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Recent Decisions From the Montana Supreme Court

A. Potter v. State
Date: May 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 120N
Docket Number: DA 16-0470
Richland Aviation, Inc. v. State, Department of Revenue  
Date: May 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 122
Docket Number: DA 16-0474

Justia Opinion Summary: Richland Aviation filed this proceeding to determine whether it was a “scheduled airline” and therefore subject to central tax assessment by the Montana Department of Revenue (DOR). The district court concluded that Rich...

Cudd v. State
Date: May 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 121N
Docket Number: DA 16-0506
State v. Foster  
Date: May 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 118
Docket Number: DA 16-0373

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether the district court's finding that particularized suspicion existed to support an investigatory stop was clearly erroneous. The Supreme Court of Montana held that, based on the totality of the circums...

VanBuskirk v. Gehlen
Date: May 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 119N
Docket Number: DA 16-0410
Mountain Water v. Department of Revenue  
Date: May 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 117
Docket Number: DA 16-0469

Justia Opinion Summary: The Montana Supreme Court reversed the district court's order of a refund to Mountain Water and assessment of property taxes against the City of Missoula. The court held that section 70-30-315, MCA, selects a different d...

In re Parenting of G.M.O.  
Date: May 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 116
Docket Number: DA 16-0545

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother appealed an amended parenting plan issued by the district court, arguing that it was contrary to the best interests of her child and that the court failed to make sufficient findings of fact and conclusions of law...

State v. Stutzman  
Date: May 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 110
Docket Number: DA 15-0394

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Defendant guilty of sexual assault against R.W., the eight-year-old daughter of Defendant’s former girlfriend, and acquitted him of a separate charge against K.W., R.W.’s twin sister. The Supreme Court affir...

State v. Stratton  
Date: May 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 112
Docket Number: DA 15-0509

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his convictions for obstructing a peace officer, partner or family member assault and three counts of criminal endangerment, among other offenses, rendered after the district court rejected a plea agre...

State v. Thompson  
Date: May 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 107
Docket Number: DA 15-0671

Justia Opinion Summary: In this criminal case, the Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s imposition of criminal defense fees and other costs in the judgment against Defendant. On appeal from his convictions for felony driving under the in...

Vintage Construction, Inc. v. Feighner  
Date: May 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 109
Docket Number: DA 16-0338

Justia Opinion Summary: In this home construction contract dispute, the Supreme Court (1) affirmed the district court’s decision awarding contractual damages to Contractor and dismissing Homeowners’ counterclaims for damages and attorney’s fees...

State v. R. Kelm
Date: May 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 113N
Docket Number: DA 16-0436
City of Helena v. Grove  
Date: May 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 111
Docket Number: DA 16-0549

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed its plain meaning construction of Mont. Code Ann. 46-13-401(2) and clarified the correct shorthand calculation method for measuring the six-month speedy trial deadline, as manifest in State v....

In re C.B.D.  
Date: May 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 108
Docket Number: DA 16-0575

Justia Opinion Summary: After a hearing, the district court terminated the parental rights of Mother to her two children, C.B.D. and P.M.P. Mother appealed this order only as it pertained to the P.M.P.’s placement, not the termination of her pa...

Reinlasoder v. City of Colstrip
Date: May 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 114N
Docket Number: DA 16-0690
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