Minnesota Supreme Court Decisions 2019

Getz v. Peace  
Date: October 16, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0121

Justia Opinion Summary: In this personal injury action, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court deducting from a damages award to Respondent the amount of discounts negotiated...

Clark v. City of Saint Paul  
Date: October 16, 2019
Docket Number: A19-0916

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court directing the City of Saint Paul to put a referendum question regarding the City's ordinance that established organized waste collection in the City on the ballo...

Firefighters Union Local 4725 v. City of Brainerd  
Date: October 9, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0398

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment to the City of Brainerd after the City restructured its fire department and eliminate...

Fagin v. State  
Date: October 2, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1705

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the district court's decision denying Defendant's petition for postconviction relief asserting the invalidity of a test-refusal conviction under B...

Thornton v. Bosquez  
Date: October 2, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0223

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the district court's decision awarding Mother and Father joint physical custody and equal parenting time, holding that the district court did not...

Hansen v. U.S. Bank National Ass'n  
Date: September 25, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1608

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's dismissal of Appellants' complaint against U.S. Bank on statute of limitations grounds, holding that Appellants' breach of fi...

Jackson v. Commissioner of Human Services  
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1135

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services (DHS) determining that Appellant was permanently disqualified from working in...

In re Minnesota Living Assistance, Inc.  
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1821

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the court of appeals' decision reversing the order of the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry for Baywood Home Care to pay unpaid overtime wages and liquidated damages, holding...

Kedrowskib v. Lycoming Engines  
Date: September 11, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0538

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the district court granting judgment as a matter of law to Lycoming Engines on Mark Kedrowski's claim that a defective fuel pump m...

State, ex rel. Ford v. Schnell  
Date: September 11, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1895

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals vacating as moot the district court's order granting Antwone Ford's petition for a writ of habeas corpus and ordering the Department of Corrections either t...

Aaron Carlson Corp. v. Cohen  
Date: September 11, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0100

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court concluding that a receiver should bring a piercing-the-corporate-veil claim against the shareholders of the cor...

McGuire v. Bowlin  
Date: September 4, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0167

Justia Opinion Summary: In this defamation action brought by Nathan McGuire, a public high school basketball head coach, against Julie Bowlin and three other defendants, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court granting sum...

State v. Alarcon  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1325

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of knowingly failing to register as a predatory offender, holding that to convict a defendant of knowingly failing to regis...

State v. Jaros  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0039

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant's conviction of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and false imprisonment, holding that Defendant was not deprived of a fair trial when a detective testified about photographs that...

State v. Brown  
Date: August 14, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0870

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction, holding that a body cavity search performed by forcing Defendant to be strapped down and sedated in order to undergo an in...

State v. Strobel  
Date: August 14, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0057

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's sentence on the basis that the district court had misapplied Minn. Sent. Guidelines 2.B.7.a, holding that the classification of a prio...

In re Charges of Unprofessional Conduct
Date: August 14, 2019
Docket Number: A18-2113
In re Maltreatment Determination of Amanda Restorff  
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1433

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the determination of the Commissioner of Human Services that Appellant committed maltreatment under the Maltreatment of Minors Act, Minn. Stat. 626.556, subd. 2(g), when a three-year-old child...

Onyelobi v. State  
Date: August 7, 2019
Docket Number: A19-0003

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's petition for postconviction relief, holding that the district court did not err in denying the petition without holding an evidentiary hea...

Bandemer v. Ford Motor Co.  
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1182

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's exercise of specific personal jurisdiction over Ford Motor Company in this products liability case, holding that the claims i...

KCP Hastings, LLC v. County of Dakota  
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0133

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the judgment of the tax court reaching a valuation for KCP Hastings, LLC's shopping mall, holding that the tax court erred in the assignment of value t...

Engstrom v. Whitebirch, Inc.  
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0366

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's complaint alleging two counts under the Minnesota Consumer Fraud Act, Minn. Stat. 325F.6...

General Mills, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: A18-1660

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Minnesota Tax Court holding that the Minnesota Legislature incorporated the federal "minimum base amount" limitation into Minnesota's research and development (R&D) tax cred...

Noga v. Minnesota Vikings Football Club  
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: A18-1685

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) affirming a compensation judge's judgment finding that Alapati Noga, a former defensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings, who...

International Business Machines Corp. v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: A18-1740

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the tax court holding that the Minnesota Legislature incorporated the federal "minimum base amount" limitation into Minnesota's research and development (R&D) tax credit statute...

Rossberg v. State  
Date: July 31, 2019
Docket Number: A19-0298

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court construing Defendant's motion to correct his sentence as a motion for postconviction relief and summarily denying postconviction relief without holding an evi...

State v. Harvey  
Date: July 28, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0205

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, holding that Defendant's allegations of error did not warrant reversal of his convictions. Specifically, the...

Smith v. Carver County  
Date: July 19, 2019
Docket Number: A19-0199

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) reversing the judgment of the compensation judge dismissing Petitioner's claim petition seeking workers' compensation benefits...

State v. Boettcher  
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1426

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the district court ordering Defendant to pay restitution for destruction of a cabin after a jury found him guilty of burglary but...

Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust v. County of Anoka  
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Numbers: A18-1678, A18-1679, A18-1681

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the tax court dismissing petitions filed by Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust (the Trust) challenging Anoka County's assessment of the Trust's three parcels of land in the cou...

Kroll Ontrack, LLC v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: July 17, 2019
Docket Number: A18-1805

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the tax court affirming the conclusion of the Commissioner of Revenue that the sales tax exemption in Minn. Stat. 297A.68, subd. 5 for the purchase of capital equipment did not...

State v. Rosenbush  
Date: July 10, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0377

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court suppressing the results of Defendant's blood test, holding that the limited right to counsel established in Fri...

Odell v. State  
Date: July 10, 2019
Docket Number: A19-0059

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the postconviction court summarily denying Defendant's petition for postconviction relief arguing that counsel provided ineffective assistance and that an expert witness for the...

Rodriguez v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.  
Date: July 3, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1800

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case filed by a bus driver who sought reimbursement for chiropractic services related to her work-related injury the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals to reinstate Plaintiff's arbitratio...

State v. Smith  
Date: July 3, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0607

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of aiding and abetting first-degree murder, holding that any error in the proceedings below was harmless. Specifically, the Court held (1) the district court's admission...

Maethner v. Someplace Safe, Inc.  
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0998

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the district court granting summary judgment to Appellants - Someplace Safe, Inc. an advocacy organiz...

Jackson v. State  
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: A18-1044

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the postconviction court denying Appellant's petition for postconviction relief without holding an evidentiary hearing, holding that the petition was untimely. Defendant was co...

State v. Waiters  
Date: June 26, 2019
Docket Number: A18-1116

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of first-degree felony murder, attempted first-degree felony murder, drive-by shooting (the underlying felony), and other offenses, holding that the evidence was suffici...

State v. Lee  
Date: June 19, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0543

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's convictions for first-degree sexual conduct and domestic assault by strangulation, holding that Minn. R. Crim. P. 9.01 subs. 1-1a does...

In re A.J.B.  
Date: June 19, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1161

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals concluding that two Minnesota statutes - Minn. Stat. 609.749, subd. 2(6), the stalking-by-mail provision, and Minn. Stat. 609.795, subd. 1(3), the mail-hara...

State v. Lopez-Ramos  
Date: June 12, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0609

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals upholding the district court's ruling that the admission of statements made by Defendant using a foreign language interpreter did not violate the Confrontat...

Svihel Vegetable Farm, Inc. v. Department of Employment & Economic Development  
Date: June 12, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1250

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the decision of an unemployment law judge upholding the determination of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development that the...

Central Housing Associates, LP v. Olson  
Date: June 12, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1286

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held in this eviction action that, under the circumstances of this case, the retaliation defense was not available under Minn. Stat. 504B.441 but that the common law should recognize a defense when a la...

Oseland v. Crow Wing County  
Date: May 29, 2019
Docket Number: A18-1550

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) affirming in part and reversing in part the workers' compensation judge's determination that the h...

In re Appeal by RS Eden  
Date: May 22, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1604

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Commissioner of Human Services determining that RS Eden, a supervised living facility where J.W. received treatment before voluntarily leaving and dying of a drug overdose f...

State v. Roy  
Date: May 22, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0326

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court determining that Appellant was not entitled to custody credit against her Minnesota sentence for time spent in...

State v. Defatte  
Date: May 22, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0881

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court granting Defendant's motion to strike for lack of probable cause count 3, domestic assault with intent to cause...

State v. Zinski  
Date: May 15, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0136

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's conviction of burglary in the first degree and criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree on the ground that the district court's fa...

State v. Hallmark  
Date: May 15, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0825

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for first-degree premeditated murder but reversed Defendant's conviction for second-degree intentional murder, holding that the district court improperly entered a convic...

Jackson v. State  
Date: May 15, 2019
Docket Number: A18-1437

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the postconviction court summarily denying Appellant's claims for ineffective assistance of trial and appellate counsel without holding an evidentiary hearing, holding that Appe...

State v. Pakhnyuk  
Date: May 8, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0474

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals' decision affirming Defendant's conviction, holding (1) the forfeiture rule does not apply to a defendant's challenge to the sufficiency of the evidence that is based on a...

Bilbro v. State  
Date: May 8, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1566

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Appellant's consecutive sentences, holding that consecutive sentences for Appellant's offenses were a departure for which the district court had t...

Heilman v. Courtney  
Date: April 24, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0863

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's grant of judgment on the pleadings to the State on Appellant's claims alleging false imprisonment and negligence, holding tha...

Johnson v. Darchuks Fabrication, Inc.  
Date: April 24, 2019
Docket Number: A18-1131

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the conclusion of the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals that the medical treatment parameters established under the Workers' Compensation Act do not apply when an employer contests its obl...

Warren v. Dinter  
Date: April 17, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0555

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgments of the lower courts that, as a matter of law, a hospitalist owed no duty of care to a patient seeking to be admitted because no physician-patient relationship had been established...

Guardian Energy, LLC, Relator v. County of Waseca  
Date: April 10, 2019
Docket Number: A16-1850

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court discharged the writ of certiorari sought by Guardian Energy and dismissed the appeal in this case, holding that the order appealed from was not a final order at the time Guardian petitioned for a writ o...

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources v. Chippewa/Swift Joint Board of Commissioners  
Date: April 3, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0201

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals dismissing the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource's (DNR) appeal of an order of the Chippewa/Swift Joint Board of Commissioners (Board) reestablishing...

Evans v. State  
Date: April 3, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0994

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the post conviction court denying Appellant's motion to correct his sentence, holding that because Minn. Stat. 609.185 does not require a sentence of life imprisonment with the...

McBee v. Team Industries, Inc.  
Date: March 27, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0060

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the order of the district court granting summary judgment for Respondent on Appellant's complaint alleging that Respondent failed to engage in an interactive proces...

In re Annexation of Certain Real Property to the City of Proctor from Midway Township  
Date: March 27, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1210

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the order of the district court vacating the order of the Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) that approved an annexation of certain property by...

Sehlstrom v. Sehlstrom  
Date: March 27, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1732

Justia Opinion Summary: In this family dispute over real estate ownership resulting in a land partition action the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's order finding Appellant in contempt fo...

Reed v. State  
Date: March 20, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0407

Justia Opinion Summary: In this first-degree murder case the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court summarily denying Appellant’s second and third petitions for postconviction relief, holding that Appellant was conclusively e...

State v. Rogers  
Date: March 20, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0986

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant’s first-degree burglary conviction, holding that the victim must be physically present during the burglary for a conviction under Minn....

State v. Krause  
Date: March 20, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1362

Justia Opinion Summary: In this condemnation case, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the district court’s award of $168,009 in attorney fees to the landowner under the condemnation fee-shifting statute, M...

Olson v. One 1999 Lexus  
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1083

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals ruling that Minnesota’s vehicle forfeiture statute, Minn. Stat. 169A.63, is unconstitutional as applied to Helen and Megan Olso...

State v. Atwood  
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1463

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court determining that the physician-patient privilege covered a blood sample and granting Defendant’s motion to supp...

State v. Hall  
Date: March 7, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0710

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's conviction for third-degree murder, holding that the third-degree murder statute, Minn. Stat. 609.195(a), does not require the State t...

Ellis v. Doe  
Date: March 6, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1611

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the district court finding for Tenant in the underlying eviction proceedings brought by Landlord and concluding that Landlord had...

In re Charges of Unprofessional Conduct in Panel File No. 42735
Date: March 6, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0277
Daniel v. City of Minneapolis  
Date: February 27, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0141

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court denying the motion for summary judgment filed by the City of Minneapolis as to Plaintiff’s claims under the Hum...

State v. Jama  
Date: February 27, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0481

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court’s denial of Appellant’s request for a jury instruction on the defense of voluntary intoxication, holding that Minn. State. 617....

Bruton v. Smithfield Foods, Inc.  
Date: February 27, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0914

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the workers’ compensation court of appeals (WCCA) reversing the workers’ compensation judge’s dismissal of Respondent’s petition for temporary total disability (TTD) benefits un...

In re Petition for Reinstatement of Larry Severson
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0895
City of Richfield v. Law Enforcement Labor Services, Inc.  
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1275

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the district court’s denial of the City of Richfield’s motion to vacate an arbitration award reinstating Nathan Kinsey, a police officer, after th...

Crow v. State  
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0034

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the postconviction court summarily denying Appellant’s present petition for postconviction relief, holding that the record conclusively established that Appellant was not entitl...

Commissioner of Revenue v. Enbridge Energy, LP  
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0864

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the tax court concluding that the Commissioner of Revenue had overvalued Enbridge Energy, LP’s (EELP) pipeline system for 2013, 2014, and 2015 and issuing a new valuation for al...

State v. Mouelle  
Date: February 6, 2019
Docket Number: A18-0083

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions but reversed his sentence for first-degree murder of an unborn child, holding that the plain language of Minn. Stat. 609.106 does not authorize a sentence of life impris...

Soderberg v. Anderson  
Date: January 23, 2019
Docket Number: A17-0827

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court in this negligence case decided not to extend the doctrine of implied primary assumption of risk, which is a complete bar to tort liability, to recreational skiing and snowboarding, thus affirming the d...

Henson v. Uptown Drink, LLC  
Date: January 23, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1066

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendant, a Minneapolis bar, on Plaintiffs’ complaint pleading innkeeper-negligence an...

County of Hennepin v. Bhakta  
Date: January 23, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1539

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals dismissing the portion of Appellants’ appeal arising out of orders denying their motions in limine because Appellants did not raise their objections in a mo...

State v. Overweg  
Date: January 23, 2019
Docket Number: A17-1978

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the district court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to correct his sentence, holding that the two-tier conditional-release term contained in Minn. S...

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...

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