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FILED Wednesday, June 12, 2019


A17-0609        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Cesar Rosario Lopez-Ramos, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   Use of a foreign language interpreter to translate statements by appellant from Spanish to English does not implicate the Confrontation Clause, U.S. Const. amend. VI.
            2.   Because appellant was the declarant of the statements translated by the foreign language interpreter, the statements are not hearsay under Minn. R. Evid. 801(d)(2)(A).
            Affirmed.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.
            Dissenting, Justices Natalie E. Hudson, David L. Lillehaug and Paul C. Thissen.

A17-1250        Svihel Vegetable Farm, Inc., Appellant, vs. Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
                         Court of Appeals.
            Because H-2A and J-1 visa workers perform agricultural services that constitute “covered agricultural employment” under Minn. Stat. § 268.035, subd. 11(a) (2018), the wages a farm paid to H-2A and J-1 visa workers performing those services are subject to unemployment-insurance taxation.
            Affirmed.  Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.

A17-1286        Central Housing Associates, LP, Respondent, vs. Aaron Olson, Appellant.
                         Court of Appeals.
            1.   In a residential breach-of-lease eviction action, a residential tenant must have complained to a government entity or commenced a formal legal proceeding to assert the retaliation defense in Minn. Stat. § 504B.441 (2018). 
            2.         In a residential breach-of-lease eviction action in which a landlord seeks to evict a tenant for the tenant’s good-faith complaint to the landlord of a material violation of local or state law, residential covenants, or the lease, the tenant has a retaliation defense at common law.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.
            Dissenting, Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea and Justice G. Barry Anderson.



A19-0131        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Patrick Michael Sutton, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0389831.
                         Supreme Court.
            Conditionally reinstated.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.

A19-0720        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Nahshon Joshua Dart, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0394770.
                         Supreme Court.
            Publicly reprimanded.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.

A19-0762        In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Kristen Katheryn Naros, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0221302.
                         Supreme Court.
            Publicly reprimanded.  Justice David L. Lillehaug.


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FILED Tuesday, May 28, 2019

(Petitioner indicated in Italic Type)

1.      Assata Kenneh vs. Homeward Bound, Inc. – A18-0174 – Granted in part
2.      Deontray Vershon Tate vs. State of Minnesota – A18-0909 – Denied
3.      State of Minnesota vs. Carlos Kendall Duncan – A17-2049 – Denied
4.      State of Minnesota vs. Christopher Rayshawn Calloway – A17-1755 – Denied
5.      In re: Rental License Revocation Appeal for Stephen Frenz for properties owned by Equity Residential Holdings, LLC, National Housing
         Fund, LLC, 2020 Vision Investments, LLC, Berkely Holdings, Inc., 88 Quarters, Inc., JAS Duluth, LLC and 92124 Holdings, LLC –
         A18-0123 – Denied
6.      Carol Vanerka Stephens vs. Stephen Stephens – A18-1208 – Denied
7.      AIM Development (USA), LLC vs. City of Sartell – A18-0443 – Granted
8.      State of Minnesota vs. Jeremy Shane Zimmermann – A18-0231 – Denied
9.      State of Minnesota vs. Jason Alan Beckstrand – A18-0189 – Denied
10.    State of Minnesota vs. Courtney Victor Prude – A18-0634 – Denied
11.    In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of:  Charles Richard Stone – A18-1367 – Denied
12.    Jason Rhoades vs. Tony Lourey, et al. – A18-1120 – Denied
13.    In re State of Minnesota, petitioner, State of Minnesota vs. Shahla Marie Thompson – A19-0205 –Denied
14.    State of Minnesota vs. Peter Gribovsky – A18-0716 – Denied
15.    Dane Joseph Riley vs. State of Minnesota – A18-0567 – Denied
16.    Herbert Eugene Pitts vs. State of Minnesota – A18-1262 – Denied
17.    William DeRosa vs. Craig M. McKenzie – A18-1171 – Granted
18.    State of Minnesota vs. Lewis Henry Kaufman – A18-0574 – Denied
19.    Cindy Moshier vs. Roger B. Jarvis – A18-0358, A18-0742 – Denied
20.    State of Minnesota vs. William Issac Jones – A18-0910 – Denied
21.    State of Minnesota vs. Mohamud Hussein Ahmed – A18-0977 – Denied
22.    James Earl Bailey vs. State of Minnesota – A18-0873 – Denied
23.    State of Minnesota vs. Christopher Richardson – A18-0451 – Denied
24.    Kenneth Wayne Carlson vs. Commissioner of Public Safety – A18-0275 – Denied
25.    Oluf Johnson, et al. vs. Consumers Cooperative Association of Litchfield – A18-0517 – Denied
26.    State of Minnesota vs. Addison Roger Creviston-Lerud – A18-0843 – Denied
27.    State of Minnesota vs. Joshua Byron Stark – A18-0229 – Denied
28.    State of Minnesota vs. David Michael Dillard – A18-0884 – Denied
29.    Michelle J. Duppong vs. Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Wing – Denied
30.    CHS, Inc. vs. Joaquin Galindo Martinez, et al. – A18-1241 – Denied
31.    State of Minnesota vs. David Garrett Tynes – A18-0442 – Denied
32.    State of Minnesota vs. Justin Kenyatta Watson – A18-1187 – Denied
33.    David Anderson, et al., Plaintiffs vs. David H. Koch, et al., Defendants; New State Funding, LLC d/b/a Partners Funding, Mark Sheffert,
         in his capacity as the court-appointed receiver for Koch Group MPLS, LLC – A18-0685 – Denied
34.    State of Minnesota vs. Arcelus Antonio Williams – A18-0866 – Denied