South Dakota Supreme Court Decisions 2020

Johnson v. United Parcel Service, Inc.  
Date: June 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 39
Docket Number: 28598

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court in favor of Appellee in this workers' compensation case, holding that an error led to the exclusion of relevant evidence and incorrect jury instructions that i...

Koopman v. City Of Edgemont  
Date: June 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 37
Docket Number: 29105

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court's award of employee benefits to Plaintiff, holding that Plaintiff was not entitled to employee benefits under the City of Edgemont's Personnel Manual. Plaintiff sued the Cit...

LP6 Claimants, LLC v. S.D. Department of Tourism & State Development  
Date: June 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 38
Docket Number: 29129

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the circuit court granting a motion to dismiss this action brought by a group of investors in the federal EB5 immigrant investment program against various agencies that implemen...

State v. Steffensen  
Date: June 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 36
Docket Number: 29275

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this consolidated appeal brought by the State as to each of three jointly indicted defendants from a trial court order dismissing certain counts of the indictment against them, holding that th...

Hanna v. Landsman  
Date: June 17, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 33
Docket Number: 28927

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the circuit court granting summary judgment to Defendant in this breach of contract case, holding that the evidence was sufficient to refute Defendant's argument that the alleged a...

State v. Mousseaux  
Date: June 17, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 35
Docket Number: 28941

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's the order of the circuit court granting Defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained as a result of Defendant's arrest, holding that the circuit court erred when it refused to c...

Henning v. Avera McKennan Hospital  
Date: June 17, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 34
Docket Number: 29081

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court granting summary judgment for Hospital on Nurse's claims for wrongful discharge, breach of contract, and defamation, holding that summary judgment was proper. Ho...

Goin v. Houdashelt  
Date: June 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 32
Docket Number: 28971

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Plaintiff's request for attorney fees under S.D. Codified Laws 60-11-24 after Plaintiff prevailed in an action seeking unpaid wages, holding that becau...

In re Carver Revocable Trust  
Date: June 3, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 31
Docket Number: 28885

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court's judgment summarily dismissing Petitioners' request that the court declare an original trust and its first amendment valid, holding that the circuit court erred. After the s...

Lamar Advertising Of South Dakota, LLC v. City of Rapid City  
Date: June 3, 2020
Citation: L.L.C. v. CITY OF RAPID CITY, 2020 S.D. 30
Docket Number: 28903

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's judgment declining to declare that the City of Rapid City unlawfully bargained away its police power when it entered into a settlement agreement with Epic Outdoor Advertisin...

State v. Hirning  
Date: May 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 29
Docket Number: 28665

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for possession of a controlled substance, holding that the circuit court judge did not err when he continued to preside over Defendant's case after Defendant filed an aff...

State v. Holler  
Date: May 20, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 28
Docket Number: 29015

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's sentence of eighty years imprisonment with forty years suspended for first-degree manslaughter, holding that the sentence was not grossly disproportionate to the offense and did not...

Helleberg v. Estes  
Date: May 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 27
Docket Number: 28954

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court determining that a limited private easement granted Thomas Estes the right of access across Lot 2R within the Estes Subdivision solely to repair or install wat...

Graff v. Children’s Care Hospital & School  
Date: May 6, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 26
Docket Number: 28644

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court in favor of Children's Care Hospital and School (CCHS) as to Benjamin Graff's complaint alleging that CCHS was negligent and inflicted emotional distress by us...

Trask v. Meade County Commission  
Date: May 6, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 25
Docket Number: 28732

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the circuit court affirming the assessed value of Appellants' agricultural land by the Meade County Commission sitting as a board of equalization (the Board), holding that the c...

Dunham v. Lake County Commission  
Date: April 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 23
Docket Number: 28842

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the circuit court denying Karen Dunham's petition for writ of certiorari challenging the decision of the Lake County Board of Adjustment (Board) app...

Huls v. Meyer  
Date: April 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 24
Docket Number: 29084

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed for lack of appellate jurisdiction Appellants' appeal from the circuit court's order granting summary judgment dismissing some but not resolving all of the parties' claims, holding that the ci...

Stromberger Farms, Inc. v. Johnson  
Date: April 8, 2020
Citation: INC. v. JOHNSON, 2020 S.D. 22
Docket Number: 28827

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over the sale proceeds from an auction of cattle the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the entry of partial summary judgment on Plaintiff's claim for the sale proceeds, holding that Defe...

Olson v. Slattery  
Date: April 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 21
Docket Number: 28911

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court concluding that coverage did not exist under an automobile insurance policy issued to Shelby Olsons' parents or an automobile policy issued to the shooter for...

State v. Ware  
Date: April 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 20
Docket Number: 29087

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Defendant's motion for judgment of acquittal after a jury found Defendant guilty of aggravated assault, holding that there was sufficient evidence to s...

Excel Underground, Inc. v. Brant Lake Sanitary District  
Date: April 1, 2020
Citation: INC. v. BRANT LAKE SANITARY DISTRICT, 2020 S.D. 19
Docket Number: 28580

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court in favor of Excel Underground, Inc. on its breach of contract claim against the Brant Lake Sanitary District, holding that the circuit court did not err in any...

In re Estate Of Gaaskjolen  
Date: April 1, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 17
Docket Number: 28884

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's decision invalidating the will and codicil of Dora Lee Gaaskjolen on the basis of undue influence, holding that the circuit court's determination of undue influence was not...

Sedlacek v. Prussman Contracting, Inc.  
Date: April 1, 2020
Citation: INC., 2020 S.D. 18
Docket Number: 29054

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court in favor of Prussman Contracting, Inc., holding that the court did not abuse its discretion. Dennis Sedlacek commenced this suit against Prussman, alleging ge...

Black Bear v. Mid-Central Educational Cooperative  
Date: March 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 14
Docket Numbers: 28740, 28741, 28745, 28746, 28747, 28748, 28753

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the circuit court dismissing students' claims seeking to recover for lost funding for services denied to them under the GEAR UP program due to mismanagement and embezzlement, ho...

Bonebright v. City Of Miller  
Date: March 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 16
Docket Number: 28994

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court affirming the decision of the Department of Labor to award benefits to James Bonebright's widow, Stephanie, after Bonebright died from injuries he sustained in...

State v. Wolf  
Date: March 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 15
Docket Number: 29004

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court granting Defendant's motion for judgment of acquittal on his aggravated assault conviction, holding that there was sufficient evidence on the record, and infer...

Laplante v. GGNSC Madison, S.D.  
Date: March 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 13
Docket Number: 29075

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court affirming the decision of the South Dakota Department of Labor dismissing Plaintiff's petition seeking workers' compensation benefits for lack of prosecution,...

Western Agricultural Insurance Co. v. Arbab-Azzein  
Date: March 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 12
Docket Number: 29051

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the circuit court determining that Insurer's decision to deny coverage for a single-vehicle accident was not in violation of its duty, holding that the court did not err in conc...

Abdulrazzak v. South Dakota Board of Pardons & Paroles  
Date: March 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 10
Docket Number: 28685

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court dismissing as untimely Appellant's appeal of an order of the Board of Pardons and Paroles revoking Appellant's parole, holding that the circuit court did not err....

State v. Ceplecha  
Date: March 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 11
Docket Number: 28830

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendants' convictions of first-degree manslaughter and sentences of life imprisonment, holding that the circuit court did not err or abuse its discretion in either case. Daniel Ceplecha and...

Knecht v. Evridge  
Date: February 26, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 9
Docket Number: 28780

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court's dismissal of Plaintiff's deceit claim and affirmed the circuit court's rulings as to Plaintiff's breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation and fraud claims and as to D...

State v. Nekolite  
Date: February 19, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 8
Docket Number: 28794

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of hit and run involving an injury, holding that the State was not required to prove that Defendant had knowledge of an accident-related injury. Defendant pled guilty t...

Discipline Of Swier
Date: February 19, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 7
Docket Number: 29156
Robinson-Podoll v. Harmelink, Fox, & Ravnsborg Law Office  
Date: January 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 5
Docket Number: 28429

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the judgment of the circuit court entering summary judgment in favor of Attorney in this legal malpractice action and dismissing the action, holding th...

State v. Armstrong  
Date: January 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 6
Docket Number: 28722

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Defendant's motion for judgment of acquittal and refusing Defendant's requested jury instructions pertaining to the language of "directly" in S.D. Codi...

State v. Harruff  
Date: January 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 4
Docket Number: 28886

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of second-degree murder, holding that the circuit court did not err in its evidentiary rulings and that there was sufficient evidence to sustain the conviction. On appea...

Carmody v. Lake County Board Of Commissioners  
Date: January 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 3
Docket Number: 28761

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Lake County Board of Commissioners, sitting as the Lake County Drainage Board (Board), approving the application for permits filed by Steven Carmody and Edward Becker to ins...

In re Estate Of Tank  
Date: January 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 2
Docket Number: 28955

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning the will of Russell Tank naming his neighbor Jason Bender as his sole heir and disinheriting his four adult children (Children) the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision...

Armstrong v. Longview Farms, LLP  
Date: January 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 S.D. 1
Docket Number: 28824

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court affirming the decision of the Department of Labor determining that Appellant's knee surgery and related treatment were not compensable, holding that the Departmen...

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