Idaho Supreme Court - Civil Decisions 2020

Hollingsworth v. Thompson  
Date: December 23, 2020
Docket Number: 47488

Justia Opinion Summary: Rockne Lee Hollingsworth brought a medical malpractice claim against a local hospital and doctor in Gem County, Idaho district court. The district court found Hollingsworth lacked due diligence in failing to determine th...

Weitz v. Weitz  
Date: December 22, 2020
Docket Number: 47483

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a dispute over the ownership of Treasure Valley Manufacturing & Recycling, Inc., (“TVM”). Daniel Weitz appealed a district court order granting summary judgment in favor of David Weitz and John Tavar...

Bromund v. Bromund  
Date: December 22, 2020
Docket Number: 47602

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue before the Idaho Supreme Court in this matter was what portion of a military retirement benefit was subject to division following divorce. Specifically, the Court was asked to decide whether a 2017 amendment to...

Hawes v. Western Pacific Timber LLC  
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: 47133

Justia Opinion Summary: Originally, Western Pacific Timber, LLC (WPT) was solely owned by Timothy Blixseth (Blixseth). Andrew Hawes contended Blixseth hired him to be general counsel for WPT in 2005, and that when he was hired, Blixseth agreed...

Palmer v. ESHD  
Date: December 10, 2020
Docket Number: 47548

Justia Opinion Summary: At the heart of this case was a highway right-of-way proposed and approved in 1908 by the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners (the Board), then purportedly abandoned in 1910. This appeal arose from a decision of the E...

Merrill v. Smith  
Date: December 4, 2020
Docket Number: 47511

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a fee dispute between two attorneys arising from a purported fee-sharing agreement. The underlying case involved an airman in the U.S. Air Force who was injured while driving through Idaho on his way t...

Frizzell v. DeYoung  
Date: December 4, 2020
Docket Number: 47543

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arose from a district court’s alleged failure to follow the Idaho Supreme Court’s holding in Frizzell v. DeYoung, 415 P.3d 341 (2018) ("Frizzell I") after remand. In Frizzell I, the Supreme Court held that an...

Cover v. ID Board of Correction  
Date: November 20, 2020
Docket Number: 47004

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue before the Idaho Supreme Court in this case was whether the Public Records Act authorized the Idaho Department of Correction (“Department”) to withhold certain records in response to a public records request. In...

Siercke v. Siercke  
Date: November 20, 2020
Docket Number: 47196

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a domestic dispute between Analli Salla and Duane Siercke, and centered on whether any privilege from defamation claims applied to statements made to law enforcement. Salla appealed the district cour...

Owen v. Smith  
Date: November 16, 2020
Docket Number: 47304

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2018, Derik and Jessica Smith bought property next to Carl and Anita Owen. The Smiths erected a fence along the boundary defined in a survey that was completed as part of their purchase agreement. The Owens disputed t...

Uzzle v. Estate of Hirning  
Date: November 10, 2020
Docket Number: 47449

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arose from the probate of Eric Milo Hirning’s will, and concerned a magistrate court’s authority to conduct formal probate proceedings and approve an estate’s final accounting and distribution. Three benefici...

Burns Concrete v. Teton County  
Date: November 2, 2020
Docket Number: 46827

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arose from a dispute over the construction of a ready-mix concrete manufacturing facility in Teton County, Idaho. In 2007, Burns Holdings entered into a development agreement with Teton County regarding prope...

Berian v. Berberian  
Date: November 2, 2020
Docket Number: 47122

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a number of disputes between two brothers, Galust Berian (Galust) and Ovanes Berberian (Ovanes). In June 2017, Galust and Julia Berian (Galust's daughter and Ovanes' niece) were arrested after Ovanes...

Carter v. Gateway Parks LLC  
Date: November 2, 2020
Docket Number: 47246

Justia Opinion Summary: Scott Carter, Amelia Carter, and Scott Carter, Inc., dba Carter Dental (collectively “Carter”) appealed the grant of summary judgment in favor of Gateway Parks, LLC (hereinafter “Gateway”). This case concerned Carter’s s...

Williams v. Hollinshead  
Date: November 2, 2020
Docket Number: 48053

Justia Opinion Summary: A group of prisoners (“Petitioners”) sought a writ of habeas corpus based on the conditions of their confinement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Petitioners were all incarcerated at the Elmore County Jail (“Jail”), con...

Fisk v. McDonald  
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Number: 46639

Justia Opinion Summary: David and Margaret Fisk appealed after a district court granted summary judgment in favor of Jeffery D. McDonald, M.D., and the Hospital on their medical malpractice claims. The district court granted summary judgment on...

Dlouhy v. Kootenai Hospital District  
Date: October 19, 2020
Docket Number: 47165

Justia Opinion Summary: Debra Dlouhy, Dustin Dlouhy, individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Duane Dlouhy (“the Dlouhys”) appealed a district court order granting summary judgment in favor of Kootenai Health. The district c...

Schoeffel v. Idaho Dept. of Labor  
Date: October 16, 2020
Docket Number: 47101

Justia Opinion Summary: Connie Schoeffel worked for Thorne Research, Inc. (“Thorne”) as a kitchen manager. In 2016, Thorne announced that it would be moving its operations from Idaho to South Carolina. For those employees who would not be reloc...

Kalb v. Wise  
Date: October 9, 2020
Docket Number: 47057

Justia Opinion Summary: Attorney Craig Wise appealed a district court’s determination that he breached a duty of care owed to Billy Kyser, Jr., as a beneficiary of Carolyn Kyser’s will. Wise represented Billy’s mother, Carolyn, in divorce proce...

Lingnaw v. Lumpkin  
Date: October 8, 2020
Docket Number: 47098

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Derrick Lingnaw, a registered sex offender, sought declaratory relief from the district court asking whether he could legally reside on his property. The district court found Lingnaw’s residence was within five...

Idaho v. Zarinegar  
Date: October 6, 2020
Docket Number: 47482

Justia Opinion Summary: The Idaho Department of Finance ("Department") filed a civil enforcement action against appellant appellant, Sean Zarinegar, Performance Realty Management LLC ("PRM") and other nominal defendants, alleging Zarinegar and...

Smith v. Smith  
Date: October 5, 2020
Docket Number: 46832

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, Ballard Smith (Husband) and Charlie Smith (Wife) stipulated to a final divorce order that required the parties to sell real property located in Salt Lake City, Utah and allocate the net proceeds to both parties...

Oswald v. Costco  
Date: October 5, 2020
Docket Number: 47261

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs John Oswald and Nancy Poore appealed a district court judgment granting summary judgment in favor of defendant Costco Wholesale Corporation ("Costco"). In February 2017, Oswald and Poore were walking on that w...

Ferguson v. Ferguson
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 46731
Bennett v. Bank of Eastern Oregon  
Date: August 31, 2020
Docket Number: 47346

Justia Opinion Summary: Bret and Mary Bennett filed an action to quiet title to their residence in Payette, Idaho, against the Bank of Eastern Oregon (“BEO”), seeking to remove a judgment lien and a deed of trust. In 2007, the Bennetts started...

Duncan v. Long  
Date: August 17, 2020
Docket Number: 46930

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Sky Duncan’s daughter, K.R., attended a daycare Anna McCowin ran out of a residence she leased from Respondent Scott Long. In 2014, McCowin left K.R. unattended in the backyard, which allowed K.R. to allegedly...

Davis v. Tuma  
Date: August 7, 2020
Docket Number: 46721

Justia Opinion Summary: While living in California, Jefri and Debbie Davis sought to purchase a home in northern Idaho, and hired Charles Tuma and Tuma’s broker, Donald McCanlies, to help them. Tuma and McCanlies both worked for Johnson House C...

Vickers v. Idaho Bd of Veterinary Medicine  
Date: August 7, 2020
Docket Number: 47270

Justia Opinion Summary: Kirby Vickers filed a grievance letter with Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine (the Board”) against a veterinarian requesting that they take various disciplinary actions. After an investigation, the Board declined to tak...

Griffiths v. Griffiths  
Date: August 5, 2020
Docket Number: 47099

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arose from Stan and Donna Griffiths' divorce. Donna appealed the trial court's decisions: (1) denying her motion to dismiss Stan’s appeal; and (2) reversing in part and affirming in part the magistrate court’...

Goodrick - Certified Question of Law  
Date: August 5, 2020
Docket Number: 47536

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States District Court for the District of Idaho certified a question of law to the Idaho Supreme Court. Plaintiff was a prisoner in the custody of the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC), currently incarcera...

Porcello v. Estates of Porcello  
Date: August 3, 2020
Docket Number: 46443

Justia Opinion Summary: In the summer of 2014, Mark and Jennifer Porcello sought to purchase property In Hayden Lake, Idaho. After making various pre-payments, the amount the couple was still short on a downpayment. Mark and Jennifer could not...

Packer v. Riverbend Communications  
Date: August 3, 2020
Docket Number: 46964

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-appellant Nicole Packer was injured when she fell from an unlit loading dock at the Kingston Plaza in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Packer, working as a vendor at a Christmas-themed exposition, alleged she had been direc...

Newton v. MJK/BJK MBK Lake  
Date: July 30, 2020
Docket Number: 46334

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, the Kenworthys began construction on a two-story boat garage on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The Newtons’ property overlooked the location of the Kenworthys’ boat garage. The new structure was much larger than the origin...

Roberts v. Jensen  
Date: July 30, 2020
Docket Number: 46675

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Idaho Supreme Court's review centered on a waste ditch that drained surface water from property owned by Lora Roberts through property owned by Thomas and Deanna Jensen (the Jensens)...

Neustadt v. Colafranceschi  
Date: July 30, 2020
Docket Number: 47201

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal involved the enforceability of a premarital agreement between Julie Neustadt and Mark Colafranceschi. Before the two were married, they entered into a premarital agreement that required Neustadt to obtain a t...

Davis v. Davis  
Date: July 30, 2020
Docket Number: 47427

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1996, Jack K. Davis (“Jack Sr.”) and Jeanne H. Davis created the Davis Family Trust (“Trust”), of which they were the grantors, trustees, and primary beneficiaries. The Trust was revocable until either Jack Sr. or Jea...

Puckett v. Bergmann  
Date: July 27, 2020
Docket Number: 47074

Justia Opinion Summary: Royal Von Puckett made the winning $100 bid at a sheriff’s sale for two unsatisfied divorce judgments totaling over $230,000. His attorney, Vernon Smith, was the judgment debtor on both judgments. Sharon Bergmann, Smith’...

Richel Family Trust v. Worley Hwy Dist  
Date: July 22, 2020
Docket Number: 46172

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Idaho Supreme Court's review was the judicial review of a validation order issued by the Worley Highway District Board of Commissioners (the Highway District). The order validated Ro...

Frantz v. Osborn  
Date: July 21, 2020
Docket Number: 47286

Justia Opinion Summary: Jonathon Frantz appealed a district court’s award of attorney fees entered against him and his clients, jointly and severally, as a sanction for frivolous conduct. This appeal arose from an easement dispute among family...

Drakos v. Sandow  
Date: July 21, 2020
Docket Number: 47363

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Appellant Chris Drakos loaned Respondent Garrett Sandow $200,000.00. A promissory note executed by Sandow on November 30, 2010, secured the loan. In 2018, after receiving no payments, Drakos filed a complaint se...

Johnson v. Murphy  
Date: July 21, 2020
Docket Number: 47927

Justia Opinion Summary: Angela Johnson and Patrick Murphy met online and began dating in 2014. When Angela discovered she was pregnant, she left Boise and began living with Patrick in his home in Coeur d’Alene. After the birth of their son, the...

Bliss v. Minidoka Irrigation District  
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: 46374

Justia Opinion Summary: Victor Bliss appealed the grant of summary judgment in favor of the Minidoka Irrigation District (“MID”). Bliss filed a complaint against MID in April 2017, alleging: (1) breach of contract; (2) breach of fiduciary duty;...

Ferguson v. Ferguson  
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: 46731

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael D. Ferguson was initially excluded as a beneficiary from his parents’ marital trust (the Original Trust). Years later, Michael's mother, Sybil Ferguson, essentially reversed Michael's exclusion by exercising a po...

Williams v. St. Alphonsus Medical Center  
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: 46741

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants-patients Nathaniel Valencia and Emily Williams were self-pay patients who received emergency medical services at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center—Nampa, Inc. (“Saint Alphonsus”) in 2015. During their respective...

Gregory v. Stallings  
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: 46818

Justia Opinion Summary: Jonathon Gregory appealed a district court’s award of summary judgment in favor of Richard and Eileen Stallings (collectively, “the Stallings”) in a breach-of-contract action stemming from the parties’ oral agreement to...

Cazier Revocable Trust v. Cazier  
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: 46852

Justia Opinion Summary: The Lola L. Cazier Revocable Trust (“Trust”) brought a quiet title action against Charles Drake Cazier (“Drake”) and Land Renewal Management, Inc. (“LRM”) pursuant to Idaho Code section 6-401. Drake answered separately f...

IDHW & John Doe v. GAL & 4th Judicial District Casa  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 47789

Justia Opinion Summary: A guardian ad litem (GAL) for two minor children appealed after a magistrate court determined the children should have been placed with their biological father in Mexico. Jane Doe I (Daughter) and John Doe II (Son) were...

City of Eagle v. Two Rivers Subdivision HOA  
Date: July 7, 2020
Docket Number: 47193

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal involved a dispute between a homeowners’ association and the City of Eagle (“the City”) over the public’s right to use a parking lot located on land owned by a homeowners’ association. T.R. Company, LLC (“T.R...

IDJC v. Dudley  
Date: July 6, 2020
Docket Number: 46627

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, John Doe was cited for petit theft. Doe’s disposition hearing was held, and the magistrate court committed Doe to the custody of Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections (“IDJC”). the magistrate court ordered Do...

Wilson v. Mocabee  
Date: July 6, 2020
Docket Number: 47056

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Sean Mocabee and Respondent Lindsey Wilson lived together, but were not married. In 2013, after receiving a large inheritance, Wilson fully funded the purchase of a home in Kootenai County, Idaho. Per Wilson’s...

Investor Recovery Fund v. Hopkins
Date: July 2, 2020
Docket Number: 46247
Lorenzen v. Pearson  
Date: July 2, 2020
Docket Number: 46692

Justia Opinion Summary: The Lorenzen Revocable Trust (“Lorenzen”) and David and Cynthia Pearson owned neighboring properties near Hayden Lake in Kootenai County, Idaho. The properties shared a common driveway. The properties were originally par...

Fell v. Fat Smitty's  
Date: July 2, 2020
Docket Number: 46993

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out of a stabbing that took place outside of an Idaho Falls bar. Steven and Audra Fell were patrons of the First Street Saloon, owned and operated by Fat Smitty’s L.L.C. (Fat Smitty’s). Towards the end of...

Christopher W. James Trust v. Tacke  
Date: July 1, 2020
Docket Number: 47041

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arose from a contractual dispute between the Christopher W. James Trust (“the Trust”) and Idaho Mineral Springs, LLC, a water bottling company owned by Helmut Tacke. In 2000, Tacke built Idaho Mineral Springs...

Ybarra v. Legislature of the State of Idaho  
Date: June 22, 2020
Docket Number: 47991

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Sherri Ybarra, the Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction, petitioned the Idaho Supreme Court for a declaratory judgment, writ of mandamus, or writ of prohibition to remedy various alleged constitutional v...

Travelers Insurance v. Ultimate Logistics, LLC  
Date: June 18, 2020
Docket Number: 46840

Justia Opinion Summary: Travelers Insurance Co. appealed a district court decision to affirm a final order of the Idaho Department of Insurance in favor of Ultimate Logistics, LLC (“Ultimate”). The Department of Insurance’s final order upheld a...

McCandless v. Pease  
Date: June 11, 2020
Docket Number: 46936

Justia Opinion Summary: Max Pease failed to stop his vehicle before rear-ending Brent Weddle’s vehicle. The force of the collision caused Weddle’s vehicle to cross over into oncoming traffic and collide with a pickup truck owned by Mabel Robin...

Ellis v. Ellis  
Date: June 9, 2020
Docket Number: 46477

Justia Opinion Summary: In a divorce action between Lexi and Robert Ellis, the magistrate court granted Ms. Ellis’ motion for appointment of a receiver, subject to the express condition that the costs of the receiver would be paid from communit...

Noell Industries v. Idaho Tax Commission  
Date: May 22, 2020
Docket Number: 46941

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Noell Industries, Inc. sold its interest in a limited liability company for a net gain of $120 million. Noell Industries reported the income to Idaho, but paid all of the resulting tax on the gain to the Commonw...

Nelson v. Evans  
Date: May 21, 2020
Docket Number: 47069

Justia Opinion Summary: "Although seemingly a simple question of statutory interpretation, at its essence this case concerns a profound family tragedy that has left three young girls caught in the middle of a legal battle between four people wh...

Nelson v. IDOL and Franklin Group  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 47061

Justia Opinion Summary: After Christine Nelson quit her job at Franklin Building Supply in Pocatello, Idaho, due to what she described as a hostile and demeaning work environment, she filed for unemployment benefits with the Department of Labor...

Smith v. Glenns Ferry Hwy Dist  
Date: April 28, 2020
Docket Number: 46180

Justia Opinion Summary: Joanie Smith was employed by the Glenns Ferry Highway District (the District) when she witnessed the District’s office manager overpaying herself on several occasions. Smith reported the overpayments to the District’s su...

Walsh v. Swapp Law  
Date: April 22, 2020
Docket Number: 46885

Justia Opinion Summary: Sharon Walsh retained Swapp Law, PLLC, d/b/a Craig Swapp & Associates ("CS&A") after she was involved in two car accidents in 2013. In the negligence action stemming from the first accident, Walsh followed firm employee...

Investor Recovery Fund v. Hopkins  
Date: April 20, 2020
Docket Number: 46247

Justia Opinion Summary: Investor Recovery Fund, LLC was the assignee of six claims held by individual investors who lost their investments in the Hopkins Northwest Fund, LLC (the fund). Randall Hopkins and Brian Murphy were the principals of th...

Medrain v. Lee  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: 46819

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned an attempt by Jade Lee and Golden China, LLC, to appeal a magistrate court decision to the district court. The magistrate court awarded Brian Medrain dba Excellence Heating and Cooling (“Medrain”) dam...

Nampa Hwy Dist #1 v. Knight  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Numbers: 47029, 47071, 47086

Justia Opinion Summary: Nampa Highway District No. 1 (NHD) brought this action seeking to quiet title to a thirty-three-foot-wide strip of land constituting the south half of West Orchard Avenue in Canyon County, Idaho. NHD claimed that a 1941...

Noel v. City of Rigby  
Date: April 16, 2020
Docket Number: 45425

Justia Opinion Summary: Nine-year-old girl Shaeley Noel was seriously injured while playing on playground equipment owned by the City of Rigby (City) and located in the City’s South Park. Shaeley and her parents (collectively the Noels) filed s...

Woolley v. Idaho Dept. of Labor  
Date: April 16, 2020
Docket Number: 46743

Justia Opinion Summary: Brett Woolley appealed an Idaho Industrial Commission (“Commission”) decision that found him ineligible for unemployment benefits. The Commission determined that Woolley was ineligible for benefits because he was a corpo...

Idaho ex rel. Industrial Commission v. Sky Down Sky Diving  
Date: April 16, 2020
Docket Number: 47077

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this appeal presented for the Idaho Supreme Court's review centered on whether Sky Down Skydiving, LLC, improperly designated its tandem skydiving instructors and parachute packers as independent contractors, r...

River Range v. Citadel Storage  
Date: April 16, 2020
Docket Number: 47087

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a dispute over the return of earnest money following termination of an agreement to purchase a storage facility between River Range, LLC, (River Range), the buyer, and Citadel Storage, LLC, (Citadel),...

DHW v. Jane Doe  
Date: April 16, 2020
Docket Number: 47230

Justia Opinion Summary: Jane Doe (Mother) executed a voluntary consent to terminate her parental rights to Son. Mother shortly thereafter filed a motion to rescind her consent. The magistrate court denied the motion. Termination proceedings wer...

DHW v. John Doe  
Date: April 16, 2020
Docket Number: 47534

Justia Opinion Summary: John Doe I (Child) was removed from the care of his paternal grandmother (Grandmother) and his father, John Doe (Father) after a referral was made to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (the Department). The Depar...

Alsco v. Fatty's Bar  
Date: April 14, 2020
Docket Number: 46184

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal before the Idaho Supreme Court was the doctrine of successor liability and its applicability to a business known as “Fatty’s Bar” (“Fatty’s”). Tons of Fun, LLC opened Fatty’s in October 2010 and a...

Good v. Harry's Dairy  
Date: April 13, 2020
Docket Number: 46350

Justia Opinion Summary: Jeff Good and Harry’s Dairy entered into a contract providing that Harry’s Dairy would purchase 3,000 tons of Good’s hay. Harry’s Dairy paid for and hauled approximately 1,000 tons of hay over a period of approximately e...

Brown v. Brown  
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 46926

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stemmed from Carol McCoy Brown’s petition for an elective share of her decedent husband’s augmented estate. When Michael Orion Brown (the decedent) died intestate, she discovered that he had set aside multiple...

Richardson v. Z&H Construction, LLC  
Date: March 20, 2020
Docket Number: 46587

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Richardson was injured while working, and attempted to recover personal injury damages outside of the worker’s compensation system. Hayden Homes subcontracted with Z&H Construction, LLC, Plumbing Unlimited, LLC,...

Shubert v. Ada County  
Date: March 12, 2020
Docket Number: 46403

Justia Opinion Summary: Natalie Shubert sued her former public defender, Michael Lojek, former Ada County chief public defender Alan Trimming, and Ada County (collectively the “Ada County Defendants”). In 2008, Shubert was charged with two felo...

Employers Resource Mgmt Co v. Kealy  
Date: March 12, 2020
Docket Number: 46742

Justia Opinion Summary: Employers Resource Management Company (“Employers”) returned to the Idaho Supreme Court in a second appeal against the Idaho Department of Commerce. In 2014, the Idaho Legislature passed the Idaho Reimbursement Incentive...

Phillips v. Eastern ID Health Svcs  
Date: March 11, 2020
Docket Number: 45890

Justia Opinion Summary: Penny Phillips, her son, and daughter, brought a medical malpractice suit against various Idaho Falls health care providers. Phillips and her children alleged the health care providers were negligent in the care they pro...

DEQ v. Gibson  
Date: March 11, 2020
Docket Number: 46217

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) brought a civil enforcement action under the Environmental Protection and Health Act against David Gibson and VHS Properties, LLC, (“VHS”), for illegally operating a compos...

Good v. Harry's Dairy  
Date: March 9, 2020
Docket Number: 46350

Justia Opinion Summary: Jeff Good and Harry’s Dairy entered into a contract providing that Harry’s Dairy would purchase 3,000 tons of Good’s hay. Harry’s Dairy paid for and hauled approximately 1,000 tons of hay over a period of approximately e...

Hungate v. Bonner County  
Date: February 25, 2020
Docket Number: 46114

Justia Opinion Summary: The Board of County Commissioners for Bonner County, Idaho (“Board”) granted Stejer’s, Inc.’s request for three variances (“the Variances”) from applicable lot setbacks required by the Bonner County Revised Code. Neighbo...

Fitzpatrick v. Kent  
Date: February 21, 2020
Docket Number: 46797

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal stemmed from a dispute between neighbors over the validity of an easement. In 1997, the Fitzpatricks bought two adjacent lots. In 2016, while they still owned both lots, they recorded an easement that granted...

Eldridge v. West  
Date: February 18, 2020
Docket Number: 45214

Justia Opinion Summary: Phillip and Marcia Eldridge filed a medical malpractice suit against Dr. Gregory West (West), Lance Turpin, PA-C (Turpin), and Summit Orthopaedics Specialists, PLLC (Summit), alleging Phillip became infected with Methici...

Guenther v. Ryerson  
Date: February 18, 2020
Docket Number: 46258

Justia Opinion Summary: Michelle Ryerson appealed district court decisions entered during the dissolution and winding up of West Foothills TIC, a partnership in which she was a partner. Specifically, Ryerson argued the district court misapplied...

Ward v. Idaho  
Date: February 18, 2020
Docket Number: 46265

Justia Opinion Summary: Glen Ward appealed an order and final judgment of the district court granting the State’s motion for summary dismissal and dismissing his petition for post-conviction relief. In 2014, Ward was convicted of sexual abuse o...

Day v. Idaho Transportation Dept  
Date: February 14, 2020
Docket Number: 45552

Justia Opinion Summary: Bennett Day, Trustee of Trust B of the Donald M. and Marjorie D. Day Family Trust, John Day, Dan E. Day, Holcomb Road Holdings, LLC, Donna Day Jacobs, and David R. Day (collectively, the Day family) appealed a district c...

Hiatt v. Health Care ID Credit Union  
Date: February 14, 2020
Docket Number: 46672

Justia Opinion Summary: Siranoush Hiatt appealed an Idaho Industrial Commission decision that affirmed the Idaho Department of Labor’s denial of her request for unemployment benefits. The Commission determined that Hiatt was ineligible for bene...

Nelson v. Kaufman  
Date: February 13, 2020
Docket Number: 46027

Justia Opinion Summary: Amey Nelson brought a negligence claim against Stefani Kaufman, the Idaho Falls Anytime Fitness, and AT Fitness, LLC. Nelson was using a weight machine at the Idaho Falls Anytime Fitness under the direction of Kaufman, a...

Shubert v. Ada County  
Date: February 12, 2020
Docket Number: 46403

Justia Opinion Summary: Natalie Shubert filed a negligence claim against her former public defender, Michael Lojek, former Ada County chief public defender Alan Trimming, and Ada County (collectively, “Ada County Defendants”). In 2008, Shubert...

Gomez v. Crookham  
Date: February 10, 2020
Docket Number: 45542

Justia Opinion Summary: Francisca Gomez died as the result of a horrific industrial accident that occurred while she was cleaning a seed sorting machine as part of her employment with the Crookham Company (“Crookham”). Her family (the Gomezes)...

Ackerschott v. Mtn View Hospital; Redicare  
Date: February 6, 2020
Docket Number: 46205

Justia Opinion Summary: Shane and Rebecca Ackerschott sued Mountain View Hospital, LLC, doing business as Redicare (“Redicare”), after Shane sustained an injury leading to paraplegia. A jury found Redicare’s treatment of Shane breached the stan...

Brunobuilt, Inc. v. Strata, Inc.  
Date: February 5, 2020
Docket Number: 46638

Justia Opinion Summary: BrunoBuilt, Inc. appealed a district court’s dismissal of its claims against Strata, Inc., Chris Comstock, H. Robert Howard, and Michael Woodworth (collectively, “the Strata Defendants”). BrunoBuilt filed a professional...

Brauner v. AHC of Boise  
Date: February 4, 2020
Docket Number: 45980

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue before the Idaho Supreme Court in this case was a suit for medical malpractice brought by Leila Brauner against AHC of Boise, dba Aspen Transitional Rehab (Aspen). The claim arose out of Aspen’s delay in sending...

Idaho Dept. of Health & Welfare v. Jane Doe (2019-27)  
Date: February 4, 2020
Docket Number: 47415

Justia Opinion Summary: In an expedited appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court, a magistrate court terminated Jane Doe’s (“Mother”) parental rights after finding clear and convincing evidence that Mother neglected her children, K.M. and R.M., and th...

Primera Beef v. Ward  
Date: February 3, 2020
Docket Number: 46595

Justia Opinion Summary: Primera Beef, LLC appealed a district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Allan Ward. Primera Beef alleged Ward breached the confidentiality provision of a settlement agreement between him and Primera Beef when...

Idaho Dept. of Health & Welfare v. Jane Doe (2019-32)  
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Number: 47466

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother Jane Doe appealed a magistrate court’s s decree terminating her parental rights. Both Mother and her child (Child) tested positive for methamphetamine when he was born. Law enforcement declared that Child was in i...

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