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Jeffries v. State  
Date: July 6, 2017
Citation: 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 47
Docket Number: 68338

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s judgment convicting Defendant of second-degree murder. On appeal, Defendant argued in part that the district court erred by denying his motion for a mistrial based on prose...

Hefetz v. Beavor  
Date: July 6, 2017
Citation: 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 46
Docket Number: 70327

Justia Opinion Summary: The one-action rule, which generally requires a creditor seeking to recover debt secured by real property to proceed against the security prior to seeking recovery from the debtor personally, must be timely interposed as...

Anselmo v. Bisbee  
Date: June 29, 2017
Citation: 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 45
Docket Number: 67619

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted Petitioner’s petition for extraordinary relief requesting the Nevada Parole Board to reconsider its decision to deny parole, holding that Petitioner was entitled to a new parole hearing because...

Delucchi v. Songer  
Date: June 29, 2017
Citation: 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 42
Docket Number: 68994

Justia Opinion Summary: Portions of the 2013 amendments to Nevada’s anti-SLAPP statutes clarified existing law such that they apply retroactively, but the remaining applicable portions of the 2013 amendments effected a substantive change in the...

Nevada Commission on Ethics v. Hansen  
Date: June 29, 2017
Citation: 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 39
Docket Number: 69100

Justia Opinion Summary: Fred Voltz filed an ethics complaint, termed a request for opinion (RFO), against Assemblymen Ira Hansen and Assemblyman Jim Wheeler with the State of Nevada Commission on Ethics. The Commission denied the assemblymen’s...

Washoe County School District v. White  
Date: June 29, 2017
Citation: 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 43
Docket Number: 69385

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court erred in granting a motion to vacate an arbitration award affirming a school district’s termination of a principal. The Supreme Court reversed the district court’s order granting Respondents’ motion to...

Malfitano v. County of Storey  
Date: June 29, 2017
Citation: 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 40
Docket Number: 70055

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court did not err by concluding Appellant’s due process and equal protection rights were not violated by the Storey County Liquor Board's denial of Appellant’s applications for liquor licenses. Appellant fil...

In re Parental Rights as to R.T.  
Date: June 29, 2017
Citation: 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 38
Docket Number: 70210

Justia Opinion Summary: Poverty is not, and never has been, a valid basis for terminating one’s parental rights. After a bench trial, the district court issued an order terminating Mother’s parental rights to all four of her children. Mother a...

Brioady v. State  
Date: June 29, 2017
Citation: 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 41
Docket Number: 70311

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the circumstances of this case, where the evidence indicated both juror misconduct during voir dire and resulting prejudice, the district court abused its discretion in denying Defendant’s motion for a new trial....

Rawson v. Ninth Judicial District Court  
Date: June 29, 2017
Citation: 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 44
Docket Number: 71548

Justia Opinion Summary: A final order adjudicating a judgment debtor proceeding is appealable under Nev. R. App. P. 3A(b)(1), and such an appeal is generally a plain, speedy, and adequate remedy that precludes extraordinary writ relief. Petit...

Vaile v. Porsboll  
Date: June 22, 2017
Citation: 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 30
Docket Number: 61415

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to Nev. Rev. Stat. 130.207, a Nevada child support order controlled over a Norway order. Mother and Father were granted a divorce from a Nevada court. Their children habitually resided in Norway. At issue in th...

Pizarro-Ortega v. Cervantes-Lopez  
Date: June 22, 2017
Citation: 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 37
Docket Number: 68471

Justia Opinion Summary: Future medical expenses are a category of damages to which Nev. R. Civ. P. 16.1(a)(1)(C)’s computation “of any category of damages claimed” requirement applies, and a plaintiff is not excused of complying with the rule b...

Pimentel v. State  
Date: June 22, 2017
Citation: 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 31
Docket Number: 68710

Justia Opinion Summary: Nev. Rev. Stat. 200.450 - which provides that if any person, “upon previous concert and agreement,” fights with any and person and one person dies in the fight, the surviving fighter is guilty of first-degree murder - is...

Nguyen v. Boynes  
Date: June 22, 2017
Citation: 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 32
Docket Number: 69166

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court did not err in granting Robert Boynes paternity over a child adopted by Ken Nguyen under the equitable adoption doctrine. During their relationship, Rob and Ken decided to adopt a child. The parties e...

Bertsch v. Eighth Judicial District Court  
Date: June 22, 2017
Citation: 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 33
Docket Number: 69381

Justia Opinion Summary: The Barton doctrine is extended to a court-appointed accountant in the capacity of a special master, thus requiring an individual to seek leave of the appointing court prior to filing suit in a non-appointing court again...

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