This Cold Snap Is Making It Colder Than the Surface of Mars | Smart News | Smithsonian

Oh Minnesota, they said you’re colder than Mars! I still love ya, but damn!

Wind Chill Advisory from Fri, 12am until Fri, 9am CST

7:15 Mostly Cloudy  -5°    FEELS LIKE:  -23°


1/1/2014 In northern Minnesota right now, the temperature has dipped to a staggering -42 F. The chill is running so deep in the North Star State that it’s not only colder than in the lands above the Arctic Circle, it’s actually colder than some of the daily temperatures on Mars—you know, the planet 78 million miles further from the Sun on average.

The source of these freezing temperatures, which are heading to ….

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Attorneys & Lawyers & Counselors

Coming THIS FRIDAY to a CLE in Bloomington, MN . . .

Judgment Enforcement in Minnesota

Bloomington, MN — February 14, 2014


Holiday Inn Bloomington I-35, 1201 West 94th Street in Bloomington, MN

Live Seminar 

  • February 14, 2014
  • Bloomington, MN
  • 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Look below!!! I’m doing it again . . . 

It’s me speaking at a CLE! Click: MKT!

I’m speaking at this Lorman CLE at 9 am. Right in between somebody named Registration and right before Break goes on!

Come on out on Valentines Day and learn about Judgment Enforcement in Minnesota. I’ll speak about ethics issues and cases unique to the collection attorney. I’m even updating my written materials from last year. I might have handouts. Handouts for all!

If you click on my initials above or EVEN RIGHT HERE, you can get 50% off the registration fee! A very lovely discount as a valentine from me (actually I just posted the link). So don’t hesitate and follow that link to register today. Come learn something new and get some credits too!

I’ll see you on 2/14/14 in Bloomington, MN!



8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 10:00 am Ethical Considerations Particular to the Collection Attorney
— Mark K. Thompson
  • Overview
  • Meritorious Claims and Contentions
  • Truthfulness in Statements to Others
  • Dealing With Unrepresented People
  • Misconduct and Golden Rule
  • Recent Disciplinary Opinions
  • Closing Remarks
10:00 am – 10:15 am Break

Mark K. Thompson

Mark K. Thompson Law Office, LLC

  • Recently formed Mark K. Thompson Law Office, LLC, after practicing law for 12 years at a downtown firm
  • Continues serving small businesses in litigation, while organizing, when being sold/acquired and with commercial collections
  • Adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota School of Law in its Civil Rights Moot Court class since 2007
  • Was privileged to sit on an advisory committee for the United States District Court, District of Minnesota, as a bar member advising during the court during implementation of case management/electronic case files (CM/ECF)
  • Listed in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as a Rising Star and recognized in Minnesota Law & Politics, Twin Cities Business Monthly and Mpls. St. Paul Magazine
  • Find out more about his practice at http://www.mktlawoffice.com or at http://www.mktlawblog.com
  • Can be contacted at 651-797-0997 or mkt@mktlawoffice.com
Litigation of Business | Business of Litigation

St. Paul Man Accused of Filing False Insurance Claims on Artwork

Global locations of the AXA Group of insurance...

Global locations of the AXA Group of insurance companies. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Insurance disputes are common. In the case of one St. Paul man, the dispute is an accusation by the insurance company that he filed a false insurance claim for collectibles and artwork that he reported stolen.

Rather cut and dry, right?

Now, Jason Sheedy, 39, has been charged in federal court with wire fraud.

Prosecutors said that Sheedy filed an insurance claim for over $275,000 for art and other valuables that he reported stolen in 2007. The total collected from AXA Art Insurance Corp was $254,000.

But after paying the claim to Sheedy, AXA later stated that some of the works that were reported stolen by Sheedy were found for sale on Artbrokerage.com. They contend that the art pieces were the same exact ones they had insured.

Sheedy says that some of the artwork was in a moving van when it was stolen.

However, it has been reported that investigators searched Sheedy’s home and found 22 pieces of historic items and artwork that he had reported missing. In fact, the pieces were found in his home in 2011 by armed government agents.

Sheedy had initially told the police late last year that the art was stolen from his moving van when he was moving to a Minneapolis condo to his St. Paul home. He said the condo wasn’t ready, so he had to park the van alongside the street, which is when someone allegedly broke off the padlock and stole the contents.

Pursuant to a plea agreement earlier this year, Sheedy was sentenced in federal court to three years’ probation on one count of wire fraud.

Sheedy also must pay $352,000 in restitution and serve 500 hours of community service.