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Congratulations to the new chief judge of the New Mexico Court of Appeals, M. Monica Zamora

Earlier this week, Judge M. Monica Zamora was sworn in to begin serving a two-year term as Chief Judge of the New Mexico Court of Appeals. She replaces Judge Linda Vanzi, who served as Chief Judge from 2017 to 2019. … Continue reading

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New Mexico Court of Appeals celebrates 50th anniversary

On Friday, April 1, the New Mexico Court of Appeals celebrated 50 years of existence. Some of the Court’s history is recounted in this op-ed by Judge Zamora and Judge Bustamante, which ran in the Santa Fe New Mexican. A … Continue reading

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NM Court of Appeals clarifies standards for reverse discrimination claims

In Garcia v. Hatch Valley Public Schools, the plaintiff, a female school bus driver of German descent (with a Hispanic surname by marriage), alleges her firing was the result of racial and national origin discrimination. She sued the defendant school district … Continue reading

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NM Court of Appeals: Lender failed to establish standing to foreclose

Since our Supreme Court’s decision in Bank of New York v. Romero in 2014, New Mexico’s appellate courts have applied increased scrutiny to foreclosure lawsuits. The latest example of this trend is last week’s decision by the Court of Appelas … Continue reading

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NM Court of Appeals: Los Lunas has standing to challenge Valencia County’s decision re hospital

According to this report by Julia Dendinger in the Valencia County News-Bulletin, the New Mexico Court of Appeals issued an oral ruling reviving the Village of Los Lunas’ challenge to Valencia County’s decision which paves the way for a hospital … Continue reading

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Exclusion of farm & ranch employees from workers’ comp is unconstitutional, says NM Court of Appeals

Section 52-1-6(A) of the New Mexico’s Workers’ Compensation Act excludes farm and ranch laborers from the benefits (and burdens) of workers’ compensation. This week, the Court of Appeals held that this exclusion violates the equal protection clause of the New Mexico … Continue reading

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NM Court of Appeals: 10.5 months was sufficient time to file medical malpractice lawsuit

The New Mexico Medical Malpractice Act creates a statute of repose, not a statute of limitations. This means that a medical negligence lawsuit against a qualified healthcare provider must be filed within three years of the malpractice, regardless of whether the … Continue reading

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Have lunch with Judge Monica Zamora

The New Mexico State Bar’s Appellate Practice Section is sponsoring a brown bag lunch with Court of Appeals Judge Monica Zamora on Friday, September 5, 2014, beginning at noon at the State Bar Center in Albuquerque. If you would like … Continue reading

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Is “independent intervening cause” alive in New Mexico?

In Silva v. Lovelace Health System, Inc. (May 6, 2014), the New Mexico Court of Appeals (in a 2-1 decision) reversed a jury verdict in a wrongful death case for failure to instruct the jury on the doctrine of independent intervening … Continue reading

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Borrower who failed to make payments can’t be criminally charged for damaging property

In 2006 Wyatt Earp (no, not that Wyatt Earp) bought a home on a real estate contract. (In New Mexico, “real estate contract” is a term of art, which refers to an arrangement in which the buyer agrees to pay … Continue reading

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