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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...
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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)

San Francisco Apartment Association v. City and County of San Francisco

We must determine whether a San Francisco city
ordinance limiting the rights of landlords to commence and
conduct buyout negotiations is consistent with the federal
and state constitutions. We do not, as we must not, evaluate
the policy merits of the ordinance. Appellants—an
individual property owner and several organizations that
represent landlords’ interests in San Franc... More...
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United States of America v. Matthew J. Higgins-Vogt Central District of Illinois Federal Courthouse - Springfield, Illinois

Springfield, IL - Jury Convicts Kane County Man for Bank Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft

A jury deliberated for approximately two hours on January 8, 2018 before returning guilty verdicts on all charges against a Carpentersville, Ill., man, Keith JD Offord, 24, for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough presided over the trial which began Feb. 6. ... More...
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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...
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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...
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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)

Donald Morgan v. Michael Robinson District of Nebraska Federal Courthouse - Lincoln, Nebraska

After Donald Morgan ran against his boss Michael Robinson, the incumbent
sheriff, in a primary election, Robinson terminated Morgan’s employment as a deputy
with the Washington County, Nebraska Sheriff’s Office for statements Morgan made
during the campaign. Morgan then brought this First Amendment retaliation action
under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and Robinson moved for summary judgment o... More...
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United States of America v. Mark Arlin Hammerschmidt District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mark Arlin Hammerschmidt (Mark) pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy
to defraud the United States in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 286 and was sentenced to 135
months’ imprisonment. Ornella Angelina Hammerschmidt (Ornella) pleaded guilty
to one count of making false claims for refunds in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 287 and
was sentenced to 48 months’ imprisonment. The Hammerschmidts ... More...
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United States of America v. Joshua Van Haften Western District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Madison, Wisconsin

Joshua Van Haften is a Wisconsin native
who was caught travelling to Turkey in an attempt to join
ISIS, a designated terrorist organization. In some ways,
Van Haften fits the typical profile of a terrorist: he believes
that ISIS is fighting a holy war against America—a war that
will culminate in the establishment of a global caliphate. But
this view is just one strand in a ... More...
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Margery Newman v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

At age 56, Margery Newman purchased
a long-term care insurance plan from the Metropolitan
Life Insurance Company (“MetLife”). She opted for one of
MetLife’s non-standard options for paying her insurance premiums;
MetLife called the method she selected “Reduced-Pay
at 65.” When Newman was 67 years old, she was startled to
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discover that MetLife that year mor... More...
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United States of America v. Cynthia Fletcher, et al. v. State of Mississippi and Simpson County School District Southern District of Mississippi - Federal Courthouse - Jackson, Mississippi

Since 1970, the Simpson County School District (“the District”) has been under a consent decree to monitor the District’s efforts to desegregate its school system. Students attending District schools (“the Intervenors”) intervened in the litigation in 1982, contending that the District had not properly complied with the consent decree. In 2015, the District moved for a finding of unitary status in... More...   $0 (02-06-2018 - MS)

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
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United States of America v. Andre Bernard Eastern District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Tampa, FL - New York Man Sentenced to 87 Months for Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme

Andre Bernard, 65, of Mount Kisco, NY was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, making false statements related to the Clean Air Act, and his participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel cre... More...
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United States of America v. Talman Harri Northern District of Ohio Courthouse - Cleveland, Ohio

Talman Harris appeals his criminal convictions and sentences,
arguing that the district court erred by: (1) barring Harris from impeaching a government
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witness; (2) admitting government summary evidence; (3) giving an inaccurate jury instruction
with regard to a stockbroker’s fiduciary duties; and (4) failing to investigate potential... More...
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Charles J. Trois v. Apple Tree Auction Center, Inc.; Samuel Schnaidt Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

This appeal presents issues of personal jurisdiction and venue. A Texas citizen sued Ohio citizens in a Texas court based on two distinct claims: first, breach of a contract executed and performed in Ohio; and second, fraudulent misrepresentation made during a conference call from Ohio to Texas. The question thus before us is whether the Texas court may properly assert personal jurisdiction over t... More...   $0 (02-05-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Bruce H. Niggemann Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

In the summer of 2014, investigators in the Kane County Sheriff’s Office discovered that an IP address was using specialized peer-to-peer software to share child pornography over the internet. They gave this infor-mation to special agents in the Department of Homeland Security, who in turn identified Bruce Niggemann as the owner of the IP address. The agents obtained and executed a search warrant ... More...   $0 (02-05-2018 - IL)

Visalia Retail, LP v. City of Visalia

This appeal involves a challenge to an update of the City of Visalia’s (Visalia)
general plan. Included in the update is a land use policy affecting areas designated
“Neighborhood Commercial.” Under the policy, no tenant in a Neighborhood
Commercial area may be larger than 40,000 square feet in size.
2.
Appellant claims Visalia violated the California Environmental Quality Act ... More...
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United States of America v. Dane William Anderson, Samuel Heineman, IV and Mark Christopher Klein Western District of North Carolina Federal Courthouse - Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, NC - Federal Judge Sentences Three Men Involved In International Child Pornography Ring

The Defendants Used Sophisticated “Capping” Method to Produce Child Pornography and Shared It Online

Three men involved in an international online child pornography ring responsible for producing and sharing thousands of images and videos of child pornography were sentenced today by... More...
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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...
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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...
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United States of America v. Deborah E Hendricks District of Arizona Federal Courthouse - Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff, AZ - Owner of Northern Arizona Commercial Guiding Company Convicted of Crimes, Banned from the Grand Canyon

Deborah Hendricks, 44, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and owner of “Just Roughin’ It”, a commercial guiding company, was sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles R. Pyle to three years of probation. The probation terms include a three-year ban for Hendricks and “Just Roughin It... More...
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United States of America v. Ricardo Burgos Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, IL - Aspiring Rapper Sentenced to More Than 15 Years in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing a Gun While Filming a Music Video

An aspiring rapper from Chicago has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison for illegally possessing a handgun while filming a music video.

RICARDO BURGOS, 31, possessed the gun in January 2016 while filming the rap music video ... More...
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United States of America ex rel. White v. Orthopaedic and Neuro Imaging, LLC (ONI) District of Delaware Federal Courthouse - Wilmington, Deleware

Wilmington, DE - United States Obtains $16.2 Million Judgment Against MRI Provider For Submitting False Claims

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware entered judgment in the amount of $16,223,091.38 against Orthopaedic and Neuro Imaging LLC (ONI) for submitting false claims for Medicare reimbursement. Under the terms of the judgment, ONI’s owner, Richard Pfarr, is jointly a... More...
   $16223091 (02-02-2018 - DE)

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