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Rathbone v. Corse
Date: May 22, 2015
Citation: 2015 VT 73
Docket Number: 2014-104

Justia Opinion Summary: In a September 2013 order that disposed of father's motion to modify his child-support obligation, a magistrate found that father paid child support while mother also received a social security disability insurance (SSDI...

Vermont v. Alers
Date: May 22, 2015
Citation: 2015 VT 74
Docket Number: 2014-145

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Lawrence Alers was convicted by jury of simple assault. He appealed, arguing: (1) that the trial court's admission of a particular out-of-court statement under the "excited utterance" exception to the hearsay r...

Merchant v. Merchant
Date: May 15, 2015
Citation: 2015 VT 72
Docket Number: 2014-057

Justia Opinion Summary: Father Eric Merchant and mother Sheila Merchant married in 2000. They subsequently had two children. The parties separated in 2008, and in August 2009 the superior court issued a stipulated final divorce order providing...

Post & Beam Equity Group, LLC v. Sunne Village Development Property Owners Ass'n
Date: May 15, 2015
Citation: 2015 VT 60
Docket Number: 2014-098

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was a dispute between a residential subdivision property owners' association and the owner of commercial property both in and adjacent to the subdivision over access to property over a subdivision r...

Falanga v. Boylan
Date: May 15, 2015
Citation: 2015 VT 71
Docket Number: 2014-159

Justia Opinion Summary: For eight or nine months following the birth of their son, the parties involved in this dispute lived together in an apartment connected to the home of the child's maternal grandfather in Springfield. In the fall of 2012...

Patnode v. Urette
Date: May 8, 2015
Citation: 2015 VT 70
Docket Number: 2014-268

Justia Opinion Summary: The parties in this case were arguing over child support. Parents to a daughter born in 2006, the mother argued that the family court erred in calculating the amount of the father's income for purposes of determining his...

Stratton Corp. v. Engleberth Construction, Inc.
Date: May 1, 2015
Citation: 2015 VT 69
Docket Number: 2013-336

Justia Opinion Summary: Owner and developer, Stratton Corporation and Intrawest Stratton Development Corporation, sued a condominium construction project's general contractor Engelberth Construction, Inc., who in turn filed a third-party claim...

Vermont v. Madigan
Date: April 17, 2015
Citation: 2015 VT 59
Docket Number: 2013-242

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Charles (Hank) Madigan appealed his conviction on three counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child. The charges related to three incidents which the victim, A.R., described in her testimony. On appeal,...

MacCormack v. MacCormack
Date: April 17, 2015
Citation: 2015 VT 64
Docket Number: 2013-390

Justia Opinion Summary: Father appealed the trial court's award of sole legal and physical parental rights and responsibilities to mother. He also appealed the court's calculation and division of marital assets, challenging the application of a...

Citimortgage, Inc. v. Dusablon & Horizon Heights Cond. Ass'n.
Date: April 17, 2015
Citation: 2015 VT 68
Docket Number: 2014-012

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Horizon Heights Condominium Association sought to recover from joint condominium owners Ronald and Joan Dusablon the monthly dues that accrued after the Dusablons redeemed their foreclosed-upon condominium. The...

Hemond v. Frontier Communications
Date: April 17, 2015
Citation: 2015 VT 66
Docket Number: 2014-116

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stemmed from an indemnity dispute between two defendants in a suit arising after plaintiff Michael Hemond suffered a tragic electrocution injury while working on an electrical switch. Defendant Frontier Communi...

In re Appeal of MDY Taxes, Inc., & Village Car Wash, Inc.
Date: April 17, 2015
Citation: 2015 VT 65
Docket Number: 2014-140

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arose out of a decision by the Town of Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB) to approve appellee Jolley Associates, LLC's application for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) to add a car wash to an existing...

Hemond v. Frontier Communications
Date: April 17, 2015
Citation: 2015 VT 67
Docket Number: 2014-236

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stemmed from an indemnity dispute between two defendants in a suit arising after plaintiff Michael Hemond suffered a tragic electrocution injury while working on an electrical switch. Defendant Frontier Communi...

In re K.R.
Date: April 10, 2015
Citation: 2015 VT 58
Docket Number: 2013-407

Justia Opinion Summary: In February 2004, the Department for Children and Families (DCF) determined that petitioner K.R. placed her son T.F. at risk of harm, and it included her name on the Child Protection Registry. This determination followed...

Vermont v. Vezina
Date: April 10, 2015
Citation: 2015 VT 56
Docket Number: 2014-021

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, defendant Robert Vezina pleaded guilty to one count of petit larceny in connection with the theft of seven pieces of musical equipment in July 2012. Defendant's sentence included a restitution order. The items t...

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