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Court of Appeals Opinions



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Beginning no later than July 1, 2011, the appellate courts will send notices, orders, opinions, and correspondence related to pending cases to attorneys in those cases by e-mail rather than postal mail.  All attorneys with pending appellate cases who have not already registered an e-mail address should do so immediately.  Unrepresented parties with pending appellate cases may also participate in this e-notification system by registering an e-mail address.  Please visit the Clerk of Appellate Courts page for instructions on how to register your e-mail address.
 

Opinion Policies

Minnesota Court of Appeals opinions are issued weekly and are available to the public at 10 a.m. CST/CDT every Monday.

On Wednesday of every week, the Court of Appeals will mail a notice that informs counsel, pro se parties, and court personnel associated with a case that an opinion will be released the following Monday.  Opinions are available online or by visiting the Clerk of Appellate Courts, 305 Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, after the Monday release time.  Copies of the opinions are mailed to involved parties on Mondays.

In certain time-sensitive cases, the Court of Appeals may issue opinions on a business day other than Monday.  In these instances, involved parties will be contacted just prior to the special release.

Please visit the Minnesota State Law Library's Appellate Opinions Archive for previously released Court of Appeals Opinions.

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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, May 18, 2020



A19-1061        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Moses Woods, Appellant.
                         Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Martha A. Holton Dimick.
            The amelioration doctrine applies to the 2019 sentencing guidelines provision altering the determination of when a prior conviction has decayed for calculating criminal history, which requires that a current offense date be established by the fact-finder or through an admission by the defendant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
 
 
 
A19-1592        Dustin Ward, et al., Appellants, vs El Rancho Manana, Inc., et al., Respondents.                        
                         Stearns County District Court, Hon. John H. Scherer
            Under the doctrine of res judicata, shareholders of a closely held corporation who bring later derivative claims share privity with different shareholders of the same corporation that brought an earlier lawsuit alleging derivative claims when the two suits involve claims arising from the same set of factual circumstances.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
 
 
 
A19-1522        Dametrius Ratheal Adrian Moore, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.   
                         Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Lezlie Ott Marek.
            A violation of the rule announced in State v. Dexter, 269 N.W.2d 721 (Minn. 1978), which prevents the misuse of impeachment evidence, does not occur unless the party who called the witness was aware that the witness would recant before the witness took the stand.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
 
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, May 18, 2020

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2018)



1.         A19-1034
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Phuc Trong Nguyen, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Peter A. Cahill.
 
2.         A19-1032
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Anthony Terrell Hemphill, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Regina M. Chu.
 
3.         A19-0884, A19-1182
            In re the Marriage of: Beth Marie Delzer, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Randy Edward
            Delzer,
            Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Joseph T. Carter and Hon. M. Michael Baxter.
 
4.         A19-1321
            Target Corporation, Relator, vs. City of Minnetonka, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            City of Minnetonka.
 
5.         A19-0805
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jarred Isaac Mosdal, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Fillmore County District Court, Hon. Matthew J. Opat.
 
6.         A19-1378
            In re the Supervised Estate of: William J. DeFore a/k/a William Joseph DeFore,
            Deceased.
            Reversed and remanded; motion denied.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. George Borer and Hon. Phillip Carruthers.
 
7.         A19-1963
            Patti Lang, Appellant, vs. US Bancorp (US BANK), et al., Defendants, City of Austin,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Mower County District Court, Hon. Christa M. Daily.
 
8.         A18-2145
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tescil Romalis Mason-Kimmons, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam.

9.         A19-1546
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Christian John Donnelly, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Gail T. Kulick.
 
10.       A19-1087
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Nyla Tomeka Murrell-French, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Sara R Grewing.
 
11.       A19-1751
            Ayano Eto Baylor, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Christopher Gary Baylor, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Michael K. Browne.
 
12.       A19-1417
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Luke Alexander Dean, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Shaun R. Floerke.
 
13.       A19-0799
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Raciel Zalva Zalvidar-Proenza, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Swift County District Court, Hon. Rodney Hanson.
 
14.       A19-1524
            Jack Grew, Relator, vs. Island Investment Inc., Respondent, Department of Employment
            and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.
 
15.       A19-0888
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Angalie Naidu, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Regina M. Chu.
                                                                                                     
16.       A19-1003
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Bakil Nuh Dahir, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Lisa R Hayne.
 
17.       A19-0641
            Tyrese Thomas, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Chippewa County District Court, Hon. Thomas W. Van Hon.
 
 18.       A19-0920
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Charles Edward Kennedy, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tanya Mozell Bransford.
 
19.       A19-0741
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kenneth Myron Remund, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Chippewa County District Court, Hon. Thomas W. Van Hon.
 
20.       A19-1394
            Anthony Paul Schatz, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake*.
            LeSueur County District Court, Hon. Mark Vandelist.
 
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
May 18, 2020



1.         A19-1784
            Ronald Ezel Scott, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tanya Mozell Bransford.
 
2.         A20-0035
            Harriet M. Liedtke, Appellant, vs. Timberland Partners, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Jerome B. Abrams.
 
3.         A19-1458
            Alberto Rivera, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake*.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Martha A. Holton Dimick.

 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, May 18, 2020

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