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Nilan Johnson Lewis Welcomes Krista Narveson

Minneapolis-based law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis is pleased to announce Krista Narveson has joined its product liability team as a litigation paralegal. She will be contributing her considerable expertise and more than eight years in the legal profession to a range of work with the product liability team, from mass tort class actions to the defense of personal injury lawsuits. More >

Short-Term Disability Claim Denial Based on Back Pain Claim Upheld – Medical Diagnosis Alone Insufficient to Support Claim

The District Court of Minnesota, in Braden v. ATT Umbrella Benefit Plan No. 3, 2017 WL 1047257 (D. Minn. Mar. 17, 2017), granted summary judgment under ERISA in favor of the plan in spite of medical evidence that the claimant could not work based on lumbar pain and degenerative disc disease. The decision is worth reading because of the court’s thoughtful assessment of the evidence and rejection of the notion that a person with a documented history of back surgery, reports of inability to sit at work and a supporting physician’s opinion is entitled to short-term disability benefits. More >

With Trump in Office and Gorsuch on the Bench, Don’t Hesitate to Arbitrate

With dramatic changes recently occurring in the U.S. executive, legislative, and judicial branches, corporate lawyers are growing accustomed to “wait and see” approaches. Amidst all the uncertainty, arbitration agreements may be the one thing to advance proactively. Jeremy Robb and Sandra Jezierski, attorneys with Minneapolis-based Nilan Johnson Lewis, say now is the time to move […] More >

Is a Broken Arm a “Disability”? Recent Cases Reinforce that Bright-Line Rules Are Dangerous When it Comes to the ADA

What was long seen as a temporary setback may now be considered by some courts to be a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as illustrated by two recent district court rulings. In Orr v. City of Rogers, the plaintiff experienced significant and prolonged healing difficulties associated with a broken arm, which led […] More >