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Judicial Center in St. Paul - Where once the number of appeals coming to the Minnesota Supreme Court totaled over 1,800 cases a year, that number has now decreased to an average of 900 since the creation of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, in 1983.  About 5 percent of those appeals come to the Supreme Court for review from the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  The balance of the Supreme Court cases come directly to the Court from other bodies such as the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals and the Tax Court.  The Supreme Court also directly receives first-degree murder appeals and attorney and judge disciplinary cases from the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board and the Board on Judicial Standards.
Supreme Court Building in D.C. -  The Supreme Court is the highest Court in the land, and is made up of nine justices who are appointed for life terms. The Court convenes on the first Monday in October and stays in session until it has heard all of its cases and handed down all of its decisions.

Below are copies of relevant cases related to our practice.  The focus is on State and Federal decisions.  All of the following cases are in Adobe Acrobat format, click on the graphic below and download the Adobe Acrobat Reader free.

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Personal Injury - Minnesota
Kassner v. Allstate Insurance Company
Court of Appeals Minnesota, Court File No. C9-02-99

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Personal Injury - Wisconsin
John Zinter, Jr., a Minor, by his Guardian Ad Litem, Thomas J. Lyons v.  Oswskey and American State Insurance Company
Court of Appeals, Wisconsin; Court Case No. 00-264

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Class Actions
Nienaber vs. Citibank (South Dakota) N.A.
USDC South Dakota Court File No: 04-cv-04054

Malchow v. GMI Acguisitions, Inc.
Pine County District Court, Case No. C9-02-1334

Ackermann v. Monogram
Case No. 03-1059 JMR/FLN (D. MInn).

Keener v. Sears,
Case No. EDCV-03-01265-RT (D. California)

Baier v. Fleet Boston et.al
Case No. CV-04-507 (D. Pennsylvania)

Drinkman v. Encore Receivable Management, Inc.
USDC WD Wisconsin, Court File No. 07-C-363-S

Logan v. Norwest Bank Minnesota
Hennepin County Minnesota, Court File No. CT-94-18688

Avent v. Alandale Corporation
Hennepin County Minnesota, Court File No. CT-00-7438

Reinke v. Harold Chevrolet
Hennepin County Minnesota, Court File No. CT-01-1519

Byrd v. Metropolitan Corporation
Hennepin County Minnesota, Court File No. CT-00-016055

Davies v. West Publishing Company
Dakota County Minnesota, Court File No. 19-C6-99-008478

Lewy v. Investment Advisors, Inc.
Minnesota Court of Appeals, Court File No. C6-02-416

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Other Consumer Class Actions

Mr. Lyons has been certified as a class counsel in the following cases:

Jade Johnson and Claude MaGee v. Universal Car Credit Co., Inc. and
Jim Lupient Oldsmobile Company, USDC Minnesota, Court File No. 3-94-1174

Davies v. West Publishing Company,
Dakota County District Court, Court File No. 19-C6-99-8478

Byrd v. Metropolitan Corporation
Hennepin County District Court, Court File No.: CT 00-016055

Reinke v. Harold Chevrolet,
Hennepin County District Court, CT 01-001519

Avent and Clay v. Alandale Corporation
Hennepin County District Court, Court File No.: CT00-7438

Sheryl Lynn Logan et. al. v. Norwest Bank of Minnesota
N.A., Hennepin Co. Dist. Court File #94-018688

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Fair Credit Reporting Act - 15 USC § 1681s-2(6)
Graham v. CSC Credit Services, Inc. et al
USDC Minnesota, Court File No.02-CV-3707 306 F Supp 2d 873

Sheffer v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc. et al
USDC Pennsylvania, 2003, Civil Case No. 02-7407 290 F Supp 2d 538

Wharram v. CSC Credit Services Inc. et al
USDC Minnesota, March 2004, Civil File No. 02-CV-4853 2004 WL 1052970

Nicole Yutesler v. Sears Roebuck and Co., et al
USDC Minnesota, CV 03-17 DWF/SRN, 5/14/03 2003 WL 21975919

Evelyn Kettler v. CSC Credit Services, et al
USDC Minnesota, CV 03-2621 PAM/RLE, 8/12/03 2003 WL 21975919

Charlotte Mattice v. Equifax d/b/a Equifax Credit Information Services, et al
USDC Minnesota, CV 03-1060 RHK/JSM, 6/13/03 2003 WL 21391679

Johnson v. United States of America - Department of Defense
USDC Minnesota, Court File No. CV-99-1699 DWF/AJB, 10/17/00 2000 WL 33956225

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Invasion of Privacy
Bodah v. Lakeville Motor Express
Minnesota Court of Appeals, Court File No. C5-02-276
, August 20, 2002 669 NW 2d 859
US Ct June 26, 2003 663 NW 2d 550

FMCC v. William Donnay
Ramsey County Minnesota 62-C2-02-006015

Lake v. Wal-Mart
582 NW 2d 231, (ci te) Minnesota Supreme Ct. 1998

Bauer v. Ford Motor Credit Company
149 F. Supp.2nd 1106, (D.Minn.2001)

Swarthout v. Mutual Service Life
632 NW2d 741 (Minn.Ct.App. 2001) 2001 WL 881490

Kristina Forbes (Lamke) and Morgan Koop et. al, individually and as representative of all other similarly situated v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Hennepin District Minnesota, Court File No. CT 04-18839

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Jury Verdicts
Byrd v. Metropolitan Corporation
Hennepin County Minnesota, Court File No. CT-00-016055 -Special Verdict Form
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Defamation / Assault:
Lieske v. Morrie's Brooklyn Park Daewoo
USDC Minnesota, Court File No. CV-00-2658 JMR/FLN

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Breach of Peace - Repossession:
Akerlund v. Minnesota Recovery Bureau and TCF
USDC Minnesota, Court File No. CV-99-1537 MJD/JGL

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Libel:
Consumer Justice Center, P.A. v. Trans Union
Appeal File No. A03-1329, Unpublished Opinion 4/27/04

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Truth-in-Lending:
Stevens v. Brookdale Dodge, Inc.
USDC Minnesota, Court File No. CV-00-2632 JEL/JGL

Lieske v. Morrie's Brooklyn Park Daewoo
USDC Minnesota, Court File No. CV-00-2658 JMR/FLN

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Automobile Class Actions - Class Certifications:
Reinke v. Harold Chevrolet
Hennepin County Minnesota, Court File No. CT-01-1519

Malchow v. Car Truck City
Pine County Minnesota, Court File No. C9-02-1334

Byrd v. Metropolitan Corporation
Hennepin County Minnesota, Court File No. CT-00-016055

Logan v. Norwest Bank Minnesota
Hennepin County Minnesota, Court File No. CT-94-18688

Avent v. Alandale Corporation
Hennepin County Minnesota, Court File No. CT-00-7438

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Punitive Damages:
Bauer v. Ford Motor Credit Company
USDC Minnesota, Court File No. CV-00-389 DSD/JGL

Phillips v. Grendahl
Court of Appeals, Court File No. 01-2616 312 F. 3d 357 (8th Cir. 2002)

Lieske v. Morrie's Brooklyn Park Daewoo
USDC Minnesota, Court File No. 00-2658 JMR/FLN

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Automobile Dealership - Various Opinions:
Reinke v. Harold Chevrolet
Hennepin County Minnesota, Court File No. CT-01-1519

Sutton v. Viking Oldsmobile
Court File No. C2-99-1843, 2001 LEXIS 866 (Minn.App.Ct.July 31, 2001) (Sutton III)

Scott v. Forest Lake Chrysler (Scott I)
598 N.W.2d 713 (Minn. Ct. App. 1999)

Scott v. Forest Lake Chrysler (Scott III)
637 N.W.2d 587 (Minn. Ct. App. 2002)

Miscellaneous:
Midland Credit Management v. John Resler
Minnesota Appeal File No. A03-1482, Unpublished Opinion 5/25/04

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