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.

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, March 20, 2017



A16-1342       Peter Reat Thong, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
 
                       Mower County District Court, Hon. Jeffrey Kritzer.
            Minnesota Statutes section 609.14, subdivision 3(2) (2012), which provides that upon revocation of a stay of execution a district court may "order execution of the sentence previously imposed," does not prohibit a district court from imposing a previously unpronounced conditional release period mandated by Minnesota Statutes section 169A.276, subdivision 1(d) (2012), when the district court executes a stayed sentence.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.


A16-1242
       First Class Valet Services, LLC, Appellant, vs. Raleigh Gleason, Respondent.                      
                        Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Karen A. Janisch.
            An employer required by Minnesota Statutes section 181.970 (2016) to indemnify its employee may not bring a negligence action against that employee to recoup payments made by the employer to a third party.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.


A16-0855
       Esmeralda Sorchaga, Respondent, vs. Ride Auto, LLC, et al., Appellants.                                 
                        Dakota County District Court, Hon. Thomas W. Pugh.
            1.   Denial of a motion for summary judgment arguing that a party has not pleaded fraud with sufficient particularity under Minn. R. Civ. P. 9.02 is not within an appellate court's scope of review after a trial has been held and the parties have been given a full and fair opportunity to litigate their claims.
            2.   A merchant's fraudulent misrepresentation about the condition, value, quality, or fitness of the goods for any purpose is a "circumstance" under Minn. Stat. § 336.2-316(3)(a) (2016) that may invalidate a warranty disclaimer.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.

 
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, March 20, 2017

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


1.         A16-1040
            Gemma Watson, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Jeremiah Johnson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Carlton County District Court, Hon. Robert E. Macaulay, Jr.

2.         A16-1238
            Cyrus E. Olson, Appellant, vs. Todd Jackson Trucking, LLC, et al., Respondents.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Debra A. Jacobson.

3.         A16-1104
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Shane Douglas Lynch, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Judge Cynthia McCollum.

4.         A16-0897
            Sahal Osman Shidane, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Joseph F. Chase.

5.         A16-1694
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: C. L. F., Parent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Michelle W. Lawson.

6.         A16-1173
            Carmen Price, Appellant, vs. Unverzagt and Associates, LLC d/b/a Fitness Together
            Maple Grove, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Kevin S. Burke.

7.         A16-0449
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Frank Irving Wiggins, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Fred Karasov.

8.         A16-0801
            Brent Lanier Lynch, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Robyn A. Millenacker.

9.         A16-0735
            In re the Marriage of:  Elio Fumagalli, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Stacy Lynn Fumagalli, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            McLeod County District Court, Hon. Terrence E. Conkel.

10.       A16-0864
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Brittany Ann Vacko, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Diane R. Alshouse.

11.       A16-0508
            In re the Marriage of:  Wakisha Nicole Fortwengler, n/k/a Alexa Nicole Schultz,
            petitioner, Appellant, vs. Chad Michael Fortwengler, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            Brown County District Court, Hon. Allison Krehbiel-Baskfield.

12.       A16-1405
            In re the Marriage of:  Terri Lyn Swart, petitioner, Respondent, Kandiyohi County,
            Respondent, vs. Tracy Donald Swart, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and reversed in part.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. Donald  M. Spilseth.

13.       A16-1013
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tony Dejuan Jackson, Appellant.
            Affirmed; motion denied.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Shawn M. Bartsh.

14.       A16-0901
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Ryan Daniel Yollen, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Carlton County District Court, Hon. Robert E. Macaulay, Jr.

15.       A16-0965
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Stephen Gene Shawnoskey, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Traverse County District Court, Hon. Charles Crawford Glasrud.

16.       A16-0815
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Travis Clay Andersen, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Judge Eric J. Braaten.

17.       A16-0633
            In the Matter of the Rental Dwelling Licenses held by Mahmood Khan.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Minneapolis City Council.

18.       A16-1072
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Paula Geraldine Reyes, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Mahnomen County District Court, Hon. Judge Anne Marie Rasmusson.

19.       A16-0644
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Troy Donald Emmons, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Isanti County District Court, Hon. Lawrence R. Johnson and Hon. James Dehn.

20.       A16-0715
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Justin Matthew King, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Wadena County District Court, Hon. Jay D. Carlson.

21.       A16-1658
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Robert Louis Hodge, Defendant, Fokiss, LLC, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge John P. Smith. *
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Timothy J. McManus.

22.       A16-0783
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Anthony Linard Collins, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward Toussaint, Jr.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Daniel H. Mabley.
 
* 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
March 20, 2017



1.         A16-1532
            Antonio Thelen, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Jeffrey Bryan.

2.         A16-1699
            Terrance J. Friend, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Emily Johnson Piper,
            Commissioner of Human Services, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Carlton County District Court, Hon. Leslie E. Beiers.

3.         A16-0971
            In re the Marriage of:  James Richard Huntsman, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Zenith
            Annette Huntsman f/k/a Zenith Annette Morgan, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Judge B. William Ekstrum.

 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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Filed Monday, March 20, 2017

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