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Conspiracy Law
 
Voltaix, LLC v. John Ajongwen

In this interlocutory appeal, Voltaix, LLC appeals the trial court’s order granting the special appearance of John Ajongwen. In two issues, Voltaix contends Ajongwen failed to carry his burden to negate all bases for personal jurisdiction alleged in the petition and the facts demonstrate that Texas may exercise specific jurisdiction over Ajongwen. We conclude that Ajongwen’s single trip to Tex... More...   $0 (05-30-2013 - TX)

United States of America v. Mansour J. Arbabsiar

The United States of America charged Mansour J. Arbabsiar aka Manssor Arbabsiar, age 58, with conspiarcy to muder a foreign official in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1117; racketeering - murder for hire in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1958; conspiracy of commit muder for hire in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1958; conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2332; conspiracy to commit an a... More...   $0 (05-30-2013 - NY)

United States of America v. Wayne Franklin Miles

The United States of America charged Wayne Franklin Miles, age 53 with influencing, impeding or tetaliating against a federal official by threatening or injuring a family member in violation of 18 U.S.C. 115 and possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a contract substance (meth) in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922 as a result of threats made by the defendant against United States Congressman John... More...   $0 (05-30-2013 - OK)

Ronald Rogers v. Ted L. Walker

By five issues, appellant, Ronald Rogers, individually and as executor of the estate of Louise Rogers, appeals a final summary judgment entered in favor of appellee, Ted L. Walker. We affirm in part and reverse in part.

I. BACKGROUND1

Ted L. Walker and his father, Ted G. Walker, are both lawyers. In October 1996, Ted G. Walker prepared a will for Louise Rogers.2 In her will, Loui... More...
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The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves v. E. L. O'Rourke

In this interlocutory appeal, E.L. “Ted” O’Rourke sued the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves (“the Wharves”) for invasion of privacy and

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civil conspiracy, and O’Rourke also asserted claims for declaratory and injunctive relief and sought compensatory and punitive damages. The Wharves filed a plea to the jurisdiction, asserting that O’Rourke’s claims against... More...
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United States of America v. Anrold Ralenkotter and Ashley Judd Smith

The United States of America charged Pilot Flying J regional sales director Arnold Ralenkotter and regional accounts manager Ashley Judd Smith with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1349, which provides:

Whoever knowingly executes, or attempts to
execute, a scheme or artifice—

(1) to defraud any person in connection with
any commod... More...
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United States of America v. F. Harvey Whittemore

United States of America charged F. Harvey Whittemore with making illegal contributions, making contributions in the name of someone else and of causing a false statement to be made to the Federal Election Commission and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in making campaign contributions to the political campaign of Senator Harry Reid (who was not implicated).

Title 18 U.S.C. Sect... More...
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United States v. Ronnie Benson

Ronnie Joe Benson was convicted in 1997 of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, commonly known as “crack cocaine,” and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 846 and 841(a)(1). Benson’s offense conduct included distribution of cocaine, cocaine base, and marijuana. When a defendant traffics in multiple controlled substances, the sentencing g... More...   $0 (05-29-2013 - AR)

Dawn Guidotti v. Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, L.L.C. d/k/a The Law Firm of Macey, Aleman, Hyslip and Searns

Dawn Guidotti contracted with several parties to help her negotiate a settlement of her consumer debt. When no settlement materialized, she filed this putative class action against them, claiming that she, and people like her, had been defrauded. The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granted a motion to compel arbitration as to the claims against most of the defendants, b... More...   $0 (05-28-2013 - NJ)

State of Illinois v. Ronald Stolberg

The State of Illinois charged Ronald Stolberg, age 49, with first-degree murder in conjunction with the death of his wife who he held to the floor until she stopped breathing in the early morning hours of June 8, 2011 in their townhouse in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Prosecutors Jim Newman and Scott Hoffert argued that Stolberg became so irritated, sleep-deprived and frustrated with his menta... More...
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United States of America v. Tarran Arnell Brinson

The United States of America charged Tarran Arnell Brinson, age 24, with attempted sex trafficking of children in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1591; interstate travel and transportation in aid of racketeering enterprise in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1952; sex trafficking of children in violation of 18 U.S.C. 191 and 18 U.S.C. 1594; attempted sex trafficking in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1951; coercion and entic... More...   $0 (05-28-2013 - OK)

United States of America v. Jeremy Hammond

The United States of America charged Jeremy Hammond with computer fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1030; fraud activity connected with computers in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1030; trafficing in counterfeit device in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1029; and fraud with identification documents in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1028 in conjunction with "hacktivist" activities associated with illegally accessing computer... More...   $0 (05-28-2013 - NY)

United States of America v. Peter J. Ajemian

The United States of America charged Dr. Peter J. Ajemian, age 64, and others with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit health care and mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud a United States agency in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1349 and healthcare fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 287; 18 U.S.C. 1347; mail fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341; fraud by wire, radio or television in violation of 18 U.S.C... More...   $0 (05-26-2013 - NY)

United States of America v. Jeremy McCusker

Jeremy McCusker, a former correctional officer at Roxbury Correctional Institution (RCI) in Hagerstown, Md., yesterday pleaded guilty to assaulting an inmate and conspiring with other officers to cover up that assault. McCusker is the sixth former RCI officer to enter a guilty plea in federal court.

According to court documents filed in connection with his guilty plea, McCusker admitted... More...
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United States of America v. ISTA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Pharmaceutical company ISTA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. pled guilty earlier today to conspiracy to introduce a misbranded drug into interstate commerce and conspiracy to pay illegal remuneration in violation of the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the Justice Department announced today. U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara accepted ISTA's guilty pleas. The guilty pleas are part of a global settle... More...   $0 (05-25-2013 - NY)

United States of America v Armanda Villalobos

The State of Texas charged former Cameron County District Attorney Armanda Villalobos with racketeering, bribery and extortion in conjunction with the acceptance of bribes for courts favors, including an $80,000 payment in a scheme that allowed a convicted murder to escape.

He was charged with numerous felony counts including racketerring in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1962; extortion (under ... More...
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Rick D. Baty v. Bowen, Miclette & Britt, Inc., Samuel F. Bowen, David G. Miclette, and Edward G. Britt, Jr.,

A former employee and shareholder of a corporation appeals a judgment confirming an arbitration award regarding claims between him, on one side, and the corporation and three shareholders, on the other side. The trial court had compelled the former employee and shareholder to arbitrate his claims pursuant to an arbitration provision in a shareholders’ agreement. On appeal, the former

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   $0 (05-23-2013 - TX)

United States v. Eric Erskine

Defendant-Appellant Swahili Johnson appeals from an order of the United States District 11 Court for the Southern District of New York (Denny Chin, Judge)1 granting his motion for a 12 sentence reduction under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2), pursuant to Amendment 750 of the United 13 States Sentencing Guidelines (“Guidelines”). Johnson challenges the District Court’s order 14 reducing his sentence ... More...   $0 (05-23-2013 - NY)

Adam Rybicki v. Ashley Carlson

In April 2011, five young women, all under the age of 21, got into a car after partying all night (and drinking alcohol) at a friend‟s house. Driving on the wrong side of the road, the car collided with a bicyclist, who was seriously injured. The bicyclist and his wife sued, among others, all of the occupants of the car. The trial court entered judgments in favor of the four passengers. The ques... More...   $0 (05-22-2013 - CA)

Chris Thygesen v. Robert F. Strange, Jr.

This case is a derivative shareholder suit brought by appellants, Chris Thygesen and Bruce W. Derrick, Derivatively on Behalf of ClearMediaOne, Inc. and its Shareholders, against appellees, Robert F. Strange, Jr., Robert J. Viguet, Jr.,

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and Thompson & Knight, LLP. In three issues, appellants contend the trial court erred by rendering a take-nothing judgment on the jury’s verdict ... More...
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Rick L. Schwartz v. Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company

An insured sued disability insurers alleging deceptive claims handling practices in violation of the unfair competition law (UCL) based upon the insurers’ former practice of wrongfully denying benefits to some insureds. (Bus. & Prof. Code, § 17200 et seq.)1 The trial court found that the insured, who was never denied benefits, lacked standing to pursue a UCL cause of action because the insured ... More...   $0 (05-21-2013 - CA)

Rehak Creative Services, Inc. v. Ann L. Witt

Rehak Creative Services, Inc. and Robert Rehak (collectively, “Rehak”) appeal from a final judgment granting a motion to dismiss in favor of appellees Ann L. Witt, Ellen Witt, Raymond Witt, and the Ann Witt Campaign (collectively, “Witt”). We affirm.

OVERVIEW

This appeal focuses on a recently enacted statute called the “Texas Citizens Participation Act,” which is codi... More...
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Marvin Ariel Pagoada v. The State of Texas

A jury convicted appellant Marvin Ariel Pagoada of capital murder for his role as a co-conspirator in a robbery that resulted in murder. See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 7.02 (West 2011). Pagoada contends that extraneous-offense evidence was

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improperly admitted and that the evidence was legally insufficient to prove that he should have anticipated the murder. We affirm.

Backgrou... More...
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United States of America v. Robby Ray Harris

The United States of American charged Bobby Ray Harris, age 26, of willfully making a threat in violation of 18 U.S.C. 844 and attempting to extort bank money in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2113 as a result of threatening to bomb the high school in Miami, Oklahoma on September 11, 2012. It claimed that Harris called the school and said that a bomb had been placed in the school. As a result of the cal... More...   $0 (05-15-2013 - OK)

United States of America v. James Paul Wright

The United States of America charged James Paul Wright with:

Count: 1 Citation: 18:1951.F Offense Level: 4
18:1951 Conspiracy to Commit Robbery
Count: 2 Citation: 18:1951.F Offense Level: 4
18:1951 & 2(a) Attempted Robbery
Count: 3 Citation: 18:924C.F Offense Level: 4
18:924(c)(1)(A)(ii) Possession of Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime o... More...
   $0 (05-14-2013 - OK)

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