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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
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
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
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
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
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...

Bingman v. City of Dillingham  
Date: August 12, 2016
Citation: 376 P.3d 1245
Docket Number: S-16041

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant James Bingman, Sr. sought to redeem his foreclosed property by offering the City of Dillingham a promissory note for the amount due, without interest, that would mature 20 years later. The taxpayer asserted tha...

Jackson v. Municipality of Anchorage  
Date: August 5, 2016
Citation: 375 P.3d 1166
Docket Number: S-15722

Justia Opinion Summary: The Anchorage Police Department seized some of appellant Willie Jackson's personal property when he was arrested. He would be charged with several state-law felonies, which were later dropped after he was indicted on fed...

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest v. Alaska  
Date: July 22, 2016
Citation: 375 P.3d 1122
Docket Numbers: S-15010, S-15030, S-15039

Justia Opinion Summary: In a 2007 ruling, the Alaska Supreme Court recognized that the State had "compelling interests" in aiding parents to help their minor children make informed and mature pregnancy-related decisions, and at that time, the C...

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