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State v. Curtis  
Date: January 10, 2018
Docket Number: A17-0390

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for first-degree premeditated murder, holding that there was no abuse of discretion. On appeal, Defendant argued that the district court abused its discretion when it (1...

Litterer v. Rushmore Loan Management Services, LLC  
Date: January 10, 2018
Docket Number: A17-0472

Justia Opinion Summary: Applying Minn. R. Civ. P. 6.02 to extend the lis pendens deadline in Minn. Stat. 582.043(7)(b) is prohibited because to do so would impermissibly modify the substantive rights provided by the statute. The Supreme Court...

Minnesota v. Rey  
Date: January 3, 2018
Docket Number: A16-0198

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Emile Rey pleaded guilty to one count of identity theft involving eight or more direct victims. The district court ordered Rey to pay the mandatory-minimum restitution of $1,000 to each of his 66 direct victims...

Linn v. BCBSM, Inc.  
Date: January 3, 2018
Docket Number: A16-0986

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant BCBSM, Inc. (“Blue Cross”) denied respondent James Linn’s insurance claim because the requested treatment was not considered medically necessary under the parties’ health-plan contract. After Blue Cross denied...

State v. Molnaux  
Date: December 6, 2017
Docket Number: A16-0330

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the totality of the circumstances of this case, the police did not violate the Fourth Amendment when, during their execution of a warrant to search a home, they searched a purse that belonged to a guest at the home...

State v. Luby  
Date: December 6, 2017
Docket Number: A16-1213

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s convictions of first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree intentional murder in connection with the stabbing death of Defendant’s girlfriend, holding that Defendant was enti...

In re Appeal by Kind Heart Daycare, Inc.  
Date: November 22, 2017
Docket Number: A15-1470

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the order of the Commissioner of Human Services, which affirmed the determination by the Minnesota Department of Human Services that Yasmin Salim...

Ninetieth Minnesota State Senate v. Dayton  
Date: November 16, 2017
Docket Number: A17-1142

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Governor, on May 30, 2017, vetoed line-item appropriations to the Legislature for its biennial budget, the Legislature commenced this action arguing that the line-item veto power cannot be used over the appropr...

State v. Mikulak  
Date: November 15, 2017
Docket Number: A15-1701

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Defendant may withdraw his plea of guilty to “knowingly violat[ing]” a provision of the predatory offender registration statute, Minn. Stat. 243.166(5)(a), because Defendant alleged that he di...

Zornes v. State  
Date: November 8, 2017
Docket Number: A17-0404

Justia Opinion Summary: The postconviction court did not abuse its discretion in when it denied Appellant’s second petition for postconviction relief without holding an evidentiary hearing. Appellant was found guilty of two counts of first-de...

Johnson v. County of Hennepin  
Date: November 8, 2017
Docket Number: A17-0419

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the tax court’s denial of relief to Ronald and Dee Johnson, who filed this action challenging the property taxes that Hennepin County assessed against their property. The tax court granted the...

Appeal of Krenik to a Vehicle Abatement Order  
Date: November 1, 2017
Docket Number: A15-1566

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Saint Paul City Council upholding an abatement order issued by the City of Saint Paul requiring Appellant to comply with Minn. Stat. 168.10(1)(e), which requires collector v...

State v. Carson  
Date: October 11, 2017
Docket Number: A15-1678

Justia Opinion Summary: The chemical 1,1-difluoroethane (DFE) is not a hazardous substance under Minn. Stat. 169A.03(9) because it is not listed as a hazardous substance in Minn. R. ch. 5206. Appellant was arrested three times on suspicion of...

Burt v. Rackner, Inc.  
Date: October 11, 2017
Docket Number: A15-2045

Justia Opinion Summary: The Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act (MFLSA), Minn. Stat. 177.21-.35, provides a private cause of action for an employee who is discharged for refusing to share gratuities. The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of t...

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