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Skaskiw v. Vermont Agency of Agriculture
Date: December 19, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 133
Docket Number: 2014-041

Justia Opinion Summary: The Vermont Spay/Neuter Incentive Program (VSNIP) was created in 2006 to subsidize dog, cat, and wolf-hybrid sterilization procedures for low-income Vermonters. Sue Skaskiw and the organization she directed, Vermont Volu...

Davis v. American Legion
Date: December 19, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 134
Docket Number: 2014-099

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Marilyn Davis appealed the trial court's grant of defendants' Vermont Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) motions to dismiss her claims, which sought to rectify alleged harms stemming from disagreements among Davi...

Vermont v. Hinton
Date: December 12, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 131
Docket Number: 2014-163

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the civil suspension of his driver's license and his conditional guilty plea to driving under the influence (DUI). He argued that the police lacked reasonable grounds to stop him, and thus, the court s...

State v. Breer
Date: December 8, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 132
Docket Number: 2014-392

Vermont v. Congress
Date: December 5, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 129
Docket Number: 2011-307

Justia Opinion Summary: Latonia Congress was convicted by jury of second-degree murder. The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review centered on whether, in a murder prosecution, a jury can find a defendant guilty of voluntary m...

Langlois v. Town of Proctor
Date: December 5, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 130
Docket Number: 2013-229

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Kathleen Langlois owned a building with commercial space on the first floor and an apartment on the second. She failed to pay the water bill for the property. Plaintiff alleged that she arranged with a represen...

Hayes v. Town of Manchester
Date: November 21, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 126
Docket Number: 2013-277

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review involved the power of a court to require an estate to create a trust to satisfy potential future claims against the estate, as well as the proper application o...

In re Carrigan Conditional Use and Certificate of Compliance, Certificate of Occupancy, Certificate of Compliance
Date: November 21, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 125
Docket Numbers: 2013-346, 2013-347, 2013-348

Justia Opinion Summary: Neighbors Barbara Supeno and Barbara J. Ernst appealed a superior court's decision to uphold the Town of Addison Development Review Board's (DRB) grant of certificates of occupancy for two detached decks and a conditiona...

Ring v. Carriage House Condominium Owners' Association
Date: November 21, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 127
Docket Number: 2013-419

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal ended a longstanding feud stemming from plaintiff David Ring's renovation of his condominium units, resulting in multiple legal proceedings and several superior court decisions. Ring argued in this appeal tha...

In re Goddard College Conditional Use, Goddard College Act 250 Reconsideration
Date: November 21, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 124
Docket Number: 2014-049

Justia Opinion Summary: This case raised the issue of whether Act 250 required consideration of alternative siting in every case in which a party objects to a proposed land-use project on aesthetic grounds, pursuant to 10 V.S.A. 6086(a)(8), wit...

Goodrum v. Vermont Department of Taxes
Date: November 21, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 128
Docket Number: 2014-102

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners Garfield and Lucille Goodrum owned 41.54 acres in Reading; all but two acres of land surrounding their home was enrolled in the UVA Program as undeveloped forest land. The Goodrums formed Turtle Hill Farm of...

Vermont v. Groce
Date: November 14, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 122
Docket Number: 2012-479

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for sexual assault. On appeal, defendant argued: (1) the trial court erred by allowing certain hearsay testimony to be considered by the jury; (2) the trial court erred in scheduling a s...

Vermont v. Grenier
Date: November 14, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 121
Docket Numbers: 2013-224, 2013-300

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated cases, defendants Brian Grenier and Jessica Harris's were charged with driving under the influence (DUI), and appealed the trial court's denial of their motions to suppress the results of their breath-alc...

Highridge Condominium Owners Assoc. v. Killington/Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC
Date: November 14, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 120
Docket Number: 2014-066

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stemmed from a dispute between developer Killington/Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC ("K/P") and the Highridge Condominium Owners Association regarding developer's proposal to construct additional units in the Hig...

Barrup v. Barrup
Date: November 7, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 116
Docket Number: 2012-415

Justia Opinion Summary: The primary issue in this case involved the rights of a former mother-in-law whose property interests were purportedly adjudicated in the final divorce decree between her son and his former wife in an action to which she...

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