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STATE OF IOWA vs. DON N. FRANKLIN Iowa Court of Appeals

Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the State, the record
shows the following. On July 23, 2015, Franklin and a friend were sitting at a bar
in Dubuque. The friend was smoking a cigarette inside the bar, which is
prohibited. The owner of the bar, David Lorenz, walked up to the friend, took the
cigarette, and threw it out. A verbal argument between the owner,... More...
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Julie Lowery v. Houston Ford Lowery III

Appellant, Julie Lowery, appeals the trial court’s order that terminated spousal maintenance in favor of appellee, Houston Ford Lowery III. In three issues, Julie argues that (1) the trial court erred in terminating spousal maintenance and (2) Houston’s motion to clarify amounted to a collateral attack on the divorce decree.
We reverse.
Julie and Houston entered into a... More...
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On September 30, 2011, Halton filed three separate complaints, alleging that Burkert committed the petty disorderly persons offense of harassment on January 8, 9, and 11, 2011, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4(c).1 A three-day trial was held in
1 A petty disorderly persons offense is punishable by up to thirty days in jail. N.J.S.A. 2C:43-8.
the Elizabeth ... More...
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Franklin Wilcox v. State of Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana

During the relevant period, Wilcox was on probation and violated the terms of
his probation by failing to report to the Howard County Probation Department.
On April 5, 2017, the Howard County Sheriff’s Department executed an arrest
warrant at his residence for a separate offense in the presence of Wilcox’s wife
and their child. The officers found the house in filthy condition... More...
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Bryan Fearman v. State of Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana

Fearman was convicted of attempting to murder Lerron McDowell, as well as
several other offenses.2 The McDowell family attended Fearman’s sentencing
hearing on March 17, 2017. When the prosecutor informed the court of the
family’s presence, Fearman said, “Who gives a f*ck if they’re in the f*cking
room.” (Tr. Vol. II at 6.) The judge informed Fearman his behavior in court <... More...
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In Re: Jimmy John's Overtime Litigation Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Plaintiffs‐appellants brought this
collective and class action lawsuit against Jimmy John’s1 on
behalf of all assistant store managers nationwide for violations
of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Although the
vast majority of plaintiffs work in stores owned by franchisees,
2 they claim that Jimmy John’s is their joint employer.
1 The Jimmy John’s corporate defe... More...
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Cody A. Waters v. Beth T. Waters

Cody A. Waters appeals a final decree of divorce appointing Beth T. Waters as the sole
managing conservator of their children B.W. and T.W. Cody asserts the trial court erred by: (1)
refusing to rule on his motions; (2) appointing Beth as sole managing conservator; (3) allowing
the children’s counselor to determine whether Cody should have any possession of and access to
the childr... More...
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Brian Christopher Keith v. The State of Texas Murder trial of Hardin man accused of revenge killing of baby ends with hung jury

The complainant N.K., born on May 31, 2013, was the infant daughter of S.K.1
While Keith was listed on N.K.’s birth certificate as the father, it was uncontroverted
that he was not the biological father of the child. During an extended period of
absence from the home by Keith, S.K. had an affair with another man, which
produced the child. There was testimony at trial that Keith... More...
   $0 (12-12-2017 - TX)

Optional Capital , Inc. v. Akin Gump Straus, Hauer and Feld, LLP

Optional Capital, Inc. (Optional or Plaintiff) sued
various entities and individuals, including DAS Corporation
(DAS) and its counsel—Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld
LLP (Akin) and Parker Shumaker Mills LLP, David Parker
and William Mills (collectively, Parker) (collectively with
Akin, Defendants)—for conversion and fraudulent transfer.
Plaintiff sought to recover from Defend... More...
   $0 (12-08-2017 - CA)

Department of Forestry and Fire Protection v. Eunice E. Howell

A wildfire started in Plumas County on September 3, 2007, and burned
approximately 65,000 acres over the course of multiple weeks. This fire, dubbed the
“Moonlight Fire,” was at the center of several actions filed by plaintiffs Department of
Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), Grange Insurance Association, and multiple
1 in 2009 and 2010 against defendants Eunic... More...
   $0 (12-07-2017 - CA)


Following a jury trial, defendant was convicted of third
degree attempted escape, N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1 and 2C:29-5; third-degree
possession of escape implements, N.J.S.A. 2C:29-6; and fourth
degree unlawful possession of a weapon, namely, a screw, N.J.S.A.
2C:39-5(d).1 He was acquitted of third-degree possession of a
weapon for unlawful purposes, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4(d). Defendant ... More...
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Jessica Petersheim n/k/a Fry v. Joshua Petersheim

{¶1} Appellant, Jessica Fry, f.k.a. Jessica Petersheim, appeals the judgment of the
Wayne County Court of Common Pleas. This Court reverses and remands.
{¶2} This matter arises out of the divorce of Fry and Joshua Petersheim. Fry filed a
complaint for divorce on December 6, 2012. The parties eventually entered into a separation
agreement and the trial court issued a judgment... More...
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United States of America v. Kurt Pomrenke District of Virginia Federal Courthouse - Abington, Virginia

Abingdon, VA - Former Judge Sentenced on Federal Contempt Charge - Kurt Pomrenke to Serve Two Months in Prison

A former juvenile and domestic relations judge was sentenced this week to prison time on federal contempt of court charges related to his wife’s federal trial on public corruption charges.

Kurt Pomrenke, 64, of Bristol, Virginia, was sentenced this week to two months in... More...
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Joyce Bartholomew v. Youtube, LLC

We are asked in this case to decide whether a musician stated a claim for libel per
quod against the popular video viewing Web site, YouTube. When YouTube decided to
block access to Joyce Bartholomew’s video, it posted a statement that the video had
violated YouTube’s terms of service, a statement which also provided a hyperlink to a list
of examples and tips, a list YouTube called... More...
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Defendant Caleb Gray-Burriss founded the National Association of Special Police and
Security Officers (“NASPSO”) in the 1990s and served the labor union in various high-ranking
positions. The government’s 19-count Second Superseding Indictment, filed in August 2012,
charged Gray-Burriss with “two distinct schemes to steal from the union and its members.”
United States v. Gray... More...
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Kathy Roberts, Angela Sparks and Ezabella Dardenne v. Maklyn Burns and Teressa Dale Burns

Tulsa, OK - Kathy Roberts, Angela Sparks and Ezabella Dardenne sued Maklyn Burns and Teressa Dale Burns

Filed Date: 08/18/2015
Party Name Disposition Information
Defendant: BURNS, MAKLYN Disposed: DISMISSED - SETTLED, 11/27/2017. Dismissed- Settled
Defendant: BURNS, TERESSA DALE Disposed: ... More...
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Janice Dickinson v. William H. Cosby, Jr., Martin D. Singer

Plaintiff Janice Dickinson went public with her accusations
of rape against William H. Cosby, Jr. Cosby, in turn, through his
attorney, Martin Singer, reacted with (1) a letter demanding
media outlets not repeat Dickinson’s allegedly false accusation,
under threat of litigation (“demand letter”); and (2) a press
release characterizing Dickinson’s rape accusation as a lie (“pres... More...
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Amber Gascho v. Global Fitness Holdings Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Cincinnati, Ohio

The contempt power ensures that the judiciary’s mandates are
authoritative rather than advisory. But an imperious judiciary is just as problematic as a
powerless one. So the contempt power is limited: A party cannot be held in contempt unless it
has violated a definite and specific court order. Exactly when a court order becomes definite and
specific is the question of this appeal.... More...
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State v. Luke P. Peters Supreme Court of Rhode Island

The facts that follow are derived from the filings of the parties and are undisputed for the
purposes of this appeal. On August 6, 2014, after having purchased alcohol from a local liquor
store, defendant, along with John Willette (Willette) and two underage minors, Julia, and Kajia,1
went to Willette’s home and consumed the alcohol. At 11 p.m., the group decided to drive to
... More...
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Cody Craig v. Bob Mills Furniture Company, LLC, James Sesock and TCB Delivery, Inc.

Oklahoma City, OK - Cody Craig sued Bob Mills Furniture Company, LLC, James Sesock and TCB Delivery, Inc., which was schedules for delivery on May 15, 2015. Cody Graig was the owners and operator of TCB Delivery. Craig was instructed to deliver furniture not purchased by the purchasers of the other furniture. During the assemble of a murphy bed, Sesock stomped on the bed causing a spring-loaded l... More...   $9000000 (11-09-2017 - OK)

United States of America v. Rudolf Suter Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - Swiss Citizen Serves 11 Months For Bankruptcy Perjury

Rudolf Suter, 67, formerly of Dallas, appeared in federal court on November 7, 2017 before U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey and was sentenced to time served (nearly 11 months in federal custody) for committing perjury in a federal proceeding under oath.

Based on witness testimony at the sentencing hearing, Ju... More...
   $0 (11-07-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Melina Ali Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse

Following an investigation of Melina Ali’s income tax liability, the Internal Revenue Service issued a summons to her seeking various documents. When Ali failed to produce certain documents, the district court held her in contempt. Ali appeals, and for the reasons that follow, we affirm.
This case involves a complex factual and procedural history, which we need only briefly summarize. I... More...
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Curtis Giovanni Flowers a/k/a Curtis Flowers a/k/a Curtis G. Flowers v. State of Mississippi

At approximately 9:00 on the morning of July 16, 1996, Bertha Tardy, the owner of
Tardy Furniture Store, called Sam Jones and asked him to come to the store to train two new
employees. When Jones arrived at the store a short time later, he discovered the bodies of
Bertha Tardy, Robert Golden, Carmen Rigby, and Derrick Stewart. All four victims had
been shot in the head; Stewart w... More...
   $0 (11-03-2017 - MS)

Wiseman Park, LLC v. Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC

Wiseman Park, LLC (appellant) appeals from the judgment entered
following the trial court sustaining the demurrer of Southern Glazer’s Wine
and Spirits, LLC (respondent)1 to appellant’s complaint without leave to
amend. Appellant, the holder of a license to sell alcoholic beverages in its
restaurant, purchased alcoholic beverages from respondent, a licensed
wholesale distributo... More...
   $0 (10-15-2017 - CA)

Jamie Cosenza v. Nancy Berryhill Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Courtroom - Chicago, Illinois

After the Social Security Administration denied
her application for disability benefits on behalf of her
minor son, Jamie Cosenza sought review in the district court.
The court found error in the administrative law judge’s
reasoning, remanded the case to the agency for further
proceedings, and closed the federal case. While the agency
review still was ongoing, Cosenza filed... More...
   $0 (10-12-2017 - IL)

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