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Klotz v. Milbank,Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Defendants Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (Milbank) and Deborah Festa (Festa) appeal the trial court‘s order overruling their demurrer and denying their motion to strike the First Amended Complaint under Civil Code section 1714.10.1 Plaintiffs SageMill LLC (SageMill), Adam Klotz (Klotz) and Richard Spitz (Spitz) alleged that a former business associate of theirs, Stephen Bruce (Bruce), who was a ... More   $0 (07-28-2015 - )

United States of America v. Gregory McRae

New Orleans, LA - Fifth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part conviction of former New Orleans police office

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Henry Glover, a civilian, died after an encounter with a New Orleans police officer that left his severely wounded body in a car owned by William Tanner. After Glover died, another officer, Gregory McRae, with the corpse in the car, se ... More
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Fox v. CDX Holdings, Inc.

Caris Life Sciences, Inc. (―Caris‖ or the ―Company‖) was a privately held
Delaware corporation. Through subsidiaries, it operated three business units: Caris
Diagnostics, TargetNow, and Carisome.1 Caris Diagnostics was consistently profitable.
TargetNow generated revenue but not profits. Carisome was in the developmental stage.
To achieve the dual goals ... More
   $16,260,332 (07-28-2015 - DE)

Jone Doe 2 v. President John W. Rosa

Charleston, SC - Fourth Circuit affirms dismissal of claim against President of The Citadel for failing to act on report of sexual abuse of two minor boys

The appellants in this consolidated appeal were the plaintiffs below, John Doe 2 and Mother Doe, on behalf of John Doe 2’s younger brother, Doe 3 (together, “the Does”).1 Beginning in 2005 and continuing through July or August 2007, Lou ... More
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Michael A. Katz v. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless

New York, NY - Second Circuit force Verizon class action members to arbitration under FAA

In an effort to more efficiently manage their dockets, some district courts
in this Circuit will dismiss an action after having compelled arbitration pursuant
to a binding arbitration agreement between the parties. That is what happened
here. After the District Court (Briccetti, J.) found ... More
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Fernandes v. DAR Development Co.

As plaintiff Rolando Fernandes and his boss, Mario Freitas
(Mario),1 were installing a sewer pipe on a residential
construction site, the wall of the trench in which Fernandes was
working collapsed, burying him up to his chest. Mario promptly
extricated plaintiff and later drove him home. Fernandes was
seriously injured and has not worked since that day.
Fernandes ... More
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ALFREDO TIRADO vs. BOARD OF APPEAL ON MOTOR VEHICLE LIABILITY POLICIES AND BONDS

In these consolidated appeals, we are asked to
determine if a defendant's admission to sufficient facts to
warrant a finding of guilty and a judge's continuance of the
case without a finding (CWOF) constitute a "conviction" as that
term is defined in G. L. c. 90F, § 1,2 governing the licensure of
commercial drivers. Judges in the Superior Court determined
that it did ... More
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DEBORAH HOGAN & v. PAT’S PEAK SKIING, LLC

The plaintiffs, Deborah Hogan and Matthew Hogan, appeal the decision of the Superior Court (Smukler, J.) granting the motion to dismiss filed by the defendant, Pat’s Peak Skiing, LLC. We reverse and remand.
The following facts are derived from the trial court’s order or the record. On February 4, 2012, both plaintiffs fell from a ski chairlift while skiing at the defendant’s premises. Th ... More
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Elizabeth R. Loveridge v. Tony Hall

Salt Lake City, UT - Tenth Circuit holds that bankruptcy court does not have jurisdiction without consent of parties

This case has but little to do with bankruptcy. Neither the debtor nor the
creditors, not even the bankruptcy trustee, are parties to it. True, the plaintiffs
claim they once enjoyed an attorney-client relationship with a former bankruptcy
trustee. True, they no ... More
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United States of America v. James Rodrequias Pressley

Wilmington, NC - Dunn Man Sentenced To Life For Narcotics Distribution

James Rodrequias Pressley, 43, of Dunn, North Carolina, was sentenced to life imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release. PRESSLEY was convicted by a federal jury on July 30, 2014 on 13 drug related and money laundering counts including Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute 280 gra ... More
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United States of America v. Juan Sanders

Cleveland, OH - Cleveland Heights man sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for $1.1 million unemployment fraud

A Cleveland Heights man was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for conspiring to defraud states out of more than $1.1 million in unemployment insurance benefits.

Juan Sanders, 35, was sentenced to 139 months in federal prison. He previously pleaded guilty to ... More
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United States of America v. Daniel Todd Manning

Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Sex Offender Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Firearms By A Convicted Felon

Daniel Todd Manning (43, Jacksonville) has pleaded guilty to possessing several firearms after having been convicted of felony child sex offenses in the State of Kansas. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison. Manning has been in custody since his arrest on April 30, 2014, in Jack ... More
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United States of America v. Blain Aron Pannell

Phoenix, AZ - Defendant Sentenced For Sexual Abuse on Lake Powell In 2002

Blain Arno Pannell, 44, of Taylorsville, Utah, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton to 30 months’ imprisonment and required to register as a sex offender. Pannell previously pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse.

“Today’s outcome is a testament to the dedicated work of the Nat ... More
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State v. Marvin Orellana-Castro

On December 7, 2011, an information was filed charging Marvin Orellana-Castro with unlawful sexual contact with his two stepdaughters. He was charged with two counts of lewd conduct and two counts of sexual abuse regarding the older girl, who was thirteen and fourteen years old at the time of the alleged crimes, and he was charged with two counts of sexual abuse
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with respect to the yo ... More
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United States of America v. Herschell Harvell, Jr.

Atlanta, GA - Former HUD-OIG Special Agent in Charge Convicted of Making False Statements to Obtain a Loan

Herschell Harvell, Jr., a former Special Agent in Charge with the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has been convicted of two counts of making false statements to First Tennessee National Bank, N.A., to obtain a loan, after a one week ju ... More
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STATE OF ARIZONA v HOMER RAY ROSEBERRY

In October 2000, Roseberry agreed to transport approximately one thousand pounds of marijuana in his motorhome for a drug cartel. State v. Roseberry, 210 Ariz. 360, 363 ¶ 4, 111 P.3d 402, 405 (2005). The cartel had Fred Fottler accompany Roseberry on the trip. Id. Roseberry and a friend concocted a scheme to steal the marijuana. Id. at 363 ¶ 5, 111 P.3d at 405. But instead of following the p ... More   $0 (07-28-2015 - )

United States of America v. Brandi Mary Janice Stroman, Dezman Dunbar Zama and Jerrod Dashon Bosket

Miami, FL - Three Defendants Pled Guilty in Extensive Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

Three defendants pled guilty for their participation in an extensive stolen identity tax refund fraud scheme.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI ... More
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United States of America v. Justin Ryan Serna

Corpus Christi, TX - Corpus Christi Firefighter Charged with Production of Child Pornography

Justin Ryan Serna, 28, of Corpus Christi, has been arrested following the return of an indictment alleging he produced child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Serna was taken into custody today and is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judg ... More
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United States of America v. Brenda Ward

Dallas, TX - Dallas County Woman Admits Defrauding Medicaid

Brenda Ward, 47, of Cedar Hill, Texas, appeared in federal court this morning before U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater and pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud, announced John Parker, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Ward, who remains on bond, faces a maximum statutory penalt ... More
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United States of America v. David Louis Craig

Topeka, KS - Tenth Circuit affirms conviction of Kansas man for possession of stolen firearm

Upon conviction of possessing a stolen firearm, Defendant-Appellant David
Craig was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment and three years’ supervised
release. After his release from prison, he violated various conditions of his
supervised release. He stipulated to several violations, an ... More
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United States of America v. Ashley Monique Leroy

Miami, FL - Davie Resident Pled Guilty for her Role in Identity Theft Tax Fraud Scheme

Ashley Monique Leroy, 26, of Davie, pled guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title l8, United States Codes Section 1028A(a)(1).

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Reven ... More
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United States of America v. Khachatour Hakobyan

Los Angeles, CA - Second Man Linked to Medicare Fraud Scheme Pleads Guilty to Federal Money Laundering and Tax Offenses

A Glendale man pleaded guilty to federal money laundering and tax charges related to a scheme in which he helped launder $1.1 million generated by a health care fraud scheme.

Khachatour Hakobyan, 47, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit money laundering ... More
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United States of America v. Brian Fanelli

New York, NY - Former Chief Of Mount Pleasant Police Department Pleads Guilty In White Plains Federal Court To Possession Of Child Pornography

Brian Fanelli, the former Chief of the Mount Pleasant, New York, Police Department, pled guilty today to one count of possession of child pornography. FANELLI, who was arrested in January 2014, entered his plea before United States District Judge ... More
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Tulalip Tribes v. Suquamish Indian Tribe

Seattle, WA - Ninth Circuit resolves Indian fishing rights dispute

In this treaty fishing rights case, the Tulalip Tribes (“the
Tulalip”) invoked the district court’s continuing jurisdiction
as provided by the permanent injunction in United States v.
Washington, 384 F. Supp. 312, 419 (W.D. Wash. 1974)
(Decision I), aff’d, 520 F.2d 676 (9th Cir. 1975), by filing a
reque ... More
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Susan H. Chadd v. United States of America

Seattle, WA - Ninth Circuit reverses grant of Tort Claim summary judgment on wrongful death claim

We must decide whether the United States may be sued
under the Federal Tort Claims Act for the actions of the
National Park Service relating to a mountain goat that
attacked and killed a Park visitor.
I
A
Established in 1938, Olympic National Park (“Olympic”
or the ... More
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United States v. Randy Patrie

Cedar Rapids, IA - Eighth Circuit affirms conviction of felon in possession of saw-off shotguns

Randy Patrie pled guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and to
possession of sawed-off shotguns. At sentencing, the district court1 found (1) that
Patrie had committed first degree murder and thus that it would be appropriate to
apply the cross reference for murder, and ... More
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Mark Robbins v. Randy Becker, Sr.

St. Louis, MO - Eighth Circuit affirms District Court summary judgment in favor of Missouri Highway Patrol


Mark and Gail Robbins, the owners and operators of I-44 Truck Center and
Wrecker Service, LLC and I-44 Wrecker Service, LLC (collectively, the Robbinses),
appeal the district court’s adverse grant of summary 1 judgment to fourteen individual
officers and supervisors ... More
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Ramona S. Haddad v. Secretary of Homeland Security

Grand Rapids, MI - Sixth Circuit affirms deportation of visitor to U.S. who married American citizen

Plaintiff Ramona S. Haddad sought review in federal district court of a
decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) affirming the denial of her I-130 petition
on behalf of her alien husband, William Ayed Haddad. The district court denied Plaintiff’s
motion for summary ju ... More
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United States of America v. Jeffrey White

Memphis, TN - Sixth Circuit affirms conviction of man for possessing marijuana with intent to distribute

Jeffery White appeals his 24-month, below-guidelines sentence,
arguing that it is both substantively and procedurally unreasonable. On April 15, 2014, White
pled guilty to possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841.
At the time of hi ... More
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Eric D. Norris v. Marily Brooks

Philadelphia, PA - Third Circuit refuses to grant habeas corpus relief based on ineffective assistance of counsel

Eric Norris, a state prisoner in Pennsylvania, petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 2007. The District Court denied the petition, holding that his claim of ineffective assistance of trial counsel ... More
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United States of America v. Michael Romano

Brooklyn, NY - Second Circuit affirms conspiracy convictions of two for mail and wire fraud

18 Defendants Michael Romano and William Kearney appeal from judgments of the
19 United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York entered by Sterling Johnson, Jr.,
20 Judge, following a jury trial before Joseph F. Bianco, Judge, convicting defendants of conspiracy to
21 ... More
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Skwe Balintulo v. Ford Motor Company

New York, NY - Second Circuit Court of Appeals blocks South Africans from suing Ford and IBM

This appeal presents the question of whether plaintiffs,
victims of South African apartheid, have plausibly alleged relevant
conduct committed within the United States that is sufficient to
rebut the Alien Tort Statute’s presumption against extraterritoriality.
We hold that they ha ... More
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Hamlet Shopping Center Associates, LLC v. The Game Lounge, Inc., et al.

As an initial matter, the Court notes that on August 25, 2014, the Plaintiff’s
1 Transpolymer Indus., Inc. v. Chapel Main Corp., 582 A.2d 936 (Del. 1990) (holding, “[w]hile a natural person may represent himself or herself in court even though he or she may not be an attorney licensed to practice, a corporation, being an artificial entity, can only act through its agents and, before a court o ... More
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Buckley v. State Farm Mutual Insurance Co

The operative facts are not in dispute. On March 27, 2012, 16 year old
Plaintiff Stephanie Buckley (“Plaintiff”) was struck on Westville Road by a motor
vehicle operated by Norman Anderson (“Anderson”). At the time Plaintiff was struck
by Anderson’s vehicle, she was crossing the street to board a Bumble Bee
Transportation bus insured by the Defendant, State Farm Mutual Automobil ... More
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COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS vs. SHAWN LESSIEUR

On March 17, 1994, Mark Jones was shot twice in
the head and died from his injuries. In April, 2006, Nolyn
Surprenant (Surprenant) implicated himself and the defendant in
the murder. Surprenant was indicted for murder two months
later. In March, 2007, Surprenant made an agreement with the
2
Commonwealth to testify against the defendant in exchange for a
recom ... More
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KENDRICK COWART a/k/a RAT v. STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

A jury convicted Kendrick Cowart of armed robbery and conspiracy, and acquitted
him of murder and manslaughter. The trial court sentenced him to fifty-three years: forty
eight years for armed robbery and five years for conspiracy. Terrance London, Cowart’s co
defendant who pled guilty to armed robbery, conspiracy, and manslaughter, received a
sentence of either forty or forty-fiv ... More
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Calhoun Health Services v. Martha Glaspie

Martha Glaspie was a nurse at the Calhoun Health Services community hospital
nursing home. After injuring her back, she was required to undergo a drug screening. She
was fired from her employment at the hospital after the drug test came back positive for use
of cocaine.

¶2. Glaspie filed suit against the hospital for wrongful termination, negligence,
defamation, and breach ... More
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Hein v. Sott Homes

Sott is a general contractor based in Billings, Montana, and the sole owner of
Krude Kustoms, LLC, a metal fabricating and trucking firm. In 2001, Hein hired Sott to
construct a log homefor him. Sott completed the homethat same year.
¶4 Each winter following construction of the home, Hein noticed water damage
appearing in different areas of the home’s tongue and groove ceili ... More
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In the Interest of K.T. and R.D.T., Children

This is an appeal from the trial court’s SAPCR1 order granting a child support modification in favor of appellee J.S.F., the mother of J.M.W., an adult child who is mentally disabled. Appellant M.L.W., the father of J.M.W., contends the trial court abused its discretion by: (1) disregarding the general child support
1 Under the Texas Family Code, a suit affecting the parent-child relationship ... More
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In the Interest of J.M.W.

This is an appeal from the trial court’s SAPCR1 order granting a child support modification in favor of appellee J.S.F., the mother of J.M.W., an adult child who is mentally disabled. Appellant M.L.W., the father of J.M.W., contends the trial court abused its discretion by: (1) disregarding the general child support
1 Under the Texas Family Code, a suit affecting the parent-child relationship ... More
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