Montana Supreme Court Decisions 2020

State v. R. Weber
Date: December 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 325N
Docket Number: DA 18-0392
State v. Reams  
Date: December 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 326
Docket Number: DA 18-0710

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the jury verdict of the district court following Defendant's conviction of incest against his ten-year-old stepdaughter, holding that the district court erred when it granted the State's motion...

State v. Ingram  
Date: December 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 327
Docket Number: DA 19-0120

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the sentence and financial assessments imposed by the district court in connection with Defendant's conviction for driving under the influence (DUI), fourth or subs...

Ellison v. State
Date: December 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 324N
Docket Number: DA 20-0375
Shepard v. Farmers Insurance Exchange  
Date: December 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 320
Docket Number: DA 19-0265

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting motions to dismiss filed by Farmers Insurance Exchange and State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, holding that the district court did not err in grant...

J. Smith v. State
Date: December 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 323N
Docket Number: DA 19-0591
Farmers Insurance Exchange v. Wessel  
Date: December 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 319
Docket Number: DA 19-0727

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the holding of the district court that Farmers Insurance Exchange had no duty to defend the Insureds in this case but reversed the district court's holding that the duty to indemnify was not ju...

Miller v. Montana Board of Pardons & Parole  
Date: December 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 318
Docket Number: DA 20-0097

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the district court that the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole did not violate Appellant's statutory or constitutional rights in denying Appellant's parole request, holding that...

Margitan v. McAfee
Date: December 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 322N
Docket Number: DA 20-0202
City of Red Lodge v. E. Rodman
Date: December 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 321N
Docket Number: DA 20-0291
Hensley v. Montana State Fund  
Date: December 16, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 317
Docket Number: DA 19-0523

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the Workers' Compensation Court that Mont. Code Ann. 39-71-703(2) did not violate Appellant's right to equal protection by denying an impairment award to a worker with a Class 1 i...

S. Hensley v. State Fund (Synopsis)
Date: December 16, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 317
Docket Number: DA 19-0523
State v. Jensen  
Date: December 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 309
Docket Number: DA 18-0190

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court denying Defendant's motion to dismiss the charge of vehicular homicide while under the influence, holding that Mont. Code Ann. 61-8-411 does not violate either t...

State v. Dillingham  
Date: December 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 310
Docket Number: DA 19-0352

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of aggravated sexual intercourse without consent, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in failing to find Defendant's concerns of ineffective assi...

State v. G. Glenn
Date: December 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 313N
Docket Number: DA 19-0395
State v. L. Loveless
Date: December 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 316N
Docket Number: DA 19-0414
Plakorus v. University of Montana  
Date: December 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 312
Docket Number: DA 20-0014

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the district court's dismissal of Mark Plakorus's claims against the University of Montana, holding that Plakorus's amended complaint was sufficient to state tort c...

Davenport v. Lincoln County
Date: December 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 314N
Docket Number: DA 20-0019
Jackpot Farms, Inc. v. Johns Farms, Inc.  
Date: December 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 311
Docket Number: DA 20-0208

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court providing for the dissolution of the Johns Brothers Farms partnership, accounting of the partners' capital accounts, and settlement and distribution of partnersh...

Parenting of A.K.
Date: December 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 315N
Docket Number: DA 20-0248
State v. M. Mendoza
Date: December 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 306N
Docket Number: DA 18-0637
State v. Smith  
Date: December 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 304
Docket Number: DA 19-0113

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of solicitation of witness tampering and sentencing him to prison for ten years with four years suspended, holding that the district cour...

Park County Environmental Council v. Montana Department of Environmental Quality  
Date: December 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 303
Docket Number: DA 19-0492

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the district court's ruling granting summary judgment to Park County Environmental Council and Greater Yellowstone Coalition and an order of vacatur of the challeng...

Matter of T.N., YINC
Date: December 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 307N
Docket Number: DA 20-0026
Craig Tracts Homeowners' Ass'n v. Brown Drake, LLC  
Date: December 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 305
Docket Number: DA 20-0214

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the district court determining that Brown Drake, LLC's operation of the Brown Drake Lodge did not violate the Craig Tracts Homeowners' Association's (HOA) amended covenant's requi...

Marriage of Fenoglio
Date: December 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 308N
Docket Number: DA 20-0231
State v. R. Vandenbos
Date: December 1, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 302N
Docket Number: DA 18-0487
Armstrong v. Personnel Appeals
Date: December 1, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 301N
Docket Number: DA 19-0590
State v. L. Hughes
Date: November 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 293N
Docket Number: DA 19-0467
Buckles v. BH Flowtest, Inc.  
Date: November 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 291
Docket Number: DA 19-0546

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court determining that Montana law applied to the wrongful death action brought by Nicole Buckles on behalf of the estate her deceased son, Zachary Scott Buckles, w...

Michelotti v. State of Montana
Date: November 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 296N
Docket Number: DA 19-0686
Marriage of Phillips & Bucknum
Date: November 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 294N
Docket Number: DA 20-0010
Tomsu v. U of M
Date: November 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 295N
Docket Number: DA 20-0054
Jones v. MSU
Date: November 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 299N
Docket Number: DA 20-0055
Murray v. Judd
Date: November 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 298N
Docket Number: DA 20-0105
Eakin v. State
Date: November 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 297N
Docket Number: DA 20-0207
L. Daniels v. State
Date: November 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 300N
Docket Number: DA 20-0274
Three Blind Mice v. Price
Date: November 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 292N
Docket Number: DA 20-0316
D. Nolan v. State
Date: November 17, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 290N
Docket Number: DA 19-0259
Montana Environmental Information Center v. Montana Department of Environmental Quality  
Date: November 17, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 288
Docket Number: DA 19-0553

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's vacatur of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) 2017 issuance of Montana Pollution Discharge Elimination System (MPDES) permit to Montanore Minerals Corp...

D. Marozzo v. State
Date: November 17, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 289N
Docket Number: DA 19-0612
State v. Polejewski
Date: November 10, 2020
Citation: 2008 MT 343
Docket Numbers: DA 06-0789, DA 20-0306
State v. Thomas  
Date: November 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 281
Docket Number: DA 18-0209

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for aggravated promotion of prostitution of B.M. and promoting prostitution of Z.T., holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion. On appeal, Defendant a...

State v. A. Lewis
Date: November 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 286N
Docket Number: DA 18-0474
State v. Fillion  
Date: November 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 283
Docket Number: DA 18-0673

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for felony theft, felony altering an identification number, and misdemeanor violation of license plate requirement, holding that the district court did not err. Specific...

Griz One Firefighting v. State Department of Labor & Industry  
Date: November 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 285
Docket Number: DA 19-0490

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court denying Griz One Firefighting, LLC's petition for judicial review of a default order and determination by the Department of Labor and Industry Wage and Hour Divi...

Meine v. Hren Ranches, Inc.  
Date: November 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 284
Docket Number: DA 19-0622

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court interpreting and modifying a prior 2014 judgment that previously adjudicated that Plaintiffs had established various prescriptive easement rights over certain...

Peters v. Hubbard  
Date: November 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 282
Docket Number: DA 20-0087

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving a grant of easement and easement agreement between Roger Peters and Carrie Peters and Douglas Hubbards and Nathan Hubbards the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting sum...

State v. Fjelsted  
Date: November 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 278
Docket Number: DA 18-0499

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court revoking Defendant's deferred sentence for criminal endangerment, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion by revoking Defendant's deferred s...

State v. Howard  
Date: November 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 279
Docket Number: DA 19-0305

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the revocation of his suspended sentence by the district court, holding that the district court's sentence revocation was supported by sufficient evidence that Defendant had violated the condit...

Vallejo v. State
Date: November 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 280N
Docket Number: DA 20-0022
K & J Investments, LLC v. Flathead County  
Date: November 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 277
Docket Number: DA 20-0195

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing K&J Investments, LLC's petition and complaint for judicial review, rescission, and unjust enrichment against the Flathead County Board of Commissio...

State v. Chambers  
Date: October 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 271
Docket Number: DA 18-0178

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed the charges against Defendant, holding that Defendant was denied his constitutional right to a speedy trial and was presumptively prejudiced by the delay. The State filed an information charg...

State v. R. Tyer
Date: October 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 273N
Docket Number: DA 18-0218
City of Great Falls v. C. Snider
Date: October 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 274N
Docket Number: DA 18-0336
State v. N. Mahseelah
Date: October 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 272N
Docket Number: DA 18-0433
State v. R. Laedeke
Date: October 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 275N
Docket Number: DA 19-0273
State v. T. McNew
Date: October 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 276N
Docket Number: DA 19-0495
State v. Hotchkiss  
Date: October 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 269
Docket Number: DA 19-0518

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court's imposition of certain conditions on Defendant's sentence and reversed the court's determination that Defendant must pay the costs of his public defender, holding that the d...

Deschamps v. Farwest Rock, Ltd.  
Date: October 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 270
Docket Number: DA 19-0629

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court granting Defendants' motion for summary judgment and dismissing Plaintiff's claim alleging breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fa...

State v. Tenold  
Date: October 20, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 263
Docket Number: DA 18-0246

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court denying Defendant's motion to exclude evidence obtained during a traffic stop and to dismiss the charges against him, holding that an officer has a lawful right...

State v. Fetveit  
Date: October 20, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 264
Docket Number: DA 19-0018

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court revoking Defendant's deferred sentence for criminal possession of dangerous drugs, holding that the district court did not violate Defendant's Sixth Amendment ri...

State v. Soto  
Date: October 20, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 265
Docket Number: DA 19-0143

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's felony conviction of criminal possession with intent to distribute, holding that the district court did not err in determining that the State was not required to disclose the identi...

State v. W. Johnson
Date: October 20, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 268N
Docket Number: DA 19-0388
State v. C. Robertson
Date: October 20, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 267N
Docket Number: DA 19-0579
Marriage of Williams
Date: October 20, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 266N
Docket Number: DA 20-0051
In re M.T.  
Date: October 20, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 262
Docket Number: DA 20-0075

Justia Opinion Summary: In this termination of parental rights matter, the Supreme Judicial Court reversed the district court's order, holding that the court abused its discretion by terminating Mother's parental rights without a conclusive det...

State v. A. White
Date: October 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 261N
Docket Number: DA 18-0578
State v. Cole  
Date: October 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 259
Docket Number: DA 19-0338

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court ordering Defendant to pay $31,903 in restitution for losses resulting from offenses committed by another, holding that the district court erred in ordering De...

Kramer v. Fergus Farm Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: October 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 258
Docket Number: DA 19-0682

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court granting class certification in this action alleging breach of contract and violation of Montana's Unfair Trade Practices Act (UT...

State v. Wolfe  
Date: October 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 260
Docket Number: DA 19-0684

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court denying Defendant's motion to suppress testimony regarding statements he made during a phone conversation with the victim, holding that the testimony was not sub...

State v. W. Miller
Date: October 6, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 253N
Docket Number: DA 18-0432
State v. Pelletier  
Date: October 6, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 249
Docket Number: DA 19-0218

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of sexual intercourse without consent (SIWC), a felony, holding that the district court abused its discretion in allowing the State to cross-examine Defendant regarding a...

Vote Solar v. Montana Department of Public Service Regulation  
Date: October 6, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 213A
Docket Number: DA 19-0223

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court concluding that the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) arbitrarily and unlawfully reduced solar qualifying facility (QF) standard-offer rates by excludin...

State v. C. Russell
Date: October 6, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 255N
Docket Number: DA 19-0334
Parenting of A.F.
Date: October 6, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 256N
Docket Number: DA 19-0460
Matter of A.M.M.
Date: October 6, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 257N
Docket Number: DA 20-0021
Montana Digital, LLC v. Trinity Lutheran Church  
Date: October 6, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 250
Docket Number: DA 20-0023

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court holding Trinity Lutheran Church liable under a theory of unjust enrichment, holding that the district court erred as a matter of law in determining that Trini...

Uhlig v. Allied
Date: October 6, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 251N
Docket Number: DA 20-0112
Abraham v. Hull & Swingley
Date: October 6, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 254N
Docket Number: DA 20-0124
Matter of C.H. N.H. and M.H., YINC
Date: October 6, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 252N
Docket Number: DA 20-0192
State v. D. Komeotis
Date: September 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 246N
Docket Number: DA 18-0500
Moore v. Frost
Date: September 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 245N
Docket Number: DA 19-0647
Driscoll v. Stapleton  
Date: September 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 247
Docket Number: DA 20-0295

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the district court order temporarily enjoining two Montana election laws, holding that the court erred by enjoining a ballot deadline. At issue was the district cou...

Montana Democratic Party v. Stapleton  
Date: September 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 244
Docket Number: DA 20-0396

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court upheld the order of the district court prohibiting the office of the Secretary of State from qualifying the Montana Green Party as a minor party eligible for the 2020 election ballot, holding that the d...

Democratic Party v. Stapleton (Synopsis)
Date: September 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 244
Docket Number: DA 20-0396
State v. R. Bettin
Date: September 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 243N
Docket Number: DA 18-0554
Matter of P.Y.
Date: September 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 241N
Docket Number: DA 19-0333
MTSUN v. PSC, et al. (Synopsis)
Date: September 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 238
Docket Number: DA 19-0363
MTSUN, LLC v. Montana Department of Public Service Regulation  
Date: September 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 238
Docket Number: DA 19-0363

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court overruled the decision of the Public Service Commission (PSC) rejecting a proposed development of an eighty-megawatt solar energy facility near Billings, Montana, holding that the PSC violated the requi...

In re Estate of Cook  
Date: September 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 240
Docket Number: DA 19-0525

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court that Dan Cook's last will and testament be confirmed and admitted to probate and that Kim Smith be appointed personal representative of the estate, holding that,...

Matter of J.P., YINC
Date: September 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 242N
Docket Number: DA 19-0659
Richards v. Gernant  
Date: September 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 239
Docket Number: DA 19-0723

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court denying Appellant's petition compelling Appellee, the Missoula County Clerk and Recorder, to record Appellant's certificate of survey (COS), holding that Appelle...

State v. Christensen  
Date: September 16, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 237
Docket Number: DA 18-0268

Justia Opinion Summary: In a split decision, the Supreme Court reversed Defendant's negligent homicide convictions but upheld his convictions on nine counts of criminal endangerment and eleven counts of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs,...

State v. C. Christensen (Synopsis)
Date: September 16, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 237
Docket Number: DA 18-0268
State v. B. Bagnell
Date: September 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 234N
Docket Number: DA 18-0160
State v. J. Porras
Date: September 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 233N
Docket Number: DA 18-0708
State v. Churmage
Date: September 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 236N
Docket Number: DA 19-0480
Sperle v. State
Date: September 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 232N
Docket Number: DA 19-0530
Marriage of Swank
Date: September 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 231N
Docket Number: DA 19-0595
Marriage of Schmidt
Date: September 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 235N
Docket Number: DA 19-0654
Rogers v. Lewis & Clark County  
Date: September 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 230
Docket Number: DA 19-0734

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Mont. Code Ann. 46-5-105 prohibits detention center employees who are booking a person into the general population of a detention facility from conducting a visual body cavity search without r...

State v. W. Mealer
Date: September 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 227N
Docket Number: DA 18-0428
AWIN Real Estate, LLC v. Whitehead Homes, Inc.  
Date: September 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 225
Docket Number: DA 19-0127

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court in favor of AWIN Real Estate, LLC (AWIN) on its claim that Whitehead Homes, Inc. (WHI) breached an investment agreement between t...

State v. C. Wright
Date: September 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 229N
Docket Number: DA 19-0339
In re B.F.  
Date: September 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 223
Docket Number: DA 19-0669

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father's parental rights to his two children, holding that the district court err and that Father did not receive ineffective assistance of counse...

Reinert v. State
Date: September 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 226N
Docket Number: DA 19-0694
In re Parenting of K.J.K.  
Date: September 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 224
Docket Number: DA 20-0080

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court to terminate a 2013 stipulated parental agreement that had afforded Grandparents contact and visitation rights with respect to their grandchild (Child), holdi...

Ellison v. State of Montana
Date: September 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 228N
Docket Number: DA 20-0100
State v. Thomas  
Date: September 1, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 222
Docket Number: DA 18-0201

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence found during a probation search of the room Defendant rented from a person on probation, holding that Defendan...

State v. K. Vinecke
Date: September 1, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 219N
Docket Number: DA 19-0400
City of Great Falls v. R. Sandoval
Date: September 1, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 221N
Docket Number: DA 19-0412
Juris v. Cantrell
Date: September 1, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 220N
Docket Number: DA 20-0121
State v. Khongwiset  
Date: August 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 215
Docket Number: DA 18-0356

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of assault with a weapon, a felony, holding that the district court conducted an adequate inquiry into Defendant's request to substitute counsel. On appeal, Defendant ar...

Moody's Market, Inc. v. Montana State Fund  
Date: August 25, 2020
Citation: 2019 MT 250
Docket Number: DA 19-0456

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court dismissing Appellants' complaint and denying Appellants' motion to amend their complaint, holding that Appellants' declaratory judgment claims challenging the co...

Rideg v. Berleth
Date: August 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 218N
Docket Number: DA 19-0534
City of Bozeman v. Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation  
Date: August 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 214
Docket Number: DA 19-0680

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's order denying the petition filed by the City of Bozeman seeking judicial review of a final order of the Department of Natural Resources (DNRC) granting Utility Solutions, L...

Poplar Elementary School District No. 9 v. Froid Elementary School District No. 65  
Date: August 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 216
Docket Number: DA 20-0012

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court affirming the Acting Roosevelt County Superintendent of School's grant of a territory transfer from Poplar Elementary School District No. 9 to Froid Elementary S...

Vote Solar v. Montana Department of Public Service Regulation  
Date: August 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 213
Docket Number: DA 19-0223

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court vacating and modifying the orders of the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) reducing standard-offer contract rates and maximum contract lengths for small so...

State v. M. Wilson
Date: August 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 207N
Docket Number: DA 18-0247
State v. M. Furbush
Date: August 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 208N
Docket Number: DA 18-0619
First National Properties, LLC v. Hilstead Trust  
Date: August 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 211
Docket Number: DA 19-0158

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the orders of the district court holding Plaintiff liable for additional taxes Defendants owed as a result of Plaintiff's prepayment on the contract, holding that P...

Gottlob v. DesRosier  
Date: August 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 210
Docket Number: DA 19-0596

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendants' motion to dismiss claims asserted against Glacier County officials (collectively, the County) in Plaintiffs' complaint due to lack of subj...

Gottlob v. DesRosier  
Date: August 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 212
Docket Number: DA 20-0081

Justia Opinion Summary: In this fifth case arising from an ongoing dispute between Plaintiffs and Glacier County and certain county officials (collectively, the County), the Supreme Court reversed the district court's grant of Plaintiffs' motio...

Smith v. Roope
Date: August 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 209N
Docket Number: DA 20-0186
Diana's Great Idea, LLC v. Crazy Mountain Wind, LLC  
Date: August 11, 2020
Citation: 2018 MT 278
Docket Number: DA 19-0594

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the order of the district court denying Appellants leave to amend their answer and dismissing their counterclaims with prejudice, holding that the district court co...

State v. Grimshaw  
Date: August 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 201
Docket Number: DA 18-0342

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of sexual intercourse without consent, holding that the district court abused its discretion and compromised Defendant's right to a fair trial when it allowed expert witn...

State v. Walston  
Date: August 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 200
Docket Number: DA 18-0501

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs, methamphetamine, and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, methamphetamine, holding that the district court erred in denyin...

Deming v. Deming
Date: August 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 205N
Docket Number: DA 19-0508
Little Big Warm Ranch, LLC v. Doll  
Date: August 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 198
Docket Number: DA 19-0661

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving six water right claims on Big Warm Creek the Supreme Court affirmed the Water Court's final order, holding that the Water Court did not err or abuse its discretion. Specifically, the Supreme Court...

Matter of B.K.S.S., A Minor Child
Date: August 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 204N
Docket Number: DA 19-0667
State v. McAdam
Date: August 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 206N
Docket Number: DA 19-0733
Matter of J.C.S. & J.C.S., YINC
Date: August 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 203N
Docket Number: DA 20-0015
Monforton v. Motl  
Date: August 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 202
Docket Number: DA 20-0050

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court denying Matthew Monforton's petition for judicial review of a final agency decision by the office of the Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP) dismissing an...

State v. Dineen  
Date: August 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 193
Docket Number: DA 18-0388

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of felony strangulation of his girlfriend, holding the evidence was sufficient to support the conviction, and Defendant did not receive ineffective assistance of counsel....

Mountain Water v. Department of Revenue  
Date: August 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 194
Docket Number: DA 19-0262

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed but on different grounds the summary judgment granted by the district court ruling that the equitable doctrine of unjust enrichment precluded the claim brought by Mountain Water Company for a g...

Elk Grove Development Co. v. Four Corners County Water & Sewer District  
Date: August 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 195
Docket Number: DA 19-0599

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court's entry of summary judgment in favor of Elk Grove Development Company (Elk Grove) and the Elk Grove Homeowners Association (HOA) and entry of an injunction enjoining the Four...

Dickson v. Marino  
Date: August 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 196
Docket Number: DA 19-0674

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's complaint on the ground that his state common-law tort claims for slander and emotional distress were preempted by the federal Civil Refor...

State v. R. LeCou
Date: July 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 191N
Docket Number: DA 18-0083
State v. Morales  
Date: July 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 188
Docket Number: DA 18-0588

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of one count of sexual intercourse without consent, holding that the district court did not err in denying Defendant's motion to strike a prospective juror for cause. A...

State v. N. Frankforter
Date: July 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 190N
Docket Number: DA 19-0063
Brooke v. State  
Date: July 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 187
Docket Number: DA 19-0506

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that a provision in the Office of the State Public Defender's contract with private attorneys specifying that hourly compensation rates can unilaterally be changed by the State permits prospective...

Matter of L.O., YINC
Date: July 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 189N
Docket Number: DA 19-0559
State v. McAdam
Date: July 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 192N
Docket Number: DA 19-0732
Matter of R.R.S. and A.D.S., YINC
Date: July 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 183N
Docket Number: DA 19-0122
Sayers v. Worrall
Date: July 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 184N
Docket Number: DA 19-0448
Parenting of T.P.D.C.
Date: July 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 185N
Docket Number: DA 19-0701
Marriage of Williams
Date: July 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 186N
Docket Number: DA 19-0702
State v. Scott  
Date: July 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 178
Docket Number: DA 19-0074

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court designating Defendant as a persistent felony offender (PFO) and imposing an enhanced sentence under Mont. Code Ann. 46-18-502 , holding that the PFO designati...

Reavis v. Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency  
Date: July 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 181
Docket Number: DA 19-0510

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's complaint against Defendant, his student loan servicer, as expressly preempted by the Higher Education Act (HEA), 20 U.S.C. 1098g, holding...

Junkermier, Clark, Campanella, Stevens, P.C. v. Alborn  
Date: July 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 179
Docket Number: DA 19-0521

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court awarding $2,353,463 in damages to Junkermier, Clark, Campanella, Stevens, P.C. (JCCS), a Montana accounting firm, after a bench t...

City of Darby v. A. Grauberger
Date: July 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 180N
Docket Number: DA 19-0705
State v. Funkhouser  
Date: July 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 175
Docket Number: DA 17-0697

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Defendant's motion to suppress the evidence discovered during a police officer's chemical "field test" on the contents of a syringe found in Defendant...

Mitchell v. Glacier County
Date: July 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 173N
Docket Number: DA 19-0440
Matter of V.A.L. & J.D.L., YINC
Date: July 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 177N
Docket Number: DA 19-0636
Warrington v. Great Falls Clinic, LLP  
Date: July 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 174
Docket Number: DA 19-0679

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court adjudicating that Defendant satisfied the judgment debt on Plaintiff's successful breach of contract claim, holding that the district court erred in adjudging...

Callsen v. Missoula County  
Date: July 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 176
Docket Number: DA 19-0696

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Missoula County and declaring that the right-of-way next to Plaintiff's property extends from Rio Vista Drive to the Bitter...

State v. St. Marks  
Date: June 30, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 170
Docket Number: DA 17-0612

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of attempted deliberate homicide, holding that a challenged jury instruction did not undermine the fundamental fairness of the proceeding. After a jury trial, Defendant...

State v. D. Burton
Date: June 30, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 172N
Docket Number: DA 18-0357
State v. J. Conn
Date: June 30, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 168N
Docket Number: DA 18-0391
Matter of R.B.
Date: June 30, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 169N
Docket Number: DA 18-0688
Reisbeck v. Farmers Insurance Exchange  
Date: June 30, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 171
Docket Number: DA 19-0319

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Farmers Insurance Exchange on Plaintiff's claim for underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits, holding that Plaintiff's UIM clai...

Nolan v. Billings Clinic  
Date: June 30, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 167
Docket Number: DA 19-0664

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court in favor of the Billings Clinic on the negligence claim brought by Plaintiffs Nancy Nolan and her husband Thomas Garrity after Nolan slipped and fell on ice a...

Champagne v. State
Date: June 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 162N
Docket Number: DA 18-0664
M. Gable v. State
Date: June 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 165N
Docket Number: DA 19-0066
State v. Pierre  
Date: June 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 160
Docket Number: DA 19-0138

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction and sentence for burglary, holding that the district court erred by requiring Defendant to pay restitution for pecuniary losses resulting from offenses committed by other...

Garding v. State  
Date: June 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 163
Docket Number: DA 19-0226

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's denial of Appellant's petition for postconviction relief and the court's order granting partial summary judgment in favor of the State, holding that the district court did...

T. Sliwinski v. State
Date: June 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 161N
Docket Number: DA 19-0439
Marriage of Sylvyn
Date: June 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 166N
Docket Number: DA 19-0576
Montana Department of Labor & Industry v. Montana Thirteenth Judicial District Court  
Date: June 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 164
Docket Number: OP 20-0276

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that service is not required when the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Employment Relations Division (DLI) files an application for enforcement of judgment when it seeks enforcement of a f...

State v. Stillsmoking  
Date: June 16, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 154
Docket Number: DA 18-0111

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the sentencing order and judgment issued by the district court following Defendant's conviction of assault on a peace officer, a felony, holding that Defendant did not use a "weapon" pursuant t...

State v. Beam  
Date: June 16, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 156
Docket Number: DA 18-0180

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court revoking the suspended portion of Defendant's sentence for failing to complete sex offender treatment while in prison, holding that because there was no requi...

Marriage of Kerr
Date: June 16, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 158N
Docket Number: DA 19-0276
Harbour v. Wanskasmith
Date: June 16, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 157N
Docket Number: DA 19-0379
Stalowy v. Flathead Conservation District  
Date: June 16, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 155
Docket Number: DA 19-0416

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court upholding the declaratory ruling of the Flathead Conservation District asserting jurisdiction over David and Jacqueline Stalowy's dredging project, holding th...

In re Estate of Swanberg  
Date: June 16, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 153
Docket Number: DA 19-0515

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's order denying the petition to reopen Chandler Swanberg's estate filed by Tristan Swanberg and Taylor Swanberg and reversed the district court's decision failing to award at...

R. Allum v. Montana State Fund
Date: June 16, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 159N
Docket Number: DA 20-0113
State v. Foley
Date: June 9, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 152N
Docket Number: DA 19-0332
Flowers v. Board of Personnel Appeals, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks  
Date: June 9, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 150
Docket Number: DA 19-0549

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Appellant's petition for judicial review for failure to exhaust Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) employee grievance remedies, holding t...

Greenwood v. Department of Revenue  
Date: June 9, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 149
Docket Number: DA 19-0615

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court affirming the administrative decision of the Montana Tax Appeal Board (MTAB) regarding Petitioner's residency status and dismissing his petition for judicial rev...

Coleman v. Hot Springs
Date: June 9, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 151N
Docket Number: DA 19-0658
C. Daenzer v. Hon. Jenks
Date: June 3, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 140
Docket Number: OP 20-0209
City of Great Falls v. E. Lamere
Date: June 2, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 145N
Docket Number: DA 18-0087
State v. Newbary  
Date: June 2, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 148
Docket Number: DA 18-0646

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court denying Defendant's motion to withdraw his guilty plea, holding that, despite the Montana Legislature's later repeal of the Boot Camp Incarceration Program, Defe...

State v. Mueller and Billmayer
Date: June 2, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 142N
Docket Number: DA 19-0126
In re Marriage of Solem  
Date: June 2, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 141
Docket Number: DA 19-0486

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court denying Mother's motion to amend the parenting plan entered into between the parties, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion by denying Mot...

Ascencio v. Orion International
Date: June 2, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 144N
Docket Number: DA 19-0524
Matter of T.N.B., A.M.B., and S.M.B YINC
Date: June 2, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 143N
Docket Number: DA 19-0570
Two Rivers Apts. v. Aultco
Date: June 2, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 147N
Docket Number: DA 19-0598
C. Daenzer v. Hon. Jenks
Date: June 2, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 140
Docket Number: OP 20-0209
Matter of C.T.D.
Date: May 26, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 137N
Docket Number: DA 18-0326
Perry v. Pliley
Date: May 26, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 133N
Docket Number: DA 18-0626
Marriage of Niquet
Date: May 26, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 135N
Docket Number: DA 19-0244
Flathead Lakers v. Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation  
Date: May 26, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 132
Docket Number: DA 19-0312

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court voiding a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) allowing the Montana Artesian Water Company (MAWC) to appropriate water...

360 Reclaim v. Russell
Date: May 26, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 136N
Docket Number: DA 19-0450
Maher v. Colombe
Date: May 26, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 139N
Docket Number: DA 19-0560
Herrington v. Rogers
Date: May 26, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 138N
Docket Number: DA 19-0600
Matter of K.F. & A.F., YINC
Date: May 26, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 134N
Docket Number: DA 19-0611
Murray v. BEJ Minerals (Synopsis)
Date: May 20, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 131
Docket Number: OP 19-0304
Murray v. BEJ Minerals, LLC  
Date: May 20, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 131
Docket Number: OP 19-0304

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court accepted a question certified to it by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and answered that, under Montana law, dinosaur fossils do not constitute "minerals" for the purpose of a m...

State v. J. Burley
Date: May 19, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 130N
Docket Number: DA 18-0277
State v. Trujillo  
Date: May 19, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 128
Docket Number: DA 18-0346

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for attempted deliberate homicide and evidence tampering, both felonies, holding that the district court did not commit plain error in the proceedings below. Specificall...

Marriage of Miller and Sliger
Date: May 19, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 129N
Docket Number: DA 19-0300
In re D.D.  
Date: May 19, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 126
Docket Number: DA 19-0425

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the termination of Mother's parental rights to her child, D.D., holding that D.D. was not an abused or neglected child as provided in Mont. Code Ann. 41-3-102(2)(a), (7)(a)(i)-(iii) and (21)(a)...

In re C.S.  
Date: May 19, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 127
Docket Number: DA 19-0426

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the family court terminating Mother's parental rights to her child, C.S., holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in the proceedings below. After a hearin...

Gateway Hospitality Group Inc. v. Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co.  
Date: May 19, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 125
Docket Number: DA 19-0502

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court accepted supervisory control over this matter and affirmed the district court's ruling denying Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company's motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction, holding tha...

State v. Vegas  
Date: May 12, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 121
Docket Number: DA 18-0021

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence for criminal possession of dangerous drugs, a felony, holding that the district court did not err by denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained...

State v. Mackay
Date: May 12, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 122N
Docket Number: DA 19-0224
In re Parenting of D.C.N.H.  
Date: May 12, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 119
Docket Number: DA 19-0225

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court adopting in full a standing master's findings of fact, conclusions of law, and order amending a parenting plan to direct a fifty-fifty division of parenting t...

Smalling v. Klubben
Date: May 12, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 123N
Docket Number: DA 19-0310
Wingfield v. Department of Public Health & Human Services  
Date: May 12, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 120
Docket Number: DA 19-0391

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court granting the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services' (DPHHS) motion for judgment on the pleadings, holding that the district court did not err in...

Rafes v. Rate
Date: May 12, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 124N
Docket Number: DA 19-0681
State v. K. Jones
Date: May 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 110N
Docket Number: DA 17-0571
State v. D. Conner
Date: May 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 112N
Docket Number: DA 18-0037
State v. S. Cook
Date: May 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 116N
Docket Number: DA 18-0101
City of Missoula v. Zerbst  
Date: May 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 108
Docket Number: DA 18-0434

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction for sexual assault, holding that the municipal court erred when it instructed the jury on a definition of "consent" from the 2017 sexual assault statute and not the appli...

Peterson v. State
Date: May 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 113N
Docket Number: DA 18-0528
State v. J. Brooks
Date: May 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 114N
Docket Number: DA 19-0011
Lutman v. Ames
Date: May 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 117N
Docket Number: DA 19-0101
State v. Schmaus
Date: May 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 111N
Docket Number: DA 19-0430
State v. C. Cross
Date: May 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 109N
Docket Number: DA 19-0442
Dahood v. Lussy
Date: May 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 118N
Docket Number: DA 19-0577
H. Lussy v. R. Lussy
Date: May 5, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 115N
Docket Number: DA 19-0578
State v. E. Keyes
Date: April 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 102N
Docket Number: DA 17-0143
State v. Clausen  
Date: April 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 100
Docket Number: DA 17-0549

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's drug-related convictions, holding that the district court abused its discretion in admitting evidence regarding Defendant's prior DUI convictions, and the error was not harmless. D...

State v. S. Grandchamp
Date: April 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 103N
Docket Number: DA 18-0192
State v. B. Frey
Date: April 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 104N
Docket Number: DA 18-0350
State v. L. Chain
Date: April 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 106N
Docket Number: DA 19-0118
Buckles v. Continental Resources, Inc.  
Date: April 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 107
Docket Number: DA 19-0162

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court granting Continental Resources, Inc.'s motion to dismiss for lack of specific personal jurisdiction Plaintiff's complaint alleging that Continental was liable fo...

Kaltschmidt v. Shannon
Date: April 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 105N
Docket Number: DA 19-0306
Flying T Ranch, LLC v. Catlin Ranch, LP  
Date: April 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 99
Docket Number: DA 19-0504

Justia Opinion Summary: In this property dispute, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court granting Defendant's motion to stay proceedings without holding a hearing on Plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction, holdin...

Burmaster v. Radford
Date: April 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 101N
Docket Number: DA 19-0603
State v. D. Warner, Jr.
Date: April 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 93N
Docket Number: DA 18-0046
D. Chyatte v. State
Date: April 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 96N
Docket Number: DA 18-0155
State v. J. Warren
Date: April 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 92N
Docket Number: DA 18-0542
In re Marriage of Elder & Mahlum  
Date: April 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 91
Docket Number: DA 19-0008

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court dissolving Sam Mahlum's marriage to Terri Elder and equitably apportioning the parties' marital estate, holding that the district court erroneously characteri...

B. Watts v. State
Date: April 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 97N
Docket Number: DA 19-0089
Marriage of Grommet
Date: April 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 94N
Docket Number: DA 19-0271
Kubicka v. Frazier Industries
Date: April 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 95N
Docket Number: DA 19-0275
In re Marriage of Ruis  
Date: April 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 90
Docket Number: DA 19-0374

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the post-judgment order of the district court requiring David Ruis to pay his ex-wife, Twila Ruis, a cash equalization payment plus interest in accordance with the court's earlier dissolution d...

Kalfell v. ABC Seamless
Date: April 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 98N
Docket Number: DA 19-0641
State v. Bertelsen
Date: April 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 88N
Docket Number: DA 17-0555
Bratton v. Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, Inc.  
Date: April 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 86
Docket Number: DA 19-0357

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's order granting summary judgment in favor of Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, Inc. (SCL) on Cheryl Bratton's claims, holding that the district court did not...

In re A.L.P.  
Date: April 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 87
Docket Number: DA 19-0418

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court terminating Father's parental rights to his child, A.L.P., holding that the district court erred when it based its finding that Father's treatment plan was unsuc...

Gendron v. Montana University System  
Date: April 7, 2020
Citation: 2018 MT 32
Docket Numbers: DA 17-0300, DA 19-0115

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court partially denying Appellant's motion for attorney fees, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in its determination of whether attorney fee...

State v. Brandt  
Date: April 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 79
Docket Number: DA 17-0398

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed all but one of Defendant's convictions for six felonies stemming from a Ponzi scheme he devised that defrauded investors of $2 million, holding that one of the convictions violated the "multipl...

State v. J. Martin
Date: April 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 84N
Docket Number: DA 17-0496
State v. A. Boose
Date: April 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 85N
Docket Number: DA 17-0741
State v. Jardee  
Date: April 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 81
Docket Number: DA 18-0164

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court denying Defendant's request for credit for time served while he was released on bail during the pendency of his probation revocation proceeding, holding that a d...

Twin Creeks Farm & Ranch v. Petrolia Irrigation District  
Date: April 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 80
Docket Number: DA 19-0076

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the findings of the Water Court in adjudicating two of Twin Creeks's water rights claims, holding that the Water court did not err in finding that Twin Creeks aband...

Turner v. City of Dillon  
Date: April 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 83
Docket Number: DA 19-0336

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court declining to dismiss Plaintiff's wrongful discharge claim, holding that Plaintiff failed timely to file his complaint in the district court within the applicable...

Missoula County v. Missoulian
Date: March 31, 2020
Citation: 2015 MT 112
Docket Numbers: DA 14-0090, DA 19-0479
State v. Gomez  
Date: March 31, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 73
Docket Number: DA 17-0470

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court finding Defendant guilty of one count of partner or family member assault and one count of deliberate homicide, holding that the court erred in admitting some...

State v. W. Dale
Date: March 31, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 75N
Docket Number: DA 18-0302
In re Mental Health of W.K.  
Date: March 31, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 71
Docket Number: DA 18-0390

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court involuntarily committing Appellant to the Montana State Hospital (MSH) for a period not to exceed ninety days, holding that there was sufficient evidence to supp...

Marriage of Brivka & Navolynski
Date: March 31, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 76N
Docket Number: DA 18-0676
Brenden v. City of Billings  
Date: March 31, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 72
Docket Number: DA 19-0067

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment to the City of Billing on Appellant's claims that the City was vicariously liable for the tortious acts of former City employee Mich...

Rosendale v. Victory Insurance
Date: March 31, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 78N
Docket Number: DA 19-0125
Howlett v. Chiropractic Center, P.C.  
Date: March 31, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 74
Docket Number: DA 19-0327

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court determining that Defendant, a chiropractor, was not negligent in his care of Plaintiff, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in any of...

State v. J. Mitchell
Date: March 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 68N
Docket Number: DA 18-0497
Ramon v. Short  
Date: March 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 69
Docket Number: DA 18-0661

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the order of the district court denying Appellant's application for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, ruling that holding individuals pursuant...

Ramon v. Short (Synopsis)
Date: March 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 69
Docket Number: DA 18-0661
State v. C. Meeks
Date: March 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 67N
Docket Number: DA 19-0151
In re A.B.  
Date: March 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 64
Docket Number: DA 19-0231

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to her son, holding that the district court did not err in terminating Mother's parental rights. In terminating Mother's pa...

Litwin v. O.T. Mining
Date: March 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 63N
Docket Number: DA 19-0329
Putnam v. Central Montana Medical Center  
Date: March 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 65
Docket Number: DA 19-0478

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Central Montana Medical Center (CCMC) and dismissing Plaintiff's complaint alleging wrongful termination and violation o...

Matter of K.M.V. & D.R.V., YINC
Date: March 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 66N
Docket Number: DA 19-0494
Maryland Casualty Co. v. Asbestos Claims Court  
Date: March 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 70
Docket Number: OP 19-0051

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court allowed hundreds of former employees of W.R. Grace & Company's Zonolite Division in Libby (Grace) to continue their asbestos-related personal injury claims against Maryland Casualty Company (MCC), Grace...

Maryland Casualty v. Asbestos Court (Synopsis)
Date: March 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 70
Docket Number: OP 19-0051
State v. Ghostbear  
Date: March 17, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 60
Docket Number: DA 17-0684

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of felony sexual assault, holding that the court did not err by denying Defendant's for-cause challenge of a prospective juror. During v...

State v. Holder  
Date: March 17, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 61
Docket Number: DA 18-0574

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's denial of Appellant's motion to strike a prior conviction for purposes of enhancing Appellant's DUI charge to a felony, holding that the district court did not err by relyi...

Parenting of E.L.O.
Date: March 17, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 62N
Docket Number: DA 19-0341
BNSF Railway Co. v. Asbestos Claims Court  
Date: March 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 59
Docket Number: OP 19-0085

Justia Opinion Summary: In this action brought against BNSF Railway Company due to its alleged involvement with the asbestos contamination in Libby, Montana the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the Montana Asb...

State v. George  
Date: March 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 56
Docket Number: DA 18-0219

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of felony DUI, disorderly conduct, and driving with a suspended license, holding that Defendant was not entitled to relief on his unpreserved claim that the district cour...

City of Bozeman v. Lehrer  
Date: March 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 55
Docket Number: DA 18-0419

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court upholding the ruling of the municipal court denying Defendant's motion to dismiss for lack of probable cause the criminal trespass charge against him, holding...

Odom v. Bank of N.Y. Mellon
Date: March 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 58N
Docket Number: DA 19-0013
Bullock v. State of Montana
Date: March 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 57N
Docket Number: DA 19-0087
State v. Lund  
Date: March 3, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 53
Docket Number: DA 17-0721

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), fourth offense, a felony under Mont. Code Ann. 61-8-401, holding that the district court did not err in denying Defendan...

State v. Higgins  
Date: March 3, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 52
Docket Number: DA 18-0233

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the jury verdict and subsequent judgment and sentence issued by the district court convicting Defendant of misdemeanor criminal trespass and felony criminal mischief resulting from Defendant un...

Hoon v. Murphy  
Date: March 3, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 50
Docket Number: DA 18-0684

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the Water Court closing certification case, holding that the Water Court did not err in its rulings. Specifically, the Supreme Court held that the Water Court did not err (1) in i...

Houser v. City of Billings  
Date: March 3, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 51
Docket Number: DA 19-0277

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court certifying three classes of more than 30,000 ratepayers of the City of Billings who challenged certain franchise fees that the City imposed on water, wastewater,...

Marriage of McDonald
Date: March 3, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 54N
Docket Number: DA 19-0335
State v. M. Hansen
Date: February 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 48N
Docket Number: DA 17-0645
Speer v. State, Department of Corrections  
Date: February 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 45
Docket Number: DA 18-0603

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment for the Montana Department of Corrections (DOC) and dismissing Plaintiff's claims for wrongful discharge from employment, violation...

Payne v. Hall  
Date: February 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 46
Docket Number: DA 19-0159

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Roger Hall and dismissing John Payne's claims for, among other things, fraud, negligence, and negligent/intentional misrepr...

Sage Financial Properties, LLC v. Fireman's Fund Insurance Co.  
Date: February 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 47
Docket Number: DA 19-0385

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court denying as untimely Defendant's motion for substitution of judge, holding that the substitution motion was timely because federal law halts any proceedings in th...

Lewis v. Lewis  
Date: February 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 44
Docket Number: DA 19-0437

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court dividing marital assets in Husband's dissolution from Wife, holding that the district court did not commit clear error in its findings of fact and did not abuse...

Marriage of Paschen
Date: February 25, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 49N
Docket Number: DA 19-0465
State v. A. Evans
Date: February 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 40N
Docket Number: DA 18-0387
City of Missoula v. S. Leuchtman
Date: February 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 38N
Docket Number: DA 18-0452
City of Missoula v. Leuchtman
Date: February 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 43N
Docket Number: DA 18-0586
Given v. State of Montana
Date: February 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 42N
Docket Number: DA 18-0616
Marriage of Hamling
Date: February 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 41N
Docket Number: DA 19-0282
Matter of J.M.M., YINC
Date: February 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 39N
Docket Number: DA 19-0291
Sheehy v. Commissioner of Political Practices  
Date: February 12, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 37
Docket Number: DA 19-0169

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court reversing the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices' summary decision of complaint without informal contested case hearing...

Sheehy vs. Comm. Pol. Practices (Synopsis)
Date: February 12, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 37
Docket Number: DA 19-0169
State v. Ward  
Date: February 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 36
Docket Number: DA 17-0494

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of partner family member assault (PFMA), holding that Defendant's claim that he received ineffective assistance of counsel (IAC) was not susceptible to review on direct a...

State v. R. Boone
Date: February 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 35N
Docket Number: DA 19-0236
In re Adoption of N.P.M.  
Date: February 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 33
Docket Number: DA 19-0272

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Stepmother's petition for stepparent adoption of the minor child, N.P.M., holding that Step-grandmother had standing to object to Stepmother's petitio...

Kucera v. Billings  
Date: February 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 34
Docket Number: DA 19-0331

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court granting summary judgment for the City of Billings and Jon Does 1-10, thus dismissing Plaintiff's claims for negligence and nuisance, holding that Plaintiff's cl...

State v. Running Wolf  
Date: February 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 24
Docket Number: DA 18-0028

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part Appellant's designation as a persistent felony offender (PFO) and corresponding enhanced sentence, holding that Appellant was improperly sentenced as a PFO. Becaus...

State v. A. Combs
Date: February 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 29N
Docket Number: DA 18-0206
Estate of Boland
Date: February 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 30N
Docket Number: DA 19-0132
State v. S. Murphy
Date: February 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 28N
Docket Number: DA 19-0177
State v. Cherry  
Date: February 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 25
Docket Number: DA 19-0255

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court affirming a justice court verdict finding Appellant guilty of failure to obtain landowner permission for hunting, holding the district court correctly affirme...

State v. E. Burns
Date: February 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 27N
Docket Number: DA 19-0256
Barrett, Inc. v. City of Red Lodge  
Date: February 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 26
Docket Number: DA 19-0345

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the summary judgment in favor of Collaborative Design Architects, Inc. (CDA) declaring that a prescriptive easement had been acquired over Barrett, Inc.'s property for the Red Lodge High School...

Kohnke and Debo
Date: February 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 31N
Docket Number: DA 19-0386
Songer v. Hartnett
Date: February 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 32N
Docket Number: DA 19-0438
Kucera v. Brady
Date: January 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 21N
Docket Number: DA 19-0036
State v. J. Pettey
Date: January 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 18N
Docket Number: DA 19-0240
Matter of M.Q.
Date: January 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 20N
Docket Number: DA 18-0191
State v. L. Mabrey
Date: January 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 22N
Docket Number: DA 18-0323
State v. Oropeza  
Date: January 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 16
Docket Number: DA 18-0410

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court revoking Appellant's deferred sentence for criminal possession of illicit drugs, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion when it revoked App...

In re Marriage of Kirkman  
Date: January 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 17
Docket Number: DA 18-0536

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court modifying the parties' prior Florida parenting plan, holding that the district court did not erroneously modify the parties' Florida parenting plan in violati...

Matter of C.M.G.  
Date: January 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 15
Docket Number: DA 19-0105

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the termination of Father's parental rights to his son, holding that the district court did not err by finding that the Department of Health and Human Services made reasonable efforts to reunit...

Marriage of Hoffman
Date: January 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 23N
Docket Number: DA 19-0153
State v. J. Pettey
Date: January 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 18N
Docket Number: DA 19-0240
Puryer v. HSBC BANK
Date: January 28, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 19N
Docket Number: DA 19-0302
L. Barrus v. 1st Jud. District (Synopsis)
Date: January 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 14
Docket Number: OP 19-0285
Barrus v. Montana First Judicial District Court  
Date: January 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 14
Docket Number: OP 19-0285

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court upheld a district judge's order allowing the Montana State Hospital (MSH) to involuntarily medicate Petitioner if he refused to take prescribed antipsychotic medication, holding that the district court...

State v. Rodriguez  
Date: January 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 9
Docket Number: DA 17-0727

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court reversing an order entered by the municipal court granting Appellant's motion to suppress and dismiss, holding that the district court erred in determining that...

State v. R. Gotschall
Date: January 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 13N
Docket Number: DA 17-0732
Matter of W.W., YINC
Date: January 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 12N
Docket Number: DA 19-0263
Berberet v. Signature Flight
Date: January 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 11N
Docket Number: DA 19-0359
Frye v. Roseburg Forest Products Co.  
Date: January 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 10
Docket Number: DA 19-0410

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Roseburg Forest Products Company's motion to set aside default judgment, holding that the district court did not slightly abuse its discretion in deny...

Spillers v. Third Judicial District Court  
Date: January 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 8
Docket Number: OP 19-0109

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court holding that Montana law precluded a jury trial on Plaintiff's federal discrimination claims even though federal law allows a jury trial for federal claims, h...

State v. Jones  
Date: January 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 7
Docket Number: DA 17-0653

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of assault with a weapon and aggravated assault, holding that the district court did not err or abuse its discretion. Specifically, the Court held that the district cou...

State v. C. Rice
Date: January 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 6N
Docket Number: DA 18-0159
Reinlasoder v. Billings
Date: January 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 5N
Docket Number: DA 19-0192
In re B.H.  
Date: January 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 4
Docket Number: DA 19-0293

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court terminating Father's parental rights to his two children, holding that Father's due process rights were infringed by ineffective assistance of counsel, and be...

Nunez v. Watchtower  
Date: January 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 3
Docket Number: DA 19-0077

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed a $35 million jury verdict in favor of Alexis Nunez on her claim that the Jehovah's Witnesses were negligent as a matter of law when they failed to notify authorities of a 2004 child abuse repo...

Nunez v. Watchtower (Synopsis)
Date: January 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 3
Docket Number: DA 19-0077
State v. Marquart  
Date: January 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 1
Docket Number: DA 17-0442

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of burglary, theft, and violating an order of protection, holding that Defendant waived his right to be present at all critical stages of...

Overby v. Kingman
Date: January 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 MT 2N
Docket Number: DA 19-0219
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