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Thompson v. Bear Runner  
Date: July 18, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 57
Docket Number: 28152

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court granting Plaintiff’s petition for a protection order against Defendant for stalking and remanded the case to permit the court to identify which of Defendant’s...

Blue v. Blue  
Date: July 18, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 58
Docket Number: 28426

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit partitioning one of two parcels of land Tom Blue and Jim Blue inherited as tenants in common, awarding Tom owelty, and denying Tom’s claims for improvements and rest...

State v. Kaline  
Date: July 11, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 54
Docket Number: 28354

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s conviction and sentence for possessing a controlled substance (methamphetamine), holding that the circuit court erred by denying Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence obtained fro...

Work v. Allgier  
Date: July 11, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 56
Docket Number: 28454

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court granted summary judgment for Debtor in this breach of contract case brought by Creditor to recover unpaid installments under a promissory note. In moving for...

Gangle v. Spiry  
Date: July 11, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 55
Docket Number: 28461

Justia Opinion Summary: In this action to quiet title to real property owned by Defendants under a claim of adverse possession, the Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court finding that Plaintiff was entitled to the disputed proper...

Harvieux v. Progressive Northern Insurance Co.  
Date: July 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 52
Docket Number: 28159

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s grant of Progressive Northern Insurance Company’s renewed motion for summary judgment on Nicole Harvieux’s claims for bad faith and barratry. Harvieux filed an action under...

Lagler v. Menard, Inc.  
Date: July 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 53
Docket Number: 28255

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court affirming the decision of the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation awarding Tammy Lagler, who suffered a workplace injury, permanent-total-disabilit...

Riggs v. Bennett County Hospital & Nursing Home  
Date: June 27, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 51
Docket Number: 28092

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court’s decision affirming the determination of the South Dakota Department of Labor’s Division of Human Rights (DHR) that there was not probable cause to believe the allegations of...

State v. Bowers  
Date: June 27, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 50
Docket Number: 28353

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order denying Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence on the grounds that the police officer lacked reasonable suspicion to initiate an investigatory traffic stop and that t...

In re M.C.  
Date: June 20, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 48
Docket Number: 28040

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part a dispositional order in a child abuse and neglect proceeding that awarded Mother custody of the parties’ child, with supervised visitation rights for Father. On appeal, Father argued...

Stoebner v. Konrad  
Date: June 20, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 47
Docket Number: 28201

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this appeal from a circuit court order granting Defendant’s motion to compel arbitration, holding that no statutory authority existed to entertain the appeal as a matter of right. Plaintiffs...

In re Heupel Family Revocable Trust  
Date: June 20, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 46
Docket Number: 28357

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was not the circuit court’s subject matter jurisdiction over a trust but, rather, the circuit court’s authority to enforce an order. The beneficiary of the trust filed a motion for an order to show cause for wh...

South Dakota Commission on Gaming v. Johnson  
Date: June 20, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 49
Docket Number: 28436

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court’s judgment reversing the decision of the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, which revoked Defendant’s gaming support license and banned him from entering any gaming establishm...

City of Rapid City v. Big Sky, LLC  
Date: June 13, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 45
Docket Number: 28205

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court entering judgment on the jury’s general verdict in favor of real-estate developers (Developers) and against the City of Rapid City in this suit seeking to recove...

In re Keystone XL Pipeline  
Date: June 13, 2018
Citation: 2018 S.D. 44
Docket Number: 28331

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the circuit court affirming the decision of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission issuing an order accepting the certification of TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP that it...

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