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North Dakota v. Pulkrabek  
Date: August 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 ND 203
Docket Number: 20160332

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Pulkrabek appealed the district court's judgment after a jury found him guilty of theft of property. Pulkrabek argued the district court erred when it did not tell the jury it had to unanimously agree on which the...

Vail v. S/L Services, Inc.  
Date: August 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 ND 202
Docket Number: 20170011

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States District Court for the District of North Dakota certified questions of North Dakota law to the North Dakota Supreme Court involving Dawn Vail's right to bring a common law tort action against S/L Servic...

Public Service Commission v. Grand Forks Bean Company, Inc.  
Date: August 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 ND 201
Docket Number: 20160303

Justia Opinion Summary: Bremer Bank, the Public Service Commission ("PSC"), Auto-Owners Insurance Company, and Curt Amundson appealed a judgment in a grain warehouse insolvency proceeding involving Grand Forks Bean Company after the district co...

Fahey v. Fife  
Date: August 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 ND 200
Docket Number: 20160305

Justia Opinion Summary: Absent clear error, a district court's valuation of a decedent's estate will not be reversed on appeal. Plaintiffs Anne Fahey, Timothy Fife and Richard D. Fife appealed a district court judgment in their action seeking c...

Stuber v. Engel  
Date: August 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 ND 198
Docket Number: 20160391

Justia Opinion Summary: A person dealing with a personal representative does not receive the protections of N.D.C.C. 30.1-18-14 unless the person obtains the personal representative's letters of appointment or any other court order giving the p...

Disciplinary Board v. Allen.
Date: August 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 ND 199
Docket Number: 20170061
Industrial Contractors Inc. v. Taylor  
Date: July 31, 2017
Citation: 2017 ND 183
Docket Number: 20160322

Justia Opinion Summary: Under workers' compensation law, seasonal employment includes occupations that are not permanent or that do not customarily operate throughout the entire year and is determined by what is customary with respect to the em...

North Dakota v. Blotske  
Date: July 31, 2017
Citation: 2017 ND 190
Docket Number: 20160339

Justia Opinion Summary: A district court's decision on a motion for mistrial will not be reversed on appeal absent a showing the court abused its discretion or that a manifest injustice would occur. The cumulative effect of multiple errors may...

Kulbacki v. Michael  
Date: July 31, 2017
Citation: 2017 ND 184
Docket Number: 20160353

Justia Opinion Summary: In a proceeding relating to the modification of grandparent visitation, the termination of a parent's rights is a material change in circumstances. Amanda Kulbacki appealed a district court order denying her motion to te...

Hokanson v. Zeigler  
Date: July 31, 2017
Citation: 2017 ND 197
Docket Number: 20160359

Justia Opinion Summary: Under an installment sales contract for patent from the State Board of University and School Lands, the State retains the legal title to the property and holds it in trust for the purchaser and as security for the purcha...

North Dakota v. Davison  
Date: July 31, 2017
Citation: 2017 ND 188
Docket Numbers: 20160372, 20160390, 20160454

Justia Opinion Summary: In North Dakota, an adult is guilty of patronizing a minor for commercial sexual activity when: (1) with the intent to engage in commercial sexual activity with a minor; (2) the individual gives, agrees to give, or offer...

North Dakota v. Carson  
Date: July 31, 2017
Citation: 2017 ND 196
Docket Numbers: 20160383, 20160384

Justia Opinion Summary: Under N.D.C.C. 12.1-32-08(1)(a), "directly related" and "direct result" require an immediate and intimate causal connection between the criminal conduct for which the defendant was convicted and the damages or expenses...

Linstrom v. Normile  
Date: July 31, 2017
Citation: 2017 ND 194
Docket Number: 20160394

Justia Opinion Summary: A district court has broad discretion on evidentiary matters and its decision to admit or exclude evidence will not be overturned unless it abused its discretion. Issues not raised before the district court will not be c...

Adoption of J.L.F.  
Date: July 31, 2017
Citation: 2017 ND 187
Docket Number: 20160399

Justia Opinion Summary: An individual seeking to adopt a child must ordinarily obtain the written consent of the child's parents, though if written consent is not provided, it must be proven the parent either (1) for one year failed significant...

North Dakota v. Azure  
Date: July 31, 2017
Citation: 2017 ND 195
Docket Number: 20160402

Justia Opinion Summary: Under North Dakota Rules of Evidence 804, it does not matter that the defendant may have had significantly less incentive to cross-examine the witness at the preliminary examination hearing than at the trial, the testimo...

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