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David Wilbanks v. The State of Texas The Colony resident sentenced to 60 years for child molestation

When she was fourteen years old, Gloria3––who had lived with Wilbanks
from time to time while he financially and emotionally supported her family––told
her best friend’s mother that Wilbanks had repeatedly performed sexual acts with
her, beginning with fondling when she was six years old and continuing until the
time of her outcry. At the urging of her friend’s mother, Gloria ... More...
   $0 (01-20-2018 - TX)

Dennis Obduskey v. Wells Fargo District of Colorado Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

Plaintiff-Appellant Dennis Obduskey appeals from the district court’s order
granting Defendants-Appellees Wells Fargo and McCarthy and Holthus, LLP’s
motions to dismiss numerous claims, including whether either party was liable as a
“debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. §§
1692–1692p. Obduskey v. Fargo, No. 15-CV-01734-RBJ, 2016 WL 4091174 (D.
... More...
   $0 (01-20-2018 - CO)

Texas Brine Co. v. Occidential Chemical Corporation Western District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Defendant Texas Brine Company, LLC (Texas Brine) operates brine wells on
land owned by Co-Defendant Occidental Chemical Corporation (Oxy) in Louisiana.
In August 2012, a sinkhole appeared near one of these wells. After the sinkhole
appeared, Texas Brine began clean-up efforts. To manage this crisis, Texas Brine
consulted with others. In December 2012, Texas Brine retained Frontier<... More...
   $0 (01-20-2018 - OK)

United States of America v. Fielding Smith Daniel Eastern District of Virginia - Federal Courthouse - Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria, VA - Man Sentenced for Sex with Minor and Production of Child Pornography

A Culpeper man was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on January 19, 2018 for sex with a minor and production of child pornography.

According to court documents, Fielding Smith Daniel, 53, met a young girl on a sugar daddy website in August 2016. Such websites are set up to facilitate int... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - VA)

STATE OF MONTANA v. DENNIS LEO SCHOWENGERDT Deer Lodge man gets life for wife's murder

The initial facts of the case are undisputed: On December 8, 2012, Schowengerdt
killed his wife, Tina Schowengerdt, by repeatedly stabbing her in their home near Deer
Lodge. The following morning, Schowengerdt drove to the police station in Deer Lodge
and, in a recorded statement, told officers that last night he, “killed that son of a bitch [he]
was living with. So arrest me... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - WY)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. DAVID E. GORSKI

The charges against Gorski pertain to his role as founder
and vice president of a general contracting and construction
services company, Legion Construction, Inc. Gorski developed the
plan for the company in late 2005. From 2006 to 2010, Legion took
advantage of federal programs in which certain federal agencies
awarded government contracts on a preferential basis to sma... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - MA)

STATE OF CONNECTICUT v. ANTHONY C. MANOUSOS Connecticut Judicial Branch

. The defendant, Anthony C. Manousos, appealsfromthejudgmentofconviction,renderedafter a jury trial, of arson in the first degree in violation of GeneralStatutes§ 53a-111(a)(1).Thedefendantclaims that the trial court improperly (1) denied his motions to suppress various tangible items collected from him, as well as oral statements that he made to the police during an investigatory stop and subsequ... More...   $0 (01-19-2018 - CT)

Erotic Service Provider Legal Education and Research Project v. Georg Gascon, etl. Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

Plaintiff-appellant Erotic Service Provider Legal,
Education & Research Project; K.L.E.S.; C.V.; J.B.; and
John Doe (collectively, “ESP”) appeal the district court’s
dismissal of their 42 U.S.C. §1983 action. ESP claims that
Section 647(b) of the California Penal Code, which
criminalizes the commercial exchange of sexual activity,
violates: (1) the Fourteenth Amendment subs... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - CA)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY v. ARTHUR L. HOYLE, a/k/a SKINNYMAN HOYLE, and ARTHUR HOYLE

Defendant, who was charged with multiple drug offenses, filed
numerous pretrial motions, including a motion to suppress evidence
obtained from the use of a global positioning system (GPS) tracker
and a motion to recuse the trial court judge. After the court
denied the motion to suppress and the motion to recuse, defendant
pled guilty to first-degree possession with intent... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - NJ)

STATE OF OHIO - vs - CHRISTY LYNN WARWICK

In May 2016, appellant was arrested and indicted on one count of endangering
children in violation of R.C. 2919.22(A), a felony of the third degree, and one count of
involuntary manslaughter in violation of R.C. 2903.04(A), a felony of the first degree. The
charges arose out of the death of appellant's infant son, Sylas, who was 21 months old at the
time of his death on Decemb... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - OH)

Samuel Duran v. U.S. Bank National Association

In our second encounter with this class action case, plaintiffs Samuel Duran and
Matt Fitzsimmons appeal from the trial court’s order denying class certification. This
case is a wage and hour class action challenging whether defendant U.S. Bank National
Association (Bank) had properly classified its business banking officers (BBOs) as
exempt employees under the outside salesperson ... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - CA)

Anthony Johnson v. Lisa Madigan, Hiram Grau, Tracie H. Newton, and Bruce V. Rauner Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

A felony conviction for stealing
$12 worth of meat branded Anthony Johnson a “sexual predator”
under Illinois law and subjected him to burdens and responsibilities
he didn’t have before that conviction. He filed
suit contending that the United States Constitution’s ex post
facto clause makes at least some of those burdens and responsibilities
unconstitutional. The district ... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - IL)

State of Minnesota vs. Matthew Vaughn Diamond STATE OF MINNESOTA IN SUPREME COURT

A homeowner in Chaska returned home to find that someone had kicked open her
attached garage’s side-entry door, entered her home, and taken jewelry, electronics, and a
safe. When police officers arrived to investigate the burglary, they discovered two key
pieces of evidence: shoe tread prints on the side-entry door, and, on the driveway, an
envelope with the name “S.W.” writt... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - MN)

Ruben Sanchez v. City of Chicago, et al. Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Ruben Sanchez appeals the denial
of his motion for a new trial in his § 1983 action against Officer
Louis Garcia of the Chicago Police Department. Sanchez alleges
that the trial court made multiple evidentiary errors,
gave an improper jury instruction, and wrongfully accepted
a partial verdict. Because we conclude that a new trial is not
required, we affirm.
2 No. 16-35... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - IL)

STATE OF KANSAS v. ROBERT M. DENOMME

In August, 2014, a jury convicted Denomme of attempted criminal use of a financial card, a class B nonperson misdemeanor; attempted misdemeanor theft, a class B nonperson misdemeanor; and identity theft, a severity level 8 nonperson felony. The district court sentenced him to 18 months' probation, with an underlying sentence of 14 months' incarceration. The following facts are taken from Denomme's... More...   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Olga Sandra Murra Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

In August 2016, Defendant-Appellant Olga Murra was convicted by a jury
of two counts of forced labor, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1589(a), and two counts
of harboring an illegal alien for profit, in violation of 8 U.S.C. §§ 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii)
and 1324(a)(1)(B)(i), based on conduct toward her half-sister Vania Rodriguez and
quasi–adopted family member Ingrid Guerrero. The district c... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

Marie DiFiore v. CSL Behring, LLC Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Marie DiFiore asserted claims against her former employer, CSL Behring, for retaliation in violation of the False Claims Act, and for wrongful discharge under a theory of constructive discharge in violation of Pennsylvania state
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law. The False Claims Act (“FCA”) includes an anti-retaliation provision for employee whistleblowers who engage in activity protected by the FCA. The District Co... More...
   $0 (01-14-2018 - PA)

Golden Eagle Land Investment, L.P. v. Rancho Sante Fe Association

This is an appeal and cross-appeal from an anti-SLAPP ruling which granted the
defense motion to strike in part and denied it in part. (Code Civ. Proc.,1 § 425.16.)
Plaintiff and appellant Golden Eagle Land Investment, L.P. (Golden Eagle) and its
coplaintiff and appellant Mabee Trust (the Trust; sometimes together, Appellants)2 own
real property in the vicinity of Rancho Santa Fe. ... More...
   $0 (01-14-2018 - CA)

Li Guan v. Yongmei Hu

Plaintiff Li Guan and defendant Yongmei Hu entered into a
contract under which Guan paid the purchase price for a Malibu
residence (the property) to be held by Hu as the “nominal owner.”
Hu agreed to sell the property upon receiving instructions to
do so, and to distribute the sale proceeds between the parties
according to a mathematical formula in the contract. After
recei... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Kent Igleheart Northern District of Georgia Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, GA - Roswell City Councilman convicted of producing child pornography

Former Roswell, Georgia, city council member Kent Igleheart pleaded guilty to four counts of producing child pornography, one count of receiving child pornography, and one count of possessing child pornography.

“By persuading his minor victims to create and share graphic images of themselves online, Ig... More...
   $0 (01-11-2018 - GA)

Leapers, Inc. v. SMTS, LLC and Sun OPtics, USA Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

Plaintiff Leapers, Inc. appeals the district court’s entry of
summary judgment for Defendant Sun Optics USA in Plaintiff’s case alleging trade dress
infringement under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1051, et seq. For the reasons set forth below,
we VACATE the district court’s judgment and REMAND the case for further proceedings.
BACKGROUND
Plaintiff Leapers, Inc. makes adjustable ... More...
   $0 (01-10-2018 - MI)

Smartcomm License Services, L.L.C. v. Joh Palmieri

¶1 Smartcomm License Services, L.L.C. (Smartcomm) appeals
the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Appellees David
Alcorn Professional Corporation; David and Elizabeth Alcorn, Janus
Spectrum, L.L.C. (collectively, the Alcorn Defendants); and Jon Palmieri.
Smartcomm also appeals the trial court’s denial of an application for an
order to show cause. For the followi... More...
   $0 (01-09-2018 - AZ)

Sheldon Fong v. East West Bank

Plaintiff Sheldon Fong is an octogenarian real estate investor who sought to help
some younger friends establish a real estate business. He borrowed money in his own
name and stood behind two loans that he helped the new business procure from defendant
East West Bank (Bank). When some of these transactions ended badly, Fong brought
this action, alleging conversion and financial abu... More...
   $0 (01-09-2018 - CA)

Animal Legal Defense Fund, et al. v. Lawrence G. Wasden District of Idaho Federal Courthouse - Boise, Idaho

Investigative journalism has long been a fixture in the American press, particularly with regard to food safety.1 In the early 1900s, Upton Sinclair highlighted conditions in the meat-packing industry in The Jungle, a novel based on his time working incognito in a packing plant.2 This case also originates in the agricultural sector—a secretly-filmed exposé of the operation of an Idaho dairy farm. ... More...   $0 (01-09-2018 - ID)

City of Modesto v. The Dow Chemical Company

In late 1998, the City of Modesto (the City), the City of Modesto Sewer District
No. 1 (the Sewer District) and the Modesto Redevelopment Agency (the RDA) sued
various retail dry cleaning businesses (dry cleaners) operating in Modesto together with
the manufacturers of dry cleaning equipment used at those dry cleaners, and the
manufacturers and distributors of dry cleaning solvent.... More...
   $0 (01-08-2018 - CA)

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