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FILED Wednesday, January 20, 2021


A19-0481        Tyler Halva, Appellant, vs. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Respondent.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   The pleading standard for civil actions in Minnesota permits the use of broad general allegations in complaints, and a complaint that contains information sufficient to fairly notify the opposing party of the claim is sufficient to survive a motion to dismiss.
            2.   The Minnesota Official Records Act, Minn. Stat. § 15.17 (2020), does not explicitly or impliedly authorize a private cause of action.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.

A19-0372        In re the Matter of:  Rodney Tristan Miller, Respondent, vs. Pamela Marie Miller, n/k/a Pamela Marie Spera, Appellant, Maria Molloy,
                         intervenor, Respondent.
                         Court of Appeals.
            Respondent is entitled to intervene as a matter of right under Minnesota Rule of Civil Procedure 24.01 because her minor daughter has an interest in the retirement accounts that are the subject of appellant’s enforcement action.  Respondent’s right to intervene is limited specifically to the valuation of the accounts.
            Affirmed as modified.  Justice Margaret H. Chutich.

A19-0853        Robert Pfoser, as special administrator of the Estate of David Pfoser, Respondent, vs. Jodi Harpstead, Commissioner Minnesota
                         Department of Human Services, Appellant, and Dakota County Human Services, Respondent Below.
                         Court of Appeals.
            A disabled recipient of Medical Assistance for Long-Term Care benefits who is age 65 or older is not subject to a penalty for transferring assets into a pooled special-needs trust when he made a satisfactory showing that he intended to receive “valuable consideration” under Minnesota Statutes section 256B.0595, subdivision 4(a)(4) (2020).
            Affirmed.  Justice Margaret H. Chutich.
            Took no part, Justice G. Barry Anderson.



A19-1104        In re Petition for Reinstatement of Jeffrey D. Upin, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0152924.
                         Supreme Court.
            Reinstated and placed on probation for 2 years.  Justice Natalie E. Hudson.
A20-1552        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Carmeann Daisy Foster, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0393100.
                         Supreme Court.
            Publicly reprimanded.  Justice Natalie E. Hudson.

A20-0833        Luis Aguilar-Prado, Respondent, vs. W. Zintl Construction, Inc, Relator, and FM Mutual Insurance Company, Relator.
                         Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
            Affirmed without opinion.  Justice Natalie E. Hudson.

A20-0917        Lori Schallock, Respondent, vs. Battle Lake Good Samaritan Center, Relator, and Sentry Insurance Group, Realtor.
                         Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
            Affirmed without opinion.  Justice Margaret H. Chutich.

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FILED Tuesday, January 19, 2021

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.  State of Minnesota vs. Anthony Jefferson – A19-1873 – Denied
2.  State of Minnesota vs. Roosevelt Montgomery – A20-0812 – Denied
3.  State of Minnesota vs. Joshua Raymond Armendariz – A20-1263 – Denied
4.  State of Minnesota vs. Dylan Alexander Domino – A20-1282 – Petition for accelerated review – Denied