Al Franken Wants to Outlaw the Deceitful Contracts That Nearly Everyone Signs

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If you've agreed to arbitration, there's a good chance the odds are rigged against you

No one but lawyers enjoys suing people. So sitting down and talking through a problem sounds like a noble idea. But if you've agreed to arbitration in the contracts you've signed for everything from your job to your cell phone, there's a good chance you signed up to be screwed.

These agreements are usually heavily rigged in favor of the company. So if you've been defrauded by your credit card company or swindled out of overtime pay, you may have given away any recourse.

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A Record 57 Sex Offenders Could Be Released in Minnesota

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A record number of rapists, pedophiles, and other convicted offenders are moving toward supervised release.

Some Minnesota neighborhoods may have unwelcome additions sooner rather than later.

Fifty-seven pedophiles, rapists, and other sexual predators are on the cusp of completing their final phase of incarcerated treatment and moving toward supervised release back into the community, according to Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) Executive Clinical Director Jannine Hebert in news reports.

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John Bonner Convicted of Stealing Nearly $15,000 From His Employees

Categories: Crime, Law

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Should've called Saul
Last Friday John Bonner, a partner at downtown Minneapolis law firm Bonner & Borhart, was convicted of stealing nearly $15,000 from two other lawyers who used to work for him.

At 69, Bonner is facing a maximum of 10 years in prison for a scheme where he deducted money from employees' paychecks under the pretense of enriching their retirement accounts, when in reality he was using it to pay the law firm's bills.

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State Will Pay Koua Fong Lee Up to $250,000 for Wrongful Imprisonment

Categories: Law

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Koua Fong Lee

Koua Fong Lee has already been convicted of a crime that wasn't his fault, imprisoned for two and a half years, and exonerated. Now he's about to get paid.

Lee will become the first person to receive compensation from Minnesota under the new Imprisonment and Exoneration Remedies Act that went into effect July 1.

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You Have Right to Leave Work to Vote on November 4

Categories: Elections, Law
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Expect bossman to be on your case about dipping out of work to cast your ballot on Tuesday, November 4? Refer him or her to Minnesota Statute 204C.04.

That law gives you the right to leave your place of employment for as long as it takes to take part in the democratic process.

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Social House Owner Faces 68 Felonies but Might Not Go to Jail at All

Categories: Crime, Law
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Social House photo courtesy of the now-closed restaurant
Michael Whitelaw, owner of the Social House, an Uptown sushi bar that closed over the summer, faces 68 felonies, each of which carries a maximum sentence of five years in the slammer, for allegedly cheating the state out of about $100,000 in sales taxes from 2009 to 2011.

Those charges sound stiff. Real stiff. But Hennepin County Attorney's Office officials openly acknowledge Whitelaw almost certainly won't go to prison for more than 23 months, and could get off without serving time behind bars at all.

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Here Are Mpls Homes U.S. Bank Is Accused of Neglecting Due to Racial Discrimination [PHOTOS]

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This foreclosed home, at 726 Queen Ave. N., is one of many in neighborhoods of color that U.S. Bank is accused of illegally neglecting.
The National Fair Housing Alliance has revealed the specifics of the racial discrimination claim it's making against U.S. Bank in Minneapolis.

NFHA officials came to town this summer to take a look at 28 foreclosed homes. They concluded that foreclosures in neighborhoods predominately populated by "communities of color" were 3.9 times more likely to have trash or debris on public display compared to foreclosures in white neighborhoods. Furthermore, they found that 78 percent of foreclosures in communities of color had overgrown or dead grass, and that such foreclosures were comparatively 2.8 times more likely to be covered by invasive plants.

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U.S. Bank "Categorically Rejects" Minneapolis Racial Discrimination Allegation

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U.S. Bank's Minneapolis headquarters.
:::: UPDATE :::: Here Are Mpls Homes U.S. Bank is Accused of Neglecting Due to Racial Discrimination [PHOTOS]

U.S. Bank isn't taking accusations it illegally neglects foreclosed homes in Minneapolis's "neighborhoods of color" lying down.

Yesterday, Dana Ripley, senior vice president of corporate communications for the Minneapolis-based bank, told us, "We categorically reject the NFHA's [National Fair Housing Alliance] claim against U.S. Bank." He followed up today with a statement that says, "NFHA has established a pattern of using incomplete, inaccurate, and misleading information in order to generate inflammatory headlines -- while at the same time -- seeking significant amounts of money from our company behind-the-scenes."

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U.S. Bank Accused of Racial Discrimination in Minneapolis

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:::: UPDATE :::: U.S. Bank "Categorically Rejects" Minneapolis Racial Discrimination Allegation

This week, the National Fair Housing Alliance plans to officially add Minneapolis to the list of more than 40 cities in which Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank is accused of illegal discrimination in "neighborhoods of color."

In a release, the alliance alleges, "U.S. Bank fails to perform basic maintenance and marketing tasks for its bank-owned foreclosures in African American and Latino neighborhoods to the same standard as in White neighborhoods, a practice that violates the federal Fair Housing Act."

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Richard Stulz, County Attorney Going After Medical Cannabis Mom, Is Running Unopposed

Categories: Law, Marijuana
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Do you think Richard Stulz, Lac Qui Parle County attorney, is doing a good job spending taxpayer dollars by going after Angela Brown, the mother who gave her son medical cannabis to treat a brain injury?

Apparently, other attorneys in Lac Qui Parle County are apathetic about that question, as according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's website, Stulz is running for reelection without opposition this year.

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