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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...

State v. Parker  
Date: October 4, 2017
Docket Number: A15-1417

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals’ decision to uphold Defendant’s conviction for second-degree intentional murder but reversed the court’s reversal of Defendant’s sentence of 480 months in prison. The court...

Back v. State  
Date: September 27, 2017
Docket Number: A15-1637

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff may file a petition for an order declaring her eligible for compensation under Minnesota’s Imprisonment and Exoneration Remedies Act, Minn. Stat. 590.11, 611.362-.368. Several years after the Supreme Court re...

Senogles v. Carlson  
Date: September 27, 2017
Docket Number: A15-2039

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendant in this action alleging that Defendant, as a landowner, violated his duty of care to his invitee, a four-year-old boy. The boy wandered off d...

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...

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