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Kachina Pipeline Company, Inc., owns and operates a natural-gas gathering system and
pipeline. It purchases gas from several producers and transports it for resale to Davis Gas Processing
at one of Davis’s processing plants. Michael Lillis is one of those producers, and he has sold gas
from his wells to Kachina since at least 2001. In 2003, Kachina installed the Barker Central
Comp ... More
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In re Interest of Joseph S. et al.

Kerri is the biological mother of the minor children: Joseph S., William S., and Steven S. The family first came to the attention of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on March 16, 2009. In that case, DHHS became involved with the family due to concerns about Kerri’s drug use and improper supervision of the children. The children remained out of Kerri’s care for exactly 1 ... More   $0 (10-09-2015 - NE)

Oregon State Hospital v. Butts

The pertinent facts in this matter are uncontested. In January 2011, defendant was indicted on 21 felony counts, including nine counts of aggravated murder, for allegedly causing the death of Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter. Shortly after defendant was indicted, his attorneys became concerned about his ability to aid and assist in his defense. The defense hired a psychiatrist, Dr. Larsen, to ev ... More   $0 (10-09-2015 - OR)

A&T Siding, Inc. v. Capitol Specialty Ins. Corp.

The Brownstone Homes Condominium Association discovered defects in the construction of its 26-building condominium complex, including wood decay, flashing delamination, and water penetration. In consequence, Brownstone initiated a negligence action against the general contractor who built the complex, as well as one of its subcontractors, A&T Siding. Brownstone estimated that A&T’s share of the co ... More   $0 (10-09-2015 - OR)

Brownstone Homes Condo. Assn. v. Brownstone Forest Hts.

Defendant Capitol Specialty Insurance Co. has moved to dismiss this appeal on the ground that it has become moot. According to Capitol, the issues to be decided in the appeal pertain to the terms of an agreement settling an underlying construction defect case, but those very terms have been superseded by amendments to the agreement adopted during the pendency of the appeal. We conclude that, becau ... More   $0 (10-09-2015 - OR)

North County Advocates v. City of Carlsbad

Westfield proposed to renovate a portion of a shopping center located in the City. Originally built in 1969, the project site was developed "as a two- and three-story indoor shopping center with five main anchor department store buildings (i.e., Sears, Macy's, Macy's Men, JC Penney, and the vacant former Robinsons-May) and numerous smaller retail specialty shops." The site contains over 6,400 su ... More   $0 (10-09-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Martin Jacob Steinberg

Fort Worth, TX - Convicted Felon Sentenced to Serve 270 Months in Federal Prison on Drug and Firearms Convictions

A convicted felon who was convicted at trial on drug and firearms offenses was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to serve a total of 270 months in federal prison.

Martin Jacob Steinberg, 43, was convicted at trial on one count of possession with intent to ... More
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United States of America v. Gilberto Ray Hinojos

Lubbock, TX - Big Spring Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison on Child Pornography Conviction

Gilberto Ray Hinojos, 23, of Big Spring, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to five years in federal prison following his guilty plea in June 2015 to one count of attempted receipt of a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduc ... More
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United States of America v. Amadeo Cruz Torres

Lubbock, TX - Lubbock Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Posing as a Female “Modeling Agent" to Lure Teen and Take Sexually Explicit Photos of Her

madeo Cruz Torres, 24, of Lubbock, Texas, was sentencedby U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 15 years in federal prison, following his guilty plea in June 2015 to one count of production of child pornography.

Torres ha ... More
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United States of America v. Robert Jerold Eckhart

Lubbock, TX - Cisco Man Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Child Porn

A 43-year-old Cisco, Texas, man, Robert Jarold Eckhart, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings two years in federal prison, following his guilty plea in June 2015 to one count of possession of child pornography.

Eckhart was ordered to report to the designated prison facility o ... More
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Bikkina v. Mahadevan

We begin with the facts alleged in the complaint. In 2007, Bikkina entered a Ph.D. program at the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Tulsa (University). Mahadevan was his dissertation advisor and supervisor from 2007 to 2010. Bikkina complained that Mahadevan was repeatedly reassigning him to different projects and requested a new advisor, which he was given in May 2 ... More   $0 (10-09-2015 - CA)

Behm v. Clear View Technologies

On July 28, 2011, Behm filed a complaint against CVT alleging she was defrauded when she invested $200,000 in the company. The complaint alleged a total of seven causes of action, some against CVT only, and the others against CVT and several other individual defendants consisting of officers and directors of CVT. These defendants included Paul Mula Sr. and Paul Mula II. Though Behm did not req ... More   $0 (10-09-2015 - CA)

Lucent Technologies v. State Bd. Equalization

The telephone and data network in the United States is both terrestrial (land-based) and wireless, and is seamlessly interconnected through equipment called switches that are housed in so-called central offices scattered around the country. A single switch is comprised of “numerous computer processors, frames (sometimes called cabinets), shelves, drawers, circuit packs, cables, trunks and many ot ... More   $0 (10-09-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. UFC Aerospace, LLC and Douglas B. Davis

New York, NY - Manhattan U.S. Attorney Files And Settles Civil Fraud Lawsuit Against UFC Aerospace And Douglas B. Davis For Engaging In Fraudulent Conduct In Violation Of The Small Business Act

UFC and Davis Admit that UFC Was Never a “Woman-Owned Small Business.”

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Melvin F. Williams, Jr., General Co ... More
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United States of America v. Dennis Sica

White Plains, NY - Hudson Valley ‘Breaking Bad’ Dealer Sentenced In White Plains Federal Court To 35 Years In Prison For Distributing Heroin And Fentanyl That Caused The Deaths Of Three People

DENNIS SICA was sentenced in White Plains federal court to 35 years in prison for participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl, the use of which resulted in the deaths of three in ... More
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United States of America v. Nader Elhuzayel and Muhanad Badawi

New Indictment Adds Bank Fraud and Financial Aid Fraud Charges Against Two Orange County Men Charged with Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIL.
Two Orange County men who were indicted in June 2015 for conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have been indicted for additional charges involving bank fraud and financial aid fraud.

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United States of America v. Eminiano “Jun” Reodica, Jr.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Australian Man, Who Ran Third Largest Car Dealership in the United States and Was Fugitive for 24 Years, Pleads Guilty in $50 Million Scheme that Defrauded Multiple Banks in the 1980s.

An Australian man, who ran the third largest car dealership in the United States before he fled the country 27 years ago, pleaded guilty late yesterday afternoon to federal charges for ban ... More
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United States of America v. Alma Escalante

Last of 13 Members of Willcox Marijuana Trafficking Ring Sentenced to Prison.
PHOENIX – On Sept. 28, 2015, Alma Escalante, the last of thirteen members of a Willcox drug trafficking conspiracy, was sentenced to a term of imprisonment by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow. Luis Cruz, 41, Escalante’s husband and the leader of the organization, was previously sentenced to 121 months’ imprisonmen ... More
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United States of America v. Scott James Nichols

Former Billings Basketball Coach Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Coercion and Enticement and Distribution of Child Porn.
BILLINGS – A 42-year-old Lockwood man was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison followed by 15 years supervised release, for two counts of coercion and enticement of a minor, two counts of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, and one count of distribut ... More
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United States of America v. Francisco Sanchez-Hinojosa

Mexican National Trafficking Methamphetamine in Benton County Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison.
Spokane – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that that Francisco Sanchez-Hinojosa, age 45, of Michoacán, Mexico, was sentenced for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. United States District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza ... More
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United States of America v. Gregory Akel

Las Vegas Man Sentenced To Over Nine Years In Prison For Receiving Videos And Images Of Child Rape.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Las Vegas man has been sentenced to 112 months in prison for receiving and possessing over 200 images and videos of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.

“Many of the images and videos possessed and shared by the def ... More
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Family and Estate of Walter Scott v. North Charleston, S.C.

North Charleston, SC - Family of unarmed mas shot in the back by police officer settles wrongful death claim

The Family and Estate of Walter Scott, age 50, sued the City of North Charleston, S.C. on civil rights violation theory claiming that officer Michael Slager violated Scott's civil rights when he shot him in the back as he fled from his car during a traffic stop.

The shooti ... More
   $6,500,000 (10-09-2015 - SC)

United States of America v. Deandre Maurice Parker

Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Transporting 15-Year-Old Girl From California To Las Vegas To Work As Prostitute.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Las Vegas man who was arrested in 2014 as part of a joint law enforcement effort to capture child predators in southern Nevada, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison and 25 years of supervised release for recruiting and enticing a 15-year-old girl to ... More
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United States of America v. Jose Luis Zavala

Brownsville, TX - Former CBP Officer Sentenced for Allowing Drugs Through Port of Entry

A former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer from Brownsville was sentenced for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1000 kilograms of marijuana. Jose Luis Zavala, 38, pleaded guilty March 3, 2015.

Today, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ordered he serve 78 months ... More
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United States of America v. Josh Reid and Cortney Blair Saylor

Martinsburg, WV - Two convicted for role in Baltimore to West Virginia heroin trafficking network

Two individuals were convicted in federal court this week for their role in a multi-state heroin trafficking operation.

The defendants convicted of participated in a drug trafficking scheme in which heroin was transported across state lines from Baltimore, Maryland into West Virginia ... More
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United States of America v. Jesus Demas Valencia

Martinsburg, WV - Martinsburg man convicted of cocaine trafficking

Jesus Demas Valencia, 48, of Martinsburg, was convicted of cocaine trafficking today in federal court, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Valencia sold cocaine in Berkeley County, West Virginia. He pled guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Cocaine.” He faces up to 20 years in pris ... More
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United States of America v. Paula Kay Butts

Beckley, WV - White Sulphur Springs woman pleads guilty to Federal drug charge

A White Sulphur Springs woman pled guilty to a federal drug charge in federal court in Beckley. Paula Kay Butts, 50, pled guilty to using a communication facililty to facilitate a felony drug offense, admitting that on June 27, 2015, she used a telephone to help set up a drug deal with a confidential informant. ... More
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United States of America v. Frank Spinosa

Miami, FL - Former Bank Vice President Pleads Guilty in Connection with Rothstein Case

A former Vice President of TD Bank pled guilty for his involvement in a wire fraud conspiracy connected to the Rothstein matter.

Frank Spinosa, 54, of Ft. Lauderdale pled guilty before U. S. District Judge Beth Bloom, in Miami, to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, Unite ... More
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Gloria Coots Baldwin v. EMI Feist Catalog, Inc.

19 This appeal involves a dispute over the copyright in the musical
20 composition “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (the “Song”), a classic Christmas
21 song written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie in the 1930s. In 1976,
22 Congress enacted a complex statutory regime that—as we explain later in this
23 opinion—gave authors and their statutory heirs the right to terminate previo ... More
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United States of America v. Danielle Ayers

Cedar Rapids, IA - Woman Pleads Guilty to Committing Perjury Before the Grand Jury

A woman who lied before the grand jury regarding another person’s possession of firearms pled guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids to the crime of perjury.

Danielle Ayers, age 41, from Atkins, Iowa, was convicted of one count of committing perjury before a federal grand jury. At the plea hearin ... More
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The parties divorced on April 17, 2008, after approximately twenty-one years of marriage. The wife's complaint for modification, filed on March 25, 2013, sought an increase in the husband's alimony obligation on the grounds that the child support payments had ceased as a result of the children's emancipation and she was no longer able to maintain even a modest standard of living. A modification ... More   $0 (10-08-2015 - MA)

Anna Mae Cashin v. Marisela Bello

Plaintiff Anna Mae Cashin owns a 2,435 square-foot parcel of land in Hoboken. Two separate structures are located on that property: a six-unit apartment building with the mailing address of 627 Washington Street, and a two-story single-family home built in a converted garage with the mailing address of 626 Court Street. At all relevant times, plaintiff has rented out five units of the Washingto ... More   $0 (10-08-2015 - NJ)

People Of Illinois v. Stapinski

On February 13 and 14, 2013, a hearing was held on defendant’s motion to dismiss. At that hearing, witness testimony established the following facts: ¶ 5 Romeoville, Illinois police Sergeant Christine Masterson (Masterson) received information from Postal Inspector Gunther (Gunther) that the Naperville, Illinois, post office had in its possession a package from Pakistan which was addressed to de ... More   $0 (10-08-2015 - IL)

Nelson v. Artley

Suzanne Haney rented a car from Enterprise Leasing Company of Chicago (Enterprise). While being driven by an individual named Donald Artley, the vehicle crossed the center line of the roadway and collided with an oncoming car operated by DeShaw Nelson. Nelson subsequently sued Artley in the circuit court of Cook County to recover damages for the injuries he sustained in the accident. Artley was un ... More   $0 (10-08-2015 - IL)

Bell v. State Of Arkansa

In 1997, this court affirmed appellant Albert Bell’s convictions for two counts of first
degree murder and his sentence to two consecutive life sentences.1 State v. Bell, 329 Ark. 422,
948 S.W.2d 557 (1997). Bell subsequently filed in the trial court a petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Arkansas Rule of Criminal Procedure 37.1 (1994). The petition was denied, and we affirmed ... More
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Bank of the Ozarks v. Cossey

Frank Hamilton and Margaret Hamilton created the Hamilton Living Trust and were
the primary trustees. The trust’s terms provided that upon the death of one of the trustees,
the surviving trustee would serve as co-trustee with the Bank of the Ozarks Trust
Department. The trust further designated the Bank to serve as successor trustee once the
surviving trustee died. Should the ... More
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Citizens All. for Prop. Rights Legal Fund v. San Juan County

At all times relevant to this appeal, the County operated under a home rule
charter that vested legislative functions in the Council, consisting of six voting
members. SAN JUAN COUNTY HOME RULE CHARTER art. 2, §§ 2.1 0, 2.11, 2.30(1 ).
The charter specified that the Council cannot act without the affirmative vote of four
of its members. /d. § 2.40(3). Further, the charter place ... More
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United States of America v. Michael D. Mase

New Haven, CT - Sherman Man Admits Role in Steroid Manufacturing and Distribution Conspiracy

Michael D. Mase, 32, of Sherman, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids.

According to court documents and statements made in court, a long-term investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Securit ... More
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State Of Washngton v. Leonard

-Matthew Leonard was convicted in 2012 of second degree
felony murder. The superior court imposed a judgment and sentence that included
discretionary legal financial obligations. Division One of the Court of Appeals
affirmed the judgment and sentence on direct appeal in a partially published opinion.
State v. Leonard, 183 Wn. App. 532, 334 P.3d 81 (2014). Among other things, th ... More
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In re Adoption of M.S.M.-P.

M.S.M.-P. was born in April2000. His biological parents, S.K. and N.P., met
in 1999, and their relationship was marked from the beginning by physical abuse
1 Seattle Times Co. v. Ishikawa, 97 Wn.2d 30, 37-39, 640 P.2d 716 (1982).
In reAdoption of MS.M-P., No. 90467-7
against S.K. S.K. and N.P.'s relationship ended within two weeks ofM.S.M.-P.'s
birth. During the first thre ... More
   $0 (10-08-2015 - WA)

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