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Recent Decisions From the Rhode Island Supreme Court

Jaffe v. Pournaras
Date: February 23, 2018
Docket Number: 16-298
In re Joseph C.  
Date: February 20, 2018
Docket Number: 15-324

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Family Court finding Respondent, a juvenile, delinquent for committing first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. The only pertinent issue Respondent raised on...

Sauro v. Lombardi  
Date: February 20, 2018
Docket Number: 16-170

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial justice erred by requiring Defendants to continue to provide accidental disability pension benefits to Plaintiff and to place him on a waiting list to return to his position at the Providence Fire Department un...

Grasso v. Raimondo  
Date: February 12, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-83, 15-378

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the superior court determining that Plaintiff need not comply with R.I. Gen. Laws 45-21-23 and 45-21-24 in order to continue receiving his accidental disability pension because t...

Flynn v. Nickerson Community Center  
Date: February 5, 2018
Docket Number: 16-114

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether victims of illegal entries to owed a duty to unknown plaintiffs. Plaintiffs sued Defendant, Nickerson Community Center, alleging that Defendant was negligent in failing to secure the keys to a van th...

Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education v. American Association of University Professors, Part-Time Faculty United  
Date: January 26, 2018
Docket Number: 16-53

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the superior court denying the motion filed by the Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education and the University of Rhode Island (collectively U...

North Kingstown School Committee v. Wagner  
Date: January 19, 2018
Docket Number: 16-241

Justia Opinion Summary: In this employment dispute, the Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the superior court insofar as it granted the North Kingstown School Committee’s (“school committee”) motion to quash the subpoenas of two attorneys fo...

Zarembka v. Whelan  
Date: January 18, 2018
Docket Number: 16-280

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the superior court denying Plaintiff’s motion for a new trial following a jury verdict in favor of Defendants in this negligence case arising out of an automobile accident. In...

Paiva v. Parella  
Date: January 16, 2018
Docket Number: 16-166

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court quashed the decision of Respondent, the Chief of Police for the City of East Providence, denying Petitioner’s application for a permit or license to carry a concealed weapon and directed Respondent to i...

Gerald P. Zarrella Trust v. Town of Exeter  
Date: January 16, 2018
Docket Number: 16-301

Justia Opinion Summary: Subsection 4(a) of Rhode Island’s Right to Farm Act, Rhode Island General Laws chapter 23 of title 2, does not permit Landowner to host commercial events, such as weddings for a fee, on his farmland in the Town of Exeter...

Pontarelli v. R.I. Department of Elementary & Secondary Education  
Date: January 16, 2018
Docket Number: 16-336

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the superior court dismissing Plaintiff’s complaint for declaratory relief asserting that he had a right to access to records in the possession of the Rhode Island Department of El...

State v. Rainey  
Date: January 11, 2018
Docket Number: 14-348

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree child molestation. The court held (1) the trial justice di...

State v. Minior  
Date: January 10, 2018
Docket Number: 16-57

Justia Opinion Summary: Collateral estoppel is not applicable to issues determined in the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal when the issues are “only a small part of a larger, ongoing criminal investigation.” Defendant in this case was cited in t...

State v. Simpson  
Date: January 8, 2018
Docket Number: 16-283

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the superior court adjudging Defendant to have violated the terms and conditions of his probation and executing eighteen years of a twenty-year suspended sentence. On appeal, De...

State ex rel Town of Tiverton v. Pelletier  
Date: December 15, 2017
Docket Numbers: 14-123, 14-298

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court, following a bench trial, convicting Defendants, James and Melissa Pelletier, of violating Tiverton Zoning Ordinance article IV, section 13(a) for manufacturi...

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