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State v. Michael Giard
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 14-278
State v. Nigel Nichols
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-238
Preservation Society of Newport County v. City Council of the City of Newport  
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: 14-191

Justia Opinion Summary: The Preservation Society of Newport County and Newport Catering, Inc. (together, Petitioners) filed two applications for victualing licenses, proposing to sell pre-wrapped food prepared off-site, along with snacks and no...

Mancini v. City of Providence  
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 14-88

Justia Opinion Summary: This certified question concerned an action pending in federal court in which Plaintiff alleged that he was illegally denied a promotion in the Providence Police Department. At issue in this proceeding was Plaintiff’s co...

Faber v. McVay  
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-337

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, Charles Faber and Karen Faber, filed suit against insurance agencies and related individuals, claiming insurance malpractice. Defendants moved for summary judgment on the basis that Plaintiffs’ claims were ba...

CACH, LLC v. Potter  
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-90

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was in debt under a credit card account that he opened and maintained with Bank of America, N.A. Bank of America assigned the right to collect the debt to CACH, LLC, and CACH filed a complaint seeking to recove...

Rohena v. City of Providence  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-128

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Carmen Rohena, as parent and natural guardian of Josue Espinal, brought suit against Defendant, the City of Providence, to recover damages for injuries that Josue suffered while participating in a baseball game...

Ajax Construction Co. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Numbers: 14-55, 14-56, 14-58

Justia Opinion Summary: Mark Furia was injured while working for Ajax Construction Company. After Furia filed a petition against Ajax in the Workers’ Compensation Court, Ajax petitioned the Workers’ Compensation Court to determine which insurer...

State v. Muralles  
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-129

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of two counts of first-degree child molestation and two counts of second-degree child molestation. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial justice erred in denying his mo...

Preston v. Zoning Board of Review of Town of Hopkinton  
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 14-127

Justia Opinion Summary: The Zoning Officer for the Town of Hopkinton issued a notice of violation to Todd and Tina Sposato for being in violation of the Hopkinton Zoning Ordinance by having four alpacas on their property, which was located in a...

State v. Moore  
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 15-57

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and using a firearm when committing a crime of violence. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the trial justice did not...

OSJ of Providence, LLC v. Diene  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-14

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Bayal Restaurant Inc. entered into a lease agreement with the predecessor in interest to plaintiff to rent certain commercial property. Aly Diene (Defendant), in consideration of the lease, executed a personal g...

Williams v. Alston  
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-155

Justia Opinion Summary: A two-vehicle collision resulted in one of the automobiles striking Plaintiff while she was standing at her post as a crossing guard. Plaintiff sustained severe bodily injuries from the accident. Plaintiff filed suit aga...

Paolino v. Ferreira  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Numbers: 14-334, 14-335

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a complaint asserting that Defendants had caused contaminants to flow onto their property. Plaintiffs then filed amended complaints asserting claims for continuing trespass, public and private nuisance,...

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