A.P.E.X. Events Presents the Utah Court of Appeals

Published: October 21, 2022 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Utah Court of Appeals at SUUSouthern Utah University’s A.P.E.X. Events is joined this week by the Utah Court of Appeals to hear two live appeals cases. Join A.P.E.X. Events on Thursday, October 27, 2022, in the Great Hall of the Hunter Alumni Center. The first case will begin at 10 a.m., and the second case will be presented at 11:30 a.m.

State v. West

The first case will be State v. West. The first argument is presented by Nicholas Turner, attorney for the appellant, and James R. Weeks,  attorney for the appellee. Cindy Law had obtained a stalking injunction against Debra West that required West to stay at least 20 feet away from her at all times. Law was working in the library at the clubhouse for the community where both Law and West lived when West came into the library to hang a poster. Law called the police, and West was charged with violating the stalking injunction. West's defense was that she did not know Law was at the library when she went in and that she did not intend to violate the stalking injunction.

RainFocus v. Cvent

The second case will be RainFocus V. Cvent. The second argument will be presented by Alexander Dushku, attorney for appellant, and Marc Rasich, attorney for appellee. RainFocus has sued Cvent for defamation and intentional interference with economic relations. These claims are based on statements Cvent allegedly made to several clients or prospective clients about RainFocus while Cvent has been pursuing a separate lawsuit against RainFocus in federal court for, among other things, copyright infringement, breach of contract,
and trade secret misappropriation.

RainFocus argues that statements such as those claiming that it stole Cvent’s source code and misappropriated its trade secrets are defamatory. RainFocus acknowledges that such statements are privileged when made in court proceedings for the federal case, but it asserts that outside of those court proceedings such statements qualify as defamation.

A.P.E.X. Events is SUU’s premier weekly lecture series, with speakers and presenters invited from all areas of the world. While on campus, guests are invited to interact with students and faculty in multiple ways, with opportunities to connect and network in vast areas of scholarship. All A.P.E.X. Events are free and open to the public. Visit suu.edu/apex for more information on this event -
and for the live stream link.

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