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Court reinstates inmate death lawsuit

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit that alleged Stearns County correctional officers were negligent when an inmate died in their custody.

The lawsuit, filed after the death of Jerome Deon Ladette Harrell, had been dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge Richard H. Kyle. In an order filed Tuesday, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated parts of the lawsuit.
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Suspect in Minnesota ISIS terror case changes plea to guilty

Before he told a judge what inspired him to plot to join ISIS, before he said he was sorry to disappoint his parents, Adnan Farah’s mother collapsed in the court gallery and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

“I’m more than sorry for the pain I’ve caused my parents,” said 20-year-old Farah , his voice appearing to break. “If I had listened to them, I would not be where I am today. I’m sorry.”
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St. Paul imam finds himself at the center of a storm over law and faith

Hassan Mohamud, a longtime St. Paul imam, made history in 2002 when he became the first Somali-American to earn a law degree in Minnesota.

He has also created his own share of controversy, having been asked to clarify his remarks ranging from scholars’ views on suicide bombings to a claim that his mosque could save the faithful from “the hell of living in America.”

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Not quite Africans, not quite Americans

Minnesota has always been a destination for African immigrants. Their numbers have greatly increased since 1990 when refugees from Somalia, Sudan and Liberia arrived here to escape civil wars in their home countries. The African presence offers both a positive and perplexing situation for the state’s African-American population. On one hand, by interacting with continental Africans, African-Americans make connections which help them better understand their cultural heritage. At the same time, these interactions sometimes serve to remind African-Americans of how far removed they are from Africa.Continue reading

St. Cloud guy sues city over police citation for carrying AK-47 in public

What makes Gottwalt a little different is his decision, one day back in 2014, to bring a particular type of firearm as he went out for a stroll through St. Cloud: an AK-47. For reasons that escape Gottwalt, motorists in that central Minnesota city were alarmed at the sight of someone carrying a semi-automatic rifle, the same gun favored by communists, guerilla fighters, and a lot of action movie villains. Continue reading

France’s De-radicalization Program Deemed a Failure

The latest attempt by Western democracies to deal with the ever-growing threat of Islamic radicalization in the prison system has been deemed an utter failure. French officials announced Tuesday that they would no longer isolate inmates with jihadists tendencies from other inmates, or offer therapeutic services or specialized counseling aimed at de-radicalizing Islamic terrorists already in prison. Continue reading

Belgium Uses ‘Help Wanted’ Ads to Fight Terrorism

The theater of the absurd seems to have found a place to perform in the current atmosphere created by the threat of Islamic terrorism in both Europe and the United States. Belgium, which has seen its deeply-rooted radical Islamic nature exposed by the attacks in Paris and Brussels, thinks it has the answer to the phenomenon of Islamic radicalization. Continue reading

Here’s why judge cut Minnesota ISIS defendant’s sentence

A federal judge’s order to reduce the prison sentence of a man who admitted to plotting to join the Islamic State in Syria raises new questions about whether outside influences pressured him against taking an earlier plea deal. In a dramatic twist, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis on Tuesday shaved five years off the sentence for 21-year-old Hamza Ahmed, one of nine Twin Cities men who learned their fates this month in the nation’s largest ISIS conspiracy case.Continue reading

 

Kenneth Udoibok was recently named one of the

2014 attorneys of the year

by Minnesota Lawyer, joining the ranks of the best attorneys in the state of Minnesota. This distinguished honor is given to the top attorneys in the state in recognition of their excellent work and public service.

Award from MN Lawyer, 2014 Attorney of the Year

$350,000 Settlement—West Pointe Condominiums vs. Delos Insurance Company

resultb and victoriesKenneth Udoibok handled a difficult insurance claim to a reasonable settlement.  The case arose from a June 25, 2010 storm events.  Two separate severe storms moved across the Twin Cities area the same day. The second of the two storms produced hail of approximately 1.75” in diameter; straight-line winds of approximately 63 mph; and 2.38” of rain, which produced flash flooding throughout the vicinity of West Pointe Condominiums.  Delos Insurance Company vigorously disputed the extent of damage to West Pointe Condominiums.  Nonetheless, the parties reached a $350,000 settlement agreement before a federal magistrate judge.

$98,000 Settlement— West Pointe Condominiums vs. American Alternative Insurance Corporation

No claim is too large or too small for Kenneth Udoibok.  West Pointe Condominiums suffered wind damage to its properties in 2012.  Kenneth negotiated a $98,000 reasonable settlement of the wind claim without litigation.

St. John’s Woods Homes Association v. Harleysville Worcester Insurance Co.

St. John’s Woods Homes Association manages a townhouse complex located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, which consists of thirty-one, one-and two-story, wood-framed 4-plex townhomes and 41 detached garages. In May 10, 2011, a severe thunderstorm hit St. John’s property and caused damages but Harleysville refused full coverage.  Kenneth Udoibok brought suit in Federal Court against Harleysville Worcester Insurance Company on behalf of St. John’s Woods Association.  The parties resolved the suit amicably before a Federal Magistrate Judge in a confidential settlement agreement.

$347,000.00 verdict against Chinese-owned company for discriminating Tibetan employees

Kenneth Udoibok wins a jury verdict against New Metro Trucking Company, a Chinese owned trucking company, for discriminating against its Tibetan employees.  Plaintiffs worked as delivery truck drivers for New Metro Trucking until July 16, 2011 when they were fired.  Defendant New Metro’s owner and a large amount of its employees are Chinese, while Plaintiffs are Tibetan.  New Metro instituted discriminatory employment practices common in China to Minnesota.  The Plaintiffs successfully proved at trial that because they are Tibetans, they were treated poorly and differently than similarly-situated Chinese employees.  Plaintiffs showed at trial that they were forced to drive broken trucks; drive in perilous road conditions; work extended hours for no additional pay; paid less for the same amount of work as the Chinese workers; and were not provided food and housing allowances like other Chinese workers.  The jury agreed with the Plaintiffs and awarded them over $347,000.00, including punitive damages.  Punitive damage award is rare in federal employment cases.  Attorney’s fees request will likely bring the verdict to over $500,000.00.

New Excessive Force Settlements

Johnson v. City of New Hope—Ms. Johnson was involved in an altercation with a New Hope police officer during a traffic stop by her home.  Kenneth Udoibok litigated Ms. Johnson’s case to a reasonable $99,000 settlement. Menoch v. City of Farmington—Ms. Menoch retained Kenneth Udoibok to handle her excessive force claims against the City of Farmington police officers.  Kenneth Udoibok negotiated a confidential settlement. Walker v. City of Minneapolis—Mr. Walker, an African American man suffered jaw injury during an altercation with Minneapolis police officers.  Though Mr. Walker could not identify his assailant, Kenneth Udoibok secured a favorable $37,000 settlement for Mr. Walker.

New Hail Damage Recoveries

Pendryn Villas Homeowners Association vs. AutoOwner—Kenneth Udoibok convinced an appraisal panel to award $213,796.89 for hail damage to Pendryn Villas. PMP Enterprises, LLC vs. Travelers Insurance Company— Kenneth Udoibok secured $150,000 for PMP Enterprises to repair its hail-damaged roof.

Super Lawyers Names Tupa & Hussey Rising Stars for 2013

Udoibok, Tupa & Hussey, PLLP is proud to announce that Super Lawyers magazine named attorneys Brendan Tupa and Ross Hussey Rising Stars for 2013.  Super Lawyers launched Rising Stars in Minnesota to recognize the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state — those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the State of Minnesota are named to the list.  Congratulations Brendan and Ross!

Sinigaglio v. $20,455 in US currencies

Despite the notoriety of the conflict, Kenneth Udoibok negotiated the return of $20,455 and 23 firearms by government agency. The Anoka-Hennepin Drug Task-force executed a search warrant on Kenneth’s clients and forfeited 23 firearms, as well as $20,455 in US currency. Through tough forfeiture action in court, Kenneth negotiated the return of the money and the firearms. Mon, January 21, 2013

Kenneth Udoibok Takes on Cincinnati Insurance Companies

Within a very short time after hail and wind damaged the New Hope Distribution Center, Kenneth Udoibok negotiated $300,000 in repair payment from Cincinnati Insurance Companies. Fri, January 18, 2013

Kenneth Udoibok Settles Injury Claim

Bringing justice for Ms. Gutierrez, Kenneth Udoibok battles yet again another insurance company for an under insured motorist claim. After the injury on July 9, 2011, Kenneth was quick to react to the needs of the family when he negotiated over $100,000 for Ms. Gutierrez. Fri, January 18, 2013

Kenneth Udoibok does it again…

Charged with multiple counts of domestic assault, Defendant Ekpenyong faced jail time, deportation, and nursing license revocation. The stakes were high. Plea or conviction was not an option. After vigorous discovery practice, the State caved in and dismissed all charges. “I cannot thank Kenneth enough,” said Ekpenyong. Thu, April 5, 2012

Kenneth Udoibok Recovers Over $800,000.00 for his Client

In less than 4 months after the insured, Wendy Sullivan, retained Kenneth Udoibok on a fire claim, Depositors Insurance Company paid Ms. Sullivan $809,064.16. One of the major areas in which Udoibok, Tupa & Hussey, PLLP focus their practice is in representing insureds against insurance companies. Many people do not recognize the value in retaining an attorney for their claims, yet, it can make a difference. “The best decision I made when my home burned down was to retain Udoibok, Tupa & Hussey,” said Ms. Sullivan. Tue, January 17, 2012

Kenneth Udoibok—Major Victory in Federal Court

Kenneth Udoibok obtained an impressive victory for a Mexican national. In U.S. v. Angel Apdiel Solis-Gruillen, the defendant faced a Federal narcotics distribution indictment. But, Kenneth Udoibok convinced the Federal Judge to dismiss the indictment. She did. Justice is not blind. Wed, September 21, 2011

Antonelli Advertising Hires Kenneth Udoibok

Antonelli Advertising Corporation hires Udoibok, Tupa & Hussey, PLLP as its general counsel with Kenneth Udoibok as the firm’s lead counsel. Udoibok, Tupa & Hussey will represent the agency in all areas of law, including contracts, labor and employment law, real estate law and negotiations. Antonelli Advertising specializes in strategic planning, brand development, creative works, media and promotional merchandise. Wed, September 21, 2011

General Counsel Appointment

UDOIBOK, TUPA & HUSSEY, PLLP have been hired on a long-term contract to represent Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties (CAPRW). CAPRW is a nonpartisan, locally run, private nonprofit with a budget over 20 million dollars. CAPRW is motivated to reduce poverty in Ramsey and Washington Counties through various programs proven to work. The board of directors at CAPRW approved the appointment of UDOIBOK, TUPA & HUSSEY as its general counsel with Kenneth Udoibok as the firm’s lead counsel. CAPRW is poised to continue in its goal of bringing together community resources to reduce poverty in Ramsey and Washington Counties. UDOIBOK, TUPA & HUSSEY will represent the agency in all areas of law, including contracts, labor and employment law, real estate law and negotiations. To learn more about Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties visit http://www.caprw.org/. Thu, September 15, 2011

Udoibok, Tupa & Hussey, PLLP adds Melissa Rasmussen to Firm.

Melissa Rasmussen is joining Udoibok & Tupa as the law firm’s Office Manager. Melissa is a 2010 Cum Laude Graduate of Concordia College Moorhead, MN where she achieved a double major in Organizational Communications and Spanish. Prior to joining the firm, Melissa interned in the Office of the Todd County Attorney, interned at Bobcat Company in the Human Resources department, coordinated the gymnastics program at the YMCA, as well as volunteered with Adopt-A-Grandparent and Lutheran Social Services as a refugee mentor. Fri, August 19, 2011