In a 5-2 decision this week in Staab v. Diocese of St. Cloud, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that a party severally liable under Minn. Stat. § 604.02, subd. 1 (2012), cannot be ordered to contribute more than that party’s equitable share of the total damages award under the reallocation-of-damages provision of Minn. Stat. § 604.02, subd. 2 (2012). The supreme court’s long-awaited decision brings a favorable end to a lengthy court battle over the construction and application of section 604.02. However, the policy debate at the heart of the dispute will likely spill over to the next legislative session. Read more here.
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