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Recent Decisions From the Rhode Island Supreme Court

State v. Hakim Funches
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-32
Miller v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.  
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-71

Justia Opinion Summary: After Wells Fargo foreclosed upon Plaintiff’s home, Plaintiff filed an amended complaint against Wells Fargo, asserting six causes of action. The superior court granted Wells Fargo’s motion for judgment as a matter of la...

Cooley v. Kelly  
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Number: 14-337

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a complaint against Defendant alleging that she was injured after falling through a defective stair and that Defendant was negligent in that he had breached his duty to keep the premises in a safe and rea...

Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. v. McDonough  
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-37

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant owned a property on Arnold Street. Defendant executed a note in favor of Ameriquest Mortgage Company secured by a mortgage on the Arnold Street property. Plaintiff asserted that Ameriquest assigned the Arnold S...

Chum v. State  
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: 15-43

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was found guilty of two counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon, and other offenses. Appellant filed a pro se application for postconviction relief...

Chase v. Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Co.  
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-368

Justia Opinion Summary: Some four years after Plaintiff suffered a casualty loss to his property, Plaintiff sued Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company (Defendant), which insured the property pursuant to a policy that it had issued to Plainti...

State v. Diaz  
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: 15-354

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the superior court’s denial of Defendant’s motion for a new trial. The charges against Defendant arose from an incident involving Jessica Nunez and Defendant’s use of a knife on one date and a...

Bartlett v. Coppe  
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-221

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the superior court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Dr. David Coppe (Defendant) in this medical malpractice action. Plaintiffs alleged that Defendant breached the standard of care for tr...

State v. Ogoffa  
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-300

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction on five counts of first-degree child molestation rendered after a jury trial. After denying Defendant’s motion for a new trial, the trial justice sentenced Defendant to f...

Town of Warren v. Bristol Warren Regional School District  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Numbers: 2015-363, 2015-364

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was the correct statutory interpretation of the manner in which state education aid funds received by the Bristol Warren Regional School District (the district) should be calculated and apportioned...

Andoscia v. Town of North Smithfield  
Date: May 10, 2017
Docket Number: 14-246

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial justice’s determination that Plaintiff’s reappointment to his fourth consecutive two-year term as assistant zoning inspector in the Town of North Smithfield did not constitute a contr...

Glassie v. Doucette  
Date: May 10, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-275, 15-277

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a claim against Testator’s estate for $2 million. The superior court awarded Plaintiff the amount requested under the provisions of the Testator’s last will and testament. The hearing justice then reduced...

1112 Charles, L.P. v. Fornel Entertainment, Inc.  
Date: May 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-150

Justia Opinion Summary: In case concerning a lease dispute, the Supreme Court concluded that Plaintiff was not in privity of contract, either through a lease agreement or an attainment agreement, and could not challenge the validity of the orig...

Jackson v. Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance Co.  
Date: May 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-19

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, the executrix of the estate of the decedent, brought a declaratory judgment action seeking a declaration that the estate was entitled to underinsured motorist coverage under a policy issued by Quincy Mutual po...

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