Tort Law

  • Boiko v. Kapolchok In Boiko v. Kapolchok, the supreme court held that the superior court did not abuse its discretion in calculating attorneys’ fees under Alaska Civil Rule 82.  Boiko and Picarella filed legal malpractice claims against Kapolchok after he represented them in a dental malpractice suit. They contended that Kapolchok withheld information about a favorable summary judgment ...
  • In re Angelette, LLC In In re Angelette, LLC, the United States District Court for the District of Alaska determined that maintenance and cure claims are not subject to the Limitation of Liability Act, making the shipowner’s duty to pay maintenance and cure virtually automatic.  Jay Thomassen is the sole member of Angelette, LLC; a corporation that owned a ...
  • Lane v. City of Juneau In Lane v. City of Juneau, the Supreme Court of Alaska held that a municipality and its employees do not share the same type of immunity for its decisions and actions.  The City of Juneau (“the City”) operated a campground that was normally closed for the winter. To accommodate the local homeless population, the City ...
  • Lindbo v. Colaska, Inc. In Lindbo v. Colaska, Inc., the supreme court held that the trial court’s failure to give spoliation jury instructions was not plain error. On August 21, Lindbo, a truck driver who delivered asphalt from Colaska’s plant, arrived at the plant, stepped out of his truck, and turned his back to the machinery. The plant operator ...
  • Shack v. Shack In Shack v. Shack, the supreme court held that Alaska’s bystander theory of liability does not permit recovery for negligent infliction of emotional distress (NIED) when the tortfeasor and the injured relative are the same person.  In June 2014, Elizabeth Shack failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign causing an accident with ...
  • Jovanov v. State Department of Corrections In Jovanov v. State Department of Corrections, and (2) the discretionary function immunity precluded claims arising out ...
  • Burton v. Fountainhead Development, Inc. In Burton v. Fountainhead Development, Inc., Bear Lodge’s management ...
  • Coulson v. Steiner In Coulson v. Steiner, Coulson sued Steiner on the basis of three claims, ...
  • Burnett v. Government Employees Insurance Co. In Burnett v. Government Employees Insurance Co., A driver of a truck lost control and crashed into Burnett’s premises, damaging the property and causing Burnett ...
  • Marshall v. Peter In Marshall v. Peter, When the light turned green Marshall ...

Tort Law

  • Boiko v. Kapolchok In Boiko v. Kapolchok, the supreme court held that the superior court did not abuse its discretion in calculating attorneys’ fees under Alaska Civil Rule 82.  Boiko and Picarella filed legal malpractice claims against Kapolchok after he represented them in a dental malpractice suit. They contended that Kapolchok withheld information about a favorable summary judgment ...
  • In re Angelette, LLC In In re Angelette, LLC, the United States District Court for the District of Alaska determined that maintenance and cure claims are not subject to the Limitation of Liability Act, making the shipowner’s duty to pay maintenance and cure virtually automatic.  Jay Thomassen is the sole member of Angelette, LLC; a corporation that owned a ...
  • Lane v. City of Juneau In Lane v. City of Juneau, the Supreme Court of Alaska held that a municipality and its employees do not share the same type of immunity for its decisions and actions.  The City of Juneau (“the City”) operated a campground that was normally closed for the winter. To accommodate the local homeless population, the City ...
  • Lindbo v. Colaska, Inc. In Lindbo v. Colaska, Inc., the supreme court held that the trial court’s failure to give spoliation jury instructions was not plain error. On August 21, Lindbo, a truck driver who delivered asphalt from Colaska’s plant, arrived at the plant, stepped out of his truck, and turned his back to the machinery. The plant operator ...
  • Shack v. Shack In Shack v. Shack, the supreme court held that Alaska’s bystander theory of liability does not permit recovery for negligent infliction of emotional distress (NIED) when the tortfeasor and the injured relative are the same person.  In June 2014, Elizabeth Shack failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign causing an accident with ...
  • Jovanov v. State Department of Corrections In Jovanov v. State Department of Corrections, and (2) the discretionary function immunity precluded claims arising out ...
  • Burton v. Fountainhead Development, Inc. In Burton v. Fountainhead Development, Inc., Bear Lodge’s management ...
  • Coulson v. Steiner In Coulson v. Steiner, Coulson sued Steiner on the basis of three claims, ...
  • Burnett v. Government Employees Insurance Co. In Burnett v. Government Employees Insurance Co., A driver of a truck lost control and crashed into Burnett’s premises, damaging the property and causing Burnett ...
  • Marshall v. Peter In Marshall v. Peter, When the light turned green Marshall ...