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Joy B. v. Alaska Dept. of Health & Soc. Svcs.  
Date: October 26, 2016
Docket Number: S-16152

Justia Opinion Summary: A mother and her eight children were routinely severely abused by the father of the younger children while living in another state. The mother fled to Alaska with four of her daughters in 2013. After the Office of Childr...

Dept. of Trans. & Public Facilities v. Alaska Laser Wash, Inc.  
Date: October 21, 2016
Docket Numbers: S-15380, S-15649

Justia Opinion Summary: The State of Alaska and the owner of a car wash reached an agreement for the State to acquire the car wash site as part of a highway improvement project. After the State acquired the site, the owner elected not to reloca...

Eder v. M-K Rivers  
Date: October 21, 2016
Docket Number: S-15871

Justia Opinion Summary: A worker whose Alaska workers’ compensation case was closed in 1977 filed a new claim in 2012 related to his injury from the 1970s. The Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board dismissed the new claim, and he appealed to the A...

Windel v. Carnahan  
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: S-15801

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was the validity of an easement that Thomas Carnahan claimed extended over property owned by Keven and Marlene Windel. In addition, there were issues surrounding damage allegedly caused by improveme...

Jones v. Westbrook  
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: S-15951

Justia Opinion Summary: A client personally financed the sale of his business corporation. His attorney drafted documents that secured the buyer’s debt with corporate stock and an interest in the buyer’s home. Over seven years later the governm...

Fink v. Municipality of Anchorage  
Date: September 16, 2016
Citation: 379 P.3d 183
Docket Number: S-15614

Justia Opinion Summary: A narrow strip of land in the Turnagain area of Anchorage, immediately west of Lynn Ary Park and bordering Knik Arm, is at the center of the parties' dispute in this matter. The land is in the shape of a parallelogram; i...

Abby D. v. Sue Y.  
Date: September 2, 2016
Citation: 378 P.3d 388
Docket Number: S-16049

Justia Opinion Summary: The superior court granted sole legal and primary physical custody of a child to her grandparents, after a trial at which the court found by clear and convincing evidence that leaving the child in her mother’s custody wo...

Thomas v. Dept. of Environmental Conservation  
Date: August 26, 2016
Citation: 377 P.3d 939
Docket Number: S-15371

Justia Opinion Summary: The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (the Department or the State) terminated the employment of seafood inspector Ernest Thomas following a contentious airport inspection that resulted in complaints by a s...

Flint Hills Resources Alaska, LLC v. Williams Alaska Petroleum, Inc.  
Date: August 26, 2016
Citation: 377 P.3d 959
Docket Number: S-15654

Justia Opinion Summary: Williams Alaska Petroleum owned the North Pole refinery until 2004. Williams knew that the then-unregulated chemical sulfolane was present in refinery property groundwater, but it did not know that the sulfolane had migr...

del Rosario v. Clare  
Date: August 26, 2016
Docket Number: S-15955

Justia Opinion Summary: The superior court modified a child custody decree, granting sole legal custody and primary physical custody to the child’s father and setting a visitation schedule. The mother picked the child up for summer visitation b...

Johnson v. Dept. of Corrections  
Date: August 26, 2016
Docket Number: S-15965

Justia Opinion Summary: In a prison discipline proceeding, prisoner William Johnson was found guilty of possessing contraband. He appealed his punishment to a discipline committee, which affirmed the decision. Represented by counsel, Johnson ap...

Marshall v. Peter  
Date: August 26, 2016
Citation: 377 P.3d 952
Docket Number: S-16017

Justia Opinion Summary: Mid-afternoon on an icy early March day, plaintiff Michele Marshall was stopped at a stoplight preparing to turn left from the outside turn lane. Defendant Matthew Peter testified that he came to a complete stop about on...

Cornelison v. TIG Insurance  
Date: August 12, 2016
Citation: 376 P.3d 1255
Docket Number: S-15647

Justia Opinion Summary: Floyd Cornelison injured his back at work in 1996 while shoveling dirt. He had back surgery later that year, but it did little to improve his condition. The Board found he was permanently and totally disabled (PTD) in 20...

Sellers v. Kurdilla  
Date: August 12, 2016
Citation: 377 P.3d 1
Docket Number: S-15685

Justia Opinion Summary: Several men were in a car that rear-ended the plaintiff Linda Sellers' vehicle. She sued the car’s owner, believing he had been driving. The car’s owner moved to dismiss the lawsuit on the basis of an affidavit from a se...

Collier v. Harris  
Date: August 12, 2016
Citation: 377 P.3d 15
Docket Number: S-15748

Justia Opinion Summary: A mother and father shared joint legal and physical custody of their daughter. The mother moved for sole legal and primary physical custody, alleging that a sustained lack of cooperation between the parents and other cha...

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