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The People v. Raul Pedroza

In November 1998, Donald Schubert was murdered. In April 2012, a jury convicted defendant Raul Pedroza of the first degree murder of Schubert and conspiracy to commit the murder. The jury also found true gang enhancement allegations. The prosecution’s case against defendant relied in large part on the testimony of an accomplice. Following the guilty verdict, the trial court granted defendant’s... More...   $0 (11-14-2014 - CA)

Texas Department of Public Safety v. Raquel Guzman

Appellant Texas Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) filed this interlocutory appeal to challenge the trial court’s order denying its plea to the jurisdiction and motion to dismiss in a slip and fall case brought against it by appellee Raquel Guzman.1 By two issues,2 DPS argues: (1) the trial court erred because DPS did not have actual knowledge of the alleged water on the floor; and (2) the ... More...   $0 (11-14-2014 - tx)

Uvalde County Hospital Authority v. Estela R. Garcia, Individually, on behalf of all Wrongful Death Beneficiaries, and on behalf of The Estate of Juan Garcia, Deceased

This is an interlocutory appeal from the trial court’s order denying a plea to the jurisdiction filed by appellant Uvalde County Hospital Authority. On appeal, Uvalde raises three issues, contending the trial court erred in determining: (1) the asserted claims fall within the limited waiver of immunity provision of the Texas Tort Claims Act (“the Act”); (2) the failure to provide oxygen is a... More...   $0 (11-14-2014 - TX)

Frank Special v. West Boca Medical Center

This case is before the Court for review of the decision of the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Special v. Baux, M.D., et al., 79 So. 3d 755 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011). In its decision, the district court ruled upon the following question, which the court certified to be of great public importance:
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In the Interest of A. S., J. D., and S. D., Children

Appellant Texas Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) filed this interlocutory appeal to challenge the trial court’s order denying its plea to the jurisdiction and motion to dismiss
in a slip and fall case brought against it by appellee Raquel Guzman.1 By two issues,2 DPS argues: (1) the trial court erred because DPS did not have actual knowledge of the alleged water on the floor; an... More...
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Susan E. Jones v. Karen Coyle

Appellant Susan E. Jones appeals the probate court’s denial of a motion requesting that her attorneys’ fees be assessed against appellee Susan Coyle. Appellant asserts that it was error for the probate court not to award attorneys’ fees against the party who wrongfully withheld property of the estate. We affirm.
Following the death of Frances Hutchins, appellant was appoin... More...
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QuikTrip Corporation v. Glenn Goodwin, Individually and on Behalf of the Estate of Melanie Therese Goodwin, and Peggy Goodwin, Individually and on Behalf of the Estate of Melanie Therese Goodwin

On an early morning in September 2007, Ernesto Reyes saw nineteen-year-old Melanie Therese Goodwin at a QuikTrip store, briefly spoke with her, entered her car, and brutally raped and murdered her away from the store. A split jury found appellant QuikTrip Corporation liable for Melanie’s tragic death and awarded damages to appellees Glenn Goodwin and Peggy Goodwin, each appearing individually an... More...   $0 (11-13-2014 - TX)

Jonathan Albert Leal v. The State of Texas

Appellant Jonathan Albert Leal was stopped for failing to yield the right of way. Appellant was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI) and, over his explicit refusal, compelled by the arresting officer to submit to a warrantless intrusion into his veins. Appellant was convicted of felony DWI. See Tex. Penal Code Ann. §§ 49.04, 49.09(b) (West 2011 & Supp. 2014).

Appella... More...
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Johnny Thompson v. Estate of Kendrick Kevin Maurice

This appeal arises from the trial court’s orders granting the defendants’ motion to enforce a pre-suit settlement and motion for summary judgment in a wrongful death action. The issue is whether the evidence demonstrated that the parties reached a binding settlement agreement before appellant filed suit. Because the evidence failed to support a finding that there was a meeting of the minds bet... More...   $0 (11-12-2014 - FL)

Dr.Ross G. Stone v. Nancy Stone and Alma Stone

Ross Stone appeals a final summary judgment in favor of Nancy Stone in a dispute involving the distribution of homestead property as part of the estate of their father Jerome Stone. The trial court held the transfer of the property to Nancy following Jerome’s death was not an impermissible devise of homestead property. We find the trial court erred in part, but nevertheless affirm the result.More...   $0 (11-12-2014 - FL)

In re Marriage of Donn Michael Schu, Jr. and Genise Schu

When does "until" begin? Here we conclude it begins when "when" begins.
A marital settlement agreement provides that the trial court will reserve jurisdiction to award long-term spousal support "until" the wife is released from prison. Wife files a motion for support five weeks before her release, set to be heard three days after her release. The hearing is twice continued, once because husban... More...
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United States of America v. Trumaine Hearst

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TRUMAINE HEARST, also known as “Man,” 21, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today in Hartford federal court to his involvement in the October 2012 murder of Dawayne Cobb in Bridgeport.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 10, 2012, at approximately 6:20 p.m., the body o... More...
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Brett Woods v. Standard Insurance Company

This appeal requires us to evaluate whether remand to the state court pursuant to
the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) is required under either of two CAFA provisions:
the state action provision, which excludes from federal jurisdiction cases in which the
primary defendants are states; or the local controversy exception, which requires federal
courts to decline jurisdiction where, ... More...
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State of Alabama v. John DeBlase

Mobile County, AL - The State of Alabama charged John DeBlase with capital murder for the killings of his two young children and dumping their bodies in the woods. Evidence in the trial indicated that the children suffered immensely over the months before their deaths. The children were poisoned, forced to stand for long hours in the corner of a room, were bound with duct tape and were beaten with... More...   $0 (11-07-2014 - AL)

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Dr. Robert Ferrante

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA - The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged Dr. Robert Ferrante, age 66, with first-degree murder in conjunction for the death of his wife, DR. Autumn Klein, age 41, who died from cyanide poisoning.

Ferrante had purchased cyanide and could not account for it when he took the stand in his own defense. He claimed that he purchased the cyanide to use in conduc... More...
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Brett A. Fiorini v. City Brewing Company, LLC

Ron A. Fiorini (Fiorini), a 23-year-old college student at Fresno Pacific University, was shot to death by police on October 5, 2010, after drinking two 23.5-ounce cans of Four Loko.
Fiorini’s father, Brett Fiorini (plaintiff), sued City Brewing Company, LLC (City Brewing), the company that brewed, bottled, and labeled Four Loko, for negligence and strict liability. He alleged a single can o... More...
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State of Wisconsin v. Sylvester Akeem Lewis

Milwaukee County, WI - The State of Wisconsin charged Sylvester Akeem Lewis, age 19, with first-degree murder, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in conjunction with the shooting death of a 10-year-old Milwaukee girl. The State alleged that Lewis shot a car and hit Sierra Guyton. She died in July of 2014 after two months in an intensive car... More...   $0 (11-05-2014 - WI)

Estate of Ellen Gregory Robb v. Rafael Robb

Montgomery County, PA - The Estate of Ellen Gregory Robb sued Rafael Robb on a wrongful death theory claiming that Defendant beat Ellen Robb to death in the couple's kitchen. Defendant, a former University of Pennsylvania economics professor was charged with first-degree murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to serve 5 to 10 in the Pennsylvania Prison System. Ellen was allege... More...   $124000000 (11-05-2014 - PA)

William E. Bolden v. John and Jane Doe

¶1 William Bolden is the putative father of a child (J.S.) born in 2011. The case before us on appeal is an adoption proceeding involving John and Jane Doe, the would-be adoptive parents of J.S. Bolden tried to intervene in and object to the Does‘ adoption of J.S. He was barred from doing so because he failed to preserve his legal rights as a father by filing a paternity affidavit within the ti... More...   $0 (11-04-2014 - UT)

State of Oklahoma v. Thomas Anthony (Tony) Cooper

Tulsa County, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Thomas Anthony (Tony) Cooper, age 31, with:

Count # 1.
Count as Filed: SWIK, SHOOTING WITH INTENT TO KILL , in violation of 21 O.S. 652A
Date Of Offense: 02/06/2014

THOMAS ANTHONY COOPER, on or about 2/6/2014, in Tulsa County, State of Oklahoma and within the jurisdiction of this Court, did commit the crime of SHOOTING WI... More...
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Nan Lawrence v. La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, Inc.

When he was five years old, plaintiff Michael Lawrence fell from a window in his family's second story hotel room at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club and suffered serious head and brain injuries. Michael's parents, Nan Lawrence and Jeff Lawrence, filed a first amended complaint against La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, Inc. and La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club Partners, L.P. (defendants) seeking dam... More...   $0 (10-31-2014 - CA)

Albert Thoas Paulek v. California Department of Water Resources

Plaintiff and appellant Albert Thomas Paulek appeals the denial of his petition for a writ of mandate under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). He seeks a writ directing defendant and respondent California Department of Water Resources (Department) to vacate its approval of the final environmental impact report (EIR) with
respect to the Perris Dam Remediation Project. In its... More...
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John Miller v. City of Portland

Plaintiffs had been fire fighters for the city of
Portland when they suffered disabling injuries. The charter
for the city requires it to provide disability benefits to its
police and fire employees who suffer injuries in the course
of their employment that render them “unable to perform
[their] required duties,” with a minimum disability benefit
of 25 percent of the em... More...
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Haley Colombo v. BRP US, Inc.

Defendants and appellants Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc. and BRP US Inc. (collectively BRP) appeal a jury verdict in favor of plaintiffs and respondents Haley Colombo and Jessica Slagel (hereafter referred to individually by first name or
collectively as plaintiffs). Because plaintiffs were not wearing a wetsuit bottom or similar protective clothing, Haley sustained serious and p... More...
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Steve Harris v. Amgen, Inc., et al.

Plaintiffs, current and former employees of Amgen, Inc.
(“Amgen”) and its subsidiary Amgen Manufacturing, Limited
(“AML”), participated in two employer-sponsored pension
plans, the Amgen Retirement and Savings Plan (the “Amgen
Plan”) and the Retirement and Savings Plan for Amgen
Manufacturing, Limited (the “AML Plan”) (collectively, “the
Plans”). The Pla... More...
   $0 (10-30-2014 - CA)

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