Supreme Court Opinions


Appellate Courts will begin transmitting all notices, orders, and opinions electronically.

Beginning no later than July 1, 2011, the appellate courts will send notices, orders, opinions and correspondence related to pending cases to attorneys in those cases by e-mail rather than postal mail.  All attorneys with pending appellate cases who have not already registered an e-mail address should do so immediately.  Unrepresented parties with pending appellate cases may also participate in this e-notification system by registering an e-mail address.  Please go to the Clerk of Appellate Courts page for instructions how to register your e-mail address.


Please visit the Minnesota State Law Library's Appellate Opinions Archive for previously published Supreme Court Opinions.

NOTE: If you are having trouble accessing the tabs on your mobile device, you may view all Opinions and Orders on a single page.


FILED Wednesday, October 11, 2017


A15-1678        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Chantel Lynn Carson, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            The chemical 1,1-difluoroethane is not a hazardous substance under Minn. Stat. § 169A.03, subd. 9 (2016), the driving-while-impaired statute, because it is not “listed as a hazardous substance in” Minn. R. ch. 5206 (2015).
            Reversed.  Justice Natalie E. Hudson.
            Dissenting, Justice Anne K. McKeig.

A15-2045        Todd Burt, Respondent, vs. Rackner, Inc., d/b/a Bunny’s Bar &  Grill, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   An employer violates Minn. Stat. § 177.24, subd. 3 (2016), when it terminates an employee for refusing to acquiesce in the employer’s requirement to share gratuities. 
            2.   The Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act, specifically Minn. Stat. § 177.27, subd. 8 (2016), expressly provides a private cause of action for an employee who is discharged for refusing to acquiesce in an employer’s requirement to share gratuities. 
            Affirmed.  Justice Natalie E. Hudson.
            Dissenting, Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea and Justice G. Barry Anderson.



A17-1190        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Michael Brady Padden, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0177519.
                         Supreme Court.
            Publicly reprimanded.  Justice David R. Stras.
A17-1464        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Anthony J. Elfelt, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0136190.
                         Supreme Court.
            Publicly reprimanded and placed on probation for 2 years.  Justice David R. Stras.


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

Opinion Set in a Zipped Word Document Format

  1. Click the above link.
  2. Save the unzipped file to your computer.
  3. Choose the "Open" option on the Download Complete screen.
  4. Extract the files to a location of your choice.
  5. Open the extracted file.

Opinion Set in a Zipped Rich Text Format

  1. Click the above link.
  2. Save the unzipped file to your computer.
  3. Choose the "Open" option on the Download Complete screen.
  4. Extract the files to a location of your choice.
  5. Open the extracted file.


FILED Wednesday, September 27, 2017

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      State of Minnesota vs. Luis Antonio Pimentel – A16-1458 – Denied
2.      State of Minnesota vs. Robera Abdella Ganamo – A17-0327 – Denied
3.      State of Minnesota vs. Galgalo Jarso Hache – A16-1614 – Denied
4.      Ryan Daniel Jones-Adams vs. State of Minnesota – A16-2072 – Denied
5.      Leeco, Inc., a Nebraska corporation vs. Cornerstone Bank, a Nebraska corporation – A16‑1875 – Denied
6.      State of Minnesota vs. David Martin Arth – A16-0594 – Denied
7.      State of Minnesota vs. Jeffery Lee Oliver – A16-1468 – Denied
8.      John J. Capistrant vs. Lifetouch National School Studios, Inc. – A16-1829 – Granted
9.      Bryan Scherping, d/b/a JBR Farms; et al. vs. Amy Scherping, et al., defendants and third party plaintiffs, Respondents vs. Bryan Scherping,
         et al., third party defendants, Loren Scherping, et al., third party defendants, co-petitioners – A16-1815 – Denied
10.    State of Minnesota vs. Samuel Haimah Boimah – A16-1346 – Denied
11.    Federal National Mortgage Association vs. Valerie r. LeMaster – A16-1962 – Denied
12.    Northern States Power Company, Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Aegis Insurance Services, LTD., and other interested
         insurers as subrogees of Northern States Power Company vs. General Electric Company, et al. – A16-1687 – Denied
13.    State of Minnesota vs. Hassan Saleem McKeever – A16-1236 – Denied
14.    State of Minnesota vs. Antion Deion Shelby, a/k/a Antione Tony Hill – A15-1265 – Denied
15.    State of Minnesota vs. Christopher Michael Prigge – A17-0403 – Granted
16.    Leon Henry Carter, III vs. State of Minnesota – A16-1573 – Denied
17.    State of Minnesota vs. Clayton Thomas Byrne – A16-1657 – Denied
18.    State of Minnesota vs. Jason David Hoversten – A16-1288 – Denied
19.    State of Minnesota vs. Alvin Alexander Bonilla-Sanchez – A16-1549 – Denied
20.    State of Minnesota vs. Israel Davis – A16-1245 – Denied
21.    Shane A. Kennedy vs. Kwik Kargo, Inc. Transport, et al. – A16-1735 – Denied
22.    In re Faron Wayne Ruel, Faron Wayne Ruel vs. State of Minnesota – A17-0949 – Denied
23.    Michael Robert Robinson vs. State of Minnesota – A17-0170 – Granted in part/Remanded
24.    State of Minnesota vs. James Ray Watkins – A16-2038 – Denied
25.    State of Minnesota vs. Cory L. Dieteman – A16-2025 – Denied
26.    In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Joseph Edwin Harju – A17-0332 – Denied
27.    Randy Lee Morrow vs. Tom Roy, Commissioner of Corrections – A17-0169 – Denied
28.    State of Minnesota vs. Lawrence John Mahoney – A16-1765; A16-1766 – Denied
29.    Maksud Ul Mahbub vs. State of Minnesota – A16-1852 – Denied
                                              STAYED PFRS PENDING

30.    Linda “Randee” Wines vs. Jeff Wines, et al. – A15-1706 – Vacated/Denied
31.    Greenpond South, LLC vs. General Electric Capital Corporation – A16-0350 – Vacated/Denied