Andrew Pieper

Andrew Pieper

Andrew Pieper represents diverse clients, including multinational corporations, small businesses, and individuals, in a broad range of business, natural resources, and environmental litigation in state and federal jurisdictions. Andrew has extensive end-to-end civil litigation experience involving business and commercial disputes, oil and gas rights, water rights, professional liability and negligence, and patent infringement matters. Experience includes pre-suit investigation and analysis; adverse, third-party, and expert discovery; dispositive and non-dispositive motion practice; mediation and settlement conferences; trial; and appeals.

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Petters Strikes Again: Amended Minnesota Fraudulent Transfer Act Does Not Shelter Certain Charitable Contributions

The latest turn in the ongoing Petters bankruptcy saga came on June 11, when U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Gregory Kishel issued a 46-page order examining 2012 amendments to the Minnesota Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (MUFTA). Specifically, Judge Kishel reviewed whether the MUFTA amendments created a complete defense and barred the Petters trustee’s avoidance claims against several … Continue Reading

Dewsnup Lives On: Debtors May Not Strip Underwater Junior Liens

On Monday, June 1, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Bank of America v. Caulkett, a closely watched matter concerning whether Section 506(d) of the Bankruptcy Code permits junior lien stripping in the context of Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Addressing two consolidated cases, Justice Clarence Thomas—writing for a virtually unanimous … Continue Reading

Ponzi Scheme Clawbacks Dealt a Blow by MN Supreme Court Ruling

The Minnesota Supreme Court recently issued an opinion overturning a legal presumption that permitted victims of financial fraud to forego evidentiary requirements under the Minnesota Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (MUFTA) in cases involving Ponzi schemes. As a result, the ruling calls into question the potential recovery of more than $1 billion in alleged false profits … Continue Reading