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State v. Cutler, 2015 UT 95 (Dec. 24, 2015)

In this criminal appeal, the Utah Supreme Court extended its holding in State v. Lucero, 2014 UT 15, 328 P.3d 841 to the examination of Rule 404(c) evidence under Rule 403 of the Utah Rules of Evidence. In Lucero, the Court had…

Majors v. Owens, 2015 UT App 306 (Dec. 24, 2015)

The district court excluded expert testimony proffered in support of a personal injury claim failed to meet the requirements of Rule 702, because it merely established a chronology between the accident and injury without sufficiently analyzing the causal relationship. While recognizing…

In re Lavenhar 808 F.3d 794, 796 (10th Cir. Dec. 17, 2015)

This appeal arises out of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition where the debtor’s ex-wife filed a proof of claim in the bankruptcy proceedings for a “domestic support obligation” in the amount of nearly $350,000. The Tenth Circuit held that a judgment…

DIRECTV v. Utah State Tax Comm’n, 2015 UT 93 (Dec. 14, 2015)

Satellite companies brought constitutional challenges against a statute that created a tax credit favoring cable companies. Surveying constitutional jurisprudence, the Utah Supreme Court held the tax credit statute did not trigger strict scrutiny under the dormant Commerce Clause, where the statute…

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Defending global drug manufacturer in Utah

We are representing a global healthcare manufacturer of prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products. One of the client’s painkillers was associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and the manufacturer stopped selling the drug…