Lynn Jackson attorney, Cassidy Stalley, represented James Bruggeman in an action against Jennifer Ramos, James’s caretaker, alleging James was subject to vulnerable adult abuse. The circuit court granted the requested protection order against Ramos, who was found to have neglected James and financially exploited him. Ramos appealed the circuit court’s decision to the South Dakota Supreme Court, which affirmed in Bruggeman v. Ramos, 2022 S.D. 16, a decision dated March 23, 2022. The South Dakota Supreme Court agreed with Stalley’s argument that James was a vulnerable adult and was the victim of Ramos’s financial exploitation, and affirmed the circuit court. Lynn Jackson is proud of Cassidy for taking on the representation of a vulnerable adult and her success in doing so.
In another opinion from the South Dakota Supreme Court – Ehlebracht, et.al v. Crowned Ridge Wind II, et.al, 2022 S.D. 19 – Lynn Jackson attorneys, Miles Schumacher and Dana Van Beek Palmer, successfully represented their client Crowned Ridge Wind II in an appeal from the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission’s (“PUC”) issuance of a permit for Crowned Ridge to construct a wind energy system in Codington, Grant and Deuel Counties in northern South Dakota. The Court agreed with Schumacher and Palmer that the PUC legally conducted the hearing and legally granted the permit. The Court also found the challengers’ constitutional arguments had no merit. Congratulations to Miles and Dana on their success.