Court of Appeals Opinions



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Appellate Courts will begin transmitting all notices, orders, and opinions electronically.

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, August 8, 2022



A21-1518        William Findling, et al., Appellants, vs. Group Health Plan, Inc., d/b/a
A21-1527        Health Partners and Regions Hospital, Respondent (A21-1518), Essentia
A21-1528        Health, et al., Respondents (A21-1527), Fairview Health Services, et al.,
A21-1530        Respondents (A21-1528), Allina Health Systems, Respondent (A21-1530).
                       
Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Karen A. Janisch.
            1.   Minnesota Statutes section 8.31, subdivision 3a (2020), the private attorney general provision, does not create a private right of action under the Minnesota Health Records Act, Minnesota Statutes section 144.292, subdivision 2 (2020), for underdisclosure of health records.  
            2.   Minnesota Statutes section 144.651 (2020), the Minnesota Health Care Bill of Rights, does not create a private right of action for underdisclosure of health records. 
            Affirmed.  Judge Lucinda E. Jesson.
 

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, August 8, 2022

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



1.         A21-1326
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Scott Wade Ramey, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Renee L. Worke.
            Olmsted County District Court, Hon. Kathy M. Wallace.

2.         A22-0131
            State of Minnesota, Appellant, vs. Leland Wayne Thompson, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded; motion denied.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Ramsey County District Court, Hon. Teresa R. Warner.

3.         A22-0104
            Matthias Jacob Gould, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. David M. Johnson.

4.         A21-1658
            Scott Michael Gold, petitioner, Respondent, vs. Chelsy Dodge Frawley, Appellant.
            Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.
            Goodhue County District Court, Hon. Kevin F. Mark and Hon. Patrick M. Biren.

5.         A22-0036
            Troy David Mack, Appellant, vs. Blake Azurin Martin, Respondent, William Azurin
            Martin, Respondent, Ian Alexander Stinson, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Carver County District Court, Hon. Janet L. Barke Cain.

6.         A21-1052
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Wendy Beth Boggs, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Matthew E. Johnson.
            Otter Tail County District Court, Hon. Kevin Miller.

7.         A22-0189
            Joseph Eilefson, Appellant, vs. Park Nicollet Health Services, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Peter M. Reyes, Jr.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Karen A. Janisch.

8.         A21-1063
            In re the Guardianship of: Robert J. Stutelberg.
            Affirmed.  Judge Tracy M. Smith.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Jay Quam.

9.         A21-1644
            Jeffrey Rangel Perez, et al., Appellants, vs. Solomon Affa, Respondent, Raiser, LLC,
            et al., Respondents.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Washington County District Court, Hon. Gregory G. Galler.

10.       A21-0998
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Steven John Moore, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Diane B. Bratvold.
            Dakota County District  Court, Hon. Tanya O’Brien.

11.       A22-0045
            Jane Doe 126, by and through her Guardian, Father Doe 126, Appellants, vs.
            Minneapolis Public Schools – Special School District  No. 1, Respondent, Septran,
            Inc., Respondent, Antonio Javier Baltazar-Hernandez,  Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. James Moore.

12.       A21-1738
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Alfonso Carillo Buenaventura, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            St. Louis County District Court, Hon. Robert C. Friday.

13.       A21-0955
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Clifton Dale Robinson, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Randall J. Slieter.
            Mower County District Court, Hon. Christa M. Daily.

14.       A22-0268
            In the Matter of the Welfare of the Child of:  D. L. U., Sr. and K. M. W., Parents.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeanne M. Cochran.
            Carlton County District Court, Hon. Rebekka Stumme.

15.       A21-1138
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Darcy Wayne Christianson, Appellant.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Becker County District Court, Hon. Gretchen Thilmony.

16.       A21-1117
            In re the Custody of: S. D. C. and Z. R. C., Kris Marie Hell, Respondent, vs. Cali Joanne
            Marie Cress, Appellant, Zachary P. Hopper, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jeffrey M. Bryan.
            Koochiching County District Court, Hon. Jerrod A. Shermoen.

17.       A22-0096
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Danielle Marie Dvorsak, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jennifer Frisch.
            Stearns County District Court, Hon. Kris Davick-Halfen.

18.       A21-1252
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Randy Terrell Mayberry, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Jennifer Frisch.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Martha A. Holton Dimick.

19.       A21-1668
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. James Michael Peters, III, Appellant.
            Affirmed.  Judge Theodora K. Gaitas.
            Polk County District Court, Hon. Jeffrey Scott Remick.

20.       A21-1550
            Nathan M. Christenson, Relator, vs. RIHM Motor Company, Respondent, Department
            of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
            Affirmed.  Judge Theodora K. Gaitas.
            Department of Employment and Economic Development.

21.       A21-1142
            State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Antonio Earl Stevenson, Appellant.
            Reversed.  Judge Theodora K. Gaitas.
            Hennepin County District Court, Hon. Terri Yellowhammer.         

            

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
August 8, 2022



1.         A21-1639
            Gregory Quinn Holmes, petitioner, Appellant, vs. State of Minnesota, Respondent.
            Reversed and remanded.  Judge Jennifer L. Frisch.
            Dakota County District Court, Hon. Tim D. Wermager.
 

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, August 8, 2022

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