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Nasir Hakeem v. State of Tennessee

Following a bench trial, the Petitioner, a foreign national from Pakistan, was convicted of two counts of sexual battery, a Class E felony. State v. Nasir Hakeem, No. M2012-02150-CCA-R3-CD, 2013 WL 6706122, at *1 (Tenn. Crim. App. Dec. 18, 2013), perm. app. denied, (Tenn. May 14, 2014). On August 2, 2012, the trial court imposed concurrent, suspended sentences of eighteen months for each convict... More...   $0 (05-22-2018 - TN)

United States of America v. Shawn Patrick Watkins United States District Court for the Southern District of California - Santa Ana, California

Santa Ana, CA - Missouri Man Pleads Guilty in $3.4 Million Real Estate Investment Scheme that Targeted Orange County Investors

A Missouri man who formerly served as a law enforcement reservist has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud offense and admitted operating a real estate scheme in Orange County that bilked dozens of Southern California investors who collectively suffered approximately... More...
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Shelly Albert v. Truck Insurance Exchange

Good fences make good neighbors. Unless they obstruct an
easement.
Shelly Albert’s neighbor, Henri Baccouche, sued her for
“abatement of private nuisance,” alleging Albert had erected and
refused to remove a fence that partially blocked the only road
leading to Baccouche’s undeveloped property. Albert tendered
Baccouche’s complaint to her homeowners and umbrella insurers,More...
   $0 (05-19-2018 - CA)

Michael Benaroya v. Bruce Willis

Benaroya Pictures (Benaroya) contracted with Westside
Corporation (Westside) to pay the well-known actor Bruce Willis, the
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president of Westside, to perform in a movie to be produced by
Benaroya. After a dispute arose regarding Willis’ payment, Willis and
Westside (collectively respondents) commenced arbitration proceedings
against Benaroya, pursuant to the arbitration c... More...
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Elizabeth A. Clemons v. Norton Healthcare, Inc. Western District of Kentucky Federal Courthouse - Louisville, Kentucky

This appeal is the latest installment in an ERISA litigation
saga that has spanned almost ten years. At the risk of oversimplifying their case, the Plaintiff–
Retirees claim that Defendant Norton Healthcare, Inc. Retirement Plan (“Norton”) underpaid
them under the terms of the plan. The district court found that the plan was unambiguous in the
Retirees’ favor. We agree with the dis... More...
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Green Tree Servicing, LLC v. Henry House; Linda Murrell Southern District of Mississippi - Federal Courthouse - Jackson, Mississippi

Henry House, Linda Murrell (the House Parties), and other plaintiffs
sued Green Tree Servicing and various other entities (the Green Tree Parties)
in a related action.1 The Green Tree Parties initiated the present suit in
1 Green Tree Servicing, L.L.C. v. Billy Brown, No. 17-60105.
Case: 17-60164 Document: 00514471076 Page: 1 Date Filed: 05/14/2018
No. 17-60164
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federa... More...
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Han Jing Huang v. Tom Hanks

Appellant filed requests for civil harassment restraining orders against defendants
former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Dalai Lama, Mark Zuckerberg,
Monica Lewinsky, and 27 prominent entertainment personalities. Finding appellant’s
claims to be “patently frivolous,” “patently frivolous on petition[’s] face,” or “frivolous
on petition’s face,” the trial court denie... More...
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TERRY LEA BUNCH v. STATE OF TENNESSEE Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

Petitioner pled guilty to driving under the influence (“DUI”) second offense and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days, to be suspended on probation after 45 days of incarceration. The judgment was entered on June 1, 2015.
Petitioner’s pro se petition for post-conviction relief has two file stamps of the Montgomery County Circuit Court Clerk. One file stamp is dated December 8, 2016, and ... More...
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Randy Tindell v. Linda Murphy

Plaintiffs Randy and Linda Tindell bought a single family manufactured home
from defendant Linda Murphy in 2005 for $320,000. Defendant Christine Bradley
provided the appraisal. In 2009 the Tindells were unable to refinance the mortgage
because it is a manufactured home, not a modular home. The Tindells filed a fourth
amended complaint alleging Murphy and Bradley failed to disclose... More...
   $0 (05-08-2018 - CA)

Nielsen Contracting, Inc. v. Applied Underwriters, Inc.


Nielsen Contracting, Inc. and T&M Framing, Inc. (collectively Nielsen) sued
several entities (defendants) alleging these entities fraudulently provided workers'
compensation policies to Nielsen that were illegal and contained unconscionable terms.
Defendants moved to compel arbitration and stay the litigation under an arbitration
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provision in one defendant's contract, t... More...
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Marshall Garber v. Heriberto Menendez, M.D. Northern District of Ohio Courthouse - Cleveland, Ohio

Minors injured by medical malpractice in Ohio have one year to sue their doctors after they turn eighteen. When Marshall Garber sued Dr. Heriberto
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No. 17-3992 Garber v. Menendez Page 2
Menendez for malpractice in May 2017, one year had come and gone. But Ohio tolls the statute of limitations if the defendant leaves the State. The clock stopped when Dr. Menendez left Ohio for Florida ... More...
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Nancy Buccina; Scot A. Buccin v. Linda Ann Grimsby Northern District of Ohio Courthouse - Toledo, Ohio

Linda Ann Grimsby invited her friend Nancy Buccina to take a
boat trip on Lake Erie. Toward the end of the voyage, the boat hit a wave, jarring the passengers
and injuring Nancy. Nancy and her husband Scot sued. A jury found that Grimsby was not
negligent. But the district court granted Nancy and Scot’s motion for a new trial on the ground
that the evidence did not support the verd... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JESSE C. LITVAK Ware restaurant owner accused of torching Rhode Island restaurant will testify on his own behalf

This case has a lengthy procedural history. In January 2013, the
15 government filed an indictment charging appellant with eleven counts of
16 securities fraud in violation of 15 U.S.C. §§ 78j(b), 78ff (Counts 1-11), one count of
17 fraud against the Troubled Asset Relief Program (“TARP”) in violation of 18
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1 U.S.C. § 1031 (Count 12), and four counts of making false stateme... More...
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Legacy Data Access, Inc. v. Cadrillion, LLC Western District of North Carolina Courthouse - Charlotte, North Carolina

In this diversity contract dispute, a jury awarded $256,500 for breach of contract and $1,499,999 for conversion. The jury rejected plaintiffs’ unfair and deceptive trade practices claim, and the district court granted judgment as a matter of law to defendants on the abuse of process claim. In a second trial solely on punitive damages, another jury awarded $3 million in punitive damages. In respon... More...   $0 (05-04-2018 - NC)

Erik J. Hansen v. Sandridge Partners, L.P.

Respondent and cross-appellant Erik Hansen and several relatives (the “Hansens”)
own about 382 acres of farmland in Tulare County (APN 291-010-009; the “09 parcel”).
Appellant and cross-respondent Sandridge Partners, L.P., (Sandridge) owns an adjacent
parcel of about 250 acres (APN 291-010-005; the “05 parcel”).1
This case centers around
approximately 10 acres on the southwest... More...
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James Michael Hand, et al. v. Rick Scott Northern District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tallahassee, Florida

Appellants Rick Scott, in his official capacity as Governor of the State of Florida, and the other three members of Florida’s Executive Clemency Board (Pam Bondi, Adam H. Putnam, and Jimmy Patronis) (collectively, the “State Executive
Case: 18-11388 Date Filed: 04/25/2018 Page: 1 of 36
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Clemency Board”) have appealed from the district court’s orders entered in favor of appellees James... More...
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Naruto v. David John Slater Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

We must determine whether a monkey may sue humans,
corporations, and companies for damages and injunctive
relief arising from claims of copyright infringement. Our
court’s precedent requires us to conclude that the monkey’s
claim has standing under Article III of the United States
Constitution. Nonetheless, we conclude that this
monkey—and all animals, since they are not hu... More...
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MOSES MITCHELL v. STATE OF FLORIDA

After a guilty verdict, Appellant filed a timely motion for new trial. He asserted that the verdicts were contrary to the weight of the evidence and specifically requested the trial court to “assess the verdict in light of the weight and credibility of the evidence.” The trial court denied the motion, verbally stating, “[a]ll right, I’ll note your motion and objections and at this time I’ll deny... More...   $0 (04-28-2018 - FL)

United States of America v. Charles B. "Chuck" Rizzo Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, MI - Trash Titan Charles B. "Chuck" Rizzo Sentenced to 66 Months in Prison for Bribery and Fraud

The former CEO of garbage hauler Rizzo Environmental Services (RES), Charles B. “Chuck” Rizzo, 46, of Bloomfield Hills, was sentenced to 66 months in prison and ordered to pay $4 million in forfeiture based on his convictions for conspiring to commit bribery and wire fraud, in connect... More...
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Chad Barry Barnes v. Sea Hawaii Rafting, LLC Federal Courthouse - Honolulu, Hawaii

Chad Barnes is a seaman who was injured when the boat on which he was working, the M/V Tehani, exploded. During his recovery, Barnes received some monetary assistance from either Sea Hawaii Rafting, LLC (“SHR”), which owned the Tehani, or Kris Henry, SHR’s owner and manager, but those payments soon stopped. Seeking the
6 BARNES V. SEA HAWAII RAFTING
ancient maritime remedy of maintenance a... More...
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Andrew Castillo v. Glenair, Inc.

In a joint employer arrangement, can a class of workers
bring a lawsuit against a staffing company, settle that lawsuit,
and then bring identical claims against the company where they
had been placed to work. We answer no.
This wage and hour putative class action involves the
relationship between a temporary staffing company (GCA
Services Group, Inc. (GCA)), its employees (... More...
   $0 (04-17-2018 - CA)

STATE OF KANSAS v. RICHARD E. GUNN

On February 10, 2015, Gunn was charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, burglary of a vehicle, theft, and two counts of criminal damage to property. Gunn entered his ex-girlfriend's apartment, attacked her new boyfriend, broke his phone, and burglarized his car.

In exchange for pleading guilty to one count of aggravated burglary, the State agreed to dismiss the remaining ... More...
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PERCY ALLAN AHRENDT v. DIANE MUREE CHAMBERLAIN

Percy Ahrendt and Diane Chamberlain were married in 1999. Diane and her son from a prior marriage moved into Percy’s residence. During their first eight years, Diane worked various part-time jobs and made about $7,885 a year in reported income. At that time, she was studying to obtain her securities licenses, and she paid approximately $250-$350 of the monthly marital expenses. Percy made abou... More...   $0 (04-12-2018 - SD)

Matthew Squire v. County of Los Angeles

Appellants Matthew Squire (Squire) and Ernesto Masson
(Masson) (collectively appellants) appeal from the judgment
denying their petition for writ of mandate. They contend the
written reprimands they received from the Los Angeles County
Sheriff’s Department (Department) in September 2014, should be
rescinded because they did not receive notice of proposed
discipline within t... More...
   $0 (04-10-2018 - CA)

BERRY AND BERRY ACQUISITIONS v. BFN PROPERTIES SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA

Bob Berry, who resides in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, has been a nurseryman and businessman for more than fifty years. In the 1960s, Bob began working in the nursery business in Tahlequah, and in the early 1970s, he founded Midwestern Nursery. Bob grew and developed Midwestern Nursery, which later became American Nursery Products, and eventually took the company public. Upon his departure from American ... More...   $0 (04-04-2018 - MT)

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