Kentucky Supreme Court Decisions 2020

Merritt v. Catholic Health Initiatives, Inc.  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0155-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's grant of summary judgment for the defendants in this insurance dispute, holding that the Legislature has clearly and unequivocal...

Exantus v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0241-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's sentence of twenty years' imprisonment and convictions of not guilty by reason of insanity for first-degree murder, not guilty by reason of insanity for first-degree burglary, guilt...

A.H. v. Louisville Metro Government  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0359-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Louisville Metro Government (LMG) and its employees are cloaked in sovereign immunity and qualified official immunity for an alleged violation of Ky. Rev. Stat. 71.040 and that money damages a...

Normandin v. Normandin  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0451-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the order of the family court in this divorce action, holding that the family court miscalculated the combined monthl...

Howard v. Big Sandy Area Development District, Inc.  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0601-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the circuit court's grant of summary judgment to Big Sandy Area Development District, Inc. (BSADD) in this negligence and wrongful death action, h...

Department for Community Based Services v. Baker  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0610-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the opinion of the court of appeals holding that the Department for Community Based Services, Cabinet for Health and Family Services (Cabinet) exceeded its statutory authority by investigating...

Northern Kentucky Area Development District v. Wilson  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0665-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reinstated the trial court's summary judgment dismissing Mary Wilson's Kentucky Whistleblower Act (KWA) claims against Northern Kentucky Area Development District, Inc. (NKADD), holding that NKADD is on...

Commonwealth ex rel. Brown v. Stars Interactive Holdings Ltd.  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2019-SC-0058-DG, 2019-SC-0209-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the ruling of the court of appeals that the term "person" in Kentucky's Loss Recovery Act, Ky. Rev. Stat. Chapter 372, is limited to a natural person, holding that the Commonwealth had standing...

Commonwealth v. Jennings  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0248-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the opinion of the court of appeals vacating and remanding the circuit court's denial of Defendant's motion to modify the terms of his probation to remove a restriction prohibiting him from hav...

Mattingly v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0255-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of four counts of first-degree assault and other crimes and sentencing him as a first-degree persistent felony offender (PFO) to forty years...

DARRELL BROWN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0268-MR
JAMES DOUGLAS YOUNG V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0285-MR
RONALD TRIPLETT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0331-MR
JODY SCOTT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0348-MR
BRANDON KRAATZ V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0350-MR
JACKIE BOWE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0368-MR
Brafman v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0449-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of first-degree and second-degree arson and six counts of attempted murder, of which four were charged as hate crimes, holding that Defendant was denied a fair trial when...

KENTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT V. MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ, ET AL.
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0450-WC
Smith v. Fletcher  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0503-TG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case heard after the Kentucky Medical Review Panel Act (MRPA), Ky. Rev. Stat. 216C.005 et seq., was declared to be unconstitutional, the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the tri...

KERRY BARLEY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0671-MR
Maze v. Judicial Conduct Commission  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0691-RR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the findings of fact, conclusions of law and final order issuing a public reprimand against Beth Lewis Maze, Judge of the Twenty-First Judicial Circuit, Second Division, holding that the Judici...

Beck v. Honorable Ernesto Scorsone  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0726-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this medical negligence lawsuit, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals denying Defendants' application for a writ of prohibition seeking to prevent the trial court from enforcing a protective...

Henderson County Health Care Corp. v. Honorable Karen Lynn Wilson  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0001-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals denying Henderson County Health Care Corporation's (hereinafter, Redbanks) petition for a writ of prohibition prohibiting the enforcement of an order issued...

BILLY DRACE, JR. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0066-MR
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. EDMUND VICTOR SMITH
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0071-KB
KEN ISAACS INTERIORS, INC. V. DELBERT RADER, ET AL.
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0110-WC
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. MICHAEL C. SKOUTERIS
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0230-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. JASON NICHOLAS MARTIN
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0292-KB
Gentry v. Judicial Conduct Commission  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0434-RR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Judicial Conduct Commission finding misconduct on the part of Judge Dawn M. Gentry and ordered that she be removed from office as a circuit judge for the Sixteenth Judicial...

WILLIAM LAWRENCE SUMMERS V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0451-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. CHARLES EDWIN JOHNSON
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0503-KB
Downs v. Commonwealth  
Date: November 12, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0402-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's convictions for first-degree manslaughter, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and second-degree persistent felony offender, holding that...

Upper Pond Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. v. Kinser  
Date: November 12, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0563-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals dismissing Upper Pond Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.'s appeal of the trial court's denial of its motion to dismiss a portion of Plaintiffs' claims un...

Beshear v. Honorable Glenn E. Acree  
Date: November 12, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0313-OA

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that, in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Governor Andy Beshear properly declared a state of emergency and validly revoked the emergency powers granted to him in Ky. Rev. Stat. 93A. After...

Lee v. Kentucky Department of Corrections  
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0403-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the circuit court's denial of Appellant's petition to declare his violent offender classification unconstitutional, holding that a defendant convi...

Lassiter v. Landrum  
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0657-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals requiring Appellant to comply with a subpoena duces tecum issued to him by the Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet (Secretary), holding that...

ARTHUR LONG V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0002-MR
Taylor v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2019-SC-0066-MR, 2019-SC-0138-TG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of wanton murder and four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, holding that the trial court did not err in denying Defendant's moti...

Commonwealth v. Mitchell  
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0087-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's conviction for being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun on the grounds that the trial court err...

Russell v. Johnson & Johnson Inc.  
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0118-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this lawsuit brought against Johnson & Johnson, Inc. and other entities (collectively, Defendants) alleging state tort claims due to injuries caused by a Class III medical device the Supreme Court reversed the judgmen...

Hodge v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0137-TG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court denying Defendant's motion for DNA testing with respect to hair found at the residence of the victims whom Defendant was convicted of murdering, burglarizing, and r...

Ray v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0164-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and sixty-five-year sentence for attempted murder, first-degree robbery, and other crimes, holding that the trial court did to err by denying two of Defendant's directed...

ROBERT PROFFITT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0173-MR
ROBERT FOLEY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0182-MR
Commonwealth v. Crowe  
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0231-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the ruling of the trial court denying Defendant's motion to classify him as a domestic violence victim pursuant to Ky. Rev. Stat. 439.3401(5), hol...

Rhoton v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0298-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's drug-related convictions, holding that the circuit court did not err in denying Defendant's motion to suppress. After he was arrested...

L. H., A CHILD UNDER EIGHTEEN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0321-DG
MICHAEL R. P'SIMER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0344-MR
GARY H. COCHRAN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY AND GARY HAVEN COCHRAN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2019-SC-0349-MR, 2019-SC-0263-TG
JEREMY BREEDEN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0371-MR
BRADLEY ANDERSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0402-MR
CHRISTOPHER A. HILL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0571-MR
Commonwealth, Cabinet For Health & Family Services v. K.S.  
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0692-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dependency, abuse, and neglect proceeding, the Supreme Court held that Ky. Rev. Stat. 620.100(1)(b) does not entitle an indigent parent to state-funded expert assistance in dependency, neglect, and abuse (DNA) ca...

CHRISTY HANLEY SHIRCLIFF V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0123-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. ROBERT ANDREW ROWLAND
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0228-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. LEILA LOUISE HALE
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0317-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. HAROLD MCCLURE SCHWARZ, III
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0318-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. RYAN RICHARD STITH
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0320-KB
Elder v. Kentucky Retirement Systems  
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2017-SC-0258-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the opinion of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Retirement Systems denying Edward Elder's application for disability retirement benefits, hol...

Metzger v. Auto-Owners Insurance Co.  
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0070-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the ruling of the trial court granting summary judgment for Insurer on Plaintiff's action seeking a declaration that Insurer was obligated to prov...

Isaacs v. Sentinal Insurance Co. Ltd.  
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0078-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the opinion of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's summary judgment in favor of Insurer, holding that the trial court did not err in finding that Plaintiff did not qualify as an in...

Louisville & Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District  
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0491-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Louisville & Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MS...

Family Trust Foundation of Kentucky, Inc. v. Kentucky Horse Racing Commission  
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0630-TG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case considering the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's regulations as applied to historical horse racing the Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court determining that the Encore system constitutes a...

Hubers v. Commonwealth  
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0667-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder and sentence of life imprisonment, holding that there was no prejudicial error in the proceedings below. Specifically, the Supreme Court held that the trial co...

Kenton County Board of Adjustment v. Meitzen  
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0677-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the court of appeals' decision reversing the circuit court's order dismissing Property Owners' appeal from the decision of the Kenton County Board of Adjustment granting approval of a condition...

GILBERT HALL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0023-MR
Deal v. Commonwealth  
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0175-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of second-degree manslaughter by complicity, holding that the trial court committed reversible error when it allowed the Commonwealth to present a thirty-five-minute vide...

Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, P.S.C.  
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2019-SC-0197-DG, 2019-SC-0199-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case related to the disbursement of Purdue Pharma funds, the Supreme Court reversed the court of appeals' grant of summary judgment for the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and Dolt Thompson declaring that a...

CARLOS DEANDRE JENKINS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2019-SC-0252-MR, 2018-SC-0560-MR
LESLIE LEE PARSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0318-MR
Calloway County Sheriff's Department v. Woodall  
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2019-SC-0391-WC, 2019-SC-0419-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals' opinion affirming the decision of the Workers' Compensation Board, holding that Karen Woodall, the surviving spouse of an employee who died as a result of a workplace acci...

KAY SHELTON, ET AL. V. AMY HOLTKAMP
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0501-DG
Commonwealth v. Curry  
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0696-CL

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Ky. Rev. Stat. 189.390 subsections (3)-(5) do not violate the due process provisions of the United States and Kentucky Constitutions on the grounds that the speed limit statutes are unconstitu...

JOSHUA TATE DAVENPORT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0637-MR
Slaughter v. Tube Turns  
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0013-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals and Workers' Compensation Board affirming the determination of the Chief Administrative Law Judge (CALJ) denying Appellant's motion to reopen his workers' c...

KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. GERRY L. CALVERT II
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0117-KB
Ruplinger v. Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government  
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0140-CL

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court certified that sovereign immunity as to monetary damages was waived neither as to the KRFRA nor in conjunction with Ky. Rev. Stat. 446.070 in this case. Plaintiff was arrested while protesting and was...

KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. JOHN SCOTT BENTON
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0181-KB
GRETCHEN RENEE NUNN V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0194-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. THOMAS STEVEN POTEAT
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0227-KB
JAMES MALLORY V. HONORABLE SUSAN SCHULTZ-GIBSON, JUDGE, JEFFERSON CIRCUIT COURT AND COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2020-SC-0243-OA, 2020-SC-0002-KB
Thomas v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0437-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the circuit court sentencing Defendant to life in prison plus fifty years, holding that the violent offender statute is not applicable to youthful offenders for purposes of consi...

Thomas v. University Medical Center, Inc.  
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0454-D

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the circuit court excluding from evidence a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and granting a directed verdict in favor of Neurosurgical In...

Taylor v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2018-SC-0605-MR, 2018-SC-0613-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Conrai Kaballah's conviction of criminal attempt-murder, first-degree assault, and other crimes and Ricardo Taylor's conviction of criminal attempt-murder, first-degree assault, and other crime...

LP Louisville East, LLC v. Patton  
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2019-SC-0016-D, 2019-SC-0211-D

Justia Opinion Summary: In this action brought against a long-term care facility by Kenneth, as administrator of Estate of Tommy Patton, the Supreme Court reversed in part the court of appeals' decision concluding that an arbitration agreement...

SAMUEL HUNTER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0165-MR
DEWAYNE C. ZACHERY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0221-MR
CLAYTON LOCKABY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0270-MR
JAMES RICHARDSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0356-MR
Bowen v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0473-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of attempted murder and theft by unlawful taking of a firearm, holding that the trial court did not err in instructing the jury and denyin...

GWEN MEEHAN V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0195-KB
TIMOTHY NOLAN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000321-MR
Downs v. Commonwealth  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000402-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction for first-degree manslaughter, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and second-degree persistent felony offender and twenty-fiv...

Seiller Waterman, LLC v. RLB Properties, Ltd.  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2018-SC-000538-DG, 2018-SC-000558-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals that Ky. Rev. Stat. 413.245, the one-year statute of limitations applicable to the rendering of professional services, does not apply to claims against atto...

JULIUS CATLETT, JR. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000670-TG
Overstreet v. Mayberry  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2019-SC-000041-TG, 2019-SC-000042-TG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Plaintiffs, eight members of the Kentucky Retirement System's (KRS) defined-benefit retirement plan, did not have standing to bring claims for alleged funding losses sustained by the KRS plan...

JEFFREY JONES V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000076-TG
DANIEL GENE PERDUE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000274-MR
JUSTIN BOWLIN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000309-MR
Greene v. Boyd  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000379-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over a modification of the parenting schedule for two minor children the Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals' decision finding that the family court's admission and reliance upon certain statement...

Lawson v. Woeste  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000670-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the family court denying Appellant's petition for a writ of prohibition to stay a child custody order entered by the circuit court pending her appeal, holding that the court of app...

ERIC SHANE GRINNELL V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000677-KB
CARROLL HUBBARD, JR. V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-000148-KB
Norton Healthcare, Inc. v. Disselkamp  
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2018-SC-000274-DG, 2019-SC-000102-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's judgment in favor of Defendant on Plaintiff's age-discrimination claim, holding that the trial court committed reversible error...

GENARO HERRERA HERNANDEZ V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000492-DG
BEN JESSIE WYATT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000580-MR
COREY COMMODORE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000617-MR
Carlisle v. Commonwealth  
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000680-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, holding that the trial court did not err in refusing to suppress ev...

ANTONIO SALLEE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000030-MR
MIRANDA MORRIS V. NAEGLE OUTDOOR ADVERTISING, ET AL.
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000224-WC
ANTWOIN WILLIAMS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000288-MR
Curry v. Commonwealth  
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000306-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for one count of murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, holding that the trial court did not err by failing to give the jury a no duty to...

BARBARA SMITH V. BLEDSOE COAL CO., ET AL.
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000319-WC
SOUTHWIRE CO/KY ROD & CABLE V. SHONDESE FRAZIER, ET AL.
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000429-WC
CHARLES LAMAR RICHARDSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000438-MR
CHRISTOPHER LUTIN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000442-MR
KUNGU NJUGUNA V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-000183-KB
Hauber v. Hauber  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2018-SC-000394-DG, 2019-SC-000154-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the opinion of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Plaintiffs' second action against Defendants, the trustees of their parents' trust, because a prior ac...

Mulazim v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2018-SC-000466-MR, 2018-SC-000471-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting and sentencing Defendants for several counts of first-degree robbery, tampering with physical evidence and of being first-degree persistent felony off...

JAMES M. SPAULDING V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000615-MR
Eversole v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000656-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's convictions for first-degree fleeing or evading, first-degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender, holding that the trial cour...

Zapata v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000666-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Appellant's motion to withdraw his guilty plea, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in refusing to allow Appellant to withdraw his...

Sneed v. University of Louisville Hospital  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000048-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's grant of summary judgment for Defendants - a hospital and various doctors and nurses - and dismissing Plaintiff's medical malpra...

Breazeale v. Kentucky  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000113-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: Charlie, the one-year-old son of Breazeale's girlfriend Samantha, was not Breazeale’s son. When he and Charlie had strep, Breazeale babysat Charlie. Breazeale was the only person in the home with Charlie that day. The ne...

CODY BATES V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2019-SC-000121-MR, 2019-SC-000141-MR
LARRY BRATCHER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000135-MR
DOMINIC HODGE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000159-MR
KEVIN IPINA-GARCIA V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000189-MR
Commonwealth v. Honorable Mary Shaw  
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000218-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals denying the Commonwealth's petition for a writ of prohibition challenging the trial court's issuance of an order granting Defendant's request for an in came...

JOHN TABOR V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000233-MR
WILLIAM MATTINGLY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000242-MR
LEONARD BATES III V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000243-MR
JONATHAN L. SMITH V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: April 30, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-000046-KB
White v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2014-SC-000725-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: After the United States Supreme Court vacated Defendant's sentence and remanded Defendant's case to the Supreme Court for reconsideration in light of Moore v. Texas, 137 S. Ct. 1039 (2017), the Supreme Court remanded thi...

Commonwealth v. Bredhold  
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2017-SC-000436-TG, 2017-SC-000536-TG, 2017-SC-000537-TG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the interlocutory orders of the trial court concluding that Defendants' individual psychological assessments provided further support for the exclusion of the death penalty as to Defendants ind...

Mostert v. Mostert Group, LLC  
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2017-SC-000600-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the trial court granting partial summary judgment in favor of Paul Mostert and partially dismissing The Mostert Group, LLC's (TMG)...

CURTIS SNELL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000219-MR
Roberts v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000249-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of murder and vacated her twenty-year sentence, holding that the trial court committed reversible error by failing to grant Defendant's motions for a mistrial and in ruli...

THOMAS D. JACOBS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000366-MR
SALEM NAGDY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000565-MR
SAM CORNETT V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000658-MR
B.S.S. v. K.S.  
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000019-DE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals ruling that the family court abused its discretion by granting Father visitation with his child, holding that substantial evidence supported the family cour...

BRIAN CURTIS WOODS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000075-MR
WILLARD FLYNN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2019-SC-000106-MR, 2019-SC-000150-TG
Layman v. Bohanon  
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000364-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing a portion of an order of the family court that modified the parties' timesharing arrangement and recalculated child support, holding that the cour...

THOMAS LEE PERRY V. LEAH NICOLE GOODWIN AND CAITLYN MANON CURNETT
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000474-DE
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. JASON PIERCE MAC IAIN
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000643-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. JASON NICHOLAS MARTIN
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000657-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. LISA M. WELLS
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-000012-KB
MAURY DAVID KOMMOR V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: March 26, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-SC-000035-KB
DUWAN MASON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000044-MR
DAVID R. FINLEY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000175-MR
Jackson v. Estate of Gary Day  
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000297-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals' opinion affirming the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants and dismissing Plaintiffs' complaint based on this Court's holding in Gailor v. Alsabi...

MICHAEL TORRENCE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000322-MR
ELIJAH MESSER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000398-MR
Howard v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2018-SC-000468-MR, 2018-SC-000469-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sodomy, and related crimes, and sentencing Defendant to seventy years in prison, holding that t...

LEDBETTER WATER DISTRICT V. CRITTENDEN-LIVINGSTON WATER DISTRICT
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000494-DG
GLEN A. DAVIS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000535-MR
DAMONDRE WILLIAMS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000574-MR
GREGORY MILLER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-000648-MR
GARY JOSHUA MILLS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-SC-00328-MR
Williams v. Hawkins  
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000012-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court dismissing as untimely Tracie Williams' complaint against Katelin Hawkins as the administratrix of the estate of C...

Helton v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000024-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of five counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and five counts of distribution of matter portraying a s...

CLYDE ELLSWORTH CRAWFORD V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000033-MR
INGRID NADA HICKMAN V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000594-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. CASSIDY ANN TEATER
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000598-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. ROBERT ANDREW ROWLAND
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000614-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. JAMES DOUGLAS MORY
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000636-KB
AN UNNAMED ATTORNEY V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000639-KB
JOSEPH W. BOLIN V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000644-KB
JAMES CLAYTON HALL V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000658-KB
CHARLES H. DETERS, ET AL. V. JANE H. HERRICK, ET AL.
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000666-OA
ERIC SHANE GRINNELL V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000677-KB
HAROLD WAYNE ROBERTS V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000706-KB
DERWIN LAMONT WEBB V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000708-KB
ROBERT F. SMITH V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-SC-000713-KB
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