Category Archives: 2009 Law Updates

Jeffrey Labrenz v. Shane Burnett and Jill Burnett, WL 3320468 (October 16,2009) [THIS CASE HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED FOR PUBLICATION IN THE LAW REPORTER]

This case involves a dispute between neighbors regarding the use of land described in an easement. Labrenz has a drive way easement over the Burnetts’ land, and in building his driveway, he installed decorative rocks, shrubs, trees, a fence, and … Continue reading

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The Estate of Selma Smith, et. al. v. Charles Spinelli et. al., 216 P.3d 524 (September 18,2009)

This dispute centers around a 3.38 acre parcel of coastal land in the Turnagain area of Anchorage. Prior to the 1964 earthquake, it consisted of a steep, eroding bluff and tidal mudflats. The earthquake collapsed the bluff spreading it out … Continue reading

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Deborah A. Luper v. City of Wasilla, 215 P.3d 342 (September 11,2009)

Luper had a kennel with 18 dogs on property she owns in the City of Wasilla. City ordinances prohibited keeping more than three dogs without a permit. When the city sued to enforce its ordinance, she applied for a use … Continue reading

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In the Matter of the Estate of Wayne Colyer Fields, WL 2836498 (September 4, 2009) [THIS CASE WAS ENTERED INTO THE WESTLAW DATA BASE BEFORE THE TIME FOR REHEARING HAD EXPIRED. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT REHEARING HAS BEEN SOUGHT, GRANTED, OR DENIED]

This is a lengthy, messy probate case commenced in 1991 with numerous factual and procedural issues. The import for real estate law is that an Alaska court with personal jurisdiction over the necessary parties can indirectly affect the title to … Continue reading

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Boudewijn Roeland and Hendrika Flamee v. Douglas Troucano Construction Co., and Steve Landvik, 214 P.3d 343 (August 21,2009)

Roeland and Flamee (Roeland) held a right of first refusal on property they had sold to Trucano and Landvik (Trucano). The basic terms were that Roeland would be able to purchase on terms identical to the terms offered to, or … Continue reading

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