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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, January 14, 2019



A18-0473       In re: 3M Bair Hugger Litigation.
                        Ramsey County District Court, Hon. William H. Leary, III.
            To determine whether the general-acceptance standard of Minn. R. Evid. 702 has been met, a court relies on evidence of the relevant scientific community’s acceptance or nonacceptance of the novel scientific theory.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.


A18-0120
       Kim A. Lund, as trustee and beneficiary of the Revocable Trust of Kim A. Lund; as co-trustee and beneficiary of the Trusts
                        created by the Trust 
Agreement of Russell T. Lund, Jr. dated February 14, 1990 for the benefit of Kim Lund; as beneficiary of the
                        Trusts created by the Irrevocable Trust 
Agreement of Russell T. Lund dated July 8, 1969; and as beneficiary of the Qualified Marital
                        Trust under Complete Amendment to Trust of Russell T. 
Lund, dated September 21, 1984, Respondent, vs. Russell T. Lund, III,
                        et al., 
Appellants.
                        Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Ivy S. Bernhardson.
            1.    If there is no genuine issue of material fact that unfairly prejudicial conduct occurred, a district court may, without conducting an evidentiary hearing, exercise its equitable authority to grant a buy-out under Minn. Stat. §§ 302A.751, 322B.833 (2014).
            2.    Minn. Stat. § 501C.0709 (2018), as supplemented by the common law, governs a trustee’s entitlement to reimbursement out of trust property for attorney fees and expenses incurred in administration of the trust.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.


A18-0655
       Peter K. Butler, petitioner, Appellant, vs. City of Saint Paul, et al., Respondents.                       
                        Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Jennifer Frisch
            1.   Election officials of a home rule charter city do not err in relying on the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) to determine whether a petition to amend the charter of a home rule city contains the requisite number of signatures of registered voters in a city.           
            2.   When a petition under Minn. Stat. § 204B.44 (2018) alleges that election officials committed an error, omission, or wrongful act in determining that a petition to amend a home rule city charter under Minn. Stat. § 410.12 (2018) is inadequate for failure to contain the requisite number of signatures of registered voters, the petitioner bears the burden of proving the existence of an error, omission, or wrongful act.
            3.   In order to create a genuine issue of material fact concerning an error, omission, or wrongful act by election officials who rely on the SVRS, the petitioner must present the district court with admissible evidence contrary to the relied-on SVRS record.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
 
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, January 14, 2019

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



1.         A18-0623
            Phyllis Louise Luskey, Appellant, vs. Nikki Dee Eggum, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Sharon L. Hall.

2.         A18-0174
            Assata Kenneh, Appellant, vs. Homeward Bound, Inc., Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Mel I. Dickstein.

3.         A18-0095
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Daniel Richard LeBre, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Mark Kappelhoff.

4.         A18-0570
            Nicholas J. Carney, et al., Respondents, vs. Michael A. Lange, et al., Appellants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Houston County District Court, Hon. Carmaine Sturino.

5.         A18-0131
            Casey Alena Holloway, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Kent Bradford Holloway, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Christian  M. Sande.

6.         A18-1191
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Jerry Gene Kerkhoff.
            Remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Supreme Court Appeal Panel.
 
7.         A18-0861
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Donald Joseph Green, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Barry A. Sullivan.

8.         A18-0525
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Patrick Sunnyboy Samuels, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Michelle W. Lawson.

9.         A18-1127
            In the Matter of the Welfare of: M. D. T., Child.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Peter A. Cahill.

10.       A18-1212
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Oliver Lenell Dority.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Supreme Court Appeal Panel.
 
11.       A18-0733
            Joseph Bergeron, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Corrections, Tom Roy, et
            al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Richard Ilkka.

12.       A18-0463
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tyrone Michael Strother, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

13.       A18-0271
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Peang Lee, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tamara G. Garcia.

14.       A18-1170
            Samiras Day Care Center, Appellant, vs. Minnesota Department of Human Services,
            Respondent, Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathleen D. Sheehy.

15.       A18-0450
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Delmonte Daquan Rudolph, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kerry Meyer.

16.       A18-0135
            In re the Marriage of:  Gregory Joseph Parnell, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Christine
            Melanie Parnell, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. B. William Ekstrum.

17.       A16-1871
            Michael Neil Labrasca, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Commissioner of Public Safety,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Becker County District Court, Hon. Michael D. Fritz.

18.       A18-0984
            Sokkhan Ka, Relator, vs. Lonvigson's Service Center, Inc., Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

19.       A18-0344
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Abdurahman Abdella Mama, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Lisa K. Janzen.

20.       A17-1994
            Carney Lien, Respondent, vs. Veit & Company, Inc., Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Itasca County District Court, Hon. Lois J. Lang.

21.       A17-1828
            In the Matter of the Appeal of the Denial for the Child Foster Care License Application
            of Shelia Ayres.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Minnesota Department of Human Services.

22.       A18-0512
            At Home Apartments, LLC, Respondent, vs. D. B., et al, Appellants.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Concurring specially, Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Gary R. Schurrer.

23.       A18-1026
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Alan Joseph Schiller.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Sibley County District Court, Hon. Timothy J. Looby.

24.       A18-0746
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kelsey Anna Ballman, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            LeSueur County District Court, Hon. Mark Vandelist.

25.       A18-0647
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Johnathan Demetrius Lee Henry, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Lisa K. Janzen.
 
26.       A18-0515
            Lunda Construction Company, Appellant, vs. County of Anoka, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Thomas M. Fitzpatrick.

27.       A18-0219
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jose Ventura Hernandez Hernandez, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Barbara R. Hanson.

28.       A18-1441
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  J. J. P. and T. D. K., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Morrison County District Court, Hon. Leonard A. Weiler.

29.       A16-1382
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Cortney John Edstrom, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Roger M. Klaphake.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Elizabeth V. Cutter.

30.       A18-0265
            John Everette Pierce, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge R. A. (Jim) Randall.*
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. David E. Ackerson.

31.       A18-1359
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: J. W. and A. W., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Kurt D. Johnson.
 
32.       A18-0475
            In re the Marriage of:  Brett William Leschinsky, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Sarah
            Elizabeth Leschinsky, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Patrick D. Robben.
 
 
* 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
January 14, 2019



1.         A18-1230
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David Tsehai Embaye, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Fred Karasov.

2.         A18-0897
            Larry Roosevelt Noble, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Gina M. Brandt.

3.         A18-1235
            Tamara Halima Eissa, Appellant, vs. MCF-Red Wing, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Goodhue County District Court, Hon. Douglas Bayley.

4.         A18-1057
            Kevin Gansen, Relator, vs. Department of Employment and Economic Development,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

5.         A17-1271
            Bryan Gene Quigley, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Chippewa County District Court, Hon. Thomas W. Van Hon.


 

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