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Grove v. Grove  
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Numbers: S-16056, S-16075

Justia Opinion Summary: Parties in a divorce disputed the value of the husband’s post-retirement military medical benefits. The superior court determined that the benefits were a marital asset, but declined to value them or account for their va...

Odom v. Alaska Div. of Corporations, Bus. & Prof. Licensing  
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: S-16151

Justia Opinion Summary: The Alaska professional licensing division brought an accusation of professional misconduct against doctor David Odom, M.D., alleging that he acted incompetently when he prescribed phentermine and thyroid hormone for one...

Prax v. Zalewski  
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: S-16223

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994, Victoria Zalewski purchased a 60 foot by 90 foot rectangle of land, Lot 8A. Just south of Lot 8A was a parking lot. Although the parking lot was recorded as being part of a larger adjacent lot known as Lot 9A, n...

Barry H. v. Alaska Dept. of Health & Social Services  
Date: August 11, 2017
Docket Number: S-16415

Justia Opinion Summary: Barry H., the father in a Child in Need of Aid (CINA) proceeding sought to dismiss his court-appointed counsel and represent himself. The Office of Children’s Services (OCS) took emergency custody of four of their childr...

Bob S. v. Dept. of Health & Social Services  
Date: July 28, 2017
Docket Number: S-16504

Justia Opinion Summary: A father's parental rights were terminated as to his daughter, an Indian child, diagnosed with sexualized, aggressive behavior. He appealed the termination, arguing he remedied his prior misconduct by completing outpatie...

Judd v. Judd  
Date: July 21, 2017
Docket Number: S-16064

Justia Opinion Summary: Divorced parents shared equal custody of their son pursuant to an agreement. The mother asked the superior court to modify the agreement to allow her to move with the child to Hawaii. Following a two-hour hearing the cou...

Judd v. Burns  
Date: July 7, 2017
Citation: 397 P.3d 331
Docket Number: S-16213

Justia Opinion Summary: Divorced parents shared custody of their son equally pursuant to a parenting agreement. The mother asked the superior court to modify the agreement to allow her to move with the child to Hawaii. The trial court modified...

McNally v. Thompson  
Date: June 23, 2017
Citation: 397 P.3d 322
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
Citation: 397 P.3d 318
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
Citation: 397 P.3d 297
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
Citation: 397 P.3d 312
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
Citation: 397 P.3d 285
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
Citation: 397 P.3d 267
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...

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