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United States of America v. Travis Javier Cruz

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Travis Javier Cruz, age 38, of the Salt Lake City area, who traveled to California in October to pick up 73.8 pounds of methamphetamine from a supplier destined for distribution in Salt Lake City, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in U.S. District Court.

As a part of the plea agreement reached with federal prosecut... More...
   $0 (05-20-2015 - UT)

United States of America v. Manuel Pereyra

BOSTON, MA – A Mattapan man was indicted on drug distribution and firearms charges in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Manuel Pereyra, 27, was indicted on distribution of heroin, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime, and receipt of a firearm by a person under indictment. Pereyra has been detained since he was arrested on a criminal complaint in April 2015.

Acco... More...
   $0 (05-14-2015 - MA)

United States of America v. Sean Robinson and Kendal Thompson

New York, NY - Sean Robinson and Kendal Thompson pled guilty in connection with a robbery conspiracy operating across New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Connecticut in which members committed daytime robberies of high-end jewelry and watch stores, including Cartier in Manhattan, using violence, including firearms, and resulting in serious injury to victims and the theft of more than one million ... More...   $0 (05-14-2015 - NY)

In the Interest of N.R.V., A.M.A.F. and I.I.F., Children

Heather appeals the trial court’s termination of her parental rights regarding N.R.V., A.M.A.F. and I.I.F.1 She argues the evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support the trial court’s finding that termination of her rights was in the children’s best interest. We affirm.
In April 2013, the Department of Family and Protective Services removed Heather’s child... More...
   $0 (05-13-2015 - TX)

Michael Ashbey v. Archstone Property Management

Defendant Archstone Communities LLC (“Archstone”)
appeals from the district court’s denial of its Motion to
Compel Arbitration. We reverse the district court’s order and
remand for entry of an order granting Archstone’s Motion to
Compel Arbitration.
Michael Ashbey was employed at Archstone from
December 1996 until November 2010, when he was fired. He
be... More...
   $0 (05-12-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Michael Daniels

COVINGTON, KY – A Ft. Wright, Ky., man has been sentenced to 106 months in federal prison for heroin, cocaine and weapons offenses.

U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning sentenced 27 year-old Michael Daniels, for possession with intent to distribute heroin and crack cocaine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Under federal law, Daniels must serve a... More...
   $0 (05-08-2015 - KY)

State Auto Property and Casualty Insurance Company v. Lori Hargis

This appeal presents two related issues: (1) whether
it was error for the district court to dismiss the claim asserted by the insurance company against
No. 13-5020 State Auto Prop. & Cas. Ins. v. Hargis Page 2
its insured for “reverse bad faith” because it has not been recognized in Kentucky (or any other
jurisdiction); and (2) whether this court should certify the questi... More...
   $0 (05-06-2015 - KY)

United States of America v. Niesha Nicole Jackson

SACRAMENTO, CA — Niesha Nicole Jackson, 35, was sentenced by United States District Judge Kimberly Mueller to 15 years and seven months in prison for bank fraud and failure to appear for sentencing, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Jackson had failed to appear for sentencing on the bank fraud conviction in 2011 and had been living as a fugitive until April 2014.

On J... More...
   $0 (05-06-2015 - CA)

The People v. Jose Vega-Robles

A jury convicted Jose Vega-Robles of conspiracy to sell controlled substances,
attempted robbery, and two first degree murders, and found true gang and firearm
enhancements. In People v. Chiu (2014) 59 Cal.4th 155 (Chiu) our Supreme Court held
“an aider and abettor may not be convicted of first degree premeditated murder under the
natural and probable consequences doctrine.” (I... More...
   $0 (05-05-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Darius Chambers and Terrance Martel Soda

SAN DIEGO – Two men pleaded guilty in federal court this week to trafficking children for commercial sex.

On Tuesday, Darius Chambers, 19, admitted before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford that he trafficked two girls – ages 16 and 17 – for commercial sex. Chambers admitted that, knowing the victims were underage and engaged in prostitution, he collected the proceeds of acts o... More...
   $0 (05-01-2015 - CA)

Mark S. Novak v. Michael Fay, as Trustee

Plaintiff, Mark S. Novak, seeks to enforce an attorney fee lien on assets held by the Dana Teitler Trust dated August 20, 1999 (Dana Teitler Trust). The present petition to enforce the attorney fee lien arises out of plaintiff‟s representation of Douglas Kelly between 2007 and 2012. In 2007, plaintiff and Mr. Kelly executed a contingency attorney fee agreement. The contingency fee agreement gran... More...   $0 (04-28-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Rodolfo Antonio Ortega

BOISE – Rodolfo Antonio Ortega, 29, of Boise, Idaho, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing methamphetamine for distribution, and one count of felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

According to court proceedings, Ortega was arrested in a Boise hotel parking lot on October 21, 2014. When the officers searched his car they found a loaded .357 Colt r... More...
   $0 (04-24-2015 - ID)

United States of America v. Patrick Exilhome

A Miami-Dade County resident pled guilty for his participation in an identity theft tax fraud scheme.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and Steve Steinberg, Chief, Aventura Police Department, made the announcement.

Patrick Exilhome, 23, of Mia... More...
   $0 (04-23-2015 - FL)

United States of America v. Bobby Barrett, aka “Black”

HOUSTON, TX – Bobby Barrett, aka “Black,” 31, has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions of sex trafficking of a minor who was under 18 with force, fraud or coercion, and transporting her across state lines for the purpose of engaging in prostitution, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. The federal jury convicted the Killeen man after a four-day trial and less than tw... More...   $0 (04-22-2015 - OK)

United States of America v. Gustavo Villegas

LAREDO, TX – Gustavo Villegas, 28, of Laredo, has been ordered to prison following his conviction on four counts related to harboring 21 illegal aliens for profit. A federal jury convicted Villegas Jan. 27, 2015, following a one-day trial and 90 minutes of deliberation.

Today, U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack, who presided over the trial, handed Villegas the 27-month sentence to be... More...
   $0 (04-19-2015 - TX)

David Goad v. Hancock Bank f/k/a Peoples First Community Bank

Pro se appellant David Goad appeals the trial court’s grant of summary
judgment in favor of Hancock Bank, f/k/a Peoples First Community Bank, in the
Bank’s suit to recover on a promissory note. Goad contends that the trial court
abused its discretion by (1) denying his special appearance; (2) denying his motion
to change venue, and (3) granting the Bank’s motion for summary j... More...
   $0 (04-09-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Pedro Cervantes-Urbina

PORTLAND, OR – Pedro Cervantes-Urbina, 34, originally from the State of Michoacán, Mexico, was sentenced to 80 months in prison after his federal conviction for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. When the defendant is released from prison he will serve an additional three years of supervised release.

In March 2011, the U.S. Attorney’s... More...
   $0 (04-08-2015 - OR)

Dr. Richard Malouf and Leanne Malouf v. Graham Wood

These consolidated appeals involve motions to dismiss defamation claims under the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act1 (TCPA). AOL, Inc. brings an interlocutory appeal of the denial of its motion to dismiss defamation claims brought by Dr. Richard Malouf and his wife, Leanne Malouf.2 The Maloufs appeal the final judgment in a severed action dismissing their
1 TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE ANN. Â... More...
   $0 (04-02-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of X.R.L., S.J.S., and Z.N.S., Children

The trial court terminated Evelyn’s1 parental rights to her three minor children, X.R.L., S.J.S., and Z.N.S., after finding that the termination was warranted pursuant to Section 161.001(1)(D), (E), (N), (O), and (P) of the Texas Family Code and that termination was in the best interests of the children. Evelyn appeals this ruling, contending that the evidence is factually insufficient to suppor... More...   $0 (04-01-2015 - TX)

Breitling Oil and Gas Corporation v. Petroleum Newspapers of Alaska, LLC d/b/a Petroleum News Bakken

Appellant Breitling Oil and Gas Corporation appeals the trial court’s order granting appellee Petroleum Newspapers of Alaska, LLC, d/b/a Petroleum News Bakken’s motion to dismiss filed pursuant to chapter 27 of the civil practice and remedies code, the Texas anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) statute, referred to as the Texas Citizens’ Participation Act (TCPA). See ... More...   $0 (04-01-2015 - TX)

Ken R. Baker v. Alfonse Castaldi

Respondent and plaintiff Ken R. Baker sued Theresa Castaldi1 and appellant
Alfonse Castaldi for allegedly stealing antiques he owned. Plaintiff 2 sought punitive
1 Theresa Castaldi was a defendant in the trial court proceedings, but is not an
appellant in this appeal.
2 We refer to Ken R. Baker as “plaintiff” to distinguish him from appellant
Annette Baker, trustee of the A... More...
   $0 (03-18-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Anthony Minor

DALLAS, TX — A Cedar Hill, Texas man, who was convicted at trial on various federal felony offenses stemming from an identity (ID) theft conspiracy he ran in the metroplex from October 2009 to July 2013, was sentenced.
Anthony Minor, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 16 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $88,131 in restitution. A federal jury convicted Minor ... More...
   $0 (03-18-2015 - TX)

Sybac Solar AG, Co. v. Thomas Falz

Sybac Solar AG, Co., appeals the nonfinal order denying its motion to
dismiss on forum non conveniens grounds. We reverse.
- 2 -
Sybac is a German corporation having its principal place of business in
Germany. Thomas Falz filed a complaint against Sybac for defamation and tortious
interference. The complaint alleged that Sybac's agent, a German citizen, falsely
accused Falz... More...
   $0 (03-13-2015 - FL)

Joseph Greco, et al. v. Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys and the National Football League

Dallas, TX - Joseph Greco and others sued the National Football League, Dallas Cowboys and others on breach of contract and fraud theories over a seating fiasco at the 2011 Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas. The Plaintiffs sought compensation for what they spent on their trips including tickets, fights, hotels and hospitality.

The NFL admitted that it made mistakes but denied that it defrau... More...
   $76000 (03-13-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Dylan Jordan

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Dylan Jordan, 24, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to 10 years in federal prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, for traveling in foreign commerce to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Jordan pleaded guilty to this charge on Oct... More...   $0 (03-12-2015 - WI)

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