Natural Resources Common Law Negligence

04/06/2007

In a seminal Minnesota Supreme Court decision in the case of Anderson v. Dept. of Natural Resources and International Paper, the Larkin Hoffman team of Gary Van Cleve and Tamara O'Neill Moreland succeeded in establishing new law in the area of common law negligence on the duty of care owed by a property owner in applying pesticides where the property owner knows that bees owned by another are foraging on the property. Following the ruling, Gary Van Cleve succeeded in reaching a $335,000 settlement against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and a successful settlement with International Paper Co.