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HF 1526

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/21/2019 02:06pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to civil actions; regulating interest on verdicts, awards, and judgments;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 549.09, subdivision 1.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 549.09, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

When owed; rate.

(a) When a judgment or award is for the recovery of
money, including a judgment for the recovery of taxes, interest from the time of the verdict,
award, or report until judgment is finally entered shall be computed by the court administrator
or arbitrator as provided in paragraph (c) and added to the judgment or award.

(b) Except as otherwise provided by contract or allowed by law, preverdict, preaward,
or prereport interest on pecuniary damages shall be computed as provided in paragraph (c)
from the time of the commencement of the action or a demand for arbitration, or the time
of a written notice of claim, whichever occurs first, except as provided herein. The action
must be commenced within two years of a written notice of claim for interest to begin to
accrue from the time of the notice of claim. If either party serves a written offer of settlement,
the other party may serve a written acceptance or a written counteroffer within 30 days.
After that time, interest on the judgment or award shall be calculated by the judge or arbitrator
in the following manner. The prevailing party shall receive interest on any judgment or
award from the time of commencement of the action or a demand for arbitration, or the time
of a written notice of claim, or as to special damages from the time when special damages
were incurred, if later, until the time of verdict, award, or report only if the amount of its
offer is closer to the judgment or award than the amount of the opposing party's offer. If
the amount of the losing party's offer was closer to the judgment or award than the prevailing
party's offer, the prevailing party shall receive interest only on the amount of the settlement
offer or the judgment or award, whichever is less, and only from the time of commencement
of the action or a demand for arbitration, or the time of a written notice of claim, or as to
special damages from when the special damages were incurred, if later, until the time the
settlement offer was made. Subsequent offers and counteroffers supersede the legal effect
of earlier offers and counteroffers. For the purposes of clause (2), the amount of settlement
offer must be allocated between past and future damages in the same proportion as determined
by the trier of fact. Except as otherwise provided by contract or allowed by law, preverdict,
preaward, or prereport interest shall not be awarded on the following:

(1) judgments, awards, or benefits in workers' compensation cases, but not including
third-party actions;

(2) judgments or awards for future damages;

(3) punitive damages, fines, or other damages that are noncompensatory in nature;

(4) judgments or awards not in excess of the amount specified in section 491A.01; and

(5) that portion of any verdict, award, or report which is founded upon interest, or costs,
disbursements, attorney fees, or other similar items added by the court or arbitrator.

(c)(1)(i) deleted text beginFor a judgment or award of $50,000 or less or a judgment or award for or against
the state or a political subdivision of the state, regardless of the amount,
deleted text enddeleted text begin or a judgment or
deleted text enddeleted text begin award in a family court action, regardless of the amount,deleted text end The interest shall be computed as
simple interest per annum. The rate of interest shall be based on the secondary market yield
of one year United States Treasury bills, calculated on a bank discount basis as provided in
this section.

On or before the 20th day of December of each year the state court administrator shall
determine the rate from the one-year constant maturity treasury yield for the most recent
calendar month, reported on a monthly basis in the latest statistical release of the board of
governors of the Federal Reserve System. This yield, rounded to the nearest one percent,
or four percent, whichever is greater, shall be the annual interest rate during the succeeding
calendar year. The state court administrator shall communicate the interest rates to the court
administrators and sheriffs for use in computing the interest on verdicts and shall make the
interest rates available to arbitrators.

deleted text begin This item applies to any section that references section 549.09 by citation for the purposes
of computing an interest rate on any amount owed to or by the state or a political subdivision
of the state, regardless of the amount.
deleted text end

(ii) The court, in a family court action, may order a lower interest rate or no interest rate
if the parties agree or if the court makes findings explaining why application of a lower
interest rate or no interest rate is necessary to avoid causing an unfair hardship to the debtor.
This item does not apply to child support or spousal maintenance judgments subject to
section 548.091.

(2) deleted text beginFor a judgment or award over $50,000, other than a judgment or award for or against
the state or a political subdivision of the state or a judgment or award in a family court
action, the interest rate shall be ten percent per year until paid.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3)deleted text end When a judgment creditor, or the judgment creditor's attorney or agent, has received
a payment after entry of judgment, whether the payment is made voluntarily by or on behalf
of the judgment debtor, or is collected by legal process other than execution levy where a
proper return has been filed with the court administrator, the judgment creditor, or the
judgment creditor's attorney, before applying to the court administrator for an execution
shall file with the court administrator an affidavit of partial satisfaction. The affidavit must
state the dates and amounts of payments made upon the judgment after the most recent
affidavit of partial satisfaction filed, if any; the part of each payment that is applied to taxable
disbursements and to accrued interest and to the unpaid principal balance of the judgment;
and the accrued, but the unpaid interest owing, if any, after application of each payment.

(d) This section does not apply to arbitrations between employers and employees under
chapter 179 or 179A. An arbitrator is neither required to nor prohibited from awarding
interest under chapter 179 or under section 179A.16 for essential employees.

deleted text begin (e) For purposes of this subdivision:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) "state" includes a department, board, agency, commission, court, or other entity in
the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the state; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) "political subdivision" includes a town, statutory or home rule charter city, county,
school district, or any other political subdivision of the state.
deleted text end

new text begin (e) This section does not apply to a judgment or award in an action or proceeding entitled
to interest recovery under section 60A.0811.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2019, and applies to judgments
and awards entered on or after that date.
new text end