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Vermont v. Graham
Date: April 29, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 48

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed the dismissal of three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, filed against defendant Julianne Graham, a high school employee, based on her having engaged in sexual acts with a student over the summ...

Vermont v. Howard
Date: April 29, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 49

Justia Opinion Summary: Police arrested defendant Stephen Howard for driving under the influence (DUI). The State appealed the granting of defendant’s motion to exclude evidence collected from a traffic violation stop of his car. The trial cour...

In re Petition of Rutland Renewable Energy, LLC
Date: April 29, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 50

Justia Opinion Summary: The Town of Rutland and five adjoining landowners (“neighbors”) appealed the Vermont Public Service Board’s grant of a certificate of public good (“CPG”) to Rutland Renewable Energy, LLC (“RRE”) for construction of the C...

In re K.A.
Date: April 29, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 52

Justia Opinion Summary: K.A., a twelve-year-old, middle-school boy, committed "inappropriate acts" outside his school, for which he was adjudged delinquent under a Vermont statute prohibiting lewd acts relating to prostitution. The charges stem...

Daims v. Town of Brattleboro
Date: April 29, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 55

Justia Opinion Summary: Prior to a March 3, 2015 town meeting, plaintiffs submitted three separate petitions to amend the Brattleboro town charter. Among other things, the petitions sought to: (1) allow residents sixteen and older to vote at to...

Vermont v. Anderson
Date: April 22, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 40

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant James Anderson appealed a trial court’s decision finding he violated two conditions of probation for his failure to complete sex offender programming to the satisfaction of his probation officer during the unsu...

Concord General Mutual Insurance Company v. Gritman
Date: April 22, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 45

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Dylan Stinson appealed a judgment finding him liable to plaintiffs Kevin and Linda Flanagan for damage to their vacation home from a fire started in an outdoor fireplace on their deck by a group of teenagers wh...

Zink v. Zink
Date: April 22, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 46

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband Bryan Zink appealed a trial court order denying his request to modify his spousal maintenance obligation and granting wife’s motion to enforce. He argued that the court erred in finding an absence of changed circ...

Vermont v. Cornell
Date: April 22, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 47

Justia Opinion Summary: Convicted sex offender, defendant Owen Cornell, appealed the imposition of six probation conditions ordered by the sentencing court. He argued four of the conditions, that he reside or work where his probation officer ap...

In re Waterfront Park Act 250 Amendment (Alison Lockwood, Appellant)
Date: April 15, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 39

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1990, the City of Burlington obtained a land-use permit for the Waterfront Park (the Park). The City hosted a number of events at the Park in the summer of 1993 and may have hosted others prior to that time. In Decemb...

Clark v. Baker
Date: April 15, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 42

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, the parents of a newborn baby, alleged that on June 12, 2012, their son died as a result of the medical malpractice of the Hospital defendants and the Baker defendants (Richard Baker, M.D. and Mary Beerworth,...

TLOC Senior Living, LLC v. Albert R. (Alpine) Bingham III
Date: April 8, 2016
Docket Number: 2015 VT 44

Vermont v. Reynolds
Date: April 8, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 43

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Leo Reynolds was charged with four felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and one felony count of aggravated sexual assault on a victim younger than thirteen. Defendant was sixty-seven years...

TLOC Senior Living, LLC v. Bingham
Date: April 8, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 44

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff TLOC Senior Living, LLC, owned and operated a senior living community in Middlebury, Vermont, doing business as “The Lodge at Otter Creek.” In July 2013, defendant Albert Bingham registered the name “The Lodge...

Burlington Administrators' Ass'n v. Burlington Bd. of School Comm'rs
Date: April 1, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 35

Justia Opinion Summary: The Burlington Administrators’ Association and Nicolas Molander (collectively the Association) appealed a trial court’s confirmation of an arbitration decision that Molander, in his capacity as an interim assistant princ...

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