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Digital Ally, Inc. v. Utility Associates, Inc. District of Kansas Courthouse - Kansas City, Kansas

Plaintiff-Appellant Digital Ally, Inc. appeals from the district court’s grant of
summary judgment in favor of Defendant-Appellee Utility Associates, Inc. Digital
Ally, Inc. v. Utility Assocs., Inc., No. 2:14-cv-02262-CM, 2017 WL 1197561 (D.
Kan. Mar. 30, 2017). Exercising jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, we affirm.1
Background
This case concerns two companies who sell in-c... More...
   $0 (02-16-2018 - KS)

Janelle Perez v. City of Roseville, et al. Eastern District of California Federal Courthouse - Sacramento, California

We are confronted in this case with the ongoing and difficult constitutional question of how much control the government can force individuals to cede over their private lives in exchange for the privilege of serving the public by means of government employment. To be sure, private citizens often must sacrifice some individual freedom as a condition of their employment by the State, but “a citizen... More...   $0 (02-09-2018 - CA)

Charles J. Trois v. Apple Tree Auction Center, Inc.; Samuel Schnaidt Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

This appeal presents issues of personal jurisdiction and venue. A Texas citizen sued Ohio citizens in a Texas court based on two distinct claims: first, breach of a contract executed and performed in Ohio; and second, fraudulent misrepresentation made during a conference call from Ohio to Texas. The question thus before us is whether the Texas court may properly assert personal jurisdiction over t... More...   $0 (02-05-2018 - TX)

Captain Manjit Sangha v. Navig8 Shipmanagement Private Limited Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Plaintiff-Appellant Captain Manjit Sangha (“Cpt. Sangha”) challenges both the district court’s grant of Defendant-Appellee Navig8 Ship Management Private Limited’s (“Navig8”) motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and for forum non conveniens, and the denial of his motion to remand. We conclude that the district court did not err in dismissing Cpt. Sangha’s claims and therefore AFFIRM... More...   $0 (02-05-2018 - TX)

Dennis Obduskey v. Wells Fargo District of Colorado Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

Plaintiff-Appellant Dennis Obduskey appeals from the district court’s order
granting Defendants-Appellees Wells Fargo and McCarthy and Holthus, LLP’s
motions to dismiss numerous claims, including whether either party was liable as a
“debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. §§
1692–1692p. Obduskey v. Fargo, No. 15-CV-01734-RBJ, 2016 WL 4091174 (D.
... More...
   $0 (01-20-2018 - CO)

James L. Turner v. Theodore V. Wells, Jr. and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, L.L.P. Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

This appeal involves a law firm’s investigation of the Miami Dolphins professional football organization. The National Football League (“NFL”) hired the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and one of its partners, Theodore Wells, to investigate allegations of bullying within the Dolphins organization. After receiving Paul, Weiss’s report, the Dolphins fired their offensive lin... More...   $0 (01-18-2018 - FL)

Dering Pierson Group, L.L.P. v. Daniel Thomas Kantos District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

In the bankruptcy case of Daniel Thomas Kantos (“Debtor”), Dering Pierson Group, LLC (“DPG”) filed suit seeking a determination that its claim against Debtor is nondischargeable. The Bankruptcy Court1 held that DPG had not sustained its burden of proving that Debtor had willfully or maliciously caused an injury to DPG under § 523(a)(6). It also concluded that collateral estoppel did not apply beca... More...   $0 (01-18-2018 - MN)

Commodores Entertainment Corporation v. Thomas McClary and Fifth Avenue Entertainment, LLC Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

In this common-law trademark case, Thomas McClary appeals from an order granting judgment as a matter of law to Commodores Entertainment Corporation (CEC) and converting a preliminary injunction into a permanent one against McClary and his corporation, Fifth Avenue Entertainment, LLC. The dispute concerned ownership of the mark “The Commodores,” the name of a famous Grammy Award–winning rhythm and... More...   $0 (01-09-2018 - FL)

Animal Legal Defense Fund, et al. v. Lawrence G. Wasden District of Idaho Federal Courthouse - Boise, Idaho

Investigative journalism has long been a fixture in the American press, particularly with regard to food safety.1 In the early 1900s, Upton Sinclair highlighted conditions in the meat-packing industry in The Jungle, a novel based on his time working incognito in a packing plant.2 This case also originates in the agricultural sector—a secretly-filmed exposé of the operation of an Idaho dairy farm. ... More...   $0 (01-09-2018 - ID)

Elise Hilton v. Catherine Mish Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Elise and Ed Hilton, individually, and as next friends of their
developmentally-disabled daughter, EH (collectively, the “Hiltons”), appeal the district court’s
dismissal of their complaint. They argue that the district court erred in three respects. They
allege that Catherine Mish, City Attorney for Grand Rapids, was acting under color of state law
when she sent two emails from he... More...
   $0 (01-05-2018 - MI)

Leonal Anthony Garcia-Garcia v. Costco Wholesale Croporation United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit for the First Circuit

After approximately eleven
years of working his way up the Costco1 employment ladder,
appellant Leonal Anthony Garcia-Garcia2 (Garcia) was fired
following an investigation which revealed an inventory discrepancy
in the Meat Department that he managed. Garcia sued Costco in
federal court invoking diversity jurisdiction and alleging an
array of Puerto-Rico-based claims stemmi... More...
   $0 (12-30-2017 - PR)

Badrudin Kurwa v. Mark B. Kislinger

After the trial court dismissed some of plaintiff’s claims with prejudice, the
parties agreed to dismiss their remaining claims against one another without
prejudice and to waive the applicable statutes of limitations. The evident purpose
of this maneuver was to permit plaintiff to appeal the trial court’s partial order of
dismissal. The plan hit a speed bump, however, when this co... More...
   $0 (12-26-2017 - CA)

Ketryn Cornell v. Berkeley Tennis Club

Plaintiff Ketryn Cornell is a severely obese woman who was fired from the
Berkeley Tennis Club after having worked there for over 15 years. She brought eight
claims against the Club: three under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act
(FEHA; Gov. Code, § 12900 et seq.), for disability discrimination and failure to
accommodate her disability (the discrimination/failure to acc... More...
   $0 (12-22-2017 - CA)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY v. WILLIAM BURKERT Supreme Court of New Jersey

On September 30, 2011, Halton filed three separate complaints, alleging that Burkert committed the petty disorderly persons offense of harassment on January 8, 9, and 11, 2011, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4(c).1 A three-day trial was held in
1 A petty disorderly persons offense is punishable by up to thirty days in jail. N.J.S.A. 2C:43-8.
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the Elizabeth ... More...
   $0 (12-21-2017 - CT)

Paula Boyd v. David Freeman

In the underlying action, appellant Paula Boyd
asserted claims against respondent David Freeman
predicated on allegations of wrongful foreclosure. The trial
court sustained Freeman’s demurrer to Boyd’s first amended
complaint without leave to amend, reasoning that the
doctrine of res judicata barred her claims, in view of a
judgment in favor of Freeman and against Boyd in a... More...
   $0 (12-21-2017 - )

DOE v. THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH U.S.A. OF TULSA First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa

Appellant/Doe filed suit against The First Presbyterian Church U.S.A. ("FPC"), of Tulsa, Oklahoma and its minister, James D. Miller, ("Appellees"), based on theories of torts and breach of contract. Doe seeks damages arising out of alleged harm he incurred from Appellees' publishing notice of his baptism on the world wide web. Doe claimed that he advised Appellees of the need to keep his baptism p... More...   $0 (12-19-2017 - OK)

Paul Richard Butts v. Marcus Martin, et al. Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas

Plaintiff–Appellant Paul Richard Butts, a Hasidic Jewish federal prisoner at the Federal Corrections Complex in Beaumont, Texas (“FCC
United States Court of Appeals
Fifth Circuit
FILED
December 8, 2017
Lyle W. Cayce
Clerk
No. 15-41640
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Beaumont”), filed a Bivens1 suit against numerous Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”)
employees, all of whom worked at FCC Beaumont. ... More...
   $0 (12-15-2017 - TX)

Roger Liverman and Aaron Liverman v. Denton County, Texas, Denton County Criminal District Attorney, Paul Johnson, Lara Tomlin, Rick Daniel, and Lindsey Sheguit

This case arises from an unfortunate family dispute among Appellants
Roger Liverman and Aaron Liverman, on the one side, and Katheryn Payne Hall
(Roger’s daughter and Aaron’s sister) on the other. The dispute is rooted in a
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
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disagreement over mechanic’s liens filed by Appellants against Hall’s home in
2008. See Liverman v. State, 470 S.W.3d 831, ... More...
   $0 (12-14-2017 - TX)

In the Interest of L. D. child v. Department of Family and Protective Services

These appeals arise from a decree terminating the parental rights of both a mother and a father to their biological child, L.D. Both parents contend that the evidence was insufficient to support the trial court’s decree. The father additionally asserts that the evidence was insufficient to support the appointment of the
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Department of Family and Protective Services, rather than the child’... More...
   $0 (12-14-2017 - TX)

Optional Capital , Inc. v. Akin Gump Straus, Hauer and Feld, LLP

Optional Capital, Inc. (Optional or Plaintiff) sued
various entities and individuals, including DAS Corporation
(DAS) and its counsel—Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld
LLP (Akin) and Parker Shumaker Mills LLP, David Parker
and William Mills (collectively, Parker) (collectively with
Akin, Defendants)—for conversion and fraudulent transfer.
Plaintiff sought to recover from Defend... More...
   $0 (12-08-2017 - CA)

Dr. Jayen Patel v. Tulsa Pain Consultants, Inc., et al. Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano 219 South Cheyenne

Tulsa, OK - Dr. Jayenb Patel sued Tulsa Pain Consultants, Inc. P.C., Dr. Martin Martucci, M.D., Dr. Andreas Revelis, M.D., Robert Saenz, Alana Campbell, Dr. Lam Nguyen, M.D., Pat McFadden, Ebondie Titworth on civil conspiracy theories.




Issue # 1. Issue: CIVIL CONSPIRACY (OTHER)
Filed By: PATEL, DR JAYEN
Filed Date: 11/05/2010
Party Name Disposition Informatio... More...
   $0 (12-07-2017 - OK)

Joyce Bartholomew v. Youtube, LLC

We are asked in this case to decide whether a musician stated a claim for libel per
quod against the popular video viewing Web site, YouTube. When YouTube decided to
block access to Joyce Bartholomew’s video, it posted a statement that the video had
violated YouTube’s terms of service, a statement which also provided a hyperlink to a list
of examples and tips, a list YouTube called... More...
   $0 (12-03-2017 - CA)

Rose Brown v. Augustin Garcia Lake County Courthouse - Lake Port, California

This action is between two groups of the Elem Indian Colony Pomo Tribe (the
Tribe), the “Brown faction” (plaintiffs) and the “Garcia Council” (defendants).
Plaintiffs sued the Garcia Council over allegedly defamatory statements published in a
notification that warned they would be disenrolled if the Tribe’s General Council found
them guilty of specified crimes. The trial court rule... More...
   $0 (11-30-2017 - CA)

Sheldon G. Adelson v. David A. Harris, Marc R. Stanley and National Jewish Democratic Council Second Circuit Court of Appeals - New York, New York

Familiarity with the facts of this case, as set forth in this
court’s decision in Adelson v. Harris, 774 F.3d 803 (2d Cir. 2014), is
assumed. This case involves defamation claims brought by
Appellant Sheldon Adelson against Appellees National Jewish
Democratic Council, its Chair, Marc Stanley, and its President and
CEO, David Harris. Appellant’s claim of defamation is based on<... More...
   $0 (11-29-2017 - NY)

Janice Dickinson v. William H. Cosby, Jr., Martin D. Singer

Plaintiff Janice Dickinson went public with her accusations
of rape against William H. Cosby, Jr. Cosby, in turn, through his
attorney, Martin Singer, reacted with (1) a letter demanding
media outlets not repeat Dickinson’s allegedly false accusation,
under threat of litigation (“demand letter”); and (2) a press
release characterizing Dickinson’s rape accusation as a lie (“pres... More...
   $0 (11-27-2017 - CA)

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