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Monday P.M. Report

Minneapolis ranks No. 7 for “cybercrime,” St. Paul may take over Penfield project, Legos sues area nonprofit over name, Cirrus Design sues ex-supplier over rumors, and Lennar still No. 1 among area builders.

Norton says Minneapolis ranked 7th for “cybercrime”: Minneapolis comes in at No. 7 on the top 10 riskiest online cities report released by Norton from Symantec and Spearling’s BestPlaces. The 10-city list of cybercrime hot spots was determined through Symantec’s data on cyber attacks and potential malware infections and third-party data about online behavior, including online shopping. No. 1 on the list was Seattle, followed by Boston, Washington, San Francisco, Raleigh (N.C.) Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin (Texas) and Portland (Ore.). Read full story

St. Paul may take over Penfield apartment/retail project: The city of St. Paul has proposed taking over a new housing and retail complex called the Penfield, which has been in the works since 2004 but never gotten out of the ground. The Penfield, at 100 E. 11th St., is on Wednesday’s agenda of St. Paul’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority meeting. Plans call for a 216-unit, 10-story project. Read full story

Legos maker sues Minneapolis nonprofit Project Legos over name: The maker of Lego toys has sued a Minneapolis nonprofit called Project Legos, claiming the group’s name infringes on the Danish company’s trademark. The suit said consumers are likely to confuse Project Legos with The Lego Group, one of the largest toymakers in the world. Lego is claiming trademark infringement, dilution and false designation of origin, all violations of the Federal Trademark Act. Read full story

Cirrus Design sues former supplier over bankruptcy rumors: Cirrus Design Corp. says a former supplier is trying to put the Duluth-based aircraft maker into bankruptcy and wants a federal judge to put a stop to it, according to a new lawsuit. In a lawsuit filed in Minneapolis’ U.S. District Court Friday, Cirrus said L-3 Communications Avionics Systems is trying to drive a wedge between Cirrus and its suppliers by spreading false rumors of an impending Cirrus bankruptcy. L-3, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., has not yet responded to the suit. Read full story

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Lennar retains top rank among Twin Cities builders: The combination of two of Minnesota’s six largest builders last year didn’t create enough mass to dethrone Lennar as the Twin Cities’ largest home-builder in 2009, ranked by revenue. For the fourth year in a row, Lennar Minneapolis-St. Paul was ranked as the largest home builder in the Twin Cities with $105 million in revenue last year, according to an annual survey released today by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities. Read full story