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Sonny Low v. Trump University, LLC, ak/a Trump Entrepreneur Initiative and Donald Trump Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

Trump University, now defunct, was a for-profit entity that purported to teach Donald J. Trump’s “secrets of success” in the real estate industry. During the 2016 presidential election, Trump University and Trump were defendants in three lawsuits alleging fraud and violations of various state and federal laws: two class actions in the Southern District of California, and a suit by the New York Att... More...   $0 (02-09-2018 - CA)

Maria J. Barahona, et al. v. Union Pacific Railroad Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

For more than half a century, the Union Pacific Railroad
(“Union Pacific”) has leased land under 1,800 miles of its
right of way to Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines, L.P. (“SFPP”),
which uses the land for a petroleum pipeline. In a suit by
landowners challenging Union Pacific’s ability to lease the
land, the district court held that (1) the acts of Congress
conferring the right o... More...
   $0 (02-09-2018 - CA)

Juan D. Vega, Jr. v. United States of America, et al. Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Juan Vega, Jr. was transferred from federal prison to a Seattle non-profit residential reentry center to complete the remainder of his prison sentence. There, he alleged that federal and private employees conspired to remove him from the halfway house known as Pioneer House, ostensibly based on his race and for asserting his First Amendment rights, by filing a false incident report. After his retu... More...   $0 (02-09-2018 - WA)

Clayton Douglas v. Serenivision, Inc.

There is a “strong presumption that courts should
determine the jurisdiction of arbitrators.” (Sandquist v. Lebo
Automotive, Inc. (2016) 1 Cal.5th 233, 249 (Sandquist).) Parties
may nevertheless agree to let an arbitrator decide his or her own
jurisdiction, at least if their agreement to do so is “‘clear[] and
unmistakabl[e].’” (Howsam v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. (2002)
5... More...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - CA)

Annie Rayman v. Abbott Amubulance, Inc. St. Louis City Courthouse - City of St. Louis, Missoui

Annie Rayman (“Rayman”) appeals from the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in
favor of Abbott Ambulance, Inc. (“Abbott”) on her negligence claim. Rayman sued Abbott for
damages that resulted from an automobile collision between Rayman and a third party. The trial
court granted Abbott’s motion for summary judgment, finding that Abbott did not owe Rayman a
duty of care and that... More...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - MO)

State of Missouri v. Gregory Allen Heidbrink Warren County Courthouse - Warrenton, Missouri

Gregory Alan Heidbrink (Appellant) appeals from the trial court’s judgment
entered after a jury trial convicting him of receiving stolen property. We affirm in part,
reverse in part, and remand for resentencing.
Factual and Procedural Background
The State charged Appellant, as a prior and persistent offender, with one count of
receiving stolen property, a class C Felony, in vio... More...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - MO)

State of Missouri v. Jeffrey L. Bruner Jasper County Courthouse - Carthage, Missouri

Defendant Jeffrey L. Bruner appeals his convictions on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action, alleging the circuit court erred by refusing to submit a self-defense instruction. This Court recently reaffirmed in State v. Smith, 456 S.W.3d 849, 852 (Mo. banc 2015), that if substantial evidence is presented of the elements of self-defense, then the issue is injected and self-defens... More...   $0 (02-08-2018 - MO)

Marina Pacifica Homeowners Association v. Southern California Financial Corporation

Both plaintiff and defendant appeal from a postjudgment
order concluding neither of them was the prevailing party in
litigation over an assignment fee, and consequently neither of
them was entitled to attorney fees under Civil Code section 1717
(section 1717) or to costs under Code of Civil Procedure
section 1032 (section 1032). We affirm the trial court’s order.
FACTS
... More...
   $0 (02-06-2018 - CA)

Superior Communications, d/b/a Smile FM v. City of Riverview, Michigan Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

This appeal concerns a dispute over whether
Superior Communications can significantly expand and upgrade its radio broadcast equipment
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No. 17-1234 Superior Commc’ns v. City of Riverview, Mich. Page 2
located on a telecommunications tower owned by the City of Riverview, Michigan. Though
Superior alleges violations of the Telecommunications Act and of its constitutional rights,... More...
   $0 (02-06-2018 - MI)

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)

Judith Pinborough Zimmerman, Ph.D. v. University of Utah and Dr. William McMahon Utah Supreme Court of Utah - Salt Lake City, Utah

¶1 This case comes to us on certification from the United States District Court for the District of Utah. UTAH R. APP. P. 41. The certified questions are as follows:
1. Is the Free Speech Clause of the Utah Constitution self-executing? 2. If question 1 is answered in the affirmative, what are the elements of a claim brought under the clause? 3. Does an employee who receives notice that his or ... More...
   $0 (02-05-2018 - UT)

John Lane v. Joan Bell

To prevail in a malicious prosecution action under California law, a malicious
prosecution plaintiff (the defendant in the underlying action) must show that (1) the
plaintiff in the underlying action pursued a claim with subjective malice, (2) the claim
was brought without objective probable cause, and (3) the underlying action was
terminated on the merits in favor of the defendant... More...
   $0 (02-04-2018 - CA)

Juan Gonzales v. Wayne Bill Lew

Code of Civil Procedure section 9981 is a cost-shifting
statute designed to encourage parties to settle their lawsuits
prior to trial by punishing a party that refuses a reasonable
settlement offer. In order to trigger section 998, a settlement offer
must be clear, in that it must allow the party receiving the offer
to evaluate whether the party making the offer is likely to ob... More...
   $0 (02-03-2018 - CA)

Rashad B. Swanigan v. City of Chicago Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

While on the lookout for a serial
bank robber, Chicago police officers misidentified Rashad
Swanigan as the perpetrator, arrested him, and detained him
for approximately 51 hours without a probable-cause hearing.
He was released when the state prosecutor decided not
to press charges, and police later found the true culprit.
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Swanigan sued the officers invol... More...
   $0 (02-02-2018 - IL)

Colleen M. Bradley v. West Chester University of The Pennsylvania State Sytem of Higher Education Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

While employed in an administrative position at West
Chester University of Pennsylvania, Colleen Bradley shared
her concerns about one of the school’s budget documents with
her colleagues. Subsequently, she was informed by her
supervisor that her employment contract would not be
renewed. Arguing that her speech was protected by the First
Amendment to the United States Const... More...
   $0 (02-02-2018 - PA)

Anthony Migliaro v. Fidelity National Indemnity Insurance Company, a/k/a Wright National Flood Insurance Company District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

The issue in this case is whether the rejection of a policyholder’s proof of loss constituted a “written denial of all or part of the claim,” thereby triggering the one-year statute of limitations that is set forth in every Standard Flood Insurance Policy (“SFIP”). After receiving a payment from Fidelity National Indemnity Insurance Company, based on an adjuster’s assessment of the damage to his p... More...   $0 (02-02-2018 - PA)

United States of America v. Ayman Jarrah, Land Guardian, Inc., d/b/a 360 Midtown Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Houston, TX - Justice Department Settles Discrimination Lawsuit Against Owners and Operators of Houston, Texas-Based Sports Bar

The Justice Department on February 1, 2018 announced it has reached a settlement to resolve a lawsuit alleging discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin by Ayman Jarrah and Land Guardian Inc., the owners and operators of 360 Midtown, a sports... More...
   $0 (02-01-2018 - TX)

Lori Franchina v. City of Providence District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

Sticks and stones may break
some bones, but harassment can hurt forever. "Cunt," "bitch,"
"lesbo": all are but a smattering of the vile verbal assaults the
plaintiff in this gender discrimination case, Lori Franchina, a
former lieutenant firefighter, was regularly subjected to by
members of the Providence Fire Department ("the Department"). She
was also spit on, shoved, and... More...
   $0 (02-01-2018 - RI)

Nutrition Distribution, LLC v. Southern Sarms, Inc.

Code of Civil Procedure section 128.51
authorizes a trial
court to award sanctions for bad faith actions or tactics that are
frivolous or solely intended to cause delay. Pursuant to former
subdivision (f) of section 128.5, effective from January 1, 2015
until amended by urgency legislation enacted August 7, 2017
(former subdivision (f)), any such sanctions had to be imposed... More...
   $0 (02-01-2018 - CA)

Babriela Ruiz v. D Halls Investments, Inc. MoreLaw Suites 406 South Boulder and 624 South Denver 918-582-3993 or Info@morelaw.com

Tulsa, OK - Wayne DeBoef and Vicki DeBoef sued David Farrell for

Issue # 1. Issue: TRESPASS (OTHER)
Filed By: DEBOEF, WAYNE
Filed Date: 04/28/2015
Party Name Disposition Information
Defendant: FARRELL, DAVID Disposed: JUDGEMENT FOR PLAINTIFF, 01/04/2018. Judge
Defendant: FARRELL, DAVID
Issue # 2. Issue: TRESPASS (OTHER)
Filed By: DEBOEF, VICKI
F... More...
   $0 (01-31-2018 - OK)

Victoria G. Collins v. Commissioner of Social Security Northern District of Ohio Courthouse - Cleveland, Ohio

Victoria Collin brought suit against the Commissioner of
Social Security to recover moneys she says are “due and owing” as a result of the
Commissioner’s failure, for about a year, to garnish certain benefits paid to her ex-husband. The
district court dismissed the suit on grounds of sovereign immunity. We affirm.
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No. 17-3733 Collin v. Comm’r of Soc. Sec. Page 2
Collin di... More...
   $0 (01-31-2018 - OH)

United States of America v. Michael Anthony Minko Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Man Sentenced After Intimidating Spirit Airlines Flight Attendants

Michael Anthony Minko, 36, of White Springs, Florida, was sentenced to two concurrent sentences of two months imprisonment, after pleading guilty to two counts of intimidating a flight attendant of an aircraft in flight in the United States.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Souther... More...
   $0 (01-31-2018 - FL)

James Smith, Sr. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al. Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

This is an Engle progeny case1 brought by plaintiff James Smith, Sr. against defendant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (“Defendant”) to recover damages based on the death of his wife, Wanette Smith, from tobacco-related diseases caused by Mrs. Smith’s decades-long history of smoking Defendant’s cigarettes. We face only one issue:2 whether the district court should have reduced the jury’s compensatory da... More...   $0 (01-31-2018 - FL)

Tammy Gutierrez v. CarMax Auto Superstores California Kern County Courthouse - Bakersfield, California

Tammy Gutierrez sued defendant CarMax Auto Superstores California,
LLC (CarMax) alleging breaches of express and implied warranties, intentional and
negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract, unfair competition under Business and
Professions Code section 17200 (UCL), and a violation of the Consumer Legal Remedies
Act (CLRA; Civ. Code, § 1750 et seq.). CarMax demurred to Gutie... More...
   $0 (01-31-2018 - CA)

Karl Allred v. Eli D. Bebout, et al. Laramie County Courthouse - Cheyenne, Wyoming

[¶1] Two Wyoming citizens sought to challenge legislation that authorized two
construction projects while maintaining a degree of legislative control which the citizens
contend violate the Wyoming Constitution. They also alleged a pattern of letting state
contracts without competitive bidding or required safeguards, contrary to the Wyoming
Constitution and laws. They sought to amen... More...
   $0 (01-30-2018 - WY)

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