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Ward v. LaRue  
Date: July 22, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 81

Justia Opinion Summary: The parties in this dispute were the parents of a daughter, born in August 2004. The parties were living in Vermont and obtained a final parentage order in December 2012: Mother was awarded sole legal and physical parent...

In re Stephanie H. Taylor, M.D.  
Date: July 22, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 82

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Stephanie Taylor appealed Vermont Medical Practice Board decision denying her request to vacate the provisions of a 2005 consent order in which she agreed to a “final and irrevocable” surrender of her medical license...

C & S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. v. Dept. of Taxes  
Date: July 15, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 77

Justia Opinion Summary: Taxpayer C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. disputed sales tax assessed by the Vermont Department of Taxes on the purchase of reusable fiberglass freezer tubs used in the transport of perishable items, as well as the Department...

Vermont v. Haskins, Jr.  
Date: July 15, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 79

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Glen Haskins, Jr. was tried for attempted murder. At trial, he theorized that a group of late-night club-goers with whom he was partying conspired to frame him for a stabbing that occurred in downtown Burlingto...

Vermont v. Villeneuve  
Date: July 15, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 80

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001, defendant Jonathan Villeneuve pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. He appealed the denial of his motion to seal the record of his conviction on the ground that the underlying conduct took...

Conant v. Entergy Corporation  
Date: July 8, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 74

Justia Opinion Summary: Employer Entergy Corporation challenged the denial of its request for a credit against future workers’ compensation benefits owed to claimant Sharon Conant. Employer argued on appeal that, given the payments it made to c...

In re A.S. and K.S.  
Date: July 8, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 76

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother appealed the family court’s order adjudicating her children A.S. and K.S. as children in need of care or supervision (CHINS). On appeal, mother argued that the court erred in looking exclusively at the facts that...

In re J.W.  
Date: July 8, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 78

Justia Opinion Summary: J.W. was adjudged child in need of care or supervision (CHINS) because his mother would not adequately protect J.W. from father if the child was returned to mother’s care. Mother did not appeal this adjudication, rather...

Vermont v. Bean  
Date: July 1, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 73

Justia Opinion Summary: The altercation leading to defendant’s conviction occurred on July 29, 2014, at a Middlebury residential facility for persons with major mental illnesses. In a sworn statement admitted without objection, the complainant...

Deutsche Bank v. Pinette  
Date: June 24, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 71

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-lender Deutsche Bank National Trust Company (as trustee) appealed a superior court decision to grant defendant-borrower Kevin Pinette's motion to dismiss. The lender tried to foreclose on property of Pinette, b...

In re D.C.  
Date: June 24, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 72

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner D.C. appealed the denial of post-conviction relief (PCR), alleging that the change-of-plea hearing that preceded his adjudication of juvenile delinquency was constitutionally inadequate. The superior court hel...

Vermont v. B.C.  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 66

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed mental health orders involving D.H. and B.C. The State's Attorney contended it was entitled to a hearing on its motions for the continued treatment at the expiration of the mental health orders at issu...

Citibank (South Dakota), N.A. v. Dept. of Taxes  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 69

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs Citibank (South Dakota), N.A. (lender) and Sears, Roebuck and Co. (retailer) appealed a superior court decision affirming the determination of the Vermont Department of Taxes (Department) that the parties, who...

In re I.B.  
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 70

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose in early July 2012, when the State filed a CHINS (child in need of care and supervision) petition and request for an emergency care order based on concerns about mother’s ability to care for the minor I.B...

Mongeon Bay Properties, LLC v. Mallets Bay Homeowner's Assn.  
Date: June 10, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 64

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal was whether, and under what circumstances, a court may decline on equitable grounds to enforce a provision in a long-term ground lease giving the lessor the right to terminate the lease and reente...

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