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James R. Dunnagan, Jr. v. Frank Stegient and Ramona Taff

On October 28, 2011, James R. Dunnagan, Jr., borrowed $158,427.66 from Frank Stegient and Ramona Taff to pay his property taxes in Parker County1 and agreed orally to pay it back. In 2013, Dunnagan documented that loan by signing a form promissory note dated October 28, 2011, agreeing to repay the $158,427.66 to Stegient and Taff with five percent interest per annum (Note).2 In 2016, Stegient and ... More $0 (10-21-2017 - OK)

In Re: Fundamental Long Term Care, Inc.

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

This case has a complex procedural history lasting more than a decade and spanning several state and federal venues. It began when the estates of several deceased nursing-home patients (the “Estates” or “Appellants”) brought a series of wrongful-death suits against a network of nursing homes. These suits collectively resulted in $1 billion in empty-chair judgments against the network. In an effort ... More $0 (10-21-2017 - FL)

Amal Eghnayem, et al. v. Boston Scientific Corporation

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

In this products liability suit, Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC) appeals from various orders and a final judgment in favor of the plaintiff, Amal Eghnayem. Eghnayem alleged substantial injuries caused by the Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit, a transvaginal mesh prescription medical device manufactured and sold by BSC. She initially filed suit in the Southern District of West Virginia as part o ... More $0 (10-21-2017 - FL)

Mary Lyons v. Colgate-Palmolive Company

Plaintiff Mary Lyons appeals from the summary judgment entered against her on
her product liability claim against Colgate-Palmolive Company (Colgate), based on the
allegation that she developed mesothelioma from the use of Colgate’s Cashmere Bouquet
cosmetic talcum powder. In granting the motion, the trial court failed to comply with
Code of Civil Procedure section 437c, subdivisio ...
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State of Idaho v. Nicole Noel Thiel

Sand Point, ID - Jury Finds Teacher Not Guilty of Student Sexual Battery

The State of Idaho charged Nicole Noel Thiel, age 48, with sexual battery for having sex with a 16-year-old student. Defendant was accused of having sex with the student in late 2015 and early 2016,. ...
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State of Alabama v. Todd Henderson

Birmingham, AL - Jury Convicts District Attorney of Perjury

The State of Alabama charged Jefferson County District Attorney Todd Henderson first-degree perjury for lying about his relationship with a woman in a divorce case. ...
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State of West Virginia v. Anthony Reheem Arriage

Williamson, WV - Jury Convicts Defendant of Murder

The State of West Virginia charged Anthony Reheem Arriaga, age 22, with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of conspiracy in the death of Bennett "Ben" Hatfield.

Defendant apparently killed Hatfield, who was visiting his wife's grave when he was killed, to steal his SUV and sell it for parts. ...
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Cree Miller v. Sutter Sacrametno Sierra Region

Sacramento, CA - Jury Award's Plaintiff $8.4 Million But Damages Are Capped

The Family of Cree Miller sued Sutter Sacamento Sierra Region, a hospital, et al., claiming that its failure to report evidence of child abuse resulted in him sustaining injuries that left him paralyzed. ...
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United States of America v. Marquist Fulcher, a/k/a Keezie

Federal Courthouse - Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth, TX - Fort Worth Man Admits to Child Sex Trafficking

Marquist Fulcher, aka “Keezie,” 28, of Fort Worth, Texas, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Renee Harris Toliver, to one count of conspiracy to commit child sex trafficking.

Fulcher faces a maximum penalty of up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine. Fulcher will remain in custody pending sentencing which ...
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State of Idaho v. Jonathan Renfro

Coeur D'Alene, ID - Jury Convicts Man For Killing Police Officer

The State of Idaho charged Jonathan Renfro with first-degree murder for killing Sgr. Greg Moore in May of 2015. He was also charged with robbery, removing a firearm from a police officer and concealment of evidence.

Moore was on routine patrol when he was ambushed and killed by Renfro.

The defenses asserte ...
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United States of America v. Gerald Sloane Wallace

Eastern District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime for Making Telephonic Threat to Shoot Congregants at the Islamic Center of Greater Miami

The Justice Department announced that Gerald Wallace, 35, pleaded guilty to threatening to shoot members of a mosque in Miami Gardens, Florida. Wallace pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Florida to one count of obstructing the free exercise ...
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United States of America v. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi

United States District Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, IL - Suburban Chicago Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Attempting to Join Jabhat al-Nusrah in Syria

Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, 23, of Aurora, Illinois, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, and a lifetime of supervised release, for attempting to travel overseas to Syria to join Jabhat al-Nusrah, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Tounisi was arrested at O’Har ...
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Gisselle Morales-Simental, a Minor, etc. v. Genentech, Inc.

Plaintiffs and appellants Gisselle Morales-Simental, a minor, et al.1
appeal from
summary judgment granted in favor of defendant and respondent Genentech, Inc., one of
the defendants in this personal injury case. Morales-Simental alleges that she, with the
other named plaintiffs, suffered injuries and sustained damages as a result of the
negligence of d ...
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United States of America v. Antonia Rios

United States District Court for the Southern District of California - Santa Ana, California

Santa Ana, CA - Orange County CPA Pleads Guilty to Obstructing an IRS Investigation into Tax Returns Seeking Millions of Dollars in Tax Refunds

A certified public accountant who worked at a tax preparation firm in Irvine has pleaded guilty to federal charges resulting from her obstruction of a federal investigation into millions of dollars in tax refunds claimed in tax returns that were p ...
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Shelly Hahn v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Wal Mart Stores East, Inc. Wal Mart Stores East, L.P.

Tulsa, OK - Shelly Hahn v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Wal Mart Stores East, Inc. Wal Mart Stores East, L.P.

Filed Date: 07/07/2016
Party Name Disposition Information
Defendant: WAL MART STORES EAST INC Disposed: DISMISSED - SETTLED, 09/01/2017. Dismissed- Settled
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Kim Mikkelsen v. Public Utility District No. 1 of Kittitas County

Washington Supreme Court Building

The Public Utility District No. 1 of Kittitas County
(district) fired Kim Mikkelsen after 27 years of service. Mikkelsen sued the district,
alleging that, among other things, her dismissal violated the Washington Law Against
Discrimination (WLAD), RCW 49.60.180. Specifically, Mikkelsen claims that
Charles Ward, the general manager, exhibited a bias against women and older
emplo ...
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United States of America v. Jose Abelordo Guzman-Perez and Carmela Marvelle Lopez

Arizona District Federal Courthouse - Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, AZ - Two Marijuana Scouts with Weapons Sentenced to Prison

Jose Abelordo Guzman-Perez, 21, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins to 97 months in prison, followed by a term of three years of supervised release. Guzman-Perez had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and carrying a firearm d ...
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United States of America v. Christopher James Preston

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

In 2015, Christopher Preston was convicted on two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. He appeals, arguing that evidentiary errors and prosecutorial misconduct rendered his trial fundamentally unfair. We agree. There were a number of trial errors and, considering that evidence of guilt was not overwhelming, their cumulative effect prejudiced Preston. Accordingly, we REVERSE.
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State of Oklahoma v. Shannon James Kepler

Tulsa County Courthouse - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - At The End Of A Four Trial - Jury Convicts Ex-Cop of Manslaughter

The State of Oklahoma charged Shannon James Kepler, age 57, with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM11, MURDER - FIRST DEGREE, in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7
Date of Offense: 08/05/2014
Party Name Disposition Information
Count # 2. Count as Filed: SWIK, SHOOTING WI ...
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Erin Lucero v. G4S Secure Solutions, Inc., Direct TV, LLC

Issue # 1. Issue: ASSAULT & BATTERY (A&B)
Filed Date: 01/19/2016
Party Name Disposition Information
Defendant: DIRECT TV LLC Disposed: DISMISSED, 09/11/2017. Judge
Date Code Description Count Party Amount
01-19-2016 TEXT

1 ...
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John PD Doe v. San Diego-Imperial Council

Plaintiff John PD Doe was sexually abused by a Boy Scout master beginning in
1998 and continuing for a number of years at a ranch owned and operated by the
defendants, San Diego-Imperial Council and Boy Scouts of America (the defendants). In
2013, many years after the abuse and after Doe obtained psychological therapy, he filed
this action agains ...
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United States of America v. Elizabeth Jane Mulder, a/k/a Lizzie

United States District Court for the Southern District of California - Santa Ana, California

Santa Ana, CA - San Juan Capistrano Businesswoman Who Stole more than $1.5 Million from Clients Sentenced to over 5 Years in Federal Prison

The owner and operator of a financial services company that provided accounting, tax and bookkeeping services to small businesses was sentenced today to 63 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $1.5 million from her clients.

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United States of America v. David Daoud Wright, aka Dawud Sharif Abdul Khaliq, aka Dawud Sharif Abdul Khaliq

United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA Massachusetts Man Convicted of Supporting ISIS and Conspiring to Murder U.S. Citizens

David Daoud Wright, aka Dawud Sharif Abdul Khaliq, aka Dawud Sharif Abdul Khaliq, 28, of Everett, Massachusetts, was convicted of conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization; conspiracy to commit acts of te ...
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Nikola P. Vekic v. Dragutin Popich, Mary A. Popich and Helen Harris Popich

This case concerns a contractual dispute regarding which party is entitled to the proceeds from the BP oil spill settlement for damages to certain oyster leases. We disagree with the Court of Appeal and find that the trial court did not err in accepting evidence beyond the four corners of the contract at issue and did not manifestly err in its factual findings and ultimate interpretation that the ... More $0 (10-18-2017 - LA)

State of Louisiana v. Skylar Frank

Accordingly, we take this opportunity to make clear that the protections against double jeopardy mandated by the federal constitution, as restated in this state’s constitution, fall within the analytical framework set forth in Blockburger and Louisiana courts need only apply that framework in analyzing questions of double jeopardy. Because no double jeopardy violation is apparent here under Blockb ... More $0 (10-18-2017 - LA)

Philip Shelton v. Nancy Pavon

After reviewing the applicable law, we hold that La. Code Civ. Pro. art. 971(F)(1)(a), which states that “[a]ny written or oral statement or writing made before a legislative, executive, or judicial body” is an “[a]ct in furtherance of a person’s right of petition or free speech … in connection with a public issue,” must nonetheless satisfy the requirement of La. Code Civ. Pro. art. 971(A)(1), tha ... More $0 (10-18-2017 - LA)

Ron Warren v. Shelter Insurance Company

After reviewing the record and the applicable law in this case,
we find no reversible error in the trial court’s rulings;
however, we do find the award of punitive damages was excessive
and resulted in a violation of the defendant’s right to
constitutional due process. For the reasons expressed above, we
affirm the lower court’s judgment in part, amend the judgment to
award ...
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State of Louisiana v. Derrick A. Dotson

The state’s writ application was granted to consider whether the
court of appeal erred in reversing defendant’s conviction,
finding that the trial judge abused his discretion in denying a
challenge for cause of a prospective juror. During voir dire,
the prospective juror gave an equivocal answer as to whether she
could be impartial after indicating her mother had been the
v ...
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State of Louisiana v. Avery Julien

Having found the search in this case did not comply with the
requirements of Article 895(A)(13)(a), we further hold the search
constituted an unreasonable search and invasion of Mr. Julien’s
privacy under Article I, §5 of the Louisiana Constitution for the
same reasons assigned this day in State v. Brignac, 17-448 (La. -
-/--/17), -- So. 3d. --. Thus, the evidence is properly e ...
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State of Louisiana v. Kayla Brignac

La. C.Cr. P. art. 895(A)(13)(a) that a warrantless
search of a probationer’s residence be conducted by the probation
officer specifically assigned that probationer. The
determination of whether a probation officer is “assigned to” a
particular probationer is a factual finding to be made by the
district court. Based on the record in this case, we find no
error in the distric ...
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James Bailey and Shirley Bailey v. John Cooper

Tulsa, OK - James Bailey and Shirley Bailey v. John Cooper

Filed Date: 08/20/2015
Party Name Disposition Information
Defendant: COOPER, JOHN Disposed: DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE, 09/28/2017. Judge
Defendant: COOPER, JOHN
Date Code Description Count Party Amount
08-20- ...
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James Curtis Dickerson v. Abril Ramos Ngu and Kathryn Cloyde

Tulsa, OK - James Curtis Dickerson v. Abril Ramos Ngu and Kathryn Cloyde

Filed Date: 06/29/2015
Party Name Disposition Information
Defendant: CLOYDE, KATHRYN Disposed: DISMISSED - SETTLED, 09/27/2017. Dismissed- Settled
Defendant: NGU, ABRIL RAMOS Disposed: DISMISSED - SETTLED, 09/ ...
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United States of America v. Donald Thomas Perrin

District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

St. Paul, MN - Registered Sex Offender Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges On The Morning Of Trial

Donald Thomas Perrin, 57, a registered sex offender, to child pornography charges. PERRIN, who was charged in a criminal complaint on November 9, 2016, pleaded guilty before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright, moments before his jury trial was set to begin in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, ...
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United States of America v. Seng Xiong

Minneapolis, MN - Seng Xiong Sentenced To 87 Months In Prison For Defrauding Members Of The Hmong Community -
Judge ordered Seng Xiong to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution to victims

SENG XIONG, 49, to 87 months in prison for operating an affinity scheme targeting members of the Hmong community. XIONG, who was found guilty on January 26, 2017, following an eight-day jury tria ...
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United States of America v. Preston Ellard Forthun

District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN - Federal Jury Convicts Minneapolis Chiropractor On Fraud Charges - More than 20 additional defendants have been charged in connection with parallel no-fault insurance fraud schemes

PRESTON ELLARD FORTHUN, 39, on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud, and wire fraud. Co-defendants ABDISALAN ABDULAHAB HUSSEIN, 48, and CARLOS PATRICIO LUNA, 49, were also convicted for their role ...
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United States of America v. Angela Huskey

Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - DeSoto Woman Sentenced for Embezzling $1.6 Million from Grandview School District

Angela Huskey, was sentenced to 63 months in prison on mail fraud charges in connection with her embezzlement of approximately $1.6 million from the Grandview R-2 School District. She was ordered to pay $1,813,900.63 in restitution.

According to court documents, Huskey worked for Gra ...
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Maxwell O. Abuya v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III

Eighth Circuit Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Maxwell Onchonga Abuya, a citizen of Kenya, was admitted to the United
States in December 2005 as a nonimmigrant student. He married April Maldonado,
a United States citizen, in October 2006 and dropped out of school in 2007. In July
2007, Maldonado filed a Petition for Alien Relative, Form I-130, and Abuya filed an
Application to Adjust Status, Form I-485. In August 2012, the Depa ...
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George Melendez v. San Francisco Baseball Associates, LLC

Defendant San Francisco Baseball Associates LLC (the Giants)1
appeals from the
denial of its motion to compel arbitration of the wage and hour claims of plaintiff George
Plaintiff, a security guard employed by the Giants at AT&T Park, contends
that he and other security guards were employed “intermittingly” for specific job
assignments (baseball games or other ev ...
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Coletta Kim Benell v. The National Labor Relations Board and Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., Inc.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

The central issue on appeal is whether the National
Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or “Board”) properly
determined that a new standard for deferring to arbitral
decisions, which was developed by the Board in the
underlying case, should only be applied prospectively. As a
result of the prospective application of the new standard,
Petitioner Coletta Kim Beneli’s unfair lab ...
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United States v. Dylan Stone

Eighth Circuit Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Dylan W. Stone pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in
violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). The district court1 adopted the uncontested
1The Honorable Greg Kays, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the
Western District of Missouri.
calculations of Stone’s offense level and criminal history in the presentence report,
which resulted in an advisory S ...
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