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State v. Mooers and Becker
Date: June 27, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 36
Docket Number: 20150996
In re Estate of Womack  
Date: June 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 35
Docket Number: 20160544

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court correctly construed the petitioner’s petition as an attempt to modify a final estate order, making his petition untimely. Twenty-two years after the estate of Gordon Warren Womack (the Decedent) was s...

Butt v. State  
Date: June 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 33
Docket Number: 20141121

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Petitioner’s conviction for dealing materials harmful to minors, holding that trial counsel was ineffective in failing to assert a free speech First Amendment defense and that such a defense wou...

Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment v. Executive Director of Utah Department of Environmental Quality  
Date: June 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 32
Docket Number: 20150344

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reaffirmed its decision in Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment v. Executive Director of Utah Department of Environmental Quality, 391 P.3d 148 (Utah 2016) (Utah Physicians I) and dismissed the pet...

State v. Lowther  
Date: June 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 55
Docket Number: 20150803

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was entitled to withdraw his plea of guilty to rape because the district court abused its discretion by mechanically applying the factors set forth in State v. Shickles, 760 P.2d 291 (Utah 1988) to assess the p...

Eagle Mountain City v. Parsons Kinghorn & Harris, P.C.  
Date: June 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 31
Docket Number: 20150915

Justia Opinion Summary: Legal malpractice claims are presumed to be voluntarily assignable. Eagle Mountain City entered into a contractual arrangement with Cedar Valley Water Association to share in recovery from a legal malpractice action bro...

State v. Outzen  
Date: June 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 30
Docket Number: 20150953

Justia Opinion Summary: The plain language of Utah Code 41-6a-517, does not require a showing of impairment, and the statute does not violate the federal or state constitutions. Defendant was charged under section 41-6a-517 with operating a mo...

2010-1 RADC/CADC Venture, LLC v. Dos Lagos, LLC  
Date: June 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 29
Docket Number: 20160436

Justia Opinion Summary: Dos Lagos, LLC and Mellon Valley, LLC defaulted on a loan in which Utah First Federal Credit Union owned a fifty-two percent interest and RADC/CADC Venture, LLC (RADC) owned a forty-eight percent interest. Utah First fil...

Jordan Construction, Inc. v. Federal National Mortgage Ass’n  
Date: May 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 28
Docket Number: 20160474

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerning a general contractor’s attempt to recover on a mechanic’s lien involved two phases. In the first phase, Jordan Construction, Inc. prevailed on its counterclaims against Scott Bell. In the second phas...

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....

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