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Vermont v. Charbonneau  
Date: August 26, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 83

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Toby Charbonneau pleaded guilty to felony possession of stolen property and misdemeanor possession of stolen property. He was subsequently ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $35,791. On appeal, he chal...

Cenlar FSB v. Malenfant, Jr.  
Date: August 19, 2016
Docket Number: 2015 VT 93

Justia Opinion Summary: The lender Cenlar FSB appealed a judgment in favor of the borrowers Laurie and Joseph Malenfant, Jr. in the lender’s second action for a judgment on the note and foreclosure, after the first was dismissed with prejudice....

Casavant (Allen) v. Allen  
Date: August 19, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 89

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband appealed a final divorce order, arguing that the Family Division: (1) inequitably divided the marital assets; (2) committed reversible errors of fact; and (3) issued a decision based on impermissible bias. Findin...

Agency of Natural Resources v. McGee  
Date: August 19, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 90

Justia Opinion Summary: In an environmental enforcement action, the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) issued a violation and imposed a penalty of $10,000 against defendants Hugh and Eileen McGee for placing unpermitted fill in a Class II wetlan...

Vermont v. Dow  
Date: August 19, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 91

Justia Opinion Summary: Following an altercation with his wife and an ensuing conflict with police, defendant Miles Dow was charged with several counts, related to his conduct both towards his wife and to the responding police officers. During...

Vermont v. Nicholas  
Date: August 19, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 92

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Kerri Nicholas was convicted of one count of domestic assault, and one count of cruelty to a child. The child's teacher observed bruises and notified the Department of Children and Families. Defendant had a rom...

In re North East Materials Group LLC Act 250 JO #5-21  
Date: August 12, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 87

Justia Opinion Summary: This case came before the Vermont Supreme Court following the Environmental Division's decision on remand that a rock-crushing operation by North East Materials Group, LLC, (NEMG) was exempt from Act 250 as a preexisting...

In re Serendipity Morales  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 85

Justia Opinion Summary: The information filed by the State charged Serendipity Morales with six counts of unauthorized practice of law. Morales was an inmate at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Center, and it was alleged she engaged in t...

In re Costco Stormwater Dishcharge Permit  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 86

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review centered on a decision of the environmental division of the superior court affirming several permits issued to appellee Costco Wholesale Corporation for the ex...

Coons v. Coons  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 88

Justia Opinion Summary: May 7, 2015 was the second day of Kenneth and Melissa Coons' divorce hearing. Near the end of the hearing, the trial court called a brief recess and asked counsel to meet in chambers. According to the trial court, during...

Vermont v. Richard  
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 75

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-appellant Gilles Richard was convicted for driving under the influence (DUI). He appealed, arguing: (1) several important factual findings by the court were clearly erroneous; (2) that the court should have sup...

Gould v. Town of Monkton  
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 84

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-landowner Donald Gould appealed three superior court rulings pertaining to the Town of Monkton’s new zoning regulations. Landowner alleged that the new zoning regulations under a "UPD" or "Unified Planning Docu...

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...

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