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.

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, September 9, 2019



A18-1758        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Christian Dulue Flah, Appellant.
                         Benton County District Court, Hon. Michael S. Jesse.
            If a defendant is voluntarily absent from his or her jury trial and has not personally consented to or requested a no-adverse-inference jury instruction, a district court does not err by denying defense counsel’s request for a no-adverse-inference jury instruction.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.


A19-0343        State of Minnesota, by its Commissioner of Transportation, Respondent, vs. Cole A. Schneider, et al., Respondents Below,
                         Richard A. Kelly, Jr., et al., Appellants.

                         
St. Louis County District Court, Hon. David M. Johnson.
            In eminent-domain proceedings, interest accrued under Minn. Stat. § 117.195, subd. 1 (2018), is not included in the final judgment or award of damages to determine eligibility for reimbursement of attorney fees under the plain meaning of Minn. Stat. § 117.031(a) (2018).
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
 
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, September 9, 2019

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


1.         A18-1543
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Steel, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

2.         A19-0280
            Pohocogo, LLC, Appellant, vs. Paul Cassidy, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Lisa R Hayne.

3.         A18-1980
            Shamrock Sod & Landscaping, Inc., et al., Appellants, vs. Security State Bank of Fergus
            Falls, Respondent, John Leonard Blume, Respondent, Paul Stephen Lindholm,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Douglas County District Court, Hon. Frederick L. Grunke.

4.         A18-1991
            LTI 9500, LLC, Appellant, vs. Security Warehouse/5th Avenue Lofts Association,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. M. Jacqueline Regis.

5.         A18-1964
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jacob Thomas Price, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Gregory J. Anderson.

6.         A18-1526
            Kristy Ann Ryan, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Jeffrey Alan Ryan, Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Rex D. Stacey.

7.         A19-0387
            Leonard Connell Brown, Jr., petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Karen A. Janisch.

8.         A19-0084
            Amy Jeanne Flaherty, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Robert G. Rancourt.

9.         A18-2097
            Nizar Abuzeni, et al., Appellants, Cheryl Mutschler, Appellant, vs. John Jay Mutschler, et
            al., Respondents,  Kurt Bragg, et al., Respondents, Colleen Entrikin, Respondent, Larry
            Henrichs, Respondent, Robert Kramer, Respondent, Jason Mutschler, Respondent,
            Brian Seemann, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Mel I. Dickstein.

10.       A18-1992
            Waymouth Farms, Inc., Appellant, Gerard S. Knight, Plaintiff, vs. Shuqin Liu a/k/a Sam
            Liu a/k/a  Peter Liu, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Mary R. Vasaly.

11.       A18-2100
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Daniel David Baker, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

12.       A18-1829
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David James Fineday, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Cass County District Court, Hon. David Harrington.

13.       A18-1802
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Damion John Gullickson, Jr., Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Cass County District Court, Hon. David Harrington.

14.       A19-0281
            Markhel D. Franklin, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Richard H. Kyle, Jr.

15.       A18-1699
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Xieng Khan Lee, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam.

 

SPECIAL RELEASE OPINION FILED SEPTEMBER 3, 2019

 
16.       A18-1386
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jaycob Peter Hoffman.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.

 
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
September 9, 2019



NO ORDER OPINIONS FILED
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

Opinion SetsOpinion sets contain all published, unpublished, and order opinions. The sets are compressed into files that must be unpacked before opening them.

Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, September 9, 2019

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