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Recent Decisions From the Kentucky Supreme Court

Hensley v. Gadd  
Date: November 15, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2017-SC-000189-DG, 2017-SC-000431-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the circuit court did not err in enforcing Deed of Restrictions for Woodlawn Estates Subdivision Section II by granting judgment in favor of Don Hensley against Keith Gadd and JHT Properties,...

Commonwealth, Cabinet for Health & Family Services, ex rel. Meier v. Claycomb  
Date: November 15, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2017-SC-000614-TG, 2017-SC-000615-TG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that because the Medical Review Panel Act, Ky. Rev. Stat. 216C delays access to the courts of the Commonwealth for the adjudication of common-law claims, chapter 216C violates Section 14 of the Ken...

Zuckerman v. Bevin  
Date: November 15, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2018-SC-000097-TG, 2018-SC-000098-TG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court dismissing constitutional challenges to the validity of the Kentucky Right to Work Act, 2017 Ky. Acts ch. 1, 15, holding that the trial court did not err. In 201...

Scalise v. Sewell-Scheuermann  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000246-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether the former Mayor of the City of Audubon Park and individual members of the City Council were personally liable for excess sanitation funds generated by a monthly assessment for the stated purpose of...

Commonwealth v. Sexton  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2016-SC-000529-DG, 2016-SC-000534-DG, 2016-SC-000540-DG, 2017-SC-000095-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this interlocutory appeal from the circuit court’s review of an agency ruling, the Supreme Court adopted the United States Supreme Court’s test for standing as set forth in Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife, 504 U.S. 555...

Government Employees Insurance Co. v. Sanders  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000546-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the trial court’s grant of summary judgment against Plaintiffs in this insurance dispute, holding that summary judgment was improper. Plaintiffs...

Harper v. University of Louisville  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000632-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the trial court, after a jury trial, in favor of Appellant on her claim that she was wrongfully terminated from her employment wit...

Dorsey v. Commonwealth  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000005-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court’s denial of Appellant’s motion to withdraw his guilty plea, holding that a conflict of interest did not exist when Appellant’s cou...

Peterson v. Foley  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000028-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants, jail personnel, on this wrongful death suit alleging that an inmate died...

Travelers Indemnity Co. v. Armstrong  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2017-SC-000041-DG, 2017-SC-000042-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was the implications of the statutory language found in Ky. Rev. Stat. 186A.220 to the sale of a vehicle that was involved in an accident that killed both Jonathan Elmore and Craig Armstrong. Charles Armstrong...

Tigue v. Commonwealth  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000156-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s conviction of first-degree murder but affirmed his remaining convictions and sentences, holding that several errors on the trial court in this case affected the propriety of Defenda...

Ritchie v. Turner  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000157-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the trial court’s denial of Defendants’ motion for summary judgment based on their claims of qualified immunity, holding that Defendants, official...

Maze v. Board of Directors for the Commonwealth Postsecondary Education Prepaid Tuition Trust Fund  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000233-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was various statutory amendments to the Kentucky Affordable Prepaid Tuition Fund (KAPT) contracts previously purchased by Appellants. The Court of Appeals reversed the judgment of the trial court concluding tha...

Bradley v. Kentucky Retirement Systems  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000275-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Plaintiff failed to meet the standard for judicial reversal of the Kentucky Retirement System (KERS) Board’s administrative decision to deny Plaintiff disability retirement benefits and thus a...

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