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Michelle Tatis v. Allied Interstate, LLC District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

This appeal arises under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or Act). The question presented is whether a collection letter sent to collect a time-barred debt that makes a “settlement offer” to accept payment “in settlement of” the debt could violate the Act’s general prohibition against “any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any... More...   $0 (02-23-2018 - NJ)

United States of America v. Miguel Figueroa Western District of New York Federal Courthouse - Buffalo, New York

Buffalo, NY - Puerto Rican Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Fentanyl

Miguel Figueroa, 32, of Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 10 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing butyryl fentanyl and furanyl fentanyl before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 f... 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)

Linda Stout, et al. v. Jefferson County Board of Education Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

This appeal requires that we revisit the decades-old task of school desegregation. A racial desegregation order issued in 1971 still governs the Jefferson County Board of Education in Alabama. But beginning in 2012, residents of the City of Gardendale, a predominantly white community in Jefferson County, sought to create a separate, municipal school system. Leaders of a grassroots movement used so... More...   $0 (02-21-2018 - )

Area 51 Productions, Inc. v. City of Alameda

Area 51 Productions, Inc. (Area 51), an event planning company, had a longstanding
relationship with the City of Alameda (the City) to license the use of certain
City property to Area 51 for events Area 51 helped plan and promote with third-party
companies. The City relied on PM Realty Group, L.P. (PM) to assist it with managing
these license arrangements. Due to various problems a... More...
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United States of America v. Armando Angeles District of Kansas Federal Courthouse - Wichita, Kansas

Armando Angeles appeals the denial of his motion to suppress evidence found in
his vehicle after a traffic stop. He argues the stop violated the Fourth Amendment.
Exercising jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, we conclude the stop was valid because it
was based on reasonable suspicion of a traffic offense. We therefore affirm.
* This order and judgment is not binding precedent, ex... More...
   $0 (02-20-2018 - KS)

A.V. Avington, Jr. v. Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa Northern District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse Tulsa, Oklahoma

Plaintiff A.V. Avington, Jr., proceeding pro se, filed a civil rights complaint
accusing the Indian Health Care Resource Center of race and age discrimination, as well
as intentional infliction of emotional distress, under a theory of respondeat superior.
Plaintiff alleged that when he entered the Center as a walk-in patient, he was made to
* This order is not binding precedent, ex... More...
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Luis Gonzales v. John R. Mathis

Luis Gonzalez, a professional window washer, filed a
premises liability action against John Mathis. Mathis moved for
summary judgment, arguing that Gonzalez’s status as an
independent contractor precluded his claims. The trial court
granted the motion. We reverse, concluding there are triable
issues of fact whether Mathis can be held liable for Gonzalez’s
injuries.
FACT... More...
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Sue Jin Yi And Ronald Cox V. The Kroger Co. Washington Court of Appeals, Division 1 - Tacoma, Washington

Ronald Cox, a former Quality Food Centers Inc. (QFC)
employee, filed this class action challenging QFC's policy of rounding hourly
employees' clocked-in time to the nearest quarter hour. Specifically, he contends
QFC intentionally manipulated the application of this policy to result in
underpayment of wages.
QFC appeals the trial court's denial of the motion to compel arbitrati... More...
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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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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)

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. Jose Luis Chavez a/k/a "Big Head" Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

Gulfport, MS - Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy Involving Cocaine, Marijuana, Heroin and Methamphetamine

Jose Luis Chavez a/k/a "Big Head," 47, of Edinburg, Texas, pled guilty on February 15, 2018 before U.S. District U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine, 100 kilogr... More...
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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. Todd Rasberry

Todd Rasberry found himself in a
jam: during a pat-down incident to a Terry stop, see Terry v. Ohio,
392 U.S. 1, 19-20 (1968), an agent of the Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA) discovered a softball-sized object stashed in
Rasberry's undershorts. Believing that the object contained
drugs, the agent arrested Rasberry on the spot. A subsequent
search of Rasberry's person ... More...
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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)

Hong Sang Market, Inc. v. Vivien Peng

These appeals arise out of a commercial tenancy dispute. In one appeal, defendant
and cross-complainant Vivien Peng challenges a judgment awarding damages for backdue
rent to her former landlord, plaintiff and cross-defendant Hong Sang Market, Inc.
(Hong Sang). Peng argues that a judgment in a prior unlawful detainer action against her,
in which Hong Sang was awarded one month’s ba... More...
   $0 (02-14-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Eddie Wayne Cooper Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, MO - Former Arkansas Lawmaker Pleads Guilty to $4 Million Charity Scheme

Conspiracy Included Several Charity Executives

A former Arkansas state representative pleaded guilty in federal court February 12, 2018 to his role in a conspiracy to embezzle more than $4 million from a Springfield, Mo.-based health care charity.

Eddie Wayne Cooper, 51, of Melbourne, A... More...
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United States of America v. Brian A. Mudd Southern District of Illinois Courthouse - East St. Louis, Illinois

Brian A. Mudd, 60, of Ruma, IL, was recently sentenced to federal prison on methamphetamine related charges, Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.

On February 8, 2018, Mudd was sentenced to 135 months of imprisonment and four years of supervised release following his imprisonment. Mudd pleaded guilty to a one count indictment charg... More...
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United States of America v. Angelia Zwick, a/k/a Angelia Strunk Southern District of Ohio Courthouse - Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati, OH - Cincinnati Woman Sentenced for Embezzling from Employer, Defrauding IRS

Angelia Zwick, also known as Angelia Strunk, 47, of Cincinnati, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for defrauding her employer.

Zwick, who was convicted of one count of wire fraud and one count of willfully filing a false income tax return with the IRS, was also ordered to pay nearly $329,0... More...
   $0 (02-13-2018 - OH)

Michelle Tatis v. Allied Interstate, LLC District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

This appeal arises under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or Act). The question presented is whether a collection letter sent to collect a time-barred debt that makes a “settlement offer” to accept payment “in settlement of” the debt could violate the Act’s general prohibition against “any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any... More...   $0 (02-13-2018 - ht)

Linde, et al. v. Arab Bank, P.C. Eastern District of New York Courthouse - Brooklyn, New York

The sixteen named plaintiffs on this consolidated appeal are
victims, or the relatives of victims, of three terrorist attacks
perpetrated in Israel by Hamas between March 2002 and June 2003.
Together with hundreds of other alleged victims and the surviving
relatives of victims of alleged Hamas attacks, the named plaintiffs
commenced actions in the United States District Court f... More...
   $0 (02-13-2018 - NY)

Thomas Boettcher; Pamelia Vennerberg v. Conoco Phillips, CO.; Phillips 66, CO. Western District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Plaintiffs-Appellants Thomas Boettcher and Pamelia Vennerberg (the
“Boettchers”) appeal from the district court’s order granting the motion to dismiss
filed by Defendants-Appellees ConocoPhillips Company and Phillips 66 Company
(collectively “ConocoPhillips”). The amended complaint alleged that Mr.
Boettcher’s cancer was caused by exposure to emissions from ConocoPhillips’s
ref... More...
   $0 (02-12-2018 - OK)

Solas Industrial Innovation, LLc v. The Superior Court of Orange County, The People, Real Party in Interest

The Orange County District Attorney brought an action for civil penalties
under this state’s unfair competition law (UCL; Bus. & Prof. Code, § 17200) and
fair advertising law (FAL; id., § 17500) against an employer. The action alleged
the employer violated workplace safety standards established by the state
occupational safety and health law (Cal/OSHA; Lab. Code, § 6300 et seq.) an... More...
   $0 (02-11-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Masoniek Stinfort, Eric L. Clemons, Jr. James Craig and Robert Nero Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Four Defendants Sentenced for Participating in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

Four defendants were sentenced for their participation in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), ... More...
   $0 (02-11-2018 - FL)

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