Montana Supreme Court Decisions 2022

State v. W. Small
Date: September 27, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 188N
Docket Number: DA 20-0138
State v. Mefford
Date: September 27, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 185
Docket Number: DA 20-0330
State v. J. Fuson
Date: September 27, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 189N
Docket Number: DA 21-0483
Clark v. McDermott
Date: September 27, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 186
Docket Number: DA 21-0591
Matter of S.M., YINC
Date: September 27, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 187N
Docket Number: DA 21-0622
Democratic Party v. Jacobsen (Synopsis)
Date: September 21, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 184
Docket Number: DA 22-0172
Democratic Party v. Jacobsen  
Date: September 21, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 184
Docket Number: DA 22-0172

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the preliminary injunction entered by the district court prohibiting Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacboson from enforcing two election laws enacted during the 2021 Montana Legislative…

State v. Pennington  
Date: September 20, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 180
Docket Number: DA 20-0608

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part the order of the district court revoking Defendant's deferred sentence and imposing a ten-year suspended sentence without any reduction for elapsed time and remanded for the limited…

City of Missoula v. D. Gibson
Date: September 20, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 183N
Docket Number: DA 21-0009
J. Lotter v. State
Date: September 20, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 181N
Docket Number: DA 21-0143
In re Marriage of Frank  
Date: September 20, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 179
Docket Number: DA 21-0259

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the order of the district court distributing the marital estate and calculating child support upon the dissolution of Wife's marriage from Husband, holding that…

Matter of M.D.F. and C.R.F., YINC
Date: September 20, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 182N
Docket Number: DA 21-0632
State v. James  
Date: September 13, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 177
Docket Number: DA 18-0597

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of sexual intercourse without consent, holding that Defendant was not entitled to relief on his claims of error. Specifically, the…

In re D.A.T.  
Date: September 13, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 174
Docket Number: DA 21-0057

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court accepting an imposing a proposed youth court consent decree disposition, placing D.A.T. on supervised conditional probation for two years or until sooner…

State v. Gudmundsen  
Date: September 13, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 178
Docket Number: DA 21-0340

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the sentence imposed by the district court follow revocation of Appellant's suspended sentence, holding that the district court erred by denying credit for elapsed time served on probation…

In re A.M.G.  
Date: September 13, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 175
Docket Number: DA 21-0407

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating K.H.'s parental rights to her two children, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in determining that the conduct or…

State v. Brown  
Date: September 13, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 176
Docket Number: DA 21-0629

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of sexual abuse of children for sending text messages to his stepdaughter encouraging her to engage in sexual activity if he agreed to…

Smith v. State
Date: September 6, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 172N
Docket Number: DA 21-0394
21st Century v. Frost
Date: September 6, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 173N
Docket Number: DA 22-0073
State v. J. Maxvill, Jr.
Date: August 30, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 170N
Docket Number: DA 21-0014
Timpano v. Central Mont. District Six Human Resources Development Council, Inc.  
Date: August 30, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 169
Docket Number: DA 21-0379

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment to Defendant, Plaintiff's former employer, on her wrongful discharge claims brought under the Montana Wrongful Discharge From…

Laedeke v. Billings Clinic
Date: August 30, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 171N
Docket Number: DA 21-0390
Seter v. State of Montana
Date: August 23, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 168N
Docket Number: DA 21-0438
Matter of S.C., YINC
Date: August 23, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 167N
Docket Number: DA 22-0015
State v. Hansen  
Date: August 16, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 163
Docket Number: DA 19-0614

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the sentencing order and judgment following Defendant's conviction of incest, holding that the district court did not err in excluding evidence of the complaining witness's prior statements…

Marriage of Grigg
Date: August 16, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 165N
Docket Number: DA 21-0195
Flying T Ranch, LLC v. Catlin Ranch, LP  
Date: August 16, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 162
Docket Number: DA 21-0426

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the preliminary injunction entered by the district court enjoining Defendant from inhibiting Plaintiff's use of a disputed road over Defendant's property during the pendency of the proceedings…

In re Parenting of L.D.C.  
Date: August 16, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 161
Docket Number: DA 21-0441

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court affirming the judgment of the standing master amending the parties' parenting plan regarding their minor child, L.D.C., and the related standing master…

Estate of Poston
Date: August 16, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 164N
Docket Number: DA 21-0636
L.B. v. United States  
Date: August 16, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 166
Docket Number: OP 21-0395

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered a certified question that law enforcement officers do not, as a matter of Montana law, act outside the scope of their employment when they use their authority as on-duty officers to sexually…

McDonald v. Jacobsen  
Date: August 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 160
Docket Number: DA 22-0229

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court ruling in favor of Plaintiffs on cross-motions for summary judgment and enjoining the Montana Secretary of State from placing House Bill (HB) 325 on Montana's…

McDonald v. Jacobsen (Synopsis)  
Date: August 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 160
Docket Number: DA 22-0229

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court ruling in favor of Plaintiffs on cross-motions for summary judgment and enjoining the Montana Secretary of State from placing House Bill (HB) 325 on Montana's…

State v. Mathis  
Date: August 9, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 156
Docket Number: DA 20-0409

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Appellant of incest for the sexual abuse of T.N. and sentencing her to 100 years in prison, holding that there was no error or abuse of proceedings…

Planned Parenthood of Montana v. State  
Date: August 9, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 157
Docket Number: DA 21-0521

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's grant of a preliminary injunction temporarily enjoining the implementation of three laws the Legislature enacted in 2021 that regulate or restrict abortion services,…

Planned Parenthood v. State (Synopsis)
Date: August 9, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 157
Docket Number: DA 21-0521
In Re the Parenting of A.P.V.W.
Date: August 9, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 159N
Docket Number: DA 21-0525
P. Hutton v. Estate of Nyhart
Date: August 9, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 158N
Docket Number: DA 21-0549
State v. R. Winstone
Date: August 2, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 155N
Docket Number: DA 21-0049
Matter of A.N., J.G. and A.G., YINC
Date: August 2, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 154N
Docket Number: DA 21-0444
Stand Up Montana v. Missoula County Public Schools  
Date: August 2, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 153
Docket Number: DA 21-0533

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders entered by the Fourth and Eighteenth Judicial District Courts denying their requests for preliminary injunctions to enjoin the masking requirements of Defendants, school districts in…

Matter of B.A.B.
Date: July 26, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 152N
Docket Number: DA 20-0602
Thomas Mann Post v. Knudsen Family Ltd. Partnership  
Date: July 26, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 150
Docket Number: DA 21-0402

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the order of the district court granting summary judgment to Thomas Mann Post No. 81 of the American Legion, department of Montana (Legion) and denying Knudsen…

Humes v. Farmers Insurance
Date: July 26, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 148
Docket Number: DA 21-0422
M.K. Weeden Construction, Inc. v. Simbeck & Assocs., Inc.  
Date: July 26, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 149
Docket Number: DA 21-0604

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court vacating an interim award and final award issued by the arbitrator and requiring the parties to resubmit their dispute to arbitration before a new arbitrator,…

Grigg v. Coile
Date: July 26, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 151N
Docket Number: DA 21-0651
State v. Dewise  
Date: July 19, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 145
Docket Number: DA 20-0173

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of deliberate homicide and attempted deliberate homicide, holding that the district court did not err in denying Defendant's motion for new counsel. Defendant was…

D. Aguado v. State
Date: July 19, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 146N
Docket Number: DA 21-0154
State v. S. Strong (Grady)
Date: July 19, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 147N
Docket Number: DA 21-0298
Rogers v. Lewis & Clark County  
Date: July 19, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 144
Docket Number: DA 21-0442

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the class certification order entered by the district court against Lewis and Clark County related to the County's practice of conducting strip searches of detainees arrested for non-felony…

Loendorf v. Employers Mutual Casualty Co.  
Date: July 19, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 143
Docket Number: DA 21-0449

Justia Opinion Summary: In this insurance dispute, the Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court granting Homeowners' cross-motion for partial summary judgment and denying Employer's Mutual Casualty Company's (EMC) motion for…

City of Missoula v. B. Rana
Date: July 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 141N
Docket Number: DA 20-0367
Daniels v. Gallatin County
Date: July 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 137
Docket Number: DA 21-0321
Young v. Era Advantage Realty  
Date: July 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 138
Docket Number: DA 21-0434

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court granting summary judgment to ERA Advantage Realty, Inc. and dismissing Jodie Young's complaint alleging that Advantage's brokers were negligent in failing to…

Marriage of Hedstrom and Peters
Date: July 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 140N
Docket Number: DA 21-0492
Matter of R.J.E., J.B.R., A.C.R., and P."Z."G.R., YINC
Date: July 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 139N
Docket Number: DA 21-0540
Matter of B.L., YINC
Date: July 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 142N
Docket Number: DA 21-0575
State v. Deveraux  
Date: July 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 130
Docket Number: DA 19-0671

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of five felony sexual offenses against his former stepdaughter and one count of sexual intercourse without consent against his former wife, B.J., holding that there was…

State v. Carrywater  
Date: July 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 131
Docket Number: DA 20-0390

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court denying Defendant's motion to suppress and remanded this case to the district court to vacate Defendant's conviction of criminal possession of dangerous drugs…

Wittman v. City of Billings  
Date: July 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 129
Docket Number: DA 20-0609

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court denying Appellants' motion for partial summary judgment and dismissing their inverse condemnation claim against the City of Billings, holding that the district…

Wittman v. City of Billings (Synopsis)
Date: July 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 129
Docket Number: DA 20-0609
Matter of X.G., A.G. & K.G., YINC
Date: July 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 135N
Docket Number: DA 21-0457
Crabtree v. State  
Date: July 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 133
Docket Number: DA 21-0501

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Petitioner's petition for postconviction relief, holding that the district court correctly denied the postconviction relief petition. After a jury…

Marriage of St. Clair
Date: July 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 136N
Docket Number: DA 21-0520
L. Million v. State
Date: July 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 134N
Docket Number: DA 21-0593
Montana Rivers v. Montana Dep't of Environmental Quality  
Date: July 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 132
Docket Number: DA 21-0613

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court granting summary judgment to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and dismissing a complaint alleging that DEQ violated the Montana Environmental Policy…

Board of Regents of Higher Education v. State  
Date: June 29, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 128
Docket Number: DA 21-0605

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising from House Bill 102 (HB 102), the Supreme Court held that the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education (Board) has the sole authority under the Montana Constitution to set policy regarding the…

Board of Regents v. State (Synopsis)
Date: June 29, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 128
Docket Number: DA 21-0605
State v. R. Hummel
Date: June 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 125N
Docket Number: DA 20-0064
State v. K. Hamm
Date: June 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 122N
Docket Number: DA 20-0166
State v. D. McDonough
Date: June 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 123N
Docket Number: DA 20-0268
State v. C. Bauer
Date: June 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 126N
Docket Number: DA 20-0469
City of Helena v. L. Casem
Date: June 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 127N
Docket Number: DA 20-0590
Keefe v. State  
Date: June 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 121
Docket Number: DA 21-0409

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment and sentence of the district court in this criminal case, holding that the district court adequately considered evidence of Defendant's post-offense rehabilitation under Miller v.…

Hoven v. Waddell
Date: June 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 124N
Docket Number: DA 21-0637
Smith v. Lindemulder  
Date: June 21, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 119
Docket Number: DA 21-0491

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court granting a motion to approve a settlement agreement reached in mediation involving siblings Lily Smith and Sam, Dan, and Vernon Lindemulder, holding that…

In re Hurd  
Date: June 21, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 120
Docket Number: DA 21-0661

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the water court denying Robert and Carol Hurds' motion to amend the water right for a groundwater well on the grounds that the untimeliness of the motion meant the water court…

State v. Wienke  
Date: June 14, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 116
Docket Number: DA 20-0242

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment and commitment issued by the district court following Defendant's convictions for two counts of deliberate homicide and one count of tampering with or fabricating physical…

State v. E. Dion
Date: June 14, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 118N
Docket Number: DA 20-0366
State v. R. Soria
Date: June 14, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 117N
Docket Number: DA 20-0497
State v. J. Crowell
Date: June 7, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 112N
Docket Number: DA 19-0350
Miller v. Miller  
Date: June 7, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 110
Docket Number: DA 21-0233

Justia Opinion Summary: In this marital dissolution proceeding, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court awarding child support and failing to award retroactive child support, holding that there was no error or abuse of…

M. Ailer v. State
Date: June 7, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 115N
Docket Number: DA 21-0367
Marriage of Russum & Wendt
Date: June 7, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 113N
Docket Number: DA 21-0418
J&L Lands, LP v. Nezat  
Date: June 7, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 111
Docket Number: DA 21-0493

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court granting summary judgment to J&L Lands, LP and awarding J&L a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Jerry Nezat's homestead property, holding that the…

Marriage of Keegan
Date: June 7, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 114N
Docket Number: DA 22-0012
State v. Oliver  
Date: May 31, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 104
Docket Number: DA 20-0078

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for partner or family members assault (PFMA), unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and two counts of tampering with witnesses or informants but reversed the district…

North Star Development, LLC v. Montana Public Service Commission  
Date: May 31, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 103
Docket Number: DA 21-0224

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing North Star Development, LLC's petition for judicial review of the Montana Public Service Commission's (PSC) August 2020 rate determination…

Wirth v. Lewis & Clark County  
Date: May 31, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 105
Docket Number: DA 21-0237

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part and affirmed in part the order of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Lewis and Clark County (County) and Bridge Creek Estates Homeowners Association (HOA) on the…

Parenting of J.M.N, IV
Date: May 31, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 106N
Docket Number: DA 21-0317
Hamilton v. State
Date: May 31, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 107N
Docket Number: DA 21-0482
Granite County v. Rising Sun
Date: May 31, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 108N
Docket Number: DA 21-0590
State v. K. Derby
Date: May 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 99N
Docket Number: DA 19-0711
State v. Zeimer  
Date: May 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 96
Docket Number: DA 20-0107

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's convictions for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, holding that the district court erred in denying Defendant's…

State v. Wellknown  
Date: May 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 95
Docket Number: DA 20-0379

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for felony driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), holding that there was no harmless error in the proceedings below. Specifically, the…

State v. R. Wood
Date: May 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 100N
Docket Number: DA 20-0607
J. Franks v. State
Date: May 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 98N
Docket Number: DA 20-0613
Crazy Mtn Cattle v. Wild Eagle Mtn
Date: May 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 101N
Docket Number: DA 21-0410
Selensky-Foust v. Mercer  
Date: May 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 97
Docket Number: DA 21-0515

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order entered by the district court dismissing as time-barred Appellant's negligence claims against Community Hospital of Anaconda and Pintler Surgical Specialists (collectively, CHA),…

J. Ku v. Human Rights
Date: May 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 102N
Docket Number: DA 21-0588
State v. Miller  
Date: May 17, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 92
Docket Number: DA 19-0547

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of assault with a weapon, a felony, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and sentencing him to a nine-year…

In re V.K.B.  
Date: May 17, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 94
Docket Number: DA 20-0430

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the oral disposition and accompanying order issued by the Youth Court, which committed V.K.B. to the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections (DOC) for placement at the Pine Hills Youth…

Meyer v. Jacobsen  
Date: May 17, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 93
Docket Number: DA 21-0378

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing for failure to state a claim Plaintiff's complaint against the Secretary of State and the Gallatin County Election Administrator alleging that they…

Estate of Elliot
Date: May 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 91N
Docket Number: DA 21-0343
CED Wheatland Wind, LLC v. Montana Department of Public Service Regulation  
Date: May 10, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 87
Docket Number: DA 21-0250

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court which partially affirmed and partially reversed two earlier orders on reconsideration issued by the Montana Public Service…

State v. Pankhurst  
Date: May 10, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 89
Docket Number: DA 21-0433

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court determining that Defendant's two North Dakota convictions were sufficiently similar to constitute prior convictions under Mont. Code Ann. 61-8-734(1)(a). The…

Estate of Mandich v. French  
Date: May 10, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 88
Docket Number: DA 21-0436

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing the final count of Plaintiff's complaint after granting summary judgment in favor of Plaintiff's declaratory judgment and issuing a permanent…

T. Pratt v. W. Pratt
Date: May 10, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 90N
Docket Number: DA 21-0470
State v. M. Bonacorsi
Date: May 3, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 86N
Docket Number: DA 21-0051
Marriage of Floren & Bautista-Scheuber
Date: April 26, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 84N
Docket Number: DA 21-0181
Terronez v. Davis, Hatley
Date: April 26, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 85N
Docket Number: DA 21-0330
Marriage of Conroy
Date: April 26, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 83N
Docket Number: DA 21-0332
Hart v. Hale  
Date: April 26, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 82
Docket Number: DA 21-0537

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court granting summary judgment on a quiet title action and related counterclaims to Plaintiffs, holding that there was no error. In this case concerning an…

State v. Tippets  
Date: April 25, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 81
Docket Number: DA 20-0429

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court, holding that the proceedings must be remanded for Defendant to receive credit for time served. Defendant was convicted and…

State v. N. Howard, J. Hettinger & J. Bullington
Date: April 19, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 80N
Docket Number: DA 20-0252
State v. Bennett  
Date: April 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 73
Docket Number: DA 20-0508

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court affirming the municipal court's denial of Defendant's motion to dismiss the charge of obstructing a peace officer for insufficient evidence, holding that the…

Rubin v. Hughes  
Date: April 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 74
Docket Number: DA 21-0272

Justia Opinion Summary: In this real property dispute, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court awarding a total of $360,000 to Corey Rubin and Don Hauth in the lower court proceedings against Brent and Grace Hughes,…

Carmalt v. Flathead County
Date: April 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 78N
Docket Number: DA 21-0341
State v. Grussing  
Date: April 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 76
Docket Number: DA 21-0346

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained from a blood draw conducted pursuant to a search warrant, holding that there was no error. Defendant…

Grigg v. Judge Cuffe
Date: April 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 79N
Docket Number: DA 21-0368
In re S.S.  
Date: April 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 75
Docket Number: DA 21-0414

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decree of guardianship by the district court granting guardianship of Mother's son to his maternal grandparents, holding that the district court did not err in finding that continued…

Marriage of Ryerson
Date: April 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 77N
Docket Number: DA 21-0481
High Country Paving, Inc. v. United Fire & Casualty Co.  
Date: April 12, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 72
Docket Number: OP 21-0487

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered in the affirmative a certified question issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in this insurance dispute. At issue was Mont. Code Ann. 33-15-334(2), which provides…

State v. Rich  
Date: April 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 66
Docket Number: DA 20-0176

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court committing Appellant to the Montana State Hospital (MSH) to regain fitness after a psychologist determined Appellant was not fit to stand trial on pending…

State v. K. Walker
Date: April 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 70N
Docket Number: DA 20-0407
In re Class D Application of Big Foot  
Date: April 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 67
Docket Number: DA 21-0249

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order entered by the district court granting Big Foot Dumpsters & Containers, LLC's motion to dismiss this action as moot following Big Foot's withdrawal of its application for a garbage…

R.S. v. United Services Automobile Ass'n  
Date: April 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 68
Docket Number: DA 21-0273

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court denying Appellant's motion for summary judgment and granting summary judgment in favor of United Services Automobile Association (USAA) in this insurance…

C. Rice v. State
Date: April 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 71N
Docket Number: DA 21-0319
Van Haele v. Kuhl
Date: April 5, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 69N
Docket Number: DA 21-0424
State v. Harning  
Date: March 29, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 61
Docket Number: DA 20-0343

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court affirming the justice court's denial of Defendant's motion to suppress, holding that particularized suspicion did not exist to support extending Defendant's…

State v. R. Grana
Date: March 29, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 65N
Docket Number: DA 21-0275
Matter of J.S., YINC
Date: March 29, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 63N
Docket Number: DA 21-0384
Matter of J.W.P. III, YINC
Date: March 29, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 64N
Docket Number: DA 21-0478
Egan Slough Community, Yes! v. Flathead County Board of County Commissioners  
Date: March 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 57
Docket Number: DA 21-0032

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court in this litigation related to the expansion of an agricultural zoning district through citizen initiative to include the area where Montana Artesian Water…

Marriage of Kelly & Camp
Date: March 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 60N
Docket Number: DA 21-0284
Sagorin v. Sunrise Heating & Cooling, LLC  
Date: March 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 58
Docket Number: DA 21-0349

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court dismissing Appellant's complaint against eighteen defendants relating to the installation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units at a…

State v. L. Lalicker
Date: March 15, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 54N
Docket Number: DA 19-0683
State v. L. Lalicker
Date: March 15, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 55N
Docket Number: DA 19-0717
Matter of T.A.
Date: March 15, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 51N
Docket Number: DA 20-0412
Sutey Oil Co. v. Monroe's High Country Travel Plaza, LLC  
Date: March 15, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 50
Docket Number: DA 21-0140

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the order of the district court in this case, holding that the district court applied an overly narrow legal standard in denying a motion to vacate or modify an…

McCauley v. Crowley Fleck
Date: March 15, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 53N
Docket Number: DA 21-0207
Donnes v. Four Beers
Date: March 15, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 52N
Docket Number: DA 21-0304
Salas v. Arby's
Date: March 15, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 56N
Docket Number: DA 21-0559
Reinstatement of DL: C. Blaylock
Date: March 8, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 47N
Docket Number: DA 21-0126
Grigg v. Beaverhead County EMS
Date: March 8, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 48N
Docket Number: DA 21-0229
Advocates v. State  
Date: March 8, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 46
Docket Number: DA 21-0314

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying relief to Appellant Advocates for School Trust Lands on its claim that House Bill 286 (HB 286), passed by the 2019 Montana Legislature and codified as…

State v. C. Miesmer
Date: March 1, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 43N
Docket Number: DA 20-0305
State v. J. Haflich
Date: March 1, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 45N
Docket Number: DA 20-0475
Truss Works, Inc. v. Oswood Construction Co.  
Date: March 1, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 42
Docket Number: DA 21-0185

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court the decision and final judgment of the district court in favor of Truss Works, Inc. to foreclose a construction lien against Oswood Construction Company, holding that the district court did not…

In re Marriage of Harms  
Date: March 1, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 41
Docket Number: DA 21-0278

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court ordering equitable division of a jointly-owned retirement annuity, holding that the district court erred. The property settlement agreement that the parties…

Harris v. Henley
Date: March 1, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 44N
Docket Number: DA 21-0507
State v. Lafournaise  
Date: February 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 36
Docket Number: DA 19-0453

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of sexual intercourse without consent, tampering with witnesses and informants, privacy in communications, and stalking, holding that there was no prejudicial error in…

State v. R. Adsit, Jr.
Date: February 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 39N
Docket Number: DA 20-0423
Belk v. Montana Department of Environmental Quality  
Date: February 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 38
Docket Number: DA 21-0117

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's summary judgment order affirming a decision by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to issue a mining permit to Glacier Stone Supply, Inc. and an ensuing…

In re D.H.  
Date: February 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 37
Docket Number: DA 21-0221

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court dismissing pending abuse and neglect proceedings after Child was returned to the care of Mother in South Carolina, holding that the district court did not err by…

State v. B. Van Fleet
Date: February 22, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 40N
Docket Number: DA 21-0294
State v. R. Knapp
Date: February 15, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 35N
Docket Number: DA 20-0472
Depositors Insurance Co. v. Sandidge  
Date: February 15, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 33
Docket Number: DA 21-0230

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Depositors Insurance Company in its declaratory judgment action to determine any obligation it had relative to Patrick…

Matter of M.D., YINC
Date: February 15, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 34N
Docket Number: DA 21-0366
State v. Lake  
Date: February 8, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 28
Docket Number: DA 19-0648

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court finding Defendant guilty of attempted deliberate homicide and sentencing him to serve an eighty-year prison term with no time suspended, holding that the…

Marriage of Weigand and Cattaneo
Date: February 8, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 30N
Docket Number: DA 21-0153
Lee v. Lithia
Date: February 8, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 29N
Docket Number: DA 21-0227
Yellowstone Disposal, LLC v. State, Department of Environmental Quality  
Date: February 8, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 26
Docket Number: DA 21-0231

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Yellowstone Disposal, LLC's petition for writ of mandamus, holding that the district court did not err. Yellowstone Disposal filed a petition for…

In re C.K.  
Date: February 8, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 27
Docket Number: DA 21-0289

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court terminating Mother's parental rights to her son, C.K., holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion when it failed to amend Mother's treatment…

Higgins v. Augustine  
Date: February 8, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 25
Docket Number: DA 21-0313

Justia Opinion Summary: In this medical malpractice action arising from a circumcision, the Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court precluding Plaintiff from presenting evidence as to either using incorrect scissors or incorrect…

T. Alvarado v. CCA
Date: February 8, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 32N
Docket Number: DA 21-0320
In Re the Parenting of RTC
Date: February 8, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 31N
Docket Number: DA 21-0333
Associated Press v. Usher  
Date: February 8, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 24
Docket Number: DA 21-0392

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the district court denying the motion for judgment on the pleadings filed by the Associated Press and other news reporting outlets (collectively, the AP) and granting a motion to…

State v. Z. Rivers
Date: February 1, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 23N
Docket Number: DA 21-0299
State v. S. Ellison
Date: January 25, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 20N
Docket Number: DA 19-0581
State v. Quiroz  
Date: January 25, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 18
Docket Number: DA 20-0270

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction for sexual intercourse without consent, a felony, and affirmed his remaining convictions for aggravated kidnapping and assault with a weapon, holding that defense…

Grigg v. St. John's Lutheran
Date: January 25, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 22N
Docket Number: DA 21-0228
Twin Creeks Farm & Ranch, LLC v. Petrolia Irrigation District  
Date: January 25, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 19
Docket Number: DA 21-0276

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the Water Court that adjudicated the priority dates for certain of its water rights in Basin 40B in Petroleum County, holding that the Water Court did not err. Specifically, the…

Rusk v. Roseen
Date: January 25, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 21N
Docket Number: DA 21-0398
State v. Wilson  
Date: January 18, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 11
Docket Number: DA 19-0584

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of theft and burglary for stealing merchandise from the Ravalli Services Corporation donation intake center, holding that the district court did not err or abuse its…

State v. Burnett  
Date: January 18, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 10
Docket Number: DA 19-0738

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of nine counts of assault on a minor and one count of perjury, holding that sufficient evidence existed to support Defendant's conviction…

City of Missoula v. A. Goodman
Date: January 18, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 17N
Docket Number: DA 20-0287
State v. T. Rexford
Date: January 18, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 14N
Docket Number: DA 20-0470
Rafes v. McMillan  
Date: January 18, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 13
Docket Number: DA 21-0251

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part and affirmed in part the judgment of the district court ordering Plaintiff to pay the attorney fees and costs of Defendant, the prevailing party in a construction defect suit initiated…

Matter of E.V. and A.V., YINC
Date: January 18, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 15N
Docket Number: DA 21-0264
Yellowstone County v. K. Hannen
Date: January 18, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 16N
Docket Number: DA 21-0306
Morley v. Morley  
Date: January 18, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 12
Docket Number: DA 21-0318

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court confirming the division of property owned by Cynthia, Kenneth, and Daniel Morley, as set forth in a referees report to the court, holding that the district court…

Fouts v. Eighth Judicial District Court  
Date: January 18, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 9
Docket Number: OP 21-0568

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court finding two officials with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (hereinafter, MDPHHS) in indirect contempt of referenced orders in the…

State v. Peoples  
Date: January 11, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 4
Docket Number: DA 19-0070

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained as a result of warrantless search of his apartment, holding that the district court did not err in…

State v. Mosby  
Date: January 11, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 5
Docket Number: DA 19-0378

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court reinstating dismissed criminal charges against Defendant over Defendant's counsel's objection, holding that the court erred in resuming the dismissed criminal…

Marriage of Watkins
Date: January 11, 2022
Citation: 2021 MT 7N
Docket Numbers: DA 20-0198, DA 21-0006
D. McCaul v. SW MT FCU
Date: January 11, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 6N
Docket Number: DA 21-0061
Matter of G.C., YINC
Date: January 11, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 8N
Docket Number: DA 21-0281
Rolan v. New West Health Services  
Date: January 4, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 1
Docket Number: DA 20-0279

Justia Opinion Summary: In this insurance dispute, the Supreme Court reversed in part and affirmed in part the judgment of the district court granting the cross-motion for partial summary judgment in favor of Plaintiffs and New West Health…

State v. Gardner  
Date: January 4, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 3
Docket Number: DA 20-0286

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court affirming the denial of Defendant's motion to suppress evidence, holding that law enforcement officers lacked particularized suspicion to justify their…

State v. Rossbach  
Date: January 4, 2022
Citation: 2022 MT 2
Docket Number: DA 20-0301

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence for assault on a peace officer, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. Defendant's first trial ended in a mistrial after the jury failed…

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