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PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED OPINIONS

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OPINIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT

FILED Wednesday, July 1, 2020

NOTICE - MEDIA RELEASE TIME IS 10:00 A.M.


A18-2114        Deborah J. Palmer, surviving spouse and Trustee for the heirs of Gary J. Palmer,
A19-0155        Appellant, vs. Walker Jamar Company, Defendant, Honeywell International, Inc., Respondent.
                         Court of Appeals.
            Because appellant filed her wrongful death action more than 6 years after her husband learned that exposure to asbestos had caused his mesothelioma, Minn. Stat. § 573.02, subd. 1 (2018), bars her action.
            Affirmed.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
 
A18-2139        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Ignatius Chukwuemeka Udeani, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0300615.
                         Supreme Court.
            An indefinite suspension with no right to petition for reinstatement for 3 years is the appropriate discipline for an attorney who committed wide-ranging misconduct causing substantial harm to multiple clients, including engaging in a pattern of incompetent representation, neglect, failure to communicate with clients, and failure to return unearned fees; failing to properly supervise a non-lawyer assistant and failing to take reasonable steps to prevent the known misconduct of the non-lawyer assistant that resulted in the theft of client funds; failing to safeguard client funds and maintain all trust-account related records; representing a client with a conflict of interest; and failing to cooperate in multiple disciplinary investigations.
            Suspended.  Per Curiam.
            Dissenting, Justices Anne K. McKeig and David L. Lillehaug.

 
A19-0444        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Daniel J. Moulton, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0136888.
                         Supreme Court.
            A 90-day suspension with a requirement to petition for reinstatement is the appropriate discipline for respondent, who failed to remain current on tax obligations and failed to affirmatively report his tax compliance to the Director as required by the terms of his probation.
            Suspended.  Per Curiam.
 
A19-0917        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Kent Frederick Strunk, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0288391.
                         Supreme Court.
            1.         In a case concerning intentional misconduct, the referee clearly erred by failing to make a finding regarding the severity of the psychological disorder alleged to be a mitigating factor.
            2.         An indefinite suspension with no right to petition for reinstatement for 5 years is the appropriate discipline, in this instance, for an attorney who pleaded guilty to felony possession of child pornography.
            3.         Although an attorney’s proactive efforts to mitigate harm to clients from the attorney’s misconduct may be considered when determining the appropriate discipline to impose, no credit will be applied for an attorney’s own decision to suspend the attorney’s practice.
            Suspended.  Per Curiam.
 
 

ORDER

 
 
A20-0051        Myron Williams, Relator, vs. Farmers Union Industries, LLC and SFM Risk Solutions, Respondents.
                         Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
            Affirmed without opinion.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.
 
 

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS

 
 
ADM04-8001             Rules of Civil Procedure.
                                    Supreme Court.
            Order promulgating amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure.  Amendments to Rule 3.01 and 67.02 are effective as of September 1, 2020.  Amendments to Rule 5.04 are effective as of January 1, 2020.
            Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
 
ADM09-8009             General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.
                                    Supreme Court.
            Order promulgating amendments to the General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.  Amendments to Rule 377.09 and Rule 509 are effective as of September 1, 2020.  Amendments to Rules 7, 11, and 14 are effective as of January 1, 2021.
            Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
 
ADMl0-8050              Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch.
                                    Supreme Court.
            Order promulgating amendments to the Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch to be effective as of January 1, 2021.
            Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
 
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ORDERS ON PETITIONS FOR FURTHER REVIEW

FILED Tuesday, June 30, 2020


(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.         State of Minnesota vs. Jeffrey Alan McRaven – A19-0759 – Denied
2.         State of Minnesota vs. James Allen Buck – A19-0669 – Denied
3.         State of Minnesota vs. Daniel Negase Asefaw – A18-0352 – Denied
4.         State of Minnesota vs. Sahra Abdilahi Ahmed – A19-1222 – Granted/Stayed
5.         State of Minnesota vs. Jomar Londo Haines – A19-1354 – Denied
6.         Garrett Thomas Cekalla vs. Commissioner of Public Safety – A19-1168 – Denied
7.         James A. Compart, et al. vs. Michael K. Riley, Sr., et al. – A19-1376 – Denied
8.         State of Minnesota vs. Christopher Lee Rogers – A19-1133 – Denied
9.         State of Minnesota vs. Andrew Vernard Glover – A19-1656 – Granted
10.       In the Matter of the Administrative Order Issued to Moses Wazwaz, Individually,
            Allstate Construction, Inc., and A & K Construction Services, Inc. – A19-1170 – Denied
11.       Dannielle Zephier vs. Derrick Agate Jr., Lee Ann Krueger – A19-0907 – Granted
12.       State of Minnesota vs. Derek James Robinette – A19-0679 – Denied (Robinette)/Cross-petition granted in part (State)
13.       State of Minnesota vs. Joshua Daniel Luten – A19-0726 – Denied
14.       State of Minnesota vs. Deandre Marquey Birgans – A19-1282 – Denied
15.       Katherine Corrine McClain vs. Troy Dennis Midas – A19-1580 – Denied
16.       State of Minnesota vs. Dustin Lee Redwine – A19-0868 – Denied
17.       State of Minnesota vs. Michael James Schwartz, Jr. – A19-0786 – Granted
18.       Mario A. Ruiz, et al. vs. Michael W. Unger, et al. – A19-1013 – Denied
19.       State of Minnesota vs. Nadeem Malik – A18-2003 – Denied
20.       Philip Lee Carlson & Virginia Marie Carlson vs. State of Minnesota – A19-1004, A19-1005, A19-1442, A19-1443 – Denied
21.       State of Minnesota vs. P.L.C. & V.M.C – A19-1221, A19-1223 – Denied
22.       John Mullaney vs. University of St. Thomas – A19-0964 – Denied
23.       State of Minnesota vs. Lanell Thaddeus Crenshaw – A19-1582 – Denied
24.       State of Minnesota vs. Eric Joseph Coleman – A19-0708 – Granted
25.       Midland Funding LLC, et al. vs. Joy Ford – A19-1887 – Denied
26.       State of Minnesota vs. Jeremiah Joel Bauer – A19-0795 – Denied
27.       Andre Agee vs. City of Minneapolis, et al. – A19-0771 – Denied
28.       In the Matter of the Welfare of M. S.-R. – A19-1468 – Denied
29.       City of Waconia vs. Jayson Dock, et al. – A19-1099 – Granted
30.       State of Minnesota vs. Ling Zhou – A19-0839 – Denied
31.       State of Minnesota vs. Ricardo Medina – A19-0825 – Denied
32.       Jermaine Octavious Stansberry vs. State of Minnesota – A19-1132 – Denied
33.       Whitney Hinrichs-Cady vs. Hennepin County – A19-1561 – Granted