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State v. Francis  
Date: August 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 47
Docket Number: 20150616

Justia Opinion Summary: The weekend before Defendant’s trial, Defendant and the State entered into a plea agreement. Before Defendant entered his plea, however, the State rescinded its offer because Defendant’s alleged victim disapproved of the...

OPC v. Rose
Date: August 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 50
Docket Number: 20151037
Zonts v. Pleasant Grove City
Date: August 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 48
Docket Number: 20170495
State v. Lambdin  
Date: August 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 46
Docket Number: 20150752

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the conviction of Defendant for the murder of his wife. During trial, Defendant sought to reduce the conviction from murder to manslaughter by est...

Christensen v. Juab School District  
Date: August 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 47
Docket Number: 20160047

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s grant of partial summary judgment in favor of Hadley Christensen, who claimed reimbursement pursuant to Utah Code 52-6-201 from Juab School District, his former employer, f...

Alpine Homes, Inc. v. City of West Jordan  
Date: August 10, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 45
Docket Number: 20140010

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court’s denial of the motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by several property developers (Developers) alleging that the City of West Jordan violated statutory provisions that reg...

In re K.T.  
Date: August 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 44
Docket Numbers: 20160410, 20160386

Justia Opinion Summary: The juvenile court erred in using a per se rule that “[h]itting a child with a belt or strap or another object is abuse” because the rule is overbroad and alters the statutory meaning of “abuse” within the meaning of the...

State v. Martinez  
Date: August 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 43
Docket Number: 20141043

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court’s order granting Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence obtained incident to his arrest. The district court concluded that the law enforcement officer who stopped Defendant’...

Stichting v. United Park City Mines Co.  
Date: August 1, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 42
Docket Number: 20150047

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over a mining road built on Flagstaff Mountain over a century ago, Plaintiffs sued Defendants, the owners of land traversed by the road, asserting a right to use the road as a public highway under the Min...

Garfield County v. Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance  
Date: July 26, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 41
Docket Number: 20150335

Justia Opinion Summary: In a number of cases pending before several district courts concerning ownership of certain rights of way claimed by the State of Utah and several of its counties, the federal courts asked the Utah Supreme Court to deter...

Oliver v. Utah Labor Commission  
Date: July 25, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 39
Docket Number: 20150889

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the order of the Labor Commission denying Respondent’s application for permanent total disability benefits under Utah Code 34A-2-413, the permanen...

Quast v. Utah Labor Commission  
Date: July 25, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 40
Docket Number: 20151041

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals, which set aside the order of the Labor Commission concluding that Respondent had failed to make out a permanent total disability claim against her former e...

Kendall v. Olsen  
Date: July 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 38
Docket Number: 20150927

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Plaintiff’s claims seeking a declaration that Utah Code 63G-7-601 and 78B-3-104 violate the Open Courts Clause of the state Constitution by restricting access...

In re S.W.  
Date: July 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 37
Docket Number: 20160295

Justia Opinion Summary: Ten years after the parents of B.W.D. and her younger sisters divorced, B.W.D. filed an amended petition alleging that Father had abused and neglected her younger sisters. B.W.D. petitioned the juvenile court to transfer...

State v. Mooers  
Date: June 27, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 36
Docket Number: 20150996

Justia Opinion Summary: An order of complete restitution that is part of a plea in abeyance is a final order for purposes of appeal. The two underlying cases in this appeal both turned on the same issue regarding whether orders of restitution...

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