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Patricio David Trejo v. Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.

Baltimore, MD - Fourth Circuit holds that FSLA applies only to minium or overtime wages and not to tips

Mohammad Sazzad and Anthony Gomes (the Plaintiffs)1 brought this action against their employers, Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc., and Marriott International, Inc. (the Defendants), alleging violations of the tip-credit provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. § 203(... More...
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United States of America v. Ladestro Douglas, a/k/a “Derek Douglas”

Dallas, TX - Dallas Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking Teenage Runaways -
Defendant Must Also Pay One Victim $136,000 in Restitution

A Dallas man who pleaded guilty in February 2015 to sex trafficking a 17-year-old runaway was sentenced this morning, announced John Parker, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Ladestro Douglas, a/k/a ... More...
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Michael A. Katz v. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless

New York, NY - Second Circuit force Verizon class action members to arbitration under FAA

In an effort to more efficiently manage their dockets, some district courts
in this Circuit will dismiss an action after having compelled arbitration pursuant
to a binding arbitration agreement between the parties. That is what happened
here. After the District Court (Briccetti, J.) found... More...
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A jury convicted Kendrick Cowart of armed robbery and conspiracy, and acquitted
him of murder and manslaughter. The trial court sentenced him to fifty-three years: forty
eight years for armed robbery and five years for conspiracy. Terrance London, Cowart’s co
defendant who pled guilty to armed robbery, conspiracy, and manslaughter, received a
sentence of either forty or forty-fiv... More...
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United States of America v. Claude Darrell McDougal

Charlotte, NC - Ponzi Scheme Operator Sentenced To More Than 6.5 Years On Securities Fraud Charges

Claude Darrell McDougal, 56, formerly of Charlotte, was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme that defrauded his investor victims of over $2.5 million. U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. also ordered McDougal to serve two years under court supervision ... More...
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Hillary Bouldin’s vehicle collided with Rocky Dietz’s in August 2009. Dietz subsequently filed a negligence complaint in Montana state court against Bouldin for “injuries including to his low back” and “physical pain, suffering, grief, anxiety and a loss of course of life” stemming from the accident. The case was subsequently removed to federal court.
DIETZ V. BOULDIN4 Before trial, Bouldin ... More...
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United States of America v. Manuel Antonio Soto

This case involves the drug-trafficking,
kidnapping, and firearms convictions of Defendants-Appellants Hector Santana, Manuel Antonio
Soto, Christopher Espinoza, and Juan Ramon Respardo-Ramirez. A grand jury indicted them on
two conspiracies and two firearms charges: conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to
distribute and to distribute it, 21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1) & 841(... More...
   $0 (07-24-2015 - MI)

D & D Tire v. Jack R. Ouellette

In Nevada, employers and coemployees of a person injured in
the course of employment are immune from liability for the injury under
the exclusive remedy provision of the workers' compensation statutes.
Additionally, some subcontractors and independent contractors are
accorded the same status as employers or coemployees of the injured
employee and are thus immune from liabi... More...
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United States of America v. Jason Gregory Colley

Alexandria, VA - Luray Man Pleads Guilty to Tampering With Evidence For Moving Body Of Drug Overdose Victim

Jason Gregory Colley, 36, of Luray, Virginia, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence for moving the body of a drug overdose victim.

In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, on or about Sept. 12, 2014, Colley sold cocaine to Jason Laytham, 37, of Leesburg, V... More...
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Peacock Hospitality, Inc. d/b/a Holiday Inn Express-Burnet v. Bipin Patel; Mahadev, LLC; and FDIC

Although this appeal originally arose from two summary judgments, one in favor of the appellees Bipin Patel and Mahadev, LLC and the other in favor of First National Bank, N.A., we previously dismissed the appeal of the summary judgment in favor of First National Bank, N.A.1 See Peacock Hospitality, Inc. v. Patel, No. 04-13-00278-CV, 2014 WL 7340520 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Dec. 23, 2014, no pet.). ... More...   $0 (07-22-2015 - TX)

Bertha Mae Huff v. Carol Shaw

This case requires us to consider whether a person who listens to
and subsequently electronically records a conversation from an inadvertent “pocket-dial” call1
violates Title III of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Street Act of 1968, 18 U.S.C. § 2510 et
seq. (Title III). James Huff inadvertently placed a pocket-dial call to Carol Spaw while he was
on a business trip in Italy. S... More...
   $0 (07-21-2015 - KY)

United States of America v. Yinet Quintana Isalgue

Boise, ID - Tampa, Florida Woman Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

Yinet Quintana Isalgue, 27, of Tampa, Florida, pleaded guilty today in federal court to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Quintana Isalgue was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 11, 2015.

As described in th... More...
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Bertha Mae Huff v. Carol Spaw

James Huff was Chairman of the Kenton County, Kentucky, Airport Board (Airport Board), which oversees the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). In October 2013, he traveled to Bologna, Italy with his wife, Bertha Huff, and with Airport Board Vice Chairman Larry Savage to attend a business conference. Carol Spaw worked at CVG as Senior Executive Assistant to the airport’s CEO,... More...   $0 (07-21-2015 - KY)

United States of America v. Ronald S. Rivera

Defendant-Appellant Ronald Rivera pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and to possessing an unregistered and unlawfully modified firearm. The district court sentenced Rivera as an armed career criminal under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. § 924(e); U.S.S.G. § 4B1.4, to a total of 200 months of imprisonment to run consecutively to a two-year state sentence. Ri... More...   $0 (07-20-2015 - OH)

LOREDANA RANZA v. NIKE, INC., an Oregon corporation; NIKE EUROPEAN OPERATIONS NETHERLANDS, B.V., a foreign corporation,

Plaintiff Loredana Ranza appeals the district court’s dismissal of her complaint alleging sex and age discrimination in the workplace in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e-2, 2000e-3, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. § 623. Ranza brought claims in the District of Oregon against her former employer, Nike European Operati... More...   $0 (07-19-2015 - )

Marquis COUEY v. Jeanne ATKINS

We begin with a brief summary of the regulation of the initiative petition signature collection process to provide context for our discussion of the relevant facts. The powers of initiative and referendum reserved by the people in Article IV, section 1, of the Oregon Constitution allow them to enact statutes, adopt or reject bills passed by the legislature, and adopt amendments to the state consti... More...   $0 (07-16-2015 - )

Sondra Stamen v. Justine Stamen Arrillaga

Appellant Sondra Stamen appeals a non-final order denying her motion to dismiss Appellee Justine Stamen Arrillaga’s complaint for lack of jurisdiction and improper venue. We hold that the trial court’s order sufficiently explained the rationale for finding jurisdiction and proper venue and we need not address those issues further. On appeal, Appellant additionally raises the doctrine of forum non ... More...   $0 (07-15-2015 - FL)

United States of America v. Lorraine Cyr

WASHINGTON, DC – Lorraine Cyr, 58, pled guilty to charges stemming from the embezzlement of over $380,000 from her employer and properties that she managed. Cyr, of Palm Bay, Fla., pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to one count of wire fraud and one count of income tax evasion. The Honorable Senior Judge Royce C. Lamberth scheduled sentencing for Oct. 19, 2015. Th... More...   $0 (07-14-2015 - DC)


The parties married in 1996 and were divorced on December 5,
2011. They have two minor children. As relevant here, the divorce decree,
which incorporated the parties’ separation agreement, gave them joint legal
custody of the children, designated Wife as the primary physical custodian, and
established a visitation schedule; required Husband to maintain health insurance
for th... More...
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BURTON et al. v. GLYNN COUNTY et al

Thomas and Lee Burton own an oceanfront property in the East Beach
area of St. Simons Island. The property is situated within a single-family
residential zoning district classified as “R-6” under the Glynn County Zoning
Ordinance. After the completion of a large, lavish home on the property in
2008, the Burtons began offering the property, known as Villas de Suenos,1 as
a sho... More...
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Defendant Jason Stephen Sigur appeals from a judgment of conviction following a jury trial. After meeting in an Internet chat room, defendant engaged in a sexual relationship with a thirteen-year-old girl for approximately two months, including in the home where the victim lived with her mother and grandmother after secretly entering through the victim’s bedroom window for that purpose. He was c... More...   $0 (07-10-2015 - )


In March 2012, appellants initiated the underlying action. Their first amended complaint, filed March 22, 2012, contains claims against Hennessy for negligence, strict liability, false representation, failure to warn, and loss of consortium. The claims rely on allegations that Hennessy’s predecessor in interest, the Automotive Maintenance Machinery Company (AMMCO), designed and sold an arcing ma... More...   $0 (07-09-2015 - )


On or about October 9, 2010 at approximately 10pm, Ms. Biscay and her
family decided to make a rest stop before heading to Las Vegas, Nevada in
order for Ms. Biscay to visit her sister. The family agreed on staying at the
Gold Strike Casino in the middle of the night. Due to Ms. Biscay’s late-night
arrival, she was informed by the registration desk that the casino would have ... More...
   $0 (07-08-2015 - )

In the Interest of Z.R.M., child

Marla appeals the trial court’s order terminating her parental rights to her child, Ryan, arguing that the evidence was legally and factually insufficient to support a finding that termination was in the child’s best interest.1 We affirm.
The Texas Department of Family Services became involved in this case in November 2013, after receiving a neglectful supervision referral about... More...
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United States of America v. Lamar Moore, a.k.a. “El Brivv” a.k.a. “Briv”

SAN DIEGO, CA – Lamar Moore, a.k.a. “El Brivv,” a.k.a. “Briv,” a twenty-four year-old resident of San Diego, was sentenced to 120 months in prison for trafficking two minor girls for commercial sex.

In February 2014, Detectives Chris Haughey and Eric Drilling, members of the San Diego Police Human Trafficking Team, rescued a 17-year-old girl from Moore at a local motel. They then arrested... More...
   $0 (07-06-2015 - CA)

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