 10, 2012 | Research

The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform to explore how fair and reasonable the states' tort liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses. Participants in the survey were comprised of a national sample of 1,125 in-house general counsel, senior litigators or attorneys, and other senior executives who indicated that they are knowledgeable about litigation matters at companies with at least $100 million in annual revenues. The 2012 ranking builds on previous years' work, where in each survey year all 50 states are ranked by those familiar with the litigation environment in that state. Prior to these rankings, information regarding the attitudes of the business world toward the legal systems in each of the states had been largely anecdotal. The State Liability Systems Ranking Study aims to quantify how corporate attorneys view the state systems. Read More »

ILR Exposes Minnesota Trial Lawyers' Name Change as Part of Nationwide Effort to Hide Groups' Identity

August 01, 2007 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has launched a new public awareness campaign highlighting the recent name change by Minnesota's trial lawyer organization and the motives behind the coordinated effort now happening in at least 11 states. The SameLeopardNewSpots.com Web site criticizes the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, now calling itself the Minnesota Association for Justice, for trying to conceal its identity from the public by changing its name. Read More »

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