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Thomas v. Archer  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: S-15372

Justia Opinion Summary: A woman was admitted to a hospital emergency room with pregnancy-related complications. The attending physician recommended that she be transported by medivac to a different facility. The woman and her husband informed t...

Bockus v. First Student Services  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: S-15784

Justia Opinion Summary: School bus driver and appellant Jonathan Bockus injured his back moving a gate. He had two spinal surgeries, and his surgeon ultimately recommended a third. About the same time, the driver’s employer scheduled a medical...

Brandner v. Providence Health & Services - Washington  
Date: November 25, 2016
Docket Number: S-15933

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

Small v. Sayre  
Date: November 25, 2016
Docket Number: S-15983

Justia Opinion Summary: A driver and his passengers sued another driver for injuries arising from an accident. After a trial, the jury returned an award of past pain and suffering damages for the driver, and past medical expenses and pain and s...

In Re Necessity for the Hospitalization of Jacob S.  
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Numbers: S-15847, S-15868

Justia Opinion Summary: The respondent in involuntary commitment and medication proceedings, Jacob S., appealed a few issues related to findings that he was mentally ill and posed a risk of harm to others. The superior court ordered both 30-and...

Metcalfe v. Alaska  
Date: November 4, 2016
Docket Number: S-15528

Justia Opinion Summary: Peter Metcalfe was employed briefly by the State in the early 1970s and contributed to the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). In 1981, Metcalfe took a refund of his PERS contributions. Under a statute in effect...

Joy B. v. Alaska Dept. of Health & Soc. Svcs.  
Date: October 26, 2016
Docket Number: S-16152

Justia Opinion Summary: A mother and her eight children were routinely severely abused by the father of the younger children while living in another state. The mother fled to Alaska with four of her daughters in 2013. After the Office of Childr...

Dept. of Trans. & Public Facilities v. Alaska Laser Wash, Inc.  
Date: October 21, 2016
Docket Numbers: S-15380, S-15649

Justia Opinion Summary: The State of Alaska and the owner of a car wash reached an agreement for the State to acquire the car wash site as part of a highway improvement project. After the State acquired the site, the owner elected not to reloca...

Eder v. M-K Rivers  
Date: October 21, 2016
Docket Number: S-15871

Justia Opinion Summary: A worker whose Alaska workers’ compensation case was closed in 1977 filed a new claim in 2012 related to his injury from the 1970s. The Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board dismissed the new claim, and he appealed to the A...

Windel v. Carnahan  
Date: September 23, 2016
Citation: 379 P.3d 971
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
Citation: 379 P.3d 963
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
Citation: 379 P.3d 183
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
Citation: 378 P.3d 388
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
Citation: 377 P.3d 939
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
Citation: 377 P.3d 959
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...

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