Kentucky Supreme Court Decisions 2021

DAVID JOE PORTER V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0115-KB
Commonwealth v. Collinsworth  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0132-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals reversing the circuit court's order on revocation of probation which ran Defendant's sentence in her Kenton County case sentence consecutive to, rather than...

Meinhart v. Louisville Metro Government  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0237-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals concluding that a police officer was entitled to qualified official immunity from liability for the decision to initiate a police pursuit that ended in a fa...

City of Villa Hills v. Kentucky Retirement Systems  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0434-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the circuit court holding that substantial evidence supported the $200,000 assessment of Kentucky Retirement Systems in actuarial...

Hayes v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0455-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court sentencing Defendant to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole in connection with his conviction for murder, robbery in the first degree, and tamp...

Ford v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0538-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the trial court denying Defendant's motion to vacate the judgment convicting her for the murder of he...

JAMES BRADLEY TOWNSEND V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0566-MR
MICHAEL CRAIG MOODY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0579-MR
University Medical Center, Inc. v. James Graham Brown Cancer Center  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0641-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the trial court granting summary judgment to Defendants and dismissing Plaintiff's action alleging that her consent to certain med...

Sutton v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0648-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of first-degree assault, attempted murder, and other offenses and sentencing him to a total of thirty-five years' imprisonment, holding th...

ABDULLAH R. WHITE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0015-MR
Keeneland Ass'n v. Prather  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Numbers: 2020-SC-0067-DG, 2020-SC-0075-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants in this personal injury action, holding that the trial court properly granted s...

CHRIS JAMES LOWE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0126-MR
Dowell v. Matthews Contracting  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Numbers: 2020-SC-0170-WC, 2020-SC-0137-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals upholding the 2018 amendment to Ky. Rev. Stat. 342.730(4), holding that the statutory amendment did not violate the Contracts Clause of the federal and stat...

Chadwell v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0201-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence for two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree and being a persistent felony offender in the second degree, holding that the tri...

Smith v. Doe  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Numbers: 2020-SC-0211-DG, 2020-SC-0305-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the opinion and order of the circuit court which upheld the district court's entry of an interpersonal protection order (IPO) between an eleven-ye...

CHAZRICO GIBSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0250-MR
Cates v. Kroger  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Numbers: 2020-SC-0275-WC, 2020-SC-0277-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals upholding the constitutionality of the 2018 amendment to Ky. Rev. Stat. 342.730(4), which terminates workers' compensation income benefits when the recipien...

JEREMY DEMAR V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0325-MR
HARPER SUB CLUB, LLC, ET AL. V. HONORABLE JAMES R. SCHRAND, ET AL.
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0372-MR
B.B. v. Commonwealth, Cabinet for Health & Family Services  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0488-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the circuit court finding that the natural, minor children of Father were abused or were at risk of being abuse while in his care...

BETTY CAITLIN NICOLE SMITH V. HONORABLE JASON FLEMING, ET AL.
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0526-MR
Imhoff v. Honorable House  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0530-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the court of appeals granting Defendant's petition for a writ of prohibition of the first class, thereby vacating the circuit court's denial of Defendant's motion to dismiss Plaint...

Smith v. McCoy  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-SC-0050-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals remanding this case to the trial court and reinstated the circuit court's domestic violence protective order in this case, holding that the trial court's fa...

KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. RYAN RICHARD STITH
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-SC-0149-KB
Cameron v. Beshear  
Date: August 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-SC-0107-I

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court granting a temporary injunction against implementation of House Bill 1, Senate Bill 1, Senate Bill 2, and House Joint Resolution 77, which the General Assembly...

Beshear v. Goodwood Brewing Co.  
Date: August 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-SC-0126-I

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the trial court's order granting a temporary injunction enjoining Defendants from enforcing against only the individual Plaintiffs multiple specifically enumerated executive orders, administrati...

Mosley v. Arch Specialty Insurance Co.  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0586-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's dismissal of this third-party bad-faith case against Arch Specialty Insurance Company and National Union Fire Insurance Company,...

Phillips v. Rosquist  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0671-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's mandatory injunction in this property dispute, holding equitable relief was not available under the circumstances of this case....

Commonwealth v. Hess  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Numbers: 2019-SC-0130-DG, 2019-SC-0208-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the court of appeals vacating the order of the trial court denying Ford Motor Company's motion for summary judgment, holding that neither the court of appeals nor this Court had...

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office v. Kentucky Retirement Systems  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0315-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court upholding that decision of the Retirement Systems's Administrative Review Board affirming the decision of the Kentucky Retirement Systems applying the Ky. Rev. S...

ERIC C. DETERS V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0334-KB
Powers v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0341-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of sodomy in the first degree and rape in the first degree and his sentence of seventeen years' imprisonment, holding that...

United States Liability Insurance Co. v. Watson  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0475-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the opinion of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the circuit court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant pursuant to Kentucky's Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act (UC...

Kentucky Retirement Systems v. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0476-TG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this administrative appeal brought by the Kentucky Retirement Systems from the decision of the circuit court in two consolidated cases concerning application of Ky. Rev. Stat. 61.598 the Supreme Court held that the Re...

Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government Waste Management District v. Jefferson County League of Cities, Inc.  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0520-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the amendments that the legislature made in 2017 to Ky. Rev. Stat. Chapter 109 to give home rule cities located in a county containing a consolidated local government certain rights with respe...

RASHOD JACKSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0597-MR
JAMAL S. MOUNTS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0682-MR
JAMES T. HINMAN, II V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0728-MR
Jewish Hospital v. Honorable Mitch Perry  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0011-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the order of the circuit court denying Appellant's petition for a writ prohibiting the Jefferson Circuit Court from enforcing its order allowing the use of a root-cause analysis report (RCA) at...

Booth v. K&D Builders, Inc.  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Numbers: 2020-SC-0023-DG, 2020-SC-0026-DG, 2020-SC-0028-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals vacating an arbitration award and affirmed the circuit court's denial of the motion to vacate the arbitrator's award, holding that the court of appeals exce...

Commonwealth v. Doebler  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0025-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the circuit court's order that Defendant forfeit $3,759 in cash that law enforcement officials seized the day Defendant and her co-defendant were...

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. ERIC L. GIBSON
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0041-DG
Thomas v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co.  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0061-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the order of the circuit court granting summary judgment in favor of State Farm Fire and Casualty Insurance Company in the underlying personal inj...

Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government v. Honorable Olu A. Stevens  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0091-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted motions to dismiss this appeal from the court of appeals' denial of a petition for a writ of mandamus directing Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu A. Stevens to rule on a summary judgment motion,...

DAVID ANDREW SIMS, III V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0097-MR
JAMES RONNIE MCINTOSH V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0130-MR
Davis v. Progressive Direct Insurance Co.  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0168-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the court of appeals excluding from the definition of a "motor vehicle" or "trailer" a horse-drawn wagon for insurance coverage purposes, holding that the insurance policy was una...

Davis v. Blendex Co.  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0171-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the holding of the Workers' Compensation Board that the Administrative Law Judge properly found that Plaintiff's claim for workers' compensation b...

INQUIRY COMMISSION V. JOHN JAMES SHAUGHNESSY III
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0217-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. JUDSON BAYARD WAGENSELLER
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0294-KB
CRAIG PAPINEAU V. TRANS ASH INC., ET AL.
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0296-WC
ARYONE LYMON V. GEORGIA PACIFIC, ET AL.
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0411-WC
PC METRO BOTTLING (PEPSICO) V. LONNIE FELTNER, ET AL.
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0498-WC
Moore v. Moore  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0553-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the court of appeals affirming an order of the circuit court granting Father unsupervised overnight visitation with two minor daughters, holding that the trial court abused its dis...

Johnson v. Honorable Stockton Wood  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0588-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals denying Plaintiff's petition for a writ of mandamus to direct Judge Stockton Wood of the Fleming Circuit Court to issue various orders in her favor, holding...

KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. THOMAS DUANE JUANSO
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-SC-0059-KB
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. CHARLES EDWIN JOHNSON
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-SC-0099-KB
IN RE: JE-101
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-SC-0134-RR
LP Louisville East, LLC v. Patton  
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Numbers: 2019-SC-0016-DG, 2019-SC-0211-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the circuit court compelling Plaintiff to arbitrate his claims of wrongful death and negligence against Signature HealthCARE of East Louisville, hol...

KENNETH L. MATTINGLY, JR. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0255-MR
Puckett v. Cabinet for Health & Family Services  
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0282-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the circuit court reversing Plaintiff's termination from his employment with the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and F...

Commonwealth v. McCarthy  
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0380-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal addressing the ramifications of Defendant's refusal to take a blood test when he was stopped for driving under the influence (DUI) the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing...

CLIFFORD ANTHONY VICK V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0489-MR
BLUEGRASS OAKWOOD, INC. V. HEATHER MORGAN, ET AL.
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0490-WC
Jolly v. Lion Apparel, Inc.  
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0631-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals holding that Defendant, Plaintiff's employer, timely filed an appeal with the Worker's Compensation Board, holding that Defendant's second petition for reco...

WHAS-TV V. BRYAN DERBY, ET AL.
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0683-WC
LISA R. HARVEY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0732-MR
DARNELL RICHARDS NUTTER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0736-MR
DAWAN Q. MULAZIM V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0087-MR
DYLAN CAPPS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0105-MR
JSE, INC., D/B/A PERMA STAFF II V. PATRICIA AHART, ET AL.
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0154-WC
Brownwood Property, LLC v. Thornton  
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0167-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the holding of the court of appeals that Plaintiff was not a "person employed in agriculture" under Kentucky's Workers' Compensation Act, holding that Plaintiff was a person employed in agricul...

JBS SWIFT V. LYNN FIELDS, ET AL.
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0239-WC
A.G. v. Cabinet for Health & Family Services  
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0273-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the family court terminating Father's parental rights to Child, holding that the court's findings were not supported by substantial evidence. Through two dependency, neglect and...

Cabinet for Health & Family Services v. H.L.O.  
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0276-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reinstated the judgment of the circuit court finding that Mother neglected her daughter and terminating Mother's parental rights, holding that the circuit court's termination of Mother's parental rights...

CANDY CURRENS V. RJ INSULATION, ET AL.
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0298-WC
LAVERN GRAY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0335-MR
BRYAN GREENWELL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY AND JODIE CECIL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Numbers: 2018-SC-0496-MR, 2018-SC-0682-MR
BRETT CARROLL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0253-MR
Viwin Tech Windows & Doors, Inc. v. Ivey  
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0370-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court remanded this case to the Workers' Compensation Board, holding that Mark Ivey's pre-employment lower back disc herniation and two surgeries required an impairment rating to be carved out of his permanen...

Britt v. University of Louisville  
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0399-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the circuit court's denial of summary judgment in favor of the University of Louisville in this breach of contract action, holding that Plaintiff...

MARCELLUS PHAGAN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0445-MR
DEANGELO POLLARD V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0471-MR
Davis v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0530-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of one count of theft of mail matter and of being a persistent felony offender in the first degree and sentencing him to twenty years' imp...

TRAVIS DURRUM V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0591-MR
BRADLEY TYSON MORRIS V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0606-MR
JAMES GARTIN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0628-MR
DANIEL SCOTT NEAL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0649-MR
RICKY SIMPSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0734-MR
Fisher v. Commonwealth  
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0738-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's judgment convicting Defendant of complicity to murder and tampering with physical evidence, holding the trial court did not err in admitting unreacted out-of-court statement...

Barnes v. Honorable Julie Goodman  
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0088-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's request for a writ of prohibition and/or mandamus directing the circuit court to vacate the denial of her motion to stay discovery in a wrongful death/negligence action, holding that...

CHASE WESTON HELVEY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0119-MR
Maysey v. Express Services, Inc.  
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0132-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 order of the administrative law judge (ALJ) denying Plaintiff a thirty percent enhanc...

Anderson v. Mountain Comprehensive Health Corp.  
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0133-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the Workers' Compensation Board affirming the decision of the administrative law judge (ALJ) dismissing Appellant's workers' compe...

JIMMY R. BALDWIN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0141-MR
R.M. v. Cabinet for Health & Family Services  
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0205-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the order and judgment of the trial court terminating the parental rights of Mother and Father to their two boys, holding that the court of appeal...

PACKERS SANITATION SERVICES V. JORGE MARTELL CABRERA, ET AL.
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0215-WC
ARMSTRONG COAL COMPANY, INC. V. BRIAN PIPER, ET AL.
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0226-WC
A.G. v. Cabinet for Health & Family Services  
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0273-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals and vacated the judgment of the family court terminating Father's parental rights to S.A.A., his now sixteen-year-old son, holding that the court's findings...

ROBERT LEE MCKINNEY, II V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 2021-SC-0049-KB
Elder v. Kentucky Retirement Systems  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2017-SC-0258-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming denial of disability retirement benefits by the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Retirement Systems, holding that the lower courts misinterpreted...

Abbott, Inc. v. Guirguis  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0577-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the opinions of the court of appeals and the circuit court in this case involving the issues of the mandatory recusal of the trial judge and the interpretation of deeds, holding that the circuit...

Foreman v. Auto Club Property-Casualty Insurance Co.  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0618-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: In this insurance dispute, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the insureds (Insureds) but remanded the case to the trial cour...

Hubers v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0667-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of murder and sentencing her to life imprisonment, holding that Defendant was not entitled to reversal of her convictions. Defendant was co...

Barnett v. Central Kentucky Hauling, LLC  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0064-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court dismissing this complaint brought under the Kentucky Civil Rights Act (KCRA), Kentucky Revised Statutes Chapter 344, holding that the KCRA does not bar an employer...

Commonwealth v. Daughtery  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0201-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the opinion of the court of appeals rejecting the trial court's conclusion that Defendant was not required to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) but nevertheless affirming...

Dooley v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0262-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of murder and tampering with physical evidence and sentencing him to forty-three years' imprisonment, holding that the trial court erred i...

HAROLD EUGENE HAYES V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0486-MR
Pope v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0522-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin) in the first degree and of being a persistent felony offender in the first degree and se...

MARGIE J. JOHNSON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0567-MR
FARAND SKINNER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0589-MR
Towe v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0694-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of first-degree sodomy and sentencing him to life imprisonment, holding that there...

JOHN BANNON V. FORD MOTOR CO., ET AL.
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0718-WC
Martin v. Warrior Coal LLC  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0055-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the decisions of the administrative law judge (ALJ) and the Workers' Compensation Board that the twelve percent interest on workers' compensation...

LORI C. MATTIE V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0090-MR
Iqtaifan v. Hagerty  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0304-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals denying Petitioner's original action seeking a writ of mandamus against Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Tara Hagerty, holding that the court of appeals did no...

RACHELLE NICHOLE HOWELL V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0608-KB
Simms v. Estate of Blake  
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2018-SC-0478-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's ruling that Ky. Rev. Stat. 391.033 and Ky. Rev. Stat. 411.137 (together, "Mandy Jo's Law") precluded Appellant from recovering h...

HARRY GULYARD, JR. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0007-MR
Hargroves v. Commonwealth  
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Numbers: 2019-SC-0181-MR, 2019-SC-0279-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of murder, first-degree assault, and first-degree wanton endangerment of a child, holding that there was no prejudicial error in the proceed...

Ford Motor Co. v. Duckworth  
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0357-WC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals' decision upholding an administrative law judge's (ALJ) award of benefits to Deborah Duckworth, holding that the ALJ had the authority to determine the manifestation date f...

Pleasant Unions, LLC v. Kentucky Tax Co., LLC  
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0358-DG

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the court of appeals' decision affirming the circuit court's summary judgment in favor of Kentucky Tax Company, LLC on Kentucky Tax's suit to foreclose its lien on certain property and to colle...

LOWELL HARRIS V. JAMES RIVER COAL, ET AL.
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0369-WC
ROBERT JAMIESON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0582-MR
MEGAN SHOEMAKER V. KELLY SERVICES, INC., ET AL.
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0630-WC
HAYATTE KLEIER V. MACY'S #562, ET AL.
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0684-WC
DEQONTAY DUNNAWAY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2019-SC-0730-MR
Blackaby v. Barnes  
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0004-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Appellant's petition for grandparent visitation on grounds that Appellant lacked standing to seek for...

Brooks v. Honorable Tara Hagerty  
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0065-MR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals denying Elderserve, Inc.'s petition for a writ of mandamus directing the family court to grant its motion to amend an annulment petition to include a petit...

M.C. v. Commonwealth  
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0191-DGE

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the family court's finding of neglect against M.C. regarding his three teenaged children and vacated the family court's orders, holding that the f...

KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. ERIC TULEY WEINER
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0389-KB
LINDSEY SCOTT V. KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
Date: January 21, 2021
Docket Number: 2020-SC-0566-KB
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