Property Law

  • All Am. Oilfield, LLC v. Cook Inlet Energy, LLC
    In All Am. Oilfield, LLC v. Cook Inlet Energy, LLC, the supreme court ruled that a contractor was not entitled to a mineral dump lien on natural gas that had not been extracted, hoisted, and raised from its natural reservoir. Cook Inlet controlled oil and gas wells in southcentral Alaska and contracted with All American ...
  • Black v. Whitestone Estates Condo. Homeowners’ Ass’n
    In Black v. Whitestone Estates Condo. Homeowners’ Ass’n, the supreme court held that a condominium had the authority to disregard payment directives concerning the back-payment of unpaid fees when it was provided for in the governing declaration. Craig Black and Camille Brill (Blacks) claimed that the arrangement for monthly dues for the maintenance of driveways ...
  • Collins v. Hall
    In Collins v. Hall, the supreme court held that in a property dispute between adjoining landowners, the lower court did not clearly err in concluding that no boundary had been established by acquiescence and in finding that the restrictive covenants had been abandoned. The Collinses and Halls disputed the boundary dividing their land in a ...
  • Griswold v. Homer Board of Adjustment
    In Griswold v. Homer Board of Adjustment, the supreme court held that standing determinations concerning an “aggrieved person” is interpreted broadly, despite the legislature limiting standing in similarly related land-use decisions. Griswold appealed the Homer Advisory Planning Commission’s decision to grant a conditional use permit to another property within his zoning district to the Homer ...
  • In re Estate of Hatten
    In In re Estate of Hatten, the supreme court held surviving domestic partners do not inherit any of the intestate’s property as a testamentary matter. A man and woman lived together for twenty years in a domestic partnership before the man died intestate. The surviving domestic partner filed a claim against the man’s estate seeking ...
  • Keeton v. State
    In Keeton v. State, the supreme court held that attorney’s fees and costs are excluded from awards of prejudgment interest in cases of eminent domain. In 2014, the Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) sought to condemn a portion Keeton’s land for a highway-widening project. After a superior court-appointed master settled a dispute regarding the value ...
  • Kelley v. Municipality of Anchorage, Board of Equalization
    In Kelley v. Municipality of Anchorage, Board of Equalization, the supreme court held that a board of equalization does not abuse its discretion by not considering evidence offered past assigned deadlines and also does not abuse its discretion by not finding a landowner’s sale of a nearby lot in the same subdivision or the landowner’s ...
  • Kenai Landing, Inc. v. Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, LLC.
    In Kenai Landing, Inc. v. Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, LLC., the supreme court held that an oil and gas lessor does not have the right to compensation for gas developed in pressuring a gas storage facility. Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska (CINGSA) leases the Sterling C Reservoir and must maintain a certain ...
  • McCavit v. Lacher
    In McCavit v. Lacher the supreme court extended the rule of reasonable use for non-consumptive waters to rights of access and rights to use. The Lachers brought an action against upland neighboring landowners McCavits for extending their dock on Wasilla Lake towards their property, claiming it was an unreasonable interference with their riparian rights and ...
  • Pasley v. Pasley
    In Pasley v. Pasley, the supreme court affirmed that a wife’s separate property in the marital home had not transmuted to marital property where she had intended or demonstrated an intent to donate the property to the marital estate. A husband and wife divorced and contested the characterization of the marital home as martial or ...

Property Law

  • All Am. Oilfield, LLC v. Cook Inlet Energy, LLC
    In All Am. Oilfield, LLC v. Cook Inlet Energy, LLC, the supreme court ruled that a contractor was not entitled to a mineral dump lien on natural gas that had not been extracted, hoisted, and raised from its natural reservoir. Cook Inlet controlled oil and gas wells in southcentral Alaska and contracted with All American ...
  • Black v. Whitestone Estates Condo. Homeowners’ Ass’n
    In Black v. Whitestone Estates Condo. Homeowners’ Ass’n, the supreme court held that a condominium had the authority to disregard payment directives concerning the back-payment of unpaid fees when it was provided for in the governing declaration. Craig Black and Camille Brill (Blacks) claimed that the arrangement for monthly dues for the maintenance of driveways ...
  • Collins v. Hall
    In Collins v. Hall, the supreme court held that in a property dispute between adjoining landowners, the lower court did not clearly err in concluding that no boundary had been established by acquiescence and in finding that the restrictive covenants had been abandoned. The Collinses and Halls disputed the boundary dividing their land in a ...
  • Griswold v. Homer Board of Adjustment
    In Griswold v. Homer Board of Adjustment, the supreme court held that standing determinations concerning an “aggrieved person” is interpreted broadly, despite the legislature limiting standing in similarly related land-use decisions. Griswold appealed the Homer Advisory Planning Commission’s decision to grant a conditional use permit to another property within his zoning district to the Homer ...
  • In re Estate of Hatten
    In In re Estate of Hatten, the supreme court held surviving domestic partners do not inherit any of the intestate’s property as a testamentary matter. A man and woman lived together for twenty years in a domestic partnership before the man died intestate. The surviving domestic partner filed a claim against the man’s estate seeking ...
  • Keeton v. State
    In Keeton v. State, the supreme court held that attorney’s fees and costs are excluded from awards of prejudgment interest in cases of eminent domain. In 2014, the Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) sought to condemn a portion Keeton’s land for a highway-widening project. After a superior court-appointed master settled a dispute regarding the value ...
  • Kelley v. Municipality of Anchorage, Board of Equalization
    In Kelley v. Municipality of Anchorage, Board of Equalization, the supreme court held that a board of equalization does not abuse its discretion by not considering evidence offered past assigned deadlines and also does not abuse its discretion by not finding a landowner’s sale of a nearby lot in the same subdivision or the landowner’s ...
  • Kenai Landing, Inc. v. Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, LLC.
    In Kenai Landing, Inc. v. Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, LLC., the supreme court held that an oil and gas lessor does not have the right to compensation for gas developed in pressuring a gas storage facility. Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska (CINGSA) leases the Sterling C Reservoir and must maintain a certain ...
  • McCavit v. Lacher
    In McCavit v. Lacher the supreme court extended the rule of reasonable use for non-consumptive waters to rights of access and rights to use. The Lachers brought an action against upland neighboring landowners McCavits for extending their dock on Wasilla Lake towards their property, claiming it was an unreasonable interference with their riparian rights and ...
  • Pasley v. Pasley
    In Pasley v. Pasley, the supreme court affirmed that a wife’s separate property in the marital home had not transmuted to marital property where she had intended or demonstrated an intent to donate the property to the marital estate. A husband and wife divorced and contested the characterization of the marital home as martial or ...