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Professional Liability/Claim Prevention, Organizational Liability for Sexual Misconduct/Abuse
Mr. Plunkett concentrates his practice in health care and sexual misconduct defense, bringing more than 30 years of experience to his role as litigator and counsel.
Mr. Plunkett has defended health care and other clients in hundreds of cases involving bodily injury or the death of residents in group homes and assisted living or skilled nursing facilities. Mr. Plunkett and his health care team have obtained defense verdicts in significant pressure wound injury cases. Mr. Plunkett also represents corporations sued for their employees’ sexual misconduct. Recently, he obtained a favorable resolution of several high-profile cases involving former high school students’ sexual abuse claims.
Mr. Plunkett recently served as Chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Law Institute, where he oversees national seminars on health care law topics including long-term care, medical liability, and other related topics. In 2021, he was elected as a National Director to DRI's Board of Directors.
Mr. Plunkett is a member of the firm’s Compensation Committee, Chair of its Strategic Planning Committee, and member of its Associate Development Committee.
Does AB, XY, and YZ v. Shattuck-St. Mary's Sch., 101 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. (Callaghan) 783 (D. Minn. Oct. 5, 2016), successful resolution of former students’ suits involving claims of sexual abuse against private boarding school.
Fiers v. La Crosse Cty., 132 F. Supp. 3d 1111 (W.D. Wis. 2015), dismissal granted against claim for alleged violations of a nursing facility patient’s rights under FNHRA.
Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, Inc. v. Walk to Emmaus, 801 N.W.2d 193 (Minn. Ct. App. 2011), affirmed defense verdict at trial involving duty of care claim.
Butts v. Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Soc’y, 802 N.W.2d 839 (Minn. Ct. App. 2011), reversed trial court’s voluntary dismissal and ordered summary judgment for defendants.
Dunham v. Roer, 708 N.W.2d 552 (Minn. Ct. App. 2006), affirmed trial court’s summary judgment regarding numerous personal injury claims.
Doe v. Lutheran High School of Greater Minneapolis, 702 N.W. 2d 322 (Minn. Ct. App. 2005), affirmed trial court’s summary judgment regarding MN Human Rights claims.
Carolina Cas. Ins. Co. v. Burbach, 354 F.3d 929 (8th Cir. 2004), reversed trial court’s grant of summary judgment.
Metge v. Central Neighborhood Improvement Ass’n, 649 N.W.2d 488 (Minn. App. 2002), affirmed trial court’s summary judgment for executive director on defamation and reversed summary judgment for executive director on tortuous interference claim.
Illinois Farmers Ins. Co. v. Eull, 594 N.W.2d 559 (Minn. Ct. App. 1999).
Humenansky v. Bd. of Regents of the Univ. of Minn., 958 F. Supp. 439 (D. Minn. 1997).
Wheeler v. John Deere Co., 986 F.2d 413 (10th Cir. 1993).
Dornfeld v. Oberg, 491 N.W. 2d 297 (Minn. Ct. App. 1992).
Conlin v. City of Eagan, 482 N.W.2d 519 (Minn. Ct. App. 1992), affirming trial court's denial of summary judgment.
Stanek v. A.P.I, Inc., 474 N.W.2d 829 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991).
Obtained defense award finding no liability for defendants in alleged physical and sexual abuse of nursing home resident.
Obtained decision affirming court’s grant of summary judgment on premises case involving thrown football.
Obtained decision affirming trial court’s dismissal under medical malpractice statute.
Obtained decision affirming trial court’s summary judgment regarding co-employee exception to workers’ compensation exclusivity rule.
Obtained decision affirming trial court’s grant of summary judgment on slip and fall claim.
Obtained decision affirming court’s summary judgment for city in premises case.
Obtained order affirming trial court’s summary judgment for religious organization in premises case.
Obtained decision affirming trial court’s order enforcing settlement in personal injury case.
Obtained decision affirming trial court’s summary judgment in favor of university.
Obtained decision reversing trial court's order on liability issue in personal injury case.
Obtained decision affirming trial court’s judgment against plaintiff.
Steve Plunkett Receives DRI's Tom Segalla Award and Elected to Board of Directors
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