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Key Legal Decisions in the Career of Judge Miles Lord

Note: These decisions were obtained from and reproduced here with the permission of Westlaw.

Dalkon Shield Litigation


Judge Lord ordering the A.H. Robins Company to produce internal company documents: Dean v. A.H. Robins Co., 101 F.R.D. 21 (D. Minn. 1984).

Eighth Circuit expunging Judge Lord's blistering speech to A.H. Robins executives from the record: Gardiner v. A.H. Robins Co., 747 F.2d 1180 (8th Cir. 1984).


Reserve Mining Environmental Litigation


Judge Lord ordering the shutdown of Reserve Mining's taconite operation, which was dumping tons of waste into Lake Superior: U.S. v. Reserve Mining Co., 380 F. Supp. 11 (D. Minn. 1974).

Eighth Circuit affirming Judge Lord's injunction but on modified terms: U.S. v. Reserve Mining Co., 514 F.2d 492 (8th Cir. 1975).

Eighth Circuit removing Judge Lord from the case for bias: U.S. v. Reserve Mining Co., 529 F.2d 181 (8th Cir. 1976).


Education Finance Reform


Judge Lord holding the Minnesota system of financing public education, which favored rich over poor districts, unconstitutional for violating the equal protection guarantee of the Fourteenth Amendment: Van Dusartz v. Hatfield, 334 F. Supp. 870 (D. Minn. 1971).


Equality for Women in High School Sports


Judge Lord ordering a school district to allow high school girls to compete on boys' sports teams: Brenden v. Ind. School Dist. 742, 342 F.Supp 1224 (D. Minn. 1972).

Eighth Circuit affirming Judge Lord: Brenden v. Ind. School Dist. 742, 477 F.2d 1292 (8th Cir. 1973).


Antibiotics Antitrust Litigation


Eighth Circuit reprimanding Judge Lord for his activist approach: Pfizer Inc. v. Lord, 456 F.2d 532 (8th Cir. 1972).