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Recent Decisions From the South Dakota Supreme Court

Date: March 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 9
Docket Number: 27919
Duerre v. Hepler  
Date: March 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 8
Docket Number: 27885

Justia Opinion Summary: Landowners in Day County filed a lawsuit against the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GF&P), Secretary Jeffrey Vonk, the State, and certain unnamed defendants who have used or intend to use the waters and...

Edgar v. Mills  
Date: March 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 7
Docket Number: 27891

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas and Elizabeth Edgar entered into a lease agreement with Boyd and Merlyn Mills concerning land in Faulk County. Under the belief that he had an option to purchase the real estate at the conclusion of the lease term...

State v. Kline  
Date: March 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 6
Docket Number: 27916

Justia Opinion Summary: Sueellan Kline and her boyfriend, Douglas Strong, a parolee, lived together in a motel room. Parole agent Connie Johnson went to the motel room to obtain a urine sample from Strong. When Strong’s urine field-tested posit...

Adolph v. Grant County Board of Adjustment  
Date: March 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 5
Docket Number: 27884

Justia Opinion Summary: Dustin Nelson filed an application for a conditional-use permit to construct and operate a concentrated animal-feeding operation in Grant County. The Grant County Board of Adjustment voted to approve the application. Ger...

Knigge v. B & L Food Stores, Inc.  
Date: February 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 4
Docket Number: 27807

Justia Opinion Summary: David Knigge entered into an oral employment contract with Robert Knigge, who had cancer and a limited time to live, to manage a grocery store that was owned by Robert and his wife, Lynette. David alleged that the contra...

State v. Underwood  
Date: January 25, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 3
Docket Number: 27768

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a controlled substance. The circuit court departed from a presumptive sentence of probation and sentenced Defendant to four years in prison. Defendant appealed, arguing...

State v. Bausch  
Date: January 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 1
Docket Number: 27526

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of four counts of rape in the first degree and two counts of sexual contact with a child under sixteen years of age. The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part, ho...

Mendenhall v. Swanson  
Date: January 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 S.D. 2
Docket Number: 27774

Justia Opinion Summary: After Keith Mendenhall and Lisa Swanson divorced, Keith brought a claim for slander against Lisa. Lisa counterclaimed for intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, slander, and alienation of her...

Wipf v. Altstiel  
Date: December 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 S.D. 97
Docket Number: 27491

Justia Opinion Summary: Steven Wipf (Plaintiff) sued Dr. Terry Alstiel and Regional Health Physicians Inc. (Defendants) for medical malpractice, alleging that Dr. Altstiel accidentally perforated Wipf’s small bowel during a laparoscopic hernia...

Coffey v. Coffey  
Date: December 21, 2016
Citation: 2016 S.D. 96
Docket Number: 27721

Justia Opinion Summary: After Wife sought a divorce from Husband, the parties entered into a stipulation and agreement to divide their property and debt. The agreement awarded the martial home to Husband, divided responsibility for the two mort...

State v. Uhing  
Date: December 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 S.D. 93
Docket Number: 27473

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of seven drug-related offenses, six of which were felonies. The trial court sentenced Defendant to an aggregated sentence of forty-five years’ imprisonment and thirty days in the county jail. The...

Vandyke v. Choi  
Date: December 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 S.D. 91
Docket Number: 27740

Justia Opinion Summary: Jieun Choi and Jason Vandyke were married for about a year and a half before divorcing on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. A stipulation and settlement agreement was incorporated into the divorce decree that pr...

Hoffman v. Bob Law, Inc.  
Date: December 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 S.D. 94
Docket Number: 27748

Justia Opinion Summary: Homeowner’s fixtures encroached on Landowner’s property. Homeowner sued for an implied easement to keep the encroachments on the adjoining property. Landowner counterclaimed for trespass and sought a mandatory injunction...

In re Application of Black Hills Power, Inc.  
Date: December 14, 2016
Citation: 2016 S.D. 92
Docket Number: 27751

Justia Opinion Summary: Black Hills Power, Inc. (BHP), a public utility in South Dakota, filed an application to increase electric rates with the South Dakota Public Utility Commission. Black Hills Industrial Intervenors (BHII) filed a motion t...

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