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Edmundo Amparan; Kimberly L. Amparan v. Lake Powell Car Rental and Mevlut Berkay Demir, Denizcan Karadeniz; PV Holding Corporation District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Edmundo Amparan and Kimberly L. Amparan (the “Amparans”) appeal from
the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Lake Powell Car Rental
Companies (“Lake Powell”) on the Amparans’ claims for negligent entrustment and
loss of consortium. The claims arose from a vehicle accident involving a motorcycle
operated by Mr. Amparan and a Ford Mustang rented by Lake Powell to D... More...
   $0 (02-20-2018 - NM)

Friends of Moon Creek, et al v. Diamond Lake Improvement Ass'n, et al. Washington Court of Appeals, Division III - Spoken, Washington

After ruling on summary judgment that Sharon Sorby did not
enjoy qualified immunity from the plaintiffs’ claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the trial
court certified its order under RAP 2.3(b)(4) as one “involv[ing] a controlling question of
law as to which there is substantial ground for a difference of opinion.” We granted
discretionary review. We conclude that Ms. Sorby enjoys quali... 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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Leesa Jacobson v. United States Department of Homeland Security, et al. Arizona District Federal Courthouse - Tucson, Arizona

Leesa Jacobson and Peter Ragan (collectively, Appellants) filed this suit to challenge their exclusion from an enforcement zone set up around a Border Patrol checkpoint area near their homes in rural Arizona. Before any discovery occurred, the district court granted summary judgment to the Defendants-Appellees (Appellees). We vacate and remand for further proceedings.

FACTUAL AND PROCEDUR... More...
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Pieter A. Folkens v. Wyland Worldwide, LLC Eastern District of California Federal Courthouse - Sacramento, California

Plaintiff Peter A. Folkens (“Folkens”) alleges that Defendant Robert T. Wyland (“Wyland”) infringed on his pen and ink depiction of two dolphins crossing underwater. Folkens contends that Wyland’s depiction of an underwater scene infringes on his drawing by copying the crossing dolphins, and that the similar element of two dolphins crossing underwater is protectable under copyright law, entitling ... More...   $0 (02-19-2018 - AZ)

Apple, Inc. v. The Superior Court of San Diego County, Anthony Shamrell, Real Party in Interest

Doyle Lowther, William J. Doyle, John A. Lowther and Chris W. Cantrell; Gomez
Trial Attorneys, John H. Gomez and Deborah S. Dixon; Niddrie Addams Fuller, Rupa G.
Singh for Real Parties in Interest Anthony Shamrell and Daryl Rysdyk.
In this writ proceeding, we decide an issue of apparent first impression: Does the
Supreme Court's analysis of the admissibility of expert opinion evide... More...
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Estate of Leon Walker, Jr. v. Building Inspector Hershell Wallace Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

One morning, a SWAT team raided a St. Louis house in which the plaintiffs
lived to execute a search warrant. According to the warrant affidavit, a detective
suspected that the house contained heroin, illegal firearms, and drug-trafficking
paraphernalia. The team knocked on the door, yelled "police," and quickly began
striking the door with a battering ram. The team also tossed a "f... More...
   $0 (02-18-2018 - MO)

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...
   $0 (02-18-2018 - MN)

Mike Hernandez, Francesca Muller v. Restoration Hardware, Inc.

Under Code of Civil Procedure1 section 902, “[a]ny party aggrieved” may
appeal a judgment. “It is generally held, however, that only parties of record may
appeal; consequently one who is denied the right to intervene in an action
ordinarily may not appeal from a judgment subsequently entered in the case.
[Citations.] Instead, he may appeal from the order denying intervention.” (Cou... More...
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Dariusz Jaworski, Boguslaw Moskal and Ryszard Bester v. Master Hand Contractors, Inc., et al. Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Dariusz Jaworski, Boguslaw Moskal, and Ryszard Bester were never paid for construction services they performed for Master Hand Contractors, Inc. They filed this lawsuit to force Master Hand to pay up. The district court sided with the plaintiffs through two partial summary
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judgments and a bench trial. Liability in the neighborhood of
$340,000 now hangs over Master Hand’s ... More...
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Digital Ally, Inc. v. Utility Associates, Inc. District of Kansas Courthouse - Kansas City, Kansas

Plaintiff-Appellant Digital Ally, Inc. appeals from the district court’s grant of
summary judgment in favor of Defendant-Appellee Utility Associates, Inc. Digital
Ally, Inc. v. Utility Assocs., Inc., No. 2:14-cv-02262-CM, 2017 WL 1197561 (D.
Kan. Mar. 30, 2017). Exercising jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, we affirm.1
Background
This case concerns two companies who sell in-c... More...
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State of Missouri v. Phillip Douglas and Jennifer M. Gaulter Jackson County Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

The state appeals from the circuit court’s order sustaining the defendants’ motions
to suppress all evidence seized pursuant to a warrant authorizing search of a residence for
stolen items. The state admits an officer submitted a prepared search warrant form, which
was then executed by a circuit judge, authorizing a search for any deceased human fetus
or corpse despite the fact the... More...
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United States of America v. Adrian Bailey Central District of Illinois Federal Courthouse - Springfield, Illinois

Adrian Bailey offered to sell marijuana
to an informant who had already brokered the purchase
of a firearm from him; the informant accepted the offer and
purchased $40 worth of marijuana from Bailey contemporaneously
with the firearm purchase. On that basis, Bailey was
convicted after a bench trial of possessing a firearm in further2
No. 17-1031
ance of a drug trafficki... More...
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United States of America v. Pablo Hernandez Federal Courthouses - Eastern District of Kentucky - Lexington, Kentucky

Pablo Hernandez pled guilty to conspiring to distribute
2 kilograms of cocaine. Hernandez was to receive the 2 kilograms from a larger, 28-kilogram
shipment of cocaine as payment for an outstanding debt. At sentencing, the district court held
*This decision was originally filed as an unpublished opinion on January 17, 2018. The court has now
designated the opinion for publication.<... More...
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United States of America v. Arthur Charles Smith, a/k/a Marvon Anderson Eastern District of Tennessee - Federal Courthouse - Knoxville, Tennessee

Arthur Smith was sentenced as a career offender based in part
on his prior North Carolina state conviction for common-law robbery. In this appeal, he
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No. 16-6720 United States v. Smith Page 2
contends that North Carolina common-law robbery does not qualify as a “crime of violence”
within the meaning of § 4B1.1(a) of the United States Sentencing Guidelines. This is the second<... More...
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United States of America v. Chaka LeChar Castro and Juan Olaya Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

In December 2014, a string of home invasions struck Dallas,
Texas. Law enforcement focused their investigation on Chaka Castro and Juan Fernando Olaya.
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No. 17-1590 United States v. Castro, et al. Page 2
Texas courts issued warrants to search their phones. Consistent with the warrants, state officers
conducted detailed searches of Castro’s phones and a cursory search of Olaya’... More...
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John Doe v. Miami University, et al. Southern District of Ohio Courthouse - Cincinnati, Ohio

In the fall of 2014, John Doe and Jane Doe1 were students at Miami University, a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. The two students knew each other and had engaged in several consensual “physical encounters.” This
case arises from an incident between John and Jane on September 14, 2014. Both parties had
consumed alcohol, and John states that he was so intoxicated that he cannot re... More...
   $0 (02-16-2018 - OH)

United States of America v. Raphael A. Sanchez Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Former ICE Chief Counsel Pleads Guilty to Using the Identities of Numerous Aliens for Wire Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft Scheme

Former Chief Counsel Raphael A. Sanchez of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Principal Legal Advisor pleaded guilty today for a wire fraud and aggravated identity theft scheme involving the identities of numerous alien... More...
   $0 (02-15-2018 - WA)

Blackstock Federal Constructors, LLC v. Ultimate Group, LLP Bowie County Courthouse - Texarkana, Texas

In Bowie County, Texas, Ultimate Group, LLP, filed suit against Blackstock Federal Constructors, LLC, for breach of contract, quantum meruit, and unjust enrichment seeking monies allegedly owed for work performed in connection with “the Tex Americas Center project” in New Boston, Texas. Blackstock entered a general and verified denial. The trial court granted Ultimate’s motion for summary judgment... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

Texas Department of Transportation v. Brian Milton Dallas County Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

In this premises liability case, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) appeals a judgment on a jury verdict in favor of Brian Milton. In two issues, TxDOT contends the evidence is legally insufficient to prove it had actual knowledge of the dangerous condition and to prove it failed to adequately warn Milton. We affirm the trial court’s judgment.
On September 21, 2012, Milton was inju... More...
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Charles Borkert, Penelope Sturm-Borkert and Alamo Turf Farms, Inc. v. Wieslawa Tworek Bexar County Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

In this breach of contract suit, the jury found that Appellants Charles Borkert, Penelope Sturm-Borkert, and Alamo Turf Farms, Inc. (the Borkerts) breached the Agreement with Appellee Wieslawa Tworek. The jury awarded Tworek damages for breach of the Agreement, damages for promissory estoppel, and attorney’s fees. The trial court rendered judgment on the verdict and the Borkerts appeal. Because th... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

Victor Egly v. Farmers Insurance Exchange a/k/a Farmers Insurance Travis County Courthouse - Austin, Texas

Victor Egly appeals from the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of
Farmers Insurance Exchange a/k/a Farmers Insurance (Farmers). In two issues, Egly contends that
the trial court erred in granting summary judgment because Farmers did not establish as a matter of
law that it had no duty to defend a suit brought by Egly against the driver of a vehicle insured by
Farmers... More...
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Kye and Denise Knox and Raymond and Jacqueline Muckleroy v. Eagle Water Management, Inc. Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

After wastewater pumps in their neighborhood failed during a heavy rainfall, four homeowners sued the pumping facility operator, alleging that the operator’s negligence caused wastewater to flood their homes. The trial court granted summary
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judgment. The homeowners appeal, contending that they adduced evidence that raises a fact issue as to each element of their negligence claim. Because... More...
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Adaline Rose Werthwein v. Craig Edward Workman Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

This is a dispute over the name change of a minor. The minor’s mother, Adaline Werthwein, contends that the trial court abused its discretion by granting the request of the father, Craig Workman, to change the last name of their two-year-old son (pseudonymously referred to as “Michael”) from Werthwein to
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Workman without legally or factually sufficient evidence that the name change was in... More...
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Bradley McDaniel v. BP America Inc., BP PLC, BP Amoco Exploration (In Amenas) Limited Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Bradley McDaniel appeals from the trial court’s order granting BP Amoco Exploration (In Amenas) Limited’s special appearance. We conclude that the trial court lacked personal jurisdiction over this defendant and therefore affirm.
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BACKGROUND
McDaniel’s suit arises out of a terrorist attack abroad. In 2013, terrorists seized an Algerian gas plant jointly operated under a contract betwe... More...
   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

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