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Leonid Goncharov v. UBER Technologies, Inc.

Plaintiffs Leonid Goncharov, Mohammed Eddine, Alan Freberg, Trevor Johnson,
Peter Kirby, and Jeremy Watt filed a putative class action lawsuit against Uber
Technologies, Inc. (Uber) for providing unlicensed transportation services that
appropriated passengers and income from licensed taxicab drivers. In the second
amended complaint (SAC), plaintiffs alleged Uber failed to comply wi... More...
   $0 (01-30-2018 - CA)

STATE OF OHIO v. MONICA L. FOWLER

The Ross County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Monica
Fowler with one count of possession of cocaine in violation of R.C. 2925.11, a first
degree felony.
{¶4} Through her appointed trial counsel, Fowler filed a motion to suppress “all
evidence obtained as a result of the unlawful and illegal warrantless arrest by the Ohio
State Highway Patrol.” Her motion raise... More...
   $0 (01-29-2018 - OH)

United States of America v. Ricky Olson Western District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Madison, Wisconsin

We do not know whether Ricky Olson entered a voluntary and intelligent guilty plea on September 9, 2016, because the district court never asked the right questions. Several weeks earlier, the court had granted Olson’s motion to withdraw his guilty plea and to proceed to trial. But matters did not rest there. Instead, on September 9 the district court brought the motion to withdraw the guilty
2... More...
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Toll Processing Services, LLC v. Kastalon, Inc. and Pastalon Polyurethane Products Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Toll Processing Services, LLC (“Toll Processing”) appeals from the district court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of Kastalon, Inc. and Kastalon
* The Honorable Pamela Pepper, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, sitting by designation.
2 No. 15-3187
Polyurethane Products (collectively, “Kastalon”) on Toll Processing’s conversion and negligence... More...
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Lisa Demaree v. Laura Pederson; Amy Van Ness District of Arizona Federal Courthouse - Phoenix, Arizona

As this court has stated repeatedly, families have a “wellelaborated
constitutional right to live together without
governmental interference.” Wallis v. Spencer, 202 F.3d
1126, 1136 (9th Cir. 2000); accord Kirkpatrick v. Cty. of
Washoe, 843 F.3d 784, 789 (9th Cir. 2016) (en banc); Burke
v. Cty. of Alameda, 586 F.3d 725, 731 (9th Cir. 2009); Rogers
v. Cty. of San Joaquin, 48... More...
   $0 (01-23-2018 - AZ)

STATE OF MONTANA v. DENNIS LEO SCHOWENGERDT Deer Lodge man gets life for wife's murder

The initial facts of the case are undisputed: On December 8, 2012, Schowengerdt
killed his wife, Tina Schowengerdt, by repeatedly stabbing her in their home near Deer
Lodge. The following morning, Schowengerdt drove to the police station in Deer Lodge
and, in a recorded statement, told officers that last night he, “killed that son of a bitch [he]
was living with. So arrest me... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - WY)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY v. JAZIR GORDON

After his motion to suppress physical evidence was denied
without an evidentiary hearing, defendant Jazir Gordon proceeded
to trial and was found guilty by a jury of third-degree possession
of heroin, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1); second-degree unlawful
possession of a handgun, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b; fourth-degree
possession of a defaced firearm, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3d; fourth-degree
... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - NJ)

Terry T. Watson v. State of Missouri

Mr. Watson was convicted of first-degree robbery, resisting arrest, and
second-degree trafficking. He was sentenced to concurrent terms of imprisonment, the
longest of which was 18 years. The convictions and sentences were affirmed on appeal,
and on February 11, 2013, Mr. Watson filed a timely pro se motion for postconviction relief
under Rule 29.15. The motion alleged Mr. Wa... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - MO)

David E. Miller v. Tony Mays, Warden Eastern District of Tennessee - Federal Courthouse - Knoxville, Tennessee

David Miller was convicted and sentenced to
death for the 1981 murder of Lee Standifer. His sentence was upheld by the Tennessee Supreme
Court and we affirmed the dismissal of his § 2254 habeas petition. Seeking to revisit his
ineffective-assistance-of-trial-counsel (IATC) claim in light of Martinez v. Ryan, 566 U.S. 1
(2012), and Trevino v. Thaler, 569 U.S. 413 (2013), Miller now ... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TN)

United States of America v. Paul Suarez Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas

A jury convicted Paul Suarez for his involvement in a drug trafficking
conspiracy and for firearms offenses. Suarez appeals contending that the
convictions were not supported by sufficient evidence. He also asserts that the
district court erred in imposing a 120-month (ten year) mandatory minimum
prison sentence for possession of a sawed-off shotgun in furtherance of a drug
tra... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

State of Wisconsin v. Michael L. Washington Wisconsin Supreme Court

The petitioner, Michael L. Washington ("Washington"), seeks review of a published court of
appeals decision affirming his judgment of conviction and the
circuit court's order denying his postconviction motion.1 He
asserts that the court of appeals erred in determining that, by his conduct, he waived his statutory right to be present at trial.

Washington specifically cont... More...
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Commodores Entertainment Corporation v. Thomas McClary and Fifth Avenue Entertainment, LLC Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

In this common-law trademark case, Thomas McClary appeals from an order granting judgment as a matter of law to Commodores Entertainment Corporation (CEC) and converting a preliminary injunction into a permanent one against McClary and his corporation, Fifth Avenue Entertainment, LLC. The dispute concerned ownership of the mark “The Commodores,” the name of a famous Grammy Award–winning rhythm and... More...   $0 (01-09-2018 - FL)

STATE OF NEW MEXICO v. JOSHUA MAESTAS New Mexico Supreme Court

Following the altercation with Defendant, Barela received treatment for a
10 concussion at Presbyterian Medical Center and her doctor reported a domestic
11 incident to the police. While at the hospital, Deputy Metzgar of the Bernalillo County
12 Sheriff’s Department recorded his interview with Barela, who alleged that on
13 December 2, 2009, Defendant had physically abused her a... More...
   $0 (01-09-2018 - NM)

STATE OF OHIO - vs - CHAD A. MURRAY

On July 8, 2016, appellant was indicted for possession of heroin, a felony
of the fourth degree with a forfeiture specification – contraband (heroin). Appellant pled
not guilty. Subsequently, he filed a motion to suppress evidence, and the trial court held
a suppression hearing.
{¶3} The evidence revealed that on May 20, 2016, at about 10:00 a.m., Mentor
Police Officer B... More...
   $0 (01-04-2018 - OH)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. BRAYAN GOMEZ United States Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit

In March 2014, Hartford police detective James Campbell and 10
Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) special agent Michael 11
Schatz––members of a DEA task force––were investigating a large‐12
scale  heroin‐trafficking  organization  operating  out  of  Hartford.
Based  on  information  from  a  wiretap  and  cooperating  sources, 1
Campbell and Schatz suspect... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JAMES PATTERSON Brockton man sentenced to 10 years for bank robbery spree

The following facts relevant to the issues on appeal are
not in dispute. In the spring and summer of 2014, five banks in
the Boston area were robbed. In each incident, witnesses reported
to law enforcement that the perpetrator covered his face, wore
dark sunglasses and plastic gloves, and made verbal demands for
cash. By the fifth robbery, local law enforcement agents a... More...
   $0 (12-30-2017 - MA)

In the Interest of E. C. A. and A. A. G., children v. Department of Family and Protective Services

In this accelerated appeal, appellant, J.I.A. (“Mother”), challenges the trial court’s decree terminating her parental rights to her minor children, E.C.A. and A.A.G. In six issues, Mother argues that the evidence was legally and factually insufficient to support (1) the termination of her rights under Texas Family Code section 161.001(b)(1)(D); (2) the termination of her rights under Texas Family... More...   $0 (12-28-2017 - TX)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JAMES MICHAEL WELLS United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Wells’ convictions arise out of the deaths of Richard W. Belisle and James A. Hopkins, federal employees and Wells’ co-workers at the United States Coast Guard (“USCG”) antenna maintenance facility, located at the USCG Communication Station (“COMMSTA”) on Kodiak Island, Alaska. COMMSTA consists of two main buildings: a large operations center, known as T1; and the antenna maintenance facility, or ... More...   $0 (12-21-2017 - AK)

United States of America v. James Michael Wells District of Alaska Federal Courthouse - Anchorage, Alaska

Defendant-Appellant James Michael Wells (“Wells”) appeals from his jury trial convictions for two counts of First Degree Murder, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1111(a), (b); two counts of Murder of a Federal Employee, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1114, 1111; and two counts of Use of a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence Resulting in Death, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924 (c), (j). Wells was se... More...   $0 (12-20-2017 - AK)

Rmg Worldwide, L.L.C., et Ano, vs. Pierce County Washington Court of Appeals, Division 1 - Tacoma, Washington

RMG Worldwide LLC (RMG) appeals two land use decisions of the
Pierce County hearing examiner. In the first decision, the examiner found that RMG
could not subdivide its existing golf course for residential development under the
General Use zoning that was in effect in 1990, and that RMG must instead submit
applications consistent with the current development regulations. In the sec... More...
   $0 (12-18-2017 - WA)

Joseph Frank Tooker v. The State of Texas

During a traffic stop, Tooker was arrested after methamphetamine was discovered
by the investigating officers. Following the arrest, a trial was held in which the State called several
witnesses to the stand, including Chelsa Hazle, who was Tooker’s girlfriend at the time of the
incident, and Officer Morua, who initiated the traffic stop, and Tooker elected to take the stand and
te... More...
   $0 (12-17-2017 - TX)

In the Interest of L. D. child v. Department of Family and Protective Services

These appeals arise from a decree terminating the parental rights of both a mother and a father to their biological child, L.D. Both parents contend that the evidence was insufficient to support the trial court’s decree. The father additionally asserts that the evidence was insufficient to support the appointment of the
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Department of Family and Protective Services, rather than the child’... More...
   $0 (12-14-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. James Patterson District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

James Patterson appeals his
federal convictions, and resulting sentence, for five counts of
bank robbery in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113(a). He argues that
his convictions must be vacated because the District Court erred
in denying his motions for (1) a hearing pursuant to Franks v.
Delaware, 438 U.S. 154 (1978), regarding warrants that were issued
to install Global Positi... More...
   $0 (12-13-2017 - MA)

John Barna v. Board of School Directors of the Panther Valley School District Middle District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Scranton, Pennsylvania

Plaintiff John Barna filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging that the Panther Valley School Board (“School Board” or “Board”) and several of its officials violated his First Amendment rights by categorically banning him from
attending Board meetings after he was threatening and disruptive on several occasions. The Board and the individual officials moved for summary judgment. The Distr... More...
   $0 (12-13-2017 - PA)

Joan Mullin v. Karen Balicki Despite Lawyer's Error, Evidence of Guard-Encouraged Inmate Suicide Revives Lawsuit

During the early morning hours of January 17, 2009, New Jersey prisoner Robert Mullin hanged himself with a bedsheet that he had fashioned into a noose. The twentynine-year-old Robert had been in and out of prison for the better part of a decade, in part due to his ongoing struggles with substance abuse. While serving out his latest sentence at a halfway house, Robert was found in possession of ... More...   $0 (12-03-2017 - NJ)

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