INTERVENORS—Sumner v. Jim Lupient Infiniti, 865 N.W. 2nd 706 (Minn. 2015)

The employee commenced a cause of action against the employer. Two intervenors filed Petitions to Intervene in the preceding’s but failed to attend the hearing before compensation judge.

The Supreme Court held that Minn. Stat. §176.361 subd. 4, unequivocally requires and intervenors attendance at court preceding’s unless a stipulation has been signed and filed or the intervenor’s right to reimbursement has otherwise been established. Further, failure to appear at court preceding’s shall result in a denial of the intervenor’s claim.

The court noted that for purposes of statute, attend and appear are synonymous.