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FILED Wednesday, April 8, 2020


A18-0968        Patricia J. Marquardt, Appellant, vs. James M. Schaffhausen, et al., Respondents, Steven M. Dittes, et al., Defendants,
                         Steven W. Sonnesyn, et al., Defendants.
                         Court of Appeals.
            The district court did not abuse its discretion when it admitted testimony from two medical doctors on the issue of causation.
            Reversed and remanded.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
A18-1000        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. James Martin Alger, Sr., Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   The multiple-victim rule applies to appellant’s violation of an order for protection.
            2.   Permissive consecutive sentences do not unfairly exaggerate the criminality of appellant’s behavior.
            Affirmed.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
A18-1140        Andrew Cilek, et al., Respondents, vs. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, et al., Appellants.
                         Court of Appeals.
            Read together, the plain language of relevant provisions of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Minn. Stat. §§ 13.01, 13.607 (2018), and the Minnesota Election Law, Minn. Stat. § 201.091 (2018 & Supp. 2019), limits access to the voter registration list contained in the Statewide Voter Registration System.  Access by registered voters is limited to “public information lists” and to information provided by the secretary of state.
            Reversed.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.
            Dissenting, Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea and Justice G. Barry Anderson.

A18-1002        Diamond Lee Jamal Griffin, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
A19-1083        Hennepin County.
            1.   The district court did not abuse its discretion by denying appellant postconviction relief with respect to his claim of ineffective assistance of trial counsel made in his first petition for postconviction relief.
            2.   The district court did not abuse its discretion by denying appellant’s second petition for postconviction relief because the claims are time-barred under Minn. Stat. § 590.01, subd. 4(a) (2018).
            Affirmed.  Justice Natalie E. Hudson. 
 A18-0761        State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Tyler James Dexter, Respondent,
                          Court of Appeals.
            1.   The State’s common law privilege to protect the identity of an informant does not apply to a request for the disclosure of non-identifying information about the informant.
            2.   When a defendant makes a request, the State must disclose non-identifying information about an informant that satisfies the requirements of Minnesota Rule of Criminal Procedure 9.01.
            3.   If the State asserts that the requested information about an informant, when viewed as a whole, will tend to reveal the identity of the informant, the district court must review the information in camera and fashion an order that limits the disclosure to information that does not tend to reveal the identity of the informant.
            Affirmed.  Justice Margaret H. Chutich.


ADM10-8008             Rules for Admission to the Bar.
                                   Supreme Court.
            Order promulgating amendments to the Rules for Admission to the Bar to be effective April 6, 2020.

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FILED Wednesday, March 25, 2020

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.       Edain Altamirano Flores, et al., Faegre Baker Daniels LLP vs. Spiros Zorbalas, et al., Stephen Frenz, et al., Mary Brandt – A19-0578 – Denied
2.       Gust G. Johanson, et al. vs. City of Moorhead – A19-0659 – Denied
3.       Siwek Lumber & Millwork, Inc. vs. Bluewater Holdings, LLC, et al., Vivo LLC, et al., Pine Financial Group, Inc. – A19-0047 – Denied
4.       Toyota-Lift of Minnesota, Inc. vs. American Warehouse Systems LLC, et al., Mark C. Juelich, et al., vs. Les Nielsen – A19-0302 – Denied
5.       Zayna Shire, et al. vs. Jodi Harpstead – A19-0807 – Denied
6.       State of Minnesota vs. Keith Ward Hohlen – A19-0016 – Denied
7.       Raymond L. Semler vs. Wendy K. McGowan, et al. – A19-0710 – Denied
8.       State of Minnesota vs. Joseph Robert Clay – A19-0250 – Denied
9.       State of Minnesota vs. Daniel Cole Simmons – A19-0198 – Denied
10.     Timothy Wodarck vs. Lakota Inc. – A18-1515 – Denied
11.      Peter Lanpher, et al., Plaintiffs vs. Jay Nygard, et al., City of Orono – A19-1811 – Denied
12.     State of Minnesota vs. Joshua Leigh Miller – A18-2160 – Denied
13.     State of Minnesota vs. Hassan Farth Muse – A18-2034 – Denied
14.     Stern 1011 First Street South, LLC, et al. vs. Kenneth A. Gere, et al. – A19-0338 – Denied
15.     State of Minnesota vs. Jose Salud Botello Vargas – A19-0109 – Denied
16.     State of Minnesota vs. Shawn Lorenzo Foote – A19-0838 – Denied
17.     State of Minnesota vs. Russell Edward Brown – A18-1735 – Denied
18.     State of Minnesota vs. Kenneth Raynold Sleen – A18-1486 – Denied
19.     In the Matter of the Application of Debora Lee Neu, Brian Joseph Neu for a Change of Name of Minor – A19-0314 – Denied
20.     State of Minnesota vs. William Daniel Finley – A18-1597 – Denied
21.     State of Minnesota vs. Vernon Kingbird, Jr. – A19-0030 – Denied
22.     In re NorthMet Project Permit to Mine Application; In re Applications for Dam Safety Permits for the NorthMet Mining Project – A18-1952,
          A18-1953, A18-1958, A18-1959, A18-1960, A18-1961 – Granted
23.     In the Matter of the Welfare of: E.P.T. – A19-0579 – Denied
24.     State of Minnesota vs. Judana Catherine Williams – A19-1033 – Denied
25.     In re the Estate of: Norman Sebert Larson, Deceased – A19-0261 – Denied
26.     Robert Pfoser, as special administrator of the Estate of David Pfoser vs. Jodi Harpstead, Commissioner Minnesota Department of Human
, and Dakota County Human Services, Respondent Below – A19-0853 – Granted
27.     Lonnie Har Larson vs. State of Minnesota – A19-0437 – Denied
28.     State of Minnesota vs. Eric Thomas Grondahl – A19-0292 – Denied
29.     State of Minnesota vs. William Dumont White – A19-0307 – Denied
30.     State of Minnesota vs. Bradley Alan Freeman – A19-0120 – Denied
31.     Chim LoVan v. State of Minnesota – A19-0778 – Denied