In our previous newsletter we reported that there was pending a very complex case involving our firm’s defense against 11 different claims by a former employee against the employer KYMN radio and three officers of the employer corporation. We presented three counterclaims for the employer. All aspects of the case have now been completed totally in favor of our client. We obtained a verdict of zero dollars for the Plaintiff and $710,000 for our clients, who were Defendants, on their counterclaims for defamation, intentional interference with contracts and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Our clients had done a magnificent job in documenting their position and the conduct of the employee over more than three years of employment leading to the discharge. In addition to the jury verdict of $710,000, the judge awarded costs and disbursements to our clients as well. Floyd Siefferman, jr. and Boris Parker handled the nearly month long trial in Faribault, MN. The decision against an employee of this magnitude is unprecedented in our jurisdiction and demonstrates a shift from political correctness and a demand for genuine claims in our legal system.
In our last newsletter we reported that the case of Northland Insurance Company vs. Blaylock (in which we represented Mr. Blaylock) was then pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The case involved alleged Cybersquatting by our client and the Plaintiff also claimed trademark dilution and deceptive trade practices. Mr. Blaylock decided to inform the public of a bad experience he had with Northland Insurance Company by registering two domain names to lead to detailed information. The first was “Northland Insurance.com” and was intended to attract users to a criticism at the second site (Sailinglegacy.com) where the details could be found. Northland Insurance Company claimed that the non-commercial use of the domain name was a violation of the anti-cybersquatting act, the trademark act, and local law.
In defense of our client we filed a detailed Motion for Summary Judgment with extensive briefs and careful analysis of law. The United States District Court for Minnesota agreed and ruled in our client’s favor on the federal claims. The insurance company then “surrendered” by agreeing to a Dismissal with Prejudice of all their claims. This was the first case in the State of Minnesota under the new “landmark” federal cybersquatting statute.
Other Firm News and Honors
Our firm has a long standing AV (highest) rating by Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory, the principal source of rating attorneys over the past 100 years, which is available in most law libraries, and many public libraries.
Saliterman & Siefferman, P.C. has also been selected for Law and Leading Attorneys. The recipients of this honor are selected by their peers in the Minnesota Bar and, like Martindale Hubbell, it usually comprises the top 5% of lawyers based on peer voting.
Richard A. Saliterman, Floyd E. Siefferman, Jr., Nicholas M. Wenner and Leland J. Frankman have all been selected as Super Lawyers for excelling in their law practices by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine, and Boris Parker along with Anastasia Bukingolts were selected Rising Stars.
Boris Parker, a member of the Twin Cities Russian community, has been elected Secretary and Board member for the Russian-American Business and Cultural Association, a non-profit corporation organized to enhance the community and business of its members and benefit the public at large.
Dick Saliterman was recently re-elected secretary and a director of the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting and secretary and Trustee of the Hopkins School District Education Foundation.
Richard Saliterman Elected To National Office of
Washington, D.C. Military Defense Group
At the last Annual Meeting of the membership of the Navy League of the United States, Dick was elected National Judge Advocate of the 100-year old organization. The National Judge Advocate addresses law related matters and by many is considered second in importance to that of the Presidency itself. It is one of the three prince- pal national level officers of the organization, along with Vice Presidents.
Deputy Judge Advocates selected by Dick (who are also former Naval officers) are Columbia law friend Richard Fairbanks III, who is past Ambassador to the Middle East and immediate past Director of the Center for Strategic Studies in Washington D.C.; Tom Crosby, a respected lawyer at Faegre & Benson, and a Minneapolis Civic Leader; and Brad Nemeth, a former Navy Seal and Navy Aviator.
The Navy League of the United States serves as the principal bridge or liaison of the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine to the U.S. Congress and to the public-at-large. It has a membership of over 75,000 persons including veterans and non-veterans; and over 330 local councils or chapters including over 22 in foreign countries. It was founded in New York City by President Theodore Roosevelt to help establish a worldwide American presence at the time when the United States was first emerging as a world leader.