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Compton v. Houston Casualty Co.  
Date: March 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 17
Docket Number: 20150837

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal was the scope of the “covered profession” clause of a professional liability errors and omissions insurance policy issued to Utah County Real Estate, LLC (Prudential) by Houston Casualty Company....

Stichting Mayflower Mountain Fonds v. United Park City Mines Co.  
Date: March 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 16
Docket Number: 20150047

Justia Opinion Summary: At dispute in this case was a mining road built on Flagstaff Mountain over a century ago. Stichting Mayflower Mountain Fonds and Stichting Mayflower Recreation Fonds (collectively, Mayflower) asserted a right to use the...

Friends of Great Salt Lake v. Utah Department of Natural Resources  
Date: March 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 15
Docket Number: 20131050

Justia Opinion Summary: Friends of Great Salt Lake (Friends) challenged the decision of the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands (Division) granting a mining lease covering a small portion of the Great Salt Lake. Friends made three simult...

Salt Lake City Corp. v. Haik  
Date: March 13, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 14
Docket Number: 20160019

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1997, Paul Haik argued before the federal district court that Salt Lake City and Alta’s refusal to extend adequate municipal water services to his undeveloped land in the Albion Basin Subdivision was a violation of eq...

State v. Prater  
Date: March 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 13
Docket Number: 20130748

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of aggravated murder, obstructing justice, and five counts of discharging a firearm from a vehicle. On appeal, Defendant asked that his convictions be set aside based on an ins...

Crapo v. Zions First National Bank  
Date: February 24, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 12
Docket Number: 20160218

Justia Opinion Summary: Shayne Crapo defaulted on a $250,000 loan from Zions First National Bank. After the expiration of a three-year period with no payments being made on the loan, Zions Bank issued Mr. Crapo a Form 1099-C - a reporting tool...

In re Abraham Bates
Date: February 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 11
Docket Number: 20150483
State v. Thornton  
Date: February 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 9
Docket Number: 20150029

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of multiple counts of rape, sodomy, and sexual abuse of a twelve-year-old victim. The court of appeals reversed, concluding that the district court erred in admitting evidence of Defendant’s past...

Discip. of Joseph Barrett
Date: February 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 10
Docket Number: 20150190
Lancer Insurance Co. v. Lake Shore Motor Coach Lines, Inc.  
Date: February 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 8
Docket Number: 20160244

Justia Opinion Summary: Debra Jarvis was driving a bus owned by Lake Shore Motor Coach Lines, Inc. when she experienced a sudden and unforeseeable loss of consciousness. Her loss of consciousness caused the bus to roll over, injuring several pa...

Johnson v. OPC
Date: February 6, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 7
Docket Number: 20150948
Kelly v. Utah State Bar
Date: February 6, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 6
Docket Number: 20160094
Heslop v. Bear River Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: January 24, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 5
Docket Number: 20150697

Justia Opinion Summary: Natalie Heslop overdosed on prescription drugs. The next day, Natalie rolled her truck down an embankment. Natalie informed the responding police officer, medical personnel, her family, and an insurance adjuster that the...

Snyder v. Hertzske  
Date: January 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 4
Docket Number: 20150735

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was (1) how Utah Code 30-3-5(1)(e) should be interpreted in correlation with Utah Code 75-2-804, and (2) the proper interpretation of “express terms” in section 75-2-804(2). Tyler Hertzske and Linda...

Bank of America v. Adamson  
Date: January 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 2
Docket Number: 20140861

Justia Opinion Summary: Utah Code 57-1-21 requires the trustee of a nonjudicial foreclosure sale to maintain a physical office location within the state. In this case, Samuel Adamson refinanced his home through a deed of trust and then defaulte...

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