Year In Review

Christianson v. Conrad-Houston Insurance

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[INSURANCE LAW]  In Christianson v. Conrad-Houston Insurance,[1] the supreme court held the statute of limitations begins when a general liability insurer effectively disclaims a duty to defend.[2] One of Christianson’s employees suffered a severe work related injury and filed a personal liability lawsuit against Christianson.[3] Conrad-Houston Insurance (“CHI”) sent Christianson a letter stating that he Continue Reading »

Stephanie W. v. Maxwell V.   

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[FAMILY LAW]  In Stephanie W. v. Maxwell V.,[1] the supreme court held that, in a custody hearing, one parent’s good faith allegations concerning the other parent’s behavior must not be held against the reporting parent in determining the continuing-relationship factor where those allegations are based on supporting evidence.[2] The mother reported that the father was Continue Reading »

Simone H. v. State, Dep’t of Health & Social Services

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[FAMILY LAW] In Simone H. v. State, Dep’t of Health & Social Services,[1] the supreme court held that it is within a trial court’s discretion to deny disclosure of the child’s psychotherapy records where the court reviews the content and nature of the records.[2] The parent requested the lower court grant her access to records Continue Reading »

Rowan B., Sr. v. State, Dep’t of Health & Social Services

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[FAMILY LAW]  In Rowan B., Sr. v. State, Dep’t of Health & Social Services[1], the supreme court held that a denial of a parent’s request to access to information in a Child In Need of Aid (“CINA”) proceeding constitutes legal error where the trial court relies only on exceptions to disclosures under the Public Records Continue Reading »

Molly O v. State, Dep’t of Health & Social Services

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[FAMILY LAW]  In Molly O vs. State, Dep’t of Health & Social Services,[1] the supreme court held once children’s parents have informed the Office of Children’s Services (“OCS”) that they do not want their children placed with grandparents, any claim by the grandparents of Indian custodianship under the Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”) is terminated.[2]  Jessica and Continue Reading »

Limeres v. Limeres

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[FAMILY LAW]  In Limeres v. Limeres,[1] the supreme court held that when a superior court makes a determination in favor of supervised visits in a child custody case based on the parent’s failure to complete court-ordered batterers’ classes, an erroneous finding of fact that there is a history of domestic violence is harmless error.[2] Amy Continue Reading »

James R. v. Kylie R.

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[FAMILY LAW]  In James R. v. Kylie R.,[1] the supreme court held that during a child custody hearing one parent’s unfounded concerns about the other parent’s caretaking ability can be evidence of an unwillingness to foster an on-going relationship between the child and the non-custodial parent.[2] After finding both parents’ caretaking abilities adequate, the superior Continue Reading »

McAlpine v. Priddle

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[ETHICS] In McApline v. Priddle,[1] the supreme court held that an arbitration  decision carried out under Alaska’s Revised Uniform Arbitration Act concerning an attorney’s fee dispute is only reviewable in instances of (1) fraud, (2) evident partiality by the arbitrators, (3) refusal to consider material evidence, (4) abuse of power, (5) a prior agreement not Continue Reading »

Coppe v. Bleicher

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[EMPLOYMENT LAW] In Coppe v. Bleicher,[1] the supreme court held that when the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board (“the Board”) errs by failing to apply a presumption of compensability, such an error may be considered harmless if the Board undertakes an alternative, hypothetical analysis where they do apply the presumption and the evidence presented adequately overcomes Continue Reading »

Welton v. State, Dep’t of Corrections

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[CRIMINAL PROCEDURE]  In Welton v. State, Dep’t of Corrections,[1] the supreme court held a prisoner’s administrative appeals from Department of Corrections (“DOC”) grievance proceedings do not qualify for appellate review when there are insufficient paper records to create a record capable of appellate review.[2] Welton filed three appeals contesting the dismissal of her DOC administrative Continue Reading »

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Year In Review

Christianson v. Conrad-Houston Insurance

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[INSURANCE LAW]  In Christianson v. Conrad-Houston Insurance,[1] the supreme court held the statute of limitations begins when a general liability insurer effectively disclaims a duty to defend.[2] One of Christianson’s employees suffered a severe work related injury and filed a personal liability lawsuit against Christianson.[3] Conrad-Houston Insurance (“CHI”) sent Christianson a letter stating that he Continue Reading »

Stephanie W. v. Maxwell V.   

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[FAMILY LAW]  In Stephanie W. v. Maxwell V.,[1] the supreme court held that, in a custody hearing, one parent’s good faith allegations concerning the other parent’s behavior must not be held against the reporting parent in determining the continuing-relationship factor where those allegations are based on supporting evidence.[2] The mother reported that the father was Continue Reading »

Simone H. v. State, Dep’t of Health & Social Services

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[FAMILY LAW] In Simone H. v. State, Dep’t of Health & Social Services,[1] the supreme court held that it is within a trial court’s discretion to deny disclosure of the child’s psychotherapy records where the court reviews the content and nature of the records.[2] The parent requested the lower court grant her access to records Continue Reading »

Rowan B., Sr. v. State, Dep’t of Health & Social Services

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[FAMILY LAW]  In Rowan B., Sr. v. State, Dep’t of Health & Social Services[1], the supreme court held that a denial of a parent’s request to access to information in a Child In Need of Aid (“CINA”) proceeding constitutes legal error where the trial court relies only on exceptions to disclosures under the Public Records Continue Reading »

Molly O v. State, Dep’t of Health & Social Services

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[FAMILY LAW]  In Molly O vs. State, Dep’t of Health & Social Services,[1] the supreme court held once children’s parents have informed the Office of Children’s Services (“OCS”) that they do not want their children placed with grandparents, any claim by the grandparents of Indian custodianship under the Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”) is terminated.[2]  Jessica and Continue Reading »

Limeres v. Limeres

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[FAMILY LAW]  In Limeres v. Limeres,[1] the supreme court held that when a superior court makes a determination in favor of supervised visits in a child custody case based on the parent’s failure to complete court-ordered batterers’ classes, an erroneous finding of fact that there is a history of domestic violence is harmless error.[2] Amy Continue Reading »

James R. v. Kylie R.

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[FAMILY LAW]  In James R. v. Kylie R.,[1] the supreme court held that during a child custody hearing one parent’s unfounded concerns about the other parent’s caretaking ability can be evidence of an unwillingness to foster an on-going relationship between the child and the non-custodial parent.[2] After finding both parents’ caretaking abilities adequate, the superior Continue Reading »

McAlpine v. Priddle

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[ETHICS] In McApline v. Priddle,[1] the supreme court held that an arbitration  decision carried out under Alaska’s Revised Uniform Arbitration Act concerning an attorney’s fee dispute is only reviewable in instances of (1) fraud, (2) evident partiality by the arbitrators, (3) refusal to consider material evidence, (4) abuse of power, (5) a prior agreement not Continue Reading »

Coppe v. Bleicher

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[EMPLOYMENT LAW] In Coppe v. Bleicher,[1] the supreme court held that when the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board (“the Board”) errs by failing to apply a presumption of compensability, such an error may be considered harmless if the Board undertakes an alternative, hypothetical analysis where they do apply the presumption and the evidence presented adequately overcomes Continue Reading »

Welton v. State, Dep’t of Corrections

Posted on February 22nd, 2015

[CRIMINAL PROCEDURE]  In Welton v. State, Dep’t of Corrections,[1] the supreme court held a prisoner’s administrative appeals from Department of Corrections (“DOC”) grievance proceedings do not qualify for appellate review when there are insufficient paper records to create a record capable of appellate review.[2] Welton filed three appeals contesting the dismissal of her DOC administrative Continue Reading »

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