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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...
   $0 (02-19-2018 - CA)

Amie Wieland v. Owner-Operator Services, Inc. Jackson County Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

Owner-Operator Services Inc. appeals the circuit court’s judgment in favor of Amie
Wieland for her claim of negligence alleging her employer, Owner-Operator, breached its
duty to protect her from the criminal act of a third person on its premises. Owner-Operator
argues the circuit court erred in submitting a verdict director to the jury that was not
supported by substantial evidenc... More...
   $0 (02-18-2018 - MO)

United States of America v. Joel Allen Corder Southern District of Iowa - Federal Courthouse - Des Moines, Davenport & Council Bluffs

Davenport, IA - Mt. Pleasant Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Child Pornography

On February 14, 2018, United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Joel Allen Corder, age 45, of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, to 180 months in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Corder was ordered to serve five years of s... More...
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Aldridge Winfrey v. City of Forrest City, et al. Federal Courthouse Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock, Arkansas

It is well-settled that the “plaintiff is the master of [his] complaint.” Holmes
Grp., Inc. v. Vornado Air Circulation Sys., Inc., 535 U.S. 826, 831 (2002) (internal
quotation marks omitted). Here, plaintiff Aldridge Winfrey charges in his complaint
that he was terminated by the Forrest City, Arkansas Police Department
(“Department”) as “retaliat[ion] . . . for exercising his right... 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...
   $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...
   $0 (02-18-2018 - )

United States of America v. Richard Pinedo Federal Courthouse - District of Columbia

Washington, DC - Defendant Pleads Guilty to Selling Bank Accounts To Russian Hackers

The United States of America charged Richard Pinedo, age 28, with identity fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1028 when the sold bank accounts to Russians who used the accounts to launder money for use in Russia's efforts to defeat Hillary Clinton's campaign to become President of the United States.

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   $0 (02-17-2018 - DC)

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...
   $0 (02-16-2018 - MO)

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...
   $0 (02-16-2018 - IL)

United States of America v. Marcus Dieter Felder Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA - Jury Convicts San Francisco Man Of Credit Card Fraud And Identity Theft

Marcus Dieter Felder was convicted of access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced Acting United States Attorney Alex G. Tse, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Ryan L. Spradlin, and Secret Service Special ... More...
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United States of America v. Karen Pogosian United States District Court for the Southern District of California - Santa Ana, California

Santa Ana, CA - Sun Valley Resident Sentenced to 54 Months Imprisonment for Role in International Money Laundering and Identity Theft Scheme Involving $14 Million in Fraudulent Tax Refunds

A Sun Valley man was sentenced on February 11, 2018 to 54 months imprisonment for his participation in a large-scale international identity theft scheme that fraudulently obtained tax refunds by using b... More...
   $0 (02-16-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. City and County of Honolulu Federal Courthouse - Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, HI - Justice Department Reaches Settlement with the City and County of Honolulu and All Island Automotive Towing for Illegally Auctioning Servicemembers’ Cars

The Justice Department today announced it has reached an agreement with the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii (Honolulu or the City) and its contracted towing company, All Island Automotive Towing (All Island Towing), to... 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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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)

Daryl Lynn Higdon v. United States of America Eastern District of Tennessee Federal Courthouse - Greeneville, Tennessee

Daryl Higdon was sentenced as an armed career criminal based in part on a North Carolina conviction for discharging a firearm into an occupied structure.
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No. 17-5027 Higdon v. United States Page 2
The question here is whether that offense—which requires an application of force to an occupied structure, but not to the occupants themselves—nonetheless counts as an offense that involves... More...
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Daniel Thomas, et al. v. Nationwide Children's Hospital, at at. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Medical personnel treated three infants, between 19-days old
and six-months old, in the emergency room of Nationwide Children’s Hospital for serious
injuries, including skull fractures and a broken leg. Nationwide’s physicians suspected child
abuse, and they conducted x-rays, a CT scan, and blood testing to identify additional injuries,
after which they alerted Franklin County Chil... More...
   $0 (02-16-2018 - )

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)

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)

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...
   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

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)

United States of America v. Robert Warren Scully Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

Appellant Robert Warren Scully was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aiding and abetting a wire fraud scheme. 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 1343, 1349. The district court later granted the Government’s motion to restrain Scully’s assets to preserve them for restitution and forfeiture. Scully was then sentenced and ordered to pay $1,206,539.94 in restitu... 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)

San Francisco Apartment Association v. City and County of San Francisco

To reduce the number of no-fault evictions of families with children and educators
during the school year, the City and County of San Francisco and the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors (collectively, the City) barred such evictions. The trial court
concluded state law preempted this ordinance and the City appeals. We agree with the
City that the ordinance is not preempted, and re... More...
   $0 (02-15-2018 - CA)

Judy Mae Greer v. David Lynn Vandevender and Donna Lee Vandevender Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia - Charleston, West Virginia

Petitioners Judy Mae Greer, William Charles Vandevender, Judith Kay Newbrough, Daniel T. Vandevender, Dallas E. Vandevender, Jo Ann Rae Giraldi, and Douglas P. Vandevender, by counsel John J. Wallace, IV, appeal the order of the Circuit Court of Pocahontas County that dismissed their claims of tortious interference, undue influence, fraud, and civil conspiracy. Respondents David Lynn and Donna Van... More...   $0 (02-14-2018 - WV)

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)

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