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.

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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, January 23, 2017



A16-0874       Timothy Hall, Jr., et al., Respondents, vs. State of Minnesota, et al., Appellants.                       
                        Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Shawn M. Bartsh.
            The Minnesota Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act (MUPA), Minn. Stat. §§ 345.31-.60 (2016), does not create an unconstitutional taking and satisfies procedural due-process requirements.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Renee L. Worke.


A16-0741
       TCI Business Capital, Inc., Appellant, vs. Five Star American Die Casting, LLC, et al., Defendants,
                        Brian T. Flynn, Respondent.

                       Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Cynthia McCollum.
            The district court erred by granting summary judgment to respondent on appellant's claims of fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty.  Appellant has established respondent's liability on those two claims.  The amount of appellant's damages is to be determined by a factfinder at trial.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Concurring in part, dissenting in part, Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.


A16-0835
       Jetaun Helen Wheeler, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
           
           Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Martha A. Holton Dimick.
            A district court does not impermissibly involve itself in plea negotiations when it encourages plea discussions between counsel, monitors those discussions, and informs counsel of those plea proposals of which the court would likely disapprove.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.


A16-0750
        James Ariola, as next of kin of, and trustee for, the Estate of Jack Ariola Erenberg, his son, and the Class of
                         Beneficiaries, Pursuant to Minn. Stat. 573.02, Appellant,  vs. The City of Stillwater, Minnesota, Respondent.
 
                        Washington County District Court, Hon. Susan Miles.
            1.  A court-appointed trustee's failure to file an oath under Minn. Stat. § 573.02, subd. 3 (2016), does not deprive the court of subject-matter jurisdiction over a wrongful-death action that is timely and otherwise properly commenced.
            2.  A plaintiff who asserts the adult trespasser exception to recreational-use immunity under Minn. Stat. § 466.03, subd. 6e (2016) and the Restatement (Second) of Torts § 335 must establish a municipality's actual knowledge of an artificial condition likely to cause death or serious bodily harm. Thus, Noland v. Soo Line R.R., 474 N.W.2d 4 (Minn. App. 1991), review denied (Minn. Sept. 13, 1991), is overruled.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  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, January 23, 2017

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



1.         A16-0730
            Anthony Browne, Relator, vs. M. A. Mortenson Company, Inc., Respondent, Department
            of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

2.         A16-0643
            John Mark Hentges, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            LeSueur County District Court, Hon. M. Michael Baxter.

3.         A16-0445
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Gary Wayne Wright, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Toddrick S. Barnette.

4.         A16-0613
            Grace Elizabeth Miller, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Brock Fredin, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. James J. Street.

5.         A16-0011
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Marlon James Sands, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Redwood County District Court, Hon. Judge Patrick R Rohland.

6.         A16-1304
            Samantha Raye Meyer, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Robert J. Harley, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Bruce W. Christopherson.

7.         A16-1115
            In re:  Guardianship and Conservatorship of Carolyn H. Jemison.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Debra A. Jacobson.

8.         A16-0194
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ira Dell Sholar, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr..
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Gina M. Brandt.

9.         A16-0492
            County of Washington, Respondent, Danielle Kathryn Richardson, Respondent, vs.
            Brandon Christopher Fischer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. John R. McBride.

10.       A16-0530
            RK Midway, LLC, et al., petitioners, Appellants, vs. Metropolitan Council, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Margaret M. Marrinan.


 
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
January 23, 2017



1.         A16-1377
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: M. J. and T. J., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Becker County District Court, Hon. Michael D. Fritz.
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, January 23, 2017

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