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Legal Memorandum: Summary Judgment Order

Issue: What is the scope of appellate review in Minnesota of a summary judgment order?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Scope of appellate review; Summary judgment order; Genuine issues of material fact
Jurisdiction: Minnesota
Cited Cases: 240 N.W.2d 507; 419 N.W.2d 809; 307 Minn. 344
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 03/01/2007

“On appeal from summary judgment, this Court determines whether there are any genuine issues of material fact and whether the lower court erred in applying the law.”  Hodel v. Gundle Lining Constr. Corp., 572 N.W.2d 764, 765 (Minn. Ct. App. 1997) TA l "Hodel v. Gundle Lining Constr. Corp., 572 N.W.2d 764 (Minn. Ct. App. 1997)" s "Hodel v. Gundle Lining Constr. Corp. (Minn. Ct. App. 1997)" c 1 . The court views the evidence in the light most favorable to the non-movant.  Id. at 765 TA s "Hodel v. Gundle Lining Constr. Corp. (Minn. Ct. App. 1997)" .  The court is not bound by the district court’s ruling on a question of law, instead conducting an independent review of the record.  Boubelik v. Liberty State Bank, 553 N.W.2d 393, 397 (Minn. 1996), superseded by statute on other grounds; TA l "Boubelik v. Liberty State Bank, 553 N.W.2d 393 (Minn. 1996), superseded by statute on other grounds;" s "Boubelik v. Liberty State Bank (Minn. 1996)" c 1  Hodel, 572 N.W.2d at 765 TA s "Hodel v. Gundle Lining Constr. Corp. (Minn. Ct. App. 1997)" .

The appellate court will not consider factual assertions outside the record and not made by affidavit in the summary judgment proceedings below in accordance with Minn. R. Civ. P. 56.03, .05. TA l "Minn. R. Civ. P. 56.03, .05." s "Minn. R. Civ. P. 56.03, .05." c 4   See Gutwein v. Edwards, 419 N.W.2d 809, 812 (Minn. Ct. App. 1988) TA l "Gutwein v. Edwards, […]

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