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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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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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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 v. James Joseph Thompson Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals 918-582-6422

Following an August 2016 jury trial, James Thompson was convicted of
possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in violation of 21 U.S.C.
1The Honorable Richard W. Goldberg, Judge for the United States Court of
International Trade, sitting by designation.
§ 841(a)(1). Thompson appeals his conviction. For the reasons set forth below, we
affirm.
I. Background... More...
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United States of America v. Randy Metcalf Northern District of Iowa Federal Courthouse - Dubuque, Iowa

A jury convicted Randy Joe Metcalf of committing a hate crime in violation of
the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, 18
U.S.C. § 249(a)(1) (the Act). The district cou 1 rt2 sentenced Metcalf to the statutory
maximum sentence of 120 months’ imprisonment. Metcalf appeals, arguing that the
Act is unconstitutional because Congress lacked the author... More...
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United States of America v. George Pate, Cookie G. Pate Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

George and Cookie Pate appeal the district court’s2 enforcement of summonses
issued by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) in April 2015. The summonses
directed the Pates to provide testimony regarding alleged tax deficiencies. The Pates
appeared before IRS Officer Mark Boston and invoked the Fifth Amendment
privilege in response to every question, including questions about their ... More...
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Henry Mu v. Omni Hotels Management Corporation, a/k/a Omni Hotels District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

During the early hours of
August 24, 2014, an unidentified group of individuals assaulted
Appellant Henry Mu ("Mu") in the lobby of the Omni Providence Hotel
(the "Hotel"), which Appellee Omni Hotels Management Corporation
("Omni") operates. Mu sued Omni for negligence. The district
court granted summary judgment to Omni, finding Mu's claims
deficient with respect to three ... More...
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United States of America v. Deangelo Anderson Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

On September 23, 2014, a grand jury
returned a five-count indictment against Deangelo Anderson,
charging him in counts one and two with armed robbery of a
bank and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of
violence (i.e. the bank robbery), and in counts three, four and
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five with unlawful possession of a firearm as a felon, possession
of crack coca... 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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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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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...
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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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No. 17-3087 United States v. Harris Page 2
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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Steven Mora v. Webcor Construction, L.P.

California Labor Code section 226, subdivision (a) (Section 226(a)), requires
employers to provide employees wage statements itemizing, among other things, all
wages earned, including the hours worked and applicable rates of pay. Plaintiff and
appellant Steven Mora (appellant) contends defendant and respondent Webcor
Construction, L.P. (respondent) violated Section 226(a) by faili... More...
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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)

Amy Thomas v. Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Securty Federal Courthouse Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock, Arkansas

Amy Thomas was thirty-four years old, the mother of a four-year-old son, and
in the process of divorcing her second husband. A high-school graduate, she lived on
her own, cared for herself and her indoor dog and cat, tended her home, managed her
finances, and led a more-or-less independent life. She had custody of her son every
other week and would care and provide for him as well,... More...
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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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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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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...
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W.S. v. S.T.

In 2014, appellant W.S. filed a petition to establish a parental relationship with his
daughter (daughter). W.S. alleged he was daughter’s biological father. He claimed he
had a relationship with S.T., daughter’s mother, while she was married to her husband,
Martin T. W.S. requested joint legal and physical custody, equal time visitation, and
mediation to work out a parenting plan.... More...
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United States of America v. Joseph Tigano, III Western District of New York Federal Courthouse - Buffalo, New York

2 On July 8, 2008, Joseph Tigano, III and his father, Joseph Tigano, Sr., were
3 arrested on charges related to a marijuana growing enterprise allegedly operated
4 by the two men. When Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) task force
5 members executed a search warrant at the Tiganos’ residence on the morning of
6 the arrest, they discovered over 1,400 marijuana plants. On Octobe... More...
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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)

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