Court of Appeals Opinions


Opinion Policies

Minnesota Court of Appeals opinions are issued weekly and are available to the public at 10:00 a.m. CST/CDT every Monday. When a Monday is a holiday, opinions are issued on Tuesday.   

On Wednesday of every week, the Court of Appeals will distribute a notice that informs counsel, self-represented (pro se) parties, and court personnel associated with a case that an opinion will be released the following Monday.  Opinions are available online or by visiting the Clerk of Appellate Courts, 305 Minnesota Judicial Center, 25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, after the Monday release time.

In certain time-sensitive cases, the Court of Appeals may issue opinions on other business days.  In these instances, involved parties will be contacted just prior to the special release.

Please visit the Minnesota State Law Library's Appellate Opinions Archive for previously released Court of Appeals Opinions.

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Precedential OpinionsBy statute, the Court of Appeals issues a precedential (formerly called "published") opinion only in the most important and complex cases. Precedential opinions include an extensive analysis of the facts and law. They will be considered and used by courts faced with similar issues in the future, and they are published in books of caselaw found in most law libraries.

DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS
FILED Monday, December 5, 2022


A22-0533        In re the Custody of K.S. A. and G. M. A., Catherine Easter, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Justin David Alyea, Appellant.         
                         Dakota County District Court, Hon. Tracy Perzel.
             If a foreign court awards to a person other than a child’s parent what, in Minnesota, would be legal or physical custody of the child, and if that foreign court’s determination otherwise satisfies Minnesota’s version of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (MUCCJEA), Minn. Stat. §§ 518D.101-.317 (2020), it is proper for a Minnesota court to recognize and enforce that foreign court’s child custody determination even if the person awarded those rights did not also petition a Minnesota court for those rights under Minn. Stat. §§ 257C.01-.08 (2020).
             Affirmed; motion denied.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
 
 
 
A22-0467        Husky Construction, Inc., Respondent, vs. Gestion G. Thibault, Inc. a/k/a E2SH, Appellant.           
                         Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Karen A. Janisch.
             In examining the sufficiency of contacts with the forum state to determine the existence of specific personal jurisdiction over a nonresident defendant, we generally focus on those contacts leading up to and surrounding the accrual of the cause of action.
             Reversed.  Judge Jennifer Frisch.
 
 
 
A22-0080        State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Brock Alan Lawrence, Appellant.             
                         Washington County District Court, Hon. Douglas B. Meslow.
             A guilty plea is not constitutionally valid if the defendant does not personally sign his or her petition to plead guilty, entered pursuant to Minn. R. Crim. P. 15.03, subd. 2, and the record does not otherwise demonstrate the defendant entered a voluntary and intelligent guilty plea.
             Reversed and remanded.  Judge Elise Larson.
 
Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will affect only the parties to that particular case. These opinions are usually shorter than precedential opinions, do not contain extensive discussion of the facts, and are not generally relied on by other courts to the same degree as precedential opinions.

NONPRECEDENTIAL OPINIONS
FILED Monday, December 5, 2022

Pursuant to Minn. R. Civ. App. P. 136.01, subd. 1 (c)



1.         A22-0725
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: K. W. and N. M., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. DeAnne M. Hilgers.
           
2.         A22-0524
            James David Stemm d/b/a Principle Personnel Group, plaintiff, Appellant, vs. Casey 
            Kraus, defendant, Respondent, Mari Kautzman, et al., plaintiffs, Respondents, vs.
            James David Stemm, defendant and counterclaimant, Appellant, vs. Casey Kraus, et
            al., counterclaim defendants, Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Chief Judge Susan L. Segal.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Laura Nelson.
           
3.         A22-0452
            Marcel Moses, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jeannice M. Reding.
           
4.         A22-0019
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Samuel Dwight Simmons, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part and remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Arlene Perkkio.

5.         A21-1582
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Abdirahman Hussein Farah, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tamara G. Garcia.
           
6.         A22-0635
            The Townhomes of Raspberry Ridge Homeowners Association, Inc., Respondent, vs.
            Charles Stuurop Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Signature Select Contracting, et
            al., Appellants, Daniel Kelly d/b/a ICE Co., et al., Defendants.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Sara R. Grewing.

7.         A22-0477
            Carol Audrey Jones, Appellant, Sadie Rae Jones, Plaintiff, Clark Edward Jones, Plaintiff,
            vs. State Farm Insurance Company Fire Claims, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Crow Wing County District Court, Hon. Kristine R. DeMay.

8.         A22-0417
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jason Michael Slattum, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Denise D. Reilly.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Tim D. Wermager.

9.         A21-1559
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. K'lob Jaymes Stewart, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Hilary L. Caligiuri.

10.       A22-0506
            Qays Abdi Ahmed, petitioner, Respondent, vs. State of Minnesota, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Polk County District Court, Hon. Anne Marie Rasmusson.

11.       A22-0343
            Matthew Prescott Beale, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. G. Tony Atwal and Hon. Nicole J. Starr.

12.       A22-0194
            Brenda Lutzke, Appellant, vs.  Metropolitan Council, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. M. Jacqueline Regis.

13.       A22-0352
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Suavay Pierre Sidney, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Reynaldo Aligada, Jr.

14.       A22-0162
            Kristen M. Egan, Respondent, vs. Victor Wright, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded; motion denied.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Joseph T. Carter.

15.       A22-0887
            In the Matter of the Civil Commitment of: Earl Lionell Ward.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jennifer Frisch.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Shawn M. Bartsh.
           
16.       A22-0151
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Corrie Raeann Thompson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jennifer Frisch.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Hilary L. Caligiuri.
 
17.       A22-0449
            City of Minneapolis, Relator, vs. Thomas R. Tichich, Respondent, Public Employees
            Retirement Association of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Theodora K. Gaitas.
            Office of Administrative Hearings.

18.       A22-0720
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: K. J. L. and M. A. M., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward J. Cleary.*
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tanya Mozell Bransford.

19.       A22-0497
            In re the Matter of: Talea Glesener, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Department of
            Human Services, Respondent, Sherburne County Health and Human Services, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Edward J. Cleary.*
            Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Karen Schommer.

20.       A22-0473
            Carl Pinchinat, Appellant, vs. Allstate Insurance Company, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks.*
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. David L. Knutson.

21.       A22-0548
            Cheryl Orcutt, Respondent, vs. Jon Crews, et al., Appellants.
            Affirmed.  Judge John R. Rodenberg.*
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Pamela King.
 
 
* Retired judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, serving by appointment pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.
Order OpinionsCases that involve a few simple issues may be decided by order opinions, which include little discussion of the facts of the case and a brief analysis of the laws that are involved.

RECENT ORDER OPINIONS
December 5, 2022


NO ORDER OPINIONS FILED

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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