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First Class Valet Services, LLC v. Gleason

Court of Appeals of Minnesota

March 20, 2017

First Class Valet Services, LLC, Appellant,
v.
Raleigh Gleason, Respondent.

         Hennepin County District Court File No. 27-CV-15-14911

          John G. Westrick, Westrick & McDowall-Nix, PLLP, St. Paul, Minnesota (for appellant)

          Mark J. Karon, University Student Legal Service, Minneapolis, Minnesota (for respondent)

          Considered and decided by Hooten, Presiding Judge; Reilly, Judge; and Smith, Tracy M., Judge.

         SYLLABUS

         An employer required by Minnesota Statutes section 181.970 (2016) to indemnify its employee may not bring a negligence action against that employee to recoup payments made by the employer to a third party.

          OPINION

          HOOTEN, Judge

         Appellant employer challenges the dismissal of its claim resulting from respondent employee's alleged negligent performance of his duties, arguing that the district court erred in interpreting Minn. Stat. § 181.970 to preclude such claim. We affirm.

         FACTS

         Appellant First Class Valet Services, LLC alleges the following facts in its complaint. In early January 2015, First Class hired respondent Raleigh Gleason as a parking valet. Later that month, Gleason negligently caused approximately $4, 820 in damage to a car. First Class reimbursed the owner. Six days later, Gleason negligently caused approximately $7, 931 in damage to a second car. First Class again reimbursed the owner.

         In September 2015, First Class brought a negligence action against Gleason to recover the amounts it paid to reimburse the two car owners. Gleason moved to dismiss under Minn. R. Civ. P. 12.02(e) for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, arguing that Minn. Stat. § 181.970 shields him from all liability for the damages. The district court granted Gleason's motion. First Class appeals.

         ISSUES

         Does Minn. Stat. § 181.970 bar First Class' negligence claim against Gleason for amounts paid to ...


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