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Michael Dasher v. RBC Bank (USA), d/b/a RBC Bank Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

Defendant RBC Bank (USA) (“RBC”) appeals the district court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration. We affirm, albeit for reasons different than those cited by the district court.

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Michael Dasher held a checking account with RBC and used a debit card for that account. Dasher asserts RBC failed to properly warn him of possible overdrafts at points of sale when he used his de... More...
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Linda Stout, et al. v. Jefferson County Board of Education Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

This appeal requires that we revisit the decades-old task of school desegregation. A racial desegregation order issued in 1971 still governs the Jefferson County Board of Education in Alabama. But beginning in 2012, residents of the City of Gardendale, a predominantly white community in Jefferson County, sought to create a separate, municipal school system. Leaders of a grassroots movement used so... More...   $0 (02-21-2018 - )

Area 51 Productions, Inc. v. City of Alameda

Area 51 Productions, Inc. (Area 51), an event planning company, had a longstanding
relationship with the City of Alameda (the City) to license the use of certain
City property to Area 51 for events Area 51 helped plan and promote with third-party
companies. The City relied on PM Realty Group, L.P. (PM) to assist it with managing
these license arrangements. Due to various problems a... More...
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State of Iowa v. Christopher Scott Jepsen Crawford County Courthouse - Denison, Iowa

A criminal defendant was convicted of two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree. Although one count constituted a forcible felony, the district court suspended the defendant’s prison sentence and instead ordered a five-year term of probation. After the defendant served four years, four months, and four days of probation, the district court vacated the suspended sentence for illegality and res... More...   $0 (02-20-2018 - )

Medical Recovery Services, LLC v. Robert Lopez Idaho Supreme Court - Boise, Idaho

Medical Recovery Services, LLC (“MRS”) appeals a district court’s judgment denying its request for postjudgment attorney fees on an appeal. The dispute arose after MRS attempted to collect a debt owed by Robert Lopez (“Lopez”). The magistrate court entered a default judgment and awarded attorney fees to MRS. MRS continued to incur attorney fees while attempting to collect on the default judgment a... More...   $0 (02-19-2018 - ID)

Leesa Jacobson v. United States Department of Homeland Security, et al. Arizona District Federal Courthouse - Tucson, Arizona

Leesa Jacobson and Peter Ragan (collectively, Appellants) filed this suit to challenge their exclusion from an enforcement zone set up around a Border Patrol checkpoint area near their homes in rural Arizona. Before any discovery occurred, the district court granted summary judgment to the Defendants-Appellees (Appellees). We vacate and remand for further proceedings.

FACTUAL AND PROCEDUR... More...
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Pieter A. Folkens v. Wyland Worldwide, LLC Eastern District of California Federal Courthouse - Sacramento, California

Plaintiff Peter A. Folkens (“Folkens”) alleges that Defendant Robert T. Wyland (“Wyland”) infringed on his pen and ink depiction of two dolphins crossing underwater. Folkens contends that Wyland’s depiction of an underwater scene infringes on his drawing by copying the crossing dolphins, and that the similar element of two dolphins crossing underwater is protectable under copyright law, entitling ... More...   $0 (02-19-2018 - AZ)

Amie Wieland v. Owner-Operator Services, Inc. Jackson County Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

Owner-Operator Services Inc. appeals the circuit court’s judgment in favor of Amie
Wieland for her claim of negligence alleging her employer, Owner-Operator, breached its
duty to protect her from the criminal act of a third person on its premises. Owner-Operator
argues the circuit court erred in submitting a verdict director to the jury that was not
supported by substantial evidenc... More...
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Estate of Leon Walker, Jr. v. Building Inspector Hershell Wallace Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

One morning, a SWAT team raided a St. Louis house in which the plaintiffs
lived to execute a search warrant. According to the warrant affidavit, a detective
suspected that the house contained heroin, illegal firearms, and drug-trafficking
paraphernalia. The team knocked on the door, yelled "police," and quickly began
striking the door with a battering ram. The team also tossed a "f... More...
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Mike Hernandez, Francesca Muller v. Restoration Hardware, Inc.

Under Code of Civil Procedure1 section 902, “[a]ny party aggrieved” may
appeal a judgment. “It is generally held, however, that only parties of record may
appeal; consequently one who is denied the right to intervene in an action
ordinarily may not appeal from a judgment subsequently entered in the case.
[Citations.] Instead, he may appeal from the order denying intervention.” (Cou... More...
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State of Missouri v. Phillip Douglas and Jennifer M. Gaulter Jackson County Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

The state appeals from the circuit court’s order sustaining the defendants’ motions
to suppress all evidence seized pursuant to a warrant authorizing search of a residence for
stolen items. The state admits an officer submitted a prepared search warrant form, which
was then executed by a circuit judge, authorizing a search for any deceased human fetus
or corpse despite the fact the... More...
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United States of America v. Adrian Bailey Central District of Illinois Federal Courthouse - Springfield, Illinois

Adrian Bailey offered to sell marijuana
to an informant who had already brokered the purchase
of a firearm from him; the informant accepted the offer and
purchased $40 worth of marijuana from Bailey contemporaneously
with the firearm purchase. On that basis, Bailey was
convicted after a bench trial of possessing a firearm in further2
No. 17-1031
ance of a drug trafficki... More...
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John Doe v. Miami University, et al. Southern District of Ohio Courthouse - Cincinnati, Ohio

In the fall of 2014, John Doe and Jane Doe1 were students at Miami University, a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. The two students knew each other and had engaged in several consensual “physical encounters.” This
case arises from an incident between John and Jane on September 14, 2014. Both parties had
consumed alcohol, and John states that he was so intoxicated that he cannot re... More...
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J.H. v. The Superior Court of San Luis Obispo County, San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Service, Real Party in Interest

In People v. Sanchez (2016) 63 Cal.4th 665 (Sanchez),
our Supreme Court clarified the test for admitting expert opinion
testimony. Although Sanchez was a criminal case, its limitations
extend beyond the scope of criminal law: to proceedings under
the Sexually Violent Predator Act (People v. Burroughs (2016) 6
Cal.App.5th 378), to conservatorship proceedings
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(Conserva... More...
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Adaline Rose Werthwein v. Craig Edward Workman Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

This is a dispute over the name change of a minor. The minor’s mother, Adaline Werthwein, contends that the trial court abused its discretion by granting the request of the father, Craig Workman, to change the last name of their two-year-old son (pseudonymously referred to as “Michael”) from Werthwein to
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Workman without legally or factually sufficient evidence that the name change was in... More...
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Bradley McDaniel v. BP America Inc., BP PLC, BP Amoco Exploration (In Amenas) Limited Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Bradley McDaniel appeals from the trial court’s order granting BP Amoco Exploration (In Amenas) Limited’s special appearance. We conclude that the trial court lacked personal jurisdiction over this defendant and therefore affirm.
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BACKGROUND
McDaniel’s suit arises out of a terrorist attack abroad. In 2013, terrorists seized an Algerian gas plant jointly operated under a contract betwe... More...
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Maranda Lynn O'Donnell v. Harris County, Texas, et al. Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Maranda ODonnell and other plaintiffs (collectively, “ODonnell”) brought a class action suit against Harris County, Texas, and a number of its officials—including County Judges,1 Hearing Officers, and the Sheriff (collectively, the “County”)—under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. ODonnell alleged the County’s system of setting bail for indigent misdemeanor arrestees violated Texas statutory and constitutional la... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Bret Broussard Western District of Louisiana Federal Courthouse - Lafayette, Louisiana

Bret Broussard pled guilty to violating 18 U.S.C. § 242, which is the offense of depriving another of his rights while acting under color of law. Broussard, while serving as a lieutenant in a Louisiana Sheriff’s Office, had failed to intervene while a prisoner in a parish jail was beaten by other officers. On appeal, Broussard argues that his guilty plea was invalid and that his sentence was proce... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - LA)

Cathryn Stout v. Staff Sergeant Brad Vincent Southern District of Mississippi - Federal Courthouse - Jackson, Mississippi

We decide whether the district court erred when granting summary judgment in favor of a police officer on the racial profiling claims of a black couple. The district court found that the couple failed to raise any genuine issue
of material fact showing that the officer violated their equal protection rights
under the Fourteenth Amendment. We affirm.
Facts and Proceedings
Cathryn Sc... More...
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E.W. v. Rosemary Dolgos and WICOMICO County Sheriff's Department District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Baltimore, Maryland

This matter involves a school resource officer’s decision to handcuff a calm, compliant elementary school student for fighting with another student three days prior. The child brought a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for excessive use of force in violation of the Fourth Amendment and several state law claims. On a motion for summary judgment, the district court concluded that the officer’s conduct d... More...   $0 (02-14-2018 - MD)

United States of America v. Ronald Miltier Eastern District of Virginia Federal Courthouse - Norfolk, Virginia

A federal jury convicted Ronald Miltier of seven counts of receipt of child
pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(2)(A) and one count of possession of
child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5)(B). On appeal, Miltier argues
that the district court erred in denying his motion for judgment of acquittal based on
insufficient evidence that he knowingly receive... More...
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Black & Veatch Corporation v. Aspen Insuance (UK) Ltd.; Lloyd's Syndicate 2003 District of Kansas Federal Courthouse - Wichita, Kansas

This case is an insurance coverage dispute between Plaintiff-Appellant Black &
Veatch Corporation (“B&V”) and Defendants-Appellees Aspen Insurance (UK) Ltd. and
Lloyd’s Syndicate 2003 (collectively, “Aspen”). The issue is whether Aspen must
reimburse B&V for the costs B&V incurred due to damaged equipment that its
subcontractor constructed at power plants in Ohio and Indiana. The d... More...
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Carto Properties, LLC Jen Marie Rau, Individually, Key Maps, Inc, and The Jen Marie Rau Life Insurance Trust v. Briar Capital, LP Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Appellants/cross-appellees, Carto Properties, LLC, Jen Marie Rau, individually (“Rau”), Key Maps, Inc., and the Jen Marie Rau Life Insurance Trust (the “Trust”) (collectively, “Carto”), challenge the trial court’s rendition of summary judgment in favor of appellee/cross-appellant, Briar Capital, L.P. (“Briar”), in Carto’s suit against Briar for wrongful foreclosure, breach of contract, tortious in... More...   $0 (02-13-2018 - TX)

James Bryant Harris, Jr. v. The State of Wyoming Albany County Courthouse - Laramie, Wyoming

[¶1] James Bryant Harris, Jr., argues that the trial court erred in denying his motion to
suppress evidence obtained as a result of a detention and subsequent search of his
vehicle. We affirm.
ISSUE
[¶2] Mr. Harris submits his single issue on appeal:
Did the trial court err in denying Appellant’s Motion to Suppress
Evidence obtained as a result of his illegal detention and ... More...
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Keith Hancock, Tamera Thomas and Jason Dessingue v. The County of Rensselaer, Jack Mahar, Elaine Young, David Hetman Northern District of New York Federal Courthouse - Syracuse, NY

7 Appellants were employees of the Rensselaer County Jail. Their medical
8 records were secretly accessed without their permission by at least one other
9 employee at the Jail. They sued in the United States District Court for the
10 Northern District of New York, alleging violations of their right to privacy in
11 health information under the Fourteenth Amendment and of the Comput... More...
   $0 (02-13-2018 - NY)

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