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United States of America v. Paul Reynolds Friel, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL - Former Immigration Officer Pleads Guilty To Concealing Relationship With Foreign National During Security Clearance Investigation

Paul Reynolds Friel, Jr. (47, Orange Park) pleaded guilty today to concealing material facts during an interview with a government agent. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison. His co-defendant, Marisol Del Carmen Rodrig... More...
   $0 (10-03-2015 - FL)

Edward C. O'Bannon, Jr. v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, aka, The NCAA

Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, 15 U.S.C.
§ 1, prohibits “[e]very contract, combination . . . , or
conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce.” For more than
a century, the National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA) has prescribed rules governing the eligibility of
athletes at its more than 1,000 member colleges and
universities. Those rules prohibit... More...
   $0 (10-03-2015 - CA)

United State of America v. Nivis Martin a/k/a Nivis Alvarez

After a trial by jury, Nivis Martin was convicted of multiple counts of bank and wire fraud, sentenced to a prison term of 46 months, and ordered to pay $963,400.47 in restitution. On appeal, Martin challenges her convictions,
Case: 14-11019 Date Filed: 09/30/2015 Page: 1 of 29
contending that the district court erred in denying her motion for judgment of acquittal on all counts beca... More...
   $0 (09-30-2015 - FL)

Jean Best v. Brianna Best

This case concerns a dispute regarding who is entitled to the proceeds of a retirement annuity contract. Kevin Best, the father of Brianna Best and ex-husband of Jean Best,1 made contributions to employer-sponsored retirement accounts administered by the Variable Annuity and Life Insurance Company (“VALIC”). Approximately three years after Kevin executed the beneficiary designation on his retir... More...   $0 (09-30-2015 - WY)

In the Interest of: E.B., a child

Appellant Ramesh Bhatnagar appeals the decision of the trial court to award attorney’s fees to his former wife, appellee Adriana Bhatnagar.1 Appellant contends that the trial court abused its discretion and requests that this Court reverse the decision to award fees and remand for further hearings. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.
Appellant and appellee married and had... More...
   $0 (09-29-2015 - TX)

Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company, et al v. J. Garrison Thompson

On June 19, 2014, this Court—confronted by a question of first impression
under Alabama law, and cognizant of the deference due state courts in our
federalist system of dual sovereignty—certified the following question to the
Alabama Supreme Court:
Is an attorney whom an insurance company hires as an attorney
agent providing a “legal service” within the meaning of Ala. Code
... More...
   $0 (09-29-2015 - )

Hamlin v. PERB

Petitioner Karen Hamlin is a public employee with a retirement account in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). When petitioner and her ex-husband divorced, the dissolution court ordered petitioner’s PERS account divided between petitioner and her husband. However, neither petitioner nor her ex-husband ever gave PERS the paperwork it required in order to divide the account, so PERS did no... More...   $0 (09-29-2015 - OR)

In re Emma B.

Michael and J.B. (Mother) married in 2011 and continuously lived together until Michael's military deployment to the Persian Gulf in August 2013. Michael returned home in April 2014 and found Mother was seven months pregnant, as she "had relations" with another man while Michael was gone. Michael lived with Mother throughout the remainder of her pregnancy. He was at the hospital when Emma was b... More...   $0 (09-29-2015 - CA)

Rice v. Sallaz

Dennis Sallaz and Renee Baird married in 1996. After having separated in the fall of 2003, they divorced on July 28, 2005. The property and debt issues were hotly contested, tried before the court on four separate occasions between November of 2005 and July of 2006, and determined in a written decision entered on October 30, 2007. Among the assets at issue in the divorce trial were Real Homes, LLC... More...   $0 (09-26-2015 - )

In the Interest of M.K.T. and B.S.T., Minor Children

Appellant J.T., the father of M.K.T. and B.S.T., appeals from an order modifying the geographical restriction on his children’s primary residence.1 See TEX. FAM. CODE ANN. § 156.101(a)(1) (West, Westlaw through 2015 R.S.). By five issues, J.T. claims that the trial court abused its discretion in modifying the order because there had not been a
1 We use initials for the family members to protec... More...
   $0 (09-25-2015 - TX)

Zygmunt John Samiec v. Susan Kay Hopkins, F/K/A Susan K. Samiec

Father and Mother were divorced in December 2009. The parties’ decree of divorce incorporated a stipulated agreement specifying that Mother would have primary custody of the parties’ two daughters and Father would have visitation. The stipulated agreement further provided: 7. ... [Father] and [Mother] further agree [to] equally share the current outstanding and future costs and fees for the mi... More...   $0 (09-25-2015 - WY)

In the Estate of Martin Van Curtis Jr.

Jewel was married to Martin Van Curtis Jr. (Martin) from 1966 until 2010. On August 10, 2010, the trial court signed a judgment that awarded Martin a default judgment and divorce. Martin died in 2011. According to Jewel’s appellate brief, Jewel and Martin’s son sought to probate Martin’s will that Martin executed in 1999. Jewel alleges that Mary Ann Williams (Williams), “a woman who had a relation... More...   $0 (09-24-2015 - TX)

In the Estate of Martin Van Curtis Jr.

The trial court signed a final order denying a bill of review on January 10, 2014. The appellant, Jewel Agness Curtis (Jewel), filed an appeal. We affirm.
Jewel was married to Martin Van Curtis Jr. (Martin) from 1966 until 2010. On August 10, 2010, the trial court signed a judgment that awarded Martin a default judgment and divorce. Martin died in 2011. According to Jewel’... More...
   $0 (09-24-2015 - TX)

Church of Holistic Science, Inc. v. Barry D. Bilder

Tulsa, OK - The Church of Holistic Science, Inc. sued Barry D. Bilder, Chad Rose, Gail Rose, Karen Harr, Guardian Angels Security Plus, Inc. v. Beth Mathers and Ruth Bilder on conversion and other legal theories.

The pre-trial order provided:

The Plaintiff is a non-profit religious organization that was formed in 1980 and filed its Certificate of Incorporation with the Oklahoma S... More...
   $257549 (09-22-2015 - OK)

State Of Idaho v. Michael Eugene Koch

A grand jury indicted Koch on four counts of lewd conduct with a minor under sixteen on November 15, 2011, with “C.C.” named as the complaining witness in all counts. Count I alleged the crime was committed “by manual to genital and/or oral to genital contact” between January and May 2011. Counts II, III, and IV all alleged genital to genital contact in April 2011. Koch’s daughter, T.K., was a cl... More...   $0 (09-21-2015 - ID)

Dakota Snow Pike-Grant v. Jeffrey Alan Grant

This is a restricted appeal from a final decree of divorce. On original submission, this court dismissed the appeal for want of jurisdiction, holding we lacked jurisdiction because appellant Dakota Snow Pike Grant failed to establish she did not participate in the hearing “that resulted in the judgment complained of.” Pike Grant v. Grant, 448 S.W.3d 63, 66–67 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2013), rev’d, 4... More...   $0 (09-21-2015 - TX)

John Hardwick,Jr. v. Secretary, Florida Department Of Corrections

In Hardwick v. Crosby (Hardwick III), 320 F.3d 1127 (11th Cir. 2003), we
determined that Petitioner Hardwick was due an evidentiary hearing to determine
whether his attorney provided ineffective assistance of counsel under the Sixth
Amendment standard set out in Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668, 104 S. Ct.
2052, 80 L. Ed. 2d 674 (1984), during the penalty phase of his cap... More...
   $0 (09-20-2015 - FL)

John Gary Hardwick, Jr. v. Secretary, Florida Department of Corrections

In Hardwick v. Crosby (Hardwick III), 320 F.3d 1127 (11th Cir. 2003), we
determined that Petitioner Hardwick was due an evidentiary hearing to determine
whether his attorney provided ineffective assistance of counsel under the Sixth
Amendment standard set out in Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668, 104 S. Ct.
2052, 80 L. Ed. 2d 674 (1984), during the penalty phase of his capital... More...
   $0 (09-18-2015 - FL)

Wooten v. Bank of America

In November 2002, Gary C. Wooten purchased property and received sole title. He
married Iracy M. Wooten in 2005. On November 15, 2007, Gary Wooten borrowed money and
executed a deed of trust to secure the loan. Iracy Wooten did not sign the loan documents or the
deed of trust. Approximately one week after executing the deed of trust, Gary Wooten conveyed the
property to hims... More...
   $0 (09-18-2015 - VA)

Lee v. Spoden

In 1994, Lee started SHC, a consulting company providing services to healthcare
organizations and professionals. In 1995, Lee and Spoden married. That same year, Lee granted Spoden a 50% ownership interest in SHC.1 In 2004, SHC purchased real property in Sarasota,
Florida (the “Florida Property”).
In 2009, Spoden filed for divorce. As part of the divorce proceeding, Lee and Spo... More...
   $0 (09-18-2015 - VA)

Allstate v. Ploutis

On March 19, 2010, Ploutis’ home and certain contents were damaged when water pipes
in the home burst. At the time of the loss, Ploutis’ home was insured under a policy issued by Allstate.1 Although Allstate provided an initial payment to Ploutis, the parties were unable to
reach an agreement on the cost of remaining repairs. Ploutis filed a complaint for breach of
contract again... More...
   $0 (09-18-2015 - VA)

United States of America v. Jeffrey Kingman

Portland, ME - Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Failing to Pay Child Support

Jeffrey Kingman, 51, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, pled guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to failing to pay child support. Federal law makes it a crime to maintain a residence in state different than the residence of your children if you owe more than $10,000 in child support.

According to evidence int... More...
   $0 (09-17-2015 - ME)

State of Montana v. Walter Larson

On April 5, 2015, a jury convicted Walter M. Larson (Larson) of deliberate
homicide in the Seventh Judicial District Court, Dawson County. The victim was
Larson’s ex-wife, Susan Casey (Susie). Larson challenges the denial of his motion to
suppress statements made while in police custody and asserts that police questioned
Larson in violation of his right to counsel and right t... More...
   $0 (09-16-2015 - MT)

Carrera Kylee Cook f/k/a Carrera Kylee Moore v. Austin Lee Moore

The parties were married April 8, 2011, and divorced on November 13, 2012, in Evanston, Wyoming. One child resulted from the marriage, TM, born in 2011. The original custody order awarded the parties joint legal custody of TM, with Mother having primary physical custody. Father was given liberal visitation, which consisted of every other weekend, alternating holidays, and a graduated summer vis... More...   $0 (09-16-2015 - WY)


Two members of the New Jersey State Police entered
plaintiff Denise Brown's home without a warrant and without
consent in order to "secure the apartment" while they sought a
search warrant for the premises. They were looking for evidence
of a home invasion they believed had been committed by her
boyfriend, and, specifically, for a stolen piece of jewelry they
had rea... More...
   $0 (09-15-2015 - NJ)

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