[UPDATED] Court Rules In Favor Of DEED & GreaterMSP Over Withholding Of Amazon HQ2 Bid

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Updated 1/4/2018: Court rules that Minnesota’s Amazon proposal to stay under wraps from the public eye; an appeal is possible.

Updated 8/13/2018: PRM has added GreaterMSP to an amended lawsuit on multiple counts while DEED still maintains it “never collected, received, maintained or disseminated the unsuccessful proposal that is the subject of the complaint.”

“Minnesotan’s deserve to know…” Ehling told Minnesota Lawyer in a recent article.

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Minnesota AG Swanson Is Suing Comcast / Xfinity For Fraud and Deception

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Via Minnesota Lawyer

“Minnesota’s attorney general sued Comcast/Xfinity on Friday, alleging that the company has overcharged thousands of consumers for cable TV packages, charged them for unordered equipment and services, and failed to deliver on promised Visa gift cards.

Attorney General Lori Swanson said it took her office more than two years to investigate the case because Comcast failed to cooperate. She also pointed out that Comcast started doing business as Xfinity several years ago, which Swanson contends was an attempt to get away from its low national customer approval ratings.”

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I’m Dennis Dimka, Founder & CEO Of Uptime Legal Systems, And This Is How I Work

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Thanks to Minnesota Tech Startup Supporter Fueled Collective for underwriting our entrepreneur-focused How I Work series.

Uptime Legal Systems helps law firms manage and grow their practice with cloud, legal technology, and marketing services. Named an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Company in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 – the company is both bootstrapped and growing.

At the helm is CEO Dennis Dimka, who started the company in 2005 and continues to lead a team of ~25 today from Eden Prairie headquarters.

Because he is succeeding as a software entrepreneur, we’re here to learn about work habits and the the way he operates Uptime Legal Systems on a typical day, inside and outside the office:

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What Exactly Did Minnesota Bid for Amazon’s HQ2? We May Soon Know

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Via Twin Cities Business

“Minnesota’s bid to lure Amazon’s HQ2 project died in January when the state failed to make the e-commerce giant’s short list of 20 cities. But the battle to find out what was in the state’s bid package drags on. The specifics about Minnesota’s proposal have never been revealed.”

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Twin Cities’ Mayors Ask Stratasys & Proto Labs To Prohibit Gun Printing

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Via Twin Cities Business

“Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter joined 29 other mayors from cities nationwide in signing a letter Wednesday urging 3D printer manufacturers to prevent their products from making homemade guns. The letter was addressed to leaders of five companies, including two that are headquartered in Minnesota: Maple Plain-based Protolabs and Eden Prairie-based Stratasys.”

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Minnesota Congressman Tom Emmer Proposes New Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Laws

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Via Cryptoslate

“On Friday, Sept. 21st, Minnesota Congressman Tom Emmer announced that he intends to introduce three pieces of legislation in support of blockchain technology and digital currencies. Emmer represents Minnesota’s 6th congressional district and was recently named a co-chair of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus alongside Bill Foster of Illinois, David Schweikert of Arizona, and Jared Polis of Colorado. “

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St. Cloud HQ Netgain Continues Growth Via Acquisition With Afinety Purchase

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Via News Release

“ST. CLOUD, Minn., Aug. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Netgain Technology, LLC, a leading provider of secure and specialized cloud services to highly regulated industries, has continued its aggressive nationwide expansion with the acquisition of Afinety, Inc., a rapidly growing and leading provider of cloud services and IT resources to law firms.”

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[UPDATED] Investors Sue Duluth Startup GeaCom

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Updated 5/4/2018via Law360 (published on April 9, 2018, 7:37 PM EDT paywalled) — An Illinois federal judge whittled down a shareholder suit on Friday accusing Minnesota medical device manufacturer GeaCom Inc. and its executives of misrepresenting the company’s financials and mishandling investors’ money, tossing the bulk of their complaint but giving the stockholders a second chance to refile.

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Duluth Restaurant Caught Cooking The Books With ‘Zapping’ Software

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By Tom Olson, Duluth News Tribune

“A Duluth restaurant and its owners have pleaded guilty to tax fraud and will be required to pay nearly $300,000 in uncollected sales taxes. Authorities said Osaka Sushi Hibachi Steak House used illegal computer software to erase cash sales from its records, removing thousands of line items from receipts in order to under-report monthly sales.”

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Open Government Crusader Webster Prevails In Hennepin County Biometric Data Case

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Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune

“Hennepin County violated state open records laws by failing to comply promptly with a request for information on the sheriff’s use of biometric technology, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled in a case tracked by government watchdogs, law enforcement and the media.

In August 2015, open government crusader Tony Webster requested information about Sheriff Rich Stanek’s office use of high-tech tracking methods to identify faces, irises and fingerprints. Almost three years later, Webster still doesn’t have answers, but as of Wednesday, he had a victory from the state’s highest court.”

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