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State v. Emerson
Date: August 26, 2015
Citation: 2015 MT 254
Docket Number: DA 14-0153

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, reserving her right to appeal the district court’s denial of her motion to suppress. Defendant appealed, argu...

Finn v. Dakota Fire Ins. Co.
Date: August 26, 2015
Citation: 2015 MT 253
Docket Number: DA 15-0002

Justia Opinion Summary: Insurer issued an insurance policy to Insured covering his truck. When Insured did not pay the premium amount to renew his policy by the deadline of May 1, Insurer sent Insured a notice of expiration and cancellation sum...

State v. Strong
Date: August 25, 2015
Citation: 2015 MT 251
Docket Number: DA 13-0668

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant’s wife obtained an order of protection prohibiting all contact between Defendant and his wife. Thereafter, Defendant was charged with four counts of violating an order of protection for calling his wife four ti...

State v. Vangilder
Date: August 25, 2015
Citation: 2016 MT 252N
Docket Number: DA 13-0840

In re Guardianship of A.M.M.
Date: August 24, 2015
Citation: 2015 MT 250
Docket Number: DA 14-0441

Justia Opinion Summary: A.M.M. was the mother of eight adult children, including Timothy McCann. Timothy filed a petition requesting that he be appointed A.M.M’s sole guardian and conservator. After a trial, the district court found that A.M.M....

State v. Williams
Date: August 18, 2015
Citation: 2015 MT 247
Docket Number: DA 13-0554

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of theft, a felony, and was sentenced as a persistent felony offender to a term of twenty-five years at Montana State Prison, with fifteen suspended, and ordered to pay rest...

State v. Bowen
Date: August 18, 2015
Citation: 2015 MT 246
Docket Number: DA 14-0075

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of negligent homicide. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the district court (1) did not abuse its discretion in permitting Dianna Nelson to testify as a witness at trial...

Wilkes v. State
Date: August 18, 2015
Citation: 2015 MT 243
Docket Number: DA 14-0336

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of deliberate homicide and sentenced to forty years in prison. Defendant later filed an amended petition for post-conviction relief, claiming that he received ineffective as...

Matter of K.A.
Date: August 18, 2015
Citation: 2015 MT 249N
Docket Number: DA 14-0610

Cox v. Cox
Date: August 18, 2015
Citation: 2015 MT 248N
Docket Number: DA 15-0004

In re T.D.H.
Date: August 18, 2015
Citation: 2015 MT 244
Docket Number: DA 15-0038

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal concerned three separate orders entered by the district court during proceedings resulting in the termination of Mother’s parental rights to her three minor children. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) t...

In re Estate of Mills
Date: August 18, 2015
Citation: 2015 MT 245
Docket Number: DA 15-0094

Justia Opinion Summary: Howard H. Mills (the Decedent) died, survived by three sons - Howard W. (Howard), John, and David. On August 21, 2014, Howard petitioned for formal probate of Decedent’s will and appointment of a personal representative....

Marble v. State
Date: August 14, 2015
Citation: 2015 MT 242
Docket Number: DA 13-0763

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, Defendant was convicted of sexual intercourse without consent. In 2010, the victim recanted his accusations in writing. Based upon those recantations, Defendant filed a petition for postconviction relief seeking...

Anderson v. BNSF Railway
Date: August 12, 2015
Citation: 2015 MT 240
Docket Number: DA 14-0253

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, an employee of BNSF Railway, sued BNSF under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, alleging that BNSF negligently assigned him to work that caused cumulative trauma injuries to his musculoskeletal system, part...

Mont. Dep’t of Revenue v. Priceline.com, Inc.
Date: August 12, 2015
Citation: 2015 MT 241
Docket Number: DA 14-0260

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellees were Online Travel Companies (OTCs) that provide online travel information and secure reservations for travelers for car rental and lodging services in Montana. The Montana Department of Revenue filed suit agai...

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