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Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest v. Alaska  
Date: July 22, 2016
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...

In Re Necessity for the Hospitalization of Mark V.  
Date: July 1, 2016
Docket Number: S-15536

Justia Opinion Summary: The superior court issued a 30-day involuntary commitment order after finding that Mark V. was gravely disabled and “entirely unable to fend for himself independently in the community.” Mark argued that there was insuffi...

Lee-Magana v. Carpenter  
Date: July 1, 2016
Docket Number: S-15854

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal involved two petitions for long-term domestic violence protective orders. Olivia Lee-Magana prevailed both on a petition she brought against her ex-boyfriend Jacob Carpenter and on a petition he brought again...

Huit v. Ashwater Burns, Inc.  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: S-15514

Justia Opinion Summary: Before the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Appeals Commission was created, an Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board decision could be appealed to the superior court, and a party dissatisfied with the superior court’s final res...

Law Offices of Steven D. Smith, P.C. v. Ceccarelli  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: S-15615

Justia Opinion Summary: A superior court ordered the Child Support Services Division (CSSD) to audit the child support and spousal support accounts of a divorced couple. The audits revealed that the agency had collected too much child support f...

Young v. Alaska  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: S-15665

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Aaron Young was accused of involvement in a shooting and convicted at trial, in part on the strength of three eyewitness identifications. He challenged the admissibility of two of the identifications on due pro...

Clementine F. v. Dept. of Health & Social Services  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: S-15948

Justia Opinion Summary: Jasmine was born in February 2009 to Clementine and Jermaine. The Office of Children’s Services (OCS) took emergency custody of the child after receiving reports that her mother’s conduct had placed her at risk of harm....

Jerry B. v. Sally B.  
Date: June 10, 2016
Docket Number: S-15684

Justia Opinion Summary: A husband and wife separated after the husband was charged with sexually abusing their minor daughter. The husband eventually pleaded guilty to first degree indecent exposure. In the civil divorce suit, the superior cour...

In Re Ivy
Date: May 20, 2016
Docket Number: S-15450
Lingley v. Alaska Airlines, Inc.  
Date: May 13, 2016
Docket Number: S-15529

Justia Opinion Summary: In February 2012, Alaska Airlines terminated Helen Lingley, a longtime employee, for violating company rules and polices after she allegedly took earbuds from a left-on-board box, made contradictory statements during the...

Luther v. Lander  
Date: May 13, 2016
Docket Number: S-15588

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2010, Stevie Lander was driving on an icy road. Her vehicle slid into a Bonnie Luther's car. Although Luther reported no injuries at the scene of the accident, that evening she went to the emergency room for...

Sherrill v. Sherrill  
Date: May 13, 2016
Docket Number: S-15844

Justia Opinion Summary: The superior court in this case divided the marital property, granted child custody and determined the child support obligation. On appeal of that order, the noncustodial, nonresident parent claimed the superior court la...

Herring v. Herring  
Date: May 13, 2016
Docket Number: S-15886

Justia Opinion Summary: The parties to this appeal reached a settlement in their divorce, providing that the qualified marital portion of the husband’s pension would be distributed to the wife and the nonqualified portion would be distributed t...

City of Kenai v. Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, LLC  
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: S-15682

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Alaska Supreme Court's review arose from competing claims of right to the pore space in a large limestone formation about a mile underground. Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, L...

Timothy G. v. Alaska Dept. of Health & Social Services  
Date: April 29, 2016
Citation: 372 P.3d 235
Docket Number: S-15725

Justia Opinion Summary: Timothy G. alleged he was abused by his stepfather repeatedly between 1997 and 2006. In 2006, Timothy reported the abuse to his mother. She took Timothy and his four siblings to a shelter, sought a protective order again...

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