Small Business Litigation

Madia Law obtained a successful jury trial verdict on behalf of a Minneapolis-based small business last week.  On Tuesday, a Hennepin County jury returned its verdict in Stallions, LLC d/b/a/ Club New York vs. St. Croix Plumbing and Drain Cleaning, LLC f/k/a St. Croix Mechanical, LLC and Steinkraus Plumbing, Inc.  (Case No. 27-CV-11-16645).

The jury held that Defendant St. Croix Plumbing and Drain Cleaning was negligent in performing plumbing work on the Minneapolis Lumber Exchange Building.  The jury found that, as a direct result of St. Croix’s negligence, Club New York was damaged on June 25, 2010 when a catastrophic plumbing failure resulted in major flooding to the building and to Club New York.  The jury awarded Club New York $298,000.00.Club New York June 25, 2010 Club New York, June 25, 2010

Hennepin County Judge Laurie Miller oversaw the five-day trial, where Club New York was represented by Madia Law Attorneys Ashwin Madia and Joshua Newville.  The jury found that Defendant Steinkraus Plumbing, represented by Attorney Teri Benston of Liberty Mutual, was not negligent.

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In employment lawsuits, preserving, finding, and utilizing electronic evidence can mean the difference between winning, winning big, or losing on summary judgment.  Electronic discovery (“e-discovery”) is an important source of critical evidence that can help you establish proof of discrimination, retaliation, and pretext.  Because such evidence can be digitally buried in complex servers and information systems, it is important that your employment law attorney be as sophisticated as possible during the discovery phase of your employment lawsuit.

Minnesota Employment Law Attorneys

Does your attorney know all the places your employer stores email and other potentially relevant data?  Does your employer’s attorney?  At the onset of litigation, the answer to the first question is a definitive no.  And it may surprise you that the answer to the second question is often the same.  [click to continue…]

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Vermilion Sports, a small business in upstate Minnesota that sold boats and was winding down business operations, was defrauded by a corporation that promised to sell its remaining inventory for a percentage of the profit.  Instead of only taking a percentage of the profit, the corporation took Vermilion’s boats, sold them, and kept all profits.

Madia Law represented Vermilion and obtained a $93,000 judgment for fraud.

Please note that every case is different, with its own unique facts. Just because Vermilion Sports obtained a certain result in this case does not mean that you will obtain the same amount in your case. You should contact Madia Law to discuss your business litigation case in detail and get an accurate assessment of its value.

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One of Minnesota’s largest law firms filed a class action lawsuit against a Minneapolis small business, alleging violations of the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act and Payment of Wages Act.  The firm sought over $2,000,000 in damages and refused to settle for anything less, apparently hoping that the costs of litigation would force the small business to settle the case.

No such luck.  Madia Law represented the business and, after a two week jury trial in Hennepin County District Court, the jury ruled against the firm on three out of five claims and awarded a verdict of just over $15,000.

Please note that every case is different, with its own unique facts. Just because Madia Law achieved a certain result in this case does not mean that you will obtain the same result in your case. You should contact Madia Law to discuss your business litigation case in detail and get an accurate assessment of its value.

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Minnesota Employment, Wrongful Termination Lawyers

Dear Friends,

I am excited to inform you that I am starting a new business venture, Madia Law LLC – a dynamic and aggressive law firm that will serve Minnesota individuals and small businesses.

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