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Wells Fargo Bank v. Ah Chong
Date: July 2, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000421

Nath v. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
Date: June 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-13-0002732

Narayan v. Marriott International, Inc.
Date: June 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCAP-13-0003607

State v. Phua
Date: June 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-11-0000686

Justia Opinion Summary: After a bench trial, the district court found Defendant guilty of harassment. Defendant attended his sentencing hearing without his lawyer. After a brief colloquy with Defendant, the district court found that Defendant h...

State v. Deguair
Date: June 30, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000061

St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co.
Date: June 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCCQ-14-0000727

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, the excess insurer, and Defendant, the primary insurer, issued insurance policies to a travel service company. The company was sued for damages resulting from an accidental death. The case was settled in an am...

In re Grievance Arbitration Between State of Haw. Org. of Police Officers
Date: June 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-10-0000077

Justia Opinion Summary: After the County of Kaua’i and Kaua’i Police Department filled five police sergeant positions through internal promotions, the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO) challenged, through the grievance pro...

State v. Vaimili
Date: June 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-12-0000115

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted for sex trafficking related crimes based on his conduct as a pimp for the complaining witness. Petitioner was present for voir dire and jury selection but failed to appear in court two days later...

Pofolk Aviation Haw., Inc. v. Dep’t of Transp. for State of Haw.
Date: June 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-00003857

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Transportation Airport Division (DOT-A), which leases Dillingham Airfield on the island of O’ahu from the United States Army, imposed landing fees on commercial users, including Petitioners. In 2012, DO...

Tagupa v. VIPDesk
Date: June 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0002084

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a complaint against Defendant in a state district court and later moved to dismiss the case. The district court granted the motion to dismiss without prejudice and awarded Defendant attorney’s fees pursua...

In re A.A.
Date: June 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000596

Bailey v. Duvauchelle
Date: June 29, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-14-0000883

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a dispute over a flag lot parcel of land in Puko’o, located on the Island of Moloka’i, County of Maui, State of Hawaii. At issue before the Supreme Court was whether an order deciding a motion that w...

Ruggles v. Yagong
Date: June 25, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0000117

Justia Opinion Summary: Passed by voter initiative, the “Lowest Law Enforcement Priority of Cannabis” (LLEP) of the Hawai’i County Code provides that the cultivation, possession and use for adult personal use of cannabis shall be the lowest law...

State v. Chin
Date: June 25, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0002469

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of theft of the proceeds of sale of the home of an individual for whom she was acting as a caregiver, changing the name of ownership of two joint accounts, and taking $8,000...

State v. Bowman
Date: June 25, 2015
Docket Number: SCWC-13-0005863

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