Court of Appeals 04.07.09

Two unpublished decisions today for discussion.  The first resolves a challenge to White Bear Lake’s decision to grant a variance and CUP amendment to an owner in the Marina Triangle.  The opinion does not break new ground in affirming the City’s approval of the applications, other than scoring another point for a highly deferential use of the Mohler three-part variance-approval analysis.   The other is a wrongful-termination case, in which much of the “termination” discussion went away in the appellant’s veteran’s-preference hearing (decided last year).  The remaining allegations of retaliation and defamation are turned away by the Court via summaries of existing law.  The Court does extend Carradine absolute immunity to the members of an ambulance service board – worth filing away for the next time you deal with a hot advisory-board issue (or member).

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