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Horning v. Horning  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: S-16110

Justia Opinion Summary: Shanda Horning was eligible for healthcare from the Indian Health Service (IHS) because she was an Alaska Native. Donovan Horning had unvested post-retirement healthcare benefits through the military’s TRICARE program. W...

Central Recycling Services, Inc. v. Municipality of Anchorage  
Date: February 10, 2017
Docket Number: S-16036

Justia Opinion Summary: Central Recycling Services, Inc. recovered post-consumer materials for reuse, mainly from construction and demolition waste. The company requested rebates under a municipal ordinance providing reduced fees for disposing...

Alex H. v. Dept. of Health & Social Services  
Date: February 10, 2017
Docket Number: S-16206

Justia Opinion Summary: Alex H., a prisoner, challenged the superior court’s denial of his request for transport to attend in person his parental rights termination trial, and, therefore, the ultimate termination of his parental rights. He argu...

Burnett v. Government Employee Ins. Co.  
Date: January 27, 2017
Docket Number: S-15715

Justia Opinion Summary: A driver lost control of his truck and crashed into a cabin, causing property damage and personal injuries to the cabin owner. The cabin owner brought suit against both the driver and the driver’s insurance company, alle...

Studley v. Alaska Public Offices Comm'n  
Date: January 27, 2017
Docket Number: S-15757

Justia Opinion Summary: A self-employed real estate broker, James Studley, ran as a candidate for local elective office. The broker sought a blanket exemption from Alaska’s financial disclosure requirements to avoid reporting his clients’ ident...

Horner-Neufeld v. University of Alaska Fairbanks  
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: S-15782

Justia Opinion Summary: A student was dismissed from a Ph.D. program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks after several years of poor performance and negative feedback. She claimed that her advisors discriminated and retaliated against her, th...

Wagner v. Wagner  
Date: January 13, 2017
Citation: 386 P.3d 1249
Docket Number: S-15989

Justia Opinion Summary: A woman's premarital student loan was consolidated with other student loans incurred during marriage. Her husband argued at the couple's divorce trial that he should not be responsible for the consolidated loans because...

Hopper v. Estate of Goard  
Date: January 13, 2017
Citation: 386 P.3d 1245
Docket Number: S-16051

Justia Opinion Summary: Two co-conservators filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit involving their ward in order to seek relief from a judgment based on a settlement agreement. The superior court denied the motion, and the co-conservators app...

Shanigan v. Shanigan  
Date: January 6, 2017
Citation: 386 P.3d 1238
Docket Number: S-15956

Justia Opinion Summary: A mother appealed an order reducing the amount of child support the father was required to pay. She argued that the superior court relied on incorrect income calculations from the Child Support Services Division (CSSD) a...

In Re Estate of Baker  
Date: December 30, 2016
Citation: 386 P.3d 1228
Docket Number: S-15971

Justia Opinion Summary: The sole question on appeal in this matter was whether the decedent's handwritten name at the beginning of the document was a "signature" as contemplated by AS 13.12.502(b). This was an issue of first impression, and the...

Hudson v. Citibank (South Dakota) NA
Date: December 16, 2016
Docket Numbers: S-14740, S-14826
Long v. Arnold
Date: December 16, 2016
Docket Number: S-15669
Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. State, Dept. of Revenue
Date: December 16, 2016
Docket Number: S-15891
In Re Stepovich
Date: December 16, 2016
Docket Numbers: S-15945, S-15961
Hudson v. Citibank (South Dakota) NA  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Numbers: S-14740, S-14826

Justia Opinion Summary: Two credit card holders defaulted on their accounts, and the issuing bank elected to litigate debt-collection actions. After courts entered default judgments against both card holders, the card holders filed new and sepa...

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