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Death Law
Clinton Keith Dawson and Brandy Lake v. Will Matthew Lowrey

This suit regards a dispute between Pat Lowrey’s natural children and his former step-children (children of a woman from whom Pat was divorced several years before his August 31, 2012 death after a long bout with cancer)1 over the proceeds of a bank account.
Clinton Keith Dawson and Brandy Lake, Pat’s former step-children, brought suit against Will Lowrey (Pat’s son, who also was his att... More...
   $0 (07-29-2014 - TX)

Wendy Jeanelle Hennig v. Matthew Michael Didyk

Appellant Wendy Jeanelle Hennig appeals from a judgment entered in favor of appellee Michael “Miro” Didyk, individually and as independent administrator of the estate of Matthew Michael Didyk, deceased, appellant’s former husband, following a nonjury trial. In three issues, appellant argues the trial court erred by (1) failing to give effect to the decedent’s designation of appellant as th... More...   $0 (07-28-2014 - TX)

Alexander R. and Rebecca Davis v. Texas Mutual Insurance Company

Appellants Alexander R. Davis and Rebecca Davis appeal the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of appellee Texas Mutual Insurance Company. In a single issue, appellants assert Ronald Davis was in the course and scope of his employment when he sustained an injury that resulted in his death and, therefore, appellee is liable for workers’ compensation benefits and the trial court err... More...   $0 (07-28-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Jason Yazzie

ALBUQUERQUE – Jason Yazzie, 31, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Fruitland, N.M., was sentenced today to 270 months (22.5 years) in federal prison for his voluntary manslaughter and assault conviction. Yazzie will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

Yazzie was arrested on Aug. 6, 2013, based on a criminal complaint allegi... More...
   $0 (07-28-2014 - NM)

Martha Duban v. Waverly Sales Co.

Thomas and Martha Duban brought a negligence action against Waverly Sales
Company (Waverly) arising out of injuries Martha sustained when she was stepped
on by a horse at a Waverly draft horse auction. The district court1 denied Waverly’s
1The Honorable Jon Stuart Scoles, United States Magistrate Judge for the
Northern District of Iowa, to whom the case was referred for final dis... More...
   $237535 (07-28-2014 - IA)

Michael Dean Scott v. Marc Houk, Warden

After his conviction in Ohio state court for two murders and the
aggravated robbery and kidnapping of one of his victims, petitioner Michael Dean Scott was
sentenced to death. Scott appealed and pursued post-conviction remedies in state court, to no
avail. He now seeks habeas relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. The district court denied relief.
No. 11-4361 Scott v. Houk Page 2More...
   $0 (07-28-2014 - OH)

Timothy B. Bostic v. George E. Schaefer, II

Via various state statutes and a state constitutional amendment, Virginia prevents same-sex couples from marrying and refuses to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Two same-sex couples filed suit to challenge the constitutionality of these laws, alleging that they violate the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. The district court granted the couples... More...   $0 (07-28-2014 - VA)

State of Iowa v. Jeremy Michael Cory

Nevada, IA - The State of Iowa charged Jeremy Michael Cory, age 45, with first-degree murder in conjunction with the death of Vallerie Cory, age 49, who was shot to death in April of 2013.... More...   $0 (07-26-2014 - )

The People v. Kevin Dewayn Boyce

Kevin Dewayn Boyce (defendant) and Andre Willis burglarized two businesses, robbing several people inside. During the first crime, off-duty peace officer Shayne York was killed. A jury convicted defendant of first degree murder with the special circumstances of killing a peace officer in retaliation for the performance of his duties and of murder during the commission of robbery and burglary.1 Bec... More...   $0 (07-24-2014 - CA)

Shagufta Khan v. Salim Valliani and Agha Juice and Cafe

Shagufta Khan filed this personal injury action, claiming that Salim Valliani had sexually assaulted her when she was fifteen years old. The trial court dismissed the suit with prejudice based on a finding that Khan had “failed to follow the Court’s Orders on several occasions.” We consider two issues on appeal: (1) whether the trial court abused its discretion by assessing a $400 sanction f... More...   $0 (07-24-2014 - TX)

Mindi M., individually and as next friend of S.M., a child v. The Flagship Hotel, Ltd, Flagship Hospitality, Inc., Individually and d/b/a Flagship Hotel

After considering the motion for rehearing, our judgment in this case remains unchanged; however, to address points raised in the motion, we withdraw our opinion from June 26, 2014, and issue this substitute opinion in its place. We deny the motion as moot.
Mindi M. sued the Flagship Hotel and a related entity (collectively, the “Hotel”) after her minor son, S.M., was sexually abused... More...
   $0 (07-24-2014 - TX)

Beatrice Pitre v. Robert Forward Sr. Independent Executor of the Estate of Marie Mahathy Forward

This appeal involves a will contest concerning the estate of Marie Mahathy
Forward. Marie died on November 24, 2008, at the age of ninety-six years old.1 On
December 4, 2008, Robert Forward Sr., Marie’s son and appellee herein, filed an
application to probate Marie’s will executed on November 22, 2002, which left
Marie’s entire estate to Robert (the “2002 Will”). However,... More...
   $0 (07-24-2014 - TX)

Bonnie Johnson v. Vyju Ram, M.D. and Michael J. Bishop, M.D.

Appellants, Bonnie Johnson, individually and as representative of the estate of Jalen Johnson, and Anthony Johnson, challenge the trial court’s rendition of summary judgment in favor of appellees, Vyju Ram, M.D. (“Ram”), and Michael
J. Bishop, M.D., P.A., doing business as Grand Parkway Pediatrics (“GPP”), on their health care liability claims against Ram and GPP. In three issu... More...
   $0 (07-24-2014 - TX)

Jeremy Hamilton v. Betty Hamilton

A question of personal jurisdiction is at the center of this appeal. A stepson appeals an order denying his motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and an order granting a temporary injunction. He argues the trial court erred in denying his motion to dismiss and granting the temporary injunction because he lacks minimum contacts with the State of Florida. We agree and reverse.
The ... More...
   $0 (07-23-2014 - FL)

Office of Attorney General v. Kimberly Ann Parks-Cornelius

The Office of the Attorney General of Texas (OAG) appeals from a default judgment rendered in favor of Kimberly Ann Parks-Cornelius in her suit to recover past due child support. OAG contends the trial court’s judgment should be reversed because there is error apparent on the face of the record. We reverse and render.
Parks-Cornelius’s ex-husband was ordered to pay child sup... More...
   $0 (07-23-2014 - TX)

Lawrence Bailey v. Respironics, Inc. and Respironics Colorado, Inc.

Lawrence Bailey, individually and as representative of the estate of Paula S. Bailey,
deceased, Melissa Bailey and Byron Bailey (Bailey) appeal the trial court’s summary judgment
in favor of Respironics, Inc. and Respironics Colorado, Inc. In four points of error, Bailey
argues the trial court erred in (1) refusing to continue Respironics’ motion for summary
judgment, (2) strik... More...
   $0 (07-23-2014 - TX)

Los Angeles Unified School District v. Los Angeles Times Communications, LLC

When it comes to educating children, few things are more controversial than standardized tests. And few things generate more conflict than how, or even if, teachers should try to improve their students’ performance on such tests. But by law, school districts must establish standards of expected pupil achievement, and teachers are evaluated and assessed in regards to their students’ progress. W... More...   $0 (07-23-2014 - CA)

The People v. Stephen Edward Hajek and Loi Tan Vo

Defendants Stephen Edward Hajek and Loi Tan Vo were convicted of the 1991 murder of Su Hung (Pen. Code, § 187)1 as to which lying-in-wait and torture-murder special circumstances were found true (former § 190.2, subd. (a)(15), (18)). Additionally, defendants were convicted of four counts of premeditated attempted murder (§§ 664/187), one count of kidnapping (§ 207, subd. (a)), three counts of... More...   $0 (07-23-2014 - CA)

Angela Matthews v. Shirley Lenoir

In this interlocutory appeal,1 Angela Matthews appeals the trial court’s order denying her motion to dismiss a wrongful death health care liability claim arising out of her alleged negligence in providing nursing care to Shana Lenoir and her two unborn children. Matthews was employed as a nurse by U.T. Physicians. The trial court held that Shirley Lenoir, Individually and as Personal Representat... More...   $0 (07-22-2014 - TX)

The People v. Leopoldo Chavez

Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General, Dane R. Gillette, Chief Assistant Attorney
General, Julie L. Garland, Assistant Attorney General, A. Natasha Cortina and Annie
Featherman Fraser , Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.
A jury convicted defendants and appellants Leopoldo Chavez and Edward Elias of
two counts of first degree murder (Pen. Code, § 187, subd. (a))1 ... More...
   $0 (07-22-2014 - CA)

Timothy Sandquist v. Lebo Automotive, Inc.

In this class action, plaintiff Timothy Sandquist purports to appeal from the trial
court’s August 14, 2012 order granting defendants’ motion to compel him to arbitrate his
individual claims, as well as defendants’ motion to dismiss all class claims without
prejudice. Although this order is not appealable, we liberally construe Sandquist’s notice
of appeal to include the tr... More...
   $0 (07-22-2014 - CA)

State of Oklahoma v. Brandon Alexander Brady

The State of Oklahoma charged Brandon Alexander Brady, a mildly retarded 22-year-old, with sexually assaulting two other retarded men in a hotel room in Tulsa in violation of 21 O.S. Section 1115 which provides:

Mutiple Amendments Enacted During the 2002 ... More...
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United States v. William Robison

On April 18, 2012, Cedar Rapids police officers responded to a report that a
shot had been fired at the residence of Laura Fluke, the mother of eighteen-year-old
William Robison. The officers interviewed individuals present at Fluke’s residence,
including Jenna Moser, and learned that Fluke had been assaulted by her boyfriend,
Shane Manley, on the front porch. Moser told the offi... More...
   $0 (07-22-2014 - IA)

Rose Marie Ganoe v./ Metalclad Insulation Corporation

The plaintiffs Rose Marie Ganoe et al.1 appeal the trial court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of the defendant Metalclad Insulation Corporation (Metalclad). The decedent in this wrongful death action was diagnosed with mesothelioma and sued multiple corporate defendants for exposing him to asbestos at his workplace. Metalclad moved for summary judgment based on (1) the plaintiffs’ ... More...   $0 (07-21-2014 - CA)

Jerry G. Markadonatos v. Village of Woodridge

The plaintiff was arrested
in the Village of Woodridge, Illinois, for shoplifting, an
Illinois Class A misdemeanor. 720 ILCS 5/16‐25. Upon arriving
at the police station he was told that an administrative
fee of $30.00 is required upon completion of any custodial
arrest/booking procedure. He paid the $30 on the spot, posted
bond, and was forthwith released, without being ... More...
   $0 (07-21-2014 - IL)

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