Court of Appeals Opinions



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

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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, August 20, 2018



A17-1821        In the Matter of Minnesota Living Assistance, Inc., d/b/a Baywood Home Care.
               
         Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.
            The language in Minn. R. 5200.0140 (2017), allowing an employer to deduct premium pay for overtime work for purposes of calculating an employee’s regular rate of pay, is ambiguous.  The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s interpretation of that rule to allow deductions only for overtime work in excess of 48 hours per week constitutes an invalid unpromulgated rule that may not be the basis for agency action.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.


 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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, August 20, 2018

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



1.         A17-2010
            In the Matter of the Welfare of:  C. J. D., Child.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Steele County District Court, Hon. Ross L. Leuning.

2.         A17-1436
            In re the Marriage of:  Kurtis Lee Manley, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Sara Anne Manley,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Richelle M Wahi.

3.         A17-1260
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Benjamin Louis Yaeger, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Christina Kilbo Stevens.

4.         A17-1237
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lanell Thaddeus Crenshaw, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Margaret A. Daly.

5.         A18-0004
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Elwin Louis Klimek, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Gary J. Pagliaccetti.

6.         A17-2003
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Luke Ryan Doud, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Eric J. Askegaard.

7.         A17-1667
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Hisham Ismaeil Rawi, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Fred Karasov.

8.         A17-0931
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Augustine Corona, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Brown County District Court, Hon. Robert A. Docherty.

9.         A18-0235
            In the Matter of the Welfare of:  C. M. S., Child.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Edward Wilson.

10.       A18-0163
            Steven Brown, Respondent, vs. Casey's Retail Company, d/b/a Casey's General Store,
            Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            LeSueur County District Court, Hon. Martha M. Simonett.

11.       A17-1595
            Joanne Lane, Relator, vs. D W Jones Management, Inc., Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

12.       A18-0018
            Sharee Nolan, Appellant, vs. Rockin Ronny's, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Mark Edward Betters.

13.       A17-2078, A17-2080, A17-2081, A18-0015
            John Doe 125, Appellant (A17-2078), John Doe 126, et al., Appellants (A17-2081), John
            Doe 123, et al., Appellants (A18-0015), vs. Peter Hoagland, Defendant (A17-2078, A17-
            2081, A18-0015), Pete's Communication, Inc., Respondent (A17-2078, A17-2081, A18-
            0015), and Allstate Insurance Company, Respondent (A17-2080), vs. John Doe 123, et
            al., Co-Appellants (A17-2080), John Doe 125, et al., Appellants (A17-2080).
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Thompson.

14.       A17-2018
            Wendy Davis, Relator, vs. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers #292 Health
            Care Plan, Respondent, Department of Employment and Economic Development,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

15.       A17-0971, A17-1958
            Pro-Life Action Ministries, Incorporated, et al, Appellants, vs. Regents of the University
            of  Minnesota, Respondent.
            Appeals dismissed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel C. Moreno.
 
16.       A18-0056
            Matthew Frie, Relator, vs. Kroll Ontrack, LLC, Respondent, Department of Employment
            and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

17.       A17-1796
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Samuel Mathew Amaro, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Christian S. Wilton.

18.       A17-1349
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Cornelius Berdell Green, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Margaret A. Daly.

19.       A17-1328
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Devon Larry Green, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Margaret A. Daly.

20.       A17-1429
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Chad Nicholas Nelson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Thomas M. Fitzpatrick.

21.       A17-2066
            East View Information Services, Inc., Appellant, vs. Xigent Solutions, LLC, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bridget Sullivan.

22.       A17-1589
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Emanuel Chol Alfred, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Joseph F. Chase.

23.       A17-1679
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kyle Alan Johnson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Isanti County District Court, Hon. John  D. Klossner.

24.       A18-0182
            Patty Kirkey, Relator, vs. LSS of Traverse, LLC, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

25.       A17-1365
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. T. K. S., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. John Dehen.

26.       A18-0192
            In re the Marriage of:  Amy Marie Causton, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Paul Ronald
            Causton, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Holly Knight.

27.       A18-0040
            1A Smart Start, Inc., et al., Petitioners, vs. Minnesota Department of Public Safety, et al.,
            Respondents.
            Rules declared invalid.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
 


* 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
August 20, 2018



1.         A18-0521
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jonathan Lee Anderson, Defendant, DUI
            Bail Bonds, LLC, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Jenny Walker Jasper.

2.         A18-0183
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. John Duc Pham, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. John C. Hoffman.

 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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