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FILED Wednesday, June 26, 2019


A17-0998        Kurt A. Maethner, Respondent, vs. Someplace Safe, Inc., Appellant, Jacquelyn Jorud, f/k/a Jacquelyn Hanson Maethner, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   If the challenged statements in a defamation action involve a matter of public concern, a private plaintiff may not recover presumed damages absent a showing of actual malice.  To determine whether speech addresses a matter of public concern, the court considers the totality of circumstances, including the content, form, and context of the speech.
            2.   In the absence of evidence creating an issue of fact that an advocacy organization had reason to doubt the veracity of a former client’s statements, the organization did not breach its duty of care by failing to investigate that client’s statements relating to domestic violence before publishing those statements. 
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
            Concurring in part and dissenting in part, Justice Paul C. Thissen.
            Concurring, Justice G. Barry Anderson.

A18-1116        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ricky Darnell Waiters, Appellant.
                         Winona County.
            1.   The State presented evidence sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that appellant discharged a firearm “toward” a building.
            2.   The prosecutor did not commit prosecutorial misconduct when reminding the jury of its duty to decide the case based on the evidence, rather than on the emotional appeals made by defense counsel during closing argument.
            3.   Appellant’s pro se claims are without merit.
            Affirmed.  Justice Natalie E. Hudson.

A18-1044        Prentis Cordell Jackson, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
                         Hennepin County.
            The postconviction court did not abuse its discretion in denying appellant’s claims of ineffective assistance of counsel without holding an evidentiary hearing because the petition was filed more than 2 years after the disposition of his direct appeal and the facts alleged in the postconviction petition, if proven at an evidentiary hearing, would not have satisfied any exception to the applicable 2-year statute of limitations.
            Affirmed.  Justice Margaret H. Chutich.


A19-0693        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Nom Fue Thoa, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0387934.
                         Supreme Court.
            Publicly reprimanded and placed on probation for 2 years.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.



ADM04-8001             Rules of Civil Procedure.
                                    Supreme Court.
            Order promulgating amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure to be effective January 1, 2020.

ADM09-8006             Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure.
                                    Supreme Court.
            Order promulgating amendments to the Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure to be effective January 1, 2020.

ADM09-8009             General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.
                                    Supreme Court.
            Order promulgating amendments to the General Rules of the Practice for the District Courts to be effective January 1, 2020.


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FILED Tuesday, June 18, 2019

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      State of Minnesota vs. Brock Lawrence Altringer – A17-0741 – Granted/Stayed
2.      In re K.M., Petitioner, K.M. vs. Burnsville Police Department – A19-0414 – Granted
3.      State of Minnesota vs. Jordan David Stuckey – A18-0470 – Denied
4.      Jace William Junker vs. Commissioner of Public Safety – A18-0372 – Denied
5.      State of Minnesota vs. Mario Alejandro Lanas – A18-0947 – Denied
6.      State of Minnesota vs. Eddie Kamor James – A18-0354 – Denied
7.      State of Minnesota vs. Tracy Lynn Bailey – A18-0605 – Denied
8.      Eddie Niles Hubbard vs. State of Minnesota – A18-1052 – Denied
9.      Martin T. Breaker vs. Bemidji State University, et al. – A18-0899 – Denied
10.    State of Minnesota vs. Luis Damian Cruz Montanez – A19-0170 – Granted
11.    State of Minnesota vs. David Edward Williams, Jr. – A18-0289 – Denied
12.    State of Minnesota vs. Jason Nathaniel Oliger – A18-1062 – Denied
13.    Ernesto Reyes-Alcazar vs. State of Minnesota – A18-0531 – Denied
14.    Amanda Grace Visser vs. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company – A18-1204 – Granted
15.    State of Minnesota vs. Tanya Jo Eidhammer – A18-1196 – Denied
16.    State of Minnesota vs. Maslah Abdirahman Mohamed – A17-1467 – Denied
17.    State of Minnesota vs. Frank Quintero – A18-0849 – Denied
18.    Andrew Cilek, et al. vs. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, et al. – A18-1140 – Granted
19.    In re the Civil Commitment of Edward Eugene Dooley – A18-0944 – Denied
20.    In re the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: N.A.L. and D.E.S., Parents – A18-1913 – Denied