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United States of America v. Abid Naseer

Brooklyn, NY - Following a two-week trial, Abid Naseer, 28, a Pakistani national who joined al-Qaeda and plotted to commit a terrorist attack in the United Kingdom, was found guilty by a jury in Brooklyn federal court of providing material support to al-Qaeda, conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda, and conspiring to use a destructive device in relation to a crime of violence. The evi... More...   $0 (03-04-2015 - NY)

United States of America v. Andre Ruffin

PITTSBURGH, PA - Andre Ruffin, a former resident of Munhall, Pa., was convicted by a federal jury of five men and seven women in front of Senior United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry in Pittsburgh, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today. Ruffin was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and/or ammunition.

According to information that was present... More...
   $0 (03-03-2015 - PA)

Dallas National Insurance Company v. Calitex Corp., Elshir Enterprises, L.P. and Thomas, L.P.

This is an insurance coverage case. Appellees Calitex Corporation; Elshir Enterprises, L.P.; and Thomas, L.P. (collectively, “Calitex”) filed this lawsuit against appellant Dallas National Insurance Company (“DNIC”) seeking, in part, a declaration that DNIC owes a duty to indemnify Calitex respecting a judgment Calitex obtained (the “underlying judgment”) in a separate underlying lawsu... More...   $0 (03-03-2015 - TX)

Ryan c. Christian v. State of Missouri

Following his convictions of multiple counts of assault and armed criminal action, Ryan Christian filed a motion for post-conviction relief under Supreme Court Rule 29.15. The motion alleged that Christian’s trial counsel was ineffective for failing to ask prospective jurors during voir dire whether they would consider Christian’s prior felony convictions as evidence of his guilt. The circuit ... More...   $0 (03-03-2015 - MO)

State of New York v. Lacey Spears

White Plains, NY - The State of New York charged Lacy Spears, age 27, with second-degree murder as a result of the death of her five year old son Garnett-Paul Spears which it claimed died as a result of being given fatal doses of salt (sodium) via a feeding tube.

Defense counsel asserted that there was no evidence of a crime and asserted that Spears was a loving and caring mother of a ver... More...
   $0 (03-03-2015 - NY)

United States of America v. Mary Ann Ramos

A mother and her son who were convicted of selling synthetic cannabinoids (commonly known as “K2”) and synthetic cathinones (commonly known as “bath salts”) from two eastern Iowa businesses were sentenced today in federal court in Cedar Rapids to [several years in] federal prison.

“Synthetic drugs are illegal and present a grave danger to our community, particularly ou... More...
   $0 (03-02-2015 - IA)

United States of America v. Ryan Russow

Hartford, CT - Ryan Russow, 29, of Milford, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 65 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin connected to the overdose death of a Milford man.

“Working closely with the DEA and local police, we are continuing to prioritize investigations of heroin overdoses and the prosecu... More...
   $0 (03-02-2015 - CT)

John Serna v. Estate of Jack Wesley Branstetter, deceased, et al.

Ponca City, OK - John Serna and Nattie Herrera, individually and a representatives of the Estate of Miranda Serna, sued the Estate of Jack Wesley Branstetter. The Plaintiff sued the Defendants on wrongful death theories seeking compensation for the wrongful death of their daughter, Miranda Serna, an assistant basket ball coach who died in the crash of a airplane piloted by Jack Wesley Branstetter,... More...   $250000 (02-28-2015 - OK)

United States of America v. Refugio Sanchez

ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a prisoner at the U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock, La., pleaded guilty to his role in the strangling death of a fellow inmate.

Refugio Sanchez, 36, a prisoner at Pollock Penitentiary, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to one count of voluntary manslaughter. According to evidence presented... More...
   $0 (02-26-2015 - LA)

Edixon Franco v. Arakelian Enterprises, Inc.

Our Supreme Court has transferred this matter to us with directions to vacate our decision filed November 26, 2012 and to reconsider the cause in light of Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC (2014) 59 Cal.4th 348 (Iskanian).1
Following the rule announced in Iskanian, we reverse and remand with directions the trial court’s order denying the petition of defendant Arakelian Enterpri... More...
   $0 (02-26-2015 - CA)

Hillel Sanowicz v. Ben Bacal

Plaintiff Hillel Sanowicz (Sanowicz) and defendant Ben Bacal (Bacal) are licensed real estate salespersons. Sanowicz alleges that he and Bacal agreed to share commissions earned by either of them on certain sales of real property, but that Bacal breached that agreement. Sanowicz sued both Bacal and Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. (Sotheby’s), dismissing the latter shortly after filing sui... More...   $0 (02-26-2015 - CA)

Jeffrey Siegel v. Elisabeth Fife

The objector, Elisabeth Fife, appeals from a probate court’s order confirming the sale of real property belonging to a trust. The objector is a beneficiary of the Betty Jean Brown Revocable Trust, dated September 1, 2005 (the 2005 trust). The trust provided that upon Ms. Brown’s death, the objector would receive specific real property for the care of Ms. Brown’s cats. Ms. Brown’s conservat... More...   $0 (02-26-2015 - CA)

William Douglas Fulghum, et al. v. Embarq Corporation

Plaintiffs-appellants represent a class of retirees (collectively “Plaintiffs”)
formerly employed by Sprint-Nextel Corporation (“Sprint”), Embarq Corporation
(“Embarq”), or a predecessor and/or subsidiary company of either Embarq or
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Sprint (collectively “Defendants”). Plaintiffs brought this suit after Defendants
altered or eliminated health and life insur... More...
   $0 (02-25-2015 - )

State of Texas v. Eddie Ray Routh

Stephenville, TX - The State of Texas charged Eddie Ray Routh with two counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. Kyle, a former Navy Seal sniper, and Littlefield took Routh to a shooting range in an attempt to help him cope with emotional problems and were shot it the back by him.

Routh's lawyers asserted insanity as a defense claiming that he wa... More...
   $0 (02-25-2015 - TX)

Phyllis Keys v. Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Defendant Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Alta Bates) appeals from the portion of a judgment awarding plaintiffs Phyllis Keys and Erma Smith damages on their claims for negligent infliction of emotional distress (NIED). Defendant contends there is no evidence to support the jury’s finding that plaintiffs meaningfully comprehended the medical negligence that led to the death of their family mem... More...   $0 (02-23-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Tanya Jefferson and John Jefferson

Seattle, WA - Two members of the Lummi Indian Tribe were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to prison terms for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, including heroin and methamphetamine, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. TANYA JEFFERSON, 45, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, and her husband JOHN JEFFERSON, 37, was sentenced to 46 months in prison. Bo... More...   $0 (02-20-2015 - WA)

Patrick Uriell v. The Regents of the University of California

A jury found the University of California San Diego Medical Center (UCSD) failed to timely diagnose Barbara Kastan's breast cancer in 2007 resulting in her death in 2010. The Regents of the University of California (Regents)1 appeal the wrongful death judgment in favor of Kastan's husband and children contending: (1) plaintiffs' expert lacked foundation for his opinion there was a reasonable medic... More...   $0 (02-20-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Roshaun Nakia Porter

LOS ANGELES, CA – A Long Beach man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for running a sex trafficking operation that victimized young women who he forced to work as prostitutes.

Roshaun Nakia Porter, 39, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton to a sentence of 240 months in prison, which will be followed by 10 years of supervised release.

In additi... More...
   $0 (02-20-2015 - CA)

Miguel Oyola v. State of Florida

This case is before the Court on appeal from the trial court’s Second Revised Sentencing Order that sentenced Miguel Oyola to death for the first-degree murder of Michael Lee Gerrard. In Oyola v. State, 99 So. 3d 431 (Fla. 2012), this Court affirmed Oyola’s convictions for first-degree murder, false imprisonment, armed robbery with a deadly weapon, and grand theft of a motor vehicle. However, ... More...   $0 (02-19-2015 - FL)

Timothy Grebing v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc.

Plaintiff Timothy Grebing was injured while exercising at defendant 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc.’s (24 Hour) facility in La Mirada, California. He appeals from the judgment entered after the trial court granted 24 Hour’s motion for summary judgment. The court ruled that Grebing had signed a valid release of liability and 24 Hour did not act with gross negligence. In his appeal, Grebing contends: ... More...   $0 (02-19-2015 - CA)

The Estate of Margaret Klovenski, Jake Klovenski, and Mary Hassler, Individually and as next Friends v. Ashish Kapoor, M.D.,

This healthcare liability case is governed by Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code chapter 74. See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. §§ 74.001-.507 (Vernon 2011 & Supp. 2014). Appellants Jake Klovenski and Mary Hassler, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Margaret E. Klovenski, brought wrongful death and survival claims against appellee Dr. Ashish Kapoor, alleging that Dr. Kapoor failed... More...   $0 (02-19-2015 - TX)

Clarence Stumhoffer, Heir of the Estate of Robert Brian Stumhoffer, Deceased v. Daniel Perales and Erin Perales

Appellees, Daniel and Erin Perales (collectively, “Perales”), sued the appellant, the independent administrator and heir of the Estate of Robert Brian Stumhoffer (“the Estate”), seeking to recover attorney’s fees and costs incurred in
defending an adverse claim to title on real property sold to Perales by Robert Stumhoffer, decedent. In a single issue, the Estate challenges the... More...
   $0 (02-19-2015 - )

United States of America v. Mark Sawyer, Newell Lynn Smith, Eric Gruenberg and Milto DiSanti

GREENEVILLE, TN - U.S. District Judge J. Ronnie Greer sentenced five people to prison terms in federal court in Greeneville, Tennessee, for conspiring to commit Clean Air Act offenses in connection with the illegal removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials at the former Liberty Fibers Plant in Hamblen County, Tennessee the Justice Department announced. A&E Salvage had purchased the pla... More...   $0 (02-19-2015 - )

Thomas Willhoite v. Sun Healthcare Group, Inc.

Oklahoma City, OK - Thomas Willhoite, next of kin and as special administrator of the Estate of Edna Horn, deceased, sued Sun Healthcare Group, Inc., Peak Medical Corporation, Sunbridge Healthcard Corporation, Peak Medical Oklahoam No. 4, Inc., collectively d/b/a South Park Health Care Center on negligence wrongful death theories alleging:

1. Defendant Sun Healthcare Group, Inc. is a fore... More...
   $1 (02-18-2015 - OK)

United States of America v. Ronald Haddad

CHICAGO, IL — A River Forest man was sentenced to 12 ½ years in federal prison for mailing and emailing threatening communications to kill Chicago area politicians and River Forest police officers, as well as oil executives in Texas and California. A jury found the defendant, RONALD HADDAD, Jr., 39, guilty in April 2014 of all 30 counts against him ― 28 counts of mailing threats and two coun... More...   $0 (02-18-2015 - IL)

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