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Felkner v. Rhode Island College  
Date: March 18, 2019
Docket Number: 16-17

Justia Opinion Summary: In this complaint brought against Rhode Island College and various college officials alleging that Defendants’ conduct toward Plaintiff during his enrollment in the Master of Social Work program due to his political beli...

Parrillo v. Rhode Island Hospital  
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: 17-235

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the entry of summary judgment in favor of Dr. Shea Gregg in this wrongful death action, holding that the superior court correctly found that the statutory period for filing a wrongful death act...

MacTavish-Thurber v. Gauvin  
Date: March 13, 2019
Docket Number: 17-48

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the family court denying a miscellaneous petition filed by Plaintiff pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 15-5-24.1 and 15-5-24.3 for grandparent visitation with two children of her daughter...

Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education v. Hellenic Society Paideia - Rhode Island Chapter  
Date: March 12, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-200, 17-201

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising from a dispute arising from the parties’ lease agreement, the Supreme Court vacated the order of the superior court denying Defendant’s motion to stay litigation in favor of arbitration, holding that...

Shannahan v. Moreau  
Date: March 11, 2019
Docket Number: 18-22

Justia Opinion Summary: In this action involving various allegations against the former mayor of the City of Central Falls, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the superior court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant, the Rhode...

John Rocchio Corp. v. Pare Engineering Corp.  
Date: February 13, 2019
Docket Number: 17-426

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant, Pare Engineering Corporation, on John Rocchio Corporation’s action asserting claims for interference with pro...

Gannon v. City of Pawtucket  
Date: February 6, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-342, 18-69

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the superior court granting the City of Pawtucket’s motion to dismiss Appellant’s motion to vacate an arbitration award issued in connection with the termination of Appellant’s em...

State v. D’Amico  
Date: February 5, 2019
Docket Numbers: 17-215, 17-216

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgments of the superior court adjudging Appellant to be a violator of his probation, holding (1) there was no reason to remand Appellant’s case for a new probation violation hearing under...

Sandy Point Farms, Inc. v. Sandy Point Village, LLC  
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: 17-107

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court quashed the order of the superior court denying Plaintiff’s motion for a protective order concerning the deposition of Lawrence Rainey, holding that, pursuant to rule 26(b)(4)(B) of the Superior Court R...

State v. Stokes  
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: 17-251

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, three counts of discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, and one c...

State v. Johnson  
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: 17-358

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, and assault with a dangerous weapon in a dwelling house with intent t...

State v. Paiva  
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: 18-100

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the superior court denying Defendant’s motion to correct his sentence, holding that there was no error on the part of the hearing justice in denying Defendant’s motion to correct h...

Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC v. Providence Business Loan Fund, Inc.  
Date: January 29, 2019
Docket Number: 18-18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the superior court granting summary judgment in favor of Plaintiff, holding that summary judgment was appropriate because the mortgage granted to Defendant was discharged by ope...

Whitaker v. State  
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Number: 16-102

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court quashed the judgment of the superior court that granted Defendant’s application for postconviction relief and reinstated Defendant’s convictions, holding that the hearing justice erred in holding that t...

Hexagon Holdings, Inc. v. Carlisle Syntec Inc.  
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Number: 17-175

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant in this construction dispute, holding that summary judgment was appropriate. Plaintiff entered into a contra...

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