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OPINIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT

FILED WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015

NOTICE - MEDIA RELEASE TIME IS 10:00 A.M. 

 

A13-1474       Great River Energy, et al., Appellants, vs. David D. Swedzinski, et al., Respondents.
                     Court of Appeals.
           When landowners elected to compel public utilities to purchase their entire parcel of land pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 216E.12, subd. 4 (2014), the district court did not err in limiting its analysis of the election to the requirements of the statute.
           Affirmed.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
           Took no part, Justice David L. Lillehaug.


A13-0898      Sysdyne Corporation, Appellant, vs. Brian Rousslang, et al., Respondents.
                    Court of  Appeals.
           1.   The justification defense against a claim of tortious interference with contract may be satisfied by a defendant’s good-faith reliance on advice of outside counsel, provided that the legal advice is obtained through a reasonable inquiry.
           2.   The trial court and court of appeals did not err in concluding that respondent Xigent met its burden of proving that its interference with the contract was justified based on reliance on the advice of counsel, given the evidence supporting the trial court’s findings that respondent engaged in a reasonable inquiry with outside counsel and honestly relied on counsel’s advice that the contract was unenforceable.
           Affirmed.  Justice Alan C. Page.
           Took no part, Justice David L. Lillehaug.


A13-0915       Dennis E. Kinworthy, Appellant, vs. Soo Line Railroad Company, d/b/a CP Rail System, 
                     Respondent.
                     Court of Appeals.
           1.   The recoverability of prejudgment interest in an action brought in state court under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), 45 U.S.C. § 51 (2012), is governed by federal substantive law.
           2.   Pursuant to existing federal law, a successful plaintiff in a FELA action brought in state court is not entitled to post-verdict, prejudgment interest under Minn. Stat. § 549.09, subd. 1(a) (2014).
           Affirmed.  Justice Christopher J. Dietzen.
           Concurring, Justice David L. Lillehaug.


A13-1963       In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Mark Alan Greenman, a Minnesota Attorney, 
                     Registration No. 228990.
                     Supreme Court.
           An indefinite suspension from the practice of law with no right to petition for reinstatement for a minimum of 6 months is warranted for respondent’s lengthy pattern of misconduct, including misrepresentation during an arbitration proceeding, pursuit of frivolous litigation, client neglect, incompetence, failure to attend court hearings and conferences, failure to pay court-ordered sanctions and a law-related debt, failure to timely return a client file, and failure to cooperate in the disciplinary process. 
           Per Curiam.


ORDERS

A13-1497       In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Brian James Engel, a Minnesota Attorney,
                     Registration No. 299790.
                     Supreme Court.
           Indefinitely suspended.  Justice Alan C. Page.
           Dissenting, Justice David L. Lillehaug.      

A14-1521       Arrowhead Senior Living Community, Self-Insured, administered by Berkley 
                     Risk Administrators Co., Employer-Relator, vs. Carol J. Kainz, Employee-
                     Respondent.
                     Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
           Reversed and remanded.  Justice David R. Stras.
           Took no part, Justice David L. Lillehaug.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS

ADM10-8005            Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct.
                               Supreme Court.
           Order approving amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct.

ADM10-8005            Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct.
                               Supreme Court
           Amended order approving amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct to be effective April 1, 2015.


 

(Added to website 2/27/15)
ORDERS ON PETITIONS FOR FURTHER REVIEW
 Filed - February 25, 2015
 
(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)
 

1.        Jane Doe 136 vs. Ralph Liebsch – A14-0275 – Granted
2.        Jeffrey M. Davies vs. Waterstone Capital Management, L.P. – A14-0017 – Denied
3.        State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company vs. Angela Mary Lennartson
           A14-0132, A14-0224 – Granted
4.        State of Minnesota vs. Adolph Donte Valentine – A13-1930 – Denied          
5.        In Re:  Amendment and Restatement of Revocable Living Trust of Alfred J. Berget
           dated February 15, 2005. – A13-2295 – Denied
6.        State of Minnesota vs. Stephen Thomas Conlin – A14-0069 – Denied          
7.        In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Stephen Danforth, a/k/a Stephen Rabideau. –
           A14-0951 – Denied
8.        State of Minnesota vs. Adolph Donte Valentine – A13-2203 – Denied
9.        Beverly Snow, et al. vs. Wabasha County, et al., City of Centerville, et al. – A14-1906 –
           Denied
10.      State of Minnesota vs. Jonathan Joseph Corbett – A14-0290 – Denied
11.      Sherrie M. Aubin vs. Family Dollar, Inc., Department of Employment and Economic
           Development – A14-0483 – Denied
12.      Yvette Ford vs. Minneapolis Public Schools – A13-1072 – Granted
13.      In re:  The Donald Briks Revocable Lifetime Trust Agreement dated April 2, 1991, 
           as amended. – A14-0318 – Denied
14.      State of Minnesota vs. Willie Ellis Bardney­ – A13-2328 – Denied
15.      State of Minnesota vs. Patrick William Carey – A14-1012 – Denied
16.      State of Minnesota vs. Donald Wallace Butler – A14-0672 Denied
17.      Lawrence Leiendecker, et al. vs. Asian Women United of Minnesota, et al., Greenstein, 
           Mabley & Wall, L.L.C., et al. – A12-1978, A12-2015 – Denied
18.      State of Minnesota vs. Dontay Lee Caraway – A14-2024 – Denied
19.      State of Minnesota vs. Abdirahman Ali Moallin – A14-0329 – Granted/Stayed
20.      Tony Dejuan Jackson vs. State of Minnesota – A14-0900 – Granted/Stayed
21.      State of Minnesota vs. Malcolm Roy Evans – A13-2256 – Granted/Stayed
22.      State of Minnesota vs. Thomas Henry Bundy – A14-0557 – Denied
23.      In re the Marriage of:  Leanne Dedrick Kieffer vs. Howard Owen Kieffer – ­A13-2386 – Denied
24.      State of Minnesota vs. Quince Raymond Campbell – A13-1876 – Denied
25.      State of Minnesota vs. Timothy Denzel Cross – A13-2329 – Denied
26.      State of Minnesota vs. Leslie Jay Boyd, Jr. – A14-0136 – Granted/Stayed
27.      State of Minnesota vs. Janet Lee Parrish – A14-0306 – Granted/Stayed
28.      State of Minnesota vs. Gary Bernard Wessling – A14-0046 – Granted/Stayed


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