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Recent Decisions From the Vermont Supreme Court

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...

Choiniere v. Marshall and Beach, PPLC
Date: November 7, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 117
Docket Number: 2013-142

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs Paul Choiniere and P&D Consulting, Inc. sued defendants, attorney Anthony Marshall and his law firm, Harris Beach, PLLC, alleging that they made negligent and intentional misrepresentations while representing...

Guntlow v. Town of Pownal Board of Abatement
Date: November 7, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 118
Docket Number: 2014-139

Justia Opinion Summary: Two taxpayers appealed a trial court judgment affirming a decision of the board of abatement of the Town of Pownal, which denied their request for tax abatement. The taxpayers sought abatement of the property taxes on se...

State v. Campbell
Date: November 7, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 123
Docket Number: 2014-393

Town of Ira v. Vermont League of Cities and Towns
Date: October 31, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 115
Docket Number: 2013-373

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Town of Ira brought this action to recover from its insurer, Vermont League of Cities and Towns Property and Casualty Intermunicipal Fund, Inc. (PACIF), certain losses related to the embezzlement of town funds...

Vermont v. Wilt
Date: October 24, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 114
Docket Number: 2013-119

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Maureen Wilt appeals a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) on grounds that the trial court improperly allowed a police trooper to testify about the results of a field-sobriety test he administered...

State v. Hughes
Date: October 10, 2014
Citation: 2014 VT 112
Docket Number: 2014-356

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