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Ronald Kelly v. Maxium Speciality Insurance Group

This case presents a situation familiar to our district courts. Two related lawsuits are pending — one each in state and federal court. The state action seeks to determine a defendant’s liability for an alleged harm, and the federal action seeks only a declaratory judgment on an insurer’s obligation to defend and indemnify the defendant. The District Court here exercised its discretion to abstain ... More...   $0 (08-21-2017 - PA)

United States of America v. David Brian Binder Federal Courthouse - El Paso, Texas

El Paso, TX - Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to Federal Prison in Multi-Million-Dollar Pyramid Scheme

In El Paso on July 27, 2017, a federal judge sentenced 61-year-old David Brian Binder of Pittsburg, PA, to 30 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in a Ponzi scheme that resulted in an estimated $14 million loss announced United States Attorney R... More...
   $0 (08-13-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Douglas Ferrell Federal Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, MO - Former CFO Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $6.5 Million from KC Company

The former chief financial officer of a Kansas City, Mo., company pleaded guilty in federal court on August 2, 2017 to embezzling more than $6.5 million from his employer.

Douglas Ferrell, 34, of Kansas City, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian C.... More...
   $0 (08-06-2017 - MO)

Alfonso Ayala v. Randy Dawson

After living for more than a dozen years in a residential unit he claimed he owned,
Alfonso Ayala was evicted by the property owner, Randy Dawson, in an unlawful
detainer action. Ayala defended by attempting to quash service of summons on the
ground he was not a tenant, but instead held equitable title under an oral installment sale
contract for the purchase of property. Dawson cou... More...
   $0 (08-05-2017 - CA)

Lon Smith & Associates, Inc. and A-1 Systems, Inc., d/b/a Lon Smith Roofing and Construction v. Joe Key and Stacci Key

This is an interlocutory appeal from an order certifying a class action.1
Appellants Lon Smith & Associates, Inc. and A-1 Systems, Inc., d/b/a Lon Smith
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See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. § 51.014(a)(3) (West Supp. 2016).
Roofing and Construction2 raise five issues claiming that the trial court erred by
certifying a class because various class-certificati... More...
   $0 (08-03-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. David Brian Binder Federal Courthouse - El Paso, Texas

Philadelphia, PA - Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to Federal Prison in Multi-Million-Dollar Pyramid Scheme

In El Paso on July 27, 2017, a federal judge sentenced 61-year-old David Brian Binder of Pittsburg, PA, to 30 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in a Ponzi scheme that resulted in an estimated $14 million loss.

In addition to the ... More...
   $503027 (08-03-2017 - TX)

Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee, ets., v. Alan Pyle

In OC Interior Services, LLC v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC (2017) 7 Cal.App.5th
1318 (review den. May 10, 2017) (OC Interior) another panel of this court concluded that
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a void judgment does not pass title free of the lien purportedly cancelled by the void
judgment; rather, "a void judgment in the chain of title has the effect of nullifying a
subsequent transfer, including a tr... More...
   $0 (07-14-2017 - CA)

Liliana Espejo et al. v. The Copley Press, Inc.

Defendant The Copley Press, Inc., owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune
newspaper (collectively UT), appeals from a second amended and restated judgment (the
judgment) after a court trial in this class action brought by and on behalf of persons
whom UT formerly engaged as newspaper home delivery carriers (plaintiffs or carriers).
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The main issue at trial was whether the carrie... More...
   $0 (07-09-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Gerald Cocuzzo

Brooklyn, NY - Registered Broker Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison For Securities Fraud In A $131 Million Market Manipulation Scheme

Defendant Profited By Selling To Investors Worthless Stock Of A Company That Purported To Be A Worldwide Distributor And Provider Of LED Lighting Products

Gerald Cocuzzo, a registered broker, was sentenced on July 7, 2017 to 18 months in prison after... More...
   $0 (07-07-2017 - NY)

United States of America v. Edward Pennings Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - Former State Street Corporation Executive Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Defraud Clients Through Secret Trading Commissions

A former executive of Boston-based State Street Corporation pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud at least six of the bank’s clients through secret commissions applied to billions of dollars of securities trades.

Edward Pennings, 46, of Surrey, ... More...
   $0 (06-29-2017 - MA)

Bombardier Aerospace Corporation v. SPEP Aircraft Holdings, LLC, et al.

Appellees SPEP Aircraft Holdings, LLC (SPEP), PE 300 Leasing, LLC (PE 300),
Saracen Pure Energy Partners, LP (Saracen), Crane Capital Group, Inc. (Crane Capital), James
R. Crane (Crane), Floridian Golf Resort, LLC (Floridian Golf Resort), Champion Energy
Marketing LLC (Champion Energy), and Crane Worldwide Logistics, LLC (Crane Worldwide)
sued appellant Bombardier Aerospace Corpora... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - tx)

Lindemann Properties, LTD. v. Ward A. Campbell

Appellant Lindemann Properties, Ltd. filed a motion for rehearing and a motion for en banc reconsideration of our opinion that issued on December 8, 2016. We deny both motions, withdraw our opinion and judgment dated December 8, 2016, and substitute the following.
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I. INTRODUCTION
Lindemann sued Appellee Ward A. Campbell for a declaration that Campbell’s radio-transmission-tower easem... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Malcolm Harris Federal Courthouse - New York, New York

New York, NY - Middleman Pleads Guilty in Foreign Bribery and Fraud Scheme Involving Potential $800 Million International Real Estate Deal

Defendant Double-Crossed His Clients and Stole a $500,000 Bribe Intended to Influence a South Korean Company’s Sale of the Landmark 72 Building in Hanoi, Vietnam

The middleman in a foreign bribery scheme pleaded today to wire fraud and money l... More...
   $0 (06-22-2017 - NY)

United States of America v. Stefan Lumiere Federal Courthouse - New York, New York

New York, NY - Former Visium Portfolio Manager Stefan Lumiere Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison Following Conviction At Trial For Securities Mismarking Scheme

Stefan Lumiere, a former portfolio manager at Visium Asset Management, L.P. (“Visium”), was sentenced to 18 months in prison in connection with his conviction following a jury trial for engaging in a securities mismarking scheme from... More...
   $0 (06-14-2017 - NY)

AARON MICHAEL LEWIS V. STATE OF ARKANSAS

On September 25, 2014, Carl Carter reported that his wife, Beverly (“Carter”), a
real estate agent, was missing. He stated that Carter had planned to show a house in Scott,
but when she had not returned home by 9:00 that evening, he became worried and drove
to the Scott residence. There, he saw Carter’s vehicle in the driveway and discovered that
she had left her purse inside t... More...
   $0 (06-14-2017 - AR)

Theodore Laymon v. J. Rockcliff, Inc. and George Hernandez v. Mason-McDuffie Real Estate, Inc.

The plaintiffs in these consolidated appeals filed suit against the brokers who
represented them in the sale of their homes and a group of companies that provided
services in connection with those sales. Plaintiffs contend defendants violated their
fiduciary duties by failing to disclose alleged kickbacks paid by the service providers to
the brokers in connection with the sales.More...
   $0 (06-10-2017 - CA)

WG&D Masonry, LLC v. Long Island's Finest Homes, LLC

WG&D Masonry, LLC, a Texas company, sued Long Island’s finest Homes, LLC, a New York company, in Texas for breach of contract and other causes of action in connection with two leases of short term rental homes in New York and the subsequent withholding of the security deposit for the first lease. Long Island filed a special appearance. After both parties responded multiple times, attaching affidav... More...   $0 (06-08-2017 - TX)

Safe Streets Alliance v. John W. Hickenlooper Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals - Denver, Colorado

These three appeals arise from two cases that concern the passage,
implementation, and alleged effects of Amendment 64 to the Colorado Constitution,
Colo. Const. art. XVIII, § 16. Amendment 64 repealed many of the State’s criminal and
civil proscriptions on “recreational marijuana,”1 and created a regulatory regime designed
to ensure that marijuana is unadulterated and taxed, and t... More...
   $0 (06-07-2017 - CO)

Fredrick Mahan v. Charles W. Chan Insurance Agency, Inc.

In this appeal we consider whether two plaintiffs, 86-year-old Frederick Mahan
(Fred) and his 79-year-old wife Martha Mahan (Martha)1
have stated a viable claim under
the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (the Elder Abuse Act or the
Act)
2
against Charles W. Chan (Chan), the Charles W. Chan Insurance Agency, Inc. (the
Chan Agency), Omar Kaddoura (Kadd... More...
   $0 (06-03-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Rojen Burnett and Amber McLaughlin Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, GA - Georgia Dealer and Title Clerk Sentenced in Odometer Fraud Scheme

Two Georgia residents were sentenced in Atlanta, Georgia for their roles in a conspiracy to alter odometers of used motor vehicles.

Burnett owned and operated Lifestyle Auto Broker LLC, a Georgia corporation that bought and sold used motor vehicles; McLaughlin was a former customer service specialist ... More...
   $0 (05-31-2017 - GA)

Tonya Davis v. Ernest B. Fenton, et al.

In 2013 Tonya Davis sued Ernest Fenton (as well as Fenton’s law firms) in federal district court asserting state malpractice and breach of contract claims, as well as federal Fair Housing Act and Civil Rights Act claims, all arising out of Fenton’s representation of Davis in a mortgage foreclosure action in which Davis had lost her home. Davis alleged that Fenton’s representation of her had
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   $0 (05-26-2017 - IL)

In re: Gary L. Bryan, a/k/a Gary L. Brian

This appeal arises out of an adversary proceeding brought by the trustee of
a Chapter 7 bankruptcy estate to determine how to divide the proceeds from the
sale of the debtor’s real property. Previous litigation has already established,
among other things, the validity, priority, and extent of the various liens on the
property. Bryan v. Peters (In re Bryan), 547 F. App’x 892 (10th C... More...
   $0 (05-24-2017 - CO)

United States of America v. Anthony J. May Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - Massachusetts Insurance Broker Convicted of Filing False Tax Returns

A Dover, Massachusetts, insurance broker was convicted by a federal jury of filing false tax returns.

According to the evidence presented at trial, Anthony J. May, 62, owned and operated Clients First Financial Insurance Agency, LLC, through which May sold life insurance products as a broker, and Ad... More...
   $0 (05-24-2017 - MA)

United States of America v. Hamlet Peralta

New York, NY - Former Harlem Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty To Engaging In Multimillion-Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Hamlet Peralta Told Investors He was Financing Large Wholesale Liquor Purchases, and Instead Used Money to Fund His Lavish Lifestyle and to Pay Back Other Investors

Hamlet Peralta pled guilty to wire fraud in connection with his scheme to obtain money from investors by frau... More...
   $0 (05-12-2017 - NY)

United States of America v. Sandro Tavera Mora, aka Jose Laureano Ayala Federal Courthouse - Springfield, Massachusetts

Springfield, MA - Dominican National Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Identities of Puerto Rican U.S. Citizens

A document broker pleaded guilty in federal court in Springfield in connection with his role in trafficking the identities of Puerto Rican citizens and corresponding identity documents.

Sandro Tavera Mora, aka Jose Laureano Ayala, 46, a Dominican national residing in Springf... More...
   $0 (05-05-2017 - MA)

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