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FILED Wednesday, June 28, 2017


A16-0726        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Josue Robles Fraga, Appellant.
                         Nobles County.
            1.   The district court did not violate appellant’s right to present a defense or abuse its discretion by excluding audio and video evidence of prior inconsistent statements made by a State witness.
            2.   The district court did not commit reversible error in evidentiary rulings challenged on appeal.
            3.   The prosecutor did not commit plain error in closing argument.
            4.   The alleged cumulative errors did not deny appellant a fair trial.
            5.   The sentencing order erroneously states that appellant was convicted of all five murder charges.
            Affirmed and remanded.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.

A16-0361        Kristel Kubis, Respondent, vs. Community Memorial Hospital Association, and Greater Minnesota Self-Insurance Fund, with claims
                         administered by Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Relators, and Essentia Health Systems and St. Luke’s Clinics, Intervenors.
                         Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
            The Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals erred by substituting its own view of the evidence to overturn the compensation judge’s determination that the employee had failed to establish her claim for benefits by a preponderance of the evidence.
            Reversed.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.
            Dissenting, Justices David L. Lillehaug, Margaret H. Chutich and Anne K. McKeig.

A15-1471        In re the Marriage of:  Robert Peter Crowley, Respondent, vs. Bridget Marie Meyer, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   The district court’s order modifying the child custody provision contained in the judgment and decree of dissolution was appealable.
            2.   The district court modified the child custody provision contained in the judgment and decree of dissolution without complying with the requirements of Minn. Stat. § 518.18 (2016).
            Reversed and remanded.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.

A16-0349        Josephine M. Hohlt, Respondent, vs. University of Minnesota, Self-Insured, administered by Sedgwick Claims Management Services,
                         Relator, and Fairview Health Services, University of Minnesota Physicians, Department of Labor and Industry/Vocational Restoration
                         Unit, Painters & Allied Trades, and Clear Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab, Intervenors.
                        Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
            1.   An employee who slipped and fell on ice met the “arising out of” employment requirement of Minn. Stat. § 176.021, subd. 1 (2016), because there was a causal connection between her injury and her employment in that her employment exposed her to a hazard which originated on the employer’s premises as a part of the working environment.
            2.   An employee who slipped and fell on ice while walking from her workplace to the employer’s parking ramp on a sidewalk maintained by her employer met the “in the course of” employment requirement of Minn. Stat. § 176.021, subd. 1.
            Affirmed.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.
            Dissenting, Justice G. Barry Anderson and Jill Halbrooks, Acting Justice*.           
            Took no part, Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea and Justices David R. Stras and Margaret H. Chutich.

A15-1183        Anibal Sanchez, Respondent, vs. Dahlke Trailer Sales, Inc., Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   Under the Minnesota workers’ compensation antiretaliation statute, Minn. Stat. § 176.82, subd. 1 (2016), an employer discharges an employee when the employer ends the employment relationship with no intention to resume it.
            2.   The employee raised a genuine issue of material fact as to whether he was discharged in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
            3.   Federal immigration law does not preempt an undocumented worker’s claim under section 176.82, subdivision 1, that his employer discharged him in retaliation for seeking workers’ compensation benefits.
            Affirmed.  Justice Margaret H. Chutich.
            Dissenting, Justice G. Barry Anderson, Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea and Justice David R. Stras.
* Appointed pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 2, and Minn. Stat. § 2.724, subd. 2 (2016).
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FILED Tuesday, June 20, 2017

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      Esmeralda Sorchaga vs. Ride Auto, LLC, et al. – A16-0855 – Granted in part
2.      Ronnie Jerome Jackson, III vs. State of Minnesota – A16-0751 – Denied
3.      State of Minnesota vs. Douglas Frederick Gratz – A16-1097 – Denied
4.      State of Minnesota vs. Walter Jerry Prince, III – A16-1140 – Denied
5.      State of Minnesota vs. Jennifer Marie Johnson – A16-1426 – Denied
6.      State of Minnesota vs. Tyrell Deon Wilson – A16-0447 –Denied
7.      State of Minnesota vs. Joseph Michael Dax – A16-0797 – Granted/Stayed
8.      State of Minnesota vs. Michael Timothy Reiten – A16-0572 – Denied
9.      State of Minnesota vs. Robert Arthur Litzau – A16-0907 – Denied
10.    In Re:  Court Ordered MSA 103E.715 Subd 6 – Repair Matter – A16-1431 – Denied
11.    State of Minnesota vs. Andre Verlin Anderson – A16-0565; A16-0880 – Denied
12.    Bryant Avenue Baptist Church vs. City of Minneapolis – A16-1328 – Denied
13.    State of Minnesota vs. Lionel Lopez – A16-0947 – Granted
14.    State of Minnesota vs. Michael Alan Kalberg – A16-0566 – Denied
15.    State of Minnesota vs. Joel Alejo-Rubio – A16-0689 – Denied
16.    Jeffrey Paul Hofmann vs. Enterprise Leasing Company of Minnesota, LLC, et al., ABRA Minnesota, Inc., et al. – A16-0869 – Denied
17.    State of Minnesota vs. Daniel Patrick McShane – A16-0552 – Denied
18.    Richard S. Little vs. Kenneth R. Streeter, et al. – A16-1235 – Denied
19.    J. K., a minor, by and through K. Kimball, as parent and natural guardian vs. New Horizon Kids Quest, Inc. – A16-0704 – Denied
20.    ARU Properties, LLC vs. Letron Clark, Defendant, Lasonderia Rogers – A16-1126 – Denied
21.    State of Minnesota vs. Kevin Ryan – A16-0473 – Denied
22.    In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Eugene Phillip Kropp – A16-1944 – Denied
23.    Michael Nicolai Ohnstad vs. Leilani Lynn Ohnstad, County of Rice – A16-1779 – Denied
24.    In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Bryce Vincent Haugen – A16-1844 – Denied
25.    Khairul Bashar vs. Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners – A17-0562 – Denied