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In re Estate of Dezotell
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 14

Justia Opinion Summary: Decedent Lyman Dezotell was killed in an automobile accident in November 2001. At the time of his death, decedent had been married for about eight months to Maria Dezotell. Decedent had met Maria online, traveled to Roma...

In re Willowell Foundation Conditional Use Certificate of Occupancy
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 12

Justia Opinion Summary: The Willowell Foundation received a conditional-use permit to build a community center and related improvements on a large plot of land in the Town of Monkton. Neighbors challenged the permit, arguing the project violate...

In re Appeal of the Estate of Elaine Holbrook
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 13

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal stemmed from a disagreement among siblings regarding the allowance, validity, and interpretation of the will of their mother, Elaine Holbrook. David and Cheryl Holbrook, two of the testator’s six children and...

McGee v. Gonyo
Date: January 29, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 8

Justia Opinion Summary: Pro se defendant Justin Gonyo appealed a family court order adjudicating nonparentage. The child at the center of this matter was born in 2011. Shortly thereafter, the child’s mother and defendant filed a Voluntary Ackno...

Adams v. Town of Sudbury
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 11

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out of a struggle Vermont towns have had with taxing parcels of land that lie in more than one tax district. Taxpayer owned three units in a condominium community that was in both the Town of Sudbury and...

In re J.C. & T.F., Juveniles
Date: January 22, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 9

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother appealed a superior court order adjudicating the minors J.C. and T.F. to be children in need of care and supervision (CHINS). An in-home service provider with the Early Head Start program who visited the family on...

Demarest v. Town of Underhill
Date: January 15, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 10

Justia Opinion Summary: The Town of Underhill appealed a trial court order that affirmed a decision of the County Road Commissioners requiring the Town to maintain a segment of Town Highway 26 (TH 26), a Class 4 highway. TH 26 has existed, in s...

Knutsen v. Cegalis
Date: January 15, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 2

Justia Opinion Summary: In September 2012, a four-day hearing was held on father’s petition on behalf of the child for a final relief-from-abuse order against mother, as well as on mother’s cross-motion to modify parental rights and contact. Ac...

Wynkoop v. Stratthaus
Date: January 15, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 5

Justia Opinion Summary: The parties to this appeal were co-lessees in a thirty-year ground lease for a ten-acre parcel of land owned by Star Meadows Farm, Inc. and located in Walden. The parties constructed improvements on the land and shared t...

Rasmussen v. Town of Fair Haven
Date: January 8, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 1

Justia Opinion Summary: Taxpayer owned real property in the Town of Fair Haven. In 2014, the town listers assessed the value of the parcel at $585,800. Taxpayer appealed to the Board of Civil Authority (BCA). Taxpayer would not allow the BCA me...

In re Joseph Bruyette
Date: January 8, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 3

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this motion presented for the Supreme Court's consideration was whether it should have adopted the “prison mailbox rule” and hold that a notice of appeal was deemed filed for purposes of Vermont Rule of Appella...

Vermont v. Alcide
Date: January 8, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 4

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Ivan Alcide was charged with possession of heroin and cocaine and sought to suppress all evidence of drugs seized from his vehicle after a police dog indicated the presence of drugs. The trial court found that...

Baird v. City of Burlington
Date: January 8, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 6

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerns appellants Sandra Baird and Jared Carter's standing to challenge the City of Burlington's recently adopted “Church Street Marketplace District trespass authority” ordinance (trespass ordinance). The Ma...

In re Election Petitions
Date: January 8, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 7

Justia Opinion Summary: The Vermont State Employees’ Association (VSEA) filed eight petitions with the Vermont Labor Relations Board to elect collective bargaining representatives under the Vermont Municipal Employee Relations Act (MERA). VSEA...

Vermont Human Rights Comm'n v. Vermont
Date: December 24, 2015
Docket Number: 2015 VT 138

Justia Opinion Summary: The Vermont Human Rights Commission and three female employees of the Vermont Department of Corrections (DOC) filed suit against the State (the DOC and the Vermont Department of Human Resources (DHR)) claiming that the D...

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