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T.H. McElvain Oil & Gas Ltd. P'ship v. Benson-Montin-Greer Drilling Corp.  
Date: October 20, 2016
Docket Number: 34,993

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue presented for the Supreme Court's review giving rise to this case was a collateral of the underlying judgment. Specifically, the issue was whether it was apparent on the face of a 1948 quiet title judgment that...

State v. Serrano
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: 35,277
New Mexico v. Bailey  
Date: October 13, 2016
Docket Number: 35,395

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Jason Bailey appealed his conviction for second-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor. Defendant argued on appeal that admission of evidence of his uncharged conduct was improper under Rule 11-404(B)(1) NMR...

Vasquez v. American Cas. Co. of Reading  
Date: October 13, 2016
Docket Number: 35,681

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States District Court for the District of New Mexico certified a question of New Mexico law to the state Supreme Court. The question centered on whether a worker injured in the course of employment by a co-wor...

New Mexico v. Stephenson  
Date: September 26, 2016
Docket Number: 35,035

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Jennifer Stephenson placed her two-year-old son Isaiah in his room at bedtime and locked the door for the night. Isaiah’s father heard Isaiah whimpering the next morning and found him with his legs pinned betwe...

Dalton v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc.  
Date: September 22, 2016
Docket Number: 35,101

Justia Opinion Summary: Eileen Dalton purchased two used cars under separate finance contracts which contained provisions that retained self-help remedies for both parties, and that allowed either party to compel arbitration of any claim or dis...

State Engineer v. Diamond K Bar Ranch, LLC  
Date: September 22, 2016
Docket Number: 35,446

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal, the issue presented for the New Mexico Supreme Court's review centered on the scope of the New Mexico State Engineer’s regulatory authority over use of surface water in New Mexico when it has been diverte...

State v. Rodriguez
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 34,581
New Mexico v. Garcia  
Date: August 25, 2016
Docket Number: 35,451

Justia Opinion Summary: Patricia Garcia induced an eighty-four-year-old widower, Page Kent, to believe that she was his loving partner and thereby gained access to his bank accounts and depleted over $50,000 of his life’s savings. A jury convic...

Noice v. BNSF Ry. Co.  
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: 35,198

Justia Opinion Summary: Lenard E. Noice worked as a conductor for Petitioner BNSF Railway Company (BNSF). He fell from a BNSF train that was moving at speed and perished. Respondent, Lenard Noice II, acting as personal representative for Noice...

Flores v. Herrera  
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: 35,286

Justia Opinion Summary: Mary Herrera, when acting as the Secretary of State, terminated the employment of two employees of the Secretary of State’s office, James Flores and Manny Vildasol. In separate actions, Flores and Vildasol each asserted...

New Mexico v. Samora  
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Number: 34,733

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Anthony Samora was accused of luring a sixteen-year-old male into his truck by deception, driving him to a secluded location in Albuquerque, and then forcibly having sex. A jury convicted Defendant of second-de...

New Mexico v. Trammell  
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 34,826

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, defendant Lucas Trammell pled guilty in part, to false imprisonment of a minor victim. At the time, a conviction of false imprisonment of a minor victim required that defendant register as a sex offender under t...

State v. Torres
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 34,984
Castro-Montanez v. Milk-N-Autural
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 35,609
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