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Newman v. State ex rel., Dep’t of Workforce Servs.
Date: January 28, 2015
Citation: 2015 WY 14
Docket Number: S-14-0098

Justia Opinion Summary: While working as the municipal court judge for the town of Diamondville, Wyoming, Appellant slipped and fell on the icy outdoor steps of the town hall. Due to pain in her lower back, Appellant underwent back surgery in 2...

Forbes v. Forbes
Date: January 23, 2015
Citation: 2015 WY 13
Docket Numbers: S-14-0123, S-14-0122

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1920, the Beckton Ranch Trust (BRT) was formed by members of the Forbes family to hold parcels of land in Sheridan County, Wyoming and their appurtenant water and ditch rights for the benefit of their descendants. In...

Hansuld v. Lariat Diesel Corp.
Date: January 21, 2015
Citation: 2015 WY 12
Docket Number: S-14-0128

Justia Opinion Summary: After purchasing their property, William and Tia Hansuld notified Lariat Diesel Corporation and Marvin Piel (collectively, “Lariat”) that it could not longer use their property for access. Litigation ensued. This matter...

Moore v. Wolititch
Date: January 15, 2015
Citation: 2015 WY 11
Docket Number: S-14-0168

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs were several residents in the Milatzo Subdivision who sought to permanently enjoin Defendants from operating a daycare business out of their residence in the Subdivision. The district court granted Plaintiffs’...

Knight v. Estate of McCoy
Date: January 14, 2015
Citation: 2015 WY 9
Docket Number: S-14-0099

Justia Opinion Summary: Jerome Knight, who was employed by M&M Welding Services, LLC, and his supervisor, Victory McCoy, who was one of the owners of M&M, were killed in an automobile accident. McCoy was driving the vehicle when the accident oc...

Ward v. State
Date: January 14, 2015
Citation: 2015 WY 10
Docket Number: S-14-0104

Justia Opinion Summary: Following Defendant’s involvement in an automobile accident, law enforcement officers searched Defendant’s vehicle and found marijuana. Defendant was subsequently charged with felony possession of marijuana. Defendant mo...

Sabatka v. Bd. of Trs. of the Fremont County Pub. Library Sys.
Date: January 12, 2015
Citation: 2015 WY 8
Docket Number: S-14-0062

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, the manager of the Dubois branch of the Fremont County Library System (FCLS), used an FCLS account to order books for the Dubois school system. The FCLS executive director terminated Appellant, determining tha...

Thomas v. Sumner
Date: January 9, 2015
Citation: 2015 WY 7
Docket Number: S-14-0110

Justia Opinion Summary: After Mother was told by her nine-year-old son, GT, that Father, who served in the United States Air Force (USAF,) was watching GT shower, Mother arranged for GT to see a Counselor. Counselor reported to law enforcement...

State v. Deen
Date: January 8, 2015
Citation: 2015 WY 5
Docket Number: S-14-0079

Justia Opinion Summary: At approximately 10:18 p.m., police officers searched Defendant’s home pursuant to a search warrant and found marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Defendant was subsequently arrested and charged with delivery of and possess...

Knezovich v. Knezovich
Date: January 8, 2015
Citation: 2015 WY 6
Docket Number: S-14-0136

Justia Opinion Summary: When Father and Mother were divorced, Mother was awarded primary custody of the parties’ son and Father was ordered to pay $400 per month in child support. The district court later entered an order finding Father’s month...

Kappen v. Kappen
Date: January 7, 2015
Citation: 2015 WY 3
Docket Number: S-14-0092

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother and Father were divorced in 2010. Mother was granted primary physical and legal custody of the children, and Father was given standard visitation. In 2013, Father filed a petition to modify custody, alleging that...

Brown v. State
Date: January 7, 2015
Citation: 2015 WY 4
Docket Number: S-14-0100

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of one count of attempted second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the district court did not err by not declaring a mistrial after one po...

Kurt Young v. The State of Wyoming
Date: January 7, 2015
Citation: 2015 WY 2
Docket Number: S-14-0192

State, ex rel., Dep’t of Workforce Servs. v. Hartmann
Date: January 6, 2015
Citation: 2015 WY 1
Docket Number: S-14-0105

Justia Opinion Summary: David Hartmann was injured during the course of his employment. After receiving surgery for his injury, Hartmann began experiencing dizzy spells. The Wyoming Workers’ Safety Compensation Division denied payment for the t...

Clark v. Ryan Park Prop. & Homeowners Ass’n
Date: December 30, 2014
Citation: 2014 WY 169
Docket Number: S-14-0170

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants, property owners in Ryan Park and members of the Ryan Park Property and Homeowners Association, commenced an action claiming that the Association had unlawfully denied their requests to inspect and copy certai...

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