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Marina Pacifica Homeowners Association v. Southern California Financial Corporation and Marianthi Lansdale

This litigation between plaintiff Marina Pacifica Homeowners Association (the
HOA) and defendants William Lansdale1 and Southern California Financial Corporation
(SCFC) concerns the Marina Pacifica Condominium Project (Marina Pacifica) in Long
Beach, California. SCFC appeals, and the HOA cross-appeals, from the judgment after a
bench trial. The parties’ dispute centers around a m... More...
   $0 (12-16-2014 - CA)

California Insurance Guarantee Association v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board and Elite Surgical Centers Escondido, L.P.

We issued a writ of review on the petition filed by the petitioners in this matter to
address the two questions raised in the petition: (1) Does the Workers' Compensation
Appeals Board (the Board) retain jurisdiction over a medical billing dispute pertaining to
more than 300 consolidated claims, after the Legislature passed significant workers'
compensation reform legislation that ... More...
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State of Oklahoma v. Eric Maurice Gillespie and Kennetha Ranee Gillespie

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Eric Maurice Gillespie and Kennetha Ranee Gillespie with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: OPJ, CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT INSURANCE FRAUD, in violation of 21 O.S. 421
Date of Offense: 05/23/2011

Party Name Disposition Information

GILLESPIE, ERIC MAURICE Disposed: DISMISSED, 12/15/2014. Dismissed by Court
Count as Disposed: CONS... More...
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State of Oklahoma v. Harvey Russel Allen

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged v. Harvey Russel Allen with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: FFP, WORKERS COMPENSATION FRAUD, in violation of 21 O.S. 1663
Date of Offense: 01/05/2012
Party Name Disposition Information
Harvey, Russell Allen Disposed: CONVICTION, 12/15/2014. Nolo Contendere Plea
Violation of 21... More...
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United States of America v. Jerry Wayne Woodland

Hattiesburg, MS – Jerry Wayne Woodland, 52, of Hattiesburg, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to steal food and food-related items from the Forrest County Detention Center and conspiracy to commit mail fraud to cover it up, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Don Alway.

Woodland, a former kitchen employee with the Forrest County ... More...
   $0 (12-15-2014 - MS)

Renee Feresi v. The Livery, LLC

The Commercial Code1 provides that "a financing statement must be filed to perfect all security interests . . . ." (§ 9310, subd. (a).) It further provides, "A perfected security interest . . . has priority over a conflicting unperfected security interest . . . ." (§ 9322, subd. (a)(2).) Although the code reflects the Legislature's intention to create a simplified, clear and uniform means of pri... More...   $0 (12-15-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Yolanda Hernandez de Arteaga

San Antonio, Texas - Yolanda Hernandez de Arteaga, age 49, the former operator of the Los Compadres Restaurant in LaVernia, TX, pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with the execution of a fraud scheme for financial benefit which targeted individuals seeking legitimate immigration documents announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent... More...   $0 (12-12-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Joseph A. Masso

TYLER, Texas – Joseph A. Masso, a 64-year-old resident of Athens, Texas, pleaded guilty to federal income tax violations.
Masso was charged with making and subscribing to a false tax return for the calendar year 2011 in violation of 26 U.S.C. ' 7206(1). According to information presented in Court, Masso formed a Texas limited liability company known as Lone Star Western & Casual LLC in Dece... More...
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United States of America v. Lendell Beacham

William Tisdale, Hubert Jones, and Lendell Beacham were convicted by a jury on various counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, and bank fraud. They appeal the sufficiency of the evidence supporting their respective convictions, various aspects of their respective prison sentences, and the district court’s method of calculating restitution. We affirm their convictions but vacate their sentences and rem... More...   $0 (12-12-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Frenchitt Su-Dell Collins

Frenchitt Su-Dell Collins and Allen Murray Robison conspired together and with others to defraud insurance companies of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Appellants and their confederates filed false claims for automobile accidents that had never happened, using postal boxes registered to assumed names. Following their convictions by a jury, defendants appeal on various grounds, the only novel one... More...   $0 (12-12-2014 - TX)

J.P. v. Carlsbad Unified School District

A jury found defendant Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) liable for negligently supervising an elementary school teacher, Raymond Firth, who sexually molested plaintiffs J. P. and E. B. (together, the minors). The jury awarded the minors
economic and non-economic damages. After entering judgment on the jury's verdict, the trial court denied CUSD's motions for judgment notwithstandi... More...
   $0 (12-12-2014 - CA)

Emmanuel Ellul v. Congregation of Christian Brothers, Order of the Sisters of Mercy, Catholic Religious Order

In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 133 S. Ct. 1659 (2013), the Supreme
Court held that, with very limited exceptions, the Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. §
1350 (“ATS”), does not apply extraterritorially to conduct that occurs outside the
United States. 133 S. Ct. at 1665. The actions that form the basis of this case
occurred far from the United States and many decades ago.... More...
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Securities and Exchange Commission v. Morgan Stanley & Co., L.L.C.

Washington D.C. - The Securities and Exchange Commission penalized Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC for violating the market access rule when it failed to uphold credit limits for a customer firm with a rogue trader who engaged in fraudulent trading of Apple stock.

The market access rule requires broker-dealers to have adequate risk controls in place before providing customers with access to the ... More...
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United States of America v. Mark Avalos

St. Louis, MO – MARK AVALOS pled guilty to bank fraud charges relating to his work as the Controller for The Mortgage Store, Inc. (TMS) in 2008.

According to court documents, TMS was a major mortgage brokering business with offices in four states and hundreds of employees. The main offices were in Westport Plaza and Wentzville. The businesses were operating at a financial deficit in 2... More...
   $0 (12-11-2014 - MO)

United States of America v. Aaron A. Johnson and Derek M. Johnson

Fargo, ND – A Federal Trial Jury found Aaron A. Johnson and Derek M. Johnson, guilty on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with Federal Crop Insurance and Federal Crop Disaster Programs; making false statements to the United States Department of Agriculture, acting through the Risk Management Agency (RMA); and, making false statements to federal law enforcement authorities. The ... More...   $0 (12-11-2014 - ND)

Diversified Striping Systems, Inc. v. Joe Kraus

¶1 Diversified Striping Stystems, Inc. (Diversified) appeals the
district court’s dismissal of its tort claims against Joe Kraus; FLJ,
LLC; and National Striping (collectively, Kraus) on grounds of
forum non conveniens. We reverse and remand for additional
¶2 On March 2, 2012, Diversified filed a complaint against
Kraus in Utah’s Third District Court, allegi... More...
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Christina I. Petersen v. Bank of America

This appeal, after a successful demurrer for misjoinder, tests the limits of California’s permissive joinder statute, section 378 of the Code of Civil Procedure.1 There are no less than 965 plaintiffs listed in the caption of the third amended complaint. Strictly speaking, though, this is a “mass action,” not a “class action.” Had this case been filed prior to 2005, in all probability it... More...   $0 (12-11-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Michael Robert Drilling

Minneapolis, MN - MICHAEL ROBERT DRILLING, 47, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for devising and executing a multi- million dollar investment fraud scheme. DRILLING pleaded guilty on April 17, 2014, to one count of securities fraud. He was sentenced on December 10, 2014, before Judge Ann D. Montgomery in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

According to the defendant’s guilty... More...
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United States of America v. Aijaz Aslam

San Antonio, TX - The former owner of J.M. Food Mart in Seguin, Texas, admitted to collecting approximately $275,000 from a scheme to trade Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for ineligible items announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman.

Appearing before United States Magistrate Judge John Primomo this morning, 55-year-old Aijaz Aslam pleaded guilty to one co... More...
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Bennie Deweese v. Ocwen Loan Servicing L.L.C. and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) as Nominee for Federal Home Loan Mortgage

Bennie Deweese appeals the trial court’s rendition of summary judgment in favor of Ocwen Loan Servicing L.L.C. and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Federal Home Loan Mortgage (MERS). After
Ocwen foreclosed on Deweese’s home, Deweese sued to quiet title, for tortious interference with contract, statutory fraud, and for a declaratory judgment that the forec... More...
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United States of America v. Todd Newman, Anthony Chiasson

Defendants‐appellants Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson
appeal from judgments of conviction entered on May 9, 2013, and
May 14, 2013, respectively in the United States District Court for the
Southern District of New York (Richard J. Sullivan, J.) following a
six‐week jury trial on charges of securities fraud in violation of
sections 10(b) and 32 of the Securities Exchange Ac... More...
   $0 (12-10-2014 - NY)

Jeff Green v. Jeff Brown, Mark Knowles and Anastasia Cardenas

This is an action brought by the Plaintiff, Jeff Green, to recover actual, statutory, and punitive damages, reasonable attorney’s fees, and costs from the Defendants, Jeff Brown, Mark Knowles, and Anastasia Cardenas, for altering an odometer and giving false disclosures about the mileage of a motor vehicle. These acts violated sub chapter IV of the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost savings Act,... More...   $0 (12-09-2014 - OK)

Margaret Sue Unsell v. Koni L. Couts-Spears DDS

COMES NOW the Plaintiff with her Petition against the Defendants and alleges and states as follows:
1. On or about April 5, 2011, Plaintiff was seen for consultation and examination by Defendants to begin the process to restore her teeth, including bone grafts and crowns and bridge work, by Defendant Koni L. Couts-Spears, D.D.S., at the office of Defendant Koni L. Couts, D.D.S, P.C., in Oklaho... More...
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United States of America v. Kevin Harold Lewis

Little Rock - Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas announced today that Kevin Harold Lewis, age 43, of Little Rock, Arkansas was sentenced today by United States District Judge James M. Moody to 121 months incarceration to be followed by three years of supervised release for bank fraud. Lewis was also ordered to pay $33,826,326 in restitution. An additi... More...   $0 (12-09-2014 - AR)

Janetta J. Gardiner v. Nedra V. Taufer

¶ 1 This case involves a challenge by relatives of Mr. Kenneth Vanderwerff to an action for a posthumous declaration of unsolemnized marriage brought by Mr. Vanderwerff’s romantic partner and personal representative of his estate—Ms. Janetta Gardiner. We are asked to determine when and how service of process is to be made in the unusual circumstance where a petitioner seeks a declaration of m... More...   $0 (12-09-2014 - UT)

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