Minnesota Supreme Court Decisions 2021

Honke v. Honke  
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0448

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court amending a spousal maintenance award granting in favor of Respondent, Appellant's former wife, holding that the district court abused its discretion in decidi...

State v. Mikell  
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0732

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court finding Defendant guilty of violating a domestic abuse no contact order (DANCO), holding that the State did not...

State v. Sutter  
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1045

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of theft under a principal theory of criminal liability and of being an indelible person in possession of a firearm, holdin...

State v. Berry  
Date: May 5, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0436

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the requirement that Defendant register as a predatory offender based on her conviction for aiding an offender to avoid arrest, holding that Defen...

State v. Friese  
Date: May 5, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0451

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for exposing her child, T.D., to methamphetamine, holding that the State's evidence was sufficient to prove that T.D. was subjected to a risk of harm from methamphetamine...

State v. Boss  
Date: May 5, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1671

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's conviction of violating Minn. Stat. 260C.425, subd. 1(a), holding that section 260C.425, subd. 1 does not require the State to prove t...

Leuthard v. Independent School District 912  
Date: April 28, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0893

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) vacating factual findings made by the workers' compensation judge regarding the reasonableness and necessity of an employee's m...

In re Minnesota Power's Petition for Approval of the EnergyForward Resource Package  
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Numbers: A19-0688, A19-0704

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals concluding that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission erred by approving affiliated-interest agreements under Minn. Stat. 216B.48, subdivision 3 without...

Werlich v. Schnell  
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0829

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the district court granting the Commissioner of Correction's motion to dismiss Plaintiff's action see...

Manselle v. Krogstad  
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0076

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals denying Appellants' petition for a writ of mandamus after the district court denied Appellants' motion to transfer venue or, an the alternative, their motio...

King's Cove Marina, LLC v. Lambert Commercial Construction LLC  
Date: April 14, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0078

Justia Opinion Summary: In this insurance dispute, the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the district court's determination that the insurance policy at issue covered all of the c...

State v. Schwartz  
Date: April 7, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0786

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals determining that Minn. Stat. 169A.20, subd. 1(7) is a strict liability offense that does not require the State to prove knowledge as an element of the crime...

Hannon v. State  
Date: April 7, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0396

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's fourth petition for postconviction relief, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in summarily denying Appellant's p...

State v. Zaldivar-Proenza  
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0157

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction, holding that the State's discovery motion at Defendant's first court appearance seeking to photograph transitory scratches...

State v. Coleman  
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0708

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of third-degree depraved mind murder under Minn. Stat. 609.195(a), holding that Defendant failed to show that an erroneous...

Zephier v. Agate  
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0907

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court denying Plaintiff's claim in conciliation court against Defendants seeking replevi...

State v. Serbus  
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1921

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court determining that the interior of a private motor vehicle is not a public place when it is not regularly held op...

State, ex rel. Young v. Schnell  
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: A17-1741

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the conclusion of the court of appeals that this appeal was moot but affirmed the court's decision dismissing the appeal, holding that Appellant, a Level III predatory offender serving the cond...

Johnson v. State  
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1147

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals concluding that the United States Supreme Court's decision in Missouri v. McNeely, 569 U.S. 141 (2013), is substantive in the context of a conviction for te...

State v. Khalil  
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1281

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, holding that a person is mentally incapacitated under Minn. Stat. 609.341, subd. 7...

State v. Montano  
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0756

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of first-degree premeditated murder of Andrew Gokee and attempted first-degree premeditated murder of Hudson Gauthier, holding that the d...

Reetz v. City of Saint Paul  
Date: March 17, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1425

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the court of appeals concluding that Officer Eric Reetz was not entitled to defense and indemnification from his employer, the Cit...

Johnston v. State  
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0672

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's denial of Appellant's petition for postconviction relief after determining that his stay of adjudication and discharge from p...

In re Year 2019 Salary of Freeborn County Sheriff  
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: A19-1363

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the determination of the district court that the Freeborn County Board of Commissioners acted arbitrarily when it set the 2019 salary of the Freeb...

In re Issuance of Air Emissions Permit No. 13700345-101 for PolyMet Mining, Inc.  
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Numbers: A19-0115, A19-0134

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals concluding that the factual findings of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency were "insufficient to facilitate judicial review" of a permitting decision, h...

Menard, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue  
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: A20-0241

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the tax court concluding that Menard, Inc. was not entitled to an offset on its sales tax liability under Minn. Stat. 297A.81, holding that the tax court correctly concluded tha...

In re Reissuance of NPDES/SDS Permit to United States Steel Corp.  
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Numbers: A18-2094, A18-2095, A18-2159, A18-2163

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that groundwater is a Class 1 water under Minnesota law and therefore subject to secondary drinking water standards promulgated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2018,...

State by Smart Growth Minneapolis v. City of Minneapolis  
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0999

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court holding that the adoption of a comprehensive plan is not a proper subject of a claim under the Minnesota Enviro...

Hall v. City of Plainview  
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0606

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court granting the City of Plainview's motion to dismiss Donald Hall's contract and statutory claims, holding that the City had a contr...

Moore v. Robinson Environmental, Inc.  
Date: February 3, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0668

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's complaint alleging that he witnessed Defendant's workers violate safety protocols resulting in contamination of his home, holding that...

Miller v. Molloy  
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0372

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed as modified as modified the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court denying Maria Molloy's motion to intervene in Pamela Spera's proceeding seeking enforce...

Halva v. Minnesota State Colleges & Universities  
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0481

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case alleging that Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) failed to maintain and produce certain government data the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals holding that Plaintiff's...

Pfoser v. Harpstead  
Date: January 20, 2021
Docket Number: A19-0853

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court reversing a transfer penalty imposed by the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services on David...

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