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Mulroy v. Morgan Pierce, PLLP  
Date: January 10, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 3
Docket Number: DA 16-0141

Justia Opinion Summary: Sheri Lee hired Morgan Pierce, PLLP to represent her in a bankruptcy proceeding. Morgan Pierce subsequently filed notice of an attorney’s lien against five pieces of Lee’s real property for legal services rendered. Josep...

State v. J. Miller
Date: January 10, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 4N
Docket Number: DA 16-0270
Mundel v. Farmers
Date: January 10, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 6N
Docket Number: DA 16-0326
Rada et al. v. Dubrul et al.
Date: January 10, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 5N
Docket Number: DA 16-0379
In re D.L.B.  
Date: January 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 1
Docket Number: DA 15-0489

Justia Opinion Summary: D.L.B., a seventy-five-year-old male suffering from mental illness, has been involuntarily committed to mental hospitals throughout his life. In 2015, the State filed a petition to extend D.L.B.’s commitment to the Monta...

Cahill v. Papa s Cabin
Date: January 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 2N
Docket Number: DA 16-0192
Cahill v. Papa s Cabin
Date: January 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 2N
Docket Number: DA 16-0192
Bureau of Land Management - Barthelmess  
Date: December 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 348
Docket Number: DA 15-0533

Justia Opinion Summary: In Montana’s ongoing water rights claims adjudication proceedings, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) filed six water right claims related to one natural pothole and five reservoirs. The water sources were located wholl...

Ryffel Family Partnership Ltd. v. Alpine Country Construction, Inc.  
Date: December 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 350
Docket Number: DA 15-0805

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was two oral contracts entered into between Ryffel Family Partnership, Ltd. (Ryffel Partnership) and Alpine Construction (Alpine). The first agreement was entered into in January 2007, and the secon...

USA BLM v. Korman
Date: December 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 351N
Docket Number: DA 16-0019
Associated Dermatology & Skin Cancer Clinic of Helena, P.C. Profit Sharing & Trust Benefit of Stephen D. Behlmer, M.D. v. Fitte  
Date: December 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 349
Docket Number: DA 16-0103

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants attempted to execute judgments obtained against Robert Fitte in their respective underlying lawsuits by attaching the proceeds of a commercial liability policy issued to Fitte by joined party Mountain West Far...

Welu v. Twin Hearts Smiling Horses, Inc.  
Date: December 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 347
Docket Number: DA 16-0139

Justia Opinion Summary: The parties in this case disagreed over the ownership and operation of an irrigation system on a ranch. Plaintiff filed a complaint against Defendants, arguing that Defendants had converted his property by exercising una...

State v. Lafield
Date: December 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 338N
Docket Number: DA 15-0212
State v. Lawrence  
Date: December 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 346
Docket Number: DA 15-0428

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of felony theft. Defendant was sentenced to ten years in prison. Defendant appealed, arguing, among several other arguments, that the prosecutor committed plain error requiring...

Suzor v. International Paper Co.  
Date: December 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 344
Docket Number: DA 15-0510

Justia Opinion Summary: Charlotte Suzor injured her knees in a workplace accident in 1982 and settled her workers’ compensation claims in 1987 with her self-insured employer, reserving the right to seek future medical benefits for ongoing compl...

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