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State v. Bowen  
Date: January 16, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0331

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals upholding Defendant’s conviction of simple robbery, holding that the evidence was sufficient to support the conviction. Defendant’s conviction arose from h...

State v. Robinson  
Date: January 9, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0525

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Appellant’s conviction of felony domestic assault, holding that the evidence was sufficient to prove that Defendant and the victim were “persons i...

State v. Thoresen  
Date: January 2, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1854

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of first-degree premeditated murder and sentencing him to life in prison without the possibility of release, holding that, contrary to Defen...

Gill v. Gill  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: A16-1421

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court concluding that future, contingent earn-out payments are nonmarital property because they are property acquired...

State v. Curtis  
Date: December 19, 2018
Docket Number: A17-0373

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the court of appeals affirming the district court’s competency determination in this criminal case, holding that the court of appeals erred when it did not follow State v. Ganpat, 732 N.W. 2d 2...

Ries v. State  
Date: December 5, 2018
Docket Number: A16-0220

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the postconviction court that Defendant was entitled to a new trial because a juror was actually biased and not sufficiently rehab...

State v. Ortega-Rodriguez  
Date: December 5, 2018
Docket Number: A17-0450

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals holding that Minn. Stat. 609.342(1)(h) does not require the State to prove that “sexual penetration” occurred, holding that the plain language of the statut...

Waters v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: December 5, 2018
Docket Number: A18-0580

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the tax court upholding the decision of the Commissioner of Revenue to include Pell grants in its calculation of Relators’ household income, holding that “nontaxable scholarship...

Woischke v. Stursberg & Fine, Inc.  
Date: November 28, 2018
Docket Number: A17-0408

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court that concluded that a fee agreement between the parties was not void and thus ordering arbitration, holding that...

Fenrich v. The Blake School  
Date: November 21, 2018
Docket Number: A17-0063

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the district court’s grant of summary judgment for The Blake School (the school) on Appellant’s negligence action based on a fatal accident caused...

Munt v. State  
Date: November 21, 2018
Docket Number: A18-0202

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Appellant’s motion to correct his sentences under Minn. R. Crim. P. 27.03(9), holding that the district court did not commit reversible error. Appell...

Nissalke v. State  
Date: November 21, 2018
Docket Number: A18-0337

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the postconviction court’s summary denial of Defendant’s second postconviction petition, holding that the record conclusively showed that Defendant was not entitled to relief. Defendant was co...

Depositors Insurance Co. v. Dollansky  
Date: November 14, 2018
Docket Number: A17-0631

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court dismissing the claims filed by Depositors Insurance Company against Craig Dollansky after concluding that Depos...

Jackson v. State  
Date: November 7, 2018
Docket Number: A17-1939

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the postconviction court’s denial of Appellant’s petition for postconviction relief challenging his conviction for first-degree murder for the benefit of a gang, holding that Appellant’s claims...

Phone Recovery Services, LLC v. Qwest Corp.  
Date: October 31, 2018
Docket Number: A17-0078

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing this qui tam action filed under the Minnesota False Claims Act, Minn. Stat. 15C.02 (MFCA), claiming that Respondents intentionally failed to pay fe...

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