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FILED Wednesday, October 16, 2019


A19-0916        Bruce Clark, et al., Respondents, vs. City of Saint Paul, et al., Appellants.
                         Ramsey County.
            1.   A referendum on a Saint Paul ordinance that establishes organized waste collection services does not conflict with the requirements in Minn. Stat. §§ 115A.94–.941 (2018), that municipalities ensure that residents have waste collection services including through appropriate local controls, because ordinances that are not subject to the referendum fulfill those requirements and the Legislature intended that municipalities have broad authority in the process for establishing organized waste collection. 
            2.   A referendum on an ordinance that establishes organized waste collection services in the City does not impair the City’s contract obligations under the Contract Clauses of the United States and Minnesota Constitutions.
            Affirmed.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.

A18-0121        Ambree Getz, Respondent, vs. Eila Kaarina Peace, et al., Appellants.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   Discounts negotiated by managed-care organizations under Minnesota’s Prepaid Medical Assistance Plan are “payments made pursuant to the United States Social Security Act” and therefore are not deducted from the jury’s damages award under the collateral-source statute, Minnesota Statutes section 548.251, subdivision 1(2) (2018).
            2.   The Legislature intended to displace the common-law collateral-source rule for medical insurance payments and thus the common law cannot be used to reduce the jury’s damages award.
            Affirmed.  Justice Margaret H. Chutich.
            Dissenting, Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea and Justice G. Barry Anderson.

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FILED Tuesday, October 15, 2019

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)


1.       State of Minnesota vs. Annette M. Vieth – A18–1072 – Denied
2.       Virginia M. Carlson, Philip L. Carlson vs. Bryan Crane, Karen Crane – A18-1666 – Denied
3.       Jerry Duwenhoegger, Sr. vs. State of Minnesota – A18-1575 – Denied
4.       State of Minnesota vs. Adolfo Gutierrez Avila, Jr. – A18-1567 – Denied
5.       State of Minnesota vs. Laurie Ann McIntyre – A18-1342 – Denied
6.       State of Minnesota vs. Michael Lashaun Thompson – A18-1252 – Denied
7.       Douglas W. Wenker, et al. vs. Le Sueur County, Shoreland Recreational Cooperative, d/b/a Shoreland Country Club,
          Defendant – A19-0011 – Denied
8.       Grace Elizabeth Miller vs. Brock Fredin – A18-1154, A18-1155 – Denied
9.       In re Civil Commitment of Steven Loren Edwards – A19-0194, A19-0239 – Denied
10.     State of Minnesota vs. Antonio Dupree Wright – A18-1097 – Denied
11.     State of Minnesota vs. Michael Octarious Williams – A18-1432 – Denied
12.     State of Minnesota vs. Charles Earl Strother – A18-1035 – Denied
13.     State of Minnesota vs. Brian Ven Vangrevenhof – A18-1530 – Granted in part
14.     State of Minnesota vs. Simon Benjamin Danquah – A18-1581 – Denied
15.     State of Minnesota vs. Juan Carlos Garcia Morales – A18-1510 – Denied
16.     Ren Xu, et al. vs. Scott E. Sterling – A18-1741 – Denied
17.     Jeremy J. Cobb vs. Dwight J. Schultz, et al. – A18-1785 – Denied
18.     State of Minnesota vs. Daquan Ossie Bradley – A17-1659 – Denied
19.     James Briks & Jerome Briks vs. Smith, Strege, Fredericksen, Butts, & Clark, Ltd., d/b/a Smith & Strege Ltd., et al. –  
           A19-0136 – Denied
20.     Timberland Partners, Inc. vs. Harriet Liedtke – A19-0216 – Denied
21.     State of Minnesota vs. Mario Pedro Moreno – A18-1534 – Denied
22.     State of Minnesota vs. Anthony Scott David Auginaush – A18-1363 – Denied
23.     Nicollet Plaza, LLC vs. Chase Real Estate, Inc., City of Burnsville, KSH Development, LLC – A18-1864 – Denied
24.     State of Minnesota vs. Antonio Terrell Beasley – A18-1470 – Denied
25.     Steven Moore vs. City of New Brighton – A18-2111 – Denied
26.     LaPlant Properties, Inc. vs. State of Minnesota, City of Buffalo, et al. Case No. A19-0334 – Denied
27.     State of Minnesota vs. Antonio Desean Howard – A18-1480 – Denied
28.     Deon Lashawn Mallett vs. State of Minnesota – A18-1835 – Denied
29.     In re the Civil Commitment of Larry Franklin Dean – A19-0122 – Denied
30.     State of Minnesota vs. Keith Ward Hohlen – A18-1765 – Denied
31.     Charles Todd Bragg vs. State of Minnesota – A19-0526 – Denied
32.     State of Minnesota vs. Larhonda Betty Spiller – A18-1571 – Denied
33.     Herbert A. Igbanugo, et al. vs. Kent Jennings, et al. – A18-2029 – Denied
34.     In re Samuel Zean and Eunice Zean, Samuel Zean, et al. vs. Quality Inn & Suites, et al. – A19-1328 – Denied
35.     In re Adam Peter Flores, State of Minnesota vs. Adam Peter Flores – A19-0988 – Denied
36.     In re the Matter of the Civil Commitment of Adam Peter Flores – A19-1166 – Denied

          State of Minnesota ex rel. Robert Young vs. Paul Schnell, Commissioner of Corrections – A17-1741 – Vacated/Reversed/Remanded