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Graves v. N. E. Servs., Inc., 2015 UT 28 (Jan. 30, 2015) 

This case involves allegations of negligence in the hiring, training, and supervision of employees at a business providing services to the disabled, which resulted in the sexual assault of a minor by one of the defendant’s employees. The Utah Supreme…

Heaps v. Nuriche, LLC, 2015 UT 26 (Jan. 30, 2015) 

The Utah Supreme Court held that the Utah Payment of Wages Act does not impose personal liability on the managers of a limited liability company for unpaid wages, reasoning that the act’s definition of “employer” does not include managers of limited…

Riggs v. Ga.-Pac. LLC, 2015 UT 17 (Jan. 30, 2015) 

Thirteen days after a jury awarded her $5.26 million in damages for mesothelioma, the plaintiff died. Her estate then brought wrongful death claims under the same theories of negligence, strict product liability, and failure to warn. Defendants moved to dismiss…

Herland v. Izatt, 2015 UT 30 (Jan. 30, 2015)

Party host showed his guest his gun collection. Guest was extremely intoxicated with a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.25. Guest then picked up host’s handgun out of curiosity. Host warned guest to handle it with care as it was loaded….

Summum v. Pleasant Grove City, 2015 UT 31 (Jan. 30, 2015) 

Religious organization brought suit under Utah Constitution after dismissal of federal constitutional claims by United States Supreme Court. See Pleasant Grove City, Utah v. Summum, 555 U.S. 460 (2009). The Utah Supreme Court held that the religious liberty clause of…

State v. Perez, 2015 UT 13 (Jan. 27, 2015) 

In the context of legislative amendments to the Indigent Defense Act, the Utah Supreme Court rejected the government’s argument that there is a “clarification” exception to the general rule against retroactivity. Although prior cases alluded to such an exception, the Utah Supreme…