Construction Law Section



A subcommittee of the MSBA Construction Law Section worked for many months developing model case management orders to govern multifamily and single family residential construction defect cases filed in Minnesota State District Court. Both plaintiff and defense counsel were represented on the special committee.  The model orders, which were endorsed by the MSBA Construction Law Section as a whole at its December, 2008 meeting, provide for certain automatic disclosures and establish timeframes for these cases, which can be very difficult for the courts and counsel to manage. The model orders are just that, they are models that may be proposed to the Court in lieu of standard scheduling orders in residential construction defect cases.  In the coming months, members of the subcommittee will be conducting outreach to members of the bench to introduce the model orders.   

--Mary Schwind  Co-Chair   MSBA Defective Construction Subcommittee

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Single Family Residential Construction Defect
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Amicus Brief Subcommittee
The Amicus Brief Subcommittee submits briefs to address important points of law, practice or issues in construction law.  TheSubcommittee has been invited to submit amicus briefs by the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and district court judges. More commonly, the committee sees cases or receives telephone calls from attorneys who are involved in or outraged by the decision. 
The submission of an amicus brief must be approved by the Section membership or, as frequently occurs because of operative time constraints, by the Executive Committee of the Section. The Chairs of the Amicus Committee must review cases for purposes of a recommendation for participation by the Section. For an informed recommendation, this usually entails obtaining the memoranda of 
law or briefs, underlying orders and miscellaneous pleadings.

Amicus Brief Subcommittee Guidelines


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