Court of Appeals Opinions

Opinion Policies

Minnesota Court of Appeals opinions are issued weekly and are available to the public at 10 a.m. CST/CDT every Monday.

On Wednesday of every week, the Court of Appeals will distribute a notice that informs counsel, self-represented (pro se) parties, and court personnel associated with a case that an opinion will be released the following Monday.  Opinions are available online or by visiting the Clerk of Appellate Courts, 305 Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, after the Monday release time.

In certain time-sensitive cases, the Court of Appeals may issue opinions on a business day other than Monday.  In these instances, involved parties will be contacted just prior to the special release.

Please visit the Minnesota State Law Library's Appellate Opinions Archive for previously released Court of Appeals Opinions.

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Precedential OpinionsBy statute, the Court of Appeals issues a precedential (formerly called "published") opinion only in the most important and complex cases. Precedential opinions include an extensive analysis of the facts and law. They will be considered and used by courts faced with similar issues in the future, and they are published in books of caselaw found in most law libraries.

DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS
FILED Monday, May 23, 2022



A21-1116        Allstate Indemnity Company, et al., Appellants, vs. Twin Cities Diagnostic Center, L.L.C., et al., Respondents.  
                         Hennepin County District Court, Hon. M. Jacqueline Regis.
            Because the medical director of an accredited magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) facility, who is responsible for clinical MRI services and for selecting, approving, and supervising the work of medical staff members, is engaged in the "practice of healing," the facility is subject to the Corporate Practice of Medicine Doctrine (CPMD), and lay ownership of such a facility is prohibited.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.


A21-1420
        In the Matter of the Estate of: Mathew Joseph Tomczik, Deceased.         
                         Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Phillip Carruthers.
            When a wife is named as a devisee in an unambiguous will, a devise to “my wife’s heirs” does not fail solely because the marriage is dissolved and revocation of the wife’s devise occurs pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 524.2-804, subd. 1 (2020).
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Dissenting, Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.

 
Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will affect only the parties to that particular case. These opinions are usually shorter than precedential opinions, do not contain extensive discussion of the facts, and are not generally relied on by other courts to the same degree as precedential opinions.

NONPRECEDENTIAL OPINIONS
FILED Monday, May 23, 2022

Pursuant to Minn. R. Civ. App. P. 136.01, subd. 1 (c)



1.         A21-1389
            NSE, Inc., et al., Appellants, vs. C. G. H., Corp., et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. James Moore.

2.         A21-1449
            In the Matter of the Welfare of: X. L. H.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Richard C. Ilkka.

3.         A21-1067
            Tyrone L. Hubbard, Relator, vs. Preferred Concrete Construction, Inc., Respondent,
            Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

4.         A21-0960
            Estate of William L. Pickett, Respondent, vs. Rick Howell, Appellant,  Will Hague,
            defendant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Kathleen R. Gearin.

5.         A21-1152
            Suzanne Krupp, Appellant, vs. Supervalu, Inc., d/b/a Cub Foods and Cub Foods,
            Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Edward Thomas Wahl.

6.         A21-1335
            Robert H. Larsen, Relator, vs. First State Bank Southwest, Respondent, Department of
            Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

7.         A21-1453
            Allison Schaber, Respondent, vs. Ramsey County, Appellant, Minnesota State
            Retirement System, et al., Defendants.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Sara R. Grewing.

8.         A21-1224
            Douglas Wayne Braker, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Cass County District Court, Hon. Charles D. Halverson.

9.         A21-0875
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Carlos Antonio Banegas Rodriguez, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Pope County District Court, Hon. Melissa Listug.

10.       A21-1043
            In re: Welfare of Children of: D. L. W., Comm'r of DHS, Legal Custodian.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathleen D. Sheehy.

11.       A21-1680
            In re: Welfare of the Children of: M. L. S., et al., Comm'r of Human Servs., Legal
            Custodian.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Theodora K. Gaitas.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Kevin A. Lund

12.       A21-0813
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dale Eugene McDonald, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Sarah Wheelock.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Douglas B. Meslow.

13.       A21-0807
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Samson Odey Finch, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Sarah Wheelock.
            Chisago County District Court, Hon. Suzanne Bollman.

14.       A21-1304
            Christine Stelben Connolly, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Sean Timothy Connolly,
            Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Terri Yellowhammer.
 
* Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.
 
Order OpinionsCases that involve a few simple issues may be decided by order opinions, which include little discussion of the facts of the case and a brief analysis of the laws that are involved.

RECENT ORDER OPINIONS
May 23, 2022



1.         A21-0958
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David Marvin Schuster, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Dissenting, Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Faribault County District Court, Hon. Troy Timmerman.

 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

Opinion SetsOpinion sets contain all precedential, nonprecedential, and order opinions. The sets are compressed into files that must be unpacked before opening them.

Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, May 23, 2022

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