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Jordan Const v. Fed Nat Mort
Date: May 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 28
Docket Number: 20160474
State v. Robertson  
Date: May 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 27
Docket Number: 20140268

Justia Opinion Summary: Utah Code prohibits subsequent state prosecution of the “same offense” for which defendant was convicted in federal court. Robertson was convicted by the federal government for possession of child pornography. The state...

State v. Martinez  
Date: May 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 26
Docket Number: 20141043

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court’s order granting Defendant’s motion to suppress the evidence obtained after a law enforcement officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and searched Defendant, a pass...

Truck Insurance Exchange v. Rutherford  
Date: April 27, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 25
Docket Number: 20150858

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that, under Utah Code 31A-22-305.3, a underinsured motorist (UIM) insurer must fully compensate its insured within its policy limits but only for damages in excess of what was paid by workers’ comp...

State v. Mohamud  
Date: April 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 23
Docket Number: 20140844

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of possessing a shank in prison. Defendant appealed, arguing (1) the trial court erred in denying his motion to dismiss because the State lost or destroyed a video recording of the discovery of th...

State v. DeJesus  
Date: April 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 22
Docket Number: 20150460

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional guilty plea to one count of assault by a prisoner. Defendant appealed, arguing (1) the district court erred in denying her motion to dismiss because a video recording of the assault was lo...

State v. Lowther  
Date: April 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 24
Docket Number: 20150803

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with the alleged rape or object rape of four women. During Defendant’s trial for the rape of K.S., the State moved to introduce the testimony of the other women, including A.P., under Utah R. Evid....

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...

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