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McNally v. Thompson  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: S-15906

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Houston, Alaska fired its police captain shortly before disbanding its police department. The captain claimed he was terminated in bad faith in order to stop ongoing investigations into city leaders. He chall...

Comsult LLC v. Girdwood Mining Company  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: S-16113

Justia Opinion Summary: Girdwood Mining Company transferred stock and mineral royalty interests to Comsult LLC pursuant to a contract between the parties. Girdwood Mining later refused to perform its obligations with respect to the stock and ro...

Daggett v. Feeney  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Numbers: S-15799, S-15819

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a cancelled contract between Richard Feeney and Alaskan Wind Industries (AWI), a renewable energy contractor, for the sale and installation of a wind turbine on Feeney’s property in Homer. Feeney cance...

Alaska Miners Association v. Holman  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: S-15885

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal involved an attorney’s fees dispute following a superior court decision upholding Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell’s certification of the “Bristol Bay Forever” ballot initiative. The initiative was approved to be...

Caitlyn E. v. Alaska Dept. of Health & Social Svcs.  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: S-16306

Justia Opinion Summary: Caitlyn E., a Yupik woman, was the mother of Maggie and Bridget, ages nine and six at trial, who are Indian children within the meaning of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) based on their affiliation with the Orutsarar...

Radebaugh v. Dept. of Health & Social Services  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: S-15814

Justia Opinion Summary: Sunny Radebaugh contested both her inability to cross-examine the nurse who performed an annual assessment and the Department of Health and Social Services' reversal of an administrative law judge’s determination. Radeba...

Estate of Seward  
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: S-15561

Justia Opinion Summary: The Alaska Supreme Court disagreed with the probate master and superior court’s underlying conclusion that a paternity determination could not be made in estate proceedings, or that a laches defense could apply in this c...

Ivy v. Calais Company, Inc.  
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: S-15967

Justia Opinion Summary: The Alaska Supreme Court affirmed the appraisal panel’s valuation of Calais Company, Inc. (a closely held corporation), but reversed the superior court’s denial of shareholder Deborah Ivy’s request for post-judgment inte...

Matthew H. v. Dept. of Health & Social Services  
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: S-16383

Justia Opinion Summary: The Alaska Supreme Court concluded the superior court did not clearly err in finding that the father did not remedy the mental health issues that were “the root cause” of his inability to safely parent his daughter. The...

Yuk v. Robertson  
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: S-16242

Justia Opinion Summary: A surveyor discovered a discrepancy between the location of a longstanding fence and the boundary between two lots. The property owners sued to quiet title to the fenced-off section of their lot. But the owners of the e...

Reasner v. Dept. of Health & Social Services  
Date: May 19, 2017
Citation: 394 P.3d 610
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
Citation: 394 P.3d 604
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
Citation: 394 P.3d 598
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...

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