Wyoming Supreme Court Decisions 2018

Ray v. State  
Date: December 31, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 146
Docket Number: S-18-0058

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of felony possession of a controlled substance, holding that the district court did not err in denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained during a law enfor...

Martinez v. State  
Date: December 31, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 147
Docket Number: S-18-0080

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s judgment finding Defendant’s guilty of sexual abuse of a minor in the first and second degree, holding that there was sufficient evidence to sustain the conditions and that...

Addison v. Albany County  
Date: December 31, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 148
Docket Number: S-18-0099

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court affirming the forfeiture of Scott Alan Addison’s $50,000 cash bond after Addison died prior to his criminal trial while subject to warrant for his arrest for vio...

Galiher v. Johnson  
Date: December 31, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 145
Docket Number: S-18-0116

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court vesting title to a portion of Louise Galiher’s property in Dennis and Vicky Johnson by adverse possession, holding the district court’s findings of fact were...

Swett v. State  
Date: December 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 144
Docket Number: S-18-0044

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court allowing the State to present testimony about an altercation Defendant had in jail while awaiting trial on charges of aggravated child abuse, holding that the...

Rhoads v. State  
Date: December 20, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 143
Docket Number: S-18-0117

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s conviction of fourth offense felony driving while under the influence (DWUI), holding that the district court erred, as a matter of law, when it concluded that the loopback for a fo...

Cooper v. State  
Date: December 12, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 142
Docket Number: S-18-0113

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed an order of the district court denying Appellant’s motion for sentence reduction, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion when it denied Appellant’s motion for sentence red...

Wendell Jackson, Jr. v. The State of Wyoming
Date: December 12, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 141
Docket Number: S-18-0188
TC v. State, Department of Family Services  
Date: December 7, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 140
Docket Number: S-18-0084

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Appellants’ petition to adopt L-MHB on the grounds that the petition did not comply with the adoption statutes, holding that the district court’s decision to d...

Crow v. 2010-1 RADC/CADC Venture, LLC  
Date: December 5, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 139
Docket Number: S-18-0088

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed an order denying Appellant’s claim that his paintings were statutorily exempt from execution to satisfy a judgment debt, holding that the district court did not err in concluding that the paint...

Lewis v. State  
Date: December 4, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 136
Docket Number: S-17-0338

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant’s conviction of felony possession of marijuana, holding that Defendant did not demonstrate plain error when a supervisor from the state crime lab testified in place of the lab analyst who tested and weighed the...

Anderson v. State ex rel. Department of Health  
Date: December 4, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 135
Docket Number: S-18-0050

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court upholding the decision of the Department of Health for Medicaid, holding that the Department did not act in accordance with law when it denied Lucile Anderson...

Rodriguez v. State  
Date: December 4, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 134
Docket Number: S-18-0090

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Defendant’s motion to suppress her statements to highway patrol troopers and the marijuana they subsequently found in her car, holding that the record...

Tozzi v. Moffett  
Date: December 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 133
Docket Numbers: S-18-0031, S-18-0032

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants, three professionals, on Plaintiff’s claims of malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and conversion arising ou...

Nielsen v. State  
Date: December 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 132
Docket Number: S-18-0085

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of first-degree felony murder and sentence of life imprisonment, holding that Defendant failed to demonstrate plain error in testimony elicited from medical experts conce...

Helmut v. Mueller Limited Partnership v. Treanor  
Date: November 29, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 131
Docket Number: S-18-0009

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court affirming the decision of the Wyoming State Board of Equalization (state) reversing the decision of the Washakie County Board of Equalization (county board) reve...

Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Kara Crawford-Fink, WSB # 6-3966
Date: November 28, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 130
Docket Number: D-18-0007
Kayla Marie Gehnert v. The State of Wyoming
Date: November 28, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 129
Docket Number: S-18-0126
Lietz v. State ex rel. Department of Family Services  
Date: November 27, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 127
Docket Number: S-18-0030

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court reversing the decision of the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) reversing the decision of the Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) terminating Ap...

Air Methods/Rocky Mountain Holdings, LLC v. State ex rel. Department of Workforce Services  
Date: November 27, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 128
Docket Numbers: S-18-0068, S-18-0074

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) granting summary judgment to Air Methods/Rocky Mountain Holdings, LLC, EagleMed, LLC, and Med-Trans Corp. (collectively, Claimants) and...

Solvay Chemicals, Inc. v. State Department of Revenue  
Date: November 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 124
Docket Number: S-17-0324

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the Wyoming Board of Equalization (Board) concluding that the issue disputed by the parties in this case was moot, holding that the Board exceeded its authority when it decided an...

Michelle L. Bozner v. Jim's Water Service, Inc.
Date: November 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 125
Docket Number: S-18-0176
Michel Skaf, M.D. v. Wyoming Cardiopulmonary Services, P.C., a Wyoming corporation
Date: November 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 126
Docket Number: S-18-0242
Martin v. Hart  
Date: October 31, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 123
Docket Number: S-18-0019

Justia Opinion Summary: In this custody dispute, the Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court imposing a visitation schedule that required extensive travel between Mother’s residence in Wyoming and Father’s residence in Arizona an...

Larkins v. State  
Date: October 26, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 122
Docket Numbers: S-17-0132, S-17-0134, S-17-0133, S-18-0059, S-18-0060, S-18-0061

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed convictions of Defendants - Dennis Larkins and Emily Larkins - for multiple counts of child abuse and one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult, holding that there was no reversible error in the...

Popkin v. State  
Date: October 26, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 121
Docket Numbers: S-18-0104, S-18-0105

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of two counts of second degree sexual assault by a person in a position of authority, in violation of Wyo. Stat. Ann. 6-2-303(a)(vi), holding that Defendant’s no-contest...

Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Stuwert B. Johnson
Date: October 24, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 118
Docket Number: D-18-0006
Dumas v. State  
Date: October 24, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 120
Docket Number: S-17-0298

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for strangulation of a household member and domestic battery, holding that Defendant failed to demonstrate plain error on appeal. Specifically, the Court held (1) the...

GS v. State  
Date: October 24, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 119
Docket Number: S-18-0041

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the juvenile court’s order changing the permanency plan for the Child from family reunification to adoption, holding that Father’s challenges on appeal were unavailing. Specifically, the Court...

Curby v. State  
Date: October 19, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 117
Docket Number: S-18-0020

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of strangulation of a household member, holding that Defendant failed to demonstrate that the State violated its obligations under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963)....

Nitchman v. State  
Date: October 16, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 116
Docket Number: S-18-0005

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed a district court order revoking Appellant’s probation and ordering that he serve the remaining portions of a prison sentence that had been suspended, holding that Appellant’s underlying sentenc...

Brumme v. State  
Date: October 16, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 115
Docket Number: S-18-0040

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed a district court order revoking Appellant’s probation and imposing underlying sentences for her child endangerment and controlled substance convictions, holding that the district court did not...

Wyoming Guardianship Corp. v. Wyoming State Hospital  
Date: October 11, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 114
Docket Number: S-18-0087

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the district court’s dismissal of Plaintiff’s complaint alleging negligence and violations of 42 U.S.C. 1983 after Linda Gelok was injured after being left unattend...

Broberg v. State  
Date: October 1, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 113
Docket Number: S-17-0308

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of second degree sexual assault, holding that the trial court erred in admitting evidence of prior bad acts absent notice from the State of its intent to offer such evide...

Estate of Jack Winford Weeks v. Weeks-Rohner  
Date: September 27, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 112
Docket Number: S-17-0243

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s decision ruling generally in favor of Judy Weeks-Rohner in this quiet title action brought by the Estate of Jack Winford Weeks, holding that there was no error or abuse of...

Essex Holding, LLC v. Basic Properties, Inc.  
Date: September 26, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 111
Docket Number: S-17-0240

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the jury verdict awarding Basic Properties, Inc. $200,000 in damages for Essex Holding, LLC’s refusal to consent to amend restrictive covenants to allow Basic to develop one of its lots in a sh...

Mitchell v. Wyoming  
Date: September 24, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 110
Docket Number: S-18-0022

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Steven Mitchell was held in contempt of court for violating a custody order. The district court ordered confinement until Mitchell purged himself of contempt by relinquishing custody of the minor child. While c...

In re Order Imposing Sanctions on Traci E. Mears  
Date: September 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 109
Docket Number: S-18-0006

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed for lack of jurisdiction the appeal brought in the name of Mother challenging the district court’s imposition of sanctions against Mother’s attorney, Traci Mears, holding that Mother did not h...

Jacobson v. Kidd  
Date: September 17, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 108
Docket Number: S-17-0332

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court denying Father’s petition to modify the order granting Mother primary custody of the parties' children, holding that the district court abused its discretion by...

State ex rel. Department of Workforce Services, Workers' Compensation Division v. Lysne  
Date: September 11, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 107
Docket Number: S-18-0021

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Medical Commission approving John Lysne’s worker’s compensation claim seeking coverage for knee replacement surgery, holding that the Commission’s finding that Lysne’s work...

Robert William Guty v. The State of Wyoming
Date: September 10, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 106
Docket Number: S-18-0016
Hart v. State, ex rel. Department of Workforce Services, Workers' Compensation Division  
Date: September 7, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 105
Docket Number: S-17-0290

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court affirming the Medical Commission Hearing Panel’s decision the Workers’ Compensation Division’s denial of permanent total disability benefits for a back injury...

Tuttle v. Lee  
Date: September 5, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 104
Docket Number: S-18-0070

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Plaintiff’s declaratory judgment action against the Laramie County Clerk asking that a Notice of Federal Tax Lien (NFTL) be declared invalid and the NFTL be re...

Reichert v. Daugherty  
Date: August 31, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 103
Docket Number: S-18-0011

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to Defendants in this quiet title action challenging the enforceability of a plat restriction that barred Plaintiffs’ use of a portion of their ow...

Miller v. State  
Date: August 30, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 102
Docket Numbers: S-17-0104, S-17-0340

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s denial of Appellant’s motion filed under Wyo. R. App. P. 21 to withdraw his no contest pleas based on ineffective assistance of counsel, holding that the advice from Defend...

Britain v. Britain  
Date: August 28, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 101
Docket Number: S-17-0325

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Appellant’s declaratory judgment claim challenging a codicil to Patricia Ann Britain’s will, holding that Appellant’s challenges to the codicil could not be br...

Buszkiewic v. State  
Date: August 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 100
Docket Number: S-17-0293

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of two counts of strangulation of a household member, holding that the prosecutor did not commit misconduct during closing argument. On appeal, Defendant argued (1) the...

The Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Wyoming State Bar v. Jason P. Nobles
Date: August 22, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 97
Docket Number: D-18-0005
Eby v. Taco John's International, Inc.  
Date: August 22, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 96
Docket Number: S-17-0339

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of Taco John’s International, Inc. (TJI), concluding that TJI properly terminated Plaintiffs, two corporate executives, for violati...

Harborth v. State, ex rel., Department of Workforce Services, Workers’ Compensation Division  
Date: August 22, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 99
Docket Number: S-18-0003

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Medical Commission upholding the decision of the Department of Workforce Services, Workers’ Compensation Division (the Division) denying benefits for Appellant’s back surger...

Jonathon Maes v. The State of Wyoming
Date: August 22, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 98
Docket Number: S-18-0111
Osterling v. State  
Date: August 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 95
Docket Number: S-17-0295

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, holding that Defendant was not denied his right to a fair trial due to prosecutorial misconduct. On appeal, Defen...

Kite v. State  
Date: August 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 94
Docket Number: S-17-0306

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for aggravated assault and other misdemeanor offenses, holding that the district court did not err in instructing the jury and that the evidence was sufficient to support...

Wood v. Wood  
Date: August 20, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 93
Docket Number: S-18-0025

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Mother’s appeal from the district court’s denial of Mother’s motion for an ex parte order granting her emergency custody of her two children, holding that Mother’s motion was not an appealable...

Deede v. Deede  
Date: August 14, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 92
Docket Number: S-18-0015

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court denying Frank Deede’s motion to reduce the amount he owed Kerry Wallace, his former wife, pursuant to the terms of the parties’ divorce settlement agreement and...

Hall v. State  
Date: August 8, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 91
Docket Number: S-18-0014

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s decision denying Defendant’s motion for sentence reduction, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying the motion. Defendant pled guilty to fi...

Action Snowmobile & RV, Inc. v. Most Wanted Performance, LLC  
Date: August 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 89
Docket Number: S-17-0301

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants on Plaintiff’s complaint claiming fraud, negligent misrepresentation, conversion, and civil conspiracy, holding that the di...

Hutton v. State  
Date: August 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 88
Docket Number: S-17-0309

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the district court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to correct an illegal sentence, in which Defendant claimed that he had not received adequate credit f...

Schmalz v. Schmalz  
Date: August 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 90
Docket Number: S-17-0335

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s decree entered in divorce proceedings involving Husband and Wife and denied Husband’s request to remand or grant leave for the district court to hear a Wyo. R. Civ. P. 60 m...

Phoenix Vintners, LLC v. Noble  
Date: August 2, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 87
Docket Number: S-17-0279

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered a question certified to it by the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming concerning the definition of “sell” or “sale” set forth in Wyo. Stat. Ann. 12-1-101(a)(xvi), holding t...

Haskell v. State  
Date: August 1, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 85
Docket Number: S-17-0294

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed all of Defendant’s convictions except for his conviction for obtaining property by false pretenses, which the Court reversed, holding that the evidence was insufficient to support Defendant’s c...

Alan Layne Farley v. The State of Wyoming
Date: August 1, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 86
Docket Number: S-18-0082
Hyatt v. State  
Date: July 30, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 84
Docket Number: S-17-0310

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol (fourth or subsequent offense within ten years), holding that the State presented sufficient evidence to support Appellant’s con...

FH v. State  
Date: July 27, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 83
Docket Number: S-17-0245

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal from the juvenile court’s order on permanency hearing, the Supreme Court held that Father was not prejudiced by the juvenile court’s delay in appointing an attorney until shortly before the permanency hear...

Dimick v. Hopkinson  
Date: July 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 82
Docket Number: S-17-0318

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment to Defendants in this negligence action, holding that there were no genuine issues of material fact as to the issues on appeal. Sky...

Mathewson v. State  
Date: July 19, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 81
Docket Number: S-17-0322

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for fraudulently altering a government record, holding that a printed copy of an unsigned an unfixed bond form qualifies as a government record, as defined by Wyo. Stat....

Pioneer Homestead Apartments III v. Sargent Engineers, Inc.  
Date: July 17, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 80
Docket Number: S-17-0302

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Pioneer Homestead on its professional negligence claim against Sargent Engineers, Inc. on the grounds that Pioneer’s claims were time-...

Pier v. State  
Date: July 12, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 79
Docket Number: S-17-0205

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for felony possession of anabolic steroids found in a search of his vehicle. On appeal, Defendant challenged the denial of his motion to suppress the drugs found in his...

Rigdon v. Rigdon  
Date: July 11, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 78
Docket Number: S-17-0299

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court holding Appellant in contempt for failing to comply with the parties’ divorce decree. On appeal, Appellant argued that the district court (1) violated principle...

Coggins v. State ex rel., Department of Workforce Services  
Date: July 10, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 77
Docket Number: S-17-0312

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court affirming the decision of the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) concluding that the Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Division (Division) had properly termi...

International Ass’n of Fire Fighters Local Union No. 5058 v. Gillette/Wright/Campbell County Fire Protection Joint Powers Board  
Date: July 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 75
Docket Numbers: S-17-0210, S-17-0221

Justia Opinion Summary: In this employment dispute, the Supreme Court affirmed separate district court decisions holding that the International Association of Fire Fighters Local Union No. 5058 (IAFF Local 5058) and the International Associatio...

Larson v. Burton Construction, Inc.  
Date: July 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 74
Docket Number: S-17-0275

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the district court’s judgment reversing the decision of the circuit court cancelling the mobile home sale between Respondent and Petitioner upon findin...

Reed v. State, Department of Family Services  
Date: July 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 76
Docket Number: S-17-0283

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s termination of Mother’s parental rights to her minor children, holding that Mother may not collaterally attack the juvenile court’s permanency order during prior neglect pr...

Birch v. State  
Date: July 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 73
Docket Number: S-17-0289

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for aggravated assault and battery and breach of peace, thus rejecting Defendant’s claims of error on appeal. Specifically, the Court held (1) the district court proper...

Downs v. Homax Oil Sales, Inc.  
Date: June 27, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 71
Docket Number: S-17-0224

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff violated its duty under Wyo. R. Civ. P. 26 to provide its computation of damages and the documents supporting its damages claim to Defendant, and therefore, the district court abused its discretion by admitting...

Voelker v. State  
Date: June 27, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 72
Docket Number: S-17-0277

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s judgment and sentence entered after Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of intentionally exploiting a vulnerable adult, holding that the district court did not err when i...

Hill v. Stubson  
Date: June 25, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 70
Docket Number: S-17-0234

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Plaintiff’s complaint against Defendant asserting claims for defamation per se and injunctive relief, although on grounds different from those expressed by the...

Gabbert v. State  
Date: June 20, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 69
Docket Number: S-17-0253

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of eight felonies and holding that Defendant had failed to prove that he was not guilty by reason of mental illness or defect. Defendant...

BNSF Railway Co. v. Box Creek Mineral Limited Partnership  
Date: June 18, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 67
Docket Number: S-17-0254

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court quieting title on the mineral rights in lands conveyed by two deeds in 1913 in Box Creek Mineral Limited Partnership. Box Creek brought this action against B...

Volpi v. State  
Date: June 14, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 66
Docket Number: S-16-0285

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Appellant’s second conviction for kidnapping and affirmed his remaining convictions, holding that Appellant’s convictions and sentences for two counts of kidnapping violate double jeopardy. Ap...

McEwan v. State  
Date: June 14, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 65
Docket Number: S-17-0284

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated certain portions of the order of the district court fixing restitution after Defendant pleaded no contest to obtaining welfare benefits by misrepresentation. Following Defendant’s no-contest p...

Jordin v. State  
Date: June 12, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 64
Docket Number: S-17-0228

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant, after a jury trial, of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated a...

Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Robert W. Hiatt, Jr., WSB # 6-2951
Date: June 11, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 63
Docket Number: D-18-0001
Wood v. CRST Expedited, Inc.  
Date: June 8, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 62
Docket Number: S-17-0120

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendants in this wrongful death action, holding that there were disputed issues of material fact that precluded the district court’s...

Cowboy's LLC v. Schumacher  
Date: June 7, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 61
Docket Numbers: S-17-0015, S-17-0178, S-17-0232

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s order granting Heather Hope Schumacher’s motion to enforce a settlement agreement she entered into with Cowboy’s LLC after Cowboy’s failed to pay Schumacher the money as ag...

In re Adoption of MMM  
Date: June 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 60
Docket Number: S-17-0260

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s denial of Father and Stepmother’s petition for a decree of adoption allowing Stepmother to adopt MMM without Mother’s consent, holding that the district court did not abuse...

Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Traci E. Mears, WSB# 6-4166
Date: June 5, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 58
Docket Number: D-17-0004
Johnson v. Clifford  
Date: June 5, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 59
Docket Numbers: S-17-0215, S-17-0216

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s order modifying the child custody, visitation and support order entered when Father and Mother divorced. The district court modified the order by granting Mother primary c...

Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Samuel P. Krone, WSB # 6-3534
Date: May 31, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 55
Docket Number: D-16-0005
Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Greg L. Goddard, WSB # 5-1252
Date: May 31, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 57
Docket Number: D-18-0002
Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. N. Joshua Dart, WSB # 7-4634
Date: May 31, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 56
Docket Number: D-18-0003
Gregory Scott Lindsey v. The State of Wyoming
Date: May 31, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 54
Docket Number: S-18-0039
Young v. State  
Date: May 30, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 53
Docket Number: S-17-0179

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of two counts of first degree sexual abuse of a minor and three counts of second degree sexual abuse of a minor, holding that the distric...

Bruckner v. State  
Date: May 18, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 51
Docket Number: S-17-0148

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s conviction of one count of sexual assault in the first degree, holding that Appellant’s trial counsel did not provide ineffective assistance. The jury in this case concluded that A...

King v. State  
Date: May 18, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 52
Docket Number: S-17-0241

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s felony conviction for one count of sexual exploitation of a child - possession of child pornography. On appeal, Defendant argued that the prosecutor committed misconduct in rebutta...

Smiley v. State  
Date: May 15, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 50
Docket Number: S-17-0181

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s order requiring Defendant and her husband to be jointly and severally liable for the payment of $17,515 in restitution to Wyoming Medicaid for its expenditures on behalf of...

Bruegman v. Bruegman  
Date: May 14, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 49
Docket Number: S-17-0213

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce proceeding, the Supreme Court overruled its precedent disfavoring shared custody. The district court issued a final decision granting Mother and Father shared legal and physical custody of their minor ch...

Majhanovich v. State  
Date: May 11, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 48
Docket Number: S-17-0225

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s conviction for delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, holding that, even if the photographic identification procedure used by law enforcement during their investigatio...

Maestas v. State  
Date: May 7, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 47
Docket Number: S-17-0054

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence that led to Defendant’s conviction for marijuana possession. Corporal Bradley Halter stopped Defendant for a traffic viol...

Kennison v. State  
Date: May 4, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 46
Docket Number: S-17-0207

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s order denying Appellant’s motion to suppress the marijuana Trooper Aaron Kirlin discovered in Appellant’s possession during a traffic stop on Interstate 80. Appellant plea...

Stevens v. Anesthesiology Consultants of Cheyenne, LLC  
Date: May 1, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 45
Docket Number: S-17-0127

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the decision of the district court granting summary judgment to Anethesiology Consultants of Cheyenne, LLC (ACC) on its breach of fiduciary duty claim...

Whitham v. Feller  
Date: April 30, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 43
Docket Number: S-17-0252

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Appellants’ complaint against a school district and school district employees (collectively, Appellees), holding that Appellees were immune from suit under the...

Palomo v. State  
Date: April 17, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 42
Docket Number: S-17-0167

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Defendant’s motions to continue Defendant’s trial but remanded to the district court with instructions to correct the written sentence, holding that w...

Davis v. State  
Date: April 13, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 40
Docket Number: S-16-0291

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to modify his original sentence after a new individualized sentencing hearing and remanded for a new individualized sentencing hearing. Defend...

Speedy Bail Bonds v. Albany County, Wyoming  
Date: April 13, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 38
Docket Number: S-17-0193

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court order denying the motion of Speedy Bail Bonds seeking to set aside the forfeiture of a $50,000 surety bond it posted on behalf of a defendant in a drug trafficking case, hold...

Meehan-Greer v. Greer  
Date: April 13, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 39
Docket Number: S-17-0198

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the order of the district court granting Father’s petition to modify the parties’ divorce decree. The Court held that the district court (1) did not er...

Montierth v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co.  
Date: April 13, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 41
Docket Number: S-17-0212

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Bank in this quiet title action. Plaintiff filed suit seeking to quiet title to property he purchased at a tax sale. Bank, the mortga...

Timothy B. Duelke v. The State of Wyoming
Date: April 11, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 37
Docket Number: S-17-0323
Hurd v. State, Department of Family Services  
Date: April 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 36
Docket Number: S-17-0194

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s denial of Mother’s motion to set aside the clerk of court’s entry of default against her after she did not respond to the petition of the Department of Family Services to t...

In re Worker's Compensation Claim of James A. Hall  
Date: March 30, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 35
Docket Number: S-17-0176

Justia Opinion Summary: Wyo. Stat. Ann. 27-14-605 does not bar a claimant from receiving temporary total disability benefits for a second compensable injury when he has not filed a claim for benefits on his original injury within four years. S...

Board of County Commissioners of Teton County, Wyoming v. Mackay Investments, LLC  
Date: March 28, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 34
Docket Number: S-17-0184

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Plaintiff in this declaratory judgment action against the Board of County Commissioners of Teton County challenging the Teton County L...

Manigault v. Daly & Sorenson, LLC  
Date: March 27, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 33
Docket Number: S-17-0163

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court affirming the decision in favor of Petitioner’s former attorneys (Respondent-law firm) by a panel of the Wyoming State Bar Committee for Resolution of Fee Dis...

Gordon v. State  
Date: March 22, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 32
Docket Number: S-17-0173

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of the State in this action filed by Mark Gordon in his capacity as the State Treasurer challenging on its face the constituti...

Heinemann v. State  
Date: March 20, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 31
Docket Numbers: S-17-0161, S-17-0162

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s entry of an order nunc pro tunc correcting two judgments entered against Defendant in 1998. The Court held (1) the district court had jurisdiction to enter the order nunc p...

Fleig v. Estate of Charles F. Fleig  
Date: March 16, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 30
Docket Number: S-17-0238

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the Estate of Charles Fleig in this case challenging the rights in Charles’s checking account at Sunlight Federal Credit Union. Here...

Sindelar v. State  
Date: March 15, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 29
Docket Number: S-17-0149

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for second-degree murder, holding that, although the district court erred in some respects in instructing the jury, Defendant was not prejudiced by the errors. The Suprem...

Archer v. State ex rel. Wyoming Department of Transportation  
Date: March 14, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 28
Docket Number: S-17-0177

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court ruling that governmental immunity barred Plaintiffs’ claims against the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT), the City of Riverton (City), and their empl...

Swan v. Swan  
Date: March 13, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 27
Docket Number: S-17-0165

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s final order granting primary custody of the parties’ children to Father but reversed the court’s contempt finding against Mother. Father filed a petition seeking to modif...

Long v. Long  
Date: March 12, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 26
Docket Number: S-17-0168

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and remanded in part the final decree of divorce entered by the district court in this case. Before Wife filed for divorce from Husband, the parties executed a stipulated judgment and...

EGW v. First Federal Savings Bank of Sheridan, Wyoming  
Date: March 5, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 25
Docket Number: S-17-0151

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants on Plaintiff’s lawsuit seeking to prevent the sale of land held in Allen F. Willey’s revocable trust. The dis...

Hardman v. State  
Date: March 5, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 24
Docket Number: S-17-0242

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s convictions for driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury, holding that Defendant’s conditional no contest plea to the charge was not proper. Because Defendant did n...

Roberts v. State  
Date: February 27, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 23
Docket Number: S-17-0112

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court remanded this case for a new hearing under Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986), holding that the district court clearly erred by allowing the State to exercise a peremptory challenge to exclude an Af...

TW v. State  
Date: February 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 22
Docket Number: S-17-0160

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the juvenile court’s order altering the plan for permanent placement for two boys from reunification of the family to termination of Father’s parental rights and adoption. Specifically, the Sup...

Byrnes v. Harper  
Date: February 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 21
Docket Number: S-17-0171

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over Plaintiffs’ right to prepay a contract for deed and Defendant’s obligation to deliver the deed, the Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s rulings in favor of Plaintiffs. The district court rule...

Steinfeldt v. State  
Date: February 22, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 20
Docket Number: S-17-0139

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the sentences imposed in connection with Defendant’s convictions of one count of conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine and one count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, holding t...

Sullivan v. Pike & Susan Sullivan Foundation  
Date: February 22, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 19
Docket Number: s-17-0150

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendant, the Pike and Susan Sullivan Foundation (the Foundation), on this action seeking a declaratory judgment and a judicial disso...

Widdison v. State  
Date: February 16, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 18
Docket Number: S-17-0138

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s conviction of aggravated assault and attempted second-degree murder for stabbing her uncle, holding that the district court erred in declining to give the defense’s proposed instruc...

Christopher James McLean Fisher v. The State of Wyoming
Date: February 14, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 17
Docket Number: S-17-0235
Johns v. State  
Date: February 9, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 16
Docket Number: S-17-0122

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for first-degree murder, entered after a jury trial. On appeal, Defendant argued that the district court erred in several ways instructing the jury and that the court uti...

Hicks v. State  
Date: February 8, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 15
Docket Number: S-17-0158

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant’s pro se motion to correct an illegal sentence pursuant to Wyo. R. Crim. P. 35(a), holding (1) res judicata did not bar Defendant’s Rule 35(...

Moser v. State  
Date: February 7, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 12
Docket Number: S-17-0106

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of three counts of second degree sexual assault of a minor and one count of first degree sexual assault of a minor. The court held (1) th...

Harris v. State  
Date: February 7, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 14
Docket Number: S-17-0135

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence obtained as a result of a detention and subsequent search of his vehicle. Defendant was charged with one count...

Rikki Lea Dietrich v. The State of Wyoming
Date: February 7, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 13
Docket Number: S-17-0269
SH v. Campbell County School District  
Date: February 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 11
Docket Number: S-17-0164

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court dismissing SH’s complaint against the Campbell County School District seeking to recover damages for injuries she received when she slipped and fell on a school...

State ex rel. Department of Workforce Services, Workers' Compensation Division v. Williams  
Date: February 5, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 10
Docket Number: S-17-0142

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court ruling that the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) erred in upholding the Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Division’s denial of benefits to Richard Williams...

Garrison v. State  
Date: February 2, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 9
Docket Number: S-17-0130

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court convicting Defendant on a charge of first-degree arson. On appeal, Defendant argued that the district court abused its discretion when, at trial, it admitted eviden...

Allred v. Bebout  
Date: January 30, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 8
Docket Number: S-17-0078

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court finding that Plaintiffs, two Wyoming citizens, lacked standing to challenge legislation that authorized two construction projects while maintaining a degree o...

Bogdanski v. Budzik  
Date: January 24, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 7
Docket Numbers: S-17-0049, S-17-0050

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court’s ruling granting summary judgment against FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. on Mariusz Bogdanski’s claim of vicarious liability of the claimed negligence of Damian Budzik an...

Anderson v. State  
Date: January 22, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 6
Docket Number: S-17-0123

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court sentencing Defendant to a prison term of four to six years, suspended in favor of six years of supervised probation, and ordering Defendant to pay restitution to...

Anastos v. State, Department of Family Services  
Date: January 19, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 5
Docket Number: S-17-0157

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s order, entered after a jury trial, terminating Father’s parental rights to his infant daughter. The court held (1) the evidence in this case was clear and convincing and al...

Garriott v. State  
Date: January 18, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 4
Docket Number: S-17-0097

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for one count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine, thus rejecting Defendant’s claims of error on appeal. Specifically, the court held (1) the...

Thompson v. State  
Date: January 17, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 3
Docket Number: S-17-0079

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of three counts of aggravated assault and battery and one count of domestic battery and sentencing Defendant to enhanced penalties under...

Berenergy Corp. v. BTU Western Resources, Inc.  
Date: January 4, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 2
Docket Numbers: S-17-0040, S-17-0041

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether this case presented a justiciable issue when the Supreme Court could not render a decision binding on a federal agency and could only offer an advisory opinion that may or may not ultimately bind the...

Thomas Joseph Roeber v. The State of Wyoming
Date: January 4, 2018
Citation: 2018 WY 1
Docket Number: S-17-0236
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