Court of Appeals Opinions



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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 visit the Clerk of Appellate Courts page for instructions on how to register your e-mail address.
 

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.


Published Opinions

By statute, the Court of Appeals issues a published opinion only in the most important and complex cases. Published 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 found in most law libraries.

DECISIONS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS
FILED Monday, October 18, 2021



A21-0068        In re the Marriage of: Brian Earl Grogg, petitioner, Appellant, vs. Karen  Lynne Rech, Respondent.
                         Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Joseph F. Chase.
            When, based on a child’s emancipation, a child support obligor moves to reduce a support obligation that covers more than one child, the obligor must show both emancipation of the child at issue and that the existing support obligation is unreasonable and unfair. An exception to this rule is automatic termination of child support as provided by Minn. Stat. § 518A.39, subd. 5(a) (2020).
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
 

Unpublished Opinions

Unpublished opinions are issued in cases that are less complicated, that involve legal issues that have already been decided in published opinions, or that will affect only the parties to that particular case. These opinions are usually shorter, do not contain extensive discussion of the facts, and are not generally relied on by other courts to the same degree as published opinions.

NONPRECEDENTIAL OPINIONS
FILED Monday, October 18, 2021

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



1.         A21-0083
            Ellis Evans, Respondent, vs. Ian Niklas, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Sara R. Grewing.

2.         A20-1575
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Roberto Amed Dommer, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Timothy J. McManus.

3.         A21-0519
            In re the Matter of the Welfare of the Children of: B. H. K. and A. J. S. B., Parents.
            Affirmed. Judge Michelle A. Larkin.
            Brown County District Court, Hon. Robert A. Docherty.

4.         A21-0611
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: H. R. and B. R. (deceased), Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Eric Hylden.

5.         A21-0438
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: M. L. H., Parent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Tanya M. Bransford.

6.         A21-0491
            Kenny Lee Reed, FKA: Gordon David Reese, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of
            Minnesota, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Carol A. Hooten.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Bruce A. Peterson.

7.         A21-0371
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Vanessa Lynn Page, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
            Jackson County District Court, Hon. Darci Bentz.

8.         A20-1457
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Deontranelle Leslie Davis, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Itasca County District Court, Hon. Jon A. Maturi.

9.         A21-0416
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of: M. H., Custodial Parent, K. H. Stepparent,
            and J. B., Mother.
            Affirmed.  Judge James B. Florey.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Jacob C. Allen.

10.       A20-0892
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Larry Eugene Burrell, Jr., Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Toddrick S. Barnette.

11.       A21-0114
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Freddie Tyrone Dudley, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jennifer L. Frisch.
            Sherburne County District Court, Hon. Brianne J. Buccicone.


 

Order Opinions

Cases 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
October 18, 2021



NO ORDER OPINIONS FILED
 

Special Release Opinions

NO SPECIAL RELEASE OPINIONS FILED


Opinion Sets

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

Opinion Sets For Opinions
Filed Monday, October 18, 2021

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.