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Ralph Hanvey v. Peter Romero District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Baltimore, Maryland

Appellee Peter Romero filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition after he was found liable for $1.275 million to the victims of a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. Appellant Ralph Janvey, the receiver in the Ponzi scheme litigation, moved to dismiss Romero’s bankruptcy petition for cause under 11 U.S.C. § 707(a). The bankruptcy court denied the motion, and the district court affirmed the bankruptcy cou... More...   $0 (02-24-2018 - MD)

United States of America v. Brett Gessay District of New Hampshire Federal Courthouse - Concord, New Hampshire

Concord, NY - Exeter Man Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements to Obtain Social Security Benefits

Brett Gessay, 55, of Exeter, pleaded guilty in federal court to making a false statement in order to obtain Social Security benefits, announced Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley.

According to public records in the case, Gessay began receiving Social Security... More...
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United States of America v. O. Joseph Boeckmann Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

Little Rock, RA - Former Arkansas State Judge Sentenced to Prison for Dismissing Cases in Exchange for Personal Benefits and Tampering With a Witness

A former Arkansas state judge was sentenced to five years in prison for perpetrating a seven-year-long fraud and bribery scheme in which he dismissed pending cases in exchange for personal benefits, including sexually related conduct, and th... More...
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James Ellis; William Perry v. Fidelity Management Trust Company

Plaintiffs James Ellis and
William Perry brought this certified class action under the
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA"),
alleging that Fidelity Management Trust Company, the fiduciary for
a fund in which plaintiffs had invested, breached its duties of
loyalty and prudence in managing the fund. Fidelity won summary
judgment and plaintiffs appealed. B... More...
   $0 (02-22-2018 - MA)

United States of America v. Stanley Raass Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

Salt Lake City, UT - Utah Resident Pleads Guilty To Devising Scheme To Obtain Construction Contracts Set Aside For Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses

A Utah man pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering in federal court on February 16, 2018 for his role in a fraud scheme he devised to obtain government construction contracts set aside for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Busi... More...
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State of Washington v. Oscar Raul Lopez Washington Supreme Court Building

The trial court found that Oscar Lopez's lawyer
was "fairly obvious[ly]" "severely handicapped" by depression during the pretrial
and trial phases of Lopez's case.' That finding was supported by the trial court's
own observations of defense counsel's performance—and sometimes failure to show
up—at trial. That finding was also supported by declarations and testimony
presented at... More...
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Qwinstar Corporation v. Curtis Anthony District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Qwinstar Corporation and Pro Logistics, LLC, engaged in negotiations that
culminated with Qwinstar agreeing to purchase Pro Logistics and employ its
owner—Curtis Anthony2—for a term of five years. A few months after the sale,
Qwinstar terminated Anthony’s employment and filed this lawsuit against him,
alleging that it did not receive the inventory it bargained for in the sale. Anth... More...
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Alejandro Moreno v. Nancy Berryhill Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Alejandro Moreno appeals the order of the
district court upholding the Social Security Administration’s
denial of his applications for Supplemental Security Income
and Disability Insurance Benefits. Mr. Moreno contends that,
among other shortcomings in the Administrative Law Judge’s
(“ALJ”) determination, he improperly relied on an outdated
mental-health assessment and fail... More...
   $0 (02-16-2018 - IL)

Maranda Lynn O'Donnell v. Harris County, Texas, et al. Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Maranda ODonnell and other plaintiffs (collectively, “ODonnell”) brought a class action suit against Harris County, Texas, and a number of its officials—including County Judges,1 Hearing Officers, and the Sheriff (collectively, the “County”)—under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. ODonnell alleged the County’s system of setting bail for indigent misdemeanor arrestees violated Texas statutory and constitutional la... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

Jon R. Deutsch v. Annis Enterprises, Inc. Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Austin, Texas

This is a companion case to Deutsch v. Travis County Shoe Hospital, Inc., No. 16-51431, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 2647 (5th Cir. Feb. 2, 2018) (per curiam) (unpublished). Here, as there, Jon Deutsch appeals the dismissal, for want of Article III standing, of his claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). And here, as there, Deutsch appeals (1) the contempt order of the magistrate judge (... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

E.W. v. Rosemary Dolgos and WICOMICO County Sheriff's Department District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Baltimore, Maryland

This matter involves a school resource officer’s decision to handcuff a calm, compliant elementary school student for fighting with another student three days prior. The child brought a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for excessive use of force in violation of the Fourth Amendment and several state law claims. On a motion for summary judgment, the district court concluded that the officer’s conduct d... More...   $0 (02-14-2018 - MD)

United States of America v. Ahmad Khan Rahimi, aka, Ahmad Rahami Southern District of New York - New York, New York

New York, NY - Chelsea Bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi Sentenced to Life in Prison for Executing September 2016 Bombing and Attempted Bombing in New York City

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, aka, Ahmad Rahami, 30, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was sentenced to life in prison for his execution and attempted execution of bombings in New York City on Sept. 17, 2016.

“Today our legal system delivered on i... More...
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Mariusz Bogdanski v. Daman Budzik v. Fedex Ground Package System, Inc. Union County Courthouse - Niobara, Wyoming

[¶1] Mariusz Bogdanski and Damian Budzik were codrivers of a commercial semitruck
that was involved in an accident on Interstate 80 east of Evanston, Wyoming.
Bogdanski was injured in the accident and filed an action against Budzik, alleging that
his negligence caused the accident. He also sued FedEx Ground Package System, Inc.
(FedEx), the company whose trailers they were hauling,... More...
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S.H. v. Campbell County School District, et al. Albany County Courthouse - Laramie, Wyoming

[¶1] SH received special education services at the Campbell County School District (School District) in accordance with an Individual Education Plan (IEP), pursuant to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. She was injured when she slipped and fell on the school playground, and she filed a complaint against the School District to recover damages for her injuries. SH claimed that ... More...   $0 (02-13-2018 - WY)

Moira E. Teixeira v. Town of Coventry District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

The McDonnell Douglas framework,
see McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, 411 U.S. 792, 802-804 (1973),
has proven to be a useful tool in the adjudication of pretrial
motions (especially at the summary judgment stage) in
discrimination and retaliation cases. See, e.g., Burns v. Johnson,
829 F.3d 1, 8 (1st Cir. 2016) (discrimination); Henry v. United
Bank, 686 F.3d 50, 55 (1st ... More...
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Alejandro Menocal, et al. v. National Advocacy Center of The Sisters of the Good Shepherd, et al. District of Colorado Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

This appeal addresses whether immigration detainees housed in a private contract
detention facility in Aurora, Colorado (the “Aurora Facility”) may bring claims as a class
under (1) 18 U.S.C. § 1589, a provision of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (the
“TVPA”) that prohibits forced labor; and (2) Colorado unjust enrichment law.
The GEO Group, Inc. (“GEO”) owns and operates th... More...
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Larry Gene Burks v. Wendy Kelley, Director, Arkansas Department of Corrections Easter District of Arkansas Federal Courthouse - Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Larry Burks was convicted of rape in Arkansas and sentenced to thirty years in
prison. When Burks, more than five years later, petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus
under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, there was a dispute about whether the petition was timely.
The district court determined that the one-year statute of limitations should be
equitably tolled and deemed Burks’s petition timely. T... More...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - AR)

United States of America v. Joshua Van Haften Western District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Madison, Wisconsin

Joshua Van Haften is a Wisconsin native
who was caught travelling to Turkey in an attempt to join
ISIS, a designated terrorist organization. In some ways,
Van Haften fits the typical profile of a terrorist: he believes
that ISIS is fighting a holy war against America—a war that
will culminate in the establishment of a global caliphate. But
this view is just one strand in a ... More...
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United States of America v. Cynthia Fletcher, et al. v. State of Mississippi and Simpson County School District Southern District of Mississippi - Federal Courthouse - Jackson, Mississippi

Since 1970, the Simpson County School District (“the District”) has been under a consent decree to monitor the District’s efforts to desegregate its school system. Students attending District schools (“the Intervenors”) intervened in the litigation in 1982, contending that the District had not properly complied with the consent decree. In 2015, the District moved for a finding of unitary status in... More...   $0 (02-06-2018 - MS)

Amy Thomas v. Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Securty Federal Courthouse Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock, Arkansas

Amy Thomas was thirty-four years old, the mother of a four-year-old son, and
in the process of divorcing her second husband. A high-school graduate, she lived on
her own, cared for herself and her indoor dog and cat, tended her home, managed her
finances, and led a more-or-less independent life. She had custody of her son every
other week and would care and provide for him as well,... More...
   $0 (02-05-2018 - AR)

United States of America v. Nathaniel Itimi, Lewis Akpomofune, Richard Omoh Okiki Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Austin, Texas

Austin, TX - Seven Sentenced in Money Laundering Scheme Involving Proceeds from Multiple Foreign Scams that Targeted U.S. Victims

One Additional Extradited Co-conspirator Pleaded Guilty in Federal Court Yesterday in Austin

In Austin on February 2, 2018, a federal judge sentenced two Nigerian citizens and a Houston man to federal prison for their roles in a money laundering conspi... More...
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A.H. v. Illinois High School Association Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

A.H., a senior at Evanston Township
High School, is a member of the school’s track and field team
despite his physical limitations from spastic quadriplegia
related to cerebral palsy. During his junior year, he requested
that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) create a
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separate division with different time standards for paraambulatory
runner... More...
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United States of America v. Sean Jelen Middle District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Scranton, Pennsylvania

Scranton, NJ - Former CEO Of Scranton Federal Credit Union Sentenced To 70 Months’ Imprisonment

United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion sentenced Sean Jelen, age 35, of Breezy Point, NY, to 70 months’ imprisonment and four years of supervised release on January 31, 2018, for bank fraud and attempted bank fraud offenses.

According to United States Attorney David J. F... More...
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Lori Franchina v. City of Providence District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

Sticks and stones may break
some bones, but harassment can hurt forever. "Cunt," "bitch,"
"lesbo": all are but a smattering of the vile verbal assaults the
plaintiff in this gender discrimination case, Lori Franchina, a
former lieutenant firefighter, was regularly subjected to by
members of the Providence Fire Department ("the Department"). She
was also spit on, shoved, and... More...
   $0 (02-01-2018 - RI)

Karl Allred v. Eli D. Bebout, et al. Laramie County Courthouse - Cheyenne, Wyoming

[¶1] Two Wyoming citizens sought to challenge legislation that authorized two
construction projects while maintaining a degree of legislative control which the citizens
contend violate the Wyoming Constitution. They also alleged a pattern of letting state
contracts without competitive bidding or required safeguards, contrary to the Wyoming
Constitution and laws. They sought to amen... More...
   $0 (01-30-2018 - WY)

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