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.


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 Monday, September 17, 2018



A18-0121       Ambree Getz, Appellant, vs. Eila Kaarina Peace, et al., Respondents.
           
            Blue Earth County District Court, Hon. Kurt D. Johnson.
            Discounts negotiated for Medicaid beneficiaries under Minnesota’s Prepaid Medical Assistance Program are “payments made pursuant to the United States Social Security Act” that are excepted from collateral-source offset under Minn. Stat. § 548.251, subd. 1(2) (2016).
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.


A17-1810
       Jamie Gonzalez Diaz, Relator, vs. Three Rivers Community Action, Inc., Respondent, Department of Employment and
                       Economic Development, Respondent.
           
           Department of Employment and Economic Development.
            I.   This court reviews de novo whether a statutory exception to ineligibility applies to the facts found by an unemployment-law judge under the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Act.          II.   Minn. Stat. § 268.095, subd. 1(8) (Supp. 2017), requires that an employee have requested time off or other accommodation in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits after quitting employment because of loss of childcare.  An employee who requested and received accommodations because of child-care unavailability, but then had those accommodations taken away, meets the accommodation-request requirement.
            Reversed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Concurring specially, Judge Michael L. Kirk.

 
 
  

SPECIAL TERM OPINION

 
A18-1098        In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of:  K.M. and T.R., Parents.
A18-1115       
Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Jennifer Fischer.
            After a juvenile-protection order discharges a party’s counsel, the district court administrator’s service of notice of filing of the order on the discharged counsel does not constitute service on the party and therefore does not commence the running of the party’s 20-day appeal period under Minn. R. Juv. Prot. P. 47.02, subd. 2.
            Appeal to proceed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.

 

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 Monday, September 17, 2018

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



1.         A17-1829
            Sharon Olsen, Relator, vs. Lindberg Chiropractic, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

2.         A18-0125
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Gilbert Lee Rodriquez, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Paul Benshoof.

3.         A17-1432
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Romeo Orlando Davis, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Richard H. Kyle, Jr.

4.         A18-0317
            Gabrielle Huson, et al., Appellants, vs. Benilde-St. Margaret's School, et al.,
            Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Amy Dawson.

5.         A18-0119
            In re the Matter of:  Joseph Loren Conner, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Jakklyn Marie
            Netland, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Edward Thomas Wahl.

6.         A18-0481
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Curtis Marcell Smallwood.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Supreme Court Appeal Panel.

7.         A17-0968
            St. Jude Medical, Inc., Appellant, vs. Heath Carter, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Susan N. Burke.

8.         A18-0406
            County of Pope, Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael A. Kirkeby, et al., Appellants,
            Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Pope County District Court, Hon. Rodney Hanson.

9.         A17-1819
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Timeshia Reagan Frye, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and remanded.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam.

10.       A17-1406
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Mario Dewayne Nelson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Nicole J. Starr.

11.       A17-1843
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Bryce Monroe Muir, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Michael Wentzell.

12.       A17-1707
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lavell Ramone Porter, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Fred Karasov.

13.       A18-0144
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Shawn Troy Carlson, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr..
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Lisa K. Janzen.

14.       A17-1712, A17-1713
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Beverly Nicole Burrell, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Paul Scoggin.
 
15.       A17-1620
            J. Paul Robinson, Relator, vs. University of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr..
            University of Minnesota Office of Executive Vice President and Provost.

16.       A17-1503
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Rachel Ann Robak, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. William J. Cashman.

17.       A17-1486
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jason Owen Nelson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr..
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Donald  M. Spilseth.

18.       A17-1055
            In re the Marriage of:  Keith Jonathan Hempel, II, Decedent, Tobin Hempel and Joshua
            D. Krsnak, personal representatives, Respondents, vs. Samantha Hempel, Appellant.
            Affirmed; motion denied as moot.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Nicole A. Engisch.

19.       A18-0211
            Leslie Bjerke, Relator, vs. U.S. Postal Service, Respondent, Department of Employment
            and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

20.       A17-1873
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Timothy Alan Bergeron, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Polk County District Court, Hon. Tamara Lynn Yon.

21.       A17-1615
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joshua Dale Swift, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Fred Karasov.

22.       A18-0536
            Robert Sam Raisch, Jr., petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Pine County District Court, Hon. Krista K. Martin.

23.       A18-0041
            Paul King, et al., Appellants, vs. County of St. Louis, Respondent, Duluth Economic
            Development Authority, Respondent.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Jill Eichenwald.

24.       A17-1974
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jallah Sallah Kollie, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Becker County District Court, Hon. Jay D. Carlson.

25.       A17-1788
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Lonny Duane Lundgren, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            LeSueur County District Court, Hon. Martha M. Simonett.

26.       A18-0050
            Adnan Mohamed Ali, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Thomas J. Kalitowski.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.

27.       A18-0036
            In re the Estate of:  Harold E. Farnes, a/k/a Harold Farnes and Harold Ellwood Farnes,
            Decedent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Thomas J. Kalitowski.*
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Michael Wentzell.

28.       A17-1565
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Anansa Ashanti McIntosh-Spicer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Thomas J. Kalitowski.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jeannice M. Reding.

29.       A17-1602
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Melie Ike Ilogu, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Regina M. Chu.

30.       A17-1576
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Raymond Valerian Jacobson, Jr., Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.*
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Michelle W. Lawson.
 


* Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.
 

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
September 17, 2018



NO ORDER OPINIONS FILED
 

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 Monday, September 17, 2018

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