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Benavides v. Eastern N.M. Med. Ctr.
Date: November 6, 2014
Docket Number: 34,128

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review stemmed from a worker's compensation claim. Specifically, the issue the Court had to determine was whether a “wet floor” sign was a safety device and whether a...

New Mexico v. Brown
Date: November 6, 2014
Docket Number: 34,531

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Walter Brown was arrested in 2011, and indicted two weeks later on an array of charges, including first-degree felony murder and, alternatively, second-degree murder. The district court imposed a $250,000 cash...

New Mexico v. Antonio T.
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Numbers: 33,997, 33,999

Justia Opinion Summary: Antonio T., a seventeen-year-old high school student, was taken to the principal's office because he was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. The assistant principal questioned Antonio about his possession...

Vaughan v. St. Vincent Hospital
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 33,770

Justia Opinion Summary: In August 2002, plaintiff William Vaughan went to the emergency room at St. Vincent Hospital complaining of symptoms that included abdominal pain. In this medical negligence case, Vaughan alleged that, as the result of a...

In the Matter of Grace H.
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 34,126

First Baptist Church of Roswell v. Yates Petroleum Corp.
Date: September 15, 2014
Docket Number: 33,632

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review centered on whether payees who are entitled to interest on suspended oil and gas royalty payments could contract away their statutorily mandated interest payme...

Las Cruces v. Pub. Reg. Comm.
Date: September 11, 2014
Docket Number: 34,339

Living Cross Ambulance Serv. v. N.M. Pub. Regulation Comm'n
Date: September 8, 2014
Docket Number: 34,366

Justia Opinion Summary: There is no hospital in Valencia County. People in Valencia County who are faced with a medical emergency must deal with the emergency itself, and find a way to travel twenty to thirty-five miles to an Albuquerque hospit...

Starko, Inc. v. New Mexico Human Servs. Dep't
Date: August 25, 2014
Docket Numbers: 33,382, 33,383, 33,384

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated appeals, the issue this case presented to the New Mexico Supreme Court was whether pharmacists who dispense prescription drugs to Medicaid recipients must be paid under the formula set forth in NMSA 1978,...

New Mexico v. Consaul
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 33,483

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury returned a guilty verdict against defendant for intentional and negligent child abuse causing great bodily harm to an infant, which the Court of Appeals affirmed in a memorandum opinion. Upon review of the case, t...

New Mexico v. Montoya
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 33,592

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Defendant Vincent Montoya of kidnapping with the intent to inflict a sexual offense upon his girlfriend (Victim). Defendant was also convicted of two other crimes not relevant to this appeal. The issue...

New Mexico v. Gutierrez
Date: August 7, 2014
Docket Number: 33,296

Justia Opinion Summary: A Curry County grand jury indicted Defendant Julian Gutierrez on three counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor based on the testimony of Defendant’s daughter that he touched or pinched her breasts on several occasio...

State v. Soloman
Date: August 4, 2014
Docket Number: 33,975

CAVU Co. v. Martinez
Date: August 4, 2014
Docket Number: 34,039

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner-taxpayer CAVU Company was the owner of a twenty-six-acre school campus in Santa Fe that was developed and improved beginning in 1997 solely for operation as a school. Since opening its doors over fifteen years...

New Mexico v. Parvilus
Date: July 31, 2014
Docket Number: 33,970

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Defendant Gerard Parvilus guilty of the 2008 aggravated burglary of his estranged wife’s separate dwelling, murder of her boyfriend, first-degree kidnapping of his wife and her boyfriend, aggravated assault...

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