Court of Appeals Opinions



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Appellate Courts will begin transmitting all notices, orders, and opinions electronically.

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.


Published Opinions

By 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 Tuesday, February 21, 2017



A16-0916       Carol Jansen, Respondent, vs. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Appellant.
           
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Christopher J. Lehmann.
            For purposes of Minn. Stat. § 65B.525, subd. 1 (2016), a claim is the dollar amount of no-fault benefits alleged to be due and owing from the reparation obligor at the time the no-fault proceeding is commenced.
            Reversed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.



 

Unpublished Opinions

Unpublished 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 Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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



1.         A16-1023
            Ethan J. Lahn, Relator, vs. Gamestop, Inc., Respondent, Department of Employment
            and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

2.         A16-1251
            Harper & Peterson, P.L.L.C., Respondent, vs. John W. Seckinger, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Mary E. Hannon.

3.         A16-0998
            Allen Battle, Respondent, vs. Auto Sales 1, Inc., Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. William H. Leary, III.

4.         A16-0680
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Edward Antonio Zappa, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bridget Sullivan.

5.         A16-1156
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jesse Tyler Schafer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Meeker County District Court, Hon. Judge Stephanie L. Beckman.

6.         A16-0957
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Vernon Dale Howard, Sr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Cass County District Court, Hon. Judge Janna M. Austad.

7.         A16-0622
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dillen James Hinkemeyer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

8.         A16-1407
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  G. A. and R. O. C. A., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Jonathan Neal Jasper.

9.         A16-1063, A16-1064
            In re Resolutions Relating to the Termination and Non-Renewal of the Teaching
            Contracts of Carol Grzybowski and Heather Mignone, Probationary Teachers.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Independent School District No. 276.

10.       A16-1065
            Jennifer L. Stubbs, Relator, vs. Sprint/United Management Co. (Corp.), Respondent,
            Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development..

11.       A16-1451
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: A.T. and J. T., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Walter Kaminsky.

12.       A16-0580
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Christopher Paul Hilton, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Joseph F. Chase.

13.       A16-0304
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kevin Ray Goulet, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Dissenting, Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Mark F. Hansen.
 

Order Opinions

Cases 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
February 21, 2017



1.         A16-0871
            Leland Ronald Nelson, II, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi H. Schellhas.
            Fillmore County District Court, Hon. Matthew J. Opat.

2.         A15-2040
            Sean David Krieg, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Patsy Ann Williams, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Shawn M. Bartsh.

 

Special Release Opinions

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED


Opinion Sets

Opinion 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 Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Opinion Set in a Zipped Word Document Format

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