Minnesota Supreme Court Decisions 2016

Wilson v. Condon  
Date: December 28, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0435

Justia Opinion Summary: Employee’s employment was terminated after Employer discovered that the representation Employee made in her employment application was not accurate. Employee applied for unemployment benefits with the Department of Emplo...

Gail v. State  
Date: December 28, 2016
Docket Number: A16-1124

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder while committing a felony involving the unlawful sale of a controlled substance. The district court sentenced Appellant to life imprisonment with the pos...

Carlson v. Simon  
Date: December 28, 2016
Docket Number: A16-1533

Justia Opinion Summary: After declaring his write-in candidacy for President of the United States for the 2016 general election, Steve Carlson filed a request with the Secretary of State asking him to count the votes cast for his candidacy. The...

Monaghen v. Simon  
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Numbers: A16-1252, A16-1252

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner filed a petition pursuant to Minn. Stat. 204B.44 requesting an order directing the Minnesota Secretary of State (Respondent) to remove the name of Robert Barrett from the ballot for State Representative for Le...

Hooper v. State  
Date: December 14, 2016
Docket Number: A16-0225

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder. The district court imposed three concurrent life sentences. Fifteen years after the Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions an...

Mandel v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: December 14, 2016
Docket Number: A16-0725

Justia Opinion Summary: The Mandels owned a home that, in 2011, was damaged by rainwater. Based on an post-casualty appraisal, the Mandels deducted $82,247 from their income reflected on their 2011 federal tax return. This deduction also affect...

Reynolds v. State  
Date: December 7, 2016
Docket Number: A14-0906

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Respondent pleaded guilty to failing to register as a predatory offender. The district court sentenced Respondent to one year and one day in prison. In 2009, the district court sua sponte modified Respondent’s s...

Taylor v. State  
Date: December 7, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1936

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to felony domestic assault in district court. Following sentencing, Ramsey County Community Corrections notified the district court that Defendant was required to register as a predatory offender du...

State v. Dorn  
Date: December 7, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0007

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first-degree assault for pushing D.E. twice in the chest, causing D.E. to stumble into a nearby bonfire and sustain burn injuries. The court of appeals affirmed. Defendant appealed, arguing tha...

Founders Insurance Co. v. Yates  
Date: December 7, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1174

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, who was injured in a car accident, sought basic economic loss benefits under Minnesota’s No-Fault Automobile Insurance Act from his insurer, Founders Insurance Company. An arbitrator awarded Appellant $19,128...

Expose v. Thad Wilderson & Associates, P.A.  
Date: November 30, 2016
Docket Number: A14-0413

Justia Opinion Summary: Jerry Expose underwent therapy at Thad Wilderson & Associates, P.A. (the Clinic). During one of his therapy sessions with Nina Mattson, an unlicensed intern-therapist, Expose made statements that threatened serious injur...

State v. Lugo  
Date: November 30, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1432

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was charged with second-degree controlled substance crime, driving after revocation, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Appellant moved to suppress evidence obtained during a search of his vehicle during a t...

Vasseur v. City of Minneapolis  
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: A16-1367

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondents submitted a petition to the Minneapolis Charter Commission to amend the City Charter to establish a local minimum-wage standard in the City of Minneapolis. The City Clerk certified that the petition met the s...

Curtis v. Curtis  
Date: November 16, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1841

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Wife filed a petition to dissolve her marriage to Husband. The court approved the parties’ stipulation and entered partial final judgment dissolving the marriage. The stipulation, however, did not address Wife’s...

State v. Griffin  
Date: November 16, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0345

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of first-degree felony murder. Defendant appealed, arguing, among other things, that the district court committed reversible error when it admitted evidence of another crime, w...

State v. Roy  
Date: November 16, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1349

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual conduct. Defendant’s sentence consisted of a term of imprisonment, a supervised-release term, and a conditional-release term. After Defendant was released from prison on su...

State v. Schouweiler  
Date: November 16, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1461

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was charged with the issuance of a dishonored check in violation of the dishonored-check statute when her check for past-due property taxes was returned by her bank for insufficient funds. The district court di...

Minnesota Energy Resources Corp. v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: November 9, 2016
Docket Numbers: A15-0422, A15-0438

Justia Opinion Summary: Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation (MERC) challenged the Commissioner of Revenue’s 2008 to 2012 valuation of its natural-gas pipeline distribution system. After a trial, the Commissioner determined (1) for each of th...

Menard, Inc. v. County of Clay  
Date: November 9, 2016
Docket Number: A16-0415

Justia Opinion Summary: Menard, Inc. challenged Clay County’s assessment of the market value of Menard’s home improvement retail store as of January 2, 2011 through January 2, 2014. A trial ensued before the tax court, after which the court ado...

STRIB IV, LLC v. County of Hennepin  
Date: November 9, 2016
Docket Number: A16-0423

Justia Opinion Summary: Hennepin County assessed real estate taxes on two properties owned by STRIB IV, LLC. STRIB IV applied to the County to classify the properties under Minnesota’s Green Acres statute, but the County denied the application....

State v. Haywood  
Date: October 19, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1792

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of possession of a firearm by an ineligible person for possessing a BB gun. The court of appeals affirmed, concluding that an air-powered BB gun is a “firearm” within the me...

Caldwell v. State  
Date: October 19, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1587

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder for the benefit of a gang on an accomplice-liability theory. The Supreme Court affirmed. After unsuccessfully filing two postconviction petitions, Appellant filed a third po...

State v. Nelson  
Date: October 19, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1821

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, second-degree intentional murder, and second-degree felony murder. The district court sentenced Defendant, who was eighteen years old at...

State v. Trahan  
Date: October 12, 2016
Docket Number: A13-0931

Justia Opinion Summary: After Defendant was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired, officers requested that he submit to a warrantless blood or urine test. Defendant agreed to provide a urine sample, but the officer believed that Defen...

State v. Thompson  
Date: October 12, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0076

Justia Opinion Summary: After Defendant was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired, officers asked him to submit to a warrantless blood or urine test. Defendant refused both tests. The State charged Defendant with second-degree test re...

Toyota-Lift of Minnesota, Inc. v. American Warehouse Sys., LLC  
Date: September 28, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1159

Justia Opinion Summary: Mark Juelich and Steven Thoemke, former employees of Toyota-Lift of Minnesota, Inc. (TLM), claimed that TLM failed to pay them commissions they earned under their employment agreements with TLM. Juelich and Thoemke sough...

Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Simon  
Date: September 28, 2016
Docket Number: A16-0960

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners filed a petition under Minn. Stat. 204B.44 asserting that Respondents - the Secretary of State, the Ramsey County and Hennepin County election managers, and certain election judges - were not taking the nece...

Morrow v. State  
Date: September 21, 2016
Docket Number: A16-0117

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of one count of first-degree premeditated murder and two counts of attempted first-degree premeditated murder. The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions on appeal. Defendant l...

State v. Robertson  
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: A14-2130

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder and other crimes. Defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of release. Defendant appealed, asserting a number of...

Jaeger v. Palladium Holdings, LLC  
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: A14-0803

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out of the foreclosure of Respondent’s townhome. Respondent’s townhome association served Respondent’s adult son with notice of the foreclosure under Minn. R. Civ. P. 4.03(a), the substitute-service rule....

Gams v. Houghton  
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1747

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent brought suit against Appellant by service of a summons and complaint, raising claims of negligence, assault and battery. The case was pending when Minn. R. Civ. P. 5.04(a) went into effect. The case was subseq...

Cocchiarella v. Driggs  
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1876

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant agreed with Respondent to rent an apartment located in Hennepin County. Respondent received the first month’s rent and security deposit but refused to deliver physical possession of the premises to Appellant. A...

Cole v. Wutzke  
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0060

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent brought a civil suit against Appellant. After Respondent transmitted the summons, complaint, and affidavit of service, Appellant filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds that Respondent failed to timely file....

Antonello v. Comm’r of Revenue  
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1847

Justia Opinion Summary: The Commissioner of Revenue disallowed certain charitable-contribution deductions claimed on an income tax return filed by Respondents. The tax court reversed and granted summary judgment in favor of Respondents. In doin...

Comm’r of Revenue v. Dahmes Stainless, Inc.  
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1920

Justia Opinion Summary: Dahmes Stainless, Inc. challenged the additional use taxes and interest assessed by the Commissioner of Revenue on components that Dahmes purchased to manufacture its products. In making the assessment, the Commissioner...

Rilley v. MoneyMutual, LLC  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1307

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondents filed a class-action complaint alleging, among other claims, that MoneyMutual, LLC, which operates a website allowing individuals to apply for short-term loans known as payday loans, matched Respondents with...

State v. Olson  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1482

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with several criminal counts. When the State’s only witness failed to appear in court, the State requested a continuance, but the district court denied the request. The State subsequently voluntaril...

Burks v. Metropolitan Council  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1651

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Burks, a Metro Transit passenger, requested access to a recording of an exchange he had with a Metro Transit bus driver. Metro Transit, a division of Metropolitan Council, denied the request. Burks subsequently fi...

KSTP-TV v. Metropolitan Council  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1957

Justia Opinion Summary: KSTP-TV (KSTP) requested videos that contained recordings of two incidents on Metro Transit buses. Metro Transit, a division of Metropolitan Council, had evaluated the conduct of the drivers of both buses but did not dis...

First Baptist Church of St. Paul v. City of St. Paul  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0015

Justia Opinion Summary: Two churches (the Churches) located in the City of Saint Paul were subject to a right-of-way assessment (ROW assessment) that the City assessed to nearly every owner of real property within the city limits to pay for pub...

State v. Cox  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0085

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, two counts of first-degree intentional felony murder, and first-degree aggravated robbery. Appellant was sentenced to life without the p...

State v. Fitch  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0769

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of one count of first-degree murder of a peace officer, three counts of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, and one count of unauthorized possession of a firea...

State v. Fawcett  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0938

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant drove her car through a red light, causing a collision with another car. A police detective applied for and was issued a warrant to search a sample of Appellant’s blood for “evidence of criminal vehicular opera...

Ouk v. State  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: A15-2056

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of two counts of first-degree felony murder and two counts of attempted first-degree felony murder. Appellant was fifteen years old at the time of the murders. The district...

In re Consolidated Hosp. Surcharge Appeals of Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare  
Date: August 17, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1462

Justia Opinion Summary: The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) assessed surcharges against seven hospitals and hospital systems (collectively, the Hospitals) on their net patient revenue under Minn. Stat. 256.957(2). The Hospitals app...

State v. Fleming  
Date: August 17, 2016
Docket Number: A14-2187

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by an ineligible person and second-degree assault. The district court imposed an upward durational sentencing departure for the possession conviction on the grounds tha...

Storms, Inc. v. Mathy Constr. Co.  
Date: August 17, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0484

Justia Opinion Summary: The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) contracted with Mathy Construction Company for a public highway project. Mathy subcontracted with Storms, Inc. for excavation and fill work. After Storms completed its w...

County of Aitkin v. Blandin Paper Co.  
Date: August 17, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1666

Justia Opinion Summary: Blandin Paper Company (Blandin) owned 4,680 parcels of timberland located in Aitkin, Itasca, St. Louis, and Koochiching Counties (the Counties). Blandin challenged tax assessments of market value for the timberland prope...

Moulton v. Simon  
Date: August 17, 2016
Docket Number: A16-0925

Justia Opinion Summary: Daniel Moulton filed an affidavit of candidacy for Third Judicial District Seat 16 in the 2016 primary election. With his affidavit of candidacy, Moulton included proof that he was licensed to practice law in Minnesota....

Weitzel v. State  
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1186

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to one count of failure to register as a predatory offender. Appellant later filed a petition for postconviction relief seeking to withdraw his guilty plea on the ground that it was inaccurate an...

Harlow v. State Dep’t of Human Servs.  
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1342

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, a board-certified psychiatrist, was previously employed at the Minnesota Security Hospital in Saint Peter, Minnesota. After Appellant’s employment was terminated, Appellant filed suit against Respondents, alle...

McCullough & Sons, Inc. v. City of Vadnais Heights  
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Numbers: A14-1992, A15-0064

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Vadnais Heights imposed an assessment on real property owned by McCullough and Songs, Inc. McCullough appealed the City’s decision. The City moved for summary judgment, arguing that McCullough was precluded f...

City of Oronoco v. Fitzpatrick Real Estate, LLC  
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0055

Justia Opinion Summary: Whitney National Bank (Whitney) obtained a judgment against Daniel Fitzpatrick and his business entities (collectively, Fitzpatrick). In a separate matter, Fitzpatrick, represented by O’Brien & Wolf, LLP, obtained a judg...

Jones v. State  
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1973

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Appellant was found guilty of murder. The Supreme Court affirmed on appeal. In 2013, Appellant filed a petition for postconviction relief, asserting that certain medical evidence, known to Appellant at the time...

Brocks v. State  
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Number: A15-2096

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder. Appellant was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of release. The Supreme Court affirmed on direct appeal. After unsucce...

Ryan Contracting Co. v. O’Neill & Murphy, LLP  
Date: August 3, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1472

Justia Opinion Summary: Meagher & Geer, PLLP (MG) represented Ryan Contracting Company (Ryan) in an action to foreclose on several mechanic’s liens. Later, represented by O’Neill & Murphy, LLP (O’Neill), Ryan brought suit against MG for legal m...

In re Expulsion of A.D. from United S. Central Pub. Schs.  
Date: August 3, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1587

Justia Opinion Summary: A School District expelled Student for six weeks after finding a pocketknife in a purse in her locker. The Commissioner of the Department of Education affirmed. The court of appeals reversed, concluding (1) Student did n...

State v. Bakken  
Date: August 3, 2016
Docket Number: A14-2057

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to seven counts of possession of pornographic work involving minors for downloading and saving seven pornographic images of minors engaged in sexual conduct on seven different days. Before senten...

Jackson v. State  
Date: August 3, 2016
Docket Number: A14-2060

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was charged with first-degree premeditated murder. On the date of the murder, Appellant was seventeen years old. The district court sentenced Appellant to life imprisonment without the possibility of release (L...

Griffin v. State  
Date: August 3, 2016
Docket Number: A16-0323

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of two first-degree murder offenses - premeditated murder and drive-by shooting - for the shooting death of one victim. The district court sentenced Appellant to life impris...

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...

Kimberly-Clark Corp. Commissioner  
Date: June 22, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1322

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Commissioner denied Kimberly-Clark's corresponding refund claims that accompanied amended corporate franchise tax returns, Kimberly-Clark appealed to the tax court. Kimberly-Clark argued that its refund claims...

Zornes v. State  
Date: June 15, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1102

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree arson of a dwelling and theft of a motor vehicle. The Supreme Court affirmed on appeal. Thereafter, Defendant fi...

Davis v. State  
Date: June 15, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1401

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree felony murder. The district court sentenced Defendant to life in prison. The Supreme Court affirmed the conviction on appeal. Thereafter, Defendant filed a peti...

Munt v. State  
Date: June 15, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1597

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and other crimes. The Supreme Court affirmed on appeal. Defendant later filed a pro se petition for postconviction relief, alleging several claims of err...

Evans v. State  
Date: June 8, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0792

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of first-degree murder of a peace officer while the officer was engaged in official duties. Defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of release a...

Figgins vs. Wilcox  
Date: June 1, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1358

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Patrick Figgins brought suit against respondent Grand Rapids State Bank (GRSB) and its CEO, respondent Noah Wilcox, claiming, among other things, that Wilcox and GRSB had made misrepresentations and breached an...

Minnesota v. Barshaw  
Date: May 25, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0483

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a bench trial, a district court found appellant Marcus Barshaw guilty of first-degree premeditated murder in connection with the shooting death of Jeffery Schutz and first-degree assault of a peace officer in c...

State v. Sanchez-Sanchez  
Date: May 18, 2016
Docket Number: A14-0584

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a straight plea to the charge of conspiracy to commit a first-degree controlled substance crime. At the plea hearing, Defendant waived his right under Blakely v. Washington to have a jury determine whet...

State v. Horst  
Date: May 18, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1464

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of release. The Supreme Court affirmed the conviction, holding (1) the district c...

State v. Onyelobi  
Date: May 18, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0267

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder on an accomplice-liability theory. The district court sentenced Defendant to life imprisonment without the possibility of release. The Supre...

State v. Morse  
Date: May 11, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1202

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent was pulled over by a police office on suspicion of driving while impaired for taking a wide right turn and weaving once within his lane around 2 a.m. Respondent was arrested and subsequently charged with secon...

In re Welfare of C.J.H.  
Date: April 27, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1810

Justia Opinion Summary: The State filed a juvenile delinquency petition against seventeen-year-old C.J.H. Defense counsel at the first appearance told the juvenile court that the parties had agreed to a “continuance for dismissal.” Without find...

J.D. Donovan, Inc. v. Minn. Dep’t of Transp.  
Date: April 20, 2016
Docket Numbers: A14-0863, A14-1021

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether truck drivers hauling asphalt cement from a commercial oil refinery to a contractor’s facility are performing “work under a contract” under Minn. Stat. 177.44(1) and, therefore, must be...

Johnson v. State  
Date: April 13, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0698

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Appellant pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting first-degree murder and second-degree intentional murder. One year later, Appellant petitioned for postconviction relief under Minn. Stat. 590...

Berglund v. Comm’r of Revenue  
Date: April 13, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0957

Justia Opinion Summary: When Daniel Berglund refused to file Minnesota income tax returns for tax years 2008, 2009, and 2010, the Minnesota Department of Revenue prepared and filed returns for Berglund and mailed him Notices of Commissioner Fil...

State v. Huber  
Date: April 6, 2016
Docket Number: A13-1928

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of second-degree intentional murder and second-degree felony murder. Defendant was sentenced to 306 months in prison for second-degree intentional murder. Defendant appealed...

Pfeil v. St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church  
Date: April 6, 2016
Docket Number: A14-0605

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants, LaVonne and Henry Pfeil, were longstanding members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church. St. Matthew’s pastors decided to excommunicate Appellants due to their “slander and gossip” of the church’s leadership and mi...

Binkley v. Allina Health System  
Date: April 5, 2016
Docket Number: A14-0794

Justia Opinion Summary: Kirk Lloyd sought to be admitted at United Hospital to stop his pattern of self-harm. United informed Lloyd and his mother, Melinda Binkley, that Lloyd would not be admitted to United’s inpatient mental-health program an...

Sprinkler Warehouse, Inc. v. Systematic Rain, Inc.  
Date: March 23, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1121

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought an action against Defendant for copyright infringement and obtained a money judgment in California. The judgment against Defendant was filed and docketed in a Minnesota district court. Plaintiff subsequ...

Hegseth v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Group  
Date: March 23, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1189

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Appellant was injured in a motor vehicle collision. After settling her primary uninsured motorist (UM) claim, Appellant sought excess UM benefits from an American Family Mutual Insurance Group policy that covere...

Bolstad v. State  
Date: March 23, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0564

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder. The district court sentenced Appellant to life imprisonment without the possibility of release o...

State v. Roberts  
Date: March 16, 2016
Docket Number: A14-2039

Justia Opinion Summary: After the first phase of a bifurcated trial on stipulated facts, Defendant was found guilty of two counts of first-degree premeditated murder. After the second phase of the bifurcated trial, in which the district court h...

State v. Smith  
Date: March 9, 2016
Docket Numbers: A14-0941, A15-0300

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree premeditated murder. Defendant was sentenced to two concurrent life sentences without the possibility of...

State v. Whitson  
Date: March 2, 2016
Docket Numbers: C5-02-2108, A04-0875

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree felony murder and attempted first-degree premeditated murder. Defendant was sentenced to life in prison for the murder. The Supreme Court stayed Defendant’s...

State v. Thao  
Date: February 24, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1182

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of one count of first-degree premeditated murder for the benefit of a gang and two counts of attempted first-degree premeditated murder for the benefit of a gang. The convictio...

Hohenwald v. State  
Date: February 24, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0487

Justia Opinion Summary: After a bench trial, Defendant was found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder. Defendant was sentenced to two consecutive sentences of life imprisonment without the possibil...

Rhodes v. State  
Date: February 17, 2016
Docket Numbers: A13-0560, A15-0136

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder and sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment. The Supreme Court affirmed on appeal and affirmed the denial of Appellant’s first and second p...

State v. Myhre  
Date: February 17, 2016
Docket Number: A14-0670

Justia Opinion Summary: During a traffic stop, Defendant failed two sobriety tests. Defendant provided a weak breath sample and refused to provide a second breath sample in violation of Minn. Stat. 169A.20(2). Defendant was subsequently charged...

Melrose Gates, LLC v. Moua  
Date: February 17, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1131

Justia Opinion Summary: The apartment building in which Tenants lived was damaged by a fire. For purposes of this appeal, the parties agreed that the fire was caused by Tenants’ negligence. Landlord’s insurer paid for the repairs to the buildin...

DeCook v. Olmsted Med. Ctr., Inc.  
Date: February 17, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1180

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit against Defendants for medical malpractice. Defendants moved to dismiss the complaint for insufficient process and and insufficient service of process. The district court (1) denied the motions to d...

Wayzata Nissan, LLC v. Nissan N. Am., Inc.  
Date: February 17, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1652

Justia Opinion Summary: Nissan North America, Inc., a motor vehicle manufacturer, and Stephen McDaniels, a prospective Nissan dealer (collectively, Defendants), sought to relocate a Nissan dealership to a location 7.6 miles from a dealership op...

Shire v. Rosemount, Inc.  
Date: February 17, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0856

Justia Opinion Summary: Employee was injured while participating in an annual employee-recognition event sponsored by Employer. Employee petitioned for workers’ compensation benefits, but Employer denied liability, arguing that Employee’s injur...

Curtis G. v. Comm’r of Revenue  
Date: February 17, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1145

Justia Opinion Summary: When Respondents filed their Minnesota tax return for tax year 2007, they claimed they were part-year residents of the state. After an audit, the Commissioner of Revenue determined that Respondents were full-year residen...

Troxel v. State  
Date: February 17, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1294

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder while committing first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of release...

State v. Lester  
Date: February 10, 2016
Docket Number: A14-0431

Justia Opinion Summary: After a bench trial, Defendant was convicted of third-degree possession of a controlled substance. Defendant appealed, arguing that the district court erred by denying his motion to suppress the heroin seized from the ca...

State v. Peltier  
Date: February 10, 2016
Docket Number: A14-1452

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of first-degree murder while committing child abuse, second-degree felony murder, and second-degree manslaughter. The district court imposed a life sentence with eligibility...

Wilcox v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co.  
Date: February 10, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0724

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants’ homeowners insurance policy with State Farm Fire and Casualty Company provided that State Farm will be only the “actual cash value” at the time of the loss of damaged property. Appellants brought a putative c...

Rossberg v. State  
Date: February 10, 2016
Docket Number: A15-1205

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder. The Supreme Court affirmed the conviction on appeal. Appellant subsequently filed a pro se petition for postconvction relief raising sev...

Taylor v. State  
Date: February 3, 2016
Docket Number: A15-0398

Justia Opinion Summary: After a second jury trial before Judge Harvey Ginsberg, Defendant was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction on direct appeal. In 2003, Defendant filed his first...

Dennis v. The Salvation Army  
Date: February 3, 2016
Docket Number: A15-715

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent fell and was injured during the course of his employment with The Salvation Army. A workers compensation judge awarded Defendant benefits, and the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) affirmed the fin...

Boyd v. BNSF Railway Co.  
Date: January 27, 2016
Docket Number: A14-0277

Justia Opinion Summary: Terry Boyd filed this lawsuit against BNSF Railway Company, his former employer, under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) after being injured in the course of his employment. Boyd later made a settlement offer,...

Ford v. Minneapolis Public Schools  
Date: January 20, 2016
Docket Number: A13-1072

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a former employee of the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), was notified on April 22, 2008 that her position would be eliminated. Plaintiff’s last day of work was June 30, 2008. Plaintiff commenced this lawsuit...

ORDER PROMULGATING AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT ON LAWYER REGISTRATION.
Date: January 6, 2016
Docket Numbers: ADM10-8002, C9-81-1206
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