New Hampshire Supreme Court Decisions 2019

Bloom v. Casella Construction, Inc.  
Date: October 16, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0425

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Eileen Bloom appealed a superior court order granting summary judgment to defendant Casella Construction, Inc. (Casella), ruling that the defendant did not owe the plaintiff a duty of care and was not otherwise...

Working Stiff Partners, LLC v. City of Portsmouth  
Date: September 27, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0491

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Working Stiff Partners, LLC, appealed a superior court order upholding a decision of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) for defendant City of Portsmouth (City), and denying injunctive relief. Plaintiff renova...

New Hampshire v. Stillwell  
Date: September 18, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0361

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Adrien Stillwell was convicted by jury on one count of first degree murder, one count of second degree murder, and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. Paulson Papillon sold drugs to M.P. and to a confiden...

Girard v. Town of Plymouth  
Date: August 30, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0495

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs Denis Girard and Florence Leduc appealed a superior court order upholding a decision of the Town of Plymouth Planning Board denying their subdivision application. They argued the trial court erred in upholding...

Appeal of Preve  
Date: August 22, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0675

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Wayne Preve appealed a New Hampshire Department of Labor (DOL) ruling that he failed to prove that respondent Town of Epsom (Town) violated the New Hampshire Whistleblowers’ Protection Act. Petitioner worked f...

New Hampshire v. Castine  
Date: August 21, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0441

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant James Castine was convicted by jury of selling a controlled drug. A Rockingham County Drug Task Force confidential informant told police he could purchase heroin from defendant. The informant agreed to conduct...

Automated Transactions, LLC v. American Bankers Assn.  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0198

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs Automated Transactions, LLC (ATL) and David Barcelou, appealed a superior court order dismissing their defamation and New Hampshire Consumer Protection Act (CPA) claims against the defendants, American Bankers...

Boyle v. Dwyer  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0517

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs James Boyle, individually and as trustee of 150 Greenleaf Avenue Realty Trust, and Minato Auto, LLC, appealed a superior court order dismissing their defamation claim against defendant Mary Christine Dwyer. Th...

New Hampshire v. Folds  
Date: August 8, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0029

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed a superior court order pertaining to the conviction of defendant Jonathan Folds' motion to suppress a firearm and motion to dismiss two indictments that alleged he violated the armed career criminal st...

In the Matter of Steven Summers & Christine Summers  
Date: August 6, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0264

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Christine Summers (Mother) appealed, and petitioner Steven Summers (Father) cross-appealed a circuit court order which modified the parties’ prior parenting plans. On appeal, Mother contended the trial court u...

Virgin v. Fireworks of Tilton, LLC  
Date: August 6, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0526

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2016, plaintiff James Virgin filed a personal injury lawsuit against defendants Fireworks of Tilton, LLC (Fireworks of Tilton) and Foursquare Imports, LLC d/b/a AAH Fireworks, LLC (Foursquare). As pertinent to t...

Petition of the State of New Hampshire  
Date: August 6, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0601

Justia Opinion Summary: The State of New Hampshire filed a petition for original jurisdiction seeking review of a circuit court order denying a request by the Office of the Attorney General (AGO) to release records underlying its investigation...

Rankin v. South Street Downtown Holdings, Inc.  
Date: August 6, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0604

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court certified a question of law to the New Hampshire Supreme Court on interlocutory transfer. John Rankin (Rankin) and his wife MaryAnne (collectively, plaintiffs)sued after Rankin fell while leaving a busine...

Toy v. City of Rochester  
Date: July 30, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0172

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants, the City of Rochester (City) and Michael and Stacey Philbrook, appealed superior court orders : (1) requiring the City to reacquire title to a parcel of land it previously conveyed to the Philbrooks and trans...

Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc. v. 150 Realty, LLC  
Date: July 30, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0182

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants, 150 Realty, LLC and Harbour Links Estates, LLC, appeal superior court orders denying their motions to dismiss or stay actions filed by plaintiffs, Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc. (HTA), McLean Communications...

New Hampshire v. Jaskolka  
Date: July 30, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0424

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant James Jaskolka appealed a circuit court's denial of his request to vacate his 1991 simple assault conviction and grant him a trial. The New Hampshire Supreme Court vacated the trial court’s order, however, beca...

In re A.D.  
Date: July 26, 2019
Docket Number: 2019-0132

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Cynthia Clark appealed a circuit court order dismissing her petition to adopt a four-year-old child, A.D. In April 2016, the child was reunited with her mother with whom she resided until December 2016. During...

Ridlon v. New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation  
Date: July 24, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0035

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Curtis Ridlon was formerly employed as an investment adviser. In April 2017, the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation (Bureau) brought an administrative enforcement action against Ridlon, alleging that...

Appeal of Northern Pass Transmission, LLC & a.  
Date: July 19, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0468

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners Northern Pass Transmission, LLC and Public Service Company of New Hampshire d/b/a Eversource Energy (PSNH), appealed the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee’s decision denying their application for a “Cer...

New Hampshire v. Whitney  
Date: July 16, 2019
Docket Number: 2015-0149

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Bryon Whitney appealed a superior court order that remanded his case to the circuit court on grounds that, because he was convicted of a class B misdemeanor in circuit court, the superior court lacked jurisdict...

New Hampshire v. Woodbury  
Date: July 11, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0118

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Jonathan Woodbury appealed his convictions and sentences on one count of falsifying physical evidence, and two counts of assault by a prisoner. In December 2016, defendant was an inmate at the Northern New Hamp...

The Skinny Pancake-Hanover, LLC v. Crotix  
Date: July 11, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0648

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff The Skinny Pancake-Hanover, LLC, appealed superior court decisions to grant partial summary judgment to defendants, Crotix and James and Susan Rubens, on plaintiff’s breach of contract claim, and that dismissed...

New Hampshire v. Vincelette  
Date: July 9, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0130

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant David Vincelette appealed a the Superior Court decision finding that he committed criminal contempt by violating a January 2016 trial court order that prohibited him from interfering with the Town of Hanover’s...

In re J.W.  
Date: July 3, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0404

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners M.F. and C.N., unmarried, cohabitating adults, jointly petitioned to adopt M.F.’s minor biological son, J.W. The Circuit Court ruled that RSA 170-B:4 (2014) did not authorize such an adoption and dismissed th...

Teeboom v. City of Nashua  
Date: July 2, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0171

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Fred Teeboom appealed a superior court order dismissing his claims for declaratory, injunctive, and mandamus relief based upon the court’s determination that the budget spending cap in the Nashua city charter w...

Tarnawa v. Goode  
Date: July 2, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0202

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Richard Goode appealed a Superior Court order granting a petition to partition real property in Manchester, New Hampshire brought by plaintiff Evelyn Tarnawa. The parties were siblings; the received joint title...

Ron L. Beaulieu & Company v. New Hampshire Board of Accountancy  
Date: June 25, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0332

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Ron L. Beaulieu & Company appealed a superior court order affirming the New Hampshire Board of Accountancy. The Board suspended plaintiff’s license to do business in New Hampshire for three years and imposed a...

Greenwald et al. v. Keating et al.  
Date: June 25, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0479

Justia Opinion Summary: This case centered on a property lease in Gilford, New Hampshire that included certain preemptive purchase rights (the Agreement). Plaintiffs Evan and Kelly Greenwald sought a declaration on the interpretation of the Agr...

New Hampshire v. Marden  
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0096

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed a superior court order that set aside a jury’s guilty verdict against defendant Jonathan Marden for one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault. The trial court concluded defendant’s trial counsel...

In re Trust of Mary Baker Eddy  
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0309

Justia Opinion Summary: The Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Melbourne (Australia) appealed a circuit court order denying it standing to request affirmative relief and enforce certain charitable trusts created by the will of Mary Baker Eddy....

New Hampshire v. Labrie  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0265

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Owen Labrie was convicted by jury on three counts of sexual assault and one count of using computer services for a prohibited purpose. He appealed the trial court’s denial of his motion for a new trial based on...

Appeal of Town of Lincoln  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0094

Justia Opinion Summary: The Town of Lincoln, New Hampshire, appealed a Water Court order upholding a decision by the Department of Environmental Services (DES) ordering the town to repair the Pemigewasset River Levee. The Water Counsel determin...

In the Matter of St. Pierre & Thatcher  
Date: May 31, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0013

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Adam Thatcher and petitioner Haley St. Pierre met in August 2012. Later that year, they moved in together, having developed a romantic relationship. In February 2013, petitioner traveled to New York for a week...

New Hampshire v. Benner  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0687

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Laryssa Benner appealed a superior court decision imposing a deferred sentence. Defendant was originally sentenced to twelve months in the house of corrections for misdemeanor theft by deception. The sentence w...

New Hampshire v. Spaulding  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 2019-0028

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Paul Spaulding appealed a superior court order that he be detained without bail pending resolution of charges against him. Defendant was charged with two counts of misdemeanor domestic violence, one count of fe...

New Hampshire v. Marin  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 2016-0701

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Katlyn Gage Marin was convicted in a bench trial of the second degree murder of her three-year-old daughter, Brielle Gage. Before trial, she moved to suppress statements she made to the police prior to being ad...

New Hampshire v. Mfataneza  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0693

Justia Opinion Summary: After a bench trial on stipulated facts, defendant Jean Claude Mfataneza was convicted of aggravated driving while intoxicated. On appeal, he argued the trial court erred in concluding that RSA 265-A:8 (2014) (amended 20...

Riso v. Riso  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0268

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, petitioners Kenneth T. Riso and Rocco R. Riso, Jr. filed a petition requesting the partition of property in Raymond, New Hampshire that was held by them and their siblings as tenants in common following the deat...

Appeal of Steven Silva  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0296

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Steven Silva appealed a New Hampshire Personnel Appeals Board (PAB) decision that upheld decisions of respondent, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), to suspend and subsequently t...

Sabato v. Federal National Mortgage Association  
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0047

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Wayne Sabato appealed, and defendant Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) cross-appealed a trial court order in a suit brought by plaintiff to establish his homestead right in the subject property. Plai...

Pro Done, Inc. v. Basham  
Date: May 3, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0060

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Pro Done, Inc. appealed a superior court order dismissing its amended complaint against defendants Teresa Basham, individually and as non-independent trustee of the Paul R. Hooper 1998 GST Exempt Trust, Terrenc...

New Hampshire .v Saintil-Brown  
Date: April 17, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0222

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Katherine Saintil-Brown was convicted by jury for negligent homicide,criminal neglect of an elderly adult, and failure to report adult abuse. Defendant’s convictions were based upon her failure to call for help...

In the Matter of Mitchell Cohen & Marian Richards  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0697

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Marian Richards appealed a circuit court order approving the divorce decree recommended by the Judicial Referee. On appeal, respondent argued the circuit court erred by: (1) improperly excluding certain estima...

TS & A Motors, LLC v. Kia Motors America, Inc.  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0714

Justia Opinion Summary: In December 2007, Kia Motors America, Inc. (Kia) and TS & A Motors, LLC d/b/a Kia of Somersworth (Somersworth) entered into a Dealer Sales and Service Agreement (Dealer Agreement), which governed the franchise relationsh...

Hayes v. Connolly  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0025

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Edward F. Hayes, Jr., as trustee of the Survivor’s Trust A, certified under the Hayes Family Trust dated January 20, 2000 (Hayes Trust), appealed a superior court order in an action to partition real property....

New Hampshire Alpha of SAE Trust v. Town of Hanover  
Date: March 26, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0634

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff New Hampshire Alpha of SAE Trust (SAE), appealed a superior court order upholding a Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) decision in favor of defendant Town of Hanover (Town), that the use of SAE’s property at 38 C...

New Hampshire v. Page  
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0632

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Tommy Page appealed after a jury convicted him of first degree murder and falsification of physical evidence. He argued the trial court erred by: (1) denying his motion to suppress photographs found on his cell...

Appeal of Town of Belmont  
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0217

Justia Opinion Summary: The Town of Belmont appealed a New Hampshire Board of Tax and Land Appeals (BTLA) decision that, pursuant to RSA 72:36-a (2012) respondent Robin M. Nordle 2013 Trust was entitled to a 100% real estate tax exemption for a...

Anderson v. Robitaille  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0195

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Natalie Anderson appealed a circuit court judgment entered in favor of defendant Adam Robitaille on her petition seeking damages and other relief pursuant to RSA chapter 540-A. Defendant was the general manager...

New Hampshire v. Priceline.com, Inc.  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0674

Justia Opinion Summary: The State of New Hampshire appealed a superior court order following a ten-day bench trial granting judgment to the defendants, the direct or indirect subsidiaries of Priceline.com, Inc., Orbitz, LLC, Expedia, Inc., and...

In the Matter of Richell Chrestensen & Sean Pearson  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0061

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Sean Pearson appealed a circuit court order dismissing his petitions for parenting time for lack of standing. Appellant is the biological father of a child born in March 2010. Appellant surrendered his parental...

New Hampshire v. Leith  
Date: March 7, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0425

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Reilly Leith appealed her conviction for theft by unauthorized taking. Specifically, she was accused of shoplifting approximately thirty items from a Newington department store in 2013. She raised issues concer...

Appeal of Panaggio  
Date: March 7, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0469

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Andrew Panaggio appealed a decision of the New Hampshire Compensation Appeals Board (board). Petitioner suffered a work-related injury to his lower back in 1991; a permanent impairment award was approved in 19...

New Hampshire v. Batista-Salva  
Date: February 22, 2019
Docket Number: 2016-0577

Justia Opinion Summary: Jose Batista-Salva, appealed his conviction for witness tampering following a jury trial in Superior Court. He was accused of the armed robbery of a Wendy's in Nashua, New Hampshire; he used to work at the restaurant, an...

Petition of Second Chance Bail Bonds (New Hampshire v. Castine)  
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0557

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, corporate surety Second Chance Bail Bonds, appealed a superior court order requiring that a $10,000 bond petitioner posted for defendant James Castine be forfeited after defendant violated several bail condit...

New Hampshire v. Lilley  
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0116

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants were all arrested and convicted of violating a Laconia Ordinance prohibiting nudity in public places. They jointly moved to dismiss the charges against them, arguing the ordinance violated the guarantee of equ...

New Hampshire v. Proctor  
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0031

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Edward Proctor was convicted by jury on one count of violating RSA 632-A:10, I, which prohibited people convicted of certain offenses from "knowingly undertak[ing] employment or volunteer service involving the...

Rogers v. Rogers  
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0136

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Samuel Rogers appealed a superior court order dismissing his complaint against his son, Joseph Rogers, upon finding that the probate court and not the superior court, retained exclusive subject matter jurisdict...

In re C.O.; In re G.L.  
Date: February 1, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0269

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent, the biological mother of C.O. and G.L., appealed a circuit court order terminating her parental rights over the two minor children on the ground that she failed to correct the conditions that led to the circu...

Hart v. Warden, New Hampshire State Prison  
Date: January 24, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0665

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Kenneth Hart appealed a superior court order denying his petition for a writ of habeas corpus, alleging that he was incompetent to waive his right to counsel and represent himself at trial and on appeal follow...

Petition of New Hampshire Secretary of State  
Date: January 24, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0208

Justia Opinion Summary: The New Hampshire Supreme Court accepted a petition in its original jurisdiction to determine whether the Superior Court erred in ordering the New Hampshire Secretary of State and the New Hampshire Attorney General, defe...

Salomon’s Case
Date: January 23, 2019
Docket Number: LD-2018-0007
Santos v. Metropolitan Property & Casualty Ins. Co.  
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0717

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Company (Metropolitan), appealed a superior court order partially granting and partially denying its summary judgment motion as well as a cross-motion filed by plain...

MacDonald v. Jacobs  
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0682

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Lisa Jacobs appealed both a jury verdict and a permanent injunction issued by the trial court in favor of plaintiffs Lorraine and Peter MacDonald. Defendant seasonally resided in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire. Acc...

Clark v. New Hampshire Dept. of Employment Security  
Date: January 11, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0658

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Michelle Clark appealed a superior court order granting summary judgment to defendants the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security (DES), Dianne Carpenter, Darrell Gates, Sandra Jamak, Colleen O’Neill,...

White v. Auger  
Date: January 11, 2019
Docket Number: 2018-0006

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Quentin White filed an action to quiet title against defendants Brigitte Auger (formerly Gaudreau) and Joanne Jackson (formerly Labadie). In the spring of 1968, White met Perley Swett, the “Taylor Pond Hermit,”...

Dietz v. Town of Tuftonboro  
Date: January 8, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0536

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs David and Katherine Dietz appealed a superior court order that upheld a zoning board of adjustment (ZBA) decision for defendant Town of Tuftonboro, which granted intervenor Sawyer Point Realty, LLC (collective...

New Hampshire v. Colbath  
Date: January 8, 2019
Docket Number: 2017-0712

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant George Colbath was convicted by jury on 17 charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault (AFSA). On appeal, he argued the Superior Court erred by admitting evidence of certain uncharged conduct pursuant to New...

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