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Buddy Wayne Webb v. Lori Beth Schlagal Midland County Texas Courthouse

Buddy Wayne Webb appeals the trial court’s lifetime protective order that
enjoined him from any contact or communication with his ex-wife, Lori Beth
Schlagal, and her minor daughter. The Midland County district attorney alleged in
the application for a protective order that Webb had engaged in a course of conduct
that constituted stalking, as defined by Section 42.072 of the ... More...
   $0 (09-01-2017 - TX)

Erika Grotheer v. Escape Adventures, Inc.

Plaintiff and appellant Erika Grotheer is a non-English speaking German citizen
who took a hot air balloon ride in the Temecula wine country and suffered a fractured leg
when the basket carrying her and seven or eight others crash landed into a fence.
Grotheer sued three defendants for her injuries: the balloon tour company, Escape
Adventures, Inc. (Escape), the pilot and Escape’s ... More...
   $0 (09-01-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, LLC Federal Courthouse - New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, LA - Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC. Convicted of Worker Safety and Clean Water Act Violations in Connection to Offshore Explosion

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC (BEE), a privately held limited liability company headquartered in Houston, Texas, was sentenced on August 31, 2017 on eight felony violations of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) and ... More...
   $0 (08-31-2017 - LA)

In re the Marriage of James Leslie Johnston and Pamela Sue Johnson

1. K.S.A. 2016 Supp. 60-260(b) allows a district court to provide relief from a final
judgment for any of the following reasons: (1) mistake, inadvertence, surprise or
excusable neglect; (2) newly discovered evidence; (3) fraud; (4) the judgment is void; (5)
the judgment has been satisfied, released or discharged; or (6) any other reason that
justifies relief.

2. The first... More...
   $0 (08-31-2017 - )

Tommy Ernest Swate, M.D. v. Texas Medical Board

Tommy Ernest Swate, M.D., appeals the district court’s judgment affirming the final
order issued by appellee, Texas Medical Board2 (the Board), revoking his license to practice
medicine in Texas. The Board revoked Dr. Swate’s license after determining that he violated the
Texas Medical Practice Act, see Tex. Occ. Code §§ 151.001-169.005 (the Act) and certain Board
rules, see 22 Tex... More...
   $0 (08-31-2017 - TX)

Theresa L. Allocca v. York Insurance Company of Maine, et al.

[¶1] In January 2014, Timothy Austin Davison, who was known as Asti,
was fatally shot while operating a vehicle that an assailant, operating another
vehicle, had forced onto a median on an interstate highway. Asti’s parents,
Theresa L. Allocca and Timothy Allen Davison, filed this action in their
individual capacities, and Davison also filed as personal representative of the
Es... More...
   $0 (08-31-2017 - ME)

Tajie Major v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

William E. Major smoked two packs of cigarettes a day, on
average, from 1961 to 1989. He was diagnosed with lung cancer
in 1997, and died a year later. His wife, plaintiff Tajie Major,
brought suit against several manufacturers of cigarettes Major
had smoked, as well as manufacturers of asbestos to which he
had been exposed, alleging that Major’s smoking and his asbestos
ex... More...
   $0 (08-31-2017 - CA)

Jose Olazagasti and Kassidy Murphy v. Jennifer Foster and Angela Sellers

Tulsa, OK - Jose Olazagasti and Kassidy Murphy v. Jennifer Foster and Angela Sellers

Issue # 1. Issue: WRONGFUL DEATH (DEATH)
Filed Date: 11/13/2015
Party Name Disposition Information
Defendant: FOSTER, JENNIFER Disposed: DISMISSED - SETTLED, 08/30/2017. Dismissed- Settled
Defendant: SELLERS, ANGELA Disposed: DISMISSED - SETTLED, 08/... More...
   $0 (08-30-2017 - OK)

State of Oklahoma v. Montoyia Corbitt

Tulsa, OK - Woman Who Stabbed Man To Death Pleads Guilty

The State of Oklahoma charged Montoyia Corbitt with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM21, MANSLAUGHTER - 1ST DEGREE - HEAT OF PASSION, in violation of 21 O.S. 711
Date of Offense: 12/02/2016
Party Name Disposition Information
Date Code Description Count Party Amount
12... More...
   $0 (08-30-2017 - OK)

Quinault Indian Nation v. Mary Linda Pearson Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Once again, the issue of tribal sovereign immunity and
cigarette taxes is back in the federal courts. In this iteration,
the Quinault Indian Nation (the “Nation”) sued Edward A.
Comenout, Jr.; Robert R. Comenout, Sr.; and other
defendants for engaging in a scheme to defraud the Nation
of taxes. When the Nation later asked the district court to
dismiss its action, Edward’s e... More...
   $0 (08-30-2017 - WA)

United States of America v. Howard Hoisington

Burlington, VT - Berlin Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Arson Case

Howard Hoisington, age 34, formerly of Berlin, pleaded guilty on August 25, 2017 in the United States District Court in Burlington to arson and robbery charges stemming from the fatal arson that occurred in Northfield in December 2015. Hoisington, who has been detained since his arrest in December 2015, appeared before Chief Ju... More...
   $0 (08-29-2017 - VT)

Stephany Borges v. County of Humbold, et al.

McKinleyville, CA - Jury Awards Mother of Homeless Man $2.5 Million On Wrongful Death Claim

Stephany Borges, the mother of Daren Ethan Borges, ate 42, sued Humboldt County and others on civil rights violation theories under 42 U.S.C. 1983 claiming that her son died in the Humboldt County jail in 2014 as a result of the actions by three county jailers who were not property trained by the c... More...
   $2500000 (08-29-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Marco Proano Federal Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, IL - Jury Convict Cop On Excessive Force Charge

The United States of America charged Marco Proano with violating 18 U.S.C. 242 by firing 16 shots at a stole care filled with teenagers in December 2013, wounding two.

18 U.S.C. 242 provides:

Deprivation of rights under color of law

Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or cus... More...
   $0 (08-28-2017 - IL)

Lisa J. Priester v. SAR Automation, Futuramic Tool and Engineering Co. and Capital Welding, Inc.

Charleston, SC - Jury Awards Dead Boeing Employee's Family $8.8 Million

Family and Estate of David Priester sued SAR Automation, Futuramic Tool and Engineering Co. and Capital Welding, Inc. on products liability and negligence theories claiming that 38-year-old David was killed when he fell from a mobile platform while working at a Dreamliner assembly plaintiff on March 18, 2013. Plainti... More...
   $8800000 (08-26-2017 - SC)

United States of America v. Eddy Wilmer Vail-Bailon Eleventh Circuit - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

This appeal requires us to decide whether Florida felony battery is a crime of
violence under the Sentencing Guidelines. Defendant Eddy Wilmer Vail-Bailon
was convicted in 2014 of illegally reentering the United States, in violation of 8
U.S.C. §§ 1326(a) and (b)(1), after having been deported following a conviction
for felony battery under Florida Statute § 784.041. Base... More...
   $0 (08-25-2017 - FL)

City of Houston v. Frank Nicolai and Debora Nicolai as Parents of Caroline Nicolai, Deceased Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

In this interlocutory appeal,1 appellant, the City of Houston (the “City”), challenges the trial court’s order denying its plea to the jurisdiction in the suit by appellees, Frank Nicolai and Debora Nicolai, as parents of Caroline Nicolai, deceased (the “Nicolais”), against the City for negligence and wrongful death.2 In its sole issue,3 the City contends that the trial court lacks subject-matter ... More...   $0 (08-25-2017 - TX)

Marvin Ray Yates, et al. v. Bryan Collier, et al. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - New Orleans, Louisiana

This appeal presents yet another chapter in a long saga of challenges to conditions of confinement in prisons throughout this circuit. The plaintiffs are inmates in the Wallace Pack Unit, a prison operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. They allege violations of the Eighth Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act due to the high temperatures in the p... More...   $0 (08-25-2017 - TX)

Caroline H. Martinez, Individually and Trustee of The Caroline H. Martinez Revocable Living Trust v. Robert Martinez

This case involves a dispute between siblings, Appellant Caroline H. Martinez (“Caroline”) and Appellee Robert Martinez (“Bob”), over ownership of certain real property. After a bench trial, the trial court entered a judgment in favor of Bob. In five issues, Caroline appeals the trial court’s judgment.
Martinez v. Martinez Page 2
Chon and Elizabeth Martinez, Caroline’s and B... More...
   $0 (08-24-2017 - TX)

Frank A. Trevino and Sidelia Trevino v. The City of Pearland

This appeal arises out of a dispute between a city and property owners in
connection with the city’s land acquisition. The owners of one piece of property
conveyed a portion of their property to the city for an agreed-upon price. When the
city and the property owners clashed over the amount the city would pay the owners
for expenses related to the relocation of their business, liti... More...
   $0 (08-24-2017 - TX)

Mahan v. Charles W. Chan Insurance Agency, Inc. et al.

In this appeal we consider whether two plaintiffs, 86-year-old Frederick Mahan
(Fred) and his 79-year-old wife Martha Mahan (Martha),1 have stated a viable claim
under the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (the Elder Abuse Act or
the Act)2
against Charles W. Chan (Chan), the Charles W. Chan Insurance Agency, Inc.
(the Chan Agency), Omar Kaddoura (Kaddoura), C... More...
   $0 (08-23-2017 - CA)

Richard Cash v. Cara King and Christian Cash

This is an appeal from a summary judgment in which the trial court declared the parties’ respective rights and interests regarding a mineral estate. Richard Cash argues the trial court erred by misconstruing assignments appellees Cara King and Chris Cash had executed, rendering a declaratory judgment, and awarding attorney’s fees. We affirm the trial court’s judgment.
1 Sitting by assignment.<... More...
   $0 (08-23-2017 - TX)

Roger Vanderklok v. United States of America

Roger Vanderklok wanted to fly from Philadelphia to
Miami, where he intended to run a half-marathon. In his
carry-on luggage, he had a heart monitor and watch stored
inside a piece of PVC pipe that was capped on both ends.
During screening at the airport security checkpoint, the pipe
and electronics prompted secondary screening, supervised by
Transportation Security Adminis... More...
   $0 (08-23-2017 - PA)

Anthony Castillo Sanchez v. The State of Oklahoma

¶1 Anthony Castillo Sanchez, Petitioner, was tried by jury and found guilty of Count 1, first degree murder, in violation of 21 O.S.Supp.1996, § 701.7(A); Count 2, first degree rape, in violation of 21 O.S.1991, § 1114(A)(3); and Count 3, forcible sodomy, in violation of 21 O.S.Supp.1992, § 888(B)(3), in Cleveland County District Court, Case No. CF-2000-325. The jury found three aggravating circum... More...   $0 (08-22-2017 - OK)

Anthony Castillo Sanchez v. The State of Oklahoma

¶1 Anthony Castillo Sanchez, Petitioner, was tried by jury and found guilty of Count 1, first degree murder, in violation of 21 O.S.Supp.1996, § 701.7(A); Count 2, first degree rape, in violation of 21 O.S.1991, § 1114(A)(3); and Count 3, forcible sodomy, in violation of 21 O.S.Supp.1992, § 888(B)(3), in Cleveland County District Court, Case No. CF-2000-325. The jury found three aggravating circum... More...   $0 (08-22-2017 - OK)

Melissa Patino-Perez, Individually and as Representative of the Estate of Marcelino Patino, Maria Patino-Perez and Ector Patino v. Nicholas K. Howland

Appellants, Melissa Patino-Perez, individually and as representative of the estate of Marcelino Patino, Maria Patino-Perez, and Ector Patino (collectively, “the Patinos”), challenge the trial court’s judgment, rendered after a trial to the court, in their suit for negligence and wrongful-death1 against appellee, Nicholas K. Howland. In four issues, the Patinos contend that the evidence is factuall... More...   $0 (08-22-2017 - TX)

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