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Recreational Data Services, Inc. v. Trimble Navigation Limited  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: S-15893

Justia Opinion Summary: Recreational Data Services, Inc. (RDS) attempted to develop and market a smartphone that would come preloaded with outdoor-oriented software. RDS pursued a partnership to advance the project with Trimble Navigation Limit...

Haines v. Comfort Keepers, Inc.  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: S-16034

Justia Opinion Summary: Verna Haines hired an in-home care company to assist her with day-today living. The company provided an in-home assistant who was later discovered to have stolen the Haines’ jewelry and prescription medication. Haines su...

Barber v. Alaska  
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Numbers: S-15645, S-15655, S-15836

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, a number of pro se prisoners moved the superior court to enforce the terms of a 1990 Final Settlement Agreement and Order in "Cleary v. Smith," a class action by inmates regarding prison conditions. In 2014 Supe...

Dennis O. v. Stephanie O.  
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: S-15802

Justia Opinion Summary: A father requested court-appointed counsel in a child custody modification proceeding after learning that the mother had hired a private attorney. The court denied the request. The father (supported in part by several am...

Wright v. Anding  
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: S-15959

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Sean Wright, a former inmate of the Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC) who was incarcerated at an out-of-state correctional facility under contract with DOC, filed a medical malpractice and 42 U.S.C. 1983 c...

Burton v. Fountainhead Development, Inc.  
Date: March 17, 2017
Docket Number: S-15990

Justia Opinion Summary: A tour company hired an Ronald Burton ("employee") to work the tourist season as one of its representatives at a Fairbanks hotel where he had worked seasonally in the past. During training, hotel management recalled that...

In Re Adoption of Hannah L.  
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: S-15904

Justia Opinion Summary: Alleging that parenting failures waived the biological father’s consent, a stepfather petitioned to adopt his wife’s daughter over the biological father’s objection. The superior court determined that the proposed adopti...

In Re District Court Judge  
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: S-16032

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a disciplinary sanction, a judge was not recommended for retention by the Alaska Judicial Council. Although the judge chose not to campaign, an independent group supported his retention and campaigned on his be...

Kocurek v. Wagner  
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: S-15829

Justia Opinion Summary: Marvin Kocurek, an artifact collector, appealed a superior court’s decision to deny his motion for a new trial and amendment of judgment where the jury found that a collection of artifacts from Zacatecas, Mexico, had bee...

Coulson v. Steiner  
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: S-16167

Justia Opinion Summary: Aaron Steiner began a romantic relationship with Juanita Omadlao in May 2013, while Omadlao was still married to David Coulson. Coulson learned about the affair and filed for divorce. After the divorce proceedings ended,...

Rice v. McDonald  
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: S-16218

Justia Opinion Summary: The father of three Indian children killed their mother. After the father’s arrest, the father’s relatives moved the children from Alaska to Texas and gained custody of the children through a Texas district court order....

Horning v. Horning  
Date: February 17, 2017
Citation: 389 P.3d 61
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
Citation: 389 P.3d 54
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
Citation: 389 P.3d 35
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
Citation: 389 P.3d 27
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...

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