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United States of America v. Willard Lenord Jones

TULSA, OKLAHOMA—Willard Lenord Jones, 63, of Tulsa, church pastor and former Executive Director of the Greater Cornerstone Community Development Project, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge John E. Dowdell to three counts of wire fraud and one count of subscribing to a false tax return, announced U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr., for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Jon... More...   $0 (10-09-2014 - OK)

Cheniere Energy, Inc., Charif Souki, individually, and Greg Rayford, individually v. Azin Lotfi

Azin Lotfi sued her employer, Cheniere Energy, Inc., claiming her employment was wrongfully terminated. She also sued two of her co-workers, Charif Souki and Greg Rayford, for tortious interference with her employment at Cheniere.
In this accelerated appeal, Souki and Rayford challenge the trial court’s denial of their motion to dismiss the claims against them under Chapter 27 of the Civil P... More...
   $0 (10-07-2014 - TX)

The People v. Duwan D. Fields

A jury convicted defendants Duwan D. Fields and Claudiens Santrail Griffin of eight counts of pimping, pandering, and committing sexual offenses against minors. Defendants contend their convictions must be reversed due to asserted instructional errors. Griffin further contends his conviction for oral copulation with a minor is not supported by substantial evidence and his felony sentence for the o... More...   $0 (09-30-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. William Cassidy

TALLAHASSEE – William Cassidy, 50, of Florence, Indiana, pled guilty today to wire fraud in connection with a scheme to obtain money by operating a private prisoner transportation business under false pretenses. The plea was announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

The indictment in this case alleged that between October 2010 and June 2... More...
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United States of America v. Derrick L. Hayes, a/k/a “D-Man”

Tampa, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Derrick L. Hayes, a/k/a “D-Man,” (27, St. Petersburg) pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of children by force or coercion, and two counts of sex trafficking of children by force or coercion. He faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison on each count. Hayes also must reg... More...   $0 (09-26-2014 - FL)

United States of America v. Darren Lewis

DALLAS, TX — Darren Lewis, 45, who admitted committing the armed robberies of several businesses in the Dallas area in 2012-2013, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 324 months (27 years) in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

In May, Lewis pleaded guilty to three counts of interference with commerce by robbery a... More...
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Kings River Trail Association, Inc. v. Pinehurst Trail Holdings, L.L.C.

property on which golf courses and undeveloped acreage were located, on one side, and owners of nearby homes and two homeowners’ associations on the other side. In the appeal by the homeowners’ associations, we address whether the trial court erred in granting summary judgment as to the associations’ claims that they adversely possessed certain biking and hiking trails. We also determine whe... More...   $0 (09-25-2014 - TX)

Konstantin Zoggolis v. Wynn Las Vegas, LLC

Appellant Konsantin Zoggolis (Zoggolis) challenges the
district court’s dismissal of his state law breach of contract
and recoupment claims concerning gambling debts that
Zoggolis owed to Appellee Wynn Las Vegas (Wynn).
Zoggolis contends that the district court erred in dismissing
his complaint due to Zoggolis’ failure to exhaust his claims
before the Nevada Gaming Cont... More...
   $0 (09-23-2014 - NV)

Maj. Shannon L. McLaughlin v. Chuck Hagel

The plaintiffs ("McLaughlin
Group"), who prevailed in a constitutional challenge to Section 3
of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), 1 U.S.C. § 7, appeal from
the district court's denial of fees and costs under the Equal
Access to Justice Act ("EAJA"), 28 U.S.C. §§ 2412(a)(1) & (d).
Whether prevailing parties who successfully challenged Section 3 of
DOMA are entitled t... More...
   $0 (09-23-2014 - MA)

Manuel Holguin v. Dish Network, LLC

Defendants DISH Network LLC (DISH), AT&T Corporation (AT&T), and EchoStar Satellite LLC (EchoStar) appeal the judgment and two postjudgment orders in favor of plaintiffs Manuel and Deborah Holguin (the Holguins) following a jury trial on the Holguins' complaint for breach of contract, negligence, and other torts. DISH, AT&T, and EchoStar contend that the trial court erred by denying their motion f... More...   $0 (09-22-2014 - CA)

Manuel Holguin v. Dish Network, LLC

Defendants DISH Network LLC (DISH), AT&T Corporation (AT&T), and EchoStar Satellite LLC (EchoStar) appeal the judgment and two postjudgment orders in favor of plaintiffs Manuel and Deborah Holguin (the Holguins) following a jury trial on the Holguins' complaint for breach of contract, negligence, and other torts. DISH, AT&T, and EchoStar contend that the trial court erred by denying their motion f... More...   $0 (09-22-2014 - CA)

R. Scott Phelan v. H. Scott Norville

Appellant and Cross-Appellee, R. Scott Phelan, and Appellee and Cross-Appellant, H. Scott Norville, both appeal a judgment rendered in Phelan’s favor following a jury trial on Phelan’s assault and libel claims against Norville. The jury awarded Phelan a total monetary award of $590,000, consisting of $15,000 for physical pain/mental anguish as a result of the assault claim, $325,000 for past a... More...   $0 (09-22-2014 - TX)

Leo L. Pope v. Matthew Badick and Thomas Stanley

This case concerns a July 2008 motor vehicle accident on a freeway near Redlands. The vehicle occupied by plaintiffs Leo Pope and Judi Nightingale was hit by a vehicle driven by Debbie Sert, who is no longer a party. Plaintiffs proceeded to trial against Thomas Stanley, who they argued made a negligent lane change and caused Sert to hit plaintiffs’ car, and Matthew Babick, the vehicle’s owner.... More...   $0 (09-18-2014 - CA)

The People v. Kenneth Mark Doolittle

Defendant Kenneth Mark Doolittle was sentenced to 13 years in prison after the trial court, sitting without a jury, found him guilty on three counts of theft by false pretenses (Pen. Code, § 532, subd. (a)), six counts of theft from an elder or dependent adult (Pen. Code, § 368, subd. (d)), nine counts of false statements or omissions in the sale of securities (Corp. Code, §§ 25401, 25540, sub... More...   $0 (09-08-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Mathew Martoma

New York, NY - Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MATHEW MARTOMA, a former portfolio manager of CR Intrinsic Investors, LLC, a division of SAC Capital, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to nine years in prison based on his participation in the most lucrative insider trading scheme ever charged, involving approximately $275 m... More...   $0 (09-08-2014 - NY)

United States of America v. Fabrieal Delaney

CHICAGO ― A former suburban man who was living in Michigan when he was arrested in 2011 was convicted by a federal jury of sex-trafficking three victims, including two minors, federal law enforcement officials announced today. The defendant, FABRIEL DELANEY, was found guilty of all eight counts against him, including sex-trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, and of minors. The jury began d... More...   $0 (09-05-2014 - IL)

United States of America v. Haider Zafar

Miami, FL - Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, announce that Haider Zafar, 36, formerly of Miami-Dade County, has been charged with five counts of wire fraud in connection with an investment scam that yielded millions of dollars from investors and Mia... More...   $0 (08-29-2014 - FL)

William James Deparvine v. State of Florida

William James Deparvine appeals an order of the circuit court denying his initial postconviction motion to vacate his conviction of first-degree murder and
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sentence of death filed under Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.851. He also petitions this Court for a writ of habeas corpus. We have jurisdiction. See art. V,
§ 3(b)(1), (9), Fla. Const. As explained below, we affirm the... More...
   $0 (08-28-2014 - FL)

United States of America v. Steven Chance Massey

Athens, GA - Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Steven Chance Massey, 25, of Hull, Georgia, Christopher Phillip Vaughn, 37, of Martin, Georgia, and Talsey Cleveland McCullough, 33, of Comer, Georgia, were sentenced Tuesday to two hundred (200) months, one hundred twenty (120) months, and ninety (90) months imprisonment, respectively, by the ... More...   $0 (08-27-2014 - GA)

Stephanie Cruise v. Kroger Co.

Defendants and appellants Kroger Co., Kroger Manufacturing, Compton Creamery, Keith Oldenkamp, Steve Kuebbing, Jesse Turner, Keith Henry, Jill McIntosh and Tony Ramirez (sometimes collectively referred to as Kroger or the Kroger defendants) appeal an order denying their motion to compel arbitration of an employment discrimination action filed by plaintiff and respondent Stephanie Cruise (Cruise).1... More...   $0 (08-27-2014 - CA)

Richard E. Jaffe v. In re: Guardianship of Michael Ross Jaffee

Richard E. Jaffe (“Jaffe”) appeals the trial court’s order granting the petition
of attorney Joy Carr (“Carr”) for attorney’s fees and costs, and the trial court’s
order denying Jaffe’s petition to enforce a settlement agreement. For the reasons
that follow, we affirm.
Jaffe’s son Michael Jaffe (“Michael”) was employed for twenty years... More...
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Katherine A. Chmielewski v. City of St. Pete Beach, Florida

Chester J. and Katherine A. Chmielewski, the original parties in this case,1
appeal the trial court's order granting, with prejudice, the City of St. Pete Beach's motion
to dismiss their complaint for failure to state a cause of action. The Chmielewskis had
filed suit to secure the disclosure of public records. We have jurisdiction, see Fla. R.
App. P. 9.030(b)(1)(A), and reverse.<... More...
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United States of America v. Saah Johnson

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Saah Johnson, 33, of Fall River, Mass., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., today to his participation in a “black money” scheme which defrauded a Massachusetts man of $100,000, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Ted A. Arruda, Resident Agent in Charge of the Providence Office of the U.S. Secret Service.

Black money scheme... More...
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Elaine Mary Murphy v. William Milligan Sloan

In this case we consider the significance of a “trial period” of residence on a
child’s “habitual residence” under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of
International Child Abduction.1 Elaine Murphy seeks the return of her child, E.S.,
to Ireland. We affirm the judgment of the district court that E.S. was a habitual
resident of the United States, where she presentl... More...
   $0 (08-25-2014 - CA)

Patsy B. Anderton, et al v. City of Cedar Hill, Texas

In this summary judgment proceeding, the City of Cedar Hill (the “City”) filed suit
against appellees Pasty B. Anderton and Doyle Anderton, individually and d/b/a A-1 Grass Sand
and Stone (“the Andertons”) regarding the alleged nonconforming use status of property,
specifically Lot 5, owned by the Andertons. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor
of the City rega... More...
   $0 (08-22-2014 - TX)

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