Minnesota Supreme Court Decisions 2019

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...

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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