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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...
   $0 (02-20-2018 - CA)

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)

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)

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)

Brian Newton v. Parker Drilling Management Services, Ltd. Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

This case presents the novel question whether claims
under state wage and hour laws may be brought by workers
employed on drilling platforms fixed on the outer Continental
Shelf. Brian Newton worked on such a platform off the coast
of Santa Barbara. His shifts lasted fourteen days and he
regularly worked twelve hours per day. After Parker Drilling
(“Parker”) terminated him,... More...
   $0 (02-10-2018 - CA)

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)

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)

A.H. v. Illinois High School Association Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

A.H., a senior at Evanston Township
High School, is a member of the school’s track and field team
despite his physical limitations from spastic quadriplegia
related to cerebral palsy. During his junior year, he requested
that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) create a
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separate division with different time standards for paraambulatory
runner... More...
   $0 (02-02-2018 - IL)

United States of America v. Sowrabh Sharma District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

Newark, NJ - Owner Of Information Technology Companies Admits Visa Fraud And Tax Crimes

An owner of two IT staffing and consulting companies on February 1, 2018 admitted using phony documents to fraudulently obtain H1-B visas for foreign workers and submitting false tax returns.

Sowrabh Sharma, 33, of New York, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark fed... More...
   $0 (02-02-2018 - NJ)

Lori Franchina v. City of Providence District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

Sticks and stones may break
some bones, but harassment can hurt forever. "Cunt," "bitch,"
"lesbo": all are but a smattering of the vile verbal assaults the
plaintiff in this gender discrimination case, Lori Franchina, a
former lieutenant firefighter, was regularly subjected to by
members of the Providence Fire Department ("the Department"). She
was also spit on, shoved, and... More...
   $0 (02-01-2018 - RI)

Douglas Ossanna v. Nike, Inc. Oregon Supreme Court Building - Eugene, Oregon

Plaintiff is a licensed electrician who previously
worked for defendant, Nike, Inc., in its maintenance department.
Defendant fired plaintiff after he used one of defendant’s
on-site basketball courts at a prohibited time. In
response, plaintiff sued defendant for, among other things,
statutory safety complaint and whistleblower retaliation.
Plaintiff alleged that defendant... More...
   $0 (01-31-2018 - OR)

Tammy Gutierrez v. CarMax Auto Superstores California Kern County Courthouse - Bakersfield, California

Tammy Gutierrez sued defendant CarMax Auto Superstores California,
LLC (CarMax) alleging breaches of express and implied warranties, intentional and
negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract, unfair competition under Business and
Professions Code section 17200 (UCL), and a violation of the Consumer Legal Remedies
Act (CLRA; Civ. Code, § 1750 et seq.). CarMax demurred to Gutie... More...
   $0 (01-31-2018 - CA)

Karl Allred v. Eli D. Bebout, et al. Laramie County Courthouse - Cheyenne, Wyoming

[¶1] Two Wyoming citizens sought to challenge legislation that authorized two
construction projects while maintaining a degree of legislative control which the citizens
contend violate the Wyoming Constitution. They also alleged a pattern of letting state
contracts without competitive bidding or required safeguards, contrary to the Wyoming
Constitution and laws. They sought to amen... More...
   $0 (01-30-2018 - WY)

United States of America v. Jason Marc Janatsch Western District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Jason Janatsch worked as a freelance babysitter and occasional daycare
employee. He was indicted for taking sexually explicit pictures of himself with a
toddler. After he pleaded guilty to the charges, the court sentenced him to 360
months in prison and required him to pay a $5,000 special assessment pursuant to
18 U.S.C. § 3014(a)(3), a provision applicable to “any non-indigent pe... More...
   $0 (01-30-2018 - OK)

The Estate of Chandler J. Barnwell v. Linda Watson, Dr., EdD, Superintendent of the School Board of the Little Rock Independent School District Federal Courthouse Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock, Arkansas

After their son tragically committed suicide, the plaintiffs, Michael and Anna
Barnwell, sued the superintendent of their son’s school district, alleging that the
school had discriminated against their son on the basis of disability by failing to
adequately protect him from being bullied by other students. But the district court2
found no evidence to support the Barnwells’ claim, a... More...
   $0 (01-28-2018 - AR)

United States of America v. Bart Sidney Posey, Sr. Middle District of Tennessee - Estes Kefauver Federal Courthouse Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, TN - Former Owner Of Springfield, Tennessee-Based Smart Data Solutions, LLC Pleads Guilty to Multi-Million Dollar Healthcare Benefits Scheme

Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Impacted 17,000 Victims

Bart Sidney Posey, Sr., 50, a Springfield, Tenn. resident and former owner of the Springfield-based companies American Trade Association (ATA) and Smart Data Solutions (SDS), plea... More...
   $0 (01-26-2018 - TN)

State of Michigan v. Lawrence G. Nassar, a/k/a Larry Nassar Ingham County Courthouse - Mason, Michigan

Lansing, MI - Olympic Gymnastic Doctor Pleads Guilty To Sexual Molestation Charges

The State of Michigan charged Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar, a/k/a Larry Nassar, age 54, with seven counts of first-degree sexual contact with underage girls.

Wikipedia reported: "Three of the victims were under the age of 13 and three ranged in age from 13 to 15. Rachael Denhollander, a former gymnast w... More...
   $0 (01-24-2018 - MI)

Rodney Keister v. Stuart Bell, John Hooks, Mitchell Odom Northern District of Alabama Federal Courthouse - Birmingham, Alabama

Rodney Keister appeals the district court’s denial of a preliminary injunction. Mr. Keister sought to enjoin University of Alabama (“UA”) officials from applying UA’s grounds use policy to the intersection of University Boulevard and Hackberry Lane. Application of this grounds use policy prevents him from speaking on UA’s campus unless he complies with its terms. Because the district court properl... More...   $0 (01-23-2018 - AL)

United States of America v. Thomas Jerry III Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Miami Resident Sentenced in Identity Theft Scheme

Defendant had personal identification information of over 1,000 individuals, most of whom were Miami-Dade College students

A Miami resident was sentenced to 38 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $42,338.49 in restitution for his participation in an identity the... More...
   $43338 (01-23-2018 - FL)

William Baxter v. California State Teachers' Retirement System

Eleven retired teachers (Teachers) who had been employed in the Salinas Unified
High School District (District), disputed attempts by appellant California State Teachers’
Retirement System (CalSTRS) to recoup retirement benefit overpayments. The
overpayments were the result of a years-long miscalculation by the District of the
monthly retirement benefits to which the Teachers were ... More...
   $0 (01-21-2018 - CA)

James L. Turner v. Theodore V. Wells, Jr. and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, L.L.P. Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

This appeal involves a law firm’s investigation of the Miami Dolphins professional football organization. The National Football League (“NFL”) hired the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and one of its partners, Theodore Wells, to investigate allegations of bullying within the Dolphins organization. After receiving Paul, Weiss’s report, the Dolphins fired their offensive lin... More...   $0 (01-18-2018 - FL)

State of Tennessee v. Christopher Jerald Crowley Nashville man charged in death of homeless man

During the early morning hours of October 18, 2012, the victim, Robert Mitchell, was sleeping on a bench across the street from the Criminal Justice Center in downtown Nashville. The victim’s aunt, Linda Cloyd, testified at trial that the victim typically lived with family members, but that in October 2012 the victim was homeless and working at the Nashville Rescue Mission. Mario Hambrick was th... More...   $0 (01-18-2018 - TN)

United States of America v. John Kelsey Gammell District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN - New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty To Directing Computer Attacks Against Websites Of Dozens Of Victims, As Well As Felon-In-Possession Charges

A New Mexico man pleaded guilty today in St. Paul, Minnesota, for directing computer attacks against the websites of his prior employers, business competitors and public services, as well as felon-in-possession charges.

U.S. A... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - MN)

State of Missouri v. Jeffrey L. Bruner

Considering the evidence in the light most favorable to submission of a self-defense
instruction, the record shows Mr. Bruner and his wife, Michelle Hale, were estranged.
Mr. Bruner testified that to his knowledge she was not seeing anyone else, though he was
aware she had met a college football coach for a lunch date. He later learned the coach
was Derek Moore.
Mr. Bru... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - MO)

Raynaldo Rivera Ortiz Texas Fifth Court of Appeals, Dallas Texas

In his first issue, appellant contends the evidence is legally insufficient to prove he
committed cruelty to a nonlivestock animal. The information alleged appellant “intentionally,
knowingly, and recklessly caused bodily injury to an animal, to-wit: a dog by shooting the dog
with a pellet gun, without the effective consent of Roxanne Bogdan, the owner.” See TEX. PENAL
CODE A... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - TX)

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