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May 10, 2019

GBB’s Robert Bennett, Andrew Noel, Katie Bennett and Marc Betinsky Settle Ruszczyk v. Noor, et al for $20 Million

GBB’s Robert Bennett, Andrew Noel, Katie Bennett and Marc Betinsky recently reached a settlement of $20 million with the City of Minneapolis on behalf of the family of Justine Maia Ruszczyk.  The settlement was approved by the Minneapolis City Council on Friday, May 3, 2019.  The settlement marks the largest […]
March 8, 2019

GBB’s Robert Bennett, Katie Bennett and Civil Rights Team Settle Cass County Jail Suicide Lawsuit for $2 Million

GBB’s Robert Bennett, Katie Bennett and the rest of the civil rights team recently reached a settlement of $2 million with Cass County on behalf of the family of Darren Benais, Sr., an individual that suffered from mental health and substance abuse issues. On March 14, 2018, Mr. Benais ingested […]
February 1, 2019

Federal Prosecutor Seeks Protections Against Alleged Collusion by Police Officers

St. Paul police officer Brett Palkowitsch was indicted by a federal grand jury regarding his 2016 use of excessive force on former GBB client, Frank Baker. At a recent hearing, Magistrate Judge Katherine Menendez placed certain conditions of release on Palkowitsch during this pending case. The terms of release included […]
December 7, 2018

GBB’s Robert Bennett, Andrew Noel and Marc Betinsky Settle Todd County Jail Suicide Lawsuit for $1.8 Million

GBB’s Robert Bennett, Andrew Noel and Marc Betinsky reached a settlement of $1.8 million earlier this week with Todd County on behalf of the family of Brett Huber Jr. Huber Jr., an individual that struggled with addiction and mental health issues, killed himself in the Todd County jail in June […]
November 30, 2018

GBB’s Andrew Noel and Robert Bennett Settle with St. Paul for Bystander Bit by Police K9

Glenn Slaughter was on his way to work when he was attacked by a St. Paul police K9 this past summer. Officer Mark Ross and his K9, Suttree, were responding to a call in the area when a collar issue allowed the K9 to break free from Ross and resulted […]
October 18, 2018

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Decision in Favor of GBB Client on Excessive Force Claim

On October 15, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled in favor of GBB’s client, Brittany Karels, on her claim of excessive force against Big Lake, Minnesota police officer Gabriel Storz. Karels rented a room in the basement of a home owned by friends in […]
September 28, 2018

GBB’s Civil Rights Team Settles St. Paul Police K9 Case for $520,000

Desiree Collins was attacked by St. Paul police K9, Gabe, while she was taking out her garbage out at approximately 6:30 a.m. on September 23, 2017. The horrific incident was caught on camera. Collins had done nothing wrong or remotely criminal. Gabe was on an approximately 20 foot lead “controlled” […]
September 20, 2018

GBB’s Katie Bennett and Marc Betinsky Settle Section 1983 K9 Lawsuit for $350,000

Trevor Olesen suffered a prolonged police K9 attack on May 26, 2016 that resulted in gaping wounds to his right leg. A portion of the K9 attack was captured by drone. The drone video shows Olesen being viciously attacked by K9 Jax, who was deployed on Olesen by Defendant Roddy, […]
August 9, 2018

GBB’s Robert Bennett, Andrew Noel and Marc Betinsky Prove Section 1983 Dog Bite as a Matter of Law

In an important 20 page opinion, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, John R. Tunheim, ruled in favor of GBB’s client, Desiree Collins, stating that this “is the very rare § 1983 case where the plaintiff has proved her case as a matter […]
August 8, 2018

Attorney Andrew S. Birrell Sworn In as Treasurer of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar

Washington, DC (Aug. 1, 2018) – Andrew S. Birrell was sworn in as Treasurer of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at the Association’s annual meeting in Miami Beach, FL, on July 29. He has previously served on NACDL’s board of directors and serves as the Co-Chair of […]
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