Minnesota Supreme Court Decisions 2020

County of Hennepin v. Laechelt  
Date: September 30, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0473

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the jury's award of damages to Tamara Laechelt in this eminent domain action, holding that evidence of construction-related interference that aris...

Greene v. Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services  
Date: September 16, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1981

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that personal care assistants were entitled to access a list of contact information for personal care assistants who...

Chavez-Nelson v. State  
Date: September 16, 2020
Docket Number: A19-1229

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's petition for postconviction relief without holding an evidentiary hearing, holding that, even if the facts alleged in the petition were pr...

YAM Special Holdings, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: August 12, 2020
Docket Number: A20-0021

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the tax court determining that Minnesota could tax an apportioned share of the income from the sale of a business as unitary business income, holding that the gain from the sale...

Koehnen v. Flagship Marine Co.  
Date: August 12, 2020
Docket Number: A20-0053

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that a health care provider who did not intervene in an employee's pending workers' compensation proceeding after receiving adequate notice of the right to intervene cannot initiate a collateral at...

State v. Davenport  
Date: August 5, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0538

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of two counts of first-degree murder under an aiding and abetting theory of liability and one count of second-degree murder under an aiding and abetting theory, holding t...

Peterson v. Western National Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: July 29, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1081

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court awarding taxable costs for denying a first-party insurance claim in violation of Minn. Stat. 604.18, subd. 2(a), holding that the district court did not clear...

Fletcher Properties, Inc. v. City of Minneapolis  
Date: July 29, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1271

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that an ordinance adopted by the City of Minneapolis that prohibits certain property owners, property managers, and others from refusing to rent...

Popovich v. Allina Health System  
Date: July 29, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1987

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the district court's dismissal of a medical malpractice action brought against a hospital system based on the alleged negligence of independent co...

State v. Altepeter  
Date: July 29, 2020
Docket Number: A18-2086

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of one count of malicious punishment of a child - less than substantial bodily harm, in violation of Minn. Stat. 609.377, subd. 2, holdin...

Abel v. Abbott Northwestern Hospital  
Date: July 29, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0461

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's Minnesota Human Rights Act and common-law negligence claims...

Nelson v. State  
Date: July 29, 2020
Docket Number: A19-1451

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's petition for postconviction relief arguing that the rule announced in Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. 460 (2012), and later clarified in Montg...

Pearson v. State  
Date: July 29, 2020
Docket Number: A19-1897

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's third petition for postconviction relief, holding that Defendant's petition was untimely under Minn. Stat. 590.01, subd. 4(c). Defendant...

State v. Yildirim  
Date: July 29, 2020
Docket Number: A20-0127

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals denying B.H.'s petition for a writ of prohibition asking that the district court be prohibited from enforcing its written order stating that she was require...

State v. Jorgenson  
Date: July 22, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0323

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court and the court of appeals concluding that Minn. Stat. 609.27 subd. 1(4) was constitutionally overbroad and could not be saved through a narrowing construction...

State v. Wilkie  
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: A18-0288

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct, holding that the State proved that Defendant committed an act that was "a substantial step forward, and more than prepa...

AIM Development (USA), LLC, Appellant, v. City of Sartell  
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: A18-0443

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals defining AIM Development, LLC's nonconforming-use rights on a property containing a facility for nonhazardous, non-toxic industrial waste based on the terms...

White Bear Lake Restoration Ass'n, ex rel. State v. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources  
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: A18-0750

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case brought by two associations against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) arising out of alleged mismanagement of the groundwater-appropriation permitting process, the Supreme Court held that t...

State v. Ezeka  
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: A18-0828

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for of first-degree premeditated murder and attempted first-degree premeditated murder but reversed Defendant's 360-month sentence for attempted first-degree premeditate...

State v. Degroot  
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: A18-0850

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the portion of the court of appeals' decision reversing in part Defendant's convictions, holding that the district court did not violate Minn. Stat. 609.04 when it convicted Defendant of both a...

In re Welfare of Children of J.D.T.  
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: A19-1253

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's petition to voluntarily terminate her parental rights to her two young children after Grant...

Peltier v. State  
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: A19-1685

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court determining that Appellant's claim of ineffective assistance of counsel failed under the second prong of Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668 (1984), holdin...

Roberts v. State  
Date: July 8, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0389

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the district court's denial of Defendant's petition for postconviction relief, holding that, under Minn. Stat. 260B.245, subd. 1(b), delinquency a...

State v. Gibson  
Date: July 8, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0675

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 suppress evidence seized from his vehicle during a traffic stop, holding that a...

Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: July 8, 2020
Docket Number: A19-1875

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the tax court increasing the assessed unit value of a pipeline system for tax years 2015 and 2016, holding that the tax court did not err in its cal...

Palmer v. Walker Jamar Co.  
Date: July 1, 2020
Docket Numbers: A18-2114, A19-0155

Justia Opinion Summary: In this wrongful death case, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the district court's grant of summary judgment for Honeywell International, holding that a claim accrues in an asbest...

In re Schmalz  
Date: June 24, 2020
Docket Number: A18-2156

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the order of the district court that non-homestead life estates should not be included in Marvin Schmalz's assets, holding that the term "individu...

T. G. G. v. H. E. S.  
Date: June 17, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1616

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court dismissing Father's paternity action on the grounds that Minn. Stat. 259.25, subd. 8 barred the action, holding that the statute did not bar Father's action....

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce v. City of Minneapolis  
Date: June 10, 2020
Docket Number: A18-0771

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the district court's decision that the Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance violated the extraterritoriality doctrine, holding that because th...

State v. Huisman  
Date: June 10, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1710

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's conviction on the ground that Defendant was denied effective assistance of counsel because, by conceding in the written closing argume...

Kenneh v. Homeward Bound, Inc.  
Date: June 3, 2020
Docket Number: A18-0174

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendant after concluding that Plaintiff failed to allege...

Maslowski v. Prospect Funding Partners LLC  
Date: June 3, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1906

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court that Appellant could not enforce the contract between Appellant and Respondent whereby Appellant purchased an i...

State v. Balandin  
Date: June 3, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0625

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part Defendant's convictions for first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree domestic abuse murder, and second-degree intentional murder, holding that the district co...

Olson v. Lesch  
Date: May 27, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1694

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying the motion to dismiss filed by State Representative John Lesch on a claim brought by Lyndsey Olson, Saint Paul City Attorney, for defamation per se ba...

State v. Leonard  
Date: May 13, 2020
Docket Number: A17-2061

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of check forgery, holding that a government inspection of a guest registry is a search under the Minnesota Constitution and...

Save Lake Calhoun v. Strommen  
Date: May 13, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1007

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources had the statutory authority to change the official name of a well-known Minneapolis lake from Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska because the f...

State v. Branch  
Date: May 6, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1055

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's sentences for drive-by shooting at an occupied vehicle and second-degree assault, holding that Minn. Stat. 609.035 did not prohibit the sentences for both offenses when the crimes a...

State v. Garland  
Date: May 6, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0240

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for first-degree murder and second-degree murder but reversed the sentence in part, holding that the district court erred by entering a formal adjudication on both first...

Dolo v. State  
Date: April 29, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0063

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's request for postconviction relief and remanding the case for a new trial, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion un...

State v. Thompson  
Date: April 29, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0717

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the state district court that revised Appellant's sentence from two consecutive terms of life without the possibility of release to two consecutive terms of life with the possibili...

In re Application of Otter Tail Power Company for Authority to Increase Rates for Electric Service in Minnesota  
Date: April 22, 2020
Docket Number: A17-1300

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) lacks the authority to require Otter Tail Power Company to amend an existing transmission cost-recovery rider (TCRR) approved under Minn. Stat....

State, Commissioner of Transportation v. Elbert  
Date: April 22, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1280

Justia Opinion Summary: In this condemnation action, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court rejecting Landowners' theory of damages supporting their claim for severance damag...

State v. Woodard  
Date: April 22, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1886

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of first-degree murder and sentencing him to life in prison without the possibility of release, holding that the district court did not e...

State v. Reek  
Date: April 22, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0153

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for first-degree murder, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. Specifically, the Supreme Court held (1) Appellant's right to a fair trial before an i...

State v. Anderson  
Date: April 15, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1491

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of second-degree driving while impaired, holding that the State properly used Defendant's license revocation as an aggravat...

State v. Vangrevenhof  
Date: April 15, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1530

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's convictions for first-degree sale of a controlled substance and second-degree possession of a controlled substance, holding that the d...

State v. Dexter  
Date: April 8, 2020
Docket Number: A18-0761

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the district court's denial of Defendant's request for non-identifying information about a confidential reliable informant's relationship with pol...

Marquardt v. Schaffhausen  
Date: April 8, 2020
Docket Number: A18-0968

Justia Opinion Summary: In this medical malpractice case, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals concluding that the district court abused its discretion by admitting testimony about causation from Dr. John Stark, an or...

State v. Alger  
Date: April 8, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1000

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's sentences in connection with his conviction for two counts of violating an order of protection (OFP) under Minn. Stat. 518B.01, subd....

Griffin v. State  
Date: April 8, 2020
Docket Numbers: A18-1002, A19-1083

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decisions of the district court denying Appellant's ineffective assistance of trial counsel claim raised in his first petition for post conviction relief and the claims raised in his second...

Cilek v. Office of Minnesota Secretary of State  
Date: April 8, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1140

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving a Minnesota voter's request for access to information in Minnesota's statewide voter registration list the Supreme Court held that registered Minnesota voters have access to "public information lis...

State v. Culver  
Date: April 1, 2020
Docket Number: A17-1968

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's conviction of felony deprivation of parenting rights in violation of Minn. Stat. 609.26, subd. 1(3) on the grounds that the evidence w...

State v. Martin  
Date: April 1, 2020
Docket Number: A18-0893

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction for failure to register as a predatory offender, holding that Defendant's 1992 California conviction for sexual battery did...

Medline Industries, Inc. v. County of Hennepin  
Date: April 1, 2020
Docket Number: A19-1420

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the tax court concluding that the market value of a distribution-warehouse property in Rogers, Minnesota was $15,638,000 as of January 2, 2014 and $15,597,000 as of January 2, 2...

State v. Townsend  
Date: March 25, 2020
Docket Number: A18-0792

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of simple robbery, holding that the evidence was sufficient to support Defendant's conviction. On appeal, Defendant argued that the evidence introduced at trial was ins...

State v. Smith  
Date: March 18, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0695

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for eight crimes relating to the break in, robbery, and murder at James Herron's home but reversed the sentence imposed on Defendant for the first-degree aggravated robb...

De La Fuente v. Simon  
Date: March 18, 2020
Docket Number: A19-1994

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioners' petition filed under Minn. Stat. 204B.44(a) asking that the Supreme Court direct the Minnesota Secretary of State to include Roque De La Fuente's name as a candidate for The Republic...

State v. Montanez  
Date: March 11, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0170

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Defendant's appeal from an order of the court of appeals affirming the district court's denial of Defendant's request for funding under Minn. Stat. 611.21(a) for out-of-court interpreter servi...

K.M. v. Burnsville Police Department  
Date: March 11, 2020
Docket Numbers: A19-0414, A19-0714

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's petition seeking the return of seized property, holding that the district court did not clearly err in finding that the seized property wa...

Anderson v. State  
Date: March 11, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0745

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's second petition for postconviction relief, holding that the district court properly declined to grant Appellant a new trial and that Appel...

Minnesota Sands, LLC v. County of Winona, Minnesota  
Date: March 10, 2020
Docket Number: A18-0090

Justia Opinion Summary: In this challenge to a zoning ordinance prohibiting industrial mineral operations within Winona County the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the order of the district granting summary...

Oliver v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Insurance Co.  
Date: March 4, 2020
Docket Number: A18-0367

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over the amount of loss after a fire occurred at the home of Respondents the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court granting Respondents'...

Larsen v. Gannett Co., Inc.  
Date: February 26, 2020
Docket Number: A17-1068

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the fair and accurate reporting privilege protects news reports about statements on a matter of public concern made by law enforcement officers at an official press conference in an official p...

Jennissen v. City of Bloomington  
Date: February 12, 2020
Docket Number: A17-0221

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals holding that a proposed charter amendment was not manifestly unconstitutional but was an improper referendum, holding that the...

Visser v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.  
Date: February 12, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1204

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court holding that Appellant, who was injured while she was driving a Pontiac and sought additional primary underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits under an insurance...

In re Cindi Ali  
Date: February 12, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1287

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the determination of Scott County that Consumer Directed Community Support (CDCS) money that Cindy Ali, whose son was disabled, had allocated to h...

Inland Edinburgh Festival, LLC v. County of Hennepin  
Date: February 12, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0567

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal from the tax court's conclusion that the market value of Relator's two parcels of improved real estate was higher than the initial assessment value determined by Hennepin County or the valuation opinion pr...

State v. Barthman  
Date: February 5, 2020
Docket Number: A17-1191

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's sentence on count two, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, holding that the district court abused its discretion by imposing a great...

Bergman v. Caulk  
Date: February 5, 2020
Docket Number: A18-1784

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals ruling that James Bergman was not disqualified from receiving a permit to carry a firearm, holding that the sealing of judicial records under a court's inhe...

Fox v. State  
Date: February 5, 2020
Docket Number: A19-1140

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Appellant's second petition for postconviction relief, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion when it denied Appellant's petitio...

Zumberge v. State  
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0593

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court summarily denying Appellant's petition for postconviction relief, holding that the alleged facts, even when viewed in a light most favorable to Appellant, con...

Lowe's Home Centers, LLC (Plymouth) v. County of Hennepin  
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0428

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the tax court reducing Hennepin County's valuation of a Lowe's store in Plymouth, Minnesota for the 2015 tax year, holding that the tax court did not inflate the property's fair...

In re Application of J.M.M.  
Date: January 22, 2020
Docket Number: A17-1730

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the conclusion of the district court that Mother had to notify her three children's biological father of her request to change the children's name...

Graco, Inc. v. City of Minneapolis  
Date: January 22, 2020
Docket Number: A18-0593

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's conclusion that the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act (the MFLSA) does not preempt the ordinance enacted by the City of Minn...

Village Lofts at St. Anthony Falls Ass'n v. Housing Partners III-Lofts, LLC  
Date: January 15, 2020
Docket Number: A18-0256

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's dismissal of Village Lofts at St. Anthony Falls' common-law claims and statutory warranty claims...

State v. Thompson  
Date: January 15, 2020
Docket Number: A18-0545

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction for first-degree driving while impaired, holding that Officer Patrick Bendel of the Red Lake Police Department was acting w...

In re Midway Pro Bowl Relocation Benefits Claim  
Date: January 15, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0237

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals denying the City of Saint Paul's motion to discharge Respondent's petition for a writ of certiorari on the basis that Respondent failed to serve the petitio...

Avis Budget Car Rental LLC v. County of Hennepin  
Date: January 15, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0886

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Minnesota Tax Court dismissing Avis Budget Car Rental's property tax petition for failure to disclose certain concession fee information as required by Minn. Stat. 278.05, s...

Enterprise Leasing Co. of Minnesota v. County of Hennepin  
Date: January 15, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0889

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Minnesota Tax Court dismissing the property tax petition filed by Enterprise Leasing Company of Minnesota for failure to disclose certain concession fee information as requi...

Ewing v. Print Craft, Inc.  
Date: January 2, 2020
Docket Number: A19-0534

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) reversing the judgment of the compensation judge denying a qualified rehabilitation consultant's reimbursement claim for rehabi...

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