Alaska Supreme Court Decisions 2020

Hurd v. Henley  
Date: December 31, 2020
Docket Number: S-17104

Justia Opinion Summary: Shay Hurd appealed the superior court’s determination that his adjoining neighbor, Larry Henley, adversely possessed a portion of his land. Hurd and Henley shared a boundary line that Henley first encroached on by buildi...

Edna L. v. Dept. of Health & Social Services (Office of Children's Services)  
Date: December 24, 2020
Docket Number: S-17485

Justia Opinion Summary: A mother and father appealed the termination of their parental rights after proceedings at the Families with Infants and Toddlers Court (FIT Court). They argued their rights were violated when the FIT Court’s “rigid, non...

Philips v. Bremner Philips  
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: S-17202

Justia Opinion Summary: A divorcing couple had a community property trust holding title to two rental properties: a fourplex and a mobile home park. The husband had owned these properties before marriage. The superior court divided the marital...

Seal v. Welty d/b/a North Country Services  
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: S-17540

Justia Opinion Summary: A worker died at a construction site when a retaining wall collapsed. Neither the putative employer, who claimed the worker was an independent contractor, nor the property owner, who hired the putative employer, had work...

T.D. (Mother) v. State of Alaska, DHSS, OCS (Unpublished)
Date: December 9, 2020
Docket Number: S-17696
Zwiacher v, Capstone Family Medical Clinic, LLC  
Date: December 4, 2020
Docket Number: S-17259

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court entered a default judgment against a litigant in a dispute over real property improvements and rent. Following a levy on his bank account, the litigant moved for relief from the default judgment, attes...

Bradley S. (Father) v. State of Alaska, DHSS, OCS (Unpublished)
Date: December 2, 2020
Docket Number: S-17729
Larson Jr. v. Alaska, Department of Corrections, Board of Parole  
Date: November 20, 2020
Docket Number: S-17529

Justia Opinion Summary: Loren Larson, Jr. was convicted in 1998 of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree burglary, and he was sentenced to two consecutive 99-year terms for the murder counts and a 10-year concurrent te...

Bradley S v. Katie C (Unpublished)
Date: November 18, 2020
Docket Number: S-17424
Galipeau v. Bixby  
Date: November 13, 2020
Docket Number: S-17365

Justia Opinion Summary: A property owner cut down trees on his lot to build a cabin. The trees were protected by his subdivision’s Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CCRs) and could not be cut down without prior approval. T...

L.M. (Mother) v. State of Alaska, DHSS, OCS (Unpublished)
Date: November 12, 2020
Docket Number: S-17592
Vue v. Walmart Associates, Inc.  
Date: November 6, 2020
Docket Number: S-17469

Justia Opinion Summary: Ge Vue was an asset-protection worker at the Walmart in Eagle River, Alaska in 2016. On February 3, he was shot in the back and face with a pellet gun when he and another asset-protection worker tried to stop three juven...

Alaska Dept. Health & Soc. Serv, Ofc. of Child Serv. v. Zander & Kelly B. (Foster Parents)  
Date: October 30, 2020
Docket Number: S-17399

Justia Opinion Summary: The Alaska Office of Children’s Services (OCS) took emergency custody of a three-year-old child and placed him with non-relative foster parents. The child lived with the foster parents for over a year when OCS informed t...

T.S. (Father) v. State of Alaska, DHSS, OCS (Unpublished)
Date: October 28, 2020
Docket Number: S-17719
Robert A. v. Tatiana D.  
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Number: S-17255

Justia Opinion Summary: In its initial custody decision, the superior court found that a father had a history of committing domestic violence, and therefore established benchmarks for him to meet before he could begin supervised visitation with...

Sykes v.Lawless  
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Number: S-17339

Justia Opinion Summary: A property owner installed a locked gate across an access easement on his property and provided keys to the neighboring easement holder. The neighbor sued, alleging the gate wrongfully interfered with his easement rights...

Schindler v. Schindler  
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Number: S-17623

Justia Opinion Summary: The superior court awarded the husband the marital home and ordered him to make a corresponding equalization payment to the wife. About a year later the husband sought relief from judgment, arguing that newly discovered...

Shelly C. v. State of Alaska, DHSS, OCS (Unpublished)
Date: October 21, 2020
Docket Number: S-17695
Cheryl Marks v. Javan Plunkett (Unpublished)
Date: October 14, 2020
Docket Number: S-17512
Andrew McNair v. Johnna Golden, f/k/a Johnna McNair (Unpublished)
Date: October 14, 2020
Docket Number: S-17704
Downing v. Country Life Insurance Company  
Date: October 9, 2020
Docket Number: S-17557

Justia Opinion Summary: In October 2015, Amy Downing purchased a life insurance policy from Country Life Insurance Company. She purchased both an “executive whole life” policy that would pay a flat amount of $500,000 to her beneficiaries upon h...

Jackson E. (Father) v. State of Alaska, DHSS, OCS (Unpublished)
Date: October 7, 2020
Docket Number: S-17655
Thiele v. Thiele  
Date: October 2, 2020
Docket Number: S-17256

Justia Opinion Summary: Angela and Kim Thiele married in February 2009 and separated in January 2016. Angela filed for divorce in February 2016. Kim received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 1980. After working as an employee in anoth...

Josiah M. (Father) v. State of Alaska, DHSS, OCS (Unpublished)
Date: September 30, 2020
Docket Number: S-17514
Terrace L. Solomon v. Wendy Solomon, n/k/a Wendy Racer (Unpublished)
Date: September 23, 2020
Docket Number: S-17476
Clarence S. v. Samantha S. (Unpublished)
Date: September 23, 2020
Docket Number: S-17631
Chinuhuk et al. v. Alaska  
Date: September 18, 2020
Citation: 472 P.3d 511
Docket Number: S-16993

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners were sex offenders who received prison sentences with some time suspended and probation imposed pursuant to a statute that mandated suspended imprisonment and probation as part of their initial sentences. The...

Beardsley v. Jacobsen  
Date: September 18, 2020
Citation: 472 P.3d 500
Docket Number: S-17190

Justia Opinion Summary: Two business owners executed a series of transactions to sell a regional airline business. Within two years of the sale, one of the buyer-controlled business entities declared bankruptcy, and the seller commenced litigat...

Baker v. Alaska Commission for Human Rights (Federal Express Corp.)  
Date: September 18, 2020
Docket Number: S-17379

Justia Opinion Summary: Russell Baker was hired by Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) as a pilot in June 2006. Employment agreements between FedEx and its pilots are established via collective bargaining with a union, the Air Line Pilots Assoc...

Siyuq K. (Mother) v. State of Alaska, DHSS, OCS (Unpublished)
Date: September 9, 2020
Docket Number: S-17625
Martinez v. Government Employees Insurance Company, et al.  
Date: September 4, 2020
Docket Number: S-17041

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, Joshua Martinez was driving a pickup truck when he lost control and crashed into a cabin, injuring the cabin owner Charles Burnett, and causing damage, including a spill of heating fuel. Burnett asked Martinez's...

Forrer v. Alaska  
Date: September 4, 2020
Citation: 471 P.3d 569
Docket Number: S-17377

Justia Opinion Summary: Anticipating a shortfall of revenue from previously enacted tax incentives, the 30th Alaska State Legislature attempted to offset future fiscal unpredictability by authorizing a discounted buyback of tax credits financed...

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, Inc., v. Alaska, Department of Natural Resources  
Date: August 21, 2020
Docket Number: S-16793

Justia Opinion Summary: The State of Alaska selected the land at issue in this appeal in 1989 under an Alaska Statehood Act provision allowing State selections of federal lands for community centers and recreational areas. In the 1990s, in orde...

Robert A. v. Tatiana D.  
Date: August 14, 2020
Docket Number: S-17255

Justia Opinion Summary: The superior court found that a father had a history of committing domestic violence, and it therefore established benchmarks for him to meet before he could begin supervised visitation with his children. The father did...

Manns v. Alaska, Dept. of Nat. Rec., Div. of Mining, Land & Water  
Date: August 7, 2020
Citation: 468 P.3d 1171
Docket Number: S-17042

Justia Opinion Summary: Mick and Cecilia Manns made unsuccessful applications for preference rights to purchase certain Alaska State land. The Mannses argued they were entitled to a preference right under AS 38.05.035(f) based on their business...

Raymond V. v. Dante E. (Unpublished)
Date: August 5, 2020
Docket Number: S-17600
Julio A. v. State of Alaska, DHSS, OCS (Unpublished)
Date: August 5, 2020
Docket Number: S-17603
In the Matter of the Necessity for the Hospitalization of Rabi R.  
Date: July 31, 2020
Citation: 468 P.3d 721
Docket Number: S-17215

Justia Opinion Summary: A man appealed superior court orders authorizing his hospitalization for evaluation, his 30-day commitment, and the involuntary administration of psychotropic medication. He argued the superior court’s failure to conduct...

James v. Alaska Frontier Constructors, Inc.  
Date: July 31, 2020
Citation: 468 P.3d 711
Docket Number: S-17353

Justia Opinion Summary: In late 2014 Andy James was working in Deadhorse for Northern Construction & Maintenance, LLC, a company owned by John Ellsworth and members of his family. Ellsworth also owned Alaska Frontier Constructors, Inc. Alaska F...

Betty Jo Moore v. Crystal Ketah and Jeff Ketah (Unpublished)
Date: July 29, 2020
Docket Number: S-17325
In the Matter of the Protective Proceedings of Tiffany O.  
Date: July 24, 2020
Citation: 467 P.3d 1076
Docket Number: S-17192

Justia Opinion Summary: Tiffany O., a woman in her 60s, developed epilepsy early in childhood and suffered from regular seizures. She was also diagnosed with intellectual disability, and was described as "unable to engage in a meaningful conver...

Sampson v. Alaska Airlines, Inc.  
Date: July 24, 2020
Citation: 467 P.3d 1072
Docket Number: S-17211

Justia Opinion Summary: In April 2015 Tracy Sampson was at the Kotzebue Airport, en route from Anchorage to her home in Selawik. She was walking from the Alaska Airlines terminal to the Bering Air terminal when she slipped and fell on ice. Para...

Adams v. Alaska Workers Compensation Benefits Guaranty Fund  
Date: July 24, 2020
Citation: 467 P.3d 1053
Docket Number: S-17227

Justia Opinion Summary: Virgil Adams, a self-described journeyman carpenter, worked sporadically from 2009 to 2011 at a house located on Snow Bear Drive in Anchorage. He suffered a “T12 burst fracture with incomplete spinal cord injury” when he...

Alleva v. Municipality of Anchorage  
Date: July 24, 2020
Citation: 467 P.3d 1083
Docket Number: S-17302

Justia Opinion Summary: Landowners Ronald and Annette Alleva settled a lawsuit against a the Municipality of Anchorage and organizations that operated a homeless shelter and a soup kitchen; the settlement agreement recited that the landowners a...

West v. Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority  
Date: July 24, 2020
Citation: 467 P.3d 1064
Docket Number: S-17407

Justia Opinion Summary: In October 2017 the Alaska Trust Land Office (Land Office) issued a best interest decision in favor of selling five lots of land owned by the Alaska Mental Health Trust to Louis and Stacy Oliva. The Olivas' neighbors, Je...

In the Matter of April S.  
Date: July 24, 2020
Citation: 467 P.3d 1091
Docket Number: S-17544

Justia Opinion Summary: An Alaska Native teenage minor affiliated with the Native Village of Kotzebue (Tribe) was taken into custody by the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) and placed at a residential treatment facility in Utah. She requeste...

Loren R. v. Sharnel V., Loren R. v. Sharnel V. (Unpublished)
Date: July 22, 2020
Docket Number: S-17198
Herbert D. Johnson v. Lynn M. Johnson (Unpublished)
Date: July 22, 2020
Docket Number: S-17357
Anne P. Mulligan v. HMS Host International (Unpublished)
Date: July 22, 2020
Docket Number: S-17602
Edna K. v. Jeb S.  
Date: July 17, 2020
Citation: 468 P.3d 1046
Docket Number: S-17380

Justia Opinion Summary: Edna K. appealed a child custody modification which declined to find a change of circumstance even though both parties sought to modify their joint custody agreement. Edna and Jeb S. never married but had one child toget...

Bachner Company, Inc. v. Alaska Department of Administration  
Date: July 10, 2020
Citation: 468 P.3d 703
Docket Number: S-17150

Justia Opinion Summary: The Bachner Company leased office space to the State of Alaska. The lease stipulated that the State would occupy 15,730 square feet of space but would not have to pay rent on 1,400 square feet of that space during the le...

Leigh v. Alaska Children's Services  
Date: July 10, 2020
Citation: 467 P.3d 222
Docket Number: S-17247

Justia Opinion Summary: Allison Leigh broke her ankle when she slipped and fell in her employer’s icy parking lot. Following surgery she had a complicated recovery. Her employer began to controvert benefits related to the ankle about nine month...

Butts v. Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development  
Date: July 10, 2020
Citation: 467 P.3d 231
Docket Number: S-17283

Justia Opinion Summary: Office worker Sallyanne Butts (f/k/a Decastro) fell from her chair onto her hands and left knee. She initially suffered left knee symptoms and later developed right knee problems and lower back pain that she alleged aros...

R.D. (Mother) v. State of Alaska, DHSS, OCS (Unpublished)
Date: July 8, 2020
Docket Number: S-17569
Alaska v. Pulusila  
Date: July 2, 2020
Citation: 467 P.3d 211
Docket Number: S-17124

Justia Opinion Summary: Falealo Pulusila was charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance (methamphetamine), misconduct involving weapons in the fifth degree, failure to carry proof of auto insurance, and failure to ca...

Billy Pollard v. Regina Pollard (Unpublished)
Date: July 1, 2020
Docket Number: S-17575
Burns v. Burns  
Date: June 26, 2020
Citation: 466 P.3d 352
Docket Number: S-17394

Justia Opinion Summary: A mother appealed a final order modifying custody of her three children, arguing the modification was to punish her and was not based on the best interests of the children. She claimed the superior court clearly erred in...

Cavitt v. D&D Services, LLC d/b/a Novus Auto Glass  
Date: June 19, 2020
Citation: 466 P.3d 345
Docket Number: S-17441

Justia Opinion Summary: In August 2015, Kiel Cavitt was working for D&D Services, repairing a motor home’s windshield, when he fell from a scaffold onto concrete and fractured his right elbow. He suffered what was known as a “terrible triad” fr...

Alaska Police Standards Council v. Maxwell  
Date: June 12, 2020
Citation: 465 P.3d 467
Docket Number: S-17079

Justia Opinion Summary: A police officer applied for a Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) for several years when he was not eligible to receive one. Following an investigation, the Executive Director of the Alaska Police Standards Council petitioned...

Linda Lewis, n/k/a Linda Miller v. Burl Brim et al.  
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: S-17111

Justia Opinion Summary: Burl Brim and related entities (Brim) sued Linda Lewis in Oregon. The Oregon trial court first entered a contempt judgment against Lewis in 2016 for failing to abide by an oral settlement agreement the parties placed on...

Traugott v ARCTEC Alaska  
Date: June 12, 2020
Citation: 465 P.3d 499
Docket Number: S-17126

Justia Opinion Summary: Joseph Traugott suffered from with diabetes and a related foot condition, and developed an infection in his foot while working at a remote site. He required extensive medical treatment for his foot and did not work since...

Arnoult v Webster  
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: S-17168

Justia Opinion Summary: A patient filed suit in 2015 for dental malpractice against his periodontist stemming from care he received from October 2011 through December 2012. The doctor moved for summary judgment based on the two-year statute of...

Meyer v. Alaskans for Better Elections  
Date: June 12, 2020
Citation: 465 P.3d 477
Docket Number: S-17629

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arose from the State’s action limiting the people's constitutional right to legislate directly by initiative. A proposed initiative instituting three substantive changes to Alaska's election laws was submitte...

Daniel H. v. Amber G. (Unpublished)
Date: June 10, 2020
Docket Number: S-17528
Kenneth P. Jacobus, P.C. v. Kalenka  
Date: June 5, 2020
Docket Number: S-16977

Justia Opinion Summary: After a conflict of interest between an attorney and a long-time client arose during settlement negotiations, the attorney filed a confidential motion with the superior court criticizing his client. The client discharged...

Weaver v. ASRC Federal Holding Co.  
Date: June 5, 2020
Citation: 464 P.3d 1242
Docket Number: S-17406

Justia Opinion Summary: Gregory Weaver worked at remote sites for ARCTEC Alaska1 off and on for several years as a relief station mechanic. His job involved heavy labor, and he filed several reports of injury during the times he worked for ARCT...

Jason Craig Burke v Heather Paige Burke (Unpublished)
Date: June 3, 2020
Docket Numbers: S-17258, S-17268
V.K. (Mother) v. State of Alaska, DHSS, OCS, (Unpublished)
Date: June 3, 2020
Docket Number: S-17582
Stephan P. v. Cecilia A.  
Date: May 29, 2020
Citation: 464 P.3d 266
Docket Number: S-17076

Justia Opinion Summary: The mother of an autistic child filed a petition for a protective order against the child’s father, alleging that the father kicked the child during an altercation that took place at the Extreme Fun Center in Wasilla, Al...

D.K. (Father) v. State of Alaska, DHSS, OCS (Unpublished)
Date: May 27, 2020
Docket Number: S-17385
Daniel Bret Hardy Jr., v. Cassandra Melissa Nix (Unpublished)
Date: May 27, 2020
Docket Number: S-17405
Kenneth P. Jacobus, P.C. v. Kalenka  
Date: May 22, 2020
Docket Number: S-16977

Justia Opinion Summary: After a conflict of interest between an attorney and a long-time client arose during settlement negotiations, the attorney filed a confidential motion with the superior court criticizing his client. The client discharged...

Glenn L. (Father) v. State of Alaska, DHSS, OCS (Unpublished)
Date: May 20, 2020
Docket Number: S-17585
Jill Y. v. Casey Y.  
Date: May 15, 2020
Citation: 463 P.3d 833
Docket Number: S-17071

Justia Opinion Summary: At the end of a marriage marked by allegations of domestic violence and substance abuse, a couple sought protective orders as well as a divorce and custody decision regarding their young daughter. After a series of heari...

Kendra H. v. State of Alaska, DHSS, OCS (Unpublished)
Date: May 13, 2020
Docket Number: S-17340
Darrell N. v. Jolina N. (Unpublished)
Date: May 13, 2020
Docket Number: S-17370
Alaska Laser Wash, Inc., v. Alaska Dept. of Trans. & Public Facilities  
Date: May 8, 2020
Citation: 463 P.3d 176
Docket Number: S-16915

Justia Opinion Summary: In previous proceedings, the Alaska Supreme Court vacated a superior court award entered in favor of Alaska Laser Wash, Inc. against the State, and remanded for reconsideration of prevailing party status, fees and costs....

Ott v. Runa  
Date: May 8, 2020
Citation: 463 P.3d 180
Docket Number: S-17551

Justia Opinion Summary: The parents-parties to this appeal separated when their child was not yet two years old. Following contentious divorce proceedings, the superior court awarded equally shared physical custody and joint legal custody of th...

Alaska, Dept. of Transportation & Public Facilities v. Osborne Construction Co.  
Date: May 1, 2020
Citation: 462 P.3d 991
Docket Number: S-17048

Justia Opinion Summary: In August 2013 the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT) entered into a contract with Osborne Construction Company to upgrade the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting building at the Fairbanks Inte...

Office of Public Advocacy v. Superior Court  
Date: May 1, 2020
Citation: 462 P.3d 1000
Docket Number: S-17330

Justia Opinion Summary: In early December 2018, Jan K. gave birth to Ada K. in Anchorage. Within a few days the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) took emergency custody of Ada and filed an emergency petition to adjudicate her as a child in ne...

M.M. v. Alaska Dept. of Admin.  
Date: April 24, 2020
Citation: 462 P.3d 539
Docket Number: S-16970

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff in this case, M.M, was incapacitated, and in July 2014, a superior court appointed the Alaska Office of Public Advocacy (OPA) as guardian. Plaintiff raised several issues in a complaint filed on his behalf...

In the Matter of the Necessity for the Hospitalization of M.B.  
Date: April 24, 2020
Citation: 462 P.3d 522
Docket Number: S-17018

Justia Opinion Summary: The respondent in an involuntary commitment proceeding, "Meredith B.," appealed the ex parte order authorizing her hospitalization for evaluation and the subsequent 30-day commitment order. Respondent argued that the scr...

Basey v. Alaska Dept. of Pub.Safety  
Date: April 24, 2020
Citation: 462 P.3d 529
Docket Number: S-17099

Justia Opinion Summary: Kaleb Basey, who was convicted of federal crimes, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in January 2016 against several Alaska state troopers based on their actions during his investigation and arrest. In September, Basey...

C.G. v. Alaska, Dept. Health & Social Serv.  
Date: April 24, 2020
Citation: 461 P.3d 1265
Docket Number: S-17254

Justia Opinion Summary: An Alaskan superior court terminated a mother’s and father’s parental rights based on a finding that they caused mental injury to their child. Relevant to this finding, the child in need of aid (CINA) statutes provided t...

Melvin B. Grove Jr. v. Cheryl M. Grove (Unpublished)
Date: April 22, 2020
Docket Number: S-17388
Antenor v. Alaska, Department of Corrections  
Date: April 17, 2020
Citation: 462 P.3d 1
Docket Number: S-17005

Justia Opinion Summary: Several Alaska Department of Corrections inmates challenged the DOC's policy to charge for local telephone calls, arguing the rates they and call recipients had to pay for calls violated their constitutional right to reh...

Anderson v Alaska Housing Finance Corporation  
Date: April 17, 2020
Citation: 462 P.3d 19
Docket Number: S-17077

Justia Opinion Summary: Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) held a promissory note and deed of trust executed in connection with a borrower’s purchase of his home. AHFC non-judicially foreclosed on the deed of trust without first providin...

Roman v. Karren  
Date: April 17, 2020
Citation: 461 P.3d 1252
Docket Number: S-17310

Justia Opinion Summary: Cleveland Karren and Jayda Roman had a daughter, born March 2012 in Washington, D.C. Jayda and the daughter moved in July to Mount Vernon, Washington, to live with Jayda’s parents. The family moved to Anchorage in April...

Barnebey v. Alaska Department of Administration, Division of Motor Vehicles  
Date: April 10, 2020
Docket Number: S-16844

Justia Opinion Summary: Jason Barnebey was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. At the police station he was administered a breath test by a DataMaster testing instrument, which showed a result of .081 percent alcohol, above the...

Seater v Estate of Fred L. Seater  
Date: April 10, 2020
Citation: 461 P.3d 421
Docket Number: S-17174

Justia Opinion Summary: In the 1940s, Fred E.W. and Clara Seater acquired a roughly five-acre parcel located along the Nikiski Bay beach in the Cook Inlet region, referred to as Lot 9. In 1956, following Fred E.W.’s death, Clara transferred Lot...

In the Reinstatement Matter of Jody Brion
Date: April 3, 2020
Citation: 460 P.3d 1224
Docket Number: S-17078
Vogus v. Vogus  
Date: April 3, 2020
Citation: 460 P.3d 1220
Docket Number: S-17102

Justia Opinion Summary: A mother appealed a superior court’s child support order that was based on imputed income, arguing that the court’s finding of her imputed gross income was based on faulty weekly hour and hourly rate determinations. Afte...

McCormick v. Chippewa, Inc.  
Date: March 20, 2020
Citation: 459 P.3d 1172
Docket Number: S-16619

Justia Opinion Summary: In August 2007 Brent McCormick was injured while working aboard FV CHIPPEWA, owned by Chippewa,Inc. McCormick filed a lawsuit against Chippewa and Louis Olsen, the vessel's captain in August 2010. McCormick initiated set...

Angelica C. v. Jonathan C.  
Date: March 20, 2020
Citation: 459 P.3d 1148
Docket Number: S-16874

Justia Opinion Summary: A 19-year-old man had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl, and she became pregnant. The man pleaded guilty to attempted sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree. While the man was incarcerated the girl gave...

Native Village of Barrow v. Williams  
Date: March 20, 2020
Docket Number: S-16893

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in consolidated appeals before the Alaska Supreme Court were the custody proceedings involving the same child before two courts of independent sovereignty: the State of Alaska and the Native Village of Barrow (N...

Lovely, et al. v Baker Hughes, Inc., et al.  
Date: March 20, 2020
Citation: 459 P.3d 1162
Docket Number: S-16967

Justia Opinion Summary: A construction contractor’s employees were injured on the job and received workers’ compensation benefits from their employer. The workers later brought a negligence suit against three other corporations: the one that ha...

Israel v. Alaska, Department of Corrections  
Date: March 20, 2020
Citation: 460 P.3d 777
Docket Number: S-16990

Justia Opinion Summary: Psychiatrists employed by the Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC) diagnosed inmate Adam Israel with paranoid schizophrenia. The inmate disputed his diagnosis, contending that his claimed rare genetic ability to see th...

Kyle Belk v. Jennifer Belk (Unpublished)
Date: March 18, 2020
Docket Number: S-17386
S K. (Father) v. State of Alaska, DHSS, OCS (Unpublished)
Date: March 18, 2020
Docket Number: S-17467
Rosenbaum v. Shaw  
Date: March 13, 2020
Citation: 459 P.3d 467
Docket Number: S-17061

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved an obligor father who never missed a child support payment to the obligee, mother for their minor child. The father retired and began collecting Social Security retirement benefits. As a result, the ch...

Norman S. v. Alaska, Dept. of Health & Soc. Svcs, Ofc. of Children's Svcs.  
Date: March 13, 2020
Citation: 459 P.3d 464
Docket Number: S-17396

Justia Opinion Summary: A father appealed after his parental rights to his daughter were terminated. The father attended the termination proceeding but left early, at which point the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) moved forward with an off...

Mouritsen v. Mouritsen  
Date: March 13, 2020
Citation: 459 P.3d 476
Docket Number: S-17401

Justia Opinion Summary: A mother filed a motion for clarification, arguing that Alaska no longer had exclusive, continuing jurisdiction over a child custody order under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) after s...

Addy S. (Mother) v. State of Alaska, DHSS, OCS (Unpublished)
Date: February 26, 2020
Docket Number: S-17427
In the Matter of the Necessity for the Hospitalization of: Arthur A.  
Date: February 7, 2020
Citation: 457 P.3d 540
Docket Number: S-17210

Justia Opinion Summary: Arthur A. appealed a 30-day involuntary commitment order entered after the superior court determined he was mentally ill, posed a risk of harm, and was gravely disabled. He contended on appeal that the court erred by ref...

Bryan S. Perez v Sally O. Alhiwage (Unpublished)
Date: February 5, 2020
Docket Number: S-17196
Alaska, Department of Health & Social Services v. Dara S.  
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Numbers: S-16126, S-16526, S-16527

Justia Opinion Summary: The Alaska Supreme Court has held previously that, under some circumstances, a parent whose parental rights have been involuntarily terminated under Alaska’s child in need of aid (CINA) statutes could seek post-terminati...

C.D., a Minor v. State of Alaska  
Date: January 24, 2020
Citation: 458 P.3d 81
Docket Number: S-17447

Justia Opinion Summary: Before the Alaska Supreme Court in this case was a constitutional claim arising from the application of a juvenile jurisdiction waiver statute. A minor subject to the statutory provision did not testify at his waiver hea...

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