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Gustafson Gluek is devoted to the protection of the constitutional liberties of all individuals.  We have litigated several cases at the federal court level on matters involving civil commitment, police brutality, prisoner mistreatment and government misuse of private property.

  • Khottavongsa v. City of Brooklyn Center – Gustafson Gluek represents the family of a man killed by Brooklyn Center police in 2015.  The action is a section 1983 case alleging the officers used excessive force and ignored his serious medical needs, and that the City of Brooklyn Center failed to train and supervise the officers. Defendant’s motion for summary judgment for largely defeated.  Khottavongsa v. City of Brooklyn Center, 2017 WL 3822877 (Aug. 30, 2017 D. Minn.).  The case is on-going and slated for trial.
  • Hall v. State of Minnesota Gustafson Gluek represents a proposed class of Minnesota residents in litigation against the State of Minnesota.  Plaintiffs allege that the State’s administration of the Unclaimed Property Act fails to provide adequate notice that the State will take or has taken individuals’ money held by banks or other holders, and that the State has failed to pay just compensation for its use of this private property.
  • Karsjens, et al. v. Jesson, et al. Gustafson Gluek represents a class of Minnesota’s civilly committed sex offenders on a pro bono basis through the Federal Bar Association’s Pro Se Project.  Gustafson Gluek has been litigating this case since 2012, alleging that Minnesota’s civil commitment of sex offenders is unconstitutional and denies the due process rights of the class.  After a six week trial in February and March of 2015, Minnesota District Court Judge Donovan Frank found in favor of the class, ruling that the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) is unconstitutional, and ordering that extensive changes be made to the program.  The State has now appealed to the Eighth Circuit, and Gustafson Gluek continues to vigorously advocate for the class and pursue a resolution that will provide constitutional protections to those civilly committed to the MSOP.
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