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Wrzesien v. Mont. Pub. Employee Ret. Admin.  
Date: September 28, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 242
Docket Number: DA 15-0554

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned three retirement plans established by the Montana Legislature under the Montana Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). Plaintiffs, who elected to participate in the Defined Contribution Retirement...

Northwestern Corp. v. Dep’t of Pub. Serv. Regulation  
Date: September 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 239
Docket Number: DA 15-0612

Justia Opinion Summary: This matter involved a challenge to the final order of the Montana Public Service Commission disallowing $1,419,427 in claimed excess electric regulation costs and adjusted energy efficiency savings calculations. NorthWe...

Carbon County Res. Council v. Bd. of Oil & Gas Conservation  
Date: September 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 240
Docket Number: DA 15-0613

Justia Opinion Summary: Carbon County Resource Council and Northern Plains Resources Council (collectively, Resource Councils) challenged the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation’s (the Board) approval of well stimulation activities at an...

State v. Krause
Date: September 27, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 241N
Docket Number: DA 15-0700
Date: September 22, 2016
Docket Number: AF 09-0688
State v. Griffin  
Date: September 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 231
Docket Number: DA 14-0674

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of six felony offenses of incest, sexual intercourse without consent, and sexual assault. During closing argument by Defendant’s attorney, an audience member interrupted and sa...

State v. Killsontop
Date: September 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 235N
Docket Number: DA 14-0756
State v. Hooper  
Date: September 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 237
Docket Number: DA 15-0261

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, elder abuse, and failure to comply with licensing requirements. Defendant was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for aggravated burglary, ten years in prison for eld...

Aker v. State
Date: September 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 236N
Docket Number: DA 15-0271
State v. Honka
Date: September 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 233N
Docket Number: DA 15-0318
Folsom v. Livingston  
Date: September 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 238
Docket Number: DA 15-0499

Justia Opinion Summary: David and Alana Folsom filed a complaint against Eagle’s Rest, LLC and the City of Livingston claiming breach of contract, negligence, unjust enrichment, and quantum meruit. After a jury trial, the district court entered...

Matter of B.R. J.R. YINC
Date: September 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 234N
Docket Number: DA 15-0512
Foss v. Melton  
Date: September 20, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 232
Docket Number: DA 15-0721

Justia Opinion Summary: Sean Melton purchased four parcels of property from Len Wallace. Lee Foss represented Wallace. The parties contractually agreed that Melton would pay Foss $112,000 in commission. Foss later filed suit against Melton for...

Krakauer v. Comm’n of Higher Educ.  
Date: September 19, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 230
Docket Number: DA 15-0502

Justia Opinion Summary: Jon Krakauer, a journalist and resident of Colorado, published a book chronicling instances of alleged sexual misconduct on or near the Missoula campus of the University of Montana. This case involved Krakauer’s request...

Clark Fork Coalition v. Montana Well Drillers Ass’n  
Date: September 13, 2016
Citation: 2016 MT 229
Docket Number: DA 14-0813

Justia Opinion Summary: The Water Use Act permits certain groundwater appropriations to be exempt from the permitting process. An exception to one exemption is when a “combined appropriation” from the same source by two or more wells or springs...

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