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Jim Gibler v. Roseman's Inc.

On March 1, 2004, Jim Gibler, Thomas Hull, and Lori Byers purchased the stock of Rosenman’s, Inc., a corporation that operated a scrap metal storage yard in Ottumwa.1 At the same time the parties each signed a promissory note for the purchase of their stock and a stock restriction agreement, limiting their ability to sell or transfer the stock. The corporation adopted amended bylaws.

In a... More...
   $0 (03-07-2011 - IA)

AME Financial Corporation v. Paul G. Kiritsis

In this appeal, we consider whether AME Financial Corporation (AME) demonstrated good cause to receive relief from default and whether the circuit court abused its discretion in failing to grant AME relief pursuant to Rule 3:19(b).



Paul G. Kiritsis and Emilie A. Kiritsis (collectively the Kiritsises) filed a complaint against AME and GreenPoint Mortgage Funding, ... More...
   $0 (03-04-2011 - VA)

Guy Turi v. Main Street Adoption Services, LLP

Main Street Adoption Services, LLP and two of its officers (collectively, Main Street), none of whom are residents of Michigan, have filed this interlocutory appeal challenging the district court’s conclusions that (1) it has personal jurisdiction over Main Street regarding the various claims of the


Michigan plaintiffs, (2) venue is proper in the Eastern District of Michigan, and... More...
   $0 (03-04-2011 - MI)

Empress Casino Joliet Corporation v. Rod R. Blagojeich

This civil racketeering suit has some factual overlap with the federal prosecution of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, now awaiting retrial on various criminal counts that were tried last summer but resulted in a hung jury. Four riverboat casinos claim they are victims of a pay-to-play scheme engineered by Blagojevich and John Johnston, the owner of two Illinois horse-racing tracks.1 The ... More...   $0 (03-02-2011 - IL)

R.D. Harris v. Bill Devin Hooper

A jury found in favor of appellees Bill Devin Hooper, Maria Teresa Hooper, Hooperville, Inc., Alton Haley, and Iralee Haley on numerous claims relating to certain real estate transactions. Based on the jury’s verdict, the trial court entered judgment in favor of Hooper. On appeal, appellant R.D. Harris raises three issues essentially contending the jury’s findings are in conflict and contrar... More...   $0 (03-02-2011 - TX)

Albert Snyder v. Fred W. Phelps

A jury held members of the Westboro Baptist Church liable for millions of dollars in damages for picketing near a soldier’s funeral service. The picket signs reflected the church’s view that the United States is overly tolerant of sin and that God kills American soldiers as punishment.The question presented is whether the First Amendment shields the church members from tort liability for their... More...   $0 (03-02-2011 - DC)

Greg Shrader v. Al Biddinger

Plaintiff Greg Shrader appeals from a series of orders culminating in a judgment dismissing this action in its entirety for lack of personal jurisdiction over any of the named defendants. We affirm for reasons explained below.


Mr. Shrader brought this tort action pro se, asserting claims for defamation, false-light invasion of privacy, inte... More...
   $0 (02-28-2011 - OK)

Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly

Liability under §1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U. S. C. §1, requires a “contract, combination . . . , or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce.” The question in this putative class action is whether a §1 complaint can survive a motion to dismiss when it alleges that major telecommunications providers engaged in certain parallel conduct unfavorable to competition, absent some factual cont... More...   $0 (02-27-2011 - )

Anna Louise Huish v. RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris

Plaintiff ANNA LOUISE HUISH, Personal Representative of the ESTATE OF JOHN DELBERT HUISH, sues Defendants, R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY, PHILIP MORRIS—USA, INC., LORILLARD TOBACCO COMPANY, LORILLARD, INC., LIGGETT GROUP LLC, (f/k/a Liggett Group, Inc., f/k/a Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company) and VECTOR GROUP, LTD., INC. (f/k/a Brooke Group, Ltd.) and alleges as follows:

1. Plaintiff is ... More...
   $3000000 (02-25-2011 - FL)

Ivan Hernandez v. Cook County-Sheriff's Office

The defendants, officers of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and the Sheriff’s Office itself, appeal from a denial of summary judgment sought on grounds of qualified immunity. We reverse the denial of summary judgment and remand for reconsideration of the qualified immunity defense.

I. Facts and Procedural History

A. Factual Background

The event immediately precipit... More...
   $0 (02-24-2011 - IL)

BTM Trucking, Inc. v. Grange Insurance Co.

{¶ 1} Plaintiff-appellant BTM Trucking, Inc., appeals from the trial court order that granted summary judgment to defendant-appellee “Grange Insurance.”1

{¶ 2} Appellant presents two assignments of error in which it argues on separate grounds that summary judgment for Grange on the complaint was inappropriate. Since, however, the trial court’s decision finds support in the record, a... More...
   $0 (02-24-2011 - OH)

Morris Clayton Howell v. Christopher D. Thompson

Leonard Howell filed a petition in district court on behalf of his brother, Morris Clayton Howell,[1] based upon an alleged conspiracy surrounding the appointment of a guardian for Morris. In an earlier proceeding in a different court, Morris had been declared to be totally incapacitated, and his granddaughter, Sarah Rock, had been appointed to be the permanent guardian of Morris’s person and e... More...   $0 (02-24-2011 - TX)

BWD, Inc. d/b/a Witt International Trucks v. John Charles Stevens, Jr. and Doug Patterson

BWD, Inc. d/b/a Witt International Trucks sued John Charles Stevens, John Charles Stevens, Jr., and Doug Patterson for breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, money had and received, conspiracy, theft, tortious interference with contractual relations, negligence, gross negligence, and willful misconduct. The trial court granted the no-evidence motions for summary judgment filed by Patterson and Ste... More...   $0 (02-24-2011 - TX)

Doris Lam and Brian Mai v. Phuong Nguyen

Appellants Doris Lam and Brian Mai filed suit against appellee Phuong Nguyen and others. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of Nguyen, severed the claims against her from the remainder of the original lawsuit, and rendered a final take nothing judgment in Nguyen's favor. Lam and Mai appeal, contending the trial court erred in granting summary judgment. We affirm. I. BACKGROUND ... More...   $0 (02-24-2011 - TX)

Dynegy, Inc. v. Terry W. Yates, Individually, and Terry W. Yates, P.C.

The panel, on its own motion, has reconsidered the motion for rehearing filed by appellees, Terry W. Yates, Individually, and Terry W. Yates, P.C., on June 30, 2010, and has determined that its analysis of the statute of frauds issue in its opinion dated August 25, 2010 is erroneous. Accordingly, this court’s opinion and judgment dated August 25, 2010 are withdrawn, and this opinion and judgment... More...   $0 (02-23-2011 - TX)

Donald Brandt v. Jonathan E. Ozmint

Donald Brandt instituted a legal malpractice suit against Elizabeth Gooding and her law firm, Gooding & Gooding PA, (collectively "Gooding") in South Carolina state court after Gooding represented Brandt in the closing of a real estate transaction. During the course of that proceeding, the state court summarily found Brandt guilty of criminal contempt and sentenced him to six months’ imprisonmen... More...   $0 (02-18-2011 - SC)

William White v. R.M. Packer Co., Inc.

The plaintiffs in this case complain that the prices for gasoline on Martha's Vineyard have been artificially high due both to an illegal price-fixing conspiracy among four of the island's nine gas stations and to unconscionable price-gouging in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. As to the antitrust claims, the stations agree for the purposes of summary judgment that there is ev... More...   $0 (02-18-2011 - MA)

Jose Salome Guizar Soriano v. State of Oklahoma

¶1 Jose Salome Guizar Soriano, Appellant, was charged and convicted of two counts of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Drug (methamphetamine), under 63 O.S.Supp.2005, § 2-401(B)(2) (Counts I and IV), and two counts of Trafficking in Illegal Drugs (methamphetamine), under 63 O.S.Supp.2007, § 2-415 (Counts II and III), in a jury trial held before the Honorable Danita G. Williams, District Judge, ... More...   $0 (02-16-2011 - OK)

Jose Salome Guizar Soriano v. State of Oklahoma

¶1 Jose Salome Guizar Soriano, Appellant, was charged and convicted of two counts of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Drug (methamphetamine), under 63 O.S.Supp.2005, § 2-401(B)(2) (Counts I and IV), and two counts of Trafficking in Illegal Drugs (methamphetamine), under 63 O.S.Supp.2007, § 2-415 (Counts II and III), in a jury trial held before the Honorable Danita G. Williams, District Judge, ... More...   $0 (02-16-2011 - OK)

Dykeba Lecole Rogers v. Houston Independent School District

Pro se plaintiffs Floyd Thomas Rogers Sr. and Dykeba Lecole Rogers, on behalf of themselves and as next of kin of their six children (collectively, “the Plaintiffs”), appeal the district court’s judgment dismissing all of their claims against the Houston Independent School District (“HISD”) and HISD administrators and teachers (collectively, “the Defendants”), and denying their reque... More...   $0 (02-14-2011 - TX)

United States of America v. Tyson Foods, Inc.

Tyson Foods Inc. has agreed to pay a $4 million criminal penalty to resolve an investigation into improper payments by company representatives to government-employed inspection veterinarians in Mexico, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

“Tyson... More...
   $5200000 (02-13-2011 - )

Dion Starr v. Leory Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff

Plaintiff Dion Starr brings a § 1983 action for damages resulting from a violent attack he allegedly suffered while he was an inmate in the Los Angeles County Jail. The district court dismissed Starr’s supervisory liability claim for deliberate indifference against Sheriff Leroy Baca in his individual capacity under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) for failure to state a claim. Because ... More...   $0 (02-11-2011 - CA)

Mouhamadou M. Sow v. Fortville Police Department

Plaintiff-Appellant, Mouhamadou M. Sow, was arrested for forgery based upon information that he tried to cash a fake money order. Plaintiff was later able to produce a receipt for the money order and the charge against him was dismissed. On July 24, 2008, he filed a Complaint in the Southern District of Indiana. Plaintiff named as Defendants: the United States of America, U.S. Postal Employees Lyn... More...   $0 (02-11-2011 - IN)

Tuxedo International Inc. v. Michael Rosenberg

In this appeal, we address the proper analysis to determine whether a forum selection clause applies to the tort claims pleaded by a plaintiff when the dispute is arguably related to a contract containing an applicable forum selection clause. We conclude that the best approach for resolving this issue is one that focuses first on the intent of the parties regarding a forum selection clause’s ap... More...   $0 (02-10-2011 - NV)

JSC Neftegas-Impex v. Transcontinental Products and Services, Inc. and Citibank, N.A.

A jury rendered judgment in favor of JSCNI and against Transcontinental Products and Services, Inc. ("TPS") for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. The jury also rendered judgment in favor of JSCNI and against Citibank for fraud, knowing participation in TPS's breach of fiduciary duty, and conspiracy. The jury awarded actual damages against both defendants and exemplary damages against Citibank. T... More...   $0 (02-10-2011 - TX)

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