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Kariniemi v. City of Rockford  
Date: July 27, 2016
Docket Number: A14-0796

Justia Opinion Summary: Homeowners brought an action against a City alleging that the City’s non-employee City Engineer was negligent and caused a nuisance. The City Engineer performed the allegedly negligent acts under a contract with the City...

Zweber v. Credit River Township  
Date: July 27, 2016
Docket Number: A14-0893

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant filed an action under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against Scott County and Credit River Township, claiming that the County took his property without just compensation by placing conditions on the approval of his plat applic...

State v. Solberg  
Date: July 27, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0242

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant entered a Norgaard plea to third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The district court imposed a downward durational departure from the presumptive sentence, concluding in part that Appellant’s remorse provided su...

Archway Marketing Servs. v. County of Hennepin  
Date: July 25, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1605

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was Hennepin County’s assessment of the market value of two bulk-distribution warehouses for two assessment dates in 2009 and 2010. The tax court adopted market valuations that were far lower than t...

Fairbanks v. State  
Date: July 20, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1468

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of first-degree murder of a peace officer and nine other felonies. The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s first-degree murder conviction and all but one of his other felony...

Swaney v. State  
Date: July 13, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1313

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Appellant was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of release. The Supreme Court affirmed...

Ryan v. Potlatch Corp.  
Date: July 13, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1404

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent suffered a work-related back injury. Respondent and her employer entered into a “full, final, and complete” settlement of Respondent’s claims for workers’ compensation benefits related to that injury. Responde...

State v. Vang  
Date: July 6, 2016
Docket Numbers: A14-1574, A15-1692

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was charged with second-degree intentional murder. Appellant offered to plead guilty to that charge, but the State rejected the offer. A grand jury subsequently indicted Appellant for first-degree premeditated...

State v. Chavez-Nelson  
Date: July 6, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0251

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of release. Appellant appealed, alleging several claims of error. The Supreme Cou...

State v. Noggle  
Date: July 6, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0466

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The district court sentenced Appellant to eighteen months in prison and imposed a ten-year conditional release term under Minn. Stat. 609.3455(6)...

State v. Washington-Davis  
Date: June 29, 2016
Docket Number: A14-0460

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of six counts of soliciting and promoting prostitution and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. The district court sentenced Appellant to an aggregate sentence of 432 months’...

Melillo v Heitland  
Date: June 22, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0083

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent filed suit against appellant for personal injuries he suffered as a result of an automobile accident. Respondent attempted to serve the summons and complaint on appellant via certified mail. The district court...

Nelson v. State of Minnesota  
Date: June 22, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1298

Justia Opinion Summary: Darek Jon Nelson pleaded guilty to first-degree premeditated murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release. The postconviction court subsequently denied Nelson's petition for postconvictio...

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