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Bradley McDaniel v. BP America Inc., BP PLC, BP Amoco Exploration (In Amenas) Limited Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Bradley McDaniel appeals from the trial court’s order granting BP Amoco Exploration (In Amenas) Limited’s special appearance. We conclude that the trial court lacked personal jurisdiction over this defendant and therefore affirm.
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BACKGROUND
McDaniel’s suit arises out of a terrorist attack abroad. In 2013, terrorists seized an Algerian gas plant jointly operated under a contract betwe... More...
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Maranda Lynn O'Donnell v. Harris County, Texas, et al. Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Maranda ODonnell and other plaintiffs (collectively, “ODonnell”) brought a class action suit against Harris County, Texas, and a number of its officials—including County Judges,1 Hearing Officers, and the Sheriff (collectively, the “County”)—under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. ODonnell alleged the County’s system of setting bail for indigent misdemeanor arrestees violated Texas statutory and constitutional la... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Bret Broussard Western District of Louisiana Federal Courthouse - Lafayette, Louisiana

Bret Broussard pled guilty to violating 18 U.S.C. § 242, which is the offense of depriving another of his rights while acting under color of law. Broussard, while serving as a lieutenant in a Louisiana Sheriff’s Office, had failed to intervene while a prisoner in a parish jail was beaten by other officers. On appeal, Broussard argues that his guilty plea was invalid and that his sentence was proce... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - LA)

United States of America v. Robert Warren Scully Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

Appellant Robert Warren Scully was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aiding and abetting a wire fraud scheme. 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 1343, 1349. The district court later granted the Government’s motion to restrain Scully’s assets to preserve them for restitution and forfeiture. Scully was then sentenced and ordered to pay $1,206,539.94 in restitu... More...   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

Cathryn Stout v. Staff Sergeant Brad Vincent Southern District of Mississippi - Federal Courthouse - Jackson, Mississippi

We decide whether the district court erred when granting summary judgment in favor of a police officer on the racial profiling claims of a black couple. The district court found that the couple failed to raise any genuine issue
of material fact showing that the officer violated their equal protection rights
under the Fourteenth Amendment. We affirm.
Facts and Proceedings
Cathryn Sc... More...
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San Francisco Apartment Association v. City and County of San Francisco

To reduce the number of no-fault evictions of families with children and educators
during the school year, the City and County of San Francisco and the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors (collectively, the City) barred such evictions. The trial court
concluded state law preempted this ordinance and the City appeals. We agree with the
City that the ordinance is not preempted, and re... More...
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United States of America v. Mahmoud Rahim, M.D. Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, MI - Detroit Doctor Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Role in $10.4 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

A Detroit, Michigan-area doctor was sentenced to 72 months in prison today for his role in a $10.4 million conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program.

Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Matthew ... More...
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United States of America v. Ofelia Ronquillo District of Nevada Federal Courthouse - Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, NV - Nevada Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Filing More Than $2.7 Million in Fraudulent Tax Returns

A Las Vegas, Nevada, tax return preparer pleaded guilty on February 13, 2018 to filing fraudulent tax returns,.

According to documents and information provided to the court, from 2009 through 2015, Ofelia Ronquillo, 62, prepared fraudulent income tax returns for clients... More...
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E.W. v. Rosemary Dolgos and WICOMICO County Sheriff's Department District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Baltimore, Maryland

This matter involves a school resource officer’s decision to handcuff a calm, compliant elementary school student for fighting with another student three days prior. The child brought a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for excessive use of force in violation of the Fourth Amendment and several state law claims. On a motion for summary judgment, the district court concluded that the officer’s conduct d... More...   $0 (02-14-2018 - MD)

United States of America v. Ronald Miltier Eastern District of Virginia Federal Courthouse - Norfolk, Virginia

A federal jury convicted Ronald Miltier of seven counts of receipt of child
pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(2)(A) and one count of possession of
child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5)(B). On appeal, Miltier argues
that the district court erred in denying his motion for judgment of acquittal based on
insufficient evidence that he knowingly receive... More...
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Carol Sue Campbell; Chris Rene Wilson, et al. v. Boston Scientific Corporation Southern District of West Virginia Federal Courthouse - Charleston, West Virginia

This case involves a consolidated trial of four products liability cases that are each part of a multidistrict litigation encompassing over twenty-five thousand total cases. The jury returned verdicts for the plaintiffs, awarding over $4 million to each. Defendant Boston Scientific Corporation asserts that the consolidation itself rendered the trial unfair, disputes two evidentiary rulings, claims... More...   $0 (02-14-2018 - WV)

BMG Rights Management (US) LLC v. Cox Communications, Inc., et al. Eastern District of Virginia - Federal Courthouse - Alexandria, Virginia

BMG Rights Management (US) LLC (“BMG”), which owns copyrights in musical compositions, filed this suit alleging copyright infringement against Cox Communications, Inc. and CoxCom, LLC (collectively, “Cox”), providers of high-speed Internet access. BMG seeks to hold Cox contributorily liable for infringement of BMG’s copyrights by subscribers to Cox’s Internet service. Following extensive discovery... More...   $0 (02-14-2018 - VA)

Hong Sang Market, Inc. v. Vivien Peng

These appeals arise out of a commercial tenancy dispute. In one appeal, defendant
and cross-complainant Vivien Peng challenges a judgment awarding damages for backdue
rent to her former landlord, plaintiff and cross-defendant Hong Sang Market, Inc.
(Hong Sang). Peng argues that a judgment in a prior unlawful detainer action against her,
in which Hong Sang was awarded one month’s ba... More...
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Black & Veatch Corporation v. Aspen Insuance (UK) Ltd.; Lloyd's Syndicate 2003 District of Kansas Federal Courthouse - Wichita, Kansas

This case is an insurance coverage dispute between Plaintiff-Appellant Black &
Veatch Corporation (“B&V”) and Defendants-Appellees Aspen Insurance (UK) Ltd. and
Lloyd’s Syndicate 2003 (collectively, “Aspen”). The issue is whether Aspen must
reimburse B&V for the costs B&V incurred due to damaged equipment that its
subcontractor constructed at power plants in Ohio and Indiana. The d... More...
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Carto Properties, LLC Jen Marie Rau, Individually, Key Maps, Inc, and The Jen Marie Rau Life Insurance Trust v. Briar Capital, LP Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Appellants/cross-appellees, Carto Properties, LLC, Jen Marie Rau, individually (“Rau”), Key Maps, Inc., and the Jen Marie Rau Life Insurance Trust (the “Trust”) (collectively, “Carto”), challenge the trial court’s rendition of summary judgment in favor of appellee/cross-appellant, Briar Capital, L.P. (“Briar”), in Carto’s suit against Briar for wrongful foreclosure, breach of contract, tortious in... More...   $0 (02-13-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Thomas G. Paine Western District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, WI - ormer Wisconsin Produce Vendor Executive Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Concealed More Than $250,000 in Business Income

The former corporate officer of a produce vendor in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty on February 13, 2018 to tax evasion.

According to the indictment and information provided to the court, Thomas G. Paine, 64, was the Vice President... More...
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United States of America v. Ahmad Khan Rahimi, aka, Ahmad Rahami Southern District of New York - New York, New York

New York, NY - Chelsea Bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi Sentenced to Life in Prison for Executing September 2016 Bombing and Attempted Bombing in New York City

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, aka, Ahmad Rahami, 30, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was sentenced to life in prison for his execution and attempted execution of bombings in New York City on Sept. 17, 2016.

“Today our legal system delivered on i... More...
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Mariusz Bogdanski v. Daman Budzik v. Fedex Ground Package System, Inc. Union County Courthouse - Niobara, Wyoming

[¶1] Mariusz Bogdanski and Damian Budzik were codrivers of a commercial semitruck
that was involved in an accident on Interstate 80 east of Evanston, Wyoming.
Bogdanski was injured in the accident and filed an action against Budzik, alleging that
his negligence caused the accident. He also sued FedEx Ground Package System, Inc.
(FedEx), the company whose trailers they were hauling,... More...
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S.H. v. Campbell County School District, et al. Albany County Courthouse - Laramie, Wyoming

[¶1] SH received special education services at the Campbell County School District (School District) in accordance with an Individual Education Plan (IEP), pursuant to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. She was injured when she slipped and fell on the school playground, and she filed a complaint against the School District to recover damages for her injuries. SH claimed that ... More...   $0 (02-13-2018 - WY)

United States of America v. Luis Chavez-Lopez Eastern District of Louisiana Federal Courthouse - New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, LA - Mexican National Sentenced to 37 Months for Immigration Offense

LUIS CHAVEZ-LOPEZ, age 31, a native of Mexico, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to a one-count Indictment for illegal reentry of a removed alien.

United States District Court Judge Susie Morgan sentenced CHAVEZ-LOPEZ to 37 months imprisonment followed by two years of supervised r... More...
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United States of America v. Eddie Wayne Cooper Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, MO - Former Arkansas Lawmaker Pleads Guilty to $4 Million Charity Scheme

Conspiracy Included Several Charity Executives

A former Arkansas state representative pleaded guilty in federal court February 12, 2018 to his role in a conspiracy to embezzle more than $4 million from a Springfield, Mo.-based health care charity.

Eddie Wayne Cooper, 51, of Melbourne, A... More...
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United States of America v. Christopher Matthew Davies Northern District of Iowa Federal Courthouse - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, IA - Cedar Rapids Felon Found Guilty of Possessing Two Firearms

A felon who illegally possessed two firearms in October 2016 was convicted by a judge today, following a bench trial in federal court last month in Cedar Rapids.

Christopher Matthew Davies, age 47, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The verdict was retur... More...
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United States of America v. Robert Romasiewicz Middle District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Scranton, Pennsylvania

Scranton, PA - Luzerne County Man Sentenced To 20 Months In Prison For Unlawfully Possessing A Firearm As A Convicted Felon

Robert Romasiewicz, age 25, of Exeter, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 20 months in prison on February 6, 2018, by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley, for unlawfully possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

According to United States Attorney ... More...
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United States of America v. Julie Andresen District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

Newark, NJ - Former Pharmaceutical Employee Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Role in Scheme to Obtain Medically Unnecessary Prescription Compounded Medication

A former pharmaceutical employee was sentenced on February 7, 2018 to 15 months in prison for accepting thousands of dollars in exchange for filling medically unnecessary prescriptions for compounded medications for herself and ... More...
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Michelle Tatis v. Allied Interstate, LLC District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

This appeal arises under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or Act). The question presented is whether a collection letter sent to collect a time-barred debt that makes a “settlement offer” to accept payment “in settlement of” the debt could violate the Act’s general prohibition against “any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any... More...   $0 (02-13-2018 - ht)

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