Court of Appeals Opinions



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

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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, June 20, 2016



A15-1438        John Wilbur, Appellant, vs. State Farm Automobile Insurance
                        Company, Respondent.

                       
Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Philip Carruthers.
            In calculating the amount of a discretionary taxable costs award under Minnesota Statutes section 604.18 (2014) for an insurer’s unreasonable denial of underinsured motorist benefits to an insured, the term “proceeds awarded,” as used in subdivision 3(a)(1) of the statute, means the amount of the judgment entered by the district court as underinsured motorist benefits.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.


A15-1951        State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Krista Ann Muccio, Respondent.

                         Dakota County District Court, Hon. Patrice K. Sutherland.
            I.   Minn. Stat. § 609.352, subd. 2a(2) (2014), implicates the First Amendment because its reach is not limited to unprotected speech.
            II.   Minn. Stat. § 609.352, subd. 2a(2), is facially overbroad in violation of the First Amendment because it prohibits a substantial amount of protected speech.
            III.   Minn. Stat. § 609.352, subd. 2a(2), cannot be saved by employing a narrowing construction because it is not readily susceptible to such a construction.
            IV.   Minn. Stat. § 609.352, subd. 2a(2), is an unconstitutional content-based regulation of speech.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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, June 20, 2016

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



1.         A15-1416
            Desmon Demond Burks, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. B. William Ekstrum.

2.         A15-1287
            Kerry M. Mokalla, on behalf of A.M. and A.M., petitioner, Respondent, vs. Mani
            M. Mokalla, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. M. Jacqueline Regis.

3.         A15-1695
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Larry Kenneth Karius, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. David L. Knutson.

4.         A15-1475
            State of Minnesota, ex rel., Gregory Eugene Ward, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Tom
            Roy, Commissioner of Corrections, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Lawrence R. Johnson.

5.         A15-1198
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Robert Michael Heath, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tamara G. Garcia.

6.         A15-2054
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Brad Ronald Stevens.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Goodhue County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Mayer.

7.         A15-1810
            Mark W. Besemann, Appellant, vs. Roger T. Weber, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Itasca County District Court, Hon. Lois J. Lang.

8.         A15-1684
            Serena Rae Sullivan, petitioner,  Respondent, vs. Robert John Sladek, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. David E. Ackerson.

9.         A15-1764
            Aase Law Firm, PLLC, Appellant, vs. Aria Law Firm, P.A., et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Lezlie Ott Marek.

10.       A15-2083
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Joshua Royce Holmquist.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Todd County District Court, Hon. Jay D. Carlson.

11.       A15-1452
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Daniel Joseph Eggermont, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Lyon County District Court, Hon. Leland Bush.

12.       A15-2022
            Lucas Heikkila, individually and o/b/o Minor Children, petitioner, Respondent, vs.
            Jeff Dietman, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
            Lake County District Court, Hon. Michael J. Cuzzo.

13.       A15-1157
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Khalil Anwar Dykes, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Nicole A. Engisch.

14.       A15-2027
            Selective Insurance Company of South Carolina, Respondent, vs. Quoc D. Huynh, et al.,
            Defendants, Quoc D. Huynh, Third party plaintiff, vs. Nathan Hintze d/b/a Valley
            Insurance Agency, third party defendant, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Susan Robiner.

15.       A14-0431
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jimmy Dawayne Lester, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Mark S. Wernick.

16.       A16-0062
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  H. M. T., Parent.
            Affirmed.  Hon. Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Nancy Brasel.

17.       A15-1849
            Wolf, Rohr, Gemberling & Allen, P. A., Respondent, vs. Margots Kapacs, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Frank J. Magill, Jr.

18.       A15-1728
            Thomas C. Rubey, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Valerie A. Vannett, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. B. William Ekstrum.

19.       A15-1209
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. David Irvin Hudson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Michael D. Fritz.

20.       A15-1000
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Chevaze Darrell Ward, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Leonardo Castro.

21.       A15-1126
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. George Barnard Crooks, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Nicole A. Engisch.

22.       A15-1373
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Joseph Douglas Ankney, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward Toussaint.*
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Mark M. Starr.

 
 
* 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
June 20, 2016



1.         A16-0308
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Eithan Armani Green, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Gary R. Larson.

2.         A15-1852
            DeAndre Jerome Barnes, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Mel I. Dickstein.

3.         A15-1893
            Baron Montero Jones, Appellant, vs. Dan Larson, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Ivy S. Bernhardson.

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, June 20, 2016

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