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, June 27, 2016



A15-2045       Todd Burt, Appellant, vs. Rackner, Inc. d/b/a Bunny's Bar & Grill, Respondent.
               
        Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Thomas Fraser.
            In a civil action by an employee seeking redress for having been fired in violation of the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act (MFLSA), the statute unambiguously provides that the employee may seek wrongful-discharge damages, including back pay and other appropriate relief as provided by law.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
Unpublished OpinionsUnpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or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UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS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 27, 2016

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



1.         A16-0021, A16-0022
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. John Porter Jackson, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Judge Diane R. Alshouse.
 
2.         A15-1150
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Kelly Lee Trotter, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randolph W. Peterson.
            Chippewa County District Court, Hon. Dwayne Knutsen.

3.         A16-0141
            David Leroy Gamble, Appellant, vs. Emily Johnson Piper, Commissioner of Human
            Services, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Supreme Court Appeal Panel.
 
4.         A15-1850
            Waseca County, et al., Appellants, vs. Minnesota Department of Transportation,
            Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Heidi S. Schellhas.
            Steele County District Court, Hon. Joseph A. Bueltel.

5.         A15-1426
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Daniel Lee Kruse, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Mary R. Vasaly.

6.         A15-1214
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tarey Marquan Hill, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Mel I. Dickstein.

7.         A16-0309, A16-0310
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of:  M. A. K. and A. L. P., Sr., Parents.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Benton County District Court, Hon. Michael S. Jesse.

8.         A15-1846
            Scott B. Lindholm, Appellant, vs. Carleton College, defendant and third party plaintiff,
            Respondent, vs. Metropolitan Mechanical Contractors, third party defendant,
            Respondent.   
            Affirmed.  Judge Larry B. Stauber, Jr.
            Rice County District Court, Hon. Judge Christine Long.

9.         A16-0074
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Timothy Ivan Kotten, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.
            Brown County District Court, Hon. Robert A. Docherty.

10.       A15-1669
            Singh Hospitality, Inc., Appellant, vs. North American Partners, LLC, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Clay County District Court, Hon. Galen J. Vaa.

11.       A15-1242
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. William Heminchi Underhill, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Michael A. Fahey.
 
12.       A15-1515
            Brian Matthew Hood, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Katherine June Downing, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Edward Thomas Wahl.

13.       A15-0937
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Randal Anthony Daher, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Tracy  M. Smith.
            Dissenting, Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.
            Anoka County District Court, Hon. Sharon L. Hall.

14.       A15-1080
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Marcia Jean Schlingmann, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Cottonwood County District Court, Hon. Christina M. Wietzema.

15.       A15-1941
            Ta-Raj Tondell Satari Benness, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Thomas J. Kalitowski.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Carolina A. Lamas.
 
* 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 27, 2016



1.         A15-1702
            Lee Gill, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Juan Hoyos.

2.         A16-0416
            Michael Collins Iheme, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michael L. Kirk.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Judge Mel I. Dickstein.
 

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

Opinion SetsOpinion sets contain all published, unpublished, and order opinions. The sets are compressed into files that must be unpacked before opening them.

Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, June 27, 2016

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