Montana Supreme Court Decisions 2024

State v. K. Polich
Date: June 11, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 127N
Docket Number: DA 21-0644
State v. B. Black
Date: June 11, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 128N
Docket Number: DA 22-0460
State v. M. Voyles
Date: June 11, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 126N
Docket Number: DA 22-0523
Marriage of Smith
Date: June 11, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 124N
Docket Number: DA 22-0580
Norris v. Olson  
Date: June 11, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 123
Docket Number: DA 22-0729

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a fire that caused significant damage to Jamie Norris's mobile home. Norris had called A&O Sheet Metal, a business owned by Rick L. Olsen, to fix a malfunctioning water heater and furnace in his…

Zastoupil v. Dept of L & I
Date: June 11, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 125N
Docket Number: DA 23-0471
Friends of Lake 5 v. County Commission  
Date: June 4, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 119
Docket Number: DA 22-0577

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a dispute over a Major Land Use Permit issued to Susan Dietz, individually and as Trustee of G&M Trust (G&M), by Flathead County, Montana. G&M had purchased two adjacent 11.5-acre tracts on the…

City of Great Falls v. Cascade County Commissioners  
Date: June 4, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 118
Docket Number: DA 22-0609

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a dispute between the City of Great Falls and the Board of Commissioners of Cascade County, Montana, over the interpretation of a 1975 interlocal agreement that established a consolidated City-County…

Gardiner-Park v. Knight  
Date: June 4, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 121
Docket Number: DA 23-0198

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves the Gardiner-Park County Water and Sewer District (District) and the Knight family (Knights). The Knights own a property in Gardiner, Montana, under which the District has a prescriptive easement for a…

Lundeen v. Lake County  
Date: June 4, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 120
Docket Number: DA 23-0387

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a dispute between Lori Lundeen, a property developer, and Lake County, Montana. Lundeen planned to develop a 60-lot subdivision, Wild Horse RV Resort, on her property in Lake County. She intended…

BlueMoon Refinery v Flathead Cty
Date: June 4, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 122N
Docket Number: DA 23-0537
State v. James  
Date: May 28, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 109
Docket Number: DA 22-0131

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around the defendant, Johnathan James, who was convicted of felony Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Suspended. The charges stemmed from an incident where James was found asleep in his…

City of Billings v. M. Bennick
Date: May 28, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 110N
Docket Number: DA 22-0239
State v. Arellano  
Date: May 28, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 108
Docket Number: DA 22-0401

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Michael Arellano was charged with multiple counts of sexual intercourse without consent, sexual abuse of children, and tampering with a witness, all involving a minor under 12 years of age. The State and Arellano…

State v. Panasuk  
Date: May 28, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 113
Docket Number: DA 22-0451

Justia Opinion Summary: John David Panasuk was pulled over by Officer Riediger and Lieutenant Frank Martell for towing a trailer without trailer plates. After Panasuk was unable to initially provide his license, registration, and proof of…

State v. Puccinelli  
Date: May 28, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 114
Docket Number: DA 22-0476

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Neldia Marie Puccinelli, who was accused of embezzling funds from her employer, ProMark, between 2006 and 2009. After her employment was terminated, ProMark filed a civil suit against her, which was…

State v. J. Brackett
Date: May 28, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 111N
Docket Number: DA 22-0478
Estate of Heavy Runner
Date: May 28, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 112N
Docket Number: DA 23-0199
Estate of Thielmann
Date: May 28, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 117N
Docket Number: DA 23-0505
In re R.N.  
Date: May 28, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 115
Docket Number: DA 23-0550

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a child, R.N., who was removed from his mother's care and placed in foster care with Ben and Charissa Wagner. The Wagners had previously adopted two of the mother's other children. The Department…

Ramsey v. Yellowstone County Justice Court  
Date: May 28, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 116
Docket Number: OP 24-0087

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Clark Ryan Ramsey, an attorney who represented Justin Kalina in a felony assault case. Jessica Foote, a witness in the assault case, was investigated for alleged theft from Kalina's Uber Eats account,…

State v. I. Johnston
Date: May 21, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 107N
Docket Number: DA 22-0157
State v. Westfall  
Date: May 14, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 99
Docket Number: DA 21-0571

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Jeffrey Allen Westfall, who pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault and aggravated assault. The incident occurred at a motel in Lakeside, Montana, where Westfall assaulted a 69-year-old woman, F.C.,…

State v. Carnes  
Date: May 14, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 101
Docket Number: DA 21-0648

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, William Jerome Carnes, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was charged with felony DUI for a fourth or subsequent offense, misdemeanor resisting arrest, and…

State v. N. McGuire
Date: May 14, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 104N
Docket Number: DA 22-0633
Creative Games v Alves  
Date: May 14, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 100
Docket Number: DA 23-0294

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Creative Games Studio LLC and Ricardo Bach Cater, who sued Daniel Alves for alleged breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, constructive fraud, and deceit. The…

Clover Meadows v. Spear
Date: May 14, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 102N
Docket Number: DA 23-0334
Cottonwood v. DEQ
Date: May 14, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 105N
Docket Number: DA 23-0479
Matter of D.Y.H.-J. and R.J., YINC
Date: May 14, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 103N
Docket Numbers: DA 23-0551, DA 23-0552
Willard et al. v. Schmaus et al.
Date: May 14, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 106N
Docket Number: DA 23-0700
State v. E. Allen
Date: May 7, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 95N
Docket Number: DA 21-0506
Missoula County v. Department of Corrections  
Date: May 7, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 98
Docket Number: DA 22-0427

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a dispute between Missoula County and the Montana Department of Corrections (DOC) over the reimbursement rate for housing DOC inmates in county detention centers. The County and the DOC had entered into…

State v. A. Erickson
Date: May 7, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 92N
Docket Number: DA 22-0510
Wilson v. Stamper
Date: May 7, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 94N
Docket Number: DA 23-0431
Marriage of Strecker
Date: May 7, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 93N
Docket Number: DA 23-0469
Polejewski v. State & Fries
Date: May 7, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 97N
Docket Number: DA 23-0475
B. Tackett v. K. Feller et al.
Date: May 7, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 96N
Docket Number: DA 23-0539
State v. Strommen  
Date: April 30, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 87
Docket Number: DA 21-0086

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around the defendant, Luke Strommen, who was charged with Sexual Intercourse Without Consent (SIWC) and Sexual Abuse of Children. The charges stemmed from allegations made by two women, one of whom…

State v. Maggi  
Date: April 30, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 90
Docket Number: Gustafson

Justia Opinion Summary: Shane Maggi, an inmate at Montana State Prison, was convicted of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner. The charges stemmed from an incident where Maggi and another…

Phoenix Capital v. Board of Oil & Gas  
Date: April 30, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 89
Docket Number: DA 23-0289

Justia Opinion Summary: Phoenix Capital Group Holdings, LLC, an oil and gas mineral rights investment firm, acquired mineral interests on two sections of real property in Richland County, Montana. The previous owner, Katherine Solis, had been…

Schutter v. Board of Land Commissioners  
Date: April 30, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 88
Docket Number: DA 23-0314

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a dispute between Debra and Sidney Schutter (the Schutters) and the State of Montana Board of Land Commissioners (the Board) over the ownership of a water right, identified as Claim 13169. The…

Schutter v. Board of Land Comm. (Synopsis)
Date: April 30, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 88
Docket Number: DA 23-0314
Gerber v. Davalos
Date: April 30, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 91N
Docket Number: DA 23-0396
Barrett v. State  
Date: April 26, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 86
Docket Number: DA 22-0586

Justia Opinion Summary: A group of plaintiffs, including former members of the Montana Board of Regents, faculty organizations, student groups, and individual students, challenged the constitutionality of three bills passed by the Montana…

State v. R. Deavila
Date: April 23, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 83N
Docket Number: DA 22-0378
Fibke v. Kip K Holding
Date: April 23, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 84N
Docket Number: DA 23-0126
In re Name Change of Nichols  
Date: April 23, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 85N
Docket Number: DA 23-0359

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around the petitioner, Tom Nichols, also known as Nikki, who is currently serving a prison sentence for sex crimes against children. Nikki, a transgender woman in the process of transitioning, filed a…

Matter of S.D.
Date: April 16, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 80N
Docket Number: DA 22-0430
State v. M. Branstetter
Date: April 16, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 81N
Docket Number: DA 22-0496
Olds v. Huelskamp  
Date: April 16, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 82
Docket Number: DA 23-0200

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a dispute between neighbors Matthew Olds and Mark Huelskamp, which escalated into an altercation on July 18, 2018. The details of the incident are contested, with Olds alleging that Huelskamp pointed a…

State v. L. Yates II
Date: April 9, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 78N
Docket Number: DA 21-0256
State v. Severson  
Date: April 9, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 76
Docket Number: DA 21-0290

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around Kyle Severson, who was convicted for mitigated deliberate homicide after shooting Tyler Hayden. Severson, his girlfriend, her sister, and his daughter were at a convenience store when Hayden and…

Forward Montana v. State  
Date: April 9, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 75
Docket Number: DA 22-0639

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a group of plaintiffs, including Forward Montana, Leo Gallagher, Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Gary Zadick, who challenged the constitutionality of two amendments to Senate Bill…

In re F.A.  
Date: April 9, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 77N
Docket Numbers: DA 22-0698, DA 22-0697, DA 22-0696

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves T.S. (Mother) and A.A. (Father) who appealed the termination of their parental rights to their minor children (D.A., L.A., and F.A.) by the Montana Second Judicial District Court. The Child and Family…

N. Wilson v. State
Date: April 9, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 79N
Docket Number: DA 23-0237
State v. S. Bennett
Date: April 2, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 70N
Docket Number: DA 21-0551
State v. C. Rucker
Date: April 2, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 71N
Docket Number: DA 22-0043
State v. S. Smith
Date: April 2, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 72N
Docket Number: DA 22-0434
State v. M. Painter
Date: April 2, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 73N
Docket Number: DA 22-0659
In re Marriage of Steward  
Date: April 2, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 69
Docket Number: DA 23-0118

Justia Opinion Summary: The parties, Nancy M. Steward and Joseph H. Steward, were married in 2006 and divorced in 2020, with two minor children. The court adopted their Stipulated Parenting Plan (SPP), which included a child support…

Saddlebrook Investments v. Krohne Fund  
Date: April 2, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 68
Docket Number: DA 23-0246

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Supreme Court of Montana reversed and remanded a decision of the Thirteenth Judicial District Court, Yellowstone County. The case involved Saddlebrook Investments (Saddlebrook), assignee of Stuart…

IN RE THE PARENTING OF: A.M.O.
Date: April 2, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 74N
Docket Number: DA 23-0433
Montanans Securing Reproductive Rights v. Knudsen  
Date: April 1, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 67
Docket Number: OP 24-0182

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of the State of Montana ruled on a case involving a dispute over a proposed ballot initiative related to reproductive rights. In the case, Montanans Securing Reproductive Rights and Samuel Dickman, M.D.…

Democratic Party v. Jacobsen (Synopsis)
Date: March 27, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 66
Docket Number: DA 22-0667
Democratic Party v. Jacobsen  
Date: March 27, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 66
Docket Number: DA 22-0667

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerns the constitutionality of several Montana election laws. The plaintiffs, a variety of political and human rights organizations, sued the Montana Secretary of State, arguing that certain election laws…

Pummill v. Patterson  
Date: March 26, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 64N
Docket Number: DA 23-0253

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a dispute between members of Black Gold Enterprises, LLC, a company formed in 2013, including plaintiff Adam Pummill, plaintiff Kurtis Robertson, and defendant Joshua T. Patterson. The source of the…

State v. Boudette  
Date: March 26, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 65N
Docket Number: DA 23-0326

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around Eric Boudette, who was convicted of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, First Offense, following a jury trial on May 31, 2022. Boudette appealed the verdict, asserting that his motion to…

State v. R. Gibbons  
Date: March 20, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 63
Docket Number: DA 21-0413

Justia Opinion Summary: In Montana, Robert Murray Gibbons was found guilty of driving under the influence, his fifth or subsequent offense. On appeal to the Montana Supreme Court, Gibbons raised three issues. First, he argued that the District…

Montana Environmental Information Center v. Northwestern Energy  
Date: March 19, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 56
Docket Numbers: DA 19-0565, DA 22-0436, DA 22-0437

Justia Opinion Summary: In a case before the Supreme Court of the State of Montana, the Montana Environmental Information Center sued the Montana Department of Public Service Regulation, Public Service Commission, and Northwestern Corporation,…

State v. Crazymule  
Date: March 19, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 58
Docket Number: DA 21-0574

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the defendant, Malinda Crazymule, was found to have violated her probation. The Sixteenth Judicial District Court, Rosebud County revoked her suspended sentence and ordered a four-year commitment to the…

S. W. v. State  
Date: March 19, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 55
Docket Number: DA 22-0018

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a minor plaintiff, identified as S.W., who suffered severe injuries inflicted by her father's girlfriend. The State of Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services was sued based on claims…

State v. Schroder  
Date: March 19, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 59
Docket Number: DA 22-0165

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2019, Vietnam veteran Bruce Schroder was charged with criminal mischief, a felony, after he removed an Uber sign from driver Jamie Hauge's car and pounded on the vehicle when several younger women offered…

State v. M. Severson
Date: March 19, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 62N
Docket Number: DA 22-0340
State. v. Holmes  
Date: March 19, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 57
Docket Number: DA 22-0699

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, Kaitlyn Holmes, a nurse, was convicted of theft and ordered to pay restitution for stealing credit cards from the personal belongings of several employees at a medical clinic in Bozeman, Montana. The…

Matter of P.P., YINC
Date: March 19, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 60N
Docket Numbers: DA 23-0410, DA 23-0415
Matter of A.J.K., J.S.K., M.S.K. & R.A.-H.K., YINC
Date: March 19, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 61N
Docket Numbers: DA 23-0594, DA 23-0595, DA 23-0596, DA 23-0597
Montanans Securing Reproductive Rights v. Knudsen  
Date: March 18, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 54
Docket Number: OP 24-0052

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, petitioners Montanans Securing Reproductive Rights and Samuel Dickman, M.D., sought a declaratory judgment on original jurisdiction against the Montana Attorney General and the Montana Secretary of State.…

State v. T. Lucero
Date: March 12, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 52N
Docket Number: DA 21-0327
In re Matter of G.M.  
Date: March 12, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 49
Docket Number: DA 21-0476

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves an appeal against a judgment from the Montana Eighteenth Judicial District Court, Gallatin County, which committed the appellant, G.M., into the custody and care of the Montana State Hospital (MSH) for…

Goguen v. NYP Holdings  
Date: March 12, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 47
Docket Number: DA 22-0512

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Michael Goguen, an engineer and businessman, who was the subject of two civil suits alleging sexual and criminal misconduct. The New York Post published an article detailing these lawsuits, which Goguen…

Guardianship of M.H.O.
Date: March 12, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 51N
Docket Number: DA 22-0616
S. McCrea v. Larson
Date: March 12, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 53N
Docket Number: DA 23-0033
In re Estate of Barsotti  
Date: March 12, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 50
Docket Number: DA 23-0300

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of the State of Montana was presiding over a dispute regarding the reimbursement claim of Angela Mastrovito from the Estate of Rebekah Barsotti. Mastrovito, the mother of the deceased Rebekah Barsotti,…

Dodds v. Tierney  
Date: March 12, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 48
Docket Number: DA 23-0319

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of the State of Montana affirmed a lower court decision that granted Dr. Gregory S. Tierney's motion to dismiss a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by Janice M. Dodds for insufficient service of…

State v. Welch  
Date: March 5, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 42
Docket Number: DA 22-0030

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves an appeal from a defendant, Christopher Michael Welch, who was convicted of attempted incest, incest, sexual abuse of children, and unlawful restraint. Welch began dating the mother of three daughters…

State v. J. Idland
Date: March 5, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 44N
Docket Number: DA 22-0120
Marriage of Wilson
Date: March 5, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 46N
Docket Number: DA 23-0165
Saddlebrook Inv. v. Krohne, et al.
Date: March 5, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 45N
Docket Number: DA 23-0281
Winsor v. State
Date: March 5, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 43N
Docket Number: DA 23-0298
Johnston v. Flying S Title & Escrow, Inc.  
Date: February 27, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 39
Docket Number: DA 22-0486

Justia Opinion Summary: In a dispute arising from a failed subdivision in Missoula County, Montana, a group of property purchasers, led by Gilbert and Judith Johnston, claimed that Flying S Title and Escrow, Inc., breached a purported contract…

State v. Rowe  
Date: February 27, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 37
Docket Number: DA 22-0547

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of Montana overturned the conviction of Daniel Christopher Rowe for sexual assault, a felony. Rowe was initially charged with the offense for multiple instances of abuse that allegedly took place over…

TCF Enterprises, Inc. v. Rames, Inc.  
Date: February 27, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 38
Docket Number: DA 22-0731

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of the State of Montana affirmed a lower court's decision that an insurance agency, Rames Inc., formerly known as Central Insurance Agency, had a duty to procure additional insurance coverage for a…

S. Johnson v. M. Johnson
Date: February 27, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 41N
Docket Number: DA 23-0265
Marriage of Berk
Date: February 27, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 40N
Docket Number: DA 23-0454
Montana Trout Unlimited v. Tintina (Synopsis)
Date: February 26, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 36
Docket Number: DA 22-0406
Montana Trout Unlimited v. Tintina  
Date: February 26, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 36
Docket Number: DA 22-0406

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves an appeal by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Tintina Montana Incorporated (Tintina) of a district court's order revoking a permit granted to Tintina to construct and operate…

State v. Stokes  
Date: February 20, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 32
Docket Number: DA 21-0511

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, defendant Bradley Alan Stokes appealed his convictions from the Fourteenth Judicial District Court, Musselshell County, for both burglary and assault with a weapon. Stokes was charged with these crimes…

State v. Wolverine  
Date: February 20, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 31
Docket Number: DA 21-0645

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the defendant, June Wolverine, was charged with six misdemeanor traffic violations, including a third offense of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI). Wolverine was unable to attend her trial due to…

State v. D. Landucci
Date: February 20, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 35N
Docket Number: DA 22-0185
S. Muscle v. A. Santin
Date: February 20, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 30
Docket Number: DA 22-0600
Marriage of Frost
Date: February 20, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 33N
Docket Number: DA 22-0671
Vancos v. Montana Department of Transportation  
Date: February 20, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 34N
Docket Number: DA 23-0134

Justia Opinion Summary: This case was a negligence action brought by Dennis Vancos against the State of Montana, Department of Transportation, for injuries he sustained when struck by a car at an intersection. Vancos alleged that the traffic…

Matter of Meghan Doud
Date: February 14, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 29
Docket Number: PR 21-0081
State v. Palmer  
Date: February 13, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 25
Docket Number: DA 21-0586

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Jacob Palmer, was found guilty of felony Partner or Family Member Assault (PFMA) by the Eleventh Judicial District Court, Flathead County, following an incident where he attacked his girlfriend, K.Y., with…

In re M.T.H.  
Date: February 13, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 26
Docket Number: DA 22-0014

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves an appellant, M.T.H., who was arrested for criminal endangerment after he pulled the steering wheel in his mother's vehicle while she was driving. M.T.H. was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and…

Fowler v. Department of Justice  
Date: February 13, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 24
Docket Number: DA 22-0424

Justia Opinion Summary: Shawn Fowler, a former Montana state trooper, sued the Department of Justice, Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) alleging constructive discharge in violation of the Wrongful Discharge from Employment Act (WDEA). He also…

Marriage of Correia and Murphy
Date: February 13, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 28N
Docket Number: DA 22-0712
Fritzler v. Bighorn  
Date: February 13, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 27
Docket Number: DA 23-0390

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of the State of Montana was tasked with determining whether the Municipal Court had sufficient evidence to enter a permanent order of protection against the appellant, Alda Bighorn. Bighorn was…

State v. J. Hurt
Date: February 6, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 23N
Docket Numbers: DA 21-0626, DA 21-0627
State v. J. Parker
Date: February 6, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 21N
Docket Number: DA 22-0041
Burchill v. State  
Date: February 6, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 20
Docket Number: DA 22-0429

Justia Opinion Summary: Duane Burchill was convicted of two counts of robbery, one count of conspiracy to commit deceptive practices, and one count of possession of dangerous drugs in 2017. Following his conviction, Burchill filed a petition…

Matter of N.Z.B., YINC
Date: February 6, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 22N
Docket Numbers: DA 23-0413, DA 23-0414
Forward Montana v. State  
Date: January 31, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 19
Docket Number: DA 22-0639

Justia Opinion Summary: In Montana, a group of plaintiffs, including Forward Montana, Leo Gallagher, Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Gary Zadick, challenged two amendments to Senate Bill 319 (SB 319) on the grounds that…

Forward Montana v. State (Synopsis)
Date: January 31, 2024
Citation: 2023 MT 19
Docket Number: DA 22-0639
State v. J. Peterson
Date: January 30, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 18N
Docket Number: DA 21-0463
Perl v. Grant  
Date: January 30, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 13
Docket Number: DA 22-0343

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Supreme Court of the State of Montana addressed a dispute over a settlement agreement regarding the sale of a house and the subsequent release of construction-related claims. Daniel Perl and Sandra Perl…

Marriage of Steinmann
Date: January 30, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 16N
Docket Number: DA 23-0138
Granite County v. Rising Sun Estates
Date: January 30, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 17N
Docket Number: DA 23-0173
Rupnow v. State Auditor  
Date: January 30, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 14
Docket Number: DA 23-0256

Justia Opinion Summary: In the state of Montana, William James Rupnow Jr., a licensed bail bondsman, was accused of criminal offenses after he tried to apprehend a client, Victorianne Dahl, who had violated her bail conditions. Dahl had…

Deschamps v. 21st Judicial District Court  
Date: January 30, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 15
Docket Number: OP 23-0734

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Petitioner Victoria Deschamps who sought a writ of supervisory control over the Twenty-First Judicial District Court, Ravalli County, in Montana due to the court's denial of her request to waive court…

State v. Lorenz  
Date: January 23, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 12N
Docket Number: DA 21-0530

Justia Opinion Summary: David Abraham Lorenz was convicted in 2003 for operating an illegal drug lab and possessing illegal drugs in the state of Montana. His initial sentence was partially suspended, but multiple violations led to the…

State v. Tunnell  
Date: January 23, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 11N
Docket Number: DA 22-0248

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case from the Supreme Court of the State of Montana, the defendant, Cody Ray Tunnell, appealed from his conviction and sentence for driving under the influence as a fourth offense and criminal endangerment. The…

Bluebird Energy v. DOR  
Date: January 23, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 10
Docket Number: DA 23-0280

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of the State of Montana affirmed a lower court's ruling in a tax dispute between Bluebird Energy LLC and the State of Montana Department of Revenue. Bluebird Energy acquired three oil wells that had…

State v. C. Kelly
Date: January 16, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 7N
Docket Number: DA 21-0606
State v. Peterson  
Date: January 16, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 5
Docket Number: DA 21-0646

Justia Opinion Summary: In the Supreme Court of the State of Montana, defendant Nels Jerry Peterson appealed his conviction on the offense of sexual assault against his eleven-year-old step-granddaughter (Q.H.). The main contention was the…

Marriage of Goudreau
Date: January 16, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 6N
Docket Number: DA 22-0545
B. Boyd v. State
Date: January 16, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 8N
Docket Number: DA 23-0188
Merila v. Burke  
Date: January 16, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 4
Docket Number: DA 23-0247

Justia Opinion Summary: In the case before the Supreme Court of the State of Montana, the plaintiff, Billy Ann Merila, sought the expulsion of her business partner, Daniel Brian Burke, from their partnership, MBC. MBC is a business entity that…

Marriage of Cruz Hernandez
Date: January 16, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 9N
Docket Number: DA 23-0262
Great Falls v. Kuntz  
Date: January 9, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 2
Docket Number: DA 22-0156

Justia Opinion Summary: In Montana, Hannah Rose Kuntz was charged with Violation of a Protective Order and pleaded not guilty. The City of Great Falls requested multiple continuances due to witness unavailability, with the final one being due…

Little Big Warm v. Doll  
Date: January 9, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 3
Docket Number: DA 22-0742

Justia Opinion Summary: This case is an appeal from a District Court order enforcing a Water Court decree related to water rights in Big Warm Creek, in Phillips County. Little Big Warm Ranch, LLC (LBWR) argued against the enforcement order and…

Marriage of Del Toral & Richard
Date: January 2, 2024
Citation: 2024 MT 1N
Docket Number: DA 23-0271
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