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Court of Appeals Opinions



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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.

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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 20, 2019



A18-1786        In the Matter of a Petition for Independent Review, Thomas Ruffenach, employee, Relator, vs. Metropolitan Council, Metro Transit
                         Division, public employer, Respondent, Bureau of Mediation Services, Respondent.
                         
Bureau of Mediation Services.
            Minn. Stat. § 179A.25 (2018) does not provide for independent review by the Bureau of Mediation Services of a grievance arising out of terms and conditions of employment when a collective-bargaining agreement governing the employment provides a procedure for arbitration of the grievance.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.


A18-0761        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tyler James Dexter, Appellant.
                        Anoka County District Court, Hon. Tammi A. Fredrikson.
            If a warrant to search a home relies on information from a confidential police informant about contraband inside the home, but the warrant application includes no facts indicating whether the informant could be considered a government agent who violated the resident defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights, Minnesota Rule of Criminal Procedure 9.01 entitles the defendant to discover non identifying information relevant to the constitutionality of the informant’s conduct.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Concurring in part, dissenting in part, Judge Matthew E. Johnson.



A18-1800        State of Minnesota, Plaintiff, vs. Ronald Dale Owens, Defendant, Laura Lynn Bultman, Defendant.
                        Wright County District Court, Hon. Michele A. Davis.
            Wholly owned subsidiaries of the same parent corporation are separate “persons” under Minn. Stat. § 152.33, subd. 1 (2014).
            Certified question answered in the negative.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.

 

SPECIAL TERM OPINION

 
A19-0237        In the Matter of the Midway Pro Bowl Relocation Benefits Claim.
                        Office of Administrative Hearings.
            1.   The judicial-review provisions of the Minnesota Administrative Procedure Act (MAPA), Minn. Stat. §§ 14.63-.69 (2018), govern a certiorari appeal from an administrative law judge’s determination of the eligibility for or the amount of relocation assistance that the acquiring authority must provide under the Minnesota Uniform Relocation Act (MURA), Minn. Stat. §§ 117.50-.56 (2018).
            2.   Because Minn. Stat. § 14.63 only requires that the petition for the writ of certiorari be filed with the court of appeals and served on all parties to the contested case within the 30-day appeal period, relator’s failure to serve the petition and the issued writ of certiorari on the agency within the appeal period does not deprive the court of appeals of jurisdiction.
            Motion to discharge writ of certiorari denied.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
 
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 20, 2019

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



1.         A18-2118
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Karl Leonard Meyer.
            Affirmed.  Chief judge Edward J. Cleary.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Elizabeth Cutter.

2.         A18-0420
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Roy Paul Sanborn, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Waseca County District Court, Hon. Carol M. Hanks.

3.         A18-1176
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Peter Derevitsky, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Christopher J. Lehmann.

4.         A18-1348
            Simanski Metals, LLC, Relators, vs. Goodhue County Board of Commissioners,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Goodhue County Board of Commissioners.

5.         A18-1463
            Nichole Cox, Appellant, vs. Mid-Minnesota Mutual Insurance Company, et al.,
            Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. William J. Cashman.

6.         A18-0663
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joseph James Nolan, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Regina M. Chu.

7.         A18-1094
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Murtada Ahmed Abdelrahim, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Lisa R. Hayne.

8.         A18-2143
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Anthony Bruce Eberhardt.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Supreme Court Appeal Panel.

9.         A18-1152
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. DeAndray Artez Easley, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. George Stephenson.

10.       A18-1447
            Murphy Dressen Consulting, LLC, Respondent, vs. CloudCover, Ltd., Appellant,
            CloudCover Risk Solutions, Inc., et al., Defendants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathleen D. Sheehy.

11.       A18-0566
            In re the Marriage of:  Lauri Sue Browning, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Daniel H.
            Gruenstein, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Philip Carruthers.

12.       A18-1300
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Abdulaziz Mohamed Yussuf, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Andrew R. Pearson.

13.       A18-2115
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Joseph Valentyn.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Steele County District Court, Hon. Joseph A. Bueltel.

14.       A18-1917
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  M. Z., Parent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Pamela G. Alexander.

15.       A18-0860
            Olimpia Onofre Cedillo, et al., Respondents, vs. Herbert Azubuike Igbanugo, et al.,
            Appellants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Mel I. Dickstein.

16.       A18-1358
            Lynn Baker Handelman-Seigel, Appellant, vs. City of Edina, Defendant, Independent
            School District #273, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel H. Mabley.
 
17.       A18-1096
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. John Lewis-Williams, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Elena L. Ostby.

18.       A18-0968
            Patricia J. Marquardt, Respondent, vs. James M. Schaffhausen, et al., Appellants,
            Steven M. Dittes, et al., Defendants, Steven W. Sonnesyn, et al., Defendants.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Dissenting, Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Francis J. Magill, Jr.

19.       A18-0966
            Jason Carlson, Appellant, vs. BNSF Railway Company, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Nancy Brasel.

20.       A18-1017
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Edward Ortiz Sanchez, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Jamie L. Cork.

21.       A18-1108
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Antoine Kenneth James Adkins, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Timothy McManus.

22.       A18-1383
            In re the Marriage of:  Denise Marie Kienholz, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Douglas
            Floyd Kienholz, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Morrison County District Court, Hon. Douglas Anderson.

23.       A18-1338
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Rashad Ramon Ivy, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Joy Bartscher.

24.       A18-1493
            Rebecca Greenstein, Relator, vs. Allina Health Systems, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Thomas J. Kalitowski.*
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

25.       A18-1746
            Samuel Wayne Behrens, Jr., Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Thomas J. Kalitowski.*
            Benton County District Court, Hon. Michael S. Jesse.

26.       A19-0089
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tanya Jo Eidhammer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Cottonwood County District Court, Hon. Christina M. Wietzema.

27.       A18-1159
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dean Allen Benter, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Mahnomen County District Court, Hon. Anne M. Rasmusson.

28.       A18-1156
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Rian Lynn Thibeau, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Hon. Larry B. Stauber, Jr.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Luis Bartolomei.

29.       A18-1185
            Emily Peterson, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Scott Howard Meyer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.*
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Kevin Lund.
 
* 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
May 20, 2019



NO ORDER OPINIONS FILED
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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