Vermont Supreme Court Decisions

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Recent Decisions From the Vermont Supreme Court

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...

In re Petition of New England Police Benevolent Association
Date: June 10, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 67

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal centered on two petitions filed on behalf of sixty-nine sworn law enforcement officers of the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife, Vermont Department of Liquor Control, and Vermont Department of Motor Vehic...

Vermont v. Gagne
Date: June 10, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 68

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal stemmed from a road rage incident in which defendant Jason Gagne chased a couple across town, eventually pulling up next to their truck and pointing a rifle at them. Before trial, defendant moved to suppress...

Vermont v. Koenig
Date: June 3, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 65

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Amy Koenig appealed the denial of her motion to suppress evidence that ultimately led to her arraignment for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Defendant’s main argument on appeal was that the arrest...

Vermont v. Buckley
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 59

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction by jury of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct. Defendant was acquitted of reckless endangerment. Defendant was charged with these crimes after allegedly point...

Vermont v. Levitt
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 60

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Defendant was convicted by jury of simple assault and placed on probation. He petitioned the Supreme Court to reverse his conviction and remand for a new trial because the trial court improperly defined reasonab...

Vermont v. Atlantic Richfield Company, et al.
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 61

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this interlocutory appeal presented for the Vermont Supreme Court's review centered on whether 12 V.S.A. 462 created an exemption from the general six-year limitation for Vermont’s claims against a host of defe...

Chandler v. Vermont
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 62

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appealed the dismissal of his “Petition for Extraordinary Relief” under Vermont Rule of Civil Procedure 75 and Vermont Rule of Appellate Procedure 21. Plaintiff argued that the trial court erred in construing a...

In re Burns Two-Unit Residential Building (Long, et al. Appellants)
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 63

Justia Opinion Summary: Applicants Cynthia and Charles Burns wanted to make modifications to a two-unit residential building they owned in Burlington. A group of nineteen Burlington residents (neighbors) appealed a Superior Court, Environmental...

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