Moss and Barnett Advocate Newsletter Spring Summer 2024
The End of Real Estate Commissions as We Know It

NAR’s $418M Settlement: The End of Real Estate Commissions as We Know It?

By Aaron D. Quinby

The National Association of Realtors (“NAR”) recently reached a settlement that has the potential to transform the real estate industry and its traditional commission structure. NAR agreed to a $418 million settlement in response to antitrust lawsuits. The allegations centered around NAR’s commission structure, which has been uniformly set across the industry at 6% commission, divided between the seller's agent and the buyer's agent. MORE >

When Divorce Law Does Not Apply Unjust Enrichment Claims for Unmarried Parties

When Divorce Law Does Not Apply: Unjust Enrichment Claims for Unmarried Parties

By April L. Will

Family structures continue to evolve. It is now common for unmarried couples to cohabit and join their finances. These relationships often resemble a traditional marital partnership. However, when these relationships end, the same legal protections afforded to divorcing married couples are not afforded to unmarried couples wishing to separate. MORE >

Select Bids Fairly or Bid Farewell

Select Bids Fairly, or Bid Farewell

By Jeffrey A. Wieland and Madeline E. Davis

Anytime a road is renovated, a public school is built, or a city storage shed is constructed, that construction project likely began through a process called competitive bidding. Despite its frequent use, the requirements and intricacies of competitive bidding can be a surprise to project owners and contractors alike. MORE >

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Moss and Barnett Advocate Spring Summer 2024
Advocate Alerts

Inquiries into Pay History Prohibited

Beginning January 1, 2024, employers, employment agencies, and labor organizations are prohibited from inquiring into, considering, or requiring the disclosure of the pay history of an applicant for employment for the purpose of determining wages, salary, earnings, benefits, or other compensation for that applicant. The general prohibition against inquiring into the pay history of an applicant does not apply if the job applicant's pay history is a matter of public record under federal or state law, unless the employer, employment agency, or labor organization sought access to those public records with the intent of obtaining pay history of the applicant for the purpose of determining wages, salary, earnings, benefits, or other compensation for that applicant. MORE >

Team News

Brian T. Grogan Re-elected and Brian J. Schoenborn Elected to Moss & Barnett Board of Directors

Brian T. Grogan

Brian T. Grogan

Brian J. Schoenborn

Brian J. Schoenborn

Moss & Barnett is pleased to announce that Brian T. Grogan was re-elected and Brian J. Schoenborn was elected to three-year terms as members of the firm’s Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2024. MORE >

Aylix K. Jensen Elected a Shareholder of Moss & Barnett

Aylix K. Jensen

Aylix K. Jensen

Moss & Barnett is pleased to announce that Aylix K. Jensen has been elected a shareholder of the firm effective January 1, 2024. Aylix focuses her practice on defending creditors, fintech companies, collection agencies, and debt buyers in consumer litigation and regulatory matters at both federal and state levels. MORE >

Lynn M. Mattson Joins Moss & Barnett as New Executive Director

Lynn M. Mattson

Lynn M. Mattson

Moss & Barnett is pleased to announce that Lynn M. Mattson has joined the firm as its new Executive Director. Lynn is responsible for the firm’s administrative functions including Finance, Human Resources, IT, and Facilities. She brings more than 25 years of law experience to her role. MORE >

Three New Lawyers Join Our Team

Ryan is in a unique position to assist clients in dealing with the ongoing transitions in the energy and communications sectors having served as General Counsel to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, Residential Utilities and Antitrust Division, before joining the firm. Building on more than a decade of public service, including responsibility for providing advice on all aspects of legal management, strategy, and regulatory matters, he has a deep understanding of how utilities operate in the regulatory system and how to achieve positive outcomes that satisfy both clients and regulators. MORE >

Ryan P. Barlow

Ryan P. Barlow

612-877-5268

Ryan.Barlow@lawmoss.com

Energy and Public Utilities

Communications

Austin represents clients on a wide variety of litigation matters, including contract disputes, shareholder disputes, real estate disputes, and inheritance litigation. Prior to joining Moss & Barnett, he took on a wide variety of litigation matters at a full-service law firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Austin has his Sports Law Certification from the National Sports Law Institute, and he is listed as a Rising Star in Wisconsin Super Lawyers. While in law school, Austin clerked for a federal district court judge in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. MORE >

Austin J. Malinowski

Austin J. Malinowski

612-877-5318

Austin.Malinowski@lawmoss.com

Litigation

Issa returns to the firm after serving as General Counsel for ACA International, a trade association for the accounts receivable management industry. He focuses his practice on representing clients in litigation and providing counsel to clients on compliance, risk management, and general business matters. Issa regularly advises clients on compliance with consumer financial laws and regulations, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). MORE >

Issa K. Moe

Issa K. Moe

612-877-5277

Issa.Moe@lawmoss.com

Financial Services

Litigation

We’re Proud to Recognize

Craig A. Brandt

Qualified Neutral Under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice | 2024

Craig A. Brandt

Lawyer

Named by the Minnesota Judicial Branch ADR Program

 Aaron A. Dean

The POWER 30: Construction and Real Estate Law | 2024

Aaron A. Dean

Lawyer

Awarded by Minnesota Lawyer

Timothy L. Gustin

Finalist, Real Estate Lawyer of the Year-Male | 2024

Timothy L. Gustin

Lawyer

Awarded by Minnesota Real Estate Journal

 Aylix K. Jensen

Legal Advisory Board Member | 2024

Aylix K. Jensen

Lawyer

Appointed by The Consumer Relations Consortium

Issa K. Moe

Legal Advisory Board Member | 2024

Issa K. Moe

Lawyer

Appointed by The Consumer Relations Consortium

Moss & Barnett Congratulates Our Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for 2024

Moss & Barnett would like to congratulate the following lawyers named to the 2024 Best Lawyers publications:

The Best Lawyers in America:

Cindy J. Ackerman

Cindy J. Ackerman

Yuri B. Berndt

Yuri B. Berndt

Kevin M. Busch

Kevin M. Busch

Jana Aune Deach

Jana Aune Deach

Timothy L. Gustin

Timothy L. Gustin

David S. Johnson

David S. Johnson

Jodi L. Johnson

Jodi L. Johnson

 Richard J. Johnson

Richard J. Johnson

 Richard J. Kelber

Richard J. Kelber

Mary Frances Price

Mary Frances Price

Joseph G. Socha

Joseph G. Socha

Christopher D. Stall

Christopher D. Stall

 Bryant D. Tchida

Bryant D. Tchida

James J. Vedder

James J. Vedder


Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America

Kelly C. Engebretson

Kelly C. Engebretson

Aylix K. Jensen

Aylix K. Jensen

Brittney M. Jones

Brittney M. Jones

Peter J. Kaiser

Peter J. Kaiser

Susan A. King

Susan A. King

John M. Schmid

John M. Schmid

Alex R. Schoephoerster

Alex R. Schoephoerster

Patrick T. Zomer

Patrick T. Zomer

Moss & Barnett Ranked by

Best Law Firms® in 2024

Best Law Firms 2024 Badge - Large - WhiteBackground

Moss & Barnett is pleased to announce that it has been recognized in the 2024 edition of Best Law Firms®, ranked by Best Lawyers®, nationally in two practice areas and regionally in 17 practice areas. This is the 14th consecutive year the firm has been ranked in Best Law Firms (formerly U.S. News – Best Lawyers®). MORE >

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