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Robin Feeko v. Pfizer Inc

Appellants Robin Feeko, Nelida Marengo, and Janet Rodgers brought claims for
severance beAppellants Robin Feeko, Nelida Marengo, and Janet Rodgers brought claims for
severance benefits under Pfizer’s Severance Plan on behalf of themselves and the
 This disposition is not an opinion of the full Court and pursuant to I.O.P. 5.7 do... More...
   $0 (04-03-2016 - PA)

United States of America v. Christopher Chadick

Syracuse, NY - Syracuse Attorney Sentenced for Social Security Disability Fraud

Attorney Failed to Disclose His Practice of Law to Social Security Administration.

Christopher Chadick, 63, of Syracuse, N.Y. was sentenced to a five (5) year term of probation with 6 months of intermittent weekend confinement in connection with his plea of guilty to Social Security Fraud. Chadick was... More...
   $247269 (04-03-2016 - NY)

State of Maine v. Crystal Hodsdon

The following facts are taken from the trial record, and we review them
“in the light most favorable to the State to determine whether the fact-finder could
rationally find every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.” State v.
Woodard, 2013 ME 36, ¶ 19, 68 A.3d 1250 (quotation marks omitted). From
May 2009 until April 2013, Hodsdon misrepresented the composition o... More...
   $0 (04-01-2016 - ME)

Carl C. Ross v. The State of Texas

Martin Covert is the complainant in this case. He was 58 years old at the time of trial. He
was forced to retire from his job as a heavy equipment operator in 2009 due to an on-the-job
accident in which he broke his back. Covert underwent back surgery but he is unable to work and
receives occupational disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Covert also has
... More...
   $0 (03-30-2016 - TX)

Racheal Dawn Ruble v. State of Indiana

On September 9, 2014, Ruble took K.R., who was the grandson of her husband
Gary and just shy of four months old at the time, to a walk-in clinic in
Huntington, Indiana, and reported that she believed something was wrong with
K.R.’s ankle and that her dog had stepped on K.R.’s right foot. Marcy Pratt, a
nurse practitioner, examined K.R. and noted that he appeared to be normal <... More...
   $0 (03-30-2016 - IN)


The defendant, Wanto Polynice, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered following a jury trial, of sexual assault in the second degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-71 (a) (2).1 The defendantclaimsthatthiscourtshouldreversehisconviction and remand the case for a new trial because (1) he did not receive effective assistance from his trial counsel, (2) the trial court improperly ex... More...   $0 (03-28-2016 - CT)

United States of America v. Travis Edward Fischer

Seattle, WA - Seattle Area Man who Claimed Fictitious Twin Brother to Collect Additional Federal Benefits Convicted of Theft, Mail Fraud and Making False Statements

Defendant Illegally Collected Benefits including Housing and Food Assistance for more than 20 Years

A SeaTac man who used a second identity to defraud public assistance programs for more than 20 years was convicted of... More...
   $0 (03-28-2016 - WA)

Smith v. Illinois Central R.R. Co

Because of the voluminous nature of the record in this case, we address only the facts necessary to decide this appeal. On July 21, 2005, plaintiff filed his complaint against Pneumo Abex Corporation; Pneumo Abex LLC; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; Honeywell International, Inc.; Railroad Friction Products Corporation; and Illinois Central. As of October 2013, the only d... More...   $0 (03-27-2016 - IL)

Stefanski v. City of Chicago

Because we reverse the circuit court’s ruling that the common fund doctrine applies to the claims of the named plaintiff, and because our conclusion on that issue is dispositive, only those facts necessary to resolve this issue will be recited. ¶ 5 On August 19, 2009, plaintiff filed the instant lawsuit against the City. Therein, plaintiff generally alleged that: (1) on or about May 17, 2007, she... More...   $0 (03-27-2016 - IL)

Oliver v. Joy Hofmeister, in her official capacity as State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Oklahoma taxpayers filed a declaratory judgment action seeking a permanent injunction against Defendants, Joy Hofmeister, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Oklahoma State Department of Education; and the Oklahoma State Board of Education, (the "State") 1 to enjoin the payment of tuition to private sectarian schools alleging the "Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students wit... More...   $0 (03-27-2016 - OK)

Joyce Lafitte-Nesom v. Christus Schumpert Highland

Ms. Nesom was employed as a nursing house supervisor at the
Christus Schumpert Highland Hospital, on Bert Kouns in Shreveport; her
duties included coordinating nursing services and taking calls from those
who were unable to come to work. Her normal working hours were from
4:00 pm until midnight. Although she worked in Shreveport, she lived in
Mansfield and commuted daily.
... More...
   $0 (03-26-2016 - l)

Marshall v. EyeCare Specialties

In January 2007, EyeCare Specialties hired Marshall as an optical technician. Marshall previously worked as a registered nurse but “lost [her] nursing license” because of prescription drug abuse. Marshall said that she successfully completed treatment and did not abuse prescription drugs while she worked for EyeCare Specialties. She told her coworkers about her past drug abuse because they asked w... More...   $0 (03-26-2016 - NE)


Adam Scott Hills appeals the sentence imposed after he pled guilty to one
count of lascivious acts with a child. He contends the sentencing court abused
its discretion in sentencing him to a term of not more than ten years in prison.
Because the sentence was not imposed on untenable grounds and is not clearly
unreasonable, we affirm. See State v. Hopkins, 860 N.W.2d 550, 553... More...
   $0 (03-23-2016 - IA)


Adam Scott Hills appeals the sentence imposed after he pled guilty to one
count of lascivious acts with a child. He contends the sentencing court abused
its discretion in sentencing him to a term of not more than ten years in prison.
Because the sentence was not imposed on untenable grounds and is not clearly
unreasonable, we affirm. See State v. Hopkins, 860 N.W.2d 550, 553... More...
   $0 (03-23-2016 - IA)


At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014, Clark met up with
a friend in the alley behind Clark’s apartment. Clark shared the apartment with
his ex-wife, Nickole Butler,2 whose current husband was in prison. Clark and his
friend spent “a couple of hours” in the alley drinking from a pint of Hennessy
cognac before relocating to a nearby barbershop, where they cont... More...
   $0 (03-23-2016 - IA)

Elizabeth Speaks v. David Bobb, M.D.

Norman, OK - Elizabeth Speaks sued David Bobb, M.D. on a medical negligence theory (medical malpractice) claiming:

1. abeth Speaks was scheduled for and did have surgery on her left ankle at Physicians Surgical Center on or about December 24, 2008.

2. The surgery was performed by David W. Bobb, M.D. and David W. Bobb, MD was the attending anThe acts complained of herein occurre... More...
   $0 (03-21-2016 - OK)

Montana Cannabis et al. v. State Of Montana

This is the State’s second appeal from the First Judicial District Court’s
injunctions preventing implementation of certain provisions of the Act. Montana
Cannabis Industry Association v. State, 2012 MT 201, 366 Mont. 224, 286 P.3d 1161
(hereafter MCIA I). The Act repealed the 2004 Medical Marijuana Act (2004 Act)—
which was established by voter initiative (I-148)—and replaced... More...
   $0 (03-21-2016 - MT)

Larry Myers, et al. v. Crouse-Hinds, et al.: GE v. Mary R. Geyman, et al.: Owens-Illinois, Inc v. Mary R. Geyman, et al.

We have consolidated three appeals involving the constitutionality of the Indiana Product Liability Act statute of repose. In each case, the plaintiffs request reconsideration of our prior holding in AlliedSignal v. Ott, 785 N.E.2d 1068 (Ind. 2003). While we decline to reconsider Ott's holdings due to the principles of stare decisis and legislative acquiescence, we do address the plaintiffs' new... More...   $0 (03-20-2016 - IN)

State v. Burke

Burke was convicted by a jury of violation of public assistance, a Class IV felony. In June, August, and September 2010, Burke submitted a series of applications for the State’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The State’s case centers on Burke’s failure to report her husband’s workers’ compensation income after her first application. The State also highlights other changes Burke ... More...   $0 (03-20-2016 - NE)

Julie Chau v. Harlingen Medical Center

Elizabeth Yzaguirre, Director of ICU Nursing at the Center, hired Chau, a
registered nurse of Vietnamese descent, on September 17, 2010. Chau was initially
assigned to the night shift in ICU. Payton McCloskey, a registered nurse, was assigned
as a “preceptor” to help train and mentor Chau.
Chau contends that, on her first night at work, McCloskey asked if she was Filipino. ... More...
   $0 (03-20-2016 - TX)

State of Vermont v. Jeremy Gates

In December 2014, defendant was charged with felony extortion, domestic
assault, and unlawful mischief in the amount of $250 or less following an incident involving his
mother (Docket No. 1158-12-14 Bncr). The facts pertaining to that incident are as follows.
Defendant’s mother was the representative payee for defendant’s social security disability
benefits. Defendant, who s... More...
   $0 (03-18-2016 - VT)


This appeal involves two statutes addressing access to health insurance, specifically high-risk policies for individuals with preexisting medical conditions. An overview of this legislation provides context for the issues on appeal. In 1986, the legislature enacted Iowa Code chapter 514E, which created the Iowa Comprehensive Health Insurance Association (ICHIA). See 1986 Iowa Acts ch. 1156, § 2... More...   $0 (03-18-2016 - IA)


On July 13, 2012, the defendant, Tyrone Hall, was charged with one count
of possession of cocaine, a violation of La. R.S. 40:967(C)(2). He entered a not
guilty plea. After a trial on the merits, a six-person jury found the defendant guilty
as charged. The defendant appeared for sentencing on May 10, 2013. His motions for a
new trial and a post-verdict judgment of acquit... More...
   $0 (03-17-2016 - LA)

Maudie Mae Brown v. City of Shreveport

On March 7, 2013, Maudie Mae Brown was walking on the sidewalk
running along St. Vincent Avenue in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was
almost 74 years old at the time and for over 20 years had been a permanent
pre-kindergarten classroom aide at Atkins Elementary School in Shreveport
helping prepare preschoolers for kindergarten. At the time of her accident,
Brown was also employed... More...
   $50000 (03-17-2016 - LA)

State of Tennessee v. Brenda Haynes Jackson Claughton

In May 2009, the Dickson County Grand Jury indicted the appellant for two counts of theft of property valued $10,000 or more but less than $60,000, a Class C felony. Count one of the indictment alleged that the appellant took approximately $40,000 from the Estate of Gracie Coates, and count two alleged that she took furniture, jewelry, and a sewing machine from the estate. In October 2009, the a... More...   $0 (03-16-2016 - TN)

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