SC: November 2, 2017 Decisions of the Supreme Court of Kentucky (Minutes)

Nos. 136-158; 23 decisions; with 14 decisions designated for publication

A complete list of the minutes for all published and non-published decisions are further down the page, but we highlight selected published decisions (with direct links to their full text), attorney disciplinary matters (with links), and grants of discretionary review (no links) from the November 2017 Minutes of the Supreme Court of Kentucky.

Selected Published Decisions:

136.  Notice of Appeal
Ken Isaacs v. Jeff Caldwell
Questions Presented: Civil Procedure. Notice of Appeal. Summons. CR 3.01. Plaintiffs’ appeal from a decision of the planning commission was properly dismissed for improper service of process.

138.  Sovereign Immunity.
Big Sandy Regional  Jail Authority v. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Govt
Questions Presented: Sovereign Immunity. KRS 441.025. At issue in this matter is whether sovereign immunity bars an action by a regional jail against a county to recover the costs of housing that county’s prisoners, after they were arrested and held pursuant to a warrant from courts of that county. In addition, at issue is whether KRS 441.025 obligates a county to pay for the incarceration of prisoners arrested and held on warrants issued by the courts of that county which are served in the county where the prisoner is incarcerated.

140.  Sovereign Immunity.
University of Louisville v. Rothstein
Questions Presented:   Sovereign Immunity. Government Contracts. Employment. KRS 45A.245. The University is not immune from a former employee’s claim for breach of his written employment contract.

144.  Tort of conversion.
Ford v. Baerg, Jr.
Questions Presented:    Law. Conversion. Uniform Commercial Code. Issues include whether the defendants committed the tort of conversion when a signatory on the plaintiff’s bank accounts used his apparent authority over the accounts to transfer funds for the benefit of the defendants.

146.  Tort of Negligent Credentialing
Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, LLC v. Spring View Hospital, LLC
This Court granted discretionary review to consider the issue of whether patients have a cause of action against a hospital for the negligent credentialing of a non-employee physician who is given staff privileges by the hospital. We consolidate these cases to determine whether Kentucky law recognizes the tort of negligent credentialing. For the following reasons, we reverse the Court of Appeals’ of negligent credentialing as a separate cause of action in the Commonwealth.

147.  Negligence. Medical Malpractice. Jail Healthcare. Expert Testimony.
John Adams, MD v. Sietsema
An inmate who claims that the jail’s medical director and nurse practitioner caused his illness to become life threatening by inadequately supervising and communicating with the jail’s nursing staff was required to present expert testimony to establish the standard of care for jail medical staff

149.  Nursing home compulsory arbitration clause reviewed
Kindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership v. Wellner
Questions Presented:   Power of Attorney. Arbitration. Remand pursuant to the opinion of the United States Supreme Court in Kindred Nursing Centers Ltd. Partnership v. Clark, 137 S. Ct. 1421 (2017).

Attorney Discipline November 2, 2017:

COURT ORDERS GRANTING MOTION FOR DISCRETIONARY REVIEW –
OCTOBER 25, 2017

MELVIN HENSLEY, ET AL. V. HAYNES TRUCKING, LLC, ET AL.
2016-SC-000180-DGE FAYETTE

SHANNON JONES, ET AL. V. DAVID WAYNE BAILEY
2017-SC-000203-DG FRANKLIN

VERONICA BRADLEY V. KENTUCKY RETIREMENT SYSTEMS
2017-SC-000275-DG FRANKLIN

NORTHERN KENTUCKY AREA DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT V. DANIELLE SNYDER
2017-SC-000277-DG BOONE

LEXINGTON-FAYETTE URBAN COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION V. HANDS-ON ORIGINALS
2017-SC-000278-DG FAYETTE

MT. WASHINGTON FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT V. MICHAEL DOOLEY
2017-SC-000313-DG BULLITT

AMERICAN GENERAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, ET AL. V. DRB CAPITAL, LLC, ET AL.
2017-SC-000329-DG BOYD

KENTUCKY RETIREMENT SYSTEMS V. RONALD ASHCRAFT
2017-SC-000345-DG FRANKLIN

JOE DAUGHERTY, ET AL. V. BOBBI TABOR
2017-SC-000374-DG MCCREARY

KEITH A. GADD, ET AL. V. DON HENSLEY
2017-SC-000431-DG GARRARD

Here is a link to the indexed minutes for the Supreme Court of Kentucky at their official web site.

Here is link to the Kentucky Court Report’s archived minutes for the Supreme Court.

This month’s minutes of the published and not to be published decisions, disciplinary matters, discretionary reviews granted and denied, petitions for hearing requested and denied, and more are as follows.  Use the scroll arrows at the bottom left of the PDF document to scroll through the pages.

MNT112017

SC: September 2017 Grants of Discretionary Review by the Supreme Court of Kentucky (MDRs)

Court Orders Granting Motions for Discretionary Review – Sept. 20, 2017

  • SAMEENA AZMAT, AS MOTHER AND NEXT FRIEND OF NAUSHER AZMAT V. GEORGE W. BAUER, M.D., III, ET AL.
    2016-SC-000560-DG HARDIN
  •  COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. JOHNNIE DOUGLAS
    2017-SC-000024-DG JEFFERSON
  •  BETH LEWIS MAZE, ET AL. V.  BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE COMMONWEALTH POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION PREPAID TUITION TRUST FUND (CUNNINGHAM, J., NOT SITTING.
    2017-SC-000233-DG FRANKLIN
  •  CINDY MUNCIE, ET AL. V. PATRICIA WEISEMAN
    2017-SC-000235-DG OLDHAM
  • PHYLLIS ROACH V. KENTUCKY PAROLE BOARD, ET AL. KENTUCKY BOARD OF MEDICAL  LICENSURE V. JON M. STRAUSS, M.D.
    2017-SC-000260-DG JEFFERSON
  •  KAREN MARTIN DOYLE, N/K/A KAREN MARTIN BRADLEY V. JAMES SAMUEL DOYLE, A/K/A SAM DOYLE
    2017-SC-000358-DGE KNOTT
  •  LAURA FAYE SMITH V. JIMMY HOWARD MCGILL, JR.
    2017-SC-000395-DGE JEFFERSONCourt Orders Granting Motions for Discretionary Review – Sept. 21, 2017
  •  THE TRAVELERS INDEMNITY COMPANY V. CHARLES ARMSTRONG, ADMINISTRATOR, ETC. 2017-SC-000041-DG WARRENANDMARTIN CADILLAC, INC., ETC. V.CHARLES ARMSTRONG, ADMINISTRATOR, 2017-SC-000042-DG WARRENMINTON, C.J.; CUNNINGHAM, KELLER, VENTERS, WRIGHT, JJ., AND DAVID ROYSE AND JUSTIN D. CLARK, SPECIAL JUSTICES, SITTING. HUGHES AND VANMETER, JJ., NOT SITTING.Here is the compiled list of pending discretionary reviews granted up through August 2017.  September MDRs are not yet included, and those decisions included in the September Minutes have yet to be removed.  When SCOKY updates this list we will post it.For case information, here is the link to the search page.  You will also be able to follow and look up the underlying case information with a link to the COA decision, if there is one, using the search function for the COA.
  • Link to SCOKY Case Info
  • Link to COA Case Info
2017.08.16.DiscretionaryReview

SC: August 2017 Grants of Discretionary Review by the Supreme Court of Kentucky (MDRs)

Complete list of cases pending discretionary review by dates granted and summary of issue presented at bottom of this page.

COURT ORDERS GRANTING MOTION FOR DISCRETIONARY REVIEW – 
AUGUST 16, 2017 

BIG SANDY COMPANY, LP V. EQT GATHERING, LLC, ET AL.
2016-SC-000561-DG PIKE
WRIGHT, J., NOT SITTING.

VANHOOK ENTERPRISES, INC. V. KAY & KAY CONTRACTING, LLC.
2016-SC-000666-DG PULASKI
VENTERS, J., NOT SITTING.

C. W. HOSKINS HEIRS, ETC. V. RUTH FARMER WELLS, ET AL.
2017-SC-000004-DG LESLIE

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, ETC. V. MARK F. SOMMER, ET AL.
2017-SC-000071-DG FRANKLIN
VANMETER, J., NOT SITTING.

STEVEN M. JACOBI V. F. LARRY HOLBERT
2017-SC-000092-DG HARDIN

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. B. H.
2017-SC-000155-DG JEFFERSON

EQT PRODUCTION COMPANY V. DANNY POTTER, ET AL.
2017-SC-000161-DG PIKE
AND
BLUE FLAME ENERGY CORPORATION V. DANNY POTTER, ET AL.
2017-SC-000164-DG PIKE
WRIGHT, J., NOT SITTING.

DON HENSLEY V. KEITH A. GADD, ET AL.
2017-SC-000189-DG GARRARD

COREY M. JETER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
2017-SC-000232-DG JEFFERSON

ROBERT SHELBY CAUDILL V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
2017-SC-000288-DG LETCHER
WRIGHT, J., NOT SITTING.


2017.08.16.DiscretionaryReview

SC: June 2017 Grants of Discretionary Review by the Supreme Court of Kentucky (MDRs)

COURT ORDERS GRANTING MOTION FOR DISCRETIONARY REVIEW –
JUNE 8, 2017 

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. DONNA MARIE BLAKE
2016-SC-000346-DG MUHLENBERG

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. BRIAN MUCHRISON
2016-SC-000378-DG MASON
VANMETER, J., NOT SITTING.

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. SAMUEL PATTON
2016-SC-000425-DG EDMONSON
VANMETER, J., NOT SITTING.

RAKIM MOBERLY V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
2016-SC-000429-DG FAYETTE

MICHAEL DONNELL MAUPIN V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
2016-SC-000448-DG FAYETTE

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. ROBERT SHELBY CAUDILL
2016-SC-000544-DG LETCHER
WRIGHT, J., NOT SITTING.

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. JOHN E. SMITH, JR.
2016-SC-000558-DG FRANKLIN

LAUREL HARPER, ET AL. V. UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
2016-SC-000632-DG JEFFERSON

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. DAMION MONTRECE LANE
2016-SC-000655-DG CHRISTIAN

SC: April 2017 Grants of Discretionary Review by the Supreme Court of Kentucky (MDRs)

COURT ORDERS GRANTING MOTION FOR DISCRETIONARY REVIEW –
APRIL 19, 2017 

JANET CONOVER, WARDEN, ET AL. V. KRISTY LAWLESS
2016-SC-000320-DG SHELBY
VANMETER, J., NOT SITTING.

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. BILLY REED CAUDILL
2016-SC-000419-DG WOLFE 

SOPHAL PHON V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
2016-SC-000468-DG WARREN

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES INSURANCE COMPANY V. ANITA HOUCHENS, INDIVIDUALY, ETC., ET AL.
2016-SC-000546-DG JEFFERSON
VANMETER, J., NOT SITTING.

MARTY ELLIOTT, ET AL. V. WARREN LANHAM
2017-SC-000052-DG BOYLE

AMERICAN MINING INSURANCE COMPANY V. PETERS FARMS, LLC
2017-SC-000066-DG OWSLEY
VANMETER, J., NOT SITTING.

WILLIAM ROY HELM, JR. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
2017-SC-000084-DG HARDIN

COVENTRY HEALTH AND LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY V. LETTIE SEXTON, ETC., ET AL.
2017-SC-000095-DG HARLAN

SHARON LANHAM V. HARRY L. SEEGER
2017-SC-000146-DG NELSON

GRANT THORNTON, LLP V. WILLIAM J. YUNG, ET AL.
2017-SC-000151-DG KENTON

SC: March 2017 Grants of Discretionary Review by the Supreme Court of Kentucky (MDRs)

COURT ORDERS GRANTING MOTION FOR DISCRETIONARY REVIEW –
MARCH 15, 2016 

MICHAEL SCALISE, ET AL. V. SUZETTE SEWELL-SCHEUERMANN
2016-SC-000246-DG JEFFERSON

NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY V. SHARON JOHNSON
2016-SC-000248-DG BOYLE

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. DAVID J. MOORE
2016-SC-000275-DG CARROLL

WILLIAM DAVID ELLINGTON, ET AL. V. HARLAN RANDALL BECRAFT, ET AL.
2016-SC-000513-DG BATH

WILLIAM J. YUNG, ET AL. V. GRANT THORNTON, LLP
2016-SC-000571-DG KENTON

LATASHA MAUPIN V. ROLAND TANKERSLEY
2016-SC-000572-DG JACKSON

HARRY L. SEEGER V. SHARON LANHAM
2016-SC-000677-DG NELSON

PBI BANK, INC. V. SIGNATURE POINT CONDOMINIUMS LLC, ET AL.
2017-SC-000007-DG JEFFERSON

SC: February 2017 Grants of Discretionary Review by the Supreme Court of Kentucky (MDRs)

COURT ORDERS GRANTING MOTION FOR DISCRETIONARY REVIEW – FEBRUARY 9, 2017

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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE V. MARK ROTHSTEIN
2016-SC-000220-DG FRANKLIN
HUGHES, J., NOT SITTING.

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY V. WILLIAM ROY HELM, JR.
2016-SC-000370-DG HARDIN

RICHARD STORM V. LOUIS MARTIN
2016-SC-000457-DG JEFFERSON

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY, CABINET FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES, ETC. V. LETTIE SEXTON, ETC., ET AL.
2016-SC-000529-DG HARLAN

AND 

COVENTRY HEALTH AND LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY. V. LETTIE SEXTON, ETC., ET AL.
2016-SC-000534-DG HARLAN

AND 

LETTIE SEXTON, ETC. V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY, CABINET FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES, ET AL.
2016-SC-000540-DG HARLAN

SALLY CAROL GRASCH V. ALBERT FRANKLIN GRASCH, JR.
2016-SC-000591-DG FAYETTE
VANMETER, J., NOT SITTING.

STEPHEN MARCHESE V. ALLISON AEBERSOLD
2016-SC-000644-DGE JEFFERSON