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Recent Decisions From the Rhode Island Supreme Court

Dent v. PRRC, Inc.  
Date: May 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-129

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the superior court granting summary judgment for Defendant, Price Rite, on count one of Plaintiff’s complaint and also granting Defendant’s motion to...

Community College of Rhode Island v. CCRI Educational Support Professional Ass’n  
Date: May 18, 2018
Docket Number: 16-347

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court vacating an arbitration award that reinstated Michael Crenshaw to his position as a campus police officer for the Community College of Rhode Island. Crensha...

State v. Rathbun  
Date: May 18, 2018
Docket Number: 17-173

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of two counts of first-degree child molestation sexual assault, for which Defendant received two concurrent forty-year sentences. On ap...

Millette v. State  
Date: May 17, 2018
Docket Number: 15-330

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court denying Defendant’s application for postconviction relief in which Defendant argued that he had received ineffective assistance of counsel because his lawyer...

Town of Cumberland v. Cumberland Town Employees Union  
Date: May 14, 2018
Docket Number: 17-186

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the superior court in favor of the Town of Cumberland granting its motion to vacate an arbitration award in favor of Defendants, the Cumberland Town Employees Union and Norman Tr...

State v. Alves  
Date: May 11, 2018
Docket Number: 16-316

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of robbery in the first degree and conspiracy after a jury trial. On appeal, Defendant requested a new trial on the grounds that the tr...

Adams v. Santander Bank, N.A.  
Date: May 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-73

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court in favor of Santander Bank, N.A. in this complaint challenging Santander’s foreclosure of Plaintiff’s property. In her complaint, Plaintiff alleged that Sant...

Endoscopy Associates, Inc. v. Rhode Island Department of Health  
Date: May 9, 2018
Docket Number: 15-128

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court quashed the judgment of the superior court that reversed a decision by the Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH) to grant Petitioner’s application for a Health Care Certificate of Need (CON) on the ba...

Gallop v. Adult Correctional Institutions  
Date: May 8, 2018
Docket Number: 16-278

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the superior court and remanded this case to the superior court with directions to hear and decide Plaintiff’s motion to amend his complaint upon the merits, holding that the tri...

DeLong v. Rhode Island Sports Center, Inc.  
Date: May 8, 2018
Docket Number: 17-91

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the superior court granting summary judgment for Defendants on Plaintiff’s negligence claim. Plaintiff, a former college hockey player, filed this negligence suit alleging that...

Balmuth v. Dolce  
Date: May 2, 2018
Docket Numbers: 17-6, 17-8, 17-9, 17-11

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether Plaintiffs, a group of taxpayers in the Town of Portsmouth, were required to base their tax appeals on the fair market value of their properties as of December 31 in the year of the last update or re...

State v. Perry  
Date: April 25, 2018
Docket Number: 15-255

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of two counts of first-degree child molestation sexual assault and one count of second-degree child molestation sexual assault, holding t...

State v. Gibson  
Date: April 23, 2018
Docket Numbers: 15-108, 16-149, 17-317

Justia Opinion Summary: Contrary to the conclusions of the magistrate and the hearing justice, Defendant did not have a lifetime duty to register, but rather, his duty to register expired ten years from the expiration of his sentence for the of...

State v. Danis  
Date: April 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-159

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of one count of first-degree child molestation sexual assault and one count of the sale or distribution of photographs of a minor suggest...

West Davisville Realty Co. v. Alpha Nutrition, Inc.  
Date: April 19, 2018
Docket Number: 17-87

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting summary judgment in favor of West Davisville Realty Co., LLC (West Davisville) holding David Paolo liable on a personal guaranty of a termination of...

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