Alaska Supreme Court Index
Statutory Construction
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Statutory Construction

Kinegak v. State, Dept. of Corrections (02/17/2006) sp-5988 (federal decisions persuasive authority)
Wilson V. State, Dept. of Corrections (01/20/2006) sp-5974 (goal of statutory/regulatory interpretation)
Sharon Ranney v. Whitewater Engineering and Alaska Insurance (10/14/2005) sp-5949, 122 P2d 214 (maxims for statutory construction)
Martinez v. Cape Fox (06/10/2005) sp-5909, 113 P2d 1226 (no plain meaning rule)
Larson v. Cooper (05/27/2005) sp-5897, 113 P2d 1196 (construing law for filling U.S. senate vacancy)
Bartley v. Alaska Dep't. of Administration (04/15/2005) sp-5888, 110 P2d 1254 (sliding scale for statutory interpretation)
Alaska Division of Elections v. Metcalfe (04/15/2005) sp-5884, 110 P2d 976 (statute presumed constitutional; defer to legislature on election laws)
Government Employees Insurance Company v. Graham-Gonzalez (02/18/2005) sp-5869, 107 P2d 279 (sliding scale; words given ordinary meaning)
State, Dept. of Revenue v. Municipality of Anchorage (12/23/2004) sp-5855 (sliding scale; plain meaning)
State, Dept. of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Div. v. DeLeon (12/17/2004) sp-5853 (expressio unius est exclusio alterius)
Miller v. Safeway, Inc. (11/26/2004) sp-5849 (employment discrimination-racial, religious, gender)
Western Star Trucks, Inc. v. Big Iron Equipment Service, Inc. (11/26/2004) sp-5847 (three factors for interpreting a statute)
Rush v. State, Department of Natural Resources (09/17/2004) sp-5831 (no retroactive application of statutes)
State v. Public Safety Employees Association (06/25/2004) sp-5823 (sliding scale used for ambiguous statutes)
State v. Blank (04/30/2004) sp-5802 (avoid unconstitutionality with narrow construction)
Bryson v. Banner Health System (04/23/2004) sp-5799 (duty based on special relationship between health care provider and patient)
Alaska Legislative Council v. Knowles (01/09/2004) sp-5768 ("appropriations" as used in the Alaska Const.)
Alaska Center for the Environment v. State (11/28/2003) sp-5756 (reject plain meaning rule; review statute as a whole when considering ambiguity)
Grimm v. Wagoner (09/19/2003) sp-5737 (public official financial disclosure statutes require only substantial, not strict, compliance; corrupt election practice is basis for election contest only if sufficient to change the result)
In Re Life Insurance Co. of Alaska (08/22/2003) sp-5729 (plain meaning rule; sliding scale)
Therchik v. Grant Aviation, Inc. (07/25/2003) sp-5715 (word-for-word identical vs. "conform with")
Coughlin v. Government Employees Insurance Co. (04/18/2003) sp-5681 (exhaust policy limits to collect UIM coverage)
Enders v. Parker (03/21/2003) sp-5675 (construing unambiguous statute)
State v. Strane (01/10/2003) sp-5655 (principle of lenity in criminal statues)
Evans v. State (08/30/2002) sp-5618 (legislative history required to counter plain and unambiguous statutory language; guidelines for finding unconstitutional ambiguity; legisalture’s power to override Supreme Court)
Wold v. Progressive Preferred Insurance Co. (08/02/2002) sp-5602 (clear and unambiguous statute; public policy)
Lakosh v. Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation (06/28/2002) sp-5589 (sliding scale replaces plain meaning rule)
In Re Tamplin (06/07/2002) sp-5577 (statute recognize state policy; apply retroactively)
Tesoro Petroleum Corp. v. State (02/15/2002) sp-5539 (maxims of statutory construction; sliding scale)
Municipality of Anchorage v. Suzuki (02/08/2002) sp-5533 (several axioms; sliding scale)
Wongittilin et al. v State et al. (12/07/2001) sp-5509 (may vs. shall)
Murphy v Newlynn (11/02/2001) sp-5494 (use of plural doesn't exclude singular)
Curran v Progressive Northwestern Insurance Company (08/31/2001) sp-5456 (no "sliding scale" when statute is clear)
State, Department of Revenue v Martha Andrade, et al. (05/25/2001) sp-5414 (statutes presumed constitutional)
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation v. Laidlaw Transit, Inc. (04/12/2001) sp-5390 (Axioms re: ambiguity; plain meaning)
Bullock v. State; DCRA (03/23/2001) sp-5376 (Deference to agency; in pari materia)
Sosa v. State (06/16/2000) sp-5283 (Unambiguous statute, heavy burden of proof)
Northern Alaska Environmental Center v. State; Dept. of Natural Resources (06/02/2000) sp-5279 (Several canons of statutory construction)
Gerber v. Juneau Bartlett Memorial Hospital (05/19/2000) sp-5276 ("May" = discretionary; "shall" = mandatory)
Halliburton Energy Services v. State (04/07/2000) sp-5256 (Void for vagueness)
McGlothlin v. Municipality of Anchorage (11/19/1999) sp-5205 (Duty owed by 3rd party; retained control, voluntary assume, obvious danger, negligent entrust)
Romann v. State, Dept. of Transportation & Public Facilities (11/12/1999) sp-5203 (Sliding scale instead of plain meaning rule)
Rollins v. State, Dept. of Revenue, Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (11/12/1999) sp-5200 (Regs consistent with statutes)
John v. Baker (09/08/1999) sp-5174 (Amibguities in Native American statutes)
Universal Motors Inc. v. Neary (08/20/1999) sp-5162 (Model act commentary as reliable guide)
Veco v. Rosebrock (02/19/1999) sp-5084, 970 P2d 906 (Hostile environment sexual harassment, wrongful discharge; employer vicarious liability)
Church v. State of Alaska; Department of Revenue (02/12/1999) sp-5079, 973 P2d 1125 (reg can be more restrictive than statute)
Brooks v. Wright (01/15/1999) sp-5066, 971 P2d 1025 (same rules for statutes and constitution)
Ganz v. Alaska Airlines, Inc. (08/14/1998) sp-5020, 963 P2d 1015 (three maxims of construction)
Sielak v. Alaska Child Support Enforcement Div. (05/15/1998) sp-4985, 958 P2d 438 (ex post facto laws)
Grober v. Alaska Child Support Enforcement Division (05/08/1998) sp-4981, 956 P2d 1230 (retroactive procedural statutes)
Hendren v. Alaska Child Support Enforcement Div. (04/10/1998) sp-4967, 957 P2d 1350 (three maxims of construction)
Estate of Evancoe (03/06/1998) sp-4952, 955 P2d 525 (unambiguous successor statute)
Progressive Insurance Co. v. Simmons (02/20/1998) sp-4949, 953 P2d 510 (implied repeal)
Swiss v. Chignik River, Ltd. (01/02/1998) sp-4926, 951 P2d 433 (terms not included presumed excluded)
Eastwind Inc., et al., v. State, Department of Labor (12/26/1997) sp-4927, 951 P2d 844 (Presumed not retroactive)
Alaska Division of Motor Vehicls v. Fernandes (10/31/1997) sp-4899, 946 P2d 1259 (substantial compliance)
Lowery v. McMurdie (09/05/1997) sp-4880, 944 P2d 50 (may=discretionary)
Dep't. of Transportation & Public Facilities et al. v. Sanders (08/22/1997) sp-4872, 944 P2d 453 ("may" = discretionary, not mandatory)
Turney v. State (04/04/1997) sp-4799, 936 P2d 533 (overbroad or vague statute)
Amyot v. Luchini (02/14/1997) sp-4480, 932 P2d 244 (exclude a remedy-include only named remedy)
Trigg et al v City of Nome (12/20/1996) sp-4448, 929 P2d 1273 (peculiar meaning vs common usage of words)
Griswold v. City of Homer (10/25/1996) sp-4419, 925 P2d 1015 (whether statute is wise not up to court)
Richmond v. Pluid (10/25/1996) sp-4418, 925 P2d 251 (court cases, retroactive application)
Muller v. BP Exploration Inc. (09/13/1996) sp-4402, 923 P2d 783 (three guidelines)
Usibelli Coal Mine v. Department of Natural Resources (08/16/1996) sp-4391, 921 P2d 1134 (statutes in pari materia)
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation v. Alaska State Employees Association (08/02/1996) sp-4380, 923 P2d 18 (sliding scale)
Miller v. Purvis (07/26/1996) sp-4372, 921 P2d 610 (presumption of constitutionality)
Konecky v. Camco Wireline, Inc. (07/26/1996) sp-4371, 920 P2d 277 (clear statutes can' be judicially modified)
R.R. v. State (06/21/1996) sp-4359, 919 P2d 754 ("unconstitutionally vague" guidelines)
Phillip Chokwak v. Les Worley and Ron Worley (03/08/1996) sp-4323, 912 P2d 1248 (plain meaning vs. sliding scale)
In the Matter of N. A. (01/26/1996) sp-4314, 912 P2d 1235 (effect given to all provisions)
Totemoff v. Alaska (10/20/1995) sp-4276, 905 P2d 954 (ANILCA as controlling subsistence)
Child Support Enforcement Div. v. Dean (& Cross) (08/25/1995) sp-4244, 902 P2d 1321 (Oregon statutes/case law as precedent)
Totemoff v. State of Alaska (08/07/1995) sp-4236 (ANILCA as controlling subsistence)
Pet. for Inc. of City & Boro of Yakutat v. Lcl. Bdry. Comm'n. (04/28/1995) sp-4192, 900 P2d 721 ('shall'=mandatory; harmonious construction)
Peninsula Marketing Association v. Rosier (02/24/1995) sp-4170, 890 P2d 567 (give effect to all sections of act)
[F] Marlow v. Municipality of Anchorage (02/10/1995) sp-4164, 889 P2d 599 (construing municipal ordinance)
L. Capener v. Tanagusix Corp. (11/04/1994) sp-4142, 884 P2d 1060 (ambiguous laws affecting Natives)
State of Alaska v. H. Palmer (10/07/1994) sp-4129, 882 P2d 386 (parts of hunting statute/reg severable)
N. Alaska Env. Center et al v. Alaska Public Utilities Comm. (08/26/1994) sp-4115, 879 P2d 1015 (definition of quorum)
Hickel et al v. Cowper (05/27/1994) sp-4089, 874 P2d 922 (constitutionality of statute)
State Leasing and Equip. v. Wichman (05/27/1994) sp-4086, 874 P2d 949 (construe to be harmonious)
City of Dillingham v. CH2M Hill Northwest, Inc. (04/29/1994) sp-4077, 873 P2d 1271 (sliding scale; legislative history)
Kenai Borough v. Port Graham Corporation (04/08/1994) sp-4070, 871 P2d 1135 (statutory law vs. common law)
Peloza v. Freas (03/25/1994) sp-4067, 871 P2d 687 (constitutionality under equal rights)
State of Alaska and Cameron, et al v. Beard (12/03/1993) sp-4032, 864 P2d 538 (broad legislative goal)
Rydwell v. Anchorage School Dist. and Wetzel Svcs. (12/03/1993) sp-4030, 864 P2d 526 (broad legislative goal)
R. Olson v. F. Olson (07/23/1993) sp-3975, 856 P2d 482 (Latin maxim)
Saunders Propterties v. Municipality of Anchorage (02/12/1993) sp-3933, 846 P2d 135 (examine plain language)
Homer Electric Assoc. v. Towsley (11/27/1992) sp-3901, 841 P2d 1042 (plain meaning, etc.)
Sonneman v. Hickel and the State of Alaska (08/14/1992) sp-3876, 836 P2d 936 (severability)
Beck v. Dept. of Transportation (07/31/1992) sp-3871, 837 P2d 105 (legislative history)
University of Alaska v. Shanti (06/30/1992) sp-3861, 835 P2d 1225 (derogation of common law)
Smith v. Stratton (06/26/1992) sp-3852, 835 P2d 1162 (basic principles)
K. & G. LeDoux v. Kodiak (03/20/1992) sp-3822, 827 P2d 1121 (injunctive relief)
O'Callaghan v. State of Alaska et al (03/06/1992) sp-3818, 826 P2d 1132 (several maxims)
MOA v. A. Leigh (01/03/1992) sp-3793, 823 P2d 1241 (constitutionality)
RAN Corp. v. D. Hudesman & H. Smith, Jr. (12/27/1991) sp-3790, 823 P2d 646 (plain meaning; sales tax on liquor; ag opinions)
J. Loeb v. L. Rasmussen & L&L Investments (12/13/1991) sp-3786, 822 P2d 914 (exceptional statute)
C. Croft v. Pan AK Trucking, & AK Natural Ins. (11/15/1991) sp-3773, 820 P2d 1064 (admin agencies)
E. Warner et al v. State et al (10/17/1991) sp-3764, 819 P2d 28 (administrative reulations)
P. Flisock v. State Div. of Retirement and Benefits (10/04/1991) sp-3758, 818 P2d 640 (plain meaning)
Fairbanks School District v. NEA-Alaska (09/27/1991) sp-3751, 817 P2d 923 (plain meaning)
Peninsula Marketing Assoc. et al v. Dept. of Fish and Game (09/20/1991) sp-3754, 817 P2d 917 (plain meaning)
L.O. v. State, in the Matter of E.A.O. (08/30/1991) sp-3742, 816 P2d 1352 (plain meaning)

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