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Recent Decisions From the Montana Supreme Court

City of Missoula v. J. Williams
Date: November 17, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 282
Docket Number: DA 16-0674
State v. Hansen  
Date: November 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 280
Docket Number: DA 16-0194

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the sentence imposed upon Defendant following his plea of no contest to sexual assault, holding that the district court erred in accepting Defendant’s no contest plea, and therefore, the distric...

Quigley v. Beck  
Date: November 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 278
Docket Number: DA 16-0629

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the water court that largely adopted the water master’s report dividing the four water rights for irrigation from Nevada Creek between James and Linda Quigley and Richard Beck base...

Mlekush v. Farmers Insurance Exchange  
Date: November 14, 2017
Citations: 2017 MT 256, 2017 MT 256A
Docket Number: DA 16-0670

Justia Opinion Summary: An injured first party insured who is compelled to sue for underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits and recovers more at trial than the last insurance company offer, the insurer must pay the first party insured’s attorney fe...

Marriage of Miller Polich
Date: November 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 281N
Docket Number: DA 17-0011
Watson v. BNSF Railway Co.  
Date: November 14, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 279
Docket Number: DA 17-0229

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court granting Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company’s (BNSF) motion for summary judgment on Kelly Watson’s asbestos-related disease claim, brought under th...

Flathead Joint Board of Control v. State  
Date: November 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 277
Docket Number: DA 16-0516

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Water Compact, holding that Mont. Const. art. II, section 18 did not require the Montana Legislature to approve the...

Flathead Joint Board v. State
Date: November 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 277
Docket Number: DA 16-0516
Davis v. Westphal  
Date: November 8, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 276
Docket Number: DA 17-0003

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s denial of the portion of Plaintiffs’ motion motion for partial summary judgment seeking an order compelling Defendants to immediately remove trespassing encroachments on Pl...

Parenting of N.C.D. minor child
Date: November 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 272N
Docket Number: DA 16-0592
State v. Harrington  
Date: November 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 273
Docket Number: DA 16-0672

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s denial of Defendant’s two motions to dismiss the charges against him for sexual abuse of children. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of...

Rolan v. New West Health Services  
Date: November 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 270
Docket Number: DA 17-0009

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court granted summary judgment for New West Health Services (New West) in this action brought by Plaintiff and the class she represented alleging breach of contract...

Larson v. State
Date: November 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 271N
Docket Number: DA 17-0010
McAtee v. Whitefish Credit Union  
Date: November 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 268
Docket Number: DA 17-0037

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court’s dismissal of Appellant’s complaint, holding that Appellant’s original complaint was not improper serial litigation and, therefore, was not barred under Mont. Code Ann. 3-1-...

Dundas v. Winter Sports, Inc.  
Date: November 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 MT 269
Docket Number: DA 17-0062

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment dismissing Plaintiff’s claims for wrongful discharge under the Montana Wrongful Discharge from Employment Act (WDEA). Plaintiff sued Defendant,...

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