In the Media

A Magistrate Judge Reflects on Mediating the National Football League Lockout

Federal Lawyer Magazine -

In early April 2011, the Hon. Susan Richard Nelson, U.S. District Judge for the District of Minnesota, ordered the parties in the case of Tom Brady v. National Football League to enter court- supervised mediation.

Plaintiffs’ class action complaint alleged violations of federal antitrust laws and, among other remedies, sought injunctive relief against the National Football League and each of its teams. Plaintiffs’ action was commenced following a league-wide lockout of players by owners of each of the NFL’s teams. The case immediately drew nationwide media attention.

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Judge Boylan’s vacation looms as Wednesday talks wrap up

Pro Football Weekly -

Lawyers representing the players and owners wrapped up Wednesday’s meetings in New York with reports surfacing that Judge Arthur Boylan, who has mediated talks, is scheduled to go on vacation Saturday.

ESPN first reported that Boylan’s vacation is set for Saturday and both sides are committed to negotiate througout the weekend if needed to finish a deal. Boylan has been the mediator since the negotiations resumed in early June. ESPN reported that both sides hope they can craft the “true framework” of a new CBA by Friday.

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Judge presiding in NFL mediation is Saint Mary’s alum

Saint Mary's Sports -

WINONA, Minn. – The judge presiding over mediation of the National Football League labor dispute is an alumnus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Arthur J. Boylan, Chief Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Minnesota, graduated from Saint Mary’s in 1971 with a bachelor of arts degree in history.

Judge Boylan went on to earn a law degree in 1976 from the Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago Kent College of Law. He was in private practice for 10 years with the law firm of Hulstrand, Anderson and Larson, Willmar, Minn. In 1986, he was appointed to the Minnesota District Court, and in 1996 he was appointed U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge.

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Judicial Profile

Federal Lawyer -

Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, will always be known as the judge who helped save the 2011 season for the National Football League (NFL). The NFL settlement, however, was just one of the many cases he has brought to resolution. Now, after 17 years of being on the federal bench, Judge Boylan will retire on January 8, 2014, but will continue to apply his acute resolution skills to help parties privately mediate their disputes.

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Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan retiring in January

Minnesota Lawyer -

U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan is retiring in January. In a letter to Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis, Boylan said his last day on the bench will be Jan. 8, 2014. He told Davis that “this is the appropriate time for me to move on to the next phase of my career.”

Boylan was appointed Nov. 1, 1996 after almost 10 years as a district court judge in Minnesota. Prior to serving as a trial court judge, he worked in private practice for a decade with the law firm of Hulstrand, Anderson, and Larson, in Willmar.

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Mediators seek peace amid labor wars

Chicago Lawyer Magazine -

When Arthur J. Boylan received the assignment to mediate the NFL’s 2011 lockout, he said his fellow judges felt pity for him.

On top of his workload as chief magistrate judge of the Federal District of Minnesota, he now faced what many viewed as a mission impossible: Helping NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Executive Director DeMaurice Smith reach a deal to end the NFL lockout.

One mediator already failed at the task. And in separate litigation concerning the legality of the lockout, the NFLPA revealed that owners anticipated a possible two-year suspension.

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Minneapolis, Met Council announce tentative agreement on Southwest Light Rail project

Star Tribune -

The City of Minneapolis and the Metropolitan Council have reached a tentative agreement to build the Southwest Light Rail line from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie following lengthy talks mediated by retired federal judge Arthur J. Boylan.

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NFL Lockout Negotiations With Judge Arthur Boylan Scheduled For Monday

SB Nation -

While the NFL and NFLPA maybe be inching closer to a settlement that will end the NFL lockout, there is still issues to iron-out before finalizing an agreement. The two sides are still in contact over the weekend, choosing to work over the phone and by email instead of in person. And on Monday, they’ll be back at the negotiating table with the finish line near, but a special guest will join the proceedings. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the NFL and NFLPA will sit down with Judge Arthur Boylan for negotiations on Monday and Tuesday.

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NFL Mediator Enjoys A Challenge In Court, On Ice

CBS, Chicago -

The man in the middle of the bitter labor dispute between NFL owners and players is rarely happier these days than when he is carefully sliding a 40-pound rock down a 150-foot sheet of ice toward a painted target, with sweepers furiously brushing the path and steering the stone toward the middle.

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Retirement of the Honorable Arthur J. Boylan, United States Magistrate Judge

Resolutions - US Courts for the Eighth Circuit -

In retirement, Judge Boylan will no doubt spend more time with his cherished’ family — his wife, children, and grandchildren; perfecting his curling; and mediating many more difficult disputes. He will be sorely missed by the bench.

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RFC Litigation: Special Master -

Arthur J. Boylan was named Special Master of  RFC Litigation case.

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Stryker Hip Replacement Case: Special Master

LexisNexis -

Court-appointed special masters will hear appeals.  Former U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane M. Welsh of JAMS in Philadelphia will serve as claims administrator.  Special masters will be retired U.S. Judge Arthur J. Boylan of the District of Minnesota, retired Middlesex Superior Court Judge C. Judson Hamlin of Keefe Bartls in New Brunswick, N.J., and Edgar C. Gentle III of Gentle, Turner, Sexton, Debrosse & Harbison in Hoover, Ala.

On Nov. 3, U.S. Judge Donovan W. Frank of the District of Minnesota, who presides over the federal MDL, entered an order appointing the claims administrator and special masters.

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Super Lawyer -

Arthur J. Boylan is selected as a Super Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Super Lawyers Magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country. Lawyers are selected to a Super Lawyers list in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

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Target settles class-action suit over data breach claims for $39 million

The Star Tribune -

Target Corp. will pay most of the costs that banks and other credit card issuers incurred because of the retailer’s 2013 data breach.

The Minneapolis retailer agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by financial institutions for $39 million. This is the last major litigation tied to the breach in which cyberthieves gained access to personal data of 40 million Target customers.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson gave preliminary approval to the settlement Wednesday afternoon. The participants in the suit have three months to raise objections to terms before it is finally ordered.

The suit may set a precedent as the first time a U.S. retailer has absorbed most of the costs incurred by financial firms in a data breach. Home Depot and several other retailers are locked in similar litigation after hackers gained access to their systems.

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The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals -

The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals is a professional association whose membership consists of neutrals distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil & commercial conflict resolution, and by their commitment to methods of alternative dispute resolution.

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Honorable Arthur J. Boylan (Retired) Retired Federal Judge
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