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N.M. Att'y. Gen. v. N.M. Pub. Regulation Comm'n
Date: September 28, 2015
Docket Number: 34,768

Justia Opinion Summary: The Public Regulation Commission (PRC) granted Southwestern Public Service Company’s (SPS) application to: (1) include a prepaid pension asset in its rate base in order for SPS to earn a return on this asset; and (2) obt...

State v. Pagan-Rivera
Date: September 17, 2015
Docket Number: 34,832

Badilla v. Wal-Mart Stores East Inc.
Date: September 10, 2015
Docket Number: 34,085

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Kenneth Badilla bought a pair of work boots at Wal-Mart. He claimed the soles of the boots came unglued, causing him to trip and injure his back. More than three years later, he sued Wal-Mart and its store mana...

New Mexico v. King
Date: September 10, 2015
Docket Number: 34,411

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Donovan King and Justin Mark arrived at Kevin Lossiah’s apartment the morning of May 29, 2011. Initially, Lossiah’s neighbors saw Defendant and Mark outside the apartment. The neighbor later heard banging comin...

New Mexico v. Paananen
Date: September 10, 2015
Docket Number: 34,526

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, police officers made their arrest for shoplifting at the scene of the crime, without any prior opportunity to secure a warrant. Surveillance cameras at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Albuquerque caught defendant...

King v. Raphaelson
Date: August 20, 2015
Docket Number: 34,985

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, the Governor appointed District Judge Sheri Raphaelson to fill a vacancy in Division V of the First Judicial District Court created when then-District Judge Tim Garcia was appointed to the New Mexico Court of Ap...

Kane v. City of Albuquerque
Date: August 13, 2015
Docket Number: 34,811

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee Emily Kane ran for elective office while she was employed at the Albuquerque Fire Department (the AFD) as a captain. Article X, Section 3 of the Charter of the City of Albuquerque (1989), and the City of Albuque...

Snow v. Warren Power & Mach., Inc.
Date: August 10, 2015
Docket Number: 34,501

Justia Opinion Summary: Ken Snow worked as an operator for the Navajo Refinery. During a procedure called a "turn-around" at the refinery, a hose assembly came loose and struck Snow, causing "serious, life-changing injuries." Snow and his wife...

Hem v. Toyota Motor Corp.
Date: June 25, 2015
Docket Number: 33,775

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2007, Plaintiff Dara Hem brought suit in a Texas federal court after he was seriously injured in an accident. Hem was traveling through northern New Mexico when his Toyota truck separated from the U-Haul trailer...

New Mexico ex rel. Foy v. Austin Capital Mgmt., Ltd.
Date: June 25, 2015
Docket Number: 34,013

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal centered on the second of two qui tam actions filed by former New Mexico Education Retirement Board ("ERB") Chief Investment Officer Frank Foy and his wife Suzanne ("Foys"), attacking the management of the in...

New Mexico v. Steven B.
Date: June 25, 2015
Docket Numbers: 34,122, 34,142

Justia Opinion Summary: In a consolidated appeal, Respondents Steven B. and Ernie Begaye were both enrolled members of the Navajo Nation who were accused of offenses committed on Parcel Three of Fort Wingate (Parcel Three). The question this ca...

State v. Antonio T.
Date: June 22, 2015
Docket Numbers: 33,997, 33,999

Miller v. Bank of America
Date: June 15, 2015
Docket Number: 34,554

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, the remainder beneficiaries of two testamentary trusts sued defendant Bank of America for its actions as trustee from 1991 through 2003. The beneficiaries alleged that the Bank had invested trust assets in an un...

N.M. Bldg. and Constr. Trades Council v. Dean
Date: June 15, 2015
Docket Number: 34,719

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review centered on whether the Director of the Labor Relations Division of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) was in violation of the Public Works...

New Mexico v. Gutierrez
Date: May 28, 2015
Docket Number: 34,516

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-respondent Aide Sanchez was at the Santa Teresa port of entry attempting to enter the United States from Mexico, when Border Patrol agents seized marijuana from her van. In "New Mexico v. Cardenas-Alvarez," (25...

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