Rhode Island Supreme Court Decisions 2024

Allen v. Sitrin  
Date: May 23, 2024
Docket Number: 23-320

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a plaintiff, Carol Allen, who slipped and fell on the steps of Newport City Hall while exiting the building after paying her property taxes. At the time of the incident, there was light to…

State v. Brown  
Date: May 22, 2024
Docket Number: 22-63

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Marklyn Brown, who was arrested and indicted for a shooting that resulted in the death of Ms. Berta Pereira-Roldan. During his seven-hour interrogation at the Providence Police Department, Brown…

LeFebvre v. State  
Date: May 21, 2024
Docket Number: 20-167

Justia Opinion Summary: Danielle LeFebvre was convicted of first-degree child abuse after her seven-week-old son suffered life-threatening injuries. LeFebvre claimed that her son's injuries were accidental, resulting from a fall from her bed.…

Thompson v. Town of North Kingstown Zoning Board of Appeals  
Date: May 7, 2024
Docket Number: 22-326

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a major land development project proposed for multiple parcels of real estate in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. The project was approved by the North Kingstown Planning Commission in 2012. The…

City of Pawtucket v. Department of Revenue  
Date: May 2, 2024
Docket Number: 21-185

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Pawtucket petitioned the Supreme Court of Rhode Island to review a judgment in favor of the Rhode Island Department of Revenue (DOR) and other defendants. The case revolved around two properties owned by The…

Fuller Mill Realty, LLC v. Department of Revenue  
Date: May 2, 2024
Docket Number: 22-122

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Fuller Mill Realty, LLC (Fuller Mill) and the Rhode Island Department of Revenue Division of Taxation (the Division). Fuller Mill was part of the Rhode Island Historic Preservation Tax Credits Program,…

In re C.R.  
Date: April 30, 2024
Docket Number: 22-302

Justia Opinion Summary: A fatal motor vehicle accident involving a juvenile driver led to a delinquency petition filed against the driver, who later pleaded nolo contendere to two charges of driving so as to endanger, resulting in death. The…

Ponagansett 2 LLC v. Eleticia Garcia  
Date: April 29, 2024
Docket Number: 23-69

Justia Opinion Summary: In September 2019, Eleticia Garcia hired Ponagansett 2 LLC, doing business as Peter Bibby Heating & Air, to perform mechanical work on her property. The parties signed two contracts, one for the installation of gas…

The Preserve at Boulder Hills, LLC v. Kenyon  
Date: April 24, 2024
Docket Number: 23-67

Justia Opinion Summary: A group of developers, collectively referred to as "The Preserve," entered into an agreement in 2011 to purchase land in Richmond, Rhode Island, with the intention of operating an outdoor shooting range and gun club. The…

State v. Tavares  
Date: April 22, 2024
Docket Number: 22-152

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Victor Tavares, was convicted by a jury on two counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree sexual assault. The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred at…

In re N.D.  
Date: April 15, 2024
Docket Number: 22-59

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) in Rhode Island, which was held in contempt by the Family Court for failing to place a minor, N.D., in a residential facility appropriate for her…

In re N.B.  
Date: April 15, 2024
Docket Number: 22-75

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) in Rhode Island, which was held in contempt by the Family Court for failing to place a minor, N.B., in a specific facility, St. Mary’s Home for…

Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB v. Power Realty, RIGP  
Date: April 10, 2024
Docket Number: 22-330

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB DBA Christiana Trust as Trustee for HLSS Mortgage Master Trust, by PennyMac Loan Services, LLC (plaintiff), and Power Realty, RIGP a/k/a Power Realty Group, RIGP,…

PennyMac Loan Services, LLC v. Roosevelt Associates, RIGP  
Date: April 10, 2024
Docket Number: 22-331

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff, PennyMac Loan Services, LLC, a mortgage company, held a mortgage interest in a property in Coventry, Rhode Island. The mortgagor, Domenico Companatico, failed to pay 2018 fire district taxes, leading to a…

Knudsen v. DeJean  
Date: April 2, 2024
Docket Number: 23-74

Justia Opinion Summary: This case was brought before the Supreme Court of Rhode Island to resolve a dispute between neighbors over property views. The plaintiffs, Thomas Knudsen, Trustee, Ciara Ladnier, and Edward Knudsen, Trustees, own…

Mateo v. Davidson Media Group Rhode Island Stations, LLC  
Date: March 26, 2024
Docket Numbers: 23-141, 23-162

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff, Dania Mateo, filed a case against Davidson Media Group Rhode Island Stations, LLC and several of its employees, which included 22 counts alleging violations of Rhode Island's Fair Employment Practices Act…

State v. Chez  
Date: March 12, 2024
Docket Number: 22-155

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case decided by the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, the defendant, Mark Chez, appealed his conviction for carrying a pistol without a license. The case stemmed from an incident on May 30, 2020, when a police…

Robayo v. Robayo  
Date: March 12, 2024
Docket Number: 22-228

Justia Opinion Summary: In a dispute between Nancy Robayo and Luis Robayo, the Supreme Court of Rhode Island affirmed the judgment of the Family Court. The case focuses on a marital settlement agreement between the plaintiff, Nancy Robayo, and…

DoCouto v. Blue Water Realty, LLC  
Date: March 11, 2024
Docket Number: 23-79

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff, Lourenco DoCouto, appealed a decision by the Superior Court of Rhode Island that dismissed his case against defendants Blue Water Realty, LLC and Louis Bachetti. The dispute centered around a property…

Mendes v. Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum  
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Number: 23-89

Justia Opinion Summary: This Rhode Island Supreme Court case revolves around a dispute over an estate and a related legal fee. The plaintiff, Ambrose C. Mendes, Jr., challenged an order and judgment of the Superior Court that approved two…

Merlyn O'Keefe v. Myrth York  
Date: February 22, 2024
Docket Number: 22-309

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a dispute among neighbors over the use and ownership of a private road in Rhode Island. The plaintiffs, Merlyn P. O’Keefe and Mary Ellen O’Keefe, who own the residential lot farthest from the main…

Riccitelli v. The Town of North Providence  
Date: February 16, 2024
Docket Number: 22-348

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves plaintiff Angelo Riccitelli and defendant Town of North Providence, through its Finance Director, Maria Vallee. Riccitelli, a retired firefighter, filed a complaint against the town, alleging that it…

Fitzgerald v. Jackson  
Date: February 9, 2024
Docket Number: 22-265

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerns a child custody dispute between Kelly K. Fitzgerald and James W.A. Jackson. The parties have two minor children, who have dual citizenship of the United States and Australia. The children have lived in…

Serenska v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.  
Date: February 8, 2024
Docket Number: 22-229

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerns a foreclosure proceeding related to a property in Bristol, Rhode Island. The plaintiff, Steven Serenska, obtained a mortgage from Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and defaulted on his payments. Wells Fargo and…

Plaintiff v. Defendant  
Date: January 30, 2024
Docket Number: 22-306

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the plaintiff, Andre Howell, acting as the treasurer of the Urban League of Rhode Island, Inc., initiated a receivership proceeding for the Urban League. Julie Longtin, the appellant, filed a proof of claim…

The Bank of New York Mellon v. Gosset  
Date: January 30, 2024
Docket Number: 22-353

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Ronald A. Gosset borrowed $275,000 against his property, which he owned as a joint tenant with his daughters, Mellissa and Verity Gosset. Both daughters signed the mortgage but not the underlying note. When…

Cronan v. Cronan  
Date: January 24, 2024
Docket Number: 22-219

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal, the defendant, Laurie Cronan, challenged a divorce judgement entered by the general magistrate of the Family Court. She primarily disputed the magistrate's authority to preside over the contested divorce…

Barnes v. Hodys  
Date: January 23, 2024
Docket Number: 22-43

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arises from an automobile accident involving Lauren Barnes and Nancy Hodys, where both parties sustained serious injuries and neither has any memory of the accident. A syringe was found in Barnes' car and her…

In re Da Cruz  
Date: January 19, 2024
Docket Number: 22-355

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves the appeal of a Superior Court judgment in favor of the intervenor, Isabel DaPina Costa, following the grant of her motion for summary judgment. The plaintiff, Clara Martins, is the mother of Orlando…

State v. Odiah  
Date: January 16, 2024
Docket Number: 22-296

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case heard by the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, Somayina Odiah, the defendant, was appealing his conviction for one count of indecent solicitation of a child. The defendant had been communicating online with a…

Nissensohn v. CharterCARE Home Health Services  
Date: January 16, 2024
Docket Number: 22-42

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the plaintiff, Jordan Nissensohn, as the administrator of the Estate of Michael Nissensohn, filed a suit against University Medical Group (UMG), Dr. Alan Epstein, and Dr. Steven Sepe, alleging numerous…

Quillen v. Cox  
Date: January 16, 2024
Docket Number: 23-46

Justia Opinion Summary: In a case before the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, plaintiffs Mark Quillen and Dawn Quillen entered into a Purchase and Sales Agreement (P & S Agreement) with defendant Clint Cox to purchase a property for a total sale…

Maltais v. Maltais  
Date: January 11, 2024
Docket Number: 22-316

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of Rhode Island heard an appeal by Kelly Maltais contesting the dismissal of her probate appeal by the Superior Court. Kelly challenged the last will and testament of her father, Laurent E. Maltais,…

Griggs & Browne Pest Control Co., Inc. v. Walls  
Date: January 8, 2024
Docket Number: 22-356

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves a dispute between Griggs & Browne Pest Control Co., Inc. (plaintiff), and its former employee, Brian Walls (defendant). Upon hiring Walls in 2011, the parties entered into a noncompetition agreement,…

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