Kentucky Supreme Court Decisions 2019

Azmat v. Bauer  
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2016-SC-000560-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court dismissing this medical malpractice action, holding that summary judgment was improper. Plaintiff, as next friend of her child, brought this suit alleging tha...

Kentucky Department of Corrections v. Dixon  
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000127-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals concluding that Appellee's aggregate sentence for three separate crimes could be separated into discrete parts and that, after completion of a portion of th...

ROBERT TAYLOR V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000442-MR
Greissman v. Rawlings & Associates, PLLC  
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000518-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court that the agreement furnished to Carol Greissman for signature did not violate Kentucky Rules of the Supreme Court 3.130, Rule 5.6 as a matter of law, holding t...

Sparkman v. Consol Energy, Inc.  
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000541-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals in this case alleging tortious interference involving a parent corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary, holding that a parent company has a qualified pr...

DESHON W. DORSEY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000558-MR
WILLARD CALHOUN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000017-MR
JOHN GEORGE BOULDER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000021-MR
Graham v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000055-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Appellant of four counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and accepting Appellant's Alford plea as to other severed...

ANGEL TORRES, III V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000075-MR
Baughman v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000104-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the opinion of the court of appeals reversing the circuit court's order requiring the Energy and Environment Cabinet to pay the outstanding balance owed to the court-appointed receiver after th...

MELISSA J. SANCHEZ V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000136-MR
CHRISTOPHER GREGORY V. A & G TREE SERVICE, ET AL.
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000139-WC
ODILON PAZ-SALVADOR V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000171-MR
Leach v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000239-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court finding Defendant guilty of multiple counts of sexual abuse and sodomy, holding that the circuit court did not abuse its discretion in the proceedings below....

ANTIONIO CORDERIERO DOUGLAS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000250-MR
Meinders v. Middleton  
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000251-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: In this custody dispute, the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals reversing the circuit court's finding that Appellant qualified as the child's de facto custodian under...

WILLIAM FULTZ V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000280-MR
Trevino v. Transit Authority of River City  
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000364-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the opinion of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the Workers' Compensation Board affirming the ALJ's determination that Appellant was not entitled to benefits pursuant to Ky. Rev....

GEORGE LADD V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000388-MR
EARL TIPTON V. HON. LARRY MILLER, JUDGE, POWELL CIRCUIT COURT, ET AL.
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000400-MR
CARROLL HUBBARD, JR. V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000436-KB
INQUIRY COMMISSION V. ANDREW NICHOLAS CLOONEY
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000595-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. CHRISTY HANLEY SHIRCLIFF
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000607-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. ANDREW NICHOLAS CLOONEY
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000114-KB
Tigue v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000156-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the portion of the trial court’s judgment that contained Defendant’s first-degree murder conviction and affirmed the remainder of the judgment, holding that errors made by the trial court affec...

Ward v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000343-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of first-degree sodomy, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and being a persistent felony offender in the first degree, holding...

Bryant v. Louisville Metro Housing Authority  
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000367-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this negligence action, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgments of the circuit court and court of appeals that Defendants were protected by the immunity doctrine, holding that Louisville Metro Housing Authority (LMHA...

Hammond v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000629-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court sentencing Defendant to twenty-five years for first-degree robbery, reckless homicide, and tampering with evidence, holding that there was no error in Defendan...

ROBERT ROGERS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000118-MR
JIMMY DAVIS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000124-MR
GEORGE ROBERT WHITE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000183-MR
RODNEY WEINEL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000186-MR
Trevino v. Transit Authority of River City  
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000364-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the opinion of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the Workers’ Compensation Board (Board) affirming the administrative law judge’s (ALJ) denial of Appellant’s claim for benefits pur...

Morton v. Tipton  
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000390-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals in this grandparent visitation case affirming the judgment of the trial court awarding limited grandparent visitation to Bruce Tipton, the paternal grandfat...

KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. RACHELLE NICHOLE HOWELL
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000438-KB
INQUIRY COMMISSION V. JOSEPH W. BOLIN
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000448-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. JUSTIN NEAL O’MALLEY
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000664-KB
BRYAN EDWARD BENNETT V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000069-KB
Oliphant v. Ries  
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000208-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the court of appeals’ decision reversing the judgment of the circuit court in favor of Defendants, the doctors and hospital in this medical negligence litigation, holding that there was no erro...

TAIRA LITSEY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000334-MR
Whaley v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000439-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s convictions and their corresponding sentences, holding that Appellant’s claims of trial error did not warrant reversal of his convictions. A jury convicted Appellant of seventeen c...

CHESTER KEITH COOGLE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000554-MR
Clark v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000567-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of murder and two counts of tampering with physical evidence, holding that no reversible error occurred in the proceedings below. Specif...

CURRY NICELY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000574-MR
CHRISTOPHER MCCULLUM V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000607-MR
WILLIAM TERRY JAMISON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000622-MR
Probus v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000019-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of various crimes for his role as a complicitor in a home invasion, holding that there was no merit to the arguments Defendant raised in thi...

RAMON D. LINDSAY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000054-MR
COREY J. BUTTS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000064-MR
DANIEL LOTTER V. GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY, ET AL.
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000079-WC
Commonwealth v. Roth  
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000095-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal from the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant’s conviction the Supreme Court exercised its discretion under Ky. R. Civ. P. 76.12(8)(a) and ordered the Commonwealth’s brief before this Court...

MOSES KUHBANDER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000131-MR
JEFF OWENS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000142-MR
JOSEPH THORNSBERRY V. FORD MOTOR COMPANY, ET AL.
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000203-WC
RAYMOND BRYANT V. JESSAMINE CAR CARE, ET AL. AND JESSAMINE CAR CARE V. RAYMOND BRYANT, ET AL.
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Numbers: 2018-SC-000265-WC, 2018-SC-000269-WC
KENTUCKY STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS, ET AL. V. KAREN E. FAULKNER, ET AL.
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000351-TG
Allstate Property & Casualty Insurance Co. v. Kleinfeld  
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000417-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals to grant Dr. Robert Kleinfeld’s writ petition precluding the discovery of certain information, holding that the court of appeals did not properly apply the...

INQUIRY COMMISSION V. JOSEPH W. BOLIN
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000448-KB
AN UNNAMED ATTORNEY V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000575-KB
FRED GARLAND GREENE V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000600-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. CHRISTY HANLEY SHIRCLIFF
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000607-KB
LEAH STACY FINK V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000647-KB
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