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PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED OPINIONS

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OPINIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT

FILED Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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



A18-0864        Commissioner of Revenue, Appellant, vs. Enbridge Energy, LP, Respondent.
                         Tax Court.
            The tax court is bound by Minnesota Rule 8100 (2017), an administrative rule regarding ad valorem taxes for utilities, including pipeline systems. 
            Reversed and remanded.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.


A17-1275        City of Richfield, Respondent, vs. Law Enforcement Labor Services, Inc.,  Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            An arbitration award reinstating a police officer who was discharged for failure to report his use of force does not violate public policy when the arbitrator found the officer did not use excessive force, the City’s reporting policies were unclear, the collective bargaining agreement gave the arbitrator authority to determine “just cause,” and the arbitrator found that the employee’s conduct “warrants disciplinary action” in the form of an unpaid suspension.
            Reversed.  Justice Anne K. McKeig.


A18-0034        Keith Hapana Crow, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
                         Redwood County.
            Because the claims alleged in the petition either fail as a matter of law or are procedurally barred, the postconviction court did not abuse its discretion by summarily denying appellant’s petition.
            Affirmed.  Justice Paul C. Thissen.


A17-0895        In re Petition for Reinstatement of Larry Severson, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0099363.
                         Supreme Court.
            1.   Based on our independent review of the record, the panel’s finding that petitioner has proven that he has undergone the requisite moral change was not clearly erroneous. 
            2.   Because petitioner has shown by clear and convincing evidence that he has satisfied the requirements for reinstatement to the practice of law in Minnesota, we reinstate petitioner, subject to a 2-year period of probation.
            Petition granted.  Per Curiam. 
 
 

ORDERS


A17-1920        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Murad Mowaffak Mohammad, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0386909.
                         Supreme Court.
            Disbarred.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.

A18-1249        Clarence Johnson, Relator, vs. Skil-Tech, Inc., and United Wisconsin Insurance Company, administered by United Heartland,
                         Respondents, and Minneapolis Orthopaedics, Central Medical Clinic, Spine Imaging MRI, North Star Radiology, Ingenix/Preferred
                         One, and UCare, Intervenors.
                         Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
            Affirmed without opinion.  Justice Paul C. Thissen.

A18-1311        Clarence Johnson, Relator, vs. University Good Samaritan, Respondent.
                         Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
            Affirmed without opinion.  Justice Paul C. Thissen.

A18-1391        Clarence Johnson, Relator, vs. A Touch of Class Painting, Inc., and State Farm Fire & Casualty Company.
                         Worker’s Compensation Court of Appeals.
            Affirmed without opinion.  Justice Paul C. Thissen.
 


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ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS


NO ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS RECENTLY FILED

 


ORDERS ON PETITIONS FOR FURTHER REVIEW

FILED Tuesday, January 29, 2019


(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      Firefighters Union Local 4725, et al. vs. City of Brainerd – A18-0398 – Granted
2.      State of Minnesota vs. Samantha Dione Zornes – A18-0228 – Denied
3.      State of Minnesota vs. Gloria Richards – A17-1876 – Denied
4.      In re the Matter of: Robert Burdette vs. Jacinda Raiche – A18-0626 – Denied
5.      In the Matter of the Welfare of:  D.L.M., Child – A18-0509 – Denied
6.      State of Minnesota vs. Jefferey Mariner – A17-2048 – Denied
7.      State of Minnesota vs. Susan Marie Erickson – A18-0460 – Denied
8.      State of Minnesota vs. David Joseph Madrigal – A18-0134 – Denied
9.      State of Minnesota vs. Christian Anthony Schutz – A17-2015 – Denied
10.    State of Minnesota vs. Michael Paul Valentine Jaros – A18-0039 – Granted in part/Denied in part
11.    State of Minnesota vs. Pao Choua Xiong – A17-1976 – Denied
12.    State of Minnesota vs. Robert Allen Oliver – A17-2006 – Denied                                                                                                                                    
13.    State of Minnesota vs. Duane Griffin Gauna – A17-1904 – Denied
14.    State of Minnesota vs. Donald Albert Strobel – A18-0057 – Granted/Denied
15.    Ellis Olkon, et al. vs. City of Medina – A18-0564 – Denied
16.    City of Apple Valley vs. William C. Thompson (deceased); et al., Respondents Below, Gene Rechtzigel – A18-0493 – Denied
17.    State of Minnesota vs. David Michael Easter – A17-1984 – Denied
18.    State of Minnesota vs. George Anthony Woods – A17-1897 – Denied
19.    Jason Maurice Fagin vs. State of Minnesota – A17-1705 – Granted
20.    State of Minnesota vs. Walter Jukkar Clark Jr. – A17-1625 – Denied
21.    State of Minnesota vs. John Wesley Defatte – A18-0881 – Granted
22.    Timothy Langdon, et al. vs. Holden Farms, Inc. – A18-0320 – Denied
23.    In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: C.L.H. and K.S.M., Parents – A18-1167 – Denied