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Medical City Dallas Hospital, Inc. and Columbia Hospital at Medical City Dallas Subsidiary, L.P. v. Ardell Williams

This case presents an interlocutory appeal from a trial court’s order denying a motion to dismiss filed by Medical City Dallas Hospital, Inc. and Columbia Hospital at Medical City Dallas Subsidiary, L.P. (collectively, Hospitals). Hospitals contend the trial court erred by concluding the claim by Ardell Williams against them is not a health care liability claim under section 74.351 of the civil ... More...   $0 (04-08-2015 - TX)

Candice Jones v. Michael Alayon

In this wrongful death action arising out of an automobile accident, the jury found the decedent at fault for his own death due to his failure to wear a seatbelt. It awarded fewer damages than the plaintiff sought. On appeal, the decedent’s estate argues that the court abused its discretion in admitting hearsay that the decedent’s wife spent the parties’ money on drugs; abused its discretion... More...   $0 (04-08-2015 - FL)

The People v. Raul Ernesto Rodriguez

A jury found Raul Ernesto Rodriguez guilty of robbery (Pen. Code, § 211)1 (count 1) and evading arrest with reckless driving (Veh. Code, § 2800.2, subd. (a)) (count 2). The jury also found true a prior strike conviction allegation (§§ 667, subds. (b)-(i), 1170.12, 668, and 1192.7, subd. (c)), and a prior serious felony conviction allegation (§§ 667, subd. (a)(1), 668, and 1192.7, subd. (c)).... More...   $0 (04-08-2015 - CA)

The People v. Lisa Sedillo

Defendant Lisa Sedillo appeals her March 2013 conviction of one count of second degree murder (Pen. Code, § 187, subd. (a)),1 five counts of attempted murder (§§ 664, 187, subd. (a)), and one count of shooting at an inhabited dwelling (§ 246). The convictions arise out of a gang-related shooting on December 1, 1992 that occurred outside a home in Long Beach. Francisco Moreno, the actual shoote... More...   $0 (04-08-2015 - CA)

Stephen Sedlock v. Timothy Baird

For many in this country, the practice of yoga is an entirely secular experience undertaken for reasons such as increasing physical flexibility, decreasing pain, and reducing stress. For others, the practice of yoga is a religious ritual, undertaken for spiritual purposes. In this case, we are required to determine whether a school district's institution of a yoga program as a component of its phy... More...   $0 (04-03-2015 - CA)

The People v. Benjamin Bettencourt

Santa Maria, CA - The People charged Benjamin Bettencourt, age 39, with vehicular homicide as a result of the death of Jennifer Ann Clark when the vehicle that he was driving on November 24, 2012 ran off the road and hit a tree on Highway 246. It asserted that Bettencourt's blood alcohol level was over the legal limit at the time of the accident. ... More...   $0 (04-03-2015 - CA)

Family and Estate of Remington Walden v. FCA US, LLC d/b/a Chrysler

Bainbridge, GA - Family and Estate of Remington Walden sued FCA US, LLC d/b/a Chrysler on a products liability wrongful death theory claiming that the 1999 Jeep in which Remington, age 4, was a passenger was defective and unreasonably dangerous because the fuel tank for the vehicle was located behind the rear axle of the vehicle and was not adequately protected in the event of rear-end impact. The... More...   $150000000 (04-03-2015 - )

In the Interest of T.L.R and T.J.R., Children

S.D.A. (the Mother) appeals from the decree terminating her parental rights
to her Children, T.L.R. and T.J.R. (the Children).1 The Mother raises three issues
challenging the legal and factual sufficiency of the evidence supporting the two
predicate termination grounds recited in the judgment and the trial court’s finding
that termination of the Mother’s parental rights is in t... More...
   $0 (04-02-2015 - TX)

Richard J. Malouf, DDS; Richard J, Malouf, DDS, PC; and Richard J. Malouf, DDS, PA v. The State of Texas ex rel. Dr. Christine Ellis, DDS and Madelayne Castillo

This interlocutory appeal presents the issue of whether claims brought by appellees
the State of Texas and relators Dr. Christine Ellis, DDS, and Madelayne Castillo under the Texas
Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act (TMFPA), see Tex. Hum. Res. Code §§ 36.001–.132, are subject
to the expert-report requirement of the Texas Medical Liability Act (TMLA), see Tex. Civ. Prac.
& Rem. Code ... More...
   $0 (04-02-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Ken Jermaine Fowler

PHOENIX, AZ – Ken Jermaine Fowler, 30, of Tuba City, Ariz., a member of the Navajo Nation, was found guilty by a federal jury of involuntary manslaughter and assault resulting in serious bodily injury of a minor. The case was tried before U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow from March 3 - 26, 2015. The defendant was remanded into custody after trial. Sentencing is set before Judge Snow on June 2... More...   $0 (04-01-2015 - AZ)

Sammie Horowitz v. Maureen P. Horowitz

Sammie Horowitz challenges a final judgment of injunction for protection
against domestic violence issued for the protection of his estranged wife, Maureen P.
Horowitz. Because there was not competent, substantial evidence establishing that
Mrs. Horowitz was a victim of domestic violence or that she was in imminent danger of
becoming a victim of domestic violence, we reverse.
-... More...
   $0 (04-01-2015 - FL)

United States of America v. Terence Taylor, Arthur Mckinnis, Noel Jones, Terrell Dyer, Percy Depron, Ernest Diaz, Malcolm Bolden, Terrell Davis, and Melvin Smith

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TERENCE TAYLOR, age 36; ARTHUR MCKINNIS, age 24; NOEL JONES, age 27; TERRELL DYER, age 30; PERCY DEPRON, age 28; ERNEST DIAZ, age 25; MALCOLM BOLDEN, age 20; TERRELL DAVIS, age 24; and MELVIN SMITH, age 30, all pled guilty today to an Indictment for conspiring to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin in the New Orleans area. TAYLOR and BOLDEN als... More...   $0 (03-31-2015 - LA)

Dennis Ray Hennefer v. Blaine County School District #61

The appellant, Blaine County School District #61 (School), appeals from a jury verdict and post-trial orders favoring the respondents, Dennis and Maryann Hennefer, the parents of Austin Hennefer, who died in a T-bone type automobile accident while performing a three-point turnabout at the instruction of Jeffrey Mecham, a School driver training instructor. The jury returned a special verdict, findi... More...   $0 (03-30-2015 - ID)

The People v. George Scott Huggins, Jr.

The California Penal Code requires corroboration for the testimony of an accomplice (Pen. Code, § 1111) 1 and an in-custody informant (§ 1111.5). In the published portion of this opinion we address a question of first impression: may an accomplice and in-custody informant corroborate each other? We conclude they may. In the unpublished portion of the opinion, we correct certain sentencing errors... More...   $0 (03-30-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Haroon Aswat

New York, NY - Haroon Awat pled guilty in Manhattan federal court to terrorism charges related to ASWAT’s efforts to establish a terrorist training camp in the United States. ASWAT was arrested in Zambia in July 2005. In August 2005, ASWAT was deported from Zambia to the United Kingdom, where he was arrested pursuant to a provisional arrest warrant that was issued in response to a request by the... More...   $0 (03-30-2015 - OK)

State of Washington v. Erick Nathaniel Walker

Everett, WA - The State of Washington charged Erick Walker with first-degree murder as a result of the shooting death of 15-year-old Molly Conley in June of 2013 as she walked with friends along a Lake Stevens road with a group of friends. The State also charged Walker with drive-by-shooting and four assault charges.

The defense challenged the evidence of guilt.... More...
   $0 (03-30-2015 - WA)

State of Oklahoma v. Randle Raymond Lockett

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Randle Raymond Lockett first degree murder in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7 and possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony in violation of 21 O.S. 1283 in the shooting death of 21-year-old Charles Edward "C.J." Johnson on September 21, 2013. The information filed by the State alleged:

21 O.S. 701.7
   $0 (03-30-2015 - OK)

Government of Italy v. Amanda Knox

Rome, Itally - The Government of Italy charged Amanda Knox and Faffaele Sollecito with the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, age 21. The State accused Knox with participation in the killing of her roommate whose throat had been slashed and who had been sexually assaulted.

Wikipedia article about this case:

"Ama... More...
   $0 (03-28-2015 - )

Walter Maclovi-Sierra v. City of Omaha

Walter Maclovi-Sierra brought this action against the City of Omaha under the Political Subdivisions Tort Claims Act (the Act),1 seeking damages for injuries he sustained when he was struck by a stolen vehicle allegedly being pursued by Omaha police officers. Following a bench trial, the district court for Douglas County dismissed the action after finding that any pursuit had terminated prior to t... More...   $0 (03-27-2015 - NE)

Deborah Herting v. California Department of Health Care Services

In this case we are called upon to examine the relationship between “special needs trusts,” which allow certain individuals to qualify for public medical assistance under the federal Medicaid program, and the provisions entitling the state to recover the amounts it has paid to provide such assistance. Deborah Herting, trustee of the Alexandria A. Pomianowski Special Needs Trust, appeals... More...   $0 (03-27-2015 - CA)

BNSF Railway Company v. Vicki L. Kralovetz

Petitioner BNSF Railway Company seeks a writ of mandate directing respondent trial court to vacate its order denying petitioner’s motion to quash service of process for lack of general personal jurisdiction. Real parties in interest Vicki L. Kralovetz, individually and in her capacity as personal representative of the Estate of Peter J. Kralovetz, Aaron Kralovetz, and Sarah Kralovetz (collective... More...   $0 (03-27-2015 - CA)

State of Tennessee v. Jasmine Randers

Nashville, TN - The State of Tennessee charged Jasmine Randers, age 36, neglect in conjunction with the death of her 5-day-old child. Ms. RAnders has a history of mental illness.

Randers admitted having the child in bed with her and when she woke up she found the child had died. The cause of death could not be determined.

The State would not go forward with a plea deal unless s... More...
   $0 (03-27-2015 - TN)

State of Alabama v. Joyce Hardin Garrard

Gadsden, AL - The State of Alabama charged Joyce Hardin Garrard, 49, with capital murder in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter.

The defense claimed that she did not mean to harm the girl while she was punishing her for telling a lie.

The State alleged that Garrard caused the death of Savannah Hardin in February of 2012 by making her run and carry wood for hours as ... More...
   $0 (03-27-2015 - AL)

State of Oregon v. Lloyd Erp

Portland, OR - The State of Oregon charged Lloyd Erp, age 58, with first-degree murder in conjunction with the death of his terminally ill wife, Lori Erp, in a botched murder suicide pact. Lori and Lloyd Erp signed a suicide note stating their reasons for wanting to die on March 2, 2013. Each suffered gun shot wounds to their heads that resulted in the death of Lori. ... More...   $0 (03-26-2015 - OR)

Estate of Camellia A. Keagy, deceased, through its personal representative, P. Gae Widdows v. Connie L. Heflin and Dennis Heflin

Tulsa, OK - Estate of Camellia A. Keagy, deceased, through its personal representative, P. Gaye Widdows v. Connie L. Heflin and Dennis Heflin on conversion theories:

1. P. Gae Widdows is the duly appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of Camellia A. Keagy filed in the Tulsa County District Court in case number PB-2012-584 (“the Probate”).
2. Camellia A. Keagy (“Camellia... More...
   $1 (03-25-2015 - OK)

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