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Merdes & Merdes, P.C. v. Leisnoi, Inc.  
Date: November 9, 2017
Docket Number: S-16048

Justia Opinion Summary: An attorney represented a Native corporation in litigation nearly three decades ago. The corporation disputed the attorney’s claim for fees, and in 1995, after the attorney’s death, the superior court entered judgment on...

Schaeffer-Mathis v. Mathis  
Date: October 27, 2017
Docket Number: S-15936

Justia Opinion Summary: Jacqualine Schaeffer and Linus Mathis married in April 2002, separated in March 2012, and divorced in April 2015. Two children were born of the marriage, one in September 2002 and the other in June 2004. The parties liti...

Rae v. Alaska Dept. of Corrections  
Date: October 27, 2017
Docket Number: S-16006

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Rae was a prisoner in the custody of Alaska’s Department of Corrections (DOC). In January 2015, he filed a complaint (labeled a “petition”) alleging that DOC lacked the constitutional authority to hold him. In an...

Fredrickson v. Hackett  
Date: October 27, 2017
Docket Number: S-16298

Justia Opinion Summary: A married couple, with the help of an attorney-mediator, reached a settlement agreement and filed for divorce in January 2012. Under the agreement the marital home and primary physical custody of the couple’s three child...

Hodari v. Alaska Dept. of Corrections  
Date: October 27, 2017
Docket Number: S-16347

Justia Opinion Summary: In May 2014, the Alaska Department of Corrections found inmate Sababu Hodari guilty of a disciplinary infraction. Hodari appealed the Department’s decision to the superior court, arguing that the Department violated his...

Yankee v. City & Borough of Juneau  
Date: October 20, 2017
Docket Number: S-16098

Justia Opinion Summary: An undeveloped greenbelt buffer runs between Bill Yankee’s property and the back of Chris and Ann Gilbertos’. The two properties are in different subdivisions and therefore subject to different covenants: Yankee’s proper...

Dixon v. Dixon  
Date: October 20, 2017
Docket Number: S-16182

Justia Opinion Summary: A mother and son disputed ownership of a house in Ketchikan. The son contended his mother gave him the property following her husband’s death, and that he spent years repairing and renovating it on the understanding that...

Kylie L. v. Alaska Dept. of Health & Social Services  
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: S-16520

Justia Opinion Summary: A trial court determined the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) failed to demonstrate it made reasonable efforts to reunify a family. Nonetheless, the court terminated Kylie L.’s parental rights to her daughter, finding...

Bruce H. v. Jennifer L.  
Date: October 6, 2017
Docket Number: S-16360

Justia Opinion Summary: Divorced parents reached a custody settlement giving the mother sole legal and primary physical custody of their son; the father had visitation at the mother’s discretion. After the father later requested joint legal and...

Alaska v. Wright  
Date: September 22, 2017
Docket Number: S-15917

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 1999, Alaska filed a felony information charging Sean Wright with sexually abusing two young girls. Wright was not arrested or indicted on these charges until almost five years later. He moved to dismiss the...

Bibi v. Elfrink  
Date: September 22, 2017
Docket Number: S-15987

Justia Opinion Summary: Mariam Bibi and Javed Raja married and later bought a home in Anchorage with loans from IndyMac Bank, F.S.B. (IndyMac). IndyMac’s loans were secured by deeds of trust on their home. The couple later received an additiona...

Whittenton v. Peter Pan Seafoods, Inc.  
Date: September 22, 2017
Docket Number: S-16285

Justia Opinion Summary: After a mother and daughter were involved in a car accident, they (and the father) sued the employer of the other vehicle’s driver. The employer made separate offers of judgment to the mother and daughter under Alaska Ci...

Dara v. Gish  
Date: September 22, 2017
Docket Number: S-16414

Justia Opinion Summary: The superior court granted joint legal and primary physical custody of a child to his maternal grandmother and step-grandfather. The child’s mother, who retained joint legal custody and visitation rights, appealed, argui...

Jovanov v. Dept. of Corrections  
Date: September 15, 2017
Docket Number: S-15950

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Corrections Officer Nelson Robinson was supervising a prison module of about 50 inmates at the Anchorage Correctional Complex, including Radenko Jovanov and Alando Modeste. Modeste approached Jovanov while he wa...

Douglas Indian Association v. Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Tribes of Alaska  
Date: September 8, 2017
Docket Number: S-16235

Justia Opinion Summary: The superior court dismissed a complaint by Douglas Indian Association against Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and two Central Council officials on tribal sovereign immunity grounds. Douglas...

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