Kentucky Supreme Court Decisions 2018

Henderson v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000484-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of first-degree assault, first-degree sexual abuse, and first-degree unlawful imprisonment and sentence of sixty years as a persistent felony offender, holding that any e...

Yung v. Grant Thornton, LLP  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2016-SC-000571-DG, 2017-SC-000151-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this fraud and professional negligence case the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals that a $80 million punitive damage award was unreasonable and reinstated the trial court’s award, otherwise a...

TIMOTHY NUTGRASS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000647-MR
Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP v. Lawrence  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000105-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court remanded this matter to the circuit court with directions to reinstate a default judgment granted to Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP and J. Richard Kiefer (collectively, Bingham) against Meredith Lawrence...

Woodall v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000171-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the trial court’s denial of Defendant’s post-conviction motion requesting that the trial court declare him to be intellectually disabled, which would preclude the imposition of the death penalt...

COREY CHAPMAN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000238-MR
Louisville & Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District v. T&C Contracting, Inc.  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000274-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals applying provisions of the Kentucky Fairness in Construction Act (KFCA) to void an entire dispute resolution process contained in the parties’ sewer constru...

AMANDA BOWEN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000303-MR
American General Life Insurance Co. v. DRB Capital, LLC  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000329-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals upholding the circuit court’s approval of Ray Thomas’s future periodic payments to DRB Capital, LLC in exchange for an immediate lump sum payment at a disco...

Hayes v. D.C.I. Properties-D KY, LLC  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000340-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court dismissing Plaintiff’s personal injury action, holding that the trial court and the Court of Appeals did not err in their respective analyses of the matter as to...

BENJAMIN ROCHAT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000344-MR
Smith v. Smith  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000348-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the opinion of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the circuit court rendering a verdict in favor of Plaintiff on her tort action against Defendant, holding that the circuit court er...

Jewish Hospital v. House  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000440-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this medical malpractice action, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the trial court in favor of Jewish Hospital Medical Center South and reinstated the circuit co...

Commonwealth v. Padgett  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2017-SC-000441-DG, 2017-SC-000661-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals vacating Defendant’s sentence as a persistent felony offender (PFO) in the first degree to ten years’ imprisonment in connection with his conviction of thir...

JOHN WILLIAM SMITH V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000477-MR
Commonwealth v. Riker  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000483-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals affirming the judgment of the circuit court ordering that the results of blood alcohol tests obtained by the police be suppressed, holding that no statutory...

Welch v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000528-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions of first-degree robbery, kidnapping, third-degree burglary, and of being a first-degree persistent felony offender and sentence of fifty years’ imprisonment, holding tha...

Lawrence v. Bingham, Greenebaum, Doll, LLP  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000531-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court adopted the Exoneration Rule, the majority rule across the nation providing that a criminal defense attorney may not be sued for legal malpractice in a case resulting in the conviction of his or her cli...

JESSE ALLEN STUMP V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000557-MR
Cabinet for Health & Family Services v. R.S.  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000587-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals reversing the judgment of the trial court finding the two children in this case to be neglected children and the court’s order requiring in-home supervision...

Comley v. Auto-Owners Insurance Co.  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000596-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Auto-Owners Insurance Company on Lee Comley’s complaint seeking payment from Auto-Owners f...

Gregory v. Hardgrove  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000669-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court dismissing Plaintiff’s claim against the heirs of the Decedent seeking to enforce a judgment lien against real pro...

KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. MYRA DESHAWN CHENAULT
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000081-KB
MARLON WALLS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000146-MR
Kentucky State Board of Elections v. Faulkner  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000351-TG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the circuit court and held that third-place finisher Karen Faulkner was not entitled to appear on the November 6, 2018 ballot for the election for the District Court Judge of th...

KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. STEVEN HARRIS KEENEY
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000377-KB
Bevin v. Commonwealth ex rel. Beshear  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2018-SC-000419-TGE, 2018-SC-000421-TGE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court granting summary judgment to Plaintiffs on their suit challenging the validity of Senate Bill 151 (SB 151), holding that the passage of SB 151 did not comply w...

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...

ERIC T. NOE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000326-MR
Kentucky Retirement Systems v. Ashcraft  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000345-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was the role of the courts on judicial review of a final decision of the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KERS) as to a KERS member’s entitlement to disability retirement. A hearing officer recommended granting Pla...

P.B. AND T.B. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY, CABINET FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000360-DGE
GREGORY CAMPBELL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000547-MR
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government v. Moore  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000555-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeal reversing the circuit court’s interlocutory judgment concluding that Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) properly exercised its power of eminen...

Mason v. Commonwealth  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000569-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of two counts of murder, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence, and being a first-degree persiste...

JERRY D. LOTZ V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000594-MR
GERRY E. LAWSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000621-MR
May v. Harrison  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000011-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this visitation dispute was whether the trial judge’s questioning of a teenage boy exceeded the bounds of Ky. Rev. Stat. 403.290(1). Father had physical custody of the parties’ two sons when Mother pursued t...

Hagan v. Commonwealth, Transportation Cabinet  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000084-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this eminent domain action challenging the just compensation paid for property to be taken, the Supreme Court reversed the order of the court of appeals dismissing this appeal for failure to name an indispensable part...

FRANCIS PAYNE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000185-MR
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. CHARLES EDWARD DANIEL
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000348-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. KENNETH JOSPEH BADER
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000376-KB
Commonwealth v. Honorable John R. Grise  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000472-OA

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied the Commonwealth’s petition for a writ to prohibit enforcement of a trial court’s order authorizing the use of public funds for the procurement of private-expert assistance in William Meece’s pos...

CHRISTOPHER DAVID WIEST V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000537-KB
Truss v. Commonwealth  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000337-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s convictions of two counts of murder and sentence of life without the possibility of parole for twenty-five years, holding that the trial court abused its discretion by proceeding wi...

BAUMANN PAPER COMPANY, INC. V. KENNETH HOLLAND
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000511-DG
Commonwealth v. Sexton  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2016-SC-000529-DG, 2016-SC-000534-DG, 2016-SC-000540-DG, 2017-SC-000095-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue before the Supreme Court in this interlocutory appeal from the circuit court’s review of an agency ruling was whether Kentucky courts can undertake a statutorily created judicial review of an administrative agen...

Azmat v. Bauer  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000560-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the opinion of the court of appeals upholding the circuit court’s dismissal of this action alleging that a child’s developmental delays were caused by a doctor’s negligence in the mother’s pren...

NATHANIEL WADE TUCKER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000649-MR
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) v. Honorable Brian Edwards  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000699-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the court of appeals granting in part the Presbyterian Church’s petition for a writ to prohibit the trial court from lifting its stay of discovery in this defamation case, holding...

JAMES A. CAMPBELL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000063-MR
WILLIAM TRENT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000186-MR
Northern Kentucky Area Development District v. Snyder  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000277-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court’s order denying Employer’s motion to compel enforcement of the arbitration agreement between the parties in this case, holding tha...

Lang v. Commonwealth  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000286-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s first-degree robbery conviction and sentence, vacated his persistent felony offender (PFO) conviction and sentence, which was predicated upon the underlying first-degree robbery con...

BASS WEBB V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000327-MR
Active Care Chiropractic, Inc. v. Rudd  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000377-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the Workers’ Compensation Board’s decision affirming the decision of the administrative law judge concluding that Katherine Rudd was entitled to t...

KEITH MONROE OWENS, JR. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY AND KEITH MONROE OWENS, JR. V. HON. MITCH PERRY, JUDGE, JEFFERSON CIRCUIT COURT, ET AL.
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2017-SC-000381-MR, 2017-SC-000445-MR, 2017-SC-000399-MR
Smith v. McGill  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000395-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: In this custody and support action, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing and remanding Laura Smith’s award of attorney’s fees, holding that the trial court acted within its discretion...

RAYMOND KYLE WEATHERLY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000522-MR
JAMES CARL RENN, SR. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000543-MR
CHRISTOPHER HILL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000562-MR
Malone v. Commonwealth  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000593-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of kidnapping with serious physical injury and other offenses, holding that the trial court did not err when it instructed the jury on the c...

Commonwealth v. Armstrong  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000602-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this criminal case, the Supreme Court held that even though evidence of a previous conviction may be prohibited to allow a general attack on the witness’s credibility under Ky. R. Evid. 609(b), evidence of the witness...

KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. CHRISTINA ROSE EDMONDSON
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000650-KB
Cabinet for Health & Family Services v. C.B.  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000092-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the circuit court finding C.B.’s daughter to be a neglected child pursuant to the Kentucky Unified Juvenile Code and reinstated th...

KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. MATTHEW RYAN MALONE
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000246-KB
Grimes v. GHSW Enterprises, LLC  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000271-I

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals granting a Ky. R. Civ. P. 65.09 motion filed by Respondent to compel arbitration, holding that the arbitration agreement between the parties was enforceable...

KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. ROBERT GOOD LOHMAN, III
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000334-KB
BRIAN STROZZO V. CESA CONTRACTORS, ET AL.
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-00119-WC
Nami Resources Co., LLC v. Asher Land & Mineral, Ltd.  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2015-SC-000489-DG, 2016-SC-000235-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated in part the judgment of the Court of Appeals upholding a jury verdict against Appellants in the amount of $1,308,403 in compensatory damages and $2,686,000 in punitive damages, holding that the...

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. v. Johnson  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000248-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals reversing the circuit court’s grant of a directed verdict in favor of Norfolk Southern Railway Company on Appellant’s complaint alleging negligence, holding...

Elliott v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000350-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to convert court costs to a jail term, holding that Defendant did not properly preserve the imposition for court costs for appellate review. De...

Commonwealth v. Thompson  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000365-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the circuit court’s denial of Defendant’s Ky. R. Crim. P. 11.42 motion without a hearing, holding that counsel’s failure to advise a client of the...

King v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000414-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed and remanded Defendant’s conviction for two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and affirmed his conviction for two counts of first-degree sodomy, holding that the jury instructions on the sexu...

Bowling v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000548-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions of murder, driving under the influence, and first-degree assault and their corresponding sentences, holding that there was no reversible error in the proceedings below....

Johnson v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2016-SC-000615-MR, 2017-SC-000037-TG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s conviction of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, felony possession of a firearm, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender and sentence of twenty years’ i...

NATHANIEL WADE TUCKER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000649-MR
Commonwealth v. Lane  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000655-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant’s convictions for possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, and for tampering with physical evidence, holding t...

C.W. Hoskins Heirs v. Wells  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000004-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute between neighboring landowners over the location of the boundary line between their adjoining properties the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals reversing the circuit court’s judgm...

Commonwealth v. Douglas  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000024-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the Court of Appeals, holding that Defendant was entitled to a new persistent felony offender (PFO) and sentencing trial because because the procee...

American Mining Insurance Co. v. Peters Farms, LLC  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000066-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court ruling in favor of Peters Farms, LLC, which sued Ikerd Mining, LLC and Ikerd’s insurer, American Mining Insurance...

Jacobi v. Holbert  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000092-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the holdings of the circuit court and court of appeals determining that public defenders, as employees of the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA), a statutorily-created agency of the Commonweal...

Little v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000112-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree and other drug-related offenses and his sentence of twenty year...

Cox v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000147-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of the murder of his four-month-old son and his sentence of life imprisonment, holding that there was no reversible error in the proceedin...

Roach v. Kentucky Parole Board  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000250-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the Kentucky Parole Board’s revocation hearing in this case was an adjudicative function, a discretionary act for which the Parole Board enjoyed absolute immunity from liability for its decisi...

Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure v. Strauss  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000260-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: On review of the decision of the Court of Appeals reversing a final order issued by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure issued against Appellee, the Supreme Court reversed, holding that the Court of Appeals misconstr...

McCoy v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000261-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of complicity to kidnapping, complicity to first-degree assault, and complicity to theft by unlawful taking and sentencing Defendant to twen...

Kelly v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000265-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions and sentences for first-degree rape, incest, and first-degree sexual abuse but vacated his conviction for second-degree fleeing or evading and the portion of the trial c...

Brown v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000289-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of complicity to kidnapping, complicity to attempted murder, and complicity to first-degree robbery and sentencing Defendant to a total of f...

AMANDA BOWEN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000303-MR
ALEX DOWELL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000304-MR
Daugherty v. Tabor  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000374-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals reversing the circuit court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants in this case alleging that Defendants breached their duties under the Farm An...

Cummings v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000448-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of two counts of first-degree assault and for being a first-degree persistent felony offender and his sentence of thirty-five years’ impri...

TRACELL NUNN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000473-MR
McCoy Elkhorn Coal Corp. v. Sargent  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000616-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeals concluding that the Kentucky Coal Employers Self-Insurers Guaranty Fund was fully responsible for McCoy Elkhorn Coal Corporation’s workers’ compensation lia...

Pollitt v. Public Service Commission of Kentucky  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000102-I

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals dissolving the stay of execution, and thus all collection activity, upon a judgment issued by the circuit court holding that Appellants failed to show “extr...

DAVID JOE PORTER V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000115-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. JASON THOMAS BUTLER
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000149-KB
SEAN PATRICK PARIS V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000200-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. JAMES WILLIS HARRIS
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000209-KB
Inquiry Commission v. Kenniston
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000230-KB
BETHANY L. STANZIANO-SPARKS V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000259-KB
Davidson v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2016-SC-000032-MR, 2016-SC-000032-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant on fourteen counts of first-degree robbery and for being a first-degree persistent felony offender. Defendant, along with his co-defenda...

Auslander Properties, LLC v. Nalley  
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000099-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals determining that Appellant, Auslander Properties, LLC, was an “employer” and thus subject to certain employee safety regulations promulgated pursuant to the...

Hensley v. Haynes Trucking, LLC  
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000180-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Class action is available to plaintiffs seeking recovery under the State’s prevailing-wage law, Ky. Rev. Stat. 337.505-550, and the circuit court did not abuse its discretion in certifying the underlying action for backp...

Commonwealth v. Thompson  
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000365-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the opinion of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the circuit court, which denied Defendant’s Ky. R. Crim. P. 11.42 motion without a hearing. Defendant pled guilty to second-degre...

Baumann Paper Co., Inc. v. Holland  
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000511-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendant on Plaintiff’s complaint, holding that Plaintiff presented a genuine issue of material fact as to his breach of contract claim. Plaintiff br...

WARREN FRYER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000557-MR
Walker v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000594-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of four counts first-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree rape and Defendant’s sentence of life imprisonment on each sodomy convict...

Commonwealth v. B.H.  
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000155-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the finding of the district court juvenile session that B.H. was incompetent to stand trial and dismissing the charges against him. B.H. was arrested for first-degree robbery and murder that...

PHILLIP J. THOMPSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000169-MR
Woodall v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000171-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Ky. Rev. Stat. 532.130(2), which contains what the Court determined was an “outdated test” for ascertaining intellectual disability, is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment to the Unite...

Jeter v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000232-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the circuit court’s denial of Defendant’s request to decrease his bond and instead increasing it from $10,000 to $20,000 full cash, holding that t...

Muncie v. Wiesemann  
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000235-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Stigma damages are a measure of damages stemming from actual injury to property, but if remediation damages are settled and a claim on the stigma damages resulting from the actual damages is reserved, the injured party m...

JOSHUA RATLIFF V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000271-MR
Doyle v. Doyle  
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000358-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the trial court declining to award post-judgment interest pursuant to Ky. Rev. Stat. 360.040 in this action concerning a divorce judgment. Karen and James Samuel Doyle (Sam) we...

WILLIAM CALHOUN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000369-MR
FIRST CLASS SERVICES, INC. V. GURAL W. HENSLEY, ET AL.
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000620-WC
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. RICHARD GRAHAM KENNISTON
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000069-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. MYRA DESHAWN CHENAULT
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000081-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. DENNIS MICHAEL STUTSMAN
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000100-KB
JOHN MILLS V. HON. STEPHEN JONES, SPECIAL JUDGE KNOX CIRCUIT COURT, ET AL.
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000128-OA
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. DANIEL ALAN NIEHAUS
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000148-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. DAMIAN GALLAHER
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000160-KB
SEAN PATRICK PARIS V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000200-KB
CHARLES FREDERICK MERZ V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000208-KB
Martin/Elias Properties, LLC v. Acuity, a Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000195-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals correctly applied the principles of Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. Motorist Mutual Insurance Co., 306 S.W.3d 69 (Ky. 2010), to hold that a contractor’s faulty workmanship on the basement and foundation...

Baker v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000234-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed and vacated Appellant’s conviction and corresponding sentence for tampering with physical evidence but affirmed the trial court as to Appellant’s remaining convictions of murder, first-degree r...

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. DAVID J. MOORE
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000275-DG
Turner v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000367-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court sentencing Appellant to thirty years’ imprisonment for murder and for being a first-degree persistent felony offender. The Court held that the trial court (1)...

Moberly v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000429-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court’s denial of Appellant’s motion to suppress evidence discovered in his vehicle during a traffic stop, holding that the initial traf...

Phon v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000468-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Life without parole (LWOP) for juveniles does not always offend the federal or Kentucky Constitutions, so long as it comports with a discretionary scheme and the defendant has a meaningful opportunity for the jury to con...

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. ROBERT SHELBY CAUDILL AND ROBERT SHELBY CAUDILL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2016-SC-000544-DG, 2017-SC-000288-DG
Big Sandy Co., L.P. v. EQT Gathering, LLC  
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000561-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the circuit court’s entry of a declaratory judgment in favor of Big Sandy Company, LP, interpreting a pipeline easement agreement (the Agreement)...

PAUL COOK V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000579-MR
Ford Motor Co. v. Jobe  
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000010-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the Workers’ Compensation Board (Board) affirming the decision of the administrative law judge (ALJ) awarding Donald Jobe benefits...

Plumley v. Kroger, Inc.  
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000083-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the opinion of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the Workers’ Compensation Board upholding the decision of the administrative law judge (ALJ), which awarded Michael R. Plumley perm...

ANTHONY DRURY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000202-MR
RICK ROE V. HON. THOMAS L. CLARK, JUDGE, FAYETTE CIRCUIT COURT, ET AL.
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000256-MR
SUNZ INSURANCE COMPANY V. HENRY J. DECKER, ET AL.
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000257-WC
JEFFEREY O. KATZ V. HON. PAMELA R. GOODWINE, JUDGE, FAYETTE CIRCUIT COURT, ET AL.
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000298-MR
Thompson v. Honorable Eddy Coleman  
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000580-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals declining to issue a writ sought by Miki Thompson prohibiting the trial court from enforcing discovery orders entered for inspection and discovery in a wron...

Thompson v. Honorable Eddy Coleman  
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000640-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals’ decision to deny a writ of prohibition sought by Miki Thompson in this case alleging that Kara Vance’s suicide was caused by Timothy Lavender’s negligent prescribing of th...

MARC LAWRENCE OBERDORFF V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: April 26, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000049-KB
White v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000725-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of raping and murdering Pamela Armstrong and sentencing Defendant to death. The Court held (1) the trial court did not commit reversible e...

Shively v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000256-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of criminal attempt to commit murder, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and tampering with physical evidence and sentencing him...

Commonwealth, Finance & Administration Cabinet, Department of Revenue v. Interstate Gas Supply Inc.  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000281-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Ky. Const. section 170 does not exempt a qualifying charitable institution from the use tax imposed by Ky. Rev. Stat. 139.310. The Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Department of Revenue, the Board of Tax Appeals, an...

JANET CONOVER, WARDEN, ET AL. V. KRISTY LAWLESS
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000320-DG
MICHALE FOWLER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000333-MR
Commonwealth v. Helm  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2016-SC-000370-DG, 2017-SC-000084-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The court of appeals misapplied the ineffective-assistance-of-counsel standard by failing to consider the totality of the circumstances of Defendant’s case from the perspective of an objectively reasonable trial attorney...

Commonwealth v. Muchrison  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000378-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving an alleged denial of Defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to conflict-free counsel, the Supreme Court held that the trial court correctly denied trial counsel’s motion to withdraw because, under the t...

Maupin v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000448-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: Section 115 of the Kentucky Constitution bars the Commonwealth from appealing a judgment of acquittal in a criminal case. Here, the Commonwealth appealed Defendant’s judgment of acquittal on the charge of failing to reg...

Miller v. TEMA Isenmann, Inc.  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000449-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The administrative law judge’s (ALJ) findings that Appellant was exposed to MOCA, a curing agent and a known carcinogen, at a TEMA Isenmann, Inc. production facility and that this exposure resulted in an occupational dis...

Commonwealth v. Smith  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000558-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals upholding the trial court’s suppression of evidence discovered as a result of a canine sniff search of Defendant’s vehicle during a traffic stop. The Court...

Hall v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000660-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part the final judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of three misdemeanors and four felonies and sentencing Defendant to a sentence totaling twenty years’ imprisonment and imposin...

Vanhook Enterprises, Inc. v. Kay & Kay Contracting, LLC  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000666-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this construction dispute, Plaintiff was not entitled to relief on its breach of contract claim or under a quantum meruit theory. Plaintiff and Defendant entered into a subcontract agreement that outlined services th...

Seeger v. Lanham  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2016-SC-000677-DG, 2017-SC-000146-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals in this appeal brought by both parties from a judgment in a paternity action. The Court held (1) a paternity action can be brou...

KIRBY B. RUANO V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000026-MR
ROGER DALE EPPERSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000044-MR
JENNINGS FIELDS V. JAMES RIVER COAL SERVICE COMPANY, ET AL.
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000053-WC
Baker v. Fields  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000144-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The scope of appellate review of an interlocutory appeal of the trial court’s determination of qualified official immunity is limited to the specific issue of whether immunity was properly denied. In this interlocutory...

ZACHARY ALLEN GROSS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000152-MR
MELISSA PITTMAN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000196-MR
SHELBY JOE NIX V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000217-MR
FORD MOTOR COMPANY V. REGINA TENO, ET AL.
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000229-WC
WILLIE COLEMAN SLAPPY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000268-MR
JAMES MORRIS V. HON. KAREN LYNN WILSON, JUDGE, HENDERSON CIRCUIT COURT, ET AL.
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000466-MR
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. DANIEL ALAN NIEHAUS
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000579-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. PHILIP MARTIN KLEINSMITH
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000026-KB
MELANIE A.F. HORTON V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000042-KB
INQUIRY COMMISSION V. DAVID B. GRAY
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000047-KB
Hilton v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2015-SC-000452-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court sentencing Defendant to life imprisonment for murder, first-degree assault, and other crimes and sentencing Defendant to life imprisonment for murder. The cour...

Traft v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2015-SC-000470-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to suppress the evidence obtained during a traffic stop, holding that the law enforcement officer did not violate Defendant’s right to privacy...

Yates v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2015-SC-000504-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of incest, first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, use of a minor in a sexual performance, first-degree...

DAJUAN MALONE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2015-SC-000699-MR
JIMMY HALL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2015-SC-000714-MR
THOMAS EUGENE RILEY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000156-MR
Commonwealth, Justice & Public Safety Cabinet v. Gaither  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000345-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising from the 1996 murder of LeBron Gaither, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeals that, in the circumstances of this case, the Estate of LeBron Gaither was entitled to post-judg...

Commonwealth v. Blake  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000346-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the denial of Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence seized from her vehicle during a traffic stop was proper. In her suppression motion, Defendant argued that the traffic stop of her vehicl...

CHRISTOPHER ESPER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000366-MR
Commonwealth v. Caudill  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000419-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court upheld Defendant’s convictions for three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree, holding that an instructional error did not require vacating Defendant’s convictions. The Court of Appeals re...

Commonwealth v. Patton  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000425-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeals reversing Defendant’s sentence and conviction and remanding for a new trial, having determined that Defendant’s guilty plea did not satisfy Boykin v. Alabam...

FERNANDO SIFUENTES V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000485-MR
PARIS CHARLES V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000486-MR
Brown v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000551-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal from a criminal conviction, the Supreme Court vacated the portion of the circuit court’s judgment imposing criminal restitution and otherwise affirmed the judgment of conviction and sentence. Defendant was...

CHRISTOPHER MELTON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000552-MR
Maupin v. Tankersley  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000572-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The language of Ky. Rev. Stat. 258.235(4) imposes strict liability upon the owner of a dog that attacks and injures a person. Plaintiff sued Defendant after Defendant’s dogs attacked and injured her, relying on section...

CHARLES SHOULDERS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000629-MR
GARY LUTTRELL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000667-MR
Huddleston v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000673-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Appellant of murder, criminal attempt to commit murder, and related crimes. The Supreme Court held that the trial court (1) did not err by denying A...

JOHN BLICKENSTAFF V. UNITED PARCEL SERVICE, INC., ET AL.
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000008-WC
Elliott v. Lanham  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000052-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, a sheriff’s termination of a deputy sheriff was not constrained by the procedural due process protections purportedly afforded to the deputy sheriff under a now-outdated version of Ky. Rev. Stat. 15.520....

Hickey v. General Electric Co.  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000135-CL

Justia Opinion Summary: A plaintiff may bring a private right of action under Ky. Rev. Stat. 446.070 against an employer for an alleged violation of Ky. Rev. Stat. 341.990(6)(a), Kentucky’s criminal prohibition against making false statements d...

3M COMPANY V. HON. KIMBERLEY CHILDERS, JUDGE, KNOTT CIRCUIT COURT, ET AL.
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000145-MR
NORMAN BARASSI V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000158-MR
JEVON DONNELL MAGEE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Numbers: 2017-SC-000191-MR, 2017-SC-000246-MR
LANDMARK MEDIA PUBLISHING, LLC, ETC. V. MARK BRANHAM, ET AL.
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000209-WC
STEVEN ROBINSON V. HON. FRED COWAN, RETIRED JUDGE, JEFFERSON CIRCUIT COURT, ET AL.
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000210-MR
Groce v. Vanmeter Contracting, Inc.  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000225-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeals reversing the decision of the Workers’ Compensation Board (Board), which reversed the ALJ’s rejection of Plaintiff’s claim for enhanced benefits and reinsta...

JOHNNY BURCHETT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000234-MR
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. WILLIAM LESTER LEGG
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000520-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. DAMIAN GALLAHER
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000529-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. HEATHER MARY BOONE MCKEEVER
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000560-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. DANIEL ALAN NIEHAUS
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000579-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. GENON GINN HENSLEY
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000590-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. DAVID THOMAS SPARKS
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000591-KB
ERIC CHRISTOPHER CONN V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000606-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. DELBERT KEITH PRUITT
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000613-KB
DAVID JOHN HOFF V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000013-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. KENNETH W. HUMPHRIES
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000014-KB
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