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Reasner v. Dept. of Health & Social Services  
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Numbers: S-15900, S-15929

Justia Opinion Summary: Lisa Reasner suffered years of sexual abuse while in foster care and after the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) approved her adoption. Years later, Reasner sued OCS after discovering that OCS might have played a role...

Brandner v. Providence Health & Services  
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: S-15933

Justia Opinion Summary: Providence Alaska Medical Center terminated Dr. Michael Brandner’s hospital privileges without an opportunity to be heard after determining he had violated hospital policy by failing to report an Alaska State Medical Boa...

Mattox v. Dept. of Corrections  
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: S-16031

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Richard Mattox sued the Department of Corrections (DOC) for injuries arising from an assault by another prisoner. Mattox alleged that DOC was negligent in failing to accommodate his requests for transfer to a di...

Thomson v. Thomson  
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: S-16155

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce matter, the parties agreed to divide the husband’s retirement benefit based on its present value and implemented the division with a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO). In 2014, after the husband r...

Johnson v. Johnson  
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: S-16234

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce matter, at the conclusion of trial, the wife physically assaulted husband's attorney. The incident led to criminal charges, and the judge presiding over the divorce testified in the criminal case as a wit...

Todeschi v. Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo, LLC  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Numbers: S-15542, S-15571

Justia Opinion Summary: The superior court found no inconsistency in the jury verdict, and denied appellant Todeschi’s motion for a new trial. Finding no error in the superior court judgement, the Supreme Court affirmed. Appellee, a mine superv...

Jude M. v. Alaska Dept. of Health & Social Svcs.  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: S-16233

Justia Opinion Summary: The superior court ordered a guardianship based in part on expert testimony that the father could not yet be left alone with his daughter, given the state of his progress with sex offender treatment, and in part because...

Alaska Dept. of Administration, Division of Retirement & Benefits v. Shea  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: S-15787

Justia Opinion Summary: State employee Shirley Shea suffered from chronic pain and has been unable to work. She applied for occupational disability benefits, claiming that prolonged sitting at work aggravated a preexisting medical condition. Th...

Easley v. Easley  
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Numbers: S-16061, S-16131

Justia Opinion Summary: In a 2008 divorce decree based on a settlement agreement, an ex-husband was ordered to sell the marital home and pay his ex-wife her share of the estate. But by 2015, he had not yet done so. The superior court ordered th...

Alaska Fur Gallery, Inc. v. Hwang  
Date: March 31, 2017
Docket Number: S-16132

Justia Opinion Summary: Tok Hwang owned a lessee interest in, and related improvements on, a commercial lot (the leasehold) near the Denali National Park entrance. Hwang leased the lot from a third party for $20,000 annually. Hwang subleased th...

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
Citation: 390 P.3d 1162
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...

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