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State v. Richins, 2020 UT App 27 (Feb. 21, 2020)

After the defendant asserted that the victim mistakenly accused him of public lewdness at trial, the prosecution introduced evidence of four strikingly similar prior instances of lewdness perpetrated by the defendant under the doctrine of chances.  That doctrine permits the…

Robertson v. Stevens, 2020 UT App 29 (Feb. 21, 2020)

In affirming the denial of a petition to modify a divorce decree, the court of appeals held that the district court lacked continuing jurisdiction to modify or expand a stipulated non-child-related nondisparagement clause contained in a final decree of divorce.

Hand v. State, 2020 UT 8 (Feb. 19, 2020)

The supreme court reversed the dismissal of the petitioner’s petition under the Post-Conviction Remedies Act, holding his prior petition that he had voluntarily dismissed did not constitute a “previous request for post-conviction relief.”  The court applied the “settled view of…

Bright v. Sorensen, 2020 UT 7 (Feb. 18, 2020)

In this consolidated interlocutory appeal of three district court orders denying motions to dismiss medical malpractice lawsuits, the court held: 1) that the fraudulent concealment and foreign object tolling exceptions in Utah Code § 78B-3-404 can extend either the limitations or repose…

Redden v. Redden, 2020 UT App 22 (Feb. 13, 2020)

The trial court made the payor spouse responsible for student and vehicle loans, but then disallowed the loan obligations when considering the payor spouse’s ability to pay alimony.  Reversing and remanding for further consideration, the court of appeals held that…