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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.
FACTS AND BACKGROUND
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...
   $0 (08-27-2014 - FL)

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)

The People v. David Allen Lucas

A jury found defendant David Allen Lucas guilty of the first degree murders of Suzanne Jacobs, Colin Jacobs, and Anne Swanke (Pen. Code, §§ 187, subd. (a), 189),1 the attempted murder of Jodie Santiago Robertson (§§ 187, 664), and the kidnappings of Swanke and Robertson (§ 207, subd. (a)). The jury also found that he personally used a knife during each crime (§ 12022, subd. (b)) and inflicte... More...   $0 (08-21-2014 - CA)

Darren Hager v. County of Los Angeles

In a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit brought under Labor Code section 1102.5,
subdivision (b) (hereafter section 1102.5(b)),1 the plaintiff must establish a prima facie
case of retaliation. The plaintiff must show he engaged in protected activity, his
employer subjected him to an adverse employment action, and there is a causal link
between the two. If the plaintiff meets his pri... More...
   $0 (08-19-2014 - CA)

United State of America v. Javier Flores Mendez

RICHMOND, Va. – Javier Flores Mendez, 24, of Tenancingo, Mexico, pleaded guilty today to sex trafficking a 16-year-old girl and transporting her into the United States for prostitution.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (... More...
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The People v. John Gilbert Deluca

Defendant, John Gilbert Deluca, appeals from his conviction for violating Penal Code section 290.011, subdivision (b).1 The trial court found true prior conviction allegations within the meaning of sections 667, subdivisions (b) through (i), 667.5, subdivision (b) and 1170.12. Defendant was sentenced to seven years, eight months in state prison. We affirm the judgment.
A transient sex offender... More...
   $0 (08-14-2014 - CA)

Alan Petrie v. UDR Texas Properties, L.P. d/b/a The Gallery Apartments, United Dominion Realty Trust, Inc., ASR of Delaware, L.L.C. and UDR Western Residental, Inc.

In his first issue, Alan Petrie appeals the final judgment of the trial court which, after a pre-trial evidentiary hearing, found that UDR Texas Properties, L.P. d/b/a The Gallery Apartments, United Dominion Realty Trust, Inc., ASR of Delaware, L.L.C. and UDR Western Residential, Inc. (“Gallery”) owed no duty to Petrie to protect him from the criminal acts of third parties committed on its
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MELONIE M. ANDERSON, Respondent-Appellant, vs. CARE INITIATIVES, INC. d/b/a WESTRIDGE NURSING & REHAB CENTER, Petitioner-Appellees.

Melonie Anderson appeals the district court’s judicial review decision that reversed the workers’ compensation award of benefits and remanded the case back to the agency. She claims on appeal the district court erroneously concluded there was a lack of evidence to support a determination of medical causation and the court applied the incorrect standard of review to the agency’s decision. Bec... More...   $0 (08-14-2014 - IA)

Hongbo Han v. United Continental Holdings, Inc.

Hongbo Han filed a putative class
action against United Continental Holding, Inc., United Air
Lines, Inc., and Mileage Plus Holdings LLC (hereinafter
“United”), alleging that the defendant breached the terms of its
frequent-flyer program, the “MileagePlus Program.” Specifically,
Han maintained that United breached the MileagePlus
Program contract by crediting him fo... More...
   $0 (08-11-2014 - IL)

Carlos Chacon v. Officer Eric Copeland; Officer Russell Rose

Officers Eric Copeland and Russell Rose sought summary judgment on the basis of qualified immunity in an action brought by Carlos Chacon under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Chacon’s suit alleges that Officers Copeland and Rose used excessive force in arresting him. The district court denied the officers’ motion for summary judgment. Officers Copeland and Rose filed an interlocutory appeal. We AFFIRM.
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Betty Keith v. Mountain Resorts Development, LLC

¶ 1 This case is about land in Park City, Utah—a little town that has undergone many transformations. Mormon pioneers first traveled through the area on their way to Salt Lake City. When prospectors discovered silver in the hills, it became a mining boomtown, then, when the price of silver fell, it was nearly deserted as a ghost town—but industrious residents reinvented it as a luxury resort ... More...   $0 (08-08-2014 - UT)

Maria Rebolledo v. Tilly's Inc.

Tilly’s Inc. and World of Jeans & Tops, Inc. (hereafter collectively referred to in the singular as Employer) appeal from the trial court’s order denying its motion to compel arbitration of Maria Rebolledo’s putative class action regarding statutory wage claims. We agree with the trial court’s conclusion the parties’ arbitration agreement expressly excluded statutory wage claims from the... More...   $0 (08-06-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Eva Melissa Sugar

DENVER, CO – Eva Melissa Sugar, age 61, of Aurora, Colorado, pled guilty yesterday before U.S. District Court Judge John L. Kane to Conspiracy to Defraud the United States in connection with the collection of taxes, United States Attorney John Walsh and IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Stephen Boyd announced. Judge Kane is scheduled to sentence Sugar on October 29, 2014. Suga... More...   $0 (08-06-2014 - CO)

Chris Hogan v. Michael K. Winder, et al.

Chris Hogan lost his job with the Utah Telecommunications Open
Infrastructure Agency, or “UTOPIA,” a state agency charged with upgrading
high-speed internet access. Claiming he was fired for revealing a conflict of
interest in contract awards, he threatened to sue the agency for wrongful
termination. Shortly after making this threat, he was subject to several
unflattering m... More...
   $0 (08-06-2014 - UT)

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