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Lucero v. Northland Ins. Co.
Date: March 26, 2015
Docket Number: 34,607

Justia Opinion Summary: A trucking company purchased a liability insurance policy covering its tractors and trailers. The policy stipulated that liability coverage would be limited to "$1,000,000 each ‘accident.’" A tractor-trailer rig insured...

State v. Marquez
Date: March 23, 2015
Docket Number: 33,548

New Mexico v. Montoya
Date: March 12, 2015
Docket Number: 33,967

Justia Opinion Summary: Baby Breandra Pena (seventeen months old) died while in the care of defendant Nathan Montoya. Defendant was convicted of intentional child abuse resulting in the death of a child under twelve and sentenced to life impris...

Farber v. King
Date: March 12, 2015
Docket Number: 34,204

Justia Opinion Summary: Attorney Daniel Faber filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of three assistant attorneys who alleged alleging gender discrimination in connection with their salaries. The Attorney General filed a motion to stay litigation pe...

New Mexico v. Strauch
Date: March 9, 2015
Docket Number: 34,435

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Jason Strauch allegedly revealed to his wife that he had been sexually abusing their minor daughter. Defendant moved out of the family home for a time and began attending counseling with a private-practice soci...

Perez v. N.M. Dep't of Workforce Solutions
Date: March 9, 2015
Docket Numbers: 34,499, 34,880

Justia Opinion Summary: Three former New Mexico State employees were denied unemployment compensation benefits by the Department of Workforce Solutions because they were in positions designated as "a major nontenured policy-making or advisory p...

State v. Ferran
Date: March 5, 2015
Docket Number: 33,845

Yedidag v. Roswell Clinic Corp.
Date: February 19, 2015
Docket Number: 34,286

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Dr. Emre Yedidag was an employee-physician for Roswell Clinic Corp. and Roswell Hospital Corp. (Eastern New Mexico Medical Center). During a peer review of another Eastern employee-physician, Dr. Akbar Ali, Dr...

New Mexico v. Astorga
Date: February 16, 2015
Docket Number: 33,684

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Michael Astorga was convicted by jury of first degree murder, tampering with evidence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The State sought the death penalty; a sentencing jury could not unanimously a...

State v. Ferri
Date: February 9, 2015
Docket Number: 34,229

State v. Pfauntsch
Date: February 9, 2015
Docket Number: 34,476

New Mexico v. Silvas
Date: February 5, 2015
Docket Number: 34,271

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Donnie Silvas was convicted by jury of trafficking a controlled substance by possession with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to commit trafficking of the controlled substance. Both charges stemmed from one...

New Mexico v. Favela
Date: January 12, 2015
Docket Number: 34,311

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Cesar Favela filed a motion requesting permission to withdraw his guilty plea, alleging ineffective assistance of counsel after his attorney failed to advise him that his guilty plea would result in deportation...

Potter v. Pierce
Date: January 8, 2015
Docket Number: 34,365

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review was one of res judicata, and whether the preclusive effect of a fee proceeding in bankruptcy court on a later lawsuit for legal malpractice allegedly committed...

State v. Charlie
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Numbers: 34,487, 34,488

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