Dram Shop Settlement

Recently, Robert R. Hopper & Associates settled a dram shop claim in which our client was brutally assaulted by a third party. Robert R. Hopper & Associates brought a lawsuit on behalf of the victim. The lawsuit alleges liability on behalf of the bar for the third party assailant’s abhorrent act. A confidential settlement was reached in United States District Court – District of Minnesota.

 

Vallyfair Employee Injury 

Robert R. Hopper & Associates has filed suit in a strict product liability case against the designer and manufacturer of the Power Tower ride at Valleyfair amusement park in Shakopee, Minnesota. The case concerns serious and life-threatening injuries sustained by a maintenance worker which occurred during a routine maintenance procedure. The lawsuit alleges that, due to a manufacturing and design defect, control over the ride’s seat carriage was lost, nearly causing our client to be crushed to death.

Robert R. Hopper & Associates is skilled in all aspects of strict product liability law. If you or a loved one has been injured by a faulty product, call us at (612) 455-2199 for a confidential consultation.

 

Dr. Karl Deisseroth – Neuroscience Collaboration

Robert R. Hopper met with Dr. Karl Deisseroth, who is a principal developer of Optogenetics technology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Optogenetics is a cutting-edge brain technology used by neuroscientists in research and in clinical practice; cells are genetically modified to become light sensitive, allowing them to be controlled by carefully directed pulses of light. For several years now, Mr. Hopper has collaborated with chairs of Neurology, the Department of Neurosurgery, and Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Doctor Deisseroth is also the principal developer of yet another neuroimaging/brain imaging technology called CLARITY. CLARITY allows practitioners to see through the brain by rendering the tissue transparent and is the first technology of its kind to allow for such images to be captured and viewed. Dr. Deisseroth is rumored to be amongst a short list of neuroscience innovators in the running for a Nobel Prize.

Managing Partner, Randy Hopper, with Dr. Karl Deisseroth.

 

University of Minnesota Law School Faculty Announcement

Robert R. Hopper & Associates managing partner, Robert R. Hopper, has accepted a position as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School where he will be co-teaching a class: “Neuroscience and the Law”. Mr. Hopper has frequently collaborated with chairs of Neurology, the Department of Neurosurgery, and Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Neuroscience and the Law Gathering

Robert R. Hopper & Associates hosted a reception for students of Mr. Hopper’s “Neuroscience and the Law” class from the University of Minnesota Law School. The reception was held to show students a “bridge to practice” by giving them an opportunity to meet the staff and learn about the inner workings of law and neuroscience collaboration in action. Attorneys, paralegals, and support staff gave tours of the office and answered questions relating to the daily practice of law, including the many challenges and rewards of working in the field.

 

Jake Anderson Lawsuit

On December 12, 2016, Robert R. Hopper & Associates filed a lawsuit against Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis on behalf of an Orono Family. The lawsuit alleges Civil Rights violations pursuant to Federal Law for depriving Jake Anderson of his right to life and his chance to survive based upon conduct of First Responders – Fire, Police, and EMS – for failing to save their son’s life when he was found frozen, with severe hypothermia, alongside the Mississippi River.

Hypothermia victims may appear to be dead, but in most instances, they are not. Medical science, including the pathophysiology of hypothermia, shows the victims are actually preserved for a period of time in a state of suspended animation. Medical literature is replete with examples showing how hypothermia victims have been revived and resuscitated when taken to an emergency room and warmed.

The standard of care applied in this circumstance is that a person may not be pronounced dead “until they are cold in a warm environment.” both the City and County have specific protocols, codified in law and in place for years instructing Fire, Police, and EMS how to assess and treat suspected victims of hypothermia. Robert R. Hopper & Associates Managing Partner Randy Hopper said, “Medical professionals at the scene knew or should have known that they were required to implement the department’s hypothermia protocol, including to immediately perform CPR, if possible, but without hesitation to take Mr. Anderson to the ER to begin warming his body.” Minneapolis is considered by statistics to be the coldest Major Metropolitan area in the lower 48 states.

The complaint filed in the matter alleges that both the City and County, and several of their agents, were grossly negligent and showed willful indifference toward Mr. Anderson by failing to appropriately assess and treat his hypothermia, and by failing to take him to the Emergency Room to begin warming procedures. Hypothermia is considered a medical emergency. Leaving Mr. Anderson in the cold, pronouncing him dead and placing him in a body bag, when he was most likely alive, shocks the conscience of a reasonable and prudent person.