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Rawcliffe v. Anciaux  
Date: October 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 72
Docket Number: 20150852

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Plaintiff’s claims under Utah R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) without prejudice. In his complaint, Plaintiff, a shareholder of USANA Health Sciences, Inc., alleged that US...

Zonts v. Pleasant Grove City  
Date: October 10, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 71
Docket Number: 20170651

Justia Opinion Summary: This opinion followed the Supreme Court’s August 30, 2017 summary order denying Petitioners’ petition for extraordinary relief filed pursuant to Utah Code 20A-7-508(6)(a) pertaining to certain aspects of a final ballot t...

State v. Johnson  
Date: October 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 70
Docket Number: 20140794

Justia Opinion Summary: In this criminal case convicting Defendant of murder, the Supreme Court reversed the court of appeals’ conclusion that exceptional circumstances merited review of an issue not preserved in the trial court and not argued...

MAA Prospector Motor Lodge, LLC v. Palmer  
Date: September 28, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 68
Docket Number: 20151010

Justia Opinion Summary: Here the Supreme Court reaffirmed its statement in 2DP Blanding, LLC v. Palmer, __ P.3d ___ (Utah 2017), that “an appellant who takes no action to preserve his interests in property at issue on appeal has no recourse aga...

Wilson v. Educators Mutual Insurance Ass’n  
Date: September 28, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 69
Docket Number: 20160227

Justia Opinion Summary: In this subrogation action filed by Educators Mutual Insurance Association (EMIA) against a tortfeasor in a personal injury case, the Supreme Court reversed the court of appeals’ dismissal for lack of standing. The court...

Bivens v. Salt Lake City  
Date: September 26, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 67
Docket Number: 20150249

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Plaintiffs’ putative class action lawsuit in which they alleged that Salt Lake City unjustly enriched itself by fining them for failing to use a parking meter...

McElhaney v. City of Moab  
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 65
Docket Number: 20160142

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the district court reversing the decision of the Moab City Council denying Mary and Jeramey McElhaney’s application for a conditional use permit to operate a bed and breakfast in...

Scott v. Scott  
Date: September 21, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 66
Docket Number: 20160299

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the court of appeals affirming the district court’s conclusion that Jillian Scott cohabited with J.O, her ex-boyfriend, and, therefore, her alimony payments terminated under Utah C...

Rivers v. Executive Director of Utah Department of Environmental Quality  
Date: September 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 64
Docket Number: 20160503

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner waived its challenge to the decision of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ) to issue a “permit by rule” to U.S. Oil Sands Inc. for a bitumen-extraction project. Petitioner, which appeared befor...

State v. Martin  
Date: September 7, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 63
Docket Number: 20150860

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and sentence of a composite term of thirty years to life in prison. The court held (1) to the extent that Defendant’s...

2DP Blanding, LLC v. Palmer  
Date: September 6, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 62
Docket Number: 20150670

Justia Opinion Summary: An appellant who takes no action to preserve his interests in property at issue on appeal has no recourse against a lawful third-party purchaser. Appellant agreed to sell two parcels of commercial real estate to JDJ Ho...

State v. Goins  
Date: September 6, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 61
Docket Number: 20160485

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court disavowed its holding in State v. Brooks, 638 P.2d 537 (Utah 1981) that counsel always has the same motive to develop testimony at a preliminary hearing that she will have at trial. At issue was the ad...

State v. Ainsworth  
Date: September 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 60
Docket Number: 20160173

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the legislature’s classification of offenses in the DUI and measure substance statutes. The Supreme Court thus reversed the court of appeals’ decision vacat...

Rueda v. Utah Labor Commission  
Date: August 31, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 58
Docket Number: 20140043

Justia Opinion Summary: In this splintered opinion, two justices would affirm in part and reverse in part the final order of the Labor Commission, two justices would affirm, and one justice would vacate and remand. Therefore, the order the Comm...

In re Adoption of B.B.  
Date: August 31, 2017
Citation: 2017 UT 59
Docket Number: 20150434

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court denying Birth Father’s motion to intervene in this contested adoption. Both Birth Father and Birth Mother were members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and...

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