Utah Supreme Court Decisions 2022

Estate of Huitron v. Kaye  
Date: August 25, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 36
Docket Number: 20210194

Justia Opinion Summary: On interlocutory appeal, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court denying partial summary judgment in favor of the Estate of Miguel Huitron in the underlying tort action, holding that the Estate was…

Taylor v. Taylor  
Date: August 18, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 35
Docket Number: 20191090

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying David Taylor's motion to invalidate an arbitration award in this divorce case on the grounds that it was contrary to public policy to arbitrate…

State v. Randolph  
Date: August 4, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 34
Docket Number: 20200881

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting the State's motion for pretrial detention after charging Defendant with four first-degree felonies connected to an alleged sexual assault, holding…

WDIS, LLC v. Hi-Country Estates Homeowners Ass'n  
Date: August 2, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 33
Docket Number: 20200849

Justia Opinion Summary: In this quiet title action, the Supreme Court affirmed the district court's denial of Plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment, holding that the Wrongful Lien Act, the statute of frauds, and caselaw have not declared that…

F.L. v. Court of Appeals  
Date: July 7, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 32
Docket Number: 20210411

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals construing F.L.'s motion to intervene in David Chadwick's appeal from his sexual abuse of a child conviction as a motion to file an amicus brief under Utah…

Smith v. Volkswagen Southtowne, Inc.  
Date: June 30, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 29
Docket Number: 20190382

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part and affirmed in part the judgment of the district court granting Volkswagen SouthTowne's motion for judgment as a matter of law and a new trial after Plaintiff was awarded $2,700,000 on…

State v. Bonds  
Date: June 30, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 30
Docket Number: 20191041

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals vacating Defendant's convictions on the grounds that his counsel had been ineffective, holding that errors on the part of trial counsel did not prejudice…

JBS Carriers v. Hickey  
Date: June 30, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 31
Docket Number: 20210321

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the determination of the court of appeals that Claimant's long drive in a commercial truck was not an unusual or extraordinary activity in comparison to the ordinary activities people perform…

OPC v. Spencer
Date: June 30, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 28
Docket Number: 20210458
Salt Lake City Corp. v. Inland Port Authority  
Date: June 29, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 27
Docket Number: 20200118

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing the challenges brought by Salt Lake City to four provisions of the Utah Inland Port Authority Act, holding that the challenged zoning provisions…

State v. Soto  
Date: June 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 26
Docket Number: 20180810

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals holding that the conduct of two court personnel while sharing a nonpublic courthouse elevator with a jury during trial triggered a rebuttable presumption of…

ICS Corrections, Inc. v. Procurement Policy Board  
Date: June 23, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 24
Docket Number: 20200930

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals upholding the decision of the Utah Procurement Policy Board to dismiss ICS Corrections, Inc.'s appeal of the decision of the Utah Division of Purchasing and…

Office of Professional Conduct v. Bernacchi
Date: June 23, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 25
Docket Number: 20210034
Cove at Little Valley Homeowners Ass'n v. Traverse Ridge Special Service District  
Date: June 16, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 23
Docket Number: 20200781

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the district court dismissing this case claiming that the Traverse Ridge Special Service District needed either to stop charging members The Cove at…

UMIA Insurance, Inc. v. Saltz  
Date: June 9, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 21
Docket Number: 20200008

Justia Opinion Summary: Saltz, a plastic surgeon, was sued by a former patient for releasing her photographs to a news outlet. Saltz submitted his legal defense to his malpractice insurance provider, UMIA, which initially defended Saltz but…

State v. Pierce  
Date: June 9, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 22
Docket Number: 20200864

Justia Opinion Summary: After exiting his brother’s truck at a busy intersection, Pierce fatally shot Toala. After receiving his Miranda warnings, Pierce claimed that he acted in self-defense. His statement was later suppressed. There were…

Gamez v. Utah Labor Commission  
Date: May 26, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 20
Docket Number: 20200625

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Labor Commission Appeals Board dismissing Appellant's interlocutory objection to the appointment of the medical panel assigned to resolve this dispute, holding that the…

Cardiff Wales, LLC v. Washington County School District  
Date: May 26, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 19
Docket Number: 20210221

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the conclusion of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's complaint against Washington County School District claiming that the School District…

WDIS, LLC v. Hi-Country Estates Homeowners Ass'n  
Date: April 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 17
Docket Number: 20200849

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Landowners' motion for summary judgment in their action to quiet title to their property against a homeowners association (HOA), holding that the…

State v. Archibeque  
Date: April 28, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 18
Docket Number: 20210008

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held in this interlocutory appeal that the district court may not judge the sufficiency of the defendant's showing necessary to overcome a motion to quash based solely on an in camera proffer without…

State v. Thurman  
Date: March 31, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 16
Docket Number: 20200651

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Appellant's motion brought under Utah R. Civ. P. 70(b) or, alternatively, as a motion for a misplea, arguing that the prosecution breached the…

Honnen Equipment Co. v. DAZ Management, LLC  
Date: March 17, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 15
Docket Number: 20200656

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court dismissing Honnen Equipment Company's (Honnen) breach of contract claim brought brought against Daz Management,…

State v. Smith  
Date: March 1, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 13
Docket Number: 20190550

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction and the denial of his motion to suppress, holding that the State did not meet its burden in rebutting a presumptively…

State v. Johnson  
Date: March 1, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 14
Docket Number: 20191024

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the district court convicting Defendant of aggravated battery and denying Defendant's motion for a directed verdict, holding that the evidence was sufficient to support the…

In re J.L.  
Date: February 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 12
Docket Number: 20200271

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and vacated in part the juvenile court's order terminating the parental right of Parents, holding that the juvenile court's opinion was too affected by legal error to merit…

Buck v. Utah State Tax Commission  
Date: February 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 11
Docket Number: 20200531

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Tax Commission determining that John and Brooke Buck were domiciled in Utah for the 2012 tax year and therefore owed nearly $400,000 in back taxes and interest, holding that…

Northern Monticello Alliance v. San Juan County  
Date: February 24, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 10
Docket Number: 20200563

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals finding that Northern Monticello Alliance (NMA) had a due process right to participate in the hearing leading to the San Juan County Planning and Zoning…

State v. Soto  
Date: February 17, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 9
Docket Number: 20180810

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the court of appeals correctly held that the conduct of two court personnel triggered a rebuttable presumption against Defendant, holding that remand was required. The court personnel in this…

Cunningham v. Weber County  
Date: February 17, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 8
Docket Number: 20210077

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Weber County and dismissing the claims brought by Brian and Mariah Cunningham against the County, a Special Weapons and…

Nelson v. Hills  
Date: February 10, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 6
Docket Number: 20190182

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case arising from the internal breakdown and judicial dissolution of H&N Holdings, LLC the Supreme Court reversed the orders of the district court ordering, sua sponte, the dissolution of H&N, holding that the…

State v. Sisneros  
Date: February 10, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 7
Docket Number: 20200455

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving to multiple prosecutions of Defendant for the robbery and theft of a used car the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals dismissing a subsequent charge against Defendant for…

State v. Sorbonne  
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 5
Docket Number: 20200410

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction on a misdemeanor charge of threatening to use a dangerous weapon in a quarrel with his father, holding that Defendant…

Ahhmigo, LLC v. Synergy Co. of Utah, LLC  
Date: February 3, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 4
Docket Number: 20200770

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Ahhmigo, LLC's motion to vacate the arbitrator's ruling in favor of The Synergy Company of Utah, LLC in this breach of contract proceeding, holding…

Kay v. Barnes Bullets  
Date: January 31, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 3
Docket Number: 20180821

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the district court denying the motion for summary judgment filed by Barnes Bullets asking the district court to rule that the Workers' Compensation Act (WCA) barred Layne Kay's…

State v. Diderickson  
Date: January 27, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 2
Docket Number: 20190478

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court denying Petitioners' petition for satisfaction of judgment but remanded for correction of a clerical error,…

Zilleruelo v. Commodity Transporters, Inc.  
Date: January 20, 2022
Citation: 2022 UT 1
Docket Number: 20200334

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court granting summary judgment to Steven DeConto and Commodity Transporters, Inc. and dismissing John Zilleruelo's complaint alleging negligence, vicarious…

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