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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)

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...
   $0 (08-27-2014 - FL)

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...
   $0 (08-27-2014 - RI)

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...
   $0 (08-18-2014 - va)

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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   $0 (08-14-2014 - TX)

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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   $0 (08-11-2014 - TX)

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)

United States of America v. Markeace Canty d/k/a Quake

Minneapolis, MN -United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced the sentencing of MARKEACE CANTY a/k/a “QUAKE,” 33, to 300 months in federal prison for prostituting a child throughout the Upper Midwest, including in Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. CANTY was indicted on May 6, 2013, and found guilty by a federal jury on September 12, 2013, of Conspiring to Co... More...   $0 (08-05-2014 - MN)

United States of America v. Christopher Washington and Darren Lewis

DALLAS, TX — Two Dallas men, who admitted committing the armed robberies of several businesses in the Dallas area in 2012-2013, have pleaded guilty to federal charges, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Today, Christopher Washington, 48, pleaded guilty, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma C. Ramirez to two counts of interference with commerce by r... More...
   $0 (08-05-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Dennis Liriano

Appellant Dennis Liriano was
convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a
controlled substance, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846. After
denying Liriano's post-trial motions, the district court sentenced
him to eighty-four months of incarceration. Liriano argues on
appeal that the evidence at trial was legally insufficient to
support the conviction and that... More...
   $0 (08-04-2014 - RI)

United States of America v. Peter Dirosa

Peter DiRosa was sentenced to
57 months in prison after a jury found him guilty of one count of
wire fraud. The charge resulted from a transaction in which DiRosa
and an associate, Thomas Renison, convinced then-75-year-old Frank
Jablonski to invest $600,000 in an elaborate scheme surrounding a
real estate development project in Polgardi, Hungary. On appeal,
DiRosa challeng... More...
   $0 (08-04-2014 - ME)

City of San Diego v. Melvin Shapiro

In 1978, California voters enacted Proposition 13, which amended the California Constitution by adding article XIII A (article XIII A). The amendment "plac[ed] significant limits on the taxing power of local and state governments." (State Building & Construction Trades Council of California v. City of Vista (2012) 54 Cal.4th 547, 562, fn. 3.) As pertinent here, article XIII A, section 4 provides, ... More...   $0 (08-01-2014 - CA)

Ernest John McKenzie, M.D. v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, District Director

For much of his life, Ernest John McKenzie’s Canadian birth certificate listed the wrong birth date. Because he used that birth certificate to become a naturalized United States citizen, his United States Certificate of Naturalization also listed the wrong birth date. After he was naturalized, he got his birth certificate corrected; now his problem is getting his naturalization certificate amend... More...   $0 (08-01-2014 - OK)

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