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Recent Decisions From the Vermont Supreme Court

Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. v. Watts  
Date: June 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 VT 57
Docket Number: 2015-329

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-borrowers Skip and Paris Watts appealed the trial court’s summary judgment decision in favor of plaintiff-lender Deutsche Bank National Trust Company in this mortgage foreclosure action. They argued that the tr...

In re Bourbeau Custom Homes, Inc.  
Date: June 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 VT 51
Docket Number: 2016-157

Justia Opinion Summary: Several carpenters, including one single-member LLC, an installer of cement siding, and a painter contended they were employees of Bourbeau Custom Homes, Inc. for the purposes of Vermont’s unemployment compensation syste...

Weaver v. Weaver  
Date: June 23, 2017
Citation: 2017 VT 58
Docket Number: 2016-306

Justia Opinion Summary: Wife Nicola Weaver appealed the trial court’s order granting a motion filed by husband David Weaver to modify his spousal maintenance obligation. Wife argues the trial court erred by: (1) reducing her spousal support to...

Paige v. Vermont  
Date: June 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 VT 54
Docket Number: 2016-202

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, a Vermont voter and candidate in the state’s 2016 presidential primary, challenged whether U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were constitutionally qualified to run for President of the United States. T...

Eric Resnick v. Susan Resnick
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Number: 2017-149
Vermont v. Byam  
Date: June 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 VT 47
Docket Number: 2015-409

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Dale Byam appealed a trial court’s denial of his motion seeking credit against his sentence for time spent under pretrial conditions of release. Defendant argued on appeal to the Vermont Supreme Court there was...

In re Appeal of Dezarae Durkee  
Date: June 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 VT 49
Docket Number: 2016-019

Justia Opinion Summary: This case focused on whether the Department for Children and Families (DCF) could deny an applicant temporary housing assistance under General Assistance (GA) Rule 2652.3 for having left her housing in response to a noti...

Vermont v. Bangoura  
Date: June 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 VT 53
Docket Number: 2016-172

Justia Opinion Summary: Hassimiou Bangoura appealed after he was convicted for driving under the influence (DUI), second offense. He argued that his conviction had to be reversed because of what he claimed was error in how the trial court estab...

Vermont v. Joseph  
Date: June 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 VT 52
Docket Number: 2016-331

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed a superior court’s conclusion that the enactment of 13 V.S.A. 3606a repealed 13 V.S.A. 2504 by implication. Because the Vermont Supreme Court concluded section 3606a neither demonstrated a plain intent...

Perron v. Menard  
Date: June 9, 2017
Citation: 2017 VT 50
Docket Number: 2017-110

Justia Opinion Summary: The State of New York petitioned to extradite James Perron from Vermont, alleging that he had a sentence to serve for a grand larceny conviction. Perron was initially detained on a prerequisition warrant, but Vermont’s G...

Hermitage Inn Real Estate Holding Co., LLC v. Extreme Contracting, LLC  
Date: June 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 VT 44
Docket Number: 2016-090

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Extreme Contracting, LLC appealed a trial court’s order granting a default judgment to plaintiff Hermitage Inn Real Estate Holding Co., LLC in a contract dispute. The court held defendant responsible for enforc...

Vermont v. Sheperd  
Date: June 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 VT 39
Docket Number: 2016-145

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving multiple counts of cruelty to animals, defendant Randall Shepard appealed the trial court’s denial of a motion to suppress and its order imposing costs for the care of forfeited animals. With respe...

North Country Sportsman's Club v. Town of Williston  
Date: June 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 VT 46
Docket Number: 2016-387

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal tested the limits of a town’s authority to enforce a noise ordinance against a sport shooting range’s historically established operations. Plaintiff North Country Sportsman’s Club received multiple citations...

State v. Theodore Farnham
Date: June 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 VT 9
Docket Number: 2017-137
State v. Douglas S. Cavett
Date: May 30, 2017
Citation: 2015 VT 91
Docket Number: 2016-243
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