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City of Dallas v. Leslie Papierski Dallas County Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Appellee Leslie Papierski sued the City of Dallas after she slipped and fell on a puddle of
water inside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center arena. The City filed a plea to the
jurisdiction asserting immunity under the Texas Tort Claims Act. The trial court denied the
City’s plea to the jurisdiction. On appeal, the City argues the trial court erred by denying its plea
to the... More...
   $0 (10-05-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. David L. Boone Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Brinnon Resident Sentenced to Prison for Trafficking Protected Narwhal Tusks

Defendant Trafficked Marine Mammal Parts Worth as much as $400,000

A 64-year-old resident of Brinnon, Jefferson County, Washington was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to six months in prison, one year of supervised release and a $25,000 fine for trafficking ivory from protected s... More...
   $0 (09-25-2017 - WA)

United States of America v. Gregory R. Logan Federal Courthouse - Portland, Maine

Portland, ME - Former Canadian Mountie Sentenced to Money Laundering Charges Stemming from a Conspiracy to Smuggle Ivory Tusks

A retired officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John A. Woodcock for the District of Maine to 62 months in prison for 10 money laundering offenses. Logan, 59, of St. John, New Brunswick, was extradited to the Unite... More...
   $0 (09-20-2017 - ME)

United States of America v. Fengyi Zhou United States District Courthouse for the Eastern District of New York - Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, NY - Long Island Man Sentenced to Two Years for Trafficking Rhinoceros Horns

Fengyi Zhou, a resident of Syosset, New York, and the owner of a business specializing in Asian works of art, was sentenced to two years of imprisonment for one count of information of wildlife trafficking in violation of the Lacey Act for illegally trafficking horns from endangered black rhinoceros.More...
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United States of America v. Essential Oils, L.C. Federal Courthouse - Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, UT - Essential Oils Company Sentenced for Lacey Act and Endangered Species Act Violations to Pay $760,000 in Fines, Forfeiture, and Community Service, and to Implement a Comprehensive Compliance Plan

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS, L.C., (the Company), headquartered in Lehi, Utah, pleaded guilty in federal court to federal misdemeanor charges regarding its illegal trafficking... More...
   $760000 (09-19-2017 - UT)

United States of America v. Edward N. Levine Federal Courthouse - Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, NV - California Man Convicted for Role in the Illegal Sale of Black Rhinoceros Horns

Edward N. Levine was convicted yesterday for conspiracy to violate the Lacey and Endangered Species Acts and to a violation of the Lacey Act by knowingly selling black rhinoceros horns to an undercover agent from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), announced the Justice Depart... More...
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The Estate of Rose Flygare v. Ogden City and Black & McDonald, L.L.C.

¶1 After leaving an event at Peery’s Egyptian Theater late in the evening on February 16, 2013, Rose Flygare, Marjorie Bell, and a minor child (collectively, Plaintiffs1) were hit by a truck
1. Rose Flygare died during the pendency of this case and her estate was substituted as a plaintiff. Richard and Jennifer Pratt brought this action on behalf of the minor child. For ease of (continued…)More...
   $0 (09-13-2017 - UT)

United States of America v. Joseph Burhoe, a/k/a Jo Jo Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

This case involves an attempt
by the federal government to use the Hobbs Act to police the
activities of members of a labor union. Joseph Burhoe and John
Perry, who are union members, challenge the sufficiency of the
evidence of their convictions for, inter alia, extortion under the
Hobbs Act, as well as the jury instructions with respect to that
offense. The government att... More...
   $0 (09-08-2017 - MA)

Jane Doe v. Etihad Airways, P.J.S.C. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Cincinnati, Ohio

Plaintiff Jane Doe and her eleven-year-old daughter flew aboard
Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi to Chicago. For the duration of the fourteen-hour journey,
Doe’s tray table remained open in her lap because a knob that was meant to hold it in place had
fallen to the floor. During the flight, Doe’s daughter found the knob on the floor and gave it to
Doe, who placed it in a seatback pock... More...
   $0 (09-06-2017 - MI)

Jessica Parker Valentine and Bryan L. Parker v. Interactive Brokers LLC

Appellants, Jessica Parker Valentine and Bryan L. Parker (the “Parkers”), challenge the trial court’s order granting the motion of appellee, Interactive Brokers LLC (“IB”), to vacate an arbitration award. In two issues, the Parkers contend that the trial court erred in vacating the award.
We affirm.
In their Second Amended Statement of Claim, the Parkers, pursuant to t... More...
   $0 (08-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Hemza Menade Lefsih

A jury convicted Hemza Menade Lefsih, an Algerian native who entered the United States through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, of immigration fraud. During Lefsih’s trial, the district court interjected numerous times, expressing skepticism of the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program and a negative impression of individuals who participate in the program. We find that this judicial intervention ... More...   $0 (08-14-2017 - NC)

Andrew March v. Janet T. Mills

This appeal concerns a
constitutional challenge brought by a protester who opposes
abortion. He seeks to enjoin the enforcement of a provision of
the Maine Civil Rights Act ("MCRA"), Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 5,
§ 4684-B(2), that, he contends, facially violates the First
Amendment's guarantee of the freedom of speech.1 The challenged
provision bars a person from making ... More...
   $0 (08-08-2017 - ME)

The People of the State of Illinos v. Jared M. Staake

¶ 1 In July 2013, the State charged defendant, Jared M. Staake, with second degree murder for
the killing of Michael Box. In December 2013, the State filed an amended information,
dropping the charge of second degree murder and adding a charge of first degree murder. In
January 2014, the State filed a second amended information, this time charging first degree
murder under a differ... More...
   $0 (08-02-2017 - IL)

United States of America v. Jose Arizmendi United State District Court for the Southern District of Texas - Houston

Houston, TX - Justice Department Secures the Denaturalization of a Repeat Child Sex Abuser

Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas entered an order that revoked the naturalized U.S. citizenship of a child sex abuser, restrained and enjoined him from claiming any rights, privileges, or advantages of U.S. citizenship, and ordered him to immedia... More...
   $0 (06-29-2017 - TX)

Yascov Cohen v. Ocean Cohen United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit - St. Louis, Missoui

Yaccov Cohen appeals the district court’s1 denial of his petition for return of
a child under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child
Abduction (“Convention”), as implemented by the International Child Abduction
1The Honorable John A. Ross, United States District Judge for the Eastern
District of Missouri.

Remedies Act (“ICARA”), 22 U.S.C. §§ 9001-... More...
   $0 (06-08-2017 - MO)

Safe Streets Alliance v. John W. Hickenlooper Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals - Denver, Colorado

These three appeals arise from two cases that concern the passage,
implementation, and alleged effects of Amendment 64 to the Colorado Constitution,
Colo. Const. art. XVIII, § 16. Amendment 64 repealed many of the State’s criminal and
civil proscriptions on “recreational marijuana,”1 and created a regulatory regime designed
to ensure that marijuana is unadulterated and taxed, and t... More...
   $0 (06-07-2017 - CO)

Philip C. Lang v. Rogue Valley Medical Center/Asante

Pursuant to ORCP 54 B(1), the trial court dismissed
plaintiff’s wrongful death action because it found that plaintiff’s
counsel willfully failed to comply with two court orders
and that, as a result, dismissal was an appropriate sanction.
The Court of Appeals affirmed the resulting judgment
without opinion. Lang v. Rogue Valley Medical Center, 276
Or App 610, 369 P3d 450 (2... More...
   $0 (06-05-2017 - OR)

Berenice C. Diaz, individually and as next friend of J.P.L. v. James E. Monnig

Appellant Berenice Diaz, individually and as next friend of her minor child, J.P.L., sued James Monnig and John Mead asserting a variety of claims she alleged arose during Monnig’s and Mead’s representation of her former husband during a custody suit. Diaz appeals from the trial court’s summary judgments in favor of Monnig and Mead, as well as the trial court’s exclusion of summary judgment eviden... More...   $0 (05-31-2017 - TX)

International Refugee Assistance Project v. Donald J. Trump

The question for this Court, distilled to its essential form, is whether the
Constitution, as the Supreme Court declared in Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. (4 Wall.) 2,
120 (1866), remains “a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace.” And if
so, whether it protects Plaintiffs’ right to challenge an Executive Order that in text speaks
with vague words of national security, ... More...
   $0 (05-25-2017 - )

Laura Bartoni v. American Medical Response West

Current and former employees of an ambulance service company sued their
employer, alleging that its meal and rest period policies violate California law. Their
complaint alleges claims on behalf of a proposed class as well as non-class claims
concerning those same meal and rest period policies under Labor Code section 2698 et
seq., the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA).<... More...
   $0 (05-24-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Heinrich "Henry" Springer

Gainesville, FL - Alaskan Taxidermist Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Exotic Birds into the U.S.

Heinrich “Henry” Springer, of Anchorage, Alaska, has pled guilty to conspiracy to smuggle wildlife and other protected species, transporting wildlife in violation of foreign law, and concealing illegally imported merchandise.

Between May 2010 and October 2014, Springer and Anthony Gilyard... More...
   $0 (05-23-2017 - FL)


Jorge Perez-Castillo appeals the district court’s denial of his application for
postconviction relief (PCR), following his conviction for two counts of murder in
the first degree and two counts of attempted murder. He raises numerous claims
of ineffective assistance of counsel, as well as various constitutional claims. We
generally review PCR proceedings for correction of err... More...
   $0 (04-21-2017 - IA)

Poet, LLC v. State Air Resources Board

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Health & Saf. Code,
§ 38500 et seq.) established the first comprehensive greenhouse gas regulatory program
in the United States. Its goal is to progressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990
levels by 2020. The State Air Resources Board (ARB) was charged with achieving this
goal. One of its actions was promulgating the low... More...
   $0 (04-11-2017 - )

Jerry C. Johnson and Jacob Johnson v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

This appeal arises from a suit brought by Jerry C. Johnson seeking declarations
construing the terms of two insurance policies following an automobile accident in which Jerry’s
son, Jacob, a minor at the time, was injured while Jerry was driving.1 See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem.
Code §§ 37.001–.011. Jerry sued State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, which had
issued Jerry an aut... More...
   $0 (04-06-2017 - TX)

Kevin O'Connor, et al. v. Oakhurst Dairy; Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.

For want of a comma, we have
this case. It arises from a dispute between a Maine dairy
company and its delivery drivers, and it concerns the scope of
an exemption from Maine's overtime law. 26 M.R.S.A. § 664(3).
Specifically, if that exemption used a serial comma to mark off
the last of the activities that it lists, then the exemption
would clearly encompass an activity tha... More...
   $0 (03-17-2017 - ME)

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