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Financial Strategy Group, PLC v. R.K. Lowry, Jr., et al.

This is an accelerated appeal from an order denying a special appearance. We reverse.
BACKGROUND
Plaintiffs sued numerous defendants complaining of tax investment strategies marketed to plaintiffs for use on their federal tax returns for the tax years 2000 through 2005 (“Investment Strategies”). Defendant Financial Strategy Group (“Financial Strategy”) filed a special appearance, w... More...
   $0 (01-27-2015 - TX)

Eula Myles v. John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc. d/b/a The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel and Arena Parking, L.L.C.

On October 6, 2012, while Plaintiff was a guest at Defendant’s hotel located at 400 E. Reno, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, she was injured when she fell, while walking down the staircase in the parking garage that the hotel directed her to use, that was not property lit. Plaintiff had to walk down the unlit stairs because the elevator would not take her to her floor. Due to Defend... More...   $1 (01-22-2015 - ok)

Department of Homeland Security v. Robert J. MacLean

Federal law generally provides whistleblower protections to an employee who discloses information revealing “any violation of any law, rule, or regulation,” or “a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.” 5
U. S. C. §2302(b)(8)(A). An exception exists, however, for disclosures that are “specifically prohibited by law.” Ibid. Here, a federal air marshal publicly ... More...
   $0 (01-21-2015 - DC)

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 (01-20-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Shantell Washington

New Orleans, LA - SHANTELL WASHINGTON, age 43, of Independence, was sentenced today after having previously pled guilty to one count of misprision of a felony.

U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey sentenced WASHINGTON to three years’ probation.

According to court documents, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office deputies were invest... More...
   $0 (01-20-2015 - LA)

United States of America v. Irina Vorotinov

Minneapolis, MN - United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced a complaint charging IRINA VOROTINOV, 48, with defrauding Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company for more than $2 million in life insurance proceeds by falsely claiming that her former husband died. Her son, ALKON VOROTINOV, 25, is charged with actively concealing the fraudulent scheme. IRINA was charged by criminal complaint wit... More...   $0 (01-13-2015 - MN)

United States of America v. Willard Jones

TULSA, OK — Willard Lenord Jones, 63, of Tulsa, church pastor and former Executive Director of the Greater Cornerstone Community Development Project, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John E. Dowdell to a total of 37 months in prison for having committed three counts of wire fraud and one count of subscribing to a false tax return.

United States Attorney Danny C. Willi... More...
   $0 (01-12-2015 - OK)

United States of America v. Archie Poole

DENVER, CO – Archie Poole, age 38, of Denver, Colorado, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez to serve 130 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, U.S. Attorney John Walsh and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Denver Division Special Agent... More...   $0 (01-08-2015 - CO)

United States of America v. Robert Andres

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - A Houston investment manager was sentenced to 56 months in prison for orchestrating a $72 million investment fraud scheme resulting in approximately $40 million in losses to investors. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby imposed the sentence in federal court in Salt Lake City.

Robert Andres, 63, of Houston, Texas, pleaded guilty on Aug. 22, 2013, to wire ... More...
   $0 (01-08-2015 - UT)

United States of America v. Jose Luis Sanchez

SAN DIEGO, CA – U.S. Navy Commander Jose Luis Sanchez pleaded guilty to bribery charges in federal court today, admitting that he provided a government contractor with classified ship schedules and other internal U.S. Navy information in exchange for cash, travel and entertainment expenses and the services of prostitutes.

Sanchez, 42, an active duty U.S. Navy Officer stationed in San Di... More...
   $0 (01-06-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Thomas L. Wright

Following a bench trial, the district court found Wright guilty on five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, 18 U.S.C. § 2251(a), (e), and one count each of transporting images of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(1) & (b)(1) (count 6), and possession of child pornography, 18 U.S.C. § 2252A (count
7). Wright appeals his convictions on counts 1 through 6.... More...
   $0 (12-23-2014 - MI)

South Commons Condominium Association v. Charlie Arment Trucking, Inc.

On June 1, 2011, a devastating
tornado struck the City of Springfield, Massachusetts. The twister
ripped through the downtown area and caused a great deal of damage.
Among the buildings affected were the South Commons Condominiums.
This appeal concerns the lawsuit the owners of those buildings
brought against the City, its officials, and one of its
contractors.1
The own... More...
   $0 (12-23-2014 - MA)

United States of America v. Robert Andres

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - A Houston investment manager was sentenced to 56 months in prison for orchestrating a $72 million investment fraud scheme resulting in approximately $40 million in losses to investors. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby imposed the sentence in federal court in Salt Lake City.

Robert Andres, 63, of Houston, Texas, pleaded guilty on Aug. 22, 2013, to wire ... More...
   $0 (12-18-2014 - UT)

Hilton Hotels Corporation, etc., et al. v. Troy Anderson and Paula Anderson

Hilton Hotels Corporation (“Hilton”), W2007 Equity Inns Realty, LLC (“W2007”),
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (“Interstate”), and SecurAmerica, LLC (“SecurAmerica”)
appeal from a final judgment in a personal injury/negligent security case in which the
jury awarded Troy Anderson (“Anderson”) damages in excess of $1.7 million. Anderson
filed a separate appeal f... More...
   $0 (12-17-2014 - FL)

United States of America v. Kyle Andrew Everhart

Seattle, WA - A Tacoma man who was arrested in a hotel room with as much as $200,000 worth of methamphetamine pills, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to ten years in prison, announced Acting United States Attorney Annette L. Hayes. KYLE ANDREW EVERHART, 28, was convicted at trial of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in September 2014. The jury determined... More...   $0 (12-15-2014 - WA)

Adoption of Baby Boy W., a minor

A biological father who does not qualify as a presumed father under Family Code section 76111 generally does not have statutory standing to block the adoption of his child unless he proves that it is in the child's best interests that the adoption not proceed. (Adoption of Kelsey S. (1992) 1 Cal.4th 816 (Kelsey S.); Adoption of Michael H. (1995) 10 Cal.4th 1043, 1052 (Michael H.).) Under Kelsey S.... More...   $0 (12-15-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Matthew Ross Cummings

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — A man who admitted transporting a woman from Wyoming and Colorado to Texas to engage in prostitution was sentenced this morning in federal court in Wichita Falls, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Matthew Ross Cummings, 24, most recently of Aurora, Colorado, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison by U.S. District Ju... More...
   $0 (12-15-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. John Baylo

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Former local radio host John Balyo, 35, of Grand Rapids, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison today for producing and possessing child pornography. Balyo pled guilty to the charges in July 2014 and, as part of the plea, agreed to cooperate fully with law enforcement in this investigation and the investigation into Ronald Moser. Moser pled guilty in August 2014 t... More...   $0 (12-11-2014 - MI)

United States of America v. Christopher T. Bryant

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Patrick Miles, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan announced today that Christopher T. Bryant, 24, of Detroit was convicted on all five counts of a superseding indictment charging sex trafficking of minors; sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion; and interstate transportation for the purposes of prostitution. This was the second federal child sex tra... More...   $0 (12-05-2014 - MI)

Eileen Annocki v. Peterson Enterprises, LLC

Plaintiffs Eileen Annocki and Joseph Annocki appeal judgment of dismissal of their third amended complaint (TAC) for damages based on the death of their son Joseph M. Annocki. The trial court held that defendant Peterson Enterprises, LLC (defendant) had no duty to plaintiffs’ decedent, who was killed in an automobile accident by a patron leaving defendant’s restaurant. We reverse, finding that... More...   $0 (12-05-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Christian Peterson

MADISON, WIS. – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Christian Peterson, 45, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Barbara B. Crabb to seven years in federal prison following his convictions for bank fraud, money laundering, and making false statements to banks. Judge Crabb also sentenced Peterson to five years ... More...   $0 (12-03-2014 - WI)

United States of America v. Devin Smith

A Jackson man was convicted by a federal jury in Ann Arbor yesterday of sex trafficking several women and one minor victim, using force and coercion, announced U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade.

McQuade was joined in the announcement by Paul M. Abbate, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Field Office.

The two-week trial was conducted before U.S.... More...
   $0 (11-26-2014 - MI)

The People v. Jarrod Joseph Miller

Defendant and appellant Jarrod Joseph Miller (defendant) was convicted of first degree murder and residential burglary with firearm enhancements. Defendant contends that the trial court abused its discretion in precluding the defense expert psychologist from disclosing statements by defendant that appear in the report of another psychologist, which the expert relied upon in reaching his opinion th... More...   $0 (11-26-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Brittany L. Morris

KANSAS CITY, KS - A Kansas woman pleaded guilty to failing to report that a 17-year-old girl was working as a prostitute.

Brittany L. Morris, 25, Winfield, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of misprision of a felony. In her plea, she admitted that on April 11, 2013, she received a call from two officers working undercover who called in response to an advertisement on the Internet. Morris ... More...
   $0 (11-24-2014 - KS)

United States of America v. Raymond Valas

San Antonio, TX - A federal jury convicted 41-year-old U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Valas of sex trafficking of a minor announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI’s San Antonio Division and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

The jury found that Valas, a U.S. Army War College fellow at Syracuse University and a member of ... More...
   $0 (11-21-2014 - TX)

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