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Governor Signs MAJ Affidavit Bill
Friday, April 04, 2014
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Governor Dayton has signed and deposited with the Secretary of State Chapter 153 relating to discovery for expert affidavits in professional negligence cases. The law is effect immediately, meaning that  the 180 days for filing an expert affidavit will now begin after a discovery plan is agreed to by the parties for all cases commenced after April 4, 2014.  It will not impact discovery on any case that is already in suit.

This is the Governor's description of the bill:

This bill updates Minnesota statute to conform to new rules of civil procedure for discovery plans, so that the full 180 days of discovery mandated by the legislature to prepare expert affidavits is maintained. The bill passed unanimously in both chambers.

 
THE MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT – MARK STREED
Monday, August 12, 2013
With a theme of Keeping the Faith Mark Streed becomes new President of the Minnesota Association for Justice.

streed.jpgMINNEAPOLIS, MN – Twin Cities attorney Mark Streed was elected President of the Minnesota Association for Justice at the association’s annual convention in Alexandria, Minnesota. Mr. Streed pledged to use his term as President to help eliminate the barriers injured consumers face when seeking justice through our civil justice system - and to ensure the longevity of the Association dedicated to that goal.

The Minnesota Association for Justice is committed to our Constitution’s guarantee of justice for all and promotes that mission in all of its work. As President, Mr. Streed will lead efforts ensure that the right to a trial by jury is not undermined in the courts or at the State Capitol. “We have an opportunity to leave a legacy for the injured by passing important policy changes that will remove unfair hurdles to the courthouse door many face.” said Mr. Streed.
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President Signs Bipartisan Medicare Law
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Washington, DC - AAJThe following is a statement from the American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Mary Alice McLarty in response to the President signing the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act, which was introduced by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Ron Kind (D-WI) in the House and Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rob Portman (R-OH), Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Richard Burr (R-NC) in the Senate:

“This bipartisan legislation is a practical solution that will streamline the Medicare Secondary Payer system to ensure that seniors and persons with disabilities get timely assistance and taxpayers are repaid millions of dollars every year.”

“This legislation is a big step forward and is the result of senior advocates, the legal community and the business community coming together to work out a common sense solution.”

“There is still work to be done.  To ensure this legislation has the most impact, [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] CMS must eliminate confusion and uncertainty by providing clear, efficient and definitive information to seniors.”

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