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State v. Mohamud
Date: April 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 23
Docket Number: 20140844
State v. DeJesus
Date: April 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 22
Docket Number: 20150460
State v. Lowther
Date: April 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 24
Docket Number: 20150803
State v. Rushton  
Date: April 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 21
Docket Number: 20150737

Justia Opinion Summary: The mandatory joinder statute, Utah Code 76-1-401, prohibits the State from prosecuting a defendant in separate actions for conduct that may establish separate offenses under a “single criminal episode.” A “single crimin...

State v. Hummel  
Date: April 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 19
Docket Number: 20130281

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged and tried on four counts of theft and one count of attempted theft. After a jury trial, all jurors found Defendant guilty on all five counts. Defendant challenged his conviction under the Unanimous...

State v. Wadsworth  
Date: April 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 20
Docket Number: 20150507

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a claim for restitution by the victim of a sex crime committed by Defendant. The State alleged that Defendant’s crimes led to the victim’s depression, which impacted her ability to work and required co...

Tesla Motors UT, Inc. v. Utah Tax Commission  
Date: April 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 18
Docket Number: 20150792

Justia Opinion Summary: The administrator of the Utah Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division denied Tesla Motors UT, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of a motor vehicle manufacturer, an application for a license to sell new motor vehicles, determini...

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...

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