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Recent Decisions From the Vermont Supreme Court

Myrick v. Peck Electric Company  
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 2016 VT 4

Justia Opinion Summary: Consolidated cases required the Vermont Supreme Court to revisit whether Vermont law recognized a cause of action for private nuisance based solely on aesthetic considerations. Appellants, a group of landowners from New...

In re P.K.  
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 2017 VT 3

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother appealed a superior court decision denying her motion to set aside a previous order terminating her parental rights to her daughter, P.K. Mother voluntarily relinquished her parental rights in the same proceeding...

Turner v. Shumlin  
Date: January 4, 2017
Docket Number: 2017 VT 2

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners Representative Donald Turner, Jr. and Senator Joseph Benning, sought to enjoin respondent Governor Peter Shumlin (whose last day in office was January 5, 2017), from appointing a successor to the office held...

Vermont v. King  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 131

Justia Opinion Summary: The superior court certified a question of law for the Vermont Supreme Court’s review in connection with the prosecution of defendant Geoffrey King. Specifically, the court and parties asked the Supreme Court to determin...

Vermont v. Cameron  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 134

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Tristan Cameron appealed his conviction for grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle resulting in the death of a passenger. He argued on appeal that there was not enough evidence to convict him, that test...

Representative Donald Turner v. Governor Peter Shumlin
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 135
In re William M. O'Brien, Esq.
Date: December 19, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 133
In re D.S. and W.S.  
Date: December 16, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 130

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother and father separately appealed a family court judgment terminating their parental rights to the minors D.S. and W.S. Mother contended the court improperly relied on factors beyond her control in concluding that he...

Barron v. Menard  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 123

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner David Barron appealed a superior court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the Department of Corrections, upholding his prison disciplinary conviction for threatening another person. He argued the DOC: (1)...

Clark v. Bellavance  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 124

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother and father were the parents of a daughter, born in 2009. Mother and father were never married and their relationship ended before daughter was born; daughter lived exclusively with mother for the first twenty-one...

Miller v. Flegenheimer  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 125

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue presented for the Vermont Supreme Court's review was found in a series of e-mails exchanged between two business partners who jointly owned a document shredding company, and whether those e-mails (read together...

Great Northern Construction, Inc. v. Department of Labor  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 126

Justia Opinion Summary: The Employment Security Board (ESB) affirmed a Department of Labor audit of appellant, Great Northern Construction (GNC). The Department's auditor concluded that GNC had improperly classified two of its workers as indepe...

Vermont v. Anderson  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 127

Justia Opinion Summary: Eastern Bail Bond Agency, Inc., which had posted a surety bond for defendant Joshua Anderson, appealed the trial court's forfeiture of bail and subsequent denials of Eastern's motions to vacate and to reconsider. On appe...

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