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Key v. Brown University  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-4, 15-110

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a complaint against Brown University and the City of Providence. In count one of their complaint Plaintiffs sought a declaration that the university’s construction of an artificial turf field hockey fiel...

State v. Terzian  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 09-46

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgments of conviction entered in the superior court following a jury trial convicting Defendant of three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of carrying a pistol withou...

Yangambi v. Providence School Board  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Numbers: 14-281, 2014-282

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court following a jury verdict in favor of Plaintiff on a single claim of employment discrimination based on national origin. Both parties appealed the judgment. Th...

Fogarty v. Palumbo  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-271, 15-291, 15-273, 15-292

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs claimed that the sale of property without their consent to an entity of which Defendants were principals, was fraudulent. Plaintiffs also named as a defendant the title insurance and escrow agent in connection...

Roadepot, LLC et al. v. Home Depot, U.S.A., Inc.  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-347, 15-348, 15-349

Justia Opinion Summary: In this commercial property dispute between a landlord, Roadepot, LLC and Keyserton, LLC (collectively, Roadepot), and a tenant, Home Depot, U.S.A., Inc., regarding sewer assessment charges, the Supreme Court affirmed in...

In re Adrina T.  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-91

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decree of the family court as it pertained to Mother. The decree found that Mother failed to provide Daughter with a minimum degree of care or guardianship, that Child was without proper par...

State v. Fuentes  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 14-342

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions of-first degree murder and the discharge of a firearm while committing a crime of violence. On appeal, Defendant argued that the trial justice erred when “he refused to...

State v. Husband  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 15-160

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant’s convictions of three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery. Defenda...

Beagan v. Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training, Board of Review  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 14-187

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Beagan was terminated from his employment with Albert Kemperle, Inc. after his manager discovered a disparaging post Beagan had made about him on Facebook. The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT)...

State v. Adams  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-116

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for one count of first-degree robbery, two counts of felony assault, one count of second-degree murder, and one count of committing a crime of violence while possessing...

Correia v. Bettencourt  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-273

Justia Opinion Summary: Adam Correia was seriously injured after he and Edward Alexander went target shooting and Alexander accidentally shot Correia in the abdomen. Correia brought five claims against John and Theresa Bettencourt, the owners o...

State v. Pacheco  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 14-229

Justia Opinion Summary: The doctrine of collateral estoppel did not bar the state from prosecuting a chemical breath test refusal under R.I. Gen. Laws 31-37-2.1. Defendant was convicted of unlawful possession of marijuana and a chemical refus...

Hudson v. GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc.  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-15

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, who was injured while rendering roadside aid as a Good Samaritan, was “occupying” the insured vehicle for purposes of underinsured motorist (UM) coverage and was therefore entitled to recover under the terms o...

Aubin v. MAG Realty, LLC  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-42

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff slipped on a patch of black ice in the paved parking area adjacent to his apartment building, which was owned by Defendant. Plaintiff filed suit against Defendant, alleging that Defendant negligently maintained...

State v. Yon  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 14-294

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of constructive possession of a firearm after a conviction for a crime of violence. Defendant appealed. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the trial justice did not err in refusing to suppres...

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