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Published OpinionsBy statute, the Court of Appeals issues a published opinion only in the most important and complex cases. Published opinions include an extensive analysis of the facts and law. They will be considered and used by courts faced with similar issues in the future, and they are published in books found in most law libraries.

DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS
FILED Monday, April 25, 2016



A15-1591     State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. D. R. F., Appellant.
           
          Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.
            An expungement petition based on the petitioner's acquittal cannot be denied on the ground that the petitioner might at some future time commit an offense, be charged with a crime, and have a bail hearing at which the petitioner's bench warrant history on the acquitted crime would not be available because it has been expunged: such a hypothesis does not constitute the "clear and convincing evidence that the interests of the public and public safety outweigh the disadvantages to the petitioner of not sealing the record" within the meaning of Minn. Stat. § 609A.03, subd. 5(b) (2014).
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.


A15-0843       Stand Up Multipositional Advantage MRI, P. A., Respondent, vs. American
                        Family Insurance Company, a Wisconsin corporation, Appellant, Michael
                        Schultz, et al., Respondents, Ilya Knyazev, et al., Respondents, Thomas
                        Bennerotte, et al., Respondents, Jed Benjamin Iverson, Respondent, Gabriel
                        Johnson, Respondent,  Michael Fay, et al., Respondents, Brad Ratgen, et al.,
                        Respondents, Landon Barakow, Respondent, Lebertha Porter, Respondent.
                      
                        Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Hon. Frank J. Magill, Jr.
            A patient's assignment of a no-fault insurance claim to a medical provider is invalid and unenforceable if the applicable automobile insurance policy forbids such an assignment and if the patient makes the assignment before the medical provider bills the patient for medical services.
            Reversed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Concurring in part, dissenting in part, Judge Carol A. Hooten.


A15-1992
       In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: A. H., Parent.
                       
Hennepin County District Court, Hon. David L. Piper.
            1.   The juvenile court has "original and exclusive jurisdiction" over visitation issues raised in post-permanency proceedings under Minn. Stat. §§ 260C.503-.521 (2014).
            2.   The juvenile court must use the best-interests standard of Minn. Stat. § 260C.511 when deciding whether to modify visitation in a post-permanency proceeding.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.


A15-1832
       Steven Duane Auers, personally, and as trustee for the next of kin of Karen
                        Auers,
deceased, Respondent, vs. Progressive Direct Insurance Company,
                        Appellant.
           
          Kanabec County District Court, Hon. Stoney L. Hiljus.
            1.   Pursuant to Swanson v. Brewster, 784 N.W.2d 264 (Minn. 2010), a negotiated discount of medical expenses is a collateral source subject to offset under Minn. Stat. § 548.251 (2014).
            2.   A subrogee that has negotiated a discount of medical expenses may not assert a subrogation right for the discount under Swanson, and the subrogation right is limited to the amount of the subrogee's payment.
            3.   An injured plaintiff who purchases the subrogation interest of a health-insurance carrier is not entitled to recover the Swanson collateral-source offset under Minn. Stat. § 548.251 in his personal injury case.
            Reversed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.


A15-1383
       In re the Matter of the Estate of Brian K. Johnson, Decedent.
                       Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jamie L. Anderson.
            When an estate is administered by a court-appointed personal representative, Minnesota Statutes section 524.3-813 (2014) authorizes the personal representative to compromise claims against the estate without the consent of all beneficiaries under the will.
            Affirmed.  Judge R. A. (Jim) Randall.*
 
* Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or that will affect only the parties to that particular case. These opinions are usually shorter, do not contain extensive discussion of the facts, and are not generally relied on by other courts to the same degree as published opinions.

UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS
FILED Monday, April 25, 2016

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2014)



1.         A15-1738
            Kaytee Hooser, et al., Respondents, vs. Keith Anderson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Big Stone County District Court, Hon. Charles Crawford Glasrud.

2.         A15-0964
            Nicholas James Heinz, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Sibley County District Court, Hon. Thomas G. McCarthy.

3.         A15-0316
            In the Matter of the Estate of:  Orville C. Jacobson, Deceased.         
            In the Matter of the Estate of:  Hughie Eugene Keenan, Deceased.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jamie L. Anderson.

4.         A15-1208
            Angela M. Schroeder, Relator, vs. Angel Eyes, Inc., Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

5.         A15-0914
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. James William Kralik, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and remanded.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Christian S. Wilton.

6.         A15-0337
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Andrew John Wondrasek, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Patrick C. Diamond.

7.         A15-1176
            Rojelio Castillo, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Salvador Rosas.

8.         A15-1056
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Brian Robert Winsor, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Regina M. Chu.

9.         A15-1207
            Preeti Kaur Rajpal, Appellant, vs. Regents of the University of Minnesota, et al.,
            Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Kristin Siegesmund.

10.       A15-0661
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Arnold Lee Scott, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Sean C. Gibbs.

11.       A15-0898
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Rustin Kent Hartland, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. James B. Florey.

12.       A15-1324
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lisa Lorraine Peltier, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Polk County District Court, Hon. Judge Jeffrey Scott Remick.

13.       A15-0967
            In the Matter of the Administrative Penalty Order of Fay's Homestyle Catering.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Minnesota Department of Health.

14.       A15-1254, A15-1323
            Robert Anderson, Respondent, vs. State of Minnesota, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Tad Jude.

15.       A15-1121
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Scott Anthony Hebert, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Jenny Walker Jasper.

16.       A15-1673
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Brandon Harley Johansen, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Thomas D. Hayes.

17.       A15-1278
            Roger William Kuehn, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Gary R. Schurrer.

18.       A15-1073
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. William James Chestnut, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Rosanne Nathanson.

19.       A15-1211
            Jamel Daniel Hoard, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Salvador Rosas.

20.       A15-1160
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. John Charles Kotten, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Redwood County District Court, Hon. Judge Patrick R Rohland.

21.       A15-0904
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Morgan Lee Thompson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Nicole A. Engisch.

22.       A15-1496
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Henry Davila, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Patrick C. Diamond.

23.       A15-1033
            In re the Estate of:  Edward D. Kane a/k/a Edward Donald Kane, Decedent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Rice County District Court, Hon. Judge Christine Long.

24.       A15-1465
            Scott Andren, Appellant, vs. James Woodhull, et al., Respondents.
            Reversed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Judge Theresa Neo.

25.       A15-1345
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Byron Dean Sayers, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hubbard County District Court, Hon. Robert Donald Tiffany.

26.       A15-1233
            Roxanne J. Soderholm, Respondent, vs. Olivia Forar, et al., Appellants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Arlene Perkkio.

27.       A15-1005
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joseph Ray Burrell, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Krista J. Jass.

28.       A15-1815
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Luke Brandon Scott, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Margaret M. Marrinan.

29.       A15-1107
            Clarinda Low, Appellant, vs. Travis Russell Yorek, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Shawn M. Moynihan.

30.       A15-0887
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Deundrick Demon McIntosh, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Salvador Rosas.
 
* Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.
Order OpinionsCases that involve a few simple issues may be decided by order opinions, which include little discussion of the facts of the case and a brief analysis of the laws that are involved.

RECENT ORDER OPINIONS
April 25, 2016




1.         A15-1619
            Tito Fonzio Campbell, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. John H. Guthmann.
 
* Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.

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