Court of Appeals Opinions



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Opinion Policies

Minnesota Court of Appeals opinions are issued weekly and are available to the public at 10 a.m. CST/CDT every Monday.

On Wednesday of every week, the Court of Appeals will mail a notice that informs counsel, 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.  Copies of the opinions are mailed to involved parties on Mondays.

In certain time-sensitive cases, the Court of Appeals may issue opinions on a business day other than Monday.  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, August 2, 2021


NO OPINIONS FILED

Nonprecedential OpinionsNonprecedential opinions (formerly called "unpublished opinions") are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in precedential opinions, or that will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NONPRECEDENTIAL OPINIONS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, August 2, 2021

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


1.         A21-0377
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Jose Armando Padilla, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Kandiyohi County District Court, Hon. David L. Mennis.
 
2.         A21-0102
            Thaddeus L. Hinnenkamp, Relator, vs. Minneapolis Special School District #001, Respondent,
            Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.
 
3.         A21-0051
            Farm Bureau Financial Services, Appellant, vs. Dah Eh Ray, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Jerome B. Abrams.
 
4.         A20-1134
            A minor, by Amber Nelson, Appellant, vs. Fairview Health Services, et al., Respondents, Allina Health System, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Edward Thomas Wahl.
 
5.         A20-1175
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Raphael Phares Spencer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Barbara R. Hanson.
 
6.         A20-1125
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tonia Nicole Williams, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Francis J. Connolly.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Paul Scoggin.
 
7.         A20-1573
            Daniel Loftus, et al., Relators, vs. Jeffery Manning, Respondent, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.
 
8.         A20-1141
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Tony Xiong, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Mark Ireland.
 
9.         A21-0042, A21-0043
            Ricky Lee McDeid, Appellant (A21-0042), Shane P. Garry, Appellant (A21-0043), vs.
            Nancy Johnston, CEO/Director, Minnesota Sex Offender Program, et al., Respondents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Thomas Gilligan, Jr.
 
10.       A20-1226
            Abas Ibrahim Mohamed, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Mary A. Yunker.
 
11.       A19-1995
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Brenda Lanise Bethune, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Mille Lacs County District Court, Hon. Gail T. Kulick.
 
12.       A20-0982
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Brian Lynn Paxton, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Kanabec County District Court, Hon. Stoney L. Hiljus.
 
13.       A20-1522
            Jermaine Smith, Appellant, vs. Broadway Flats LLLP, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Joseph R. Klein.
 
14.       A20-1415
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Abdirahman Jama Ali, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. John H. Scherer.
 
15.       A20-1196
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. William Deshawn Paige, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Theodora K. Gaitas.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Jill Eichenwald.
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
August 2, 2021


1.         A21-0006, A21-0009
            Troy Michael Wierson, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent, and
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Troy Michael Wierson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Jamie L. Cork.
 
2.         A21-0204
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Timothy Lee Biby, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Scott County District Court, Hon. Caroline H. Lennon.
 
3.         A20-1478
            Emad GH AL Rousan, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Timothy T. Mulrooney.
 
4.         A20-1463
            Kevin James Stanton, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Megan Caroline Curran, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Holly Knight.
 
5.         A20-1464
            Andre Lamar Beasley, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Beltrami County District Court, Hon. Jeanine R. Brand.
 
6.         A20-1215
            In Re the Custody of H. E. B.: Justin Matthew Brower, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Alicia Jennifer Adams, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Theodora K. Gaïtas.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Tanya O'Brien.

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED

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

Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, August 2, 2021

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