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Stephen Buterin Achieved a Favorable Ruling

May 2015 Heley Duncan & Melander PLLP attorney Stephen Buterin achieved a favorable ruling on behalf of his client from the Minnesota Supreme Court on May 20, 2015. The case, Contractors Edge, Inc. v. City of Mankato, 863 N.W.2d 765 (Minn. 2015), reversed a Minnesota Court of Appeals order dismissing the appeal as untimely because Contractors Edge did not immediately appeal the partial summary judgment, which the district court had certified as final under Minn. R. Civ. P. 54.02.  The supreme court ruled that the district court abused its discretion in certifying the summary judgment order as a final partial judgment because the parties did not request certification, the claims at issue arose from the same set of facts, and the district court did not explain why certification was necessary and the record did not provide a basis supporting certification.  Because the order was improperly certified, the supreme court held it was not a final partial judgment that was immediately appealable and could be challenged in an appeal taken from a final judgment. The decision itself is here:http://www.mncourts.gov/opinions/sc/current/OPA140223-052015.pdf