News & Resources

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ALEXANDER KLEIN PUBLISHES ARTICLE IN UNIVERISTY OF ST THOMAS JOURNAL OF LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY

CVMM congratulates Associate Alexander Klein on his publication of the article “When are We Going to Learn: The Role of Lawyers in Corporate Fraud” which was published in the University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Journal of Law and Public Policy.  You can read the article here: https://ir.stthomas.edu/ustjlpp/vol15/iss2/32/ or contact Klein for more information.

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CVMM LAWYERS RECOGNIZED IN 2023 EDITION OF BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA ©

Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee & Malone is proud to announce that four of our attorneys have been recognized in the 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America ©. Congratulations to Christopher P. Malone (Litigation – Insurance and Transportation Law), Peter G. Van Bergen (Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants), Susan D. Thurmer (Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants and Railroad Law) and and Michael C. Lindberg  (Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants). Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their process captures, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and  … Read more

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CVMM Celebrates 50 Years of Title IX and its Promotion of Women Leadership

CVMM celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, by recognizing its impact on CVMM!  Title IX was passed in 1972 and is only 39 words long, reading “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” One of the largest effects of Title IX has been the increased opportunities for girls and women to participate in athletic programs at the high school and college level. Research shows that women and girls who  … Read more

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CVMM ATTORNEYS INCLUDED ON 2022 MINNESOTA SUPER LAWYERS LIST

Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee & Malone is pleased to announce that Peter G. Van Bergen, Christopher P. Malone, Jessica J. Theisen, Meaghan C. Bryan, Rachel R. Beauchamp, Tamara L. Novotny, Susan D. Thurmer and Michael C. Lindberg have been selected for inclusion on the 2022 Minnesota Super Lawyers list. In addition, Peter M. Lindberg has been selected as a 2022 Minnesota Rising Star. Each year, Super Lawyers selects attorneys from all firm sizes using a detailed selection process that includes peer nominations, independent research and peer evaluations. The list of Super Lawyers is published as a special section in Super Lawyers  … Read more

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Stephanie Maser Named Shareholder

Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee & Malone is pleased to announce that Stephanie Maser has become a Shareholder with the firm.  Maser practices in Minnesota and Wisconsin in the areas retail premises liability, professional liability including litigation and licensure matters, utilities, product liability, cemetery and mortuary law, subrogation, motor vehicle defense and general civil litigation.  Maser earned her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law. To learn more about Stephanie Maser, please visit her attorney profile at https://cvmmlaw.com/attorneys/maser-stephanie-n/.

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Shareholders Christopher Malone and Rachel Beauchamp Present at Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook Annual MN CLE

On June 1, 2022, Shareholders Christopher Malone and Rachel Beauchamp presented before approximately 25 live and 122 on-line attendees at the annual Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Deskbook Continuing Legal Education conference.   Chris and Rachel presented on their favorite topic, Commercial Trucking Defense, including immediate accident response and investigation, key data relevant to accidents and defenses, and recent changes to no-fault indemnity claims regarding pickup trucks .  As a highlight, Judge Thomas Gilligan, speaking at the CLE, stated that he kept a copy of the Minnesota Motor Vehicle Deskbook next to his desk when he was in private practice; and continues  … Read more

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CVMM CONGRATULATES SHAREHOLDER CHRISTOPHER MALONE ON A DIRECTED VERDICT AFTER A FOUR-DAY JURY TRIAL

Shareholder Christopher Malone was proud to defend Muska Plumbing from claims that it was negligent with regards to the safety of its employee, Plaintiff Kane Knutson, while working at Hawkins Chemical.  After testimony from many fact witnesses and two expert witnesses, the judge ruled that Muska was not negligent as a matter of law because Hawkins Chemical had the sole ability to control the worksite and warn of any potential hazards.  The jury proceeded to find liability against Hawkins Chemical and awarded over $2.2 million for Kane Knutson’s personal injuries.  It was a pleasure to assist our client through the  … Read more

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CVMM CONGRATULATES SHAREHOLDER MEAGHAN BRYAN AND ATTORNEY PETER LINDBERG FOR SECURING OFFICIAL IMMUNITY FOR THE STATE OF MINNESOTA FOLLOWING A 4-DAY JURY TRIAL

Shareholder Meaghan Bryan and attorney Peter Lindberg were proud to defend a former Minnesota State Patrol Trooper who was involved in a motor vehicle accident when he entered an intersection against a red light and collided with another vehicle, allegedly causing the death of one of the vehicle’s occupants.  Before trial, Bryan filed a motion for summary judgment on official immunity grounds, which was denied because there was a factual dispute over whether the Trooper sounded his siren prior to entering the intersection.  The matter proceeded to a jury trial in Ramsey County, and, after testimony from many fact witnesses and  … Read more

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Shareholder Jessica J. Theisen achieves successful outcome for her client after a three-day jury trial.

Shareholder Jessica J. Theisen was pleased to achieve a successful outcome for her client after a three-day jury trial in Hennepin County, MN. This personal injury trial arose out of a motor vehicle accident between a SUV and straight truck.  Both liability and damages were at issue. After testimony from several fact witnesses and four expert witnesses, the jury found each party 50% at fault. The jury also declined to award Plaintiff all her claimed past medical expenses and significantly less future medical expenses and past and future pain and suffering than she requested at trial.  Although the jury awarded  … Read more

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CVMM CONGRATULATES ASSOCIATE ALEX KLEIN ON HIS PRESENTATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS SCHOOL OF LAW’S JOURNAL SYMPOSIUM ON PRISONER RIGHTS

On April 22, 2022, Associate Alex Klein was honored to be a presenter at the University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Law Journal Symposium on Prisoner Rights and Prison Condition Litigation. Klein and his co-presenter Claire Kueffner spoke regarding their experience representing a transgender woman in her appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding her Federal Tort Claims Act claim against the US Government for a sexual assault she suffered while in confinement at USP-Tucson.  You can view Klein’s presentation beginning at the 2:31:00 mark on YouTube here:   

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Rachel Beauchamp and Stephanie Maser Attend MDLA Mid-Winter Conference

Shareholder and MDLA Board Member Rachel Beauchamp and Associate Stephanie Maser recently attended the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association’s Mid-Winter Conference.  This conference was focused on understanding and strengthening the relationship between litigation attorneys and in-house attorneys and/or claims adjusters; and, on increasing diversity and opportunity within defense law firms in Minnesota.  Families were welcome, and Rachel and Stephanie’s daughters brought extra joy to the evening festivities.

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MINNESOTA SUPREME COURT HOLDS THAT COMMON INTEREST ASSOCIATIONS ARE ONLY REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE RECORDS THAT FALL WITHIN THE CATEGORIES LISTED IN MINN. STAT. § 515B.3-118, WHICH INCLUDES “RECORDS OF MEMBERSHIP.”

On April 6, 2022, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that a request for records by a member of a common interest association must be granted only if such request falls within the categories listed under Minn. Stat. § 515B.3-118. Interpretation of this statute rests on the meaning of the phrase “all records … shall be made reasonably available for examination.” The Court determined that “all records” is limited to the certain categories listed in the statute but goes beyond the statutorily minimum required records if that record is included in one of the previously mentioned categories. In the underlying action,  … Read more

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CVMM CONGRATULATES SHAREHOLDERS MICHAEL BARRETT AND MEAGHAN BRYAN ON A DEFENSE VERDICT FOLLOWING A 6-DAY JURY TRIAL

Shareholders Michael Barrett and Meaghan Bryan were proud to defend a family owned business and property owner from claims that it was negligent and in breach of its lease agreement with a commercial tenant, when a roof replacement project that was negligently performed by a roofing contractor resulted in flooding and property damage to the leased premises.   After testimony from many fact witnesses and three expert witnesses, the jury found that our client had no fault with regards to the Plaintiff/commercial tenant’s damages.  It was a pleasure to assist our client through the defense of this stressful case and we were very happy they  … Read more

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Minnesota Supreme Court holds that summary judgment is no longer available in slip and fall cases when a plaintiff’s theory of liability rests on speculation and inference that a known hazard caused the injury; this is a dramatic revision to Minnesota slip and fall litigation.

Staub v. Myrtle Lake, LLC & James Lown Minnesota Supreme Court 09/22/2021 On September 22, 2021, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that a plaintiff’s assertion that an alleged dangerous stairway condition caused a fall that resulted in a death, with no direct evidence regarding the cause of the fall, was enough to allow the plaintiffs’ claim to survive summary judgment. This holding is a marked departure from prior slip and fall case law, in which Minnesota courts have previously granted summary judgment to the defense in cases that would require a jury to engage in speculation to determine the cause  … Read more

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CVMM Congratulates Shareholders Michael Barrett and Rachel Beauchamp on a defense verdict after a three-day jury trial

Shareholders Barrett and Beauchamp were proud to defend a family owned business from claims that it was negligent with regards to the sales and servicing of equipment which the plaintiff claimed had malfunctioned and partially amputated her finger.  After testimony from many fact witnesses and three expert witnesses, the jury found our client had no fault with regards to the Plaintiff’s accident and resulting injury.  It was a pleasure to assist our client through the defense of this stressful case and we were very happy they received the peace of mind that comes from a jury agreeing that our client  … Read more

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CVMM Lawyers Recognized in 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in America ©

Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee & Malone is proud to announce that four of our attorneys have been recognized in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America ©. Congratulations to Michael C. Lindberg (Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants), Christopher P. Malone (Litigation – Insurance and Transportation Law), Susan D. Thurmer (Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants and Railroad Law) and Peter G. Van Bergen (Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants). Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their process captures, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical  … Read more

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CVMM Attorneys Included on 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers List

Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee & Malone is proud to announce that Peter G. Van Bergen, Christopher P. Malone, Jessica J. Theisen, Meaghan C. Bryan, Tamara L. Novotny, Michael C. Lindberg and Susan D. Thurmer have been selected for inclusion on the 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyer list. We are also proud to announce that Peter M. Lindberg has been selected as a 2021 Minnesota Rising Star. Each year, Super Lawyers selects attorneys from all firm sizes using a detailed selection process that includes peer nominations, independent research and peer evaluations. The list of Super Lawyers is published as a special section  … Read more

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Attorney Michael D. Sharkey – Cemetery & Mortuary Law Specialist

In addition to his standard practice of automobile and premises liability cases, Shareholder Michael Sharkey works in the unique field of mortuary law.  While some people see this is as a grim and morbid area of law, Sharkey practices it as a labor of love, helping individuals address their greatest losses with respect and care.  In a recent case, Sharkey helped a family exhume a casket that was buried in 1968.  At that time, the deceased and his wife were in a terrible car crash; he was buried alone in a single plot while his wife was in a coma  … Read more

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United States Supreme Court reaffirms that International Shoe remains the canonical decision in the area of personal jurisdiction in Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court

In the recent decision Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court, the United States Supreme Court addressed personal jurisdiction over companies doing business nationwide and reaffirmed that International Shoe remains the canonical decision in the area of personal jurisdiction. This case stemmed from two separate motor vehicle accidents in Montana and Minnesota, respectively. Each accident was caused by defective Ford motor vehicle parts. Each individual motorist filed suit against Ford and alleged, inter alia, products liability, failure to warn, and negligence. Each plaintiff argued that specific jurisdiction existed because a person may have made the decision to purchase  … Read more

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RACHEL B. BEAUCHAMP OBTAINED SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN WISCONSIN COVERAGE CASE ADDRESSING “WAGE AND HOUR” CLAIMS

Rachel B. Beauchamp obtained a declaratory judgment of no coverage and no obligations of defense or indemnity on behalf of her client in a Wisconsin declaratory judgment action.   The case addressed an underlying class action lawsuit alleging violations of both Wisconsin and Federal laws regulating overtime, travel time, minimum wage, and computation of overtime and benefits.  Attorney Beauchamp’s insurer had policies of insurance providing CGL coverage, Employee Benefits Liability Coverage, EPLI coverage, and umbrella coverage.   The defendant argued that coverage for the class action claims was found in both the Employee Benefits Liability coverage and the EPLI coverage – and  … Read more