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Dalia Rojas v. HSBC Card Services, Inc.

APPEAL from a judgment of the Superior Court of San Diego County, Earl H.
Maas III, Judge. Reversed and remanded with directions.

In the underlying operative complaint, plaintiff Dalia Rojas pleaded two causes of
action against defendants HSBC Card Services Inc. and HSBC Technology & Services
(USA) Inc. (together HSBC) based on HSBC's alleged violations of Rojas's right toMore...
   $0 (02-10-2018 - CA)

Sonny Low v. Trump University, LLC, ak/a Trump Entrepreneur Initiative and Donald Trump Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

Trump University, now defunct, was a for-profit entity that purported to teach Donald J. Trump’s “secrets of success” in the real estate industry. During the 2016 presidential election, Trump University and Trump were defendants in three lawsuits alleging fraud and violations of various state and federal laws: two class actions in the Southern District of California, and a suit by the New York Att... More...   $0 (02-09-2018 - CA)

Maria J. Barahona, et al. v. Union Pacific Railroad Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

For more than half a century, the Union Pacific Railroad
(“Union Pacific”) has leased land under 1,800 miles of its
right of way to Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines, L.P. (“SFPP”),
which uses the land for a petroleum pipeline. In a suit by
landowners challenging Union Pacific’s ability to lease the
land, the district court held that (1) the acts of Congress
conferring the right o... More...
   $0 (02-09-2018 - CA)

Seanlim Yith and Seak Leang Yith v. Kristen Nielsen, et al. Eastern District of California Federal Courthouse - Fresno, California

Seanlim and Seak Leang Yith appeal from the district
court’s dismissal of their complaint requesting adjudication
of their naturalization applications pursuant to 8 U.S.C.
§ 1447(b). Relying on 8 U.S.C. § 1429, the district court
concluded that the Yiths were precluded from obtaining any
relief because they were concurrently in removal proceedings.
See 8 U.S.C. § 1429 (prov... More...
   $0 (02-09-2018 - CA)

Juan D. Vega, Jr. v. United States of America, et al. Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Juan Vega, Jr. was transferred from federal prison to a Seattle non-profit residential reentry center to complete the remainder of his prison sentence. There, he alleged that federal and private employees conspired to remove him from the halfway house known as Pioneer House, ostensibly based on his race and for asserting his First Amendment rights, by filing a false incident report. After his retu... More...   $0 (02-09-2018 - WA)

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

We must determine whether a San Francisco city
ordinance limiting the rights of landlords to commence and
conduct buyout negotiations is consistent with the federal
and state constitutions. We do not, as we must not, evaluate
the policy merits of the ordinance. Appellants—an
individual property owner and several organizations that
represent landlords’ interests in San Franc... More...
   $0 (02-09-2018 - CA)

Clayton Douglas v. Serenivision, Inc.

There is a “strong presumption that courts should
determine the jurisdiction of arbitrators.” (Sandquist v. Lebo
Automotive, Inc. (2016) 1 Cal.5th 233, 249 (Sandquist).) Parties
may nevertheless agree to let an arbitrator decide his or her own
jurisdiction, at least if their agreement to do so is “‘clear[] and
unmistakabl[e].’” (Howsam v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. (2002)
5... More...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - CA)

Annie Rayman v. Abbott Amubulance, Inc. St. Louis City Courthouse - City of St. Louis, Missoui

Annie Rayman (“Rayman”) appeals from the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in
favor of Abbott Ambulance, Inc. (“Abbott”) on her negligence claim. Rayman sued Abbott for
damages that resulted from an automobile collision between Rayman and a third party. The trial
court granted Abbott’s motion for summary judgment, finding that Abbott did not owe Rayman a
duty of care and that... More...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - MO)

State of Missouri v. Gregory Allen Heidbrink Warren County Courthouse - Warrenton, Missouri

Gregory Alan Heidbrink (Appellant) appeals from the trial court’s judgment
entered after a jury trial convicting him of receiving stolen property. We affirm in part,
reverse in part, and remand for resentencing.
Factual and Procedural Background
The State charged Appellant, as a prior and persistent offender, with one count of
receiving stolen property, a class C Felony, in vio... More...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - MO)

State of Missouri v. Jeffrey L. Bruner Jasper County Courthouse - Carthage, Missouri

Defendant Jeffrey L. Bruner appeals his convictions on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action, alleging the circuit court erred by refusing to submit a self-defense instruction. This Court recently reaffirmed in State v. Smith, 456 S.W.3d 849, 852 (Mo. banc 2015), that if substantial evidence is presented of the elements of self-defense, then the issue is injected and self-defens... More...   $0 (02-08-2018 - MO)

State of Missouri v. Vicki Leann Gilmore St. Clair County Courthouse - Osceola, Missouri

Vicki Gilmore appeals her conviction of the class C felony of possession of a
controlled substance, arguing insufficient evidence supports her conviction. Following a
jury trial, Gilmore was found guilty and sentenced to seven years in prison. The circuit
court suspended the execution of the sentence and placed her on probation for five years.
Because there was insufficient evidenc... More...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - MO)

Donald Morgan v. Michael Robinson District of Nebraska Federal Courthouse - Lincoln, Nebraska

After Donald Morgan ran against his boss Michael Robinson, the incumbent
sheriff, in a primary election, Robinson terminated Morgan’s employment as a deputy
with the Washington County, Nebraska Sheriff’s Office for statements Morgan made
during the campaign. Morgan then brought this First Amendment retaliation action
under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and Robinson moved for summary judgment o... More...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - )

Lisa M. Wilcox v. United States of America; Lake Regional Health System; Richland Medical Center; Robert C. Neilson, M.D.; Rossell Johnson, M.D. Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Jefferson City, Missouri

Lisa Wilcox appeals the judgment of the district court2 granting the United States’ motion to substitute parties and motion to dismiss, and Lake Regional Health Systems’ (Lake Regional) motion for summary judgment. We affirm.
I.
On June 28, 2013, Wilcox filed a petition in the Circuit Court of Camden County, Missouri alleging negligence against Dr. Robert Nielsen and Dr. Russell Johnson af... More...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - MO)

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. George Pate, Cookie G. Pate Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

George and Cookie Pate appeal the district court’s2 enforcement of summonses
issued by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) in April 2015. The summonses
directed the Pates to provide testimony regarding alleged tax deficiencies. The Pates
appeared before IRS Officer Mark Boston and invoked the Fifth Amendment
privilege in response to every question, including questions about their ... More...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - MO)

Henry Mu v. Omni Hotels Management Corporation, a/k/a Omni Hotels District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

During the early hours of
August 24, 2014, an unidentified group of individuals assaulted
Appellant Henry Mu ("Mu") in the lobby of the Omni Providence Hotel
(the "Hotel"), which Appellee Omni Hotels Management Corporation
("Omni") operates. Mu sued Omni for negligence. The district
court granted summary judgment to Omni, finding Mu's claims
deficient with respect to three ... More...
   $0 (02-07-2018 - RI)

Today's Fresh Start Charter School v. Inglewood Unified School District

Under the Education Code, in order to add a new charter
location, an established charter school must obtain approval in
the form of a material revision from the authority that granted
its charter. (Ed. Code, § 47605, subd. (a)(4).)1 Today’s Fresh
Start Charter School (Today’s Fresh Start), the appellant in this
appeal, sought both this approval and renewal of its charter in
... More...
   $0 (02-07-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Deangelo Anderson Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

On September 23, 2014, a grand jury
returned a five-count indictment against Deangelo Anderson,
charging him in counts one and two with armed robbery of a
bank and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of
violence (i.e. the bank robbery), and in counts three, four and
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five with unlawful possession of a firearm as a felon, possession
of crack coca... More...
   $0 (02-07-2018 - WI)

Margery Newman v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

At age 56, Margery Newman purchased
a long-term care insurance plan from the Metropolitan
Life Insurance Company (“MetLife”). She opted for one of
MetLife’s non-standard options for paying her insurance premiums;
MetLife called the method she selected “Reduced-Pay
at 65.” When Newman was 67 years old, she was startled to
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discover that MetLife that year mor... More...
   $0 (02-07-2018 - IL)

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)

Marina Pacifica Homeowners Association v. Southern California Financial Corporation

Both plaintiff and defendant appeal from a postjudgment
order concluding neither of them was the prevailing party in
litigation over an assignment fee, and consequently neither of
them was entitled to attorney fees under Civil Code section 1717
(section 1717) or to costs under Code of Civil Procedure
section 1032 (section 1032). We affirm the trial court’s order.
FACTS
... More...
   $0 (02-06-2018 - CA)

Superior Communications, d/b/a Smile FM v. City of Riverview, Michigan Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

This appeal concerns a dispute over whether
Superior Communications can significantly expand and upgrade its radio broadcast equipment
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No. 17-1234 Superior Commc’ns v. City of Riverview, Mich. Page 2
located on a telecommunications tower owned by the City of Riverview, Michigan. Though
Superior alleges violations of the Telecommunications Act and of its constitutional rights,... More...
   $0 (02-06-2018 - MI)

Steven Mora v. Webcor Construction, L.P.

California Labor Code section 226, subdivision (a) (Section 226(a)), requires
employers to provide employees wage statements itemizing, among other things, all
wages earned, including the hours worked and applicable rates of pay. Plaintiff and
appellant Steven Mora (appellant) contends defendant and respondent Webcor
Construction, L.P. (respondent) violated Section 226(a) by faili... More...
   $0 (02-06-2018 - CA)

Charles J. Trois v. Apple Tree Auction Center, Inc.; Samuel Schnaidt Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

This appeal presents issues of personal jurisdiction and venue. A Texas citizen sued Ohio citizens in a Texas court based on two distinct claims: first, breach of a contract executed and performed in Ohio; and second, fraudulent misrepresentation made during a conference call from Ohio to Texas. The question thus before us is whether the Texas court may properly assert personal jurisdiction over t... More...   $0 (02-05-2018 - TX)

Jana Davidson, et al. v. Fairchild Controls Corporation Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Two of the plaintiffs were injured when oil from an airplane’s air cycle machine leaked into the cabin, causing smoke and fumes to fill the cockpit during their flight. The plaintiffs brought suit against several defendants. The district court granted summary judgment to defendant Fairchild Controls Corporation on a design-defect claim due to a lack of adequate expert testimony that a feasible alt... More...   $0 (02-05-2018 - TX)

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