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Bruce Smith v. ConocoPhillips Pipe Line Co.

Phillips 66 (Phillips) owns a petroleum products pipeline which runs through
the town of West Alton, Missouri. After a leak in the line was discovered in 1963,
its source was repaired, but the contamination at the leak site was not remediated. In
2002 contaminants from the leak were discovered in a family residence in West
Alton. Phillips purchased and demolished this property as w... More...
   $0 (09-15-2015 - MO)

Scott Eizember v. Anita Trammell

Scott Eizember left a Tulsa jail intent on settling a score. He was upset
with his ex-girlfriend, Kathy Biggs, because she had tipped off authorities about
his violation of a protective order. So just as soon as he could he made for her
hometown of Depew. Once there, he noticed an elderly couple leaving a house
across the street from Ms. Biggs’s home. Mr. Eizember decided the place... More...
   $0 (09-15-2015 - OK)

Hi-Desert Medical Center v. Douglas

The federal Medicaid program provides financial assistance to states that offer medical treatment to needy persons. (Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center v. Shewry (2008) 168 Cal.App.4th 460, 469–470 (Mission I).) “California participates in the federal Medicaid program through the Medi-Cal program,” and the Department is the state agency authorized to administer the Medi-Cal program. (Id. ... More...   $0 (09-15-2015 - CA)


Mr. Hibsman’s father, John H. Hibsman, Jr., died testate on June 22, 2008. The will divided his estate, which consisted primarily of two houses, located in Casper, Wyoming, as well as some personal property and stocks, equally amonghis four children. In December 2008, the will was admitted to probate and, consistent with the will, Mr. Hibsman was appointed personal representative of his father’s ... More...   $0 (09-15-2015 - WY)

In re: Sister Jan E. Renz, Independent Executor of the Estate of Bernice Morene Ille, Deceased

Relator Sister Jan E. Renz has filed a petition for writ of mandamus seeking to
compel the trial court to vacate orders that would require the Estate of Bernice Morene Ille (the
Estate) to immediately transfer certain assets and to pay the real party in interest’s attorney’s fees.1
For the reasons discussed below, we conditionally grant the writ.
Bernice died on January 23, 2013, a... More...
   $0 (09-15-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Samuel L. Whiteside

New York, NY - Boston Man Pleads Guilty To Bronx Murder Arising Out Of Dispute Over Criminal Prostitution Business

Samuel L. Whiteside pleaded guilty on September 10, 2015, in Manhattan federal court to traveling interstate to commit murder to further his prostitution business, and to persuading, inducing, enticing, and coercing women to travel interstate to engage in prostitution. He pl... More...
   $0 (09-14-2015 - NY)

Helf v. Chevron

Chevron operates an oil refinery near Salt Lake City. The refinery contains a concrete-lined, open-air pit that is used to process various liquid and solid waste products from the refinery. One of the liquid waste products collected in the pit is mildly acidic steam condensate from the refining process, which continuously flows into the pit. Before the pit is emptied, workers ensure that the pH le... More...   $0 (09-14-2015 - UT)

Boyle v. Zurich American Insurance Co.

Joseph P. Boyle was injured by an exploding tire
in an automobile repair shop operated by C&N Corporation (C&N).
Joseph2 and his wife, Janice M. Boyle, filed a complaint against
C&N, asserting claims for bodily injury and loss of consortium.
C&N held an insurance policy issued by Zurich American Insurance
Company (Zurich). The policy required that C&N provide notice More...
   $0 (09-14-2015 - MA)

Aaron Lee Benshoof v. Garfield County Commission

Enid, OK - Aaron Lee Benshoof sued Garfield County Commission, Sheriff Department, Jerry Niles, Marcus and Dentention Center on a damage theory:

I Aaron Lee Benshoof, is an individual who resides at 23919 Paradise Ln, Jet, OkIa. 73749
2. Entities, Garfield County Commission, Sheriff Dept., Jerry Niles, Marcus, and Detention Center, reside in Garfield County in Enid Oklahoma. The defen... More...
   $0 (09-14-2015 - OK)

Robert Carlson v. Scott Fewins

Supreme Court precedent instructs us to extend the normal benefits of “all justifiable [factual] inferences” to the nonmovant plaintiffs when reviewing a grant of summary judgment for the defendants. Tolan v. Cotton, 572 U.S. ___, ___, 134 S. Ct. 1861, 1863 (2014) (quoting Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc., 477 U.S. 242, 255 (1986)). Accordingly, we recount the facts of this case in the light most... More...   $0 (09-13-2015 - MI)

Vera v. Republic of Cuba

In 2001, Aldo Vera, Jr., acting as representative of his father Aldo Vera, 
Sr.’s estate, invoked the terrorism‐exception provision of the Foreign Sovereign 
Immunities Act (“FSIA”) to sue the Republic of Cuba in Florida state court for 
money damages resulting from his father’s 1976 murder in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  
See 28 U.S.C. § 1605(a)(7); Final Judgment at 1–4, Vera v.... More...
   $0 (09-13-2015 - NY)

Belizaire v. Furr

Summary judgment is granted where there
are no genuine issues of material fact, and the moving party is
entitled to judgment as a matter of law. Mass.R.Civ.P. 56(c),
as amended, 436 Mass. 1404 (2002). "When reviewing a grant of
summary judgment we consider the pleadings, depositions, answers
to interrogatories, and responses to requests for admission
under Mass.R.C... More...
   $0 (09-12-2015 - MA)

Litherland v. Jurgens

Litherland was the daughter of Etta J. Ideus Jurgens (Etta), who died on January 2, 2013, as a resident of Beatrice, Gage County, Nebraska. Jurgens and Lenners were Etta’s stepchildren. Each is a beneficiary under Etta’s will dated November 4, 2004, which was offered for probate in the county court. Under the terms of the will, Litherland was to receive certain real estate if it was owned by Etta ... More...   $0 (09-12-2015 - NE)


On January 3, 1996, Donna Metcalf (Metcalf) transferred a 40-acre parcel of land
located near Lake Helena to Richard Thieltges (Thieltges) by warranty deed. The deed
stated that:
[Metcalf], for and in consideration of the sum of One Dollar and other valuable consideration... to her in hand paid by [Thieltges],... does by these presents grant, bargain, sell, convey, warrant and conf... More...
   $0 (09-12-2015 - WY)

United States of America v. Shane Moses

Seattle, WA - Tulalip Tribal Member Sentenced for Killing Bald Eagles

Defendant Clubbed the Injured Eagles while Crabbing on Tulalip Bay

A 44-year-old member of the Tulalip Tribes was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 111 days in prison and two years of supervised release for clubbing two bald eagles to death, and then attempting to sell them, announced U.S. At... More...
   $0 (09-11-2015 - WA)

State of New Mexico v. Stephen Casaus

Albuquerque, NM - The State of New Mexico charged Stephen Casaus with child abuse with reckless disregard resulting in the death in violation of New Mexico Statutes 30-06-01(D) of his 9-year-old stepson Omaree Varela who was kicked to death by his mother and Casaus did not call for help to try to say the boy's life.

Defendant claimed that he was in the bathroom shooting up heroin while Sy... More...
   $0 (09-11-2015 - NM)


The victim, James Panzarella, was seen at a Scottsdale bar with Lynch and Michael Sehwani on March 24, 2001. Lynch, Sehwani, and Panzarella went to Panzarella’s residence early the next morning. Later that morning, Sehwani used Panzarella’s American Express card at a supermarket. Ten minutes later, the card was reported lost. Sehwani again used the card at a convenience store and unsuccessfull... More...   $0 (09-11-2015 - AZ)

Nw. Wholesale, Inc. v. Pac Organic Fruit, LLC

Washington orchardists Harold and Shirley Ostenson (collectively Ostenson) and
California organic fruit broker Greg Holzman (d/b/a Greg Holzman, Inc. (GHI)) formed
Pac Organic Fruit LLC (Pac-0) in 1998. GHI held the majority interest and management
responsibilities under the LLC' s operating agreement. Ostenson was required to rent his
local Washington storage and packing facil... More...
   $0 (09-11-2015 - WA)

United States of America v. Duke Energy Corporation

Washington, DC - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced a settlement with Duke Energy Corporation (Duke) to resolve Clean Air Act violations at five coal-fired power plants across North Carolina. The settlement resolves long-standing claims that Duke violated the federal Clean Air Act by unlawfully modifying 13 coal-fired electricity... More...   $0 (09-11-2015 - NC)

21st Century Ins. v. The Superior Court of San Bernardino County, ; Cy Tapia et al.

The underlying litigation is one for personal injury and wrongful death. Defendant Cy Tapia, a teenager living with his aunt and grandmother, was driving a vehicle which crashed, inflicting severe and eventually fatal injuries on his passenger, Cory Driscoll.
Before his death Driscoll and his mother filed an action for damages on March 6, 2007. The parties soon established that the vehicle ... More...
   $0 (09-11-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Randolph Scott

Philadelphia, PA - Bucks County Lawyer Sentenced For Tax Evasion and Fraud Scheme

Randolph Scott, 72, of Doylestown, PA, an attorney whose practice included estate and probate matters, was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for defrauding a client’s estate of more than $2.3 million. Scott maintained a law office – Randolph Scott Associates – in Warrington, PA. He pleaded guilty on Mar... More...
   $0 (09-10-2015 - PA)

United States of America v. Kevin M. Finley, a/k/a "Tubbs"

Kansas City, MO - Independence Man Pleads Guilty to Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy Resulting in Two Deaths - Faces 27 Years in Prison

An Independence, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy that resulted in the shooting deaths of three persons during a home invasion in Independence and the shooting of a 12-year-old boy in the home.
   $0 (09-09-2015 - MO)

State of Oklahoma v. James Francis Edwards

Duncan, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged James Francis Edwards a/k/a "Bug" being an accessory to the murder of Christopher Lane, age 22, who was shot to death while jogging in September 2013 by Chancey Allen Luna. Defendant was initially charged with first-degree murder but the charge was later reduced as the facts surrounding the shooting were uncovered.

Chancey Allen Luna, age 18, i... More...
   $0 (09-09-2015 - OK)

Merchants Insurance Group v. Spicer

On December 30, 2011, Joel Estaban Perez was
seriously injured while working for Kevin Spicer, doing business
3 Established by St. 1985, c. 572, § 55, the Fund "provide[s], among other things, a source of payment for an employee who suffers a work-related injury while working for an employer who does not have workers' compensation insurance in violation" of G. L. c... More...
   $0 (09-09-2015 - MA)

Edbert Neal Williams vs. State of Minnesota

Appellant Edbert Williams was convicted in 1997 of first-degree premeditated
murder for the stabbing death of Genelda Campeau and attempted first-degree murder for
the stabbing of Campeau’s granddaughter, S.C. Williams filed the present postconviction
petition, his second, in 2013, claiming that both his trial and appellate counsel were
ineffective. The district court denied ... More...
   $0 (09-09-2015 - MN)

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