The Hawaii Supreme Court recently reaffirmed that its standards for a case being "ripe" for an appeal continue to be very strict. On March 20, 2006 in a case called Johnson v. Nakkim, Sup. Ct. Case No. 27682 (an appeal from a Third Circuit case, Case No. 05-1-0141), the Hawaii Supreme Court dismissed the defendant's appeal for lack of appellate jurisdiction. Among other things, to have an appeal as of right, the Court stated (1) that all claims by and against all remaining parties in the action be completely adjudicated and resolved and (2) that the orders resolving the claims must be reduced to a judgment in favor of and against the appropriate parties pursuant to Rule 58 of the HRCP. The Court reaffirmed that if these conditions are not met and an appeal is taken from a decision that has not been reduced to a final judgment, that the Supreme Court will dismiss the appeal for lack of appellate jurisdiction.
Moving a flagpole near live electrical wires can be very dangerous. A Grayson County, Texas jury has awarded more than $15.6 million to the families of 3 victims of an accident that occurred while they were moving a flagpole in May 2017. The electrocution killed 1 and injured 2. The property manager of the apartment complex where the flagpole was located was found to be negligent for placing the flag pole too close to overhead power lines. See, An award of $15.6 million for 3 victims of electrocution.
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