Minnesota Supreme Court Decisions 2022

Energy Policy Advocates v. Ellison  
Date: September 28, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1344

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming in part and reversing and remanding in part the judgment of the district court denying Energy Policy Advocates' motion to compel and dismissing…

In re Petition of MCEA  
Date: September 28, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1592

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals applying the statutory definition of "public waters" in Minn. Stat. 103G.005, subd. 15, to determine whether the upper reach of Limbo Creek was a public…

Fischer v. Simon  
Date: September 27, 2022
Docket Number: A22-1112

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied this petition asking that the Court order removal of Torrey Westrom from the November 8, 2022 general election ballot as a candidate for Senate District 12, holding that Petitioner was not…

Justice v. Marvel, LLC  
Date: September 21, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1318

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment to Marvel, LLC in this negligence action, holding that an exculpatory clause purporting to release Marvel from "any and all claims"…

In re Marriage of Pooley  
Date: September 14, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1250

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court rejecting Wife's action against Husband seeking half of his retirement account or, alternatively, an equitable…

Smits v. Park Nicollet Health Services  
Date: September 7, 2022
Docket Number: A20-0711

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals reversing the order of the district court granting summary judgment to Defendants - mental healthcare providers - and…

In re Estate of Bach  
Date: September 7, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0319

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute among four siblings over the ownership of 200 acres of farmland the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the order of the district court that the farmland be distributed…

Stern 1011 First Street South, LLC v. Gere  
Date: August 31, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0904

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals construing a letter that Defendants submitted to the district court under Minn. R. Gen. Proc. 115.11 as a permissible tolling motion under Minn. R. Civ.…

In re Estate of Joseph Rocco Figliuzzi  
Date: August 31, 2022
Docket Number: A21-1035

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the court of appeals dismissing Appellant's appeal from the district court's denial of his petition to create a constructive trust, holding that the court of appeals did not err by…

State v. Pauli  
Date: August 24, 2022
Docket Number: A19-1886

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's convictions for four counts of possession of pornographic work involving minors, holding that, assuming that Defendant had a…

Thompson v. St. Anthony Leased Housing Associates II, LP  
Date: August 24, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1367

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 that Defendant violated the Minnesota Bond Allocation Act, Minn.…

Spann v. Minneapolis City Council  
Date: August 24, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0931

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the decision of the court of appeals reversing the district court's issuance of an alternative writ of mandamus to compel the Minneapolis Mayor and the…

Under the Rainbow Early Education Center v. County of Goodhue  
Date: August 24, 2022
Docket Number: A21-1349

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the tax court denying summary judgment to Rainbow Early Education Center, an early childhood center, on its claim for a tax exclusion as a seminary of learning under Minn.…

Tax Court v. County of Hennepin  
Date: August 24, 2022
Docket Number: A21-1493

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the tax court finding that the Data Practices Act, Minn. Stat. 13.01-.90, prohibited Hennepin County from disclosing certain nonpublic data contained within its expert appraisal…

State v. Paige  
Date: July 20, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1228

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of threats of violence in violation of Minn. Stat. 609.713, subd. 1, holding that Defendant's constitutional right to a…

City of Circle Pines v. County of Anoka  
Date: July 20, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1637

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the order of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of the County of Anoka in this case concerning the proper interpretation of…

In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against
Date: July 20, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0152
State v. Epps  
Date: July 13, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1151

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the district court to deny Defendant's motion to withdraw his guilty plea, holding that Defendant did not meet his burden of…

State v. Miller  
Date: July 13, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0221

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's sentence for aiding an offender as an accomplice after the fact for her role in concealing evidence of a murder that her husband committed, holding that the sentence did not exceed…

In re Petition for Disciplinary Action Against
Date: July 13, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0339
State v. Hassan  
Date: July 13, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0453

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first-degree premeditated murder, holding that the State presented sufficient evidence to support the conviction and that the sentence imposed upon Defendant was not…

State v. Conrad  
Date: July 13, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0880

Justia Opinion Summary: In this sexual assault case, the Supreme Court granted a writ of prohibition sought by Hope Coalition to prohibit the district court from requiring it to disclose records concerning the alleged victim's counseling to the…

State v. Jones  
Date: July 6, 2022
Docket Number: A19-2096

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first-degree felony murder and his sentence of life imprisonment as well as the denial of his petition for postconviction relief, holding that sufficient evidence…

State v. Jackson  
Date: July 6, 2022
Docket Number: A20-0779

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the court of appeals remanding this case to the district court to have two jurors who testified in private during a post-trial Schwartz hearing questioned again in a public…

Minn. Department of Corrections v. Knutson  
Date: June 29, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0300

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals holding that decisions made under Minn. Stat. 43A.33 are quasi-judicial administrative decisions subject to certiorari review by the court but reversed its…

State v. Lee  
Date: June 22, 2022
Docket Number: A20-0758

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court imposing a mandatory five-year conditional release term in connection with Defendant's conviction of fourth-degree assault of a secure treatment facility…

Caldwell v. State  
Date: June 22, 2022
Docket Number: A21-1292

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's fourth postconviction petition alleging alleging a claim of newly-discovered evidence, holding that the district court did not abuse its…

Woolsey v. Woolsey  
Date: June 15, 2022
Docket Number: A20-0749

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court applying the endangerment standard of the child-custody modification statute, Minn. Stat. 518.18(d)(iv), to a…

State v. Bey  
Date: June 15, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1097

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's convictions on two counts of first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree assault, holding that there was no error. After…

Walsh v. State  
Date: June 8, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1083

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals upholding the dismissal of Appellants' claims for defense and indemnification of a federal lawsuit from the State under the State Tort Claims Act, Minn.…

State v. Currin  
Date: May 25, 2022
Docket Number: A20-0603

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the district court's denial of Appellant's postconviction petition in which she argued that her restitution order should be reduced, holding that…

Smith v. State  
Date: May 25, 2022
Docket Number: A21-1095

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first-degree murder and aggravated robbery, holding that Defendant was not entitled to relief on any of his claims of error. For the aggravated robbery, the district…

Buzzell v. Walz  
Date: May 18, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1561

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals and remanded this case, holding that, for property to be commandeered, the government must exercise exclusive control over or obtain exclusive possession of…

Sershen v. Metropolitan Council  
Date: May 11, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0893

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the decision of the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA) affirming the decision of the compensation judge finding that Respondent sustained an…

Greer v. State  
Date: May 11, 2022
Docket Number: A21-1229

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's motion to correct a sentence, holding that any alleged procedural error was harmless and that the district court was not required to hold…

State v. McReynolds  
Date: April 27, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1435

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction for interference with privacy after concluding that his guilty plea was accurate, holding that Defendant's guilty plea was…

Hanson v. State, Department of Natural Resources  
Date: April 6, 2022
Docket Number: A20-0747

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of the State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and dismissing Plaintiff's complaint alleging a violation…

Harkins v. Grant Park Ass'n  
Date: April 6, 2022
Docket Number: A20-0937

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court granting the motion for judgment on the pleadings filed by Defendant, Grant Park Association, and dismissing…

Pulczinski v. State  
Date: April 6, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0065

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of first-degree murder, second-degree intentional murder, and first-degree arson, holding that Defendant was not entitled to relief on…

Minnesota Voters Alliance v. County of Ramsey  
Date: March 16, 2022
Docket Numbers: A20-1294, A20-1295, A20-1296

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court dismissing the petitions for writs of mandamus filed by Minnesota Voters Alliance, et al. (collectively, the…

State v. Mrozinski  
Date: March 9, 2022
Docket Number: A20-0231

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court finding Defendant guilty of four counts of violence under Minn. Stat. 609.713, subd. 1, holding that section…

Bender v. Bernhard  
Date: March 9, 2022
Docket Number: A20-1234

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the nonprecedential opinion of the court of appeals instructing the district court to consider whether Rebecca Bender presented newly discovered evidence warranting relief from a child support…

Chambers Self-Storage Oakdale, LLC v. County of Washington  
Date: March 9, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0825

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the tax court ruling on certain motions filed by Taxpayer and rejecting Taxpayer's statutory claim that its property was unequally assessed, holding that the tax court did not…

Wattson v. Simon (Legislative Redistricting Plan)  
Date: February 15, 2022
Docket Numbers: A21-0243, A21-0546

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that certain congressional districts were unconstitutional for purposes of the 2022 primary and general elections, enjoined their use in these elections, and adopted the congressional district…

Wattson v. Simon (Congressional Redistricting Plan)
Date: February 15, 2022
Docket Numbers: A21-0243, A21-0546
Bobo v. State  
Date: February 9, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0440

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's fifth petition for postconviction relief, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying postconviction…

Vermillion State Bank v. Tennis Sanitation, LLC  
Date: February 2, 2022
Docket Number: A19-1421

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the district court's judgment concluding that Tennis Sanitation, LLC breached the contract between the parties and that, as a result of the…

Mittelstaedt v. Henney  
Date: February 2, 2022
Docket Number: A20-0573

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the district court's dismissing of Plaintiff's breach of fiduciary duty claim against Defendant, an attorney, holding that the court of appeals…

Perham Hospital District v. County of Otter Tail  
Date: January 24, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0619

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the tax court concluding that three clinics - Perham Clinic, Ottertail Clinic, and New York Mills Clinic - were not subject to property tax because they clinics were exempt…

Martin v. State  
Date: January 19, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0386

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court summarily denying as time-barred Defendant's second petition for postconviction relief, holding that even if the facts alleged in the petition were proven at…

Shefa v. Ellison  
Date: January 12, 2022
Docket Number: A21-0830

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the unanimity requirement in Minn. Stat. 638.02m, subd. 1 does violate either Minn. Const. art. V, 7 or Minn. Const. art. III, 1. Defendant was convicted of first-degree manslaughter. When…

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