September 2019 – Jeff Baill 2019-2020 President of the Hennepin County Bar Association
All of us at Yost & Baill are very proud of Jeff Baill, who accepted the leadership gavel and will be the next President of the Hennepin County Bar Association. Jeff is serving a one year term through June 2020. Congratulations, Jeff! Read more here.
July 2019 – Amazon a “Seller” for Purposes of Strict Liability
In a case of first impression in the Western District of Wisconsin, the District Judge agreed with Yost & Baill attorney Teirney Christenson’s argument that Amazon is a “seller” under Wisconsin Statute 895.047(2) and is, therefore, strictly liable for damages caused by a product purchased on Amazon.com when the manufacturer cannot be served in the State of Wisconsin. Recognizing Amazon’s deep involvement with every transaction on its website and that Amazon provided the only conduit between the Chinese product and the American marketplace, the Judge held as follows:
“Amazon has transformed retailing in the United States, and in the process it has taken on many roles that had been served by brick-and-mortar stores, shopping malls, and wholesalers and distributors. This has been a boon to consumers, because through Amazon consumers can purchase a vast range of products, supplied by manufacturers and sellers across the globe, that would otherwise not be available to Wisconsin buyers. But what recourse does a Wisconsin buyer have if one of these third-party products is defective and causes injury or damage? If, as in this case, the manufacturer and the third-party seller are foreign entities that cannot be sued in Wisconsin courts, Amazon’s answer is that there is no recourse.
This answer cannot be squared with Wisconsin’s law of strict product liability. Particularly when Amazon provides order fulfillment services through its FBA program, Amazon is properly considered a seller for purposes of Wisconsin strict product liability law for products sold by third parties through Amazon.com. And Amazon is not immune under the Communications Decency Act for claims that it sold a defective product.”
The entire decision can be found here: https://newmedialaw.proskauer.com/files/2019/07/State-Farm-v.-Amazon.com_.pdf
March 22-23, 2018 – NASP Subrogation Litigation: Skills & Management Conference – New Orleans, LA
Teirney Christenson participated in a two-part Keynote Presentation at the upcoming NASP Lit Skills Conference titled, “Jury Research Focus Groups – Hitting The Bull’s-Eye: Putting Your Subrogation Case in Focus.” Teirney co-presenting with Paul Scoptur and William Hoffmann.
Dave Taylor co-presented “Subrogation of Agricultural Property Claims” with James Chamberlain.
November 2017 – Jeff Baill Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award
The National Association of Subrogation Professionals recently awarded Jeff Baill its Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding vision, dedication, and commitment to the association. The award was presented to Jeff at NASP’s 2017 National Conference in Austin, Texas. Congratulations, Jeff!
Recent Bar Admissions
Michelle Hurley of our Minnesota office was recently admitted to practice in Nebraska state courts.
Anamarie Reyes Kolden of our Minnesota office was recently admitted to practice in the South Dakota state courts.
David Taylor of our Minnesota office was recently admitted to practice in the United States District Courts, Western and Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Anamarie Reyes Kolden of our Minnesota office was recently admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Michelle Hurley of our Minnesota office was recently admitted to practice in Iowa state courts.
Teirney Christenson of our Wisconsin office is now a member of the Trial Bar for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and Southern District of Indiana.
Nicole Kustermann published an article in the NASP Subrogator titled, “Don’t Let Your Credit Right Impede Settlement”
Nicole Kustermann published an article in Claims Management titled, “Why Multiple Levels of Collaboration Are Critical for Recoveries”
Jeff Baill wrote an article for the NASP Subrogator titled, “The Real Experts”
January 14, 2016
Jeff Baill published an article in Claims Management, the online publication of Claims and Litigation Management Alliance titled, “Inextricable Ties Between Claims and Subrogation Departments”
Steven Theesfeld published an article in the NASP Subrogator titled, “The Agelessness of Abraham Lincoln’s Advice to Attorneys”
Attorneys Steven Theesfeld of Yost & Baill and Marie Cheung-Truslow of Insurance Subrogation Group co-authored “Bringing Subrogation Actions,” chapter 160 in the New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition. New Appleman is a comprehensive insurance law treatise consisting of thirteen volumes. New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition is published by LexisNexis and can be found here.
Jeff Baill wrote an article for the NASP Subrogator titled, “Leadership vs. Management”
Jeff Baill wrote an article for the NASP Subrogator titled, “Work-Life Balance”
Jeff Baill wrote an article for the NASP Subrogator titled, “The Best and the Brightest”
Jeff Baill wrote an article for the NASP Subrogator titled, “Behind the Curtain.”
Ben Sorenson wrote an article for the NASP Subrogator titled, “Tricks of the Trade: Tips for Settling Auto Claims with Pro-Se Defendants”
Jeff Baill wrote an article for The Hennepin Lawyer titled, “Confessions of an Insurance Subrogation Attorney”
- October 31, 2016 – Partner Anamarie Reyes Kolden featured in the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association Newsletter.
- October 23-26, 2016 – National Association of Subrogation Professionals National Conference – Colorado Springs, COYost & Baill is proud to announce that Partner Nicole Kustermann is the new President of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals! Read more here.Jeff Baill, David Yarosh, Katherine Steffe, Christopher Steffe and Phil Theesfeld were presenters at the NASP national conference.
The NASP Iowa Chapter was the recipient of the Chapter of the Year award, which is awarded to the chapter which has made the most progress in scheduling chapter activities and engaging members. The award was accepted by Chapter co-chairs Katherine Steffe and Christopher Steffe. Way to go, Katherine and Christopher!
- October 2016 – Kelly Micheletti became a volunteer lawyer for the Minnesota Children’s Law Center
- September 29, 2016 – Iowa NASP Chapter Meeting, featuring a live burn! Iowa NASP Chapter Co-Chairs Katherine Steffe and Christopher Steffe organized a lively chapter meeting, which included two live burn scenarios with live fire investigations. The burn scenarios included typical loss patterns commonly seen in house fires. Participants observed fire ignition from various sources, fire spread, and extinguishment. They also participated in a live fire investigation, guided by various fire investigators.
- August 30, 2016 – Christopher Steffe drafted a successful amicus brief on behalf of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals.
- July 1, 2016 – Larry Baill, a Founding Partner of Yost & Baill, LLP, Retires – Larry Baill, a founding partner of Yost & Baill, retired from his full time practice this summer! He has dedicated his practice to subrogation for the last 35 years, handling every type of claim including auto, fire, health insurance, and worker’s compensation. He has also been involved in many high profile subrogation cases around the country.Larry co-founded NASP with his brother, Jeff. He served on NASP’s first board of directors, has served as editor of the Subrogator, and has been a frequent presenter at NASP conferences. Larry was one of the first attorneys to be awarded NASP’s CSRP designation. He is also a two-time recipient of NASP’s President’s Award, acknowledging his service to NASP and the subrogation industry.Larry plans to continue his world travels and photography adventures in retirement. We wish Larry the best in his retirement, but know that he will always be engaged in the practice of law in some capacity at Yost & Baill!
- June 1, 2016 – Partner Jeffrey M. Baill appointed Secretary of the Hennepin County Bar Association. Jeff’s appointment is the beginning of a five-year leadership track which will lead to his appointment as President for the 2019-2020 bar year.
- May 19, 2016 – Iowa NASP Chapter meeting – Iowa Chapter Co-Chairs Katherine Steffe and Christopher Steffe organized a half-day meeting at Farm Bureau Financial Services in Des Moines, Iowa. The meeting featured two educational sessions: Preparation of Subrogation Files to Assess Litigation and Settlement Potential by John Foster; and Forensic Electrical Investigation by Derek Starr, P.E. of S-E-A, Ltd.
- May 12, 2016 – Yost & Baill is pleased to announce that Michelle D. Hurley and Anamarie Reyes Kolden are now Partners with the Firm.
- March 12, 2016 – Jeff Baill awarded inaugural USTA Volunteer Exceptional Service Award
- March 12, 2016 – San Diego, CA: USTA Annual Awards Luncheon
Volunteer Exceptional Service Award – Jeff Baill with Katrina Adams and Charlotte Johnson
Congratulations to Jeff Baill, the recipient of the inaugural United States Tennis Association Volunteer Exceptional Service Award!
- February 17, 2016 – Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Right to Subrogation Against Tenant. In a 4-3 decision, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld the right of subrogation by a landlord’s insurer against a tenant. Steven Theesfeld of Yost & Baill’s Minneapolis, MN office successfully argued that de novo is the correct standard of review on a district court decision dismissing an equitable claim where the facts are undisputed. The Court affirmed the Minnesota Court of Appeals with respect to the standard of review, and further affirmed the Court of Appeals’ holding that the district court misapplied the case-by-case analysis set forth in RAM Mutual. Ins. Co. v. Rohde, 820 N.W.2d 1 (2012). The Court held that the plain language of the parties’ lease created a reasonable expectation that the respondent-tenant would be liable for damage to the tenant’s own unit, but declined to extend liability to other property belonging to the landlord.
- November 17, 2015 -Wisconsin Fire Loss Association – Fond du Lac, WI. Phil Theesfeld and Christopher Steffe gave a presentation titled, “Wisconsin Property Subrogation.”
- November 8-11, 2015 – National Association of Subrogation Professionals National Conference – Reno, NV. Jeff Baill, Steven Theesfeld, Phil Theesfeld, and Teirney Christenson were presenters at the NASP national conference.
- Yost & Baill, deLuca Levine and their guests rocked the microphones at a private karaoke party at the 2015 NASP conference in Reno, NV. For more photos, click here. Pictured: Jeff Baill and Ken Levine.
- October 22, 2015 – National Association of Subrogation Professionals Iowa Chapter Meeting, Continental Western Group – Urbandale, IA. Jeff Baill lead a session about Subrogation Mediation. This meeting was organized by Iowa Chapter Chairs Katherine Steffe and Christopher Steffe (both from Yost & Baill’s Wisconsin office). Yost & Baill and S-E-A Ltd. co-sponsored the event.
- October 15, 2015 – NASP Wisconsin Chapter Meeting, American Family Mutual Insurance Company – Wausau, WI. Phil Theesfeld lead a session about Wisconsin’s Made Whole Doctrine.
- May 21, 2015 – Christopher Steffe and Katherine Steffe of our Wisconsin office presented the Iowa Chapter Introduction Webinar for NASP.
- April 24, 2015 – Michelle Hurley of our Minnesota office expanded her home by four feet – she had twins, Colin and Eleanor.
- Daniel W. Boerigter of our Minnesota office was admitted to North Dakota State and Federal Courts
- Benjamin Sorenson of our Minnesota office became a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators, Minnesota Chapter
- Christopher Steffe of our Wisconsin office filed an amicus brief on behalf of NASP: http://tinyurl.com/maocodd
- Daniel W. Boerigter of our Minnesota office became of a member of NASP’s Legislative Affairs Committee
- Katherine Steffe and Christopher Steffe of our Wisconsin office became Co-Chairs of the Iowa Chapter of NASP
- January-February 2015-Yost & Baill was featured in Minnesota Claims, “Yost & Baill Observes 35th Year With Sculpture“
- Steven Theesfeld of our Minnesota office and Christopher Steffe of our Wisconsin office were selected to serve on the NASP Amicus Committee.
- October 13, 2013 – Associate attorney Kelly Micheletti and her husband Nick welcomed their first child, Elliot Marie! Elliot weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces.
- September 30, 2013 – Yost & Baill attorneys and staff participated in a Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity project in North Minneapolis. Attorneys David Yarosh, Dan Boerigter, Nicole Kustermann, Dave Taylor, Anamarie Reyes Kolden, Michelle Hurley, office manager James Fowler, and staff Renee Rice, Ginger Palmquist, and Shani Sudduth participated in the project. Volunteers caulked windows, painted garage roof gables, painted doors, installed baseboard trim, hung shower and towel rods, hung closet storage systems, and completed other finishing projects throughout the residence.
- January 13, 2013 – Office Manager James Fowler and his wife Julie welcomed their first child, Eero! Eero weighed 7 pounds, 4 oz. and measured 19.75 inches.
- August 22, 2012 – Associate attorney Michelle Hurley and her husband Dustin Horejsi welcomed their first child, Claire Marie! Claire weighed 8 pounds, and measured 21 inches.
- Minnesota Supreme Court issues landmark subrogation decision in landlord/tenant law