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FILED Wednesday, January 22, 2020


A18-0593        Graco, Inc., Appellant, vs. City of Minneapolis, Respondent.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   A municipal ordinance conflicts with a state statute when the ordinance and statute are irreconcilable.  Because employers can comply with both the City’s ordinance governing minimum-wages rates and the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act, the ordinance and statute are reconcilable and therefore do not conflict.
            2.   Because the Legislature did not intend to occupy the field of minimum-wage rates, the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act does not preempt the City’s ordinance governing minimum-wage rates.
            Affirmed.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.

A17-1730        In the Matter of the Application of J.M.M. o/b/o Minors for a Change of Name.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   The phrase “both parents” in Minn. Stat. § 259.10, subd. 1 (2018), which establishes the requirements for changing a name, could mean biological parents or could mean legal parents and, therefore, is ambiguous.  The most reasonable definition is legal parents. 
            2.   Minnesota Statutes § 259.10 does not require that notice of a name-change application on behalf of a minor be given to a biological father who is neither listed on the minor’s birth certificate nor an adjudicated father under the Parentage Act, Minn. Stat. §§ 257.51–.74 (2018), and therefore is not a legal parent.
            3.   Minnesota Statutes § 259.10, as interpreted, does not violate the Due Process Clause.
            Reversed.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.
            Dissenting, Justice G. Barry Anderson and Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.



A19-1269        Arthur H. Wendroth, Respondent, vs. Madsen & Sons, Auto-Owners Insurance Group, Relators, and Special
                         Compensation Fund, Additional Party.
                         Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals.
            Affirmed without opinion.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.

A19-1939        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Paul A. Ampe, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0133395.
                         Supreme Court.
            Publicly reprimanded and placed on probation for 2 years.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.
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FILED Tuesday, December 31, 2019

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.       State of Minnesota vs. Monroe Leshawn Harrell – A18-1984 – Denied
2.       In the Matter of the Lindmark Endowment for Corporate-Business Ethics Fund – A19-0229 – Denied
3.       State of Minnesota vs. Thomas Robert Tichich – A18-1411 – Denied
4.       State of Minnesota vs. David Edward Palmer – A18-1603 – Denied
5.       Erick Lamont Lindsey vs. State of Minnesota – A19-0287– Denied
6.       In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Renee P. Sharp – A19-0875 – Denied
7.       State of Minnesota vs. Nicholas Ivan Dahl – A19-0096 – Denied
8.       In re the Matter of: Ayano Eto Baylor, for self and on behalf of Minor vs. Christopher Gary Baylor – A19-1848 – Denied
9.       In re the Marriage of: Ayano Eto Baylor vs. Christopher Gary Baylor – A19-1751 – Denied
10.     Christopher Gary Baylor vs. Ayano Eto Baylor – A19-1605 – Denied
11.     In re the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: R.V.M., Parent – A19-0857 – Denied