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Private Business Allowed to be Grandfathered in; Agency Restrained

Wed, 06/25/2014

Seherr-Thoss v. Teton County Board of County Commissioners: The County Commissioners issued an notice to Seherr-Thross, a gravel operation company, that it needed to reduce its production to pre-1978 levels in order to reduce its environmental footprint. The environmental impact was measured upon new, amended levels.


The Supreme Court of Wyoming ruled in favor of Seherr-Thross, stating that the new requirements and the Commissioners’ mandating of controlling production levels was outside the authority of the agency and thus unjust. The Court ruled that the company should be grandfathered in and, through that, not required to reduce their production.

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If You Don’t Have an Attorney, Do You Sill Get Awarded Fees?

Wed, 06/18/2014

Fix v. Forelle: After settling the case with the court ruling in favor of Fix, Forelle was instructed to pay Fix’s attorney fees. Fix however, had represented himself and thus had no fees for Forelle to pay. The issue here is whether the fee award should be waived or if a value should be estimated and compensation paid to Fix.


The Supreme Court of Wyoming ruled that since Fix represented himself and did not incure any representation fees, that Forelle is not mandated or required to pay Fix anything. If Fix did not spend money during the litigation, he is not entitled for compensation. From an economic standpoint, Fix should be awarded the fees as compensation for his time that he had to spend in court and dedicated toward his case, which he could have spend working or doing something else productive.

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Innocent Until Proven Guilty Upheld by State Supreme Court

Tue, 06/10/2014

Mraz v. State: Mraz works at the Eagles Restaurant and called 911 one morning after she claims that she was overtaken by a robber who entered the locked building behind her and stole money out of the company safe. When police looked at the survailence footage from the roads surrounding the restaurant as well as the passlock system records, they found that Mraz had entered the building and returned home once that morning before her re-entry where she reported being attacked. The Court convicted her of larceny by bailee.


The Supreme Court of Wyoming reversed and remanded the conviction, making it void and sending the trial back to lower court for re-trial on the basis that Mraz’s guilt was not proven without reasonable doubt. The Court found that the guilty conviction lacked evidence of motive, ill will, and any apprehension of being approached by authorities.

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