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FILED Wednesday, August 16, 2017


A15-0858        In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   The test for distinguishing direct from derivative shareholder claims for purposes of determining the application of Minn. R. Civ. P. 23.09 focuses on the nature of the injury alleged to determine to whom any recovery is owed. 
            2.   Taking the allegations of injury in the amended complaint as true for purposes of a motion to dismiss, the district court erred in dismissing, as derivative, claims alleging injuries to shareholders due to a capital-gains tax liability and diluted shareholder interests, but did not err in dismissing claims that asserted an injury due to an excise-tax reimbursement made to corporate officers and directors.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
            Took no part, Justice David R. Stras.

A14-1725        Alan Klapmeier, Appellant, vs. Cirrus Industries, Inc., Respondent, Cirrus Holding Company, Ltd., Defendant.          
A14-2217        Court of Appeals.
            1.   Although an award of costs and disbursements is not subject to review under Minn. R. Civ. App. P. 117, a petition for an extraordinary writ under Minn. R. Civ. App. P. 120 may be an appropriate remedy to obtain review of that decision. 
            2.   A prevailing party in an appeal is not entitled to tax the interest incurred on a loan used to secure a supersedeas bond.
            Writ of prohibition issued; reversed.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.
            Dissenting, Justice Natalie E. Hudson.
            Took no part, Justice David R. Stras.

A16-1294        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Maurice Nathaniel Wilson, Appellant.
                         Hennepin County.
            1.   The district court did not clearly err by finding that appellant failed to make a prima facie showing that respondent had exercised a peremptory challenge to a potential juror on the basis of race.
            2.   The district court did not abuse its discretion by excluding irrelevant evidence and speculative argument.
            Affirmed.  Justice G. Barry Anderson.

A15-1247        State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Randall Samuel Stempfley, Respondent.
A15-1255        Court of Appeals.
            1.   The district court made sufficient findings of fact to support the grounds for the dispositional sentencing departure.
            2.   The record supports the district court’s finding that the respondent’s offense was less serious than the typical offense of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
            Affirmed.  Justice Margaret H. Chutich.
            Dissenting, Justice Natalie E. Hudson.
            Took no part, Justice Anne K. McKeig.

A16-0694        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Randall D. B. Tigue, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0110000.
                         Supreme Court.
            1.   The referee’s findings that respondent Randall D. B. Tigue misappropriated client funds are not clearly erroneous.
            2.   Based on the circumstances of this case, the appropriate discipline for an attorney who misappropriated client funds is an indefinite suspension with the right to petition for reinstatement after 2 years and a permanent prohibition on being an authorized signer on a client trust account.
            Per Curiam.
            Concurring in part, dissenting in part, Justices David R. Stras and Anne K. McKeig.



A17-1011        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Jennifer Casanova-Roers, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0332690.
                         Supreme Court.
            Suspended.  Justice David R. Stras.



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FILED Tuesday, August 8, 2017

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      State of Minnesota vs. Michael Gene Johnson – A16-1052 – Denied
2.      State of Minnesota vs. Chad Timothy Anderson – A16-1119 – Granted/Vacated/ Remanded
3.      Allan Fishel, et al. vs. Encompass Indemnity Company – A16-1659 – Denied
4.      State of Minnesota vs. Paul Lawrence Wright – A16-1129 – Denied
5.      State of Minnesota vs. Quenton Tyrone Williams – A16-1150 – Denied
6.      State of Minnesota, ex rel., Arturo Martinez vs. Tom Roy, Commissioner of Corrections – A16-1604 – Denied
7.      Erasmo Monge Rauda vs. State of Minnesota – A16-1027 – Denied
8.      State of Minnesota vs. James Richard Jerome Cochran – A16-0956 – Denied
9.      Security Bank & Trust Company vs. Larkin, Hoffman, Daly & Lindgren, Ltd. – A16‑1810 – Granted
10.    Rochester City Lines Co. vs. City of Rochester, et al., First Transit, Inc. – A16-1515 – Granted
11.    Wesley Eugene Brooks vs. State of Minnesota – A16-1630; A16-1713 – Denied
12.    State of Minnesota vs. Bielmar Alverez-Agular aka Bielmar Alvarez-Aguilar – A16‑1404 – Denied
13.    State of Minnesota vs. Jason Alexander Lott – A16-0969 – Denied
14.    Maurece LaVarne Graham vs. State of Minnesota – A16-2021 – Denied
15.    State of Minnesota vs. Lynette Marie Robbins – A16-0394 – Granted in part/ Vacated/Remanded
16.    Anna M. Nelson, Personal Representative of Estate of Rick Paul Nelson a/k/a Richard Paul Dziubak vs. State of Minnesota – A16-1620 – Denied
17.    State of Minnesota vs. Jacob Lee Kivela-Sandnas – A16-1291 – Denied
18.    State of Minnesota vs. Eric Steven Morgan – A16-1849 – Denied
19.    Justin Alan Kokosh vs. $4657.00 U. S. Currency, et al. – A16-1229 – Denied
20.    Paula Polinsky vs. Charles M. Bolton – A16-1544 – Denied
21.    State of Minnesota vs. Regina Marie Winter – A16-1428 – Denied
22.    Pamela Ristau, on behalf of her minor child Mitch Ristau and Mitch Ristau, individually vs. Roger Ristau, et al. – A16-1981 – Denied
23.    Ken Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Labor and Industry, State of Minnesota vs. Building Restoration Corporation,
Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Review Board – A16-1919 – Denied
24.    Rebecca Otto, in her official capacity as State Auditor of the State of Minnesota vs. Wright County, et al., Ramsey County – A16-1634 – Granted
25.    Thomas Hanson, et al. vs. Patrick Wayne Lee – A17-0681 – Denied
26.     Charles Todd Bragg vs. State of Minnesota – A16-1494 – Denied
               27.     STAYED PFR PENDING LEIENDECKER v. AWUM – A16-0360
Mobile Diagnostic Imaging, Inc. vs. Racheal L. Hooten f/k/a Racheal L. Jones, et al. – A16-0241 – Granted in part