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United States of America v. Carrie Godfrey Federal Courthouse - Pierre, South Dakota

Pierre, SD - Former Tribal Executive Sentenced to Federal Prison for Embezzlement

Defendants Prosecuted as Part of The Guardians Project, a Federal Law Enforcement Initiative to Combat Corruption, Fraud, and Abuse in South Dakota

A former executive board member of the Big Coulee District of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe was sentenced in federal court on August 17, 2017, to 10... More...
   $0 (08-20-2017 - SD)

Belinda Skulason v. California Bureau of Real Estate

Belinda Skulason, a real estate salesperson, brought this action against the
California Bureau of Real Estate (Bureau) alleging that it wrongfully refused to remove
from its public website a document revealing that she had been convicted of three
misdemeanors. She asserted that the Bureau was required to remove the document
because the convictions, while valid when entered, were ev... More...
   $0 (08-20-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Roy Edward Ates, Jr. and Chad Ryan Smith

Austin, TX - Two Aryan Brotherhood Members Sentenced to Federal Prison for 2016 Burleson County Carjacking

In Austin today, a federal judge sentenced Aryan Brotherhood members Roy Ates, Jr., and Chad Ryan Smith, to 180 months and 160 months in federal prison, respectively, for their roles in a 2016 Burleson County (TX) carjacking that resulted in the serious bodily injury to the owner of ... More...
   $0 (08-19-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Alex Villarreal Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Another Albuquerque Resident Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges Arising Out of ATF-Led Operation Targeting Drug Trafficking and Firearms Crime in Bernalillo County

71 of 104 Federal Defendants Charged as the Result of ATF-Led Investigation Pursued in Support of Federal “Worst of the Worst” Anti-Violence Initiative have Pleaded Guilty

In Aug. 2016, a multi-agency... More...
   $0 (08-18-2017 - NM)

Dennis Ponte v. County of Calaveras

Plaintiff Dennis Ponte is asking defendant County of Calaveras (County) to pay
him over $150,000 to reimburse him for work purportedly performed on the County’s
behalf pursuant to an oral contract. The contract did not contain any fixed payment, and
no bid was submitted--far less approved--pursuant to relevant county ordinances
governing public contracts. Ponte disregarded opportun... More...
   $0 (08-18-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Regina Fran Webb

Tulsa, OK - Convicted Felon Who Failed To Report To Prison Pleads Guilty

The United States of America charged Regina Fran Webb with: Failure to Surrender for Service of Sentence in violation of 18 USC 3146, which provides:

§3146. Protection of certain files of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence
(a) Inapplicability of FOIA to exempted operational files provi... More...
   $0 (08-17-2017 - OK)

United States of America v. Calvin Fields Federal Courthouse - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, TN - Crockett County Deputy Sentenced in West Tennessee on Federal Drug Trafficking Violations

A former Crockett County Sheriff’s Deputy has been sentenced to 87 months in federal prison on August 9, 2017 on cocaine trafficking and firearms charges.

According to the indictment, on February 13, 2017, Calvin Fields aided and abetted others in the distribution of a mixture... More...
   $0 (08-17-2017 - TN)

Venita Hollins v. Regency Corporation and Hayes Baton

Regency Corporation operated forprofit
cosmetology schools in 20 states. Each Regency Beauty
Institute offered both classroom instruction and practical
instruction in a “Regency Salon,” where members of the
public could receive cosmetology services at low prices.
Venitia Hollins was a Regency student, first at its Merrillville,
2 No. 15‐3607
Indiana, location, and... More...
   $0 (08-17-2017 - IL)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Union Pacific Railroad Company

Union Pacific Railroad challenges
the legal authority of the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission to continue an enforcement action after issuing
a right to sue letter and subsequent resolution of the underlying
charges of discrimination in a private lawsuit. The EEOC
petitioned the district court to enforce its subpoena for Union
Pacific’s employment records related to ... More...
   $0 (08-17-2017 - WI)

United States of America v. Dorothy D. Barney Federal Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK - Dallas Woman Pleads Guilty to Disaster Fraud after May 2013 Moore Tornado

Dorothy D. Barney, 58, of Dallas, Texas, pled guilty on August 11, 2017 before United States District Court Judge Stephen P. Friot to disaster fraud for her claim for federal assistance after the May 2013 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

A devastating tornado hit Moore on May 20, 2013. Later... More...
   $0 (08-17-2017 - OK)

United States of America v. Oliver Schmidt Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, MI - Volkswagen Senior Manager Pleads Guilty in Connection with Conspiracy to Cheat U.S. Emissions Tests

The former general manager of Volkswagen AG’s (VW) U.S. Environment and Engineering Office, who was a senior aide to VW’s head of engine development, pleaded guilty on August 4, 2017 for his role in violating the Clean Air Act in connection with VW’s sales of “clean diesel” ve... More...
   $0 (08-16-2017 - MI)

Ponani Sukumar v. City of San Diego

Litigation under the Public Records Act (PRA) (Gov. Code,1 § 6250 et seq.) is
one of the rare instances where a losing party may still be deemed a prevailing party
entitled to an attorney fee award. This is because the plaintiff has prevailed within the
meaning of the PRA when he or she files an action that "results in defendant releasing a
copy of a previously withheld document." ... More...
   $0 (08-15-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Victor Alvarado Federal Courthouse - Concord, New Hampshire

Concord, NH - Two Sentenced for Crack Distribution and Firearms Offenses

Victor Alvarado, 29, was sentenced to 64 months in prison and Brandin Melendez, 33, was sentenced to 48 months in prison for conspiring to distribute cocaine base, or “crack,” in Manchester in 2016 and for firearms crimes.

According to court documents and statements made at the sentencing hearing, on several... More...
   $0 (08-15-2017 - NH)

Surfinder Foundation v. Martins Beach 1, LLC

Nestled in a cove, sheltered on the north and south by high cliffs, Martins Beach
lacks lateral land access.
1
The only practical route to Martins Beach is down a road,
known as Martins Beach Road, that leads from Highway 1 in San Mateo County to the
beach.
Appellants are two LLCs, Martins Beach 1, LLC and Martins Beach 2, LLC, that
purchased Martins Beach and adjacent ... More...
   $0 (08-14-2017 - CA)

Energy Insurance Mutual Limited v. Ace American Insurance Company

This insurance coverage dispute arises from a massive explosion that occurred
when an unmarked petroleum pipeline was struck by an excavator. Numerous lawsuits
were filed against a range of defendants, including the pipeline owner and the staffing
agency providing personnel to the pipeline. After settling the lawsuits against the
pipeline owner, an excess insurer for the pipeline s... More...
   $0 (08-12-2017 - CA)

The Housing Authority of the City of Pitcher, Oklahoma v. United States of America

In this interpleader action, the Board of County Commissioners of the County
of Ottawa, Oklahoma (the County) appeals the district court’s entry of summary
judgment to the United States, on behalf of the Secretary of the Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Exercising jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C.
§ 1291, we affirm.
I. BACKGROUND
In the 1960s, the Housing Autho... More...
   $0 (08-11-2017 - OK)

United States of America v. Jesus Deniz Mendoza Federal Courthouse - Billings, Montana

Billings, MT - Wyoming Man is Sentenced to Life in Prison for the Murder and Assault of Crow Residents

Jesus Deniz Mendoza, 20, of Worland, Wyoming, was sentenced on August 10, 2017 to life in prison in Billings federal court after pleading guilty to a superseding information charging him with two counts of second-degree murder, assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a dangero... More...
   $0 (08-10-2017 - MT)

City of Abilene v. Chad Carter

n this interlocutory appeal, the City of Abilene appeals the trial court’s denial
of its plea to the jurisdiction to Chad Carter’s suit against the City. Carter brought
suit under the Texas Whistleblower Act. In its first issue, the City asserts that the
trial court erred by denying its plea to the jurisdiction. The City contends in its
second issue that the trial court... More...
   $0 (08-10-2017 - TX)

Debra Herron v. D&S Community Services

Following two failed efforts to serve her former employer, D&S Community Services (D&S), with a wrongful termination and retaliatory discharge lawsuit, Debra Herron was successful in serving D&S with process 246 days after she received notice from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) of her right to file a lawsuit. D&S answered the lawsuit, and it affirmatively alleged that the statu... More...   $0 (08-10-2017 - TX)

In the Interest of M.R., a Child

Appellant L.S. (Mother) appeals the trial court’s termination of her parentchild
relationship with her son M.R. In two issues, she contends that (1) the trial
court committed fundamental error by not providing statutorily-required warnings
(“statutory warnings”) at the status and permanency hearings and (2) the
evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support the trial cou... More...
   $0 (08-10-2017 - TX)

City of Bedford, Texas v. Apartment Association of Tarrant County, Inc.

The Apartment Association of Tarrant County, Inc. is a trade association
whose members include multifamily-property owners in Bedford, Texas. In this
suit, the Association is representing and advocating for its members’ interests by
seeking to protect them from what it alleges are excessive fees, too-frequent
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
2
inspections, and unlawful taxes impo... More...
   $0 (08-10-2017 - TX)

PGA West Residential Association, Inc. v. Hulven International, Inc.

In its lawsuit against Hulven International, Inc. (Hulven) and various other
defendants, PGA West Residential Association, Inc. (PGA West) alleged defendant
Dempsey Mork1 tried to fraudulently insulate the equity in his condominium from
creditors by naming Hulven, a sham corporation entirely owned and controlled by Mork,
as the beneficiary of a deed of trust and note, and by later ... More...
   $0 (08-10-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Cassell Anthony Kuoh a/b/a "Tim Borrol" Federal Courthouse - Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, NC - Liberian National Sentenced To Prison In Connection With $9.5 Million Investment Scheme Of Gold And Diamonds

Cassell Anthony Kuoh, a/k/a “Tim Borrol,” was sentenced on August 4, 2017 to 87 months in prison in connection with an investment fraud scheme involving gold and diamonds, that defrauded victims of more than $9.5 million. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. p... More...
   $0 (08-09-2017 - NC)

Melony Light v. California Department of Parks and Recreation

* Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 8.1110, this opinion is certified for
publication with the exception of parts III and V.

Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General, Chris A. Knudsen, Assistant Attorney
General, Christine Mersten and Jodi L. Cleesattle, Deputy Attorneys General, for
Defendant and Respondent California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Plaintiff Melo... More...
   $0 (08-09-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Brian S. Browder Second Circuit Court of Appeals - New York, New York

Defendant‐appellant Brian S. Browder—having been convicted
of possessing digital images and videos of child pornography, and
having served the incarcerary portion of his sentence—appeals from
an order finding him in violation of two conditions of his supervised
release. The District Court (Lawrence J. Vilardo, Judge) found that
Browder had violated two special conditions,... More...
   $0 (08-08-2017 - NY)

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