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MN Supreme Court rules in favor of HLK Client

The Minnesota Supreme Court in a unanimous opinion, rejected the ruling of the trial court. The Minnesota Supreme Court found that the trial court had ruled incorrectly in tossing out nearly all of the crash victims expert testimony.  The Supreme Court was “puzzled” by the District Court’s decision to find the experts causation testimony largely… Read more »

Inspectors Pressured to Accommodate Business

An independent survey of FAA safety division employees suggests they feel pressure to accommodate industry demands at the expense of safety. FAA safety workers painted a picture of a regulatory agency influenced by the companies it regulates. The survey was sent to Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the House Transportation Committee. He said it… Read more »

Wisconsin Jury Awards $876,000 to Superior BNSF Engineer

Superior, WI.       A Wisconsin federal jury returned a $876,000 verdict in favor of an injured BNSF Railroad Engineer against the BNSF Railway and Professional Transportation, Inc (PTI). Mr. Grant Little was injured while being transported within the rail yard by a PTI transport vehicle which struck a 9-foot-high snow bank.  As their own onboard video… Read more »

Fighting Against Reducing Train Crew Size

Two Person Freight Crews Are Safer   Legislation requiring a train crew of at least two individuals has been made law in four states and is bing considered in many others. This is a national public safety issue. Cutting train crew size is being pushed by corporate interests but puts your neighborhood at risk.  At… Read more »

$12.5 Million-Dollar Itasca County Verdict Affirmed

January 2019 – The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed a $12.5 million-dollar verdict in favor of an injured Duluth man against the construction company, Veit, Inc. While driving home from work at the BNSF Railway the injured man suffered a severe brain injury when a large rock fell over the top side of a passing… Read more »

Appeals Court rules against BNSF

Attorneys William Kvas and Richard L. Carlson successfully represented an injured BNSF Carmen in front of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  The Appeals Court then reversed a lower court order, thus allowing the injured Carmen to pursue his FELA injury claim against the BNSF Railroad. Over his objections, a Carmen was required to use a… Read more »

— Cortney LeNeave— Joins Minnesota Attorneys of the Year

Cortney LeNeave, of Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas, P.A., has been named by Minnesota Lawyer magazine as one of the Attorneys of the Year for his outstanding work in connection with several recent cases. In October of 2017 LeNeave obtained one of the largest verdicts in the history of the state of Minnesota with a $12.6… Read more »

Railroad Whistleblower Protection

Reporting Safety Issues Requires OSHA Intervention: http://peoplesworld.org/railroad-whistleblowers-face-retaliation-urge-osha-prosecutions-heftier-fines/ -FEDERAL RAILROAD SAFETY ACT- The attorneys at Hunegs, LeNeave & Kvas have successfully represented railroad workers who wrongfully suffered disciplinary action against them in violation of this protective law.  We have helped workers receive back-pay with interest and punitive damages from their employer. Individuals working for railroad carriers… Read more »