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State v. Meger  
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: A15-1823

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether State v. Her, 862 N.W.2d 692 (Minn. 2015), applies retroactively to sentences that were imposed and became final before Her was decided. In Her, the Supreme Court ruled that the fact that a defendant...

Halvorson v. B&F Fastener Supply  
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: A16-0920

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) in this workers’ compensation case, holding that the compensation judge applied the wrong legal standard in granting Employer’s...

State v. Hensel  
Date: September 13, 2017
Docket Number: A15-0005

Justia Opinion Summary: The part of Minnesota’s disorderly-conduct statute that prohibits “disturb[ing]” assemblies or meetings, Minn. Stat. 609.72(1)(2), violates the First Amendment. Defendant was convicted of disorderly conduct under secti...

In re Welfare of Child of R.K.  
Date: September 13, 2017
Docket Number: A17-0497

Justia Opinion Summary: The deadline for an appeal in a juvenile protection proceeding is based on the district court’s service of notice by mail. In this case, because the appeal was filed by that deadline, the court of appeals erred in dismis...

State v. Thonesavanh  
Date: September 6, 2017
Docket Number: A15-1716

Justia Opinion Summary: An individual may commit motor vehicle theft without moving the vehicle. Defendant was charged with theft of a motor vehicle under Minn. Stat. 609.52(2)(a)(17) even though he never moved the vehicle. The district court...

Klapmeier vs. Cirrus Industries, Inc.  
Date: August 16, 2017
Docket Numbers: A14-1725, A14-2217

Justia Opinion Summary: The court of appeals reversed the jury verdict for Appellant and awarded Respondent’s request to tax costs and disbursements for the appeal. Most of the award was for the interest that Respondent incurred on a loan that...

In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation  
Date: August 16, 2017
Docket Number: A15-0858

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the court of appeals’ reversal of the district court’s grant of Company’s motion to dismiss Shareholder’s class action challenge to a merger transactio...

State v. Stempfley  
Date: August 16, 2017
Docket Numbers: A15-1247, A15-1255

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the sentence imposed by the district court for Defendant’s convictions for third- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct on an accomplice-liability theory. The district court granted Defenda...

State v. Wilson  
Date: August 16, 2017
Docket Number: A16-1294

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of first-degree premeditated murder on an accomplice-liability theory. The court held (1) the district court did not commit clear error by d...

United States District Court, District of Minnesota v. Edwards Lifesciences, LLC  
Date: August 9, 2017
Docket Number: A16-1916

Justia Opinion Summary: The 2013 amendment to the Minnesota Whistleblower Act defining the term “good faith” eliminated the judicially created requirement that the putative whistleblower act with the purpose of “exposing an illegality.” Appell...

Ansello v. Wisconsin Central, Ltd.  
Date: August 9, 2017
Docket Number: A17-0340

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals’ (WCCA) reversal of the compensation judge’s dismissal of Respondent’s request for benefits under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act (Minnesota A...

Ashland Inc. & Affiliates v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: August 2, 2017
Docket Number: A16-1257

Justia Opinion Summary: Minnesota’s water’s edge rule, Minn. Stat. 290.17(4)(f), does not prohibit the inclusion in “net income” the income of a foreign entity that elects under federal tax law to be disregarded as a separate entity. At issue...

In re Charges of Unprofessional Conduct in Panel
Date: August 2, 2017
Docket Number: A17-0160
State v. Kirby  
Date: July 26, 2017
Docket Number: A15-0117

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant’s sentence of 161 months in prison for his conviction of first-degree possession of methamphetamine, holding that resentencing was required under sentencing grid as amended by the Drug...

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