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Houston Lakeshore Tract Owners v. City of Whitefish  
Date: March 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 62
Docket Number: DA 16-0297

Justia Opinion Summary: Property Owners in this case collectively owned numerous properties on or near Whitefish Lake in the Houston Lakeshore Area. The City of Whitefish had annexed several tracts and a section of road in the Houston Lakeshore...

Friedel v. Lindeen  
Date: March 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 65
Docket Number: DA 16-0358

Justia Opinion Summary: Friedel, LLC served a request on the Office of the Montana State Auditor, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance (Auditor) made pursuant to the “Right to Know” provision of the Montana Constitution. The Auditor provide...

Thomas v. Liberty Northwest Insuran
Date: March 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 64N
Docket Number: DA 16-0491
Nolan v. Riverstone Health Care  
Date: March 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 63
Docket Number: DA 16-0597

Justia Opinion Summary: Donnie Dorrell Nolan was incarcerated at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility at the time that RiverStone Health Care contracted with Yellowstone County to prove medical services for its inmates. Nolan filed a pro s...

Matter of David Tennant
Date: March 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 66
Docket Number: PR 16-0233
State v. Forsythe  
Date: March 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 61
Docket Number: DA 14-0750

Justia Opinion Summary: Joseph Forsythe was charged with partner/family member assault (PFMA) for his physical altercation with his wife, Giana. While confined and under a no contact order, Forsythe sent letters to Giana telling her to provide...

State v. Harrison  
Date: March 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 60
Docket Number: DA 14-0799

Justia Opinion Summary: After she was arrested for driving under the influence, Defendant was transported to the hospital for a blood draw. When her handcuffs were removed to facilitate the blood draw, Defendant fled. The State charged Defendan...

City of Great Falls v. Allderdice  
Date: March 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 58
Docket Number: DA 15-0231

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pleaded guilty to DUI per se. Defendant appealed the municipal court’s denial of her motion to suppress blood test results on the ground that, by remaining silent, she did not volu...

City of Helena v. Strobel  
Date: March 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 55
Docket Number: DA 15-0590

Justia Opinion Summary: After responding to a 911 call, a police officer spoke to Bridge Rogers, who told the officer that Rick Strobel, her husband, hit her in the face and tried to force her into a pickup truck. The City of Helena charged Str...

State v. A. Pippen
Date: March 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 59N
Docket Number: DA 16-0171
City of Billings v. Barth  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: DA 16-0183

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of negligent endangerment, leaving the scene of an injury accident, and failing to give notice of an accident. The municipal court included six conditions to Defendant’s sus...

Swanson v. Consumer Direct  
Date: March 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 57
Docket Number: DA 16-0380

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Atkins-Swanson applied and qualified for participation in the Self-Directed Personal Assistance Service Program, a government-sponsored program that allowed Atkins-Swanson to direct health-related tasks. Consume...

State v. Aguado  
Date: March 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 54
Docket Number: DA 14-0487

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with sexual abuse of children and sexual assault. The jury found Defendant guilty of sexual abuse of children but hung on the charge of sexual assault. At a second trial, the jury found Defendant gu...

State v. D. Nolan
Date: March 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 53N
Docket Number: DA 15-0051
City of Livingston v. Holloway et
Date: March 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 52N
Docket Number: DA 15-0322
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