Court of Appeals Opinions



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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 mail a notice that informs counsel, 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.  Copies of the opinions are mailed to involved parties on Mondays.

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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Published OpinionsBy statute, the Court of Appeals issues a published opinion only in the most important and complex cases. Published 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 found in most law libraries.

DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS
FILED Monday, September 18, 2017



A17-0314       Western National Insurance Company, Respondent, vs. Jon Nguyen, Appellant.                         
                        Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Mary R. Vasaly.
            Minn. Stat. § 62Q.75, subd. 3 (2016), applies in the no-fault context and may bar an insured's claim for medical-expense benefits from his no-fault insurer if the statute's application results in the insured not suffering a "loss" as defined in Minn. Stat. § 65B.54, subd. 1 (2016).
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
 
 
A16-1937       Martin M. Harstad, et al., Respondents, vs. City of Woodbury, Appellant.
                        Washington County District Court, Hon. Richard C. Ilkka.
            A statutory city lacks express or implied authority under Minn. Stat. § 462.358, subd. 2a (2016), to impose a road assessment as a condition for its approval of a developer's subdivision application.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.

 
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or that will affect only the parties to that particular case. These opinions are usually shorter, do not contain extensive discussion of the facts, and are not generally relied on by other courts to the same degree as published opinions.

UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS
FILED Monday, September 18, 2017

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2014)


1.         A17-0228
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dalfonzo Montreal Thompson, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Michael Wentzell.

2.         A16-1888
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Michael Lavale Powell, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. William H. Koch.

3.         A17-0131
            Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, et al., Appellants, vs. City of Minneapolis,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Mel I. Dickstein.

4.         A17-0024
            In re the Matter of:  Peter H. Stier, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Debra A. Peterson, n/k/a
            Debra A. Hershberger, Respondent, County of Mower, intervenor, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Mower County District Court, Hon. Terrence M. Walters.

5.         A17-0276
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jeffrey Scott Hammers, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Janet L. Barke Cain.

6.         A16-1902
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Martin Kwaze Gbor, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and remanded.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Michael K. Browne.

7.         A16-1767
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Mari Beth Hamdi, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Gina M. Brandt.

8.         A16-1693
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Rarity Shemeire Abdullah, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Diane R. Alshouse.

9.         A16-1636
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Chue Feng Yang, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Judge Bethany A. Fountain Lindberg.

10.       A16-2035
            Crystal Grosch, Appellant, vs. Soo Line Railroad Company, d/b/a Canadian Pacific,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel C. Moreno.

11.       A16-1840
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Dennis Dean Blumke, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Swift County District Court, Hon. David L. Mennis.

12.       A17-0132
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Antonio Dion Washington-Davis, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Leonardo Castro.

13.       A16-2079
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jennifer Lynn Mulvihill, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Kathryn L. Quaintance.

14.       A16-1444
            In re the Marriage of: Dawn Angela Swenson, f/k/a Dawn Angela Pedri, petitioner,
            Respondent, vs. Shawn Anthony Pedri, Appellant, and County of Dakota, Intervenor.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Christopher J. Lehmann.

15.       A16-1993
            Robert Zeman, Relator, vs. City of Minneapolis, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge John P. Smith.*
            Minneapolis Department of Regulatory Services.
 
 
* 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
September 18, 2017



NO ORDER OPINIONS FILED


 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, September 18, 2017

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