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FILED Wednesday, November 30, 2016


A14-0413         Jerry Expose, Jr., Respondent, vs. Thad Wilderson & Associates, P.A., Appellant, Nina Mattson, Appellant.
                          Court of Appeals.
            1.   Immunity is not provided under Minn. Stat. § 148.975 (2014) for an unlicensed intern-therapist who discloses a patient’s threat of physical violence against a specific person to law enforcement.
            2.   The absolute privilege doctrine does not shield a clinic employee’s pretrial statements that disclosed the nature and circumstances of a patient’s confidential treatment information either to law enforcement or, in preparation for trial, to the prosecutors.
            3.   Because the record does not establish that the patient consented to the disclosure of information about his treatment, an intern-therapist’s disclosure of that information violated the Minnesota Health Records Act, Minn. Stat. §§ 144.291-.298 (2014). 
            Affirmed.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.
            Took no part, Justices Natalie E. Hudson and Anne K. McKeig.

A15-1432       State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jose Martin Lugo, Jr., Appellant.
                        Court of Appeals.
            1.   State v. Webber, 262 N.W.2d 157 (Minn. 1977), did not establish a deferential standard of review of a district court’s legal conclusions in pretrial appeals by the State under Minn. R. Crim. P. 28.04.
            2.   Law enforcement officers’ use of a trained drug-detection dog to sniff the exterior of appellant’s vehicle was supported by a reasonable, articulable suspicion of drug-related criminal activity.
            Affirmed.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.
            Concurring, Justice David R. Stras.
            Took no part, Justices Margaret H. Chutich and Anne K. McKeig.



A16-1718        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Christopher Ozioma Obasi, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0296223.
                         Supreme Court.
            Suspended.  Justice David R. Stras.



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FILED Wednesday, November 23, 2016

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      650 North Main Association vs. Frauenshuh, Inc., et al., Kraus-Anderson Construction Company – A15-1547 – Denied
2.      The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee For The Certificateholders Of CWABS Inc., Asset-backed Certificates, Series
         2007-6 vs. Alan G. Keiran, et al., Provincial Bank, et al. – A15-2068 – Denied
3.      State of Minnesota vs. Erick Larkins – A15-1269 – Denied
4.      Jennifer Dawn Nyakundi vs. Gilbert Ogamba Nyakundi – A15-1413 Denied
5.      State of Minnesota vs. Walter David Tischer – A15-1630 Denied
6.      State of Minnesota vs. Theodore Pierre Jerry – A16-0006 – Denied
7.      Candyce L. Brown vs. State of Minnesota – A15-1990 – Denied
8.      State of Minnesota vs. Vincent Walker – A15-1336 – Denied
9.      State of Minnesota vs. Westley Gordon Vandell – A15-1629 – Denied
10.    State of Minnesota vs. James Patrick Jones – A15-1848 – Denied
11.    State of Minnesota vs. Chantel Lynn Carson – A15-1678 – Granted
12.    In re the Commitment of:  Kevin J. Strong – A16-0529 – Denied
13.    James D. Reynolds, individually and as trustee for the next of kin of Thomas K. Reynolds, deceased vs. Mancel Mitchell, et al. –  
         A16-1086 – Denied
14.    State of Minnesota vs. Patrick Michael Aleman – A15-1453 – Denied
15.    State of Minnesota vs. Benjamin Marc Frauss – A15-1797 – Granted/Stayed
16.    State of Minnesota vs. Lloyd Matthew McKenzie – A15-2021 – Denied
17.    State of Minnesota vs. Romere Jerome Powell – A15-1462 – Denied
18.    State of Minnesota vs. Daniel Piper – A15-1610 – Denied
19.    State of Minnesota vs. Ashley Ann Johnson – A15-1559 – Denied
20.    State of Minnesota vs. Kevin Herman Larson – A15-1085 – Denied
21.    State of Minnesota vs. Byron Lester Goldtooth – A15-0077 – Denied
22.    State of Minnesota vs. Sergey Alekseyevich Porada – A15-1931 – Denied
23.    State of Minnesota vs. Laco Knockola West – A15-1096 – Denied
24.    Harry Edward Bunkley vs. State of Minnesota – A16-0495 – Denied
25.    Dennis Lougee, et al. vs. Craig Eugene Pehrson – A16-0404 – Granted/Stayed
26.    State of Minnesota vs. Minnesota School of Business, Inc. d/b/a Minnesota School of Business, et al. – A16-0239 – Granted
27.    State of Minnesota vs. Shawnti Tramayne Fleming – A15-1504 – Denied
28.    Calvin James vs. State of Minnesota – A16-0135 – Denied
29.    Lana Dawn Hansch Barnes vs. State of Minnesota – A15-2060 – Denied
30.    In the Matter of the Administrative Order with Penalty Issued to Architektur, Inc., Philip Carlson and Virginia Carlson, a/k/a
         Gina Carlson – A15-1840 – Denied