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State v. Hopkins
Date: May 26, 2016
Docket Number: 35,052

AFSCME v. Bd. of Cty. Comm'rs of Bernalillo Cty.
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: 35,248

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 18, AFL-CIO, Locals 1461, 2260 and 2499 (AFSCME), brought a declaratory-judgment action challenging the grandfather status of Respondent’...

Estate of Brice v. Toyota Motor Corp.
Date: May 19, 2016
Docket Number: 34,873

Justia Opinion Summary: In a certified appeal, the issue this case presented for the New Mexico Supreme Court's consideration was whether the doctrine of fraudulent concealment applied to actions under the Wrongful Death Act (WDA), an issue of...

State v. Earley
Date: May 19, 2016
Docket Number: 35,356

Ramirez v. CYFD
Date: April 14, 2016
Docket Number: 34,613

Justia Opinion Summary: Phillip Ramirez, a member of the New Mexico Army National Guard, was employed by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD). In July 2005, Ramirez was ordered to federal active duty and deployed to Ira...

State v. Reynolds
Date: March 24, 2016
Docket Number: 34,944

State v. Murrell
Date: March 24, 2016
Docket Number: 34,954

N.M. Exch. Carrier Grp. v. N.M. Pub. Regulation Comm'n
Date: March 17, 2016
Docket Numbers: 34,933, 35,036

Justia Opinion Summary: In this opinion the New Mexico Supreme Court addressed two orders issued by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) that affected the revenues of local telephone networks including rural telephone companies tha...

Spurlock v. Townes
Date: March 14, 2016
Docket Number: 35,027

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs Heather Spurlock, Sophia Carrasco, and Nina Carrera were former inmates of the Camino Nuevo Correctional Center, a prison housing female offenders, directed by Third-Party Defendant Warden Barbara Wagner and p...

Acosta v. Shell W. Expl. & Prod., Inc.
Date: March 3, 2016
Docket Number: 33,884

Justia Opinion Summary: Environmental contamination from Shell Western Exploration and Production, Inc. and Shell Oil Company's operations was discovered in Hobbs. Residents near the area brought a toxic tort action against Shell for personal i...

Deutsche Bank Nat'l Trust Co. v. Johnston
Date: March 3, 2016
Docket Number: 34,726

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, acting as trustee for Morgan Stanley ABS Capital 1 Inc. Trust 2006-NC4 (Deutsche Bank), filed a complaint seeking foreclosure on Respondent Johnny Johnston's home (Homeown...

New Mexico v. Benally
Date: February 25, 2016
Docket Number: 35,145

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Norman Benally was driving a black Cadillac Escalade with a nonoperating headlight. A police officer stopped Benally, and during the stop, he smelled marijuana. The officer asked for consent to search the vehicl...

New Mexico v. Holt
Date: February 25, 2016
Docket Number: 35,298

Justia Opinion Summary: Anthony Holt had partially removed a window screen from a residential dwelling when he the homeowner detected him. He fled. In the process of removing the screen, he placed his fingers behind the screen and inside the ou...

Safeway, Inc. v. Rooter 2000 Plumbing & Drain SSS
Date: February 18, 2016
Docket Number: 33,969

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arises out of a cross-claim for contractual and traditional indemnification. Plaintiffs Briana and Jason Fierro alleged they suffered injuries when a baby changing table collapsed in a Safeway store, and that...

New Mexico v. Smith
Date: February 15, 2016
Docket Number: 34,504

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Dorall Smith appealed his convictions for first-degree murder and criminal damage to property. Defendant raised ten issues as grounds for appeal: (1) there was insufficient evidence of deliberate intent to supp...

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