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United States of America v. Cristobal Veliez

2 Narcisa Veliz Novack (“Novack”) and her brother Cristobal Veliz (“Veliz”)
3 appeal from judgments of conviction entered following a two-month jury trial in
4 the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Kenneth
5 M. Karas, Judge). Both were convicted of numerous offenses, including one
6 count of racketeering in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and... More...
   $0 (08-19-2015 - NY)

EDWARD E. SICKLER vs. AUTO OWNERS INSURANCE COMPANY

An introduction to the parties and timing of events is helpful to
understanding the legal issues. On March 21, 2011, Sickler—a self-employed,
over-the-road truck driver—took his 2003 Freightliner diesel truck to Toad’s Truck
& Trailer Repair (Toad’s Repair) for an engine overhaul. Toad’s Repair
completed the overhaul and billed Sickler $13,471.46 for the work. At the time of... More...
   $0 (08-19-2015 - IA)

United States of America v. Tremayne Rontae Kirby

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – A Franklin County man, who forced a local woman to engage in prostitution through the use of physical violence and threats, pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, United States Attorney Anthony P. Giorno announced.

Tremayne Rontae Kirby, 25, of Franklin County, Virginia, pled guilty today to one count of r... More...
   $0 (08-18-2015 - VA)

United States of America v. James Steve Hall

Jacksonville, FL - Lake City Man Pleads Guilty To Manufacturing And Passing Counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes

James Steven Hall (47, Lake City) has pleaded guilty to manufacturing and passing counterfeit Federal Reserve notes. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for each charge. A sentencing date has not yet been set. Hall was indicted on May 13, 2015.

Acco... More...
   $0 (08-18-2015 - FL)

First Intercontinental Bank v. Christina Ahn

In this appeal, we apply California choice-of-law rules to
determine whether California law or Georgia law governs an
attorney’s fees dispute between Plaintiff-Appellant First
Intercontinental Bank (Bank) and Defendant-Appellee
Christina Ahn (Christina). We conclude that California law,
specifically California Civil Code § 1717(a), governs the
attorney’s fees dispute, and w... More...
   $0 (08-18-2015 - CA)

Mahesh Patel v. City of Montclair

Police officers do not conduct a search within the
meaning of the Fourth Amendment merely by entering an
area of private, commercial property that is open to the
public. Therefore, we affirm the district court’s order
dismissing Mahesh Patel’s complaint alleging that City of
Montclair police officers violated his Fourth Amendment
rights.
BACKGROUND
Mahesh Patel owne... More...
   $0 (08-18-2015 - CA)

Netsphere, Inc., et al v. Jeffrey Baron

As a general rule, the courts of appeals have jurisdiction only over the final decisions of the district courts. There are certain exceptions and qualifications to that principle, however. In this case we must decide whether any of them allow us to review several district court orders which, pursuant to the mandate of an earlier decision of our court, awarded fees to a receiver before final judg... More...   $0 (08-15-2015 - TX)

State of Texas v. Michael Lee Lorence

Denton, TX - Michael Lee Lorence found guilty

The State of Texas charged with Michael Lee Lorence, age 39, with second-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit capital murder for shooting Nancy Howard with a firearm in Carrollton as she was getting out of her car in the garage of her home on August 18, 2012. She was shot near he... More...
   $0 (08-14-2015 - TX)

First American Title Ins. Co. v. Spanish Inn


This is one of many appeals arising from litigation over the renovation of a hotel property in Palm Springs. In this appeal, the project's developers challenge the trial court's grant of summary adjudication in favor of the title insurer, which sought contractual indemnity from the developers for legal expenses incurred in defending the project's construction lender against mechanic's lien ... More...
   $0 (08-14-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Kasandra Weeks

Rochester, NY - Woman Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking Using Coercion

Kasandra Weeks, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking using coercion, before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer. The charge carries a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that be... More...
   $0 (08-13-2015 - NY)

United States of America v. Oshan Cook

Oshan Cook appeals his convictions for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute MDMA (also known as ecstasy or Molly) and possession with intent to distribute MDMA and LSD. Cook mainly challenges the denial of his motions to suppress the evidence seized from his backpack, arguing that the search violated his Fourth Amendment rights. We conclude, however, that the brief, cursory search of Co... More...   $0 (08-13-2015 - CA)

Kevin Nutt v. Osceola Therapy & Living Center

Kevin and Lisa Nutt successfully sued their former employers under the
Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq., for
two claims: delinquent contributions and breach of the fiduciary duty of care. The
district court found that the Nutts’ former employers could not provide adequate relief
and thus relied on a theory of successor liability to hold Os... More...
   $0 (08-13-2015 - AR)

United States of America v. Jamal Dean Getaway Team

Cedar Rapids, IA - Members of the Jamal Dean Getaway Team Sentenced

Members of the Jamal Dean Getaway Team (made up of Jamal Dean’s friends, family, and fellow gang members) were sentenced today in federal court for their roles in obstructing a joint state-federal investigation and search for Jamal Dean in April and May of 2013.

Lee Dean, age 55 (Jamal Dean’s father), Kimberly Sm... More...
   $0 (08-12-2015 - IA)

State v. Azad Haji Abdullah

On November 14, 2002, the grand jury sitting in Ada County indicted Abdullah on one count of murder in the first degree, a felony, Idaho Code sections 18-4001 to -4003; one count of arson in the first degree, a felony, Idaho Code section 18-802; three counts of attempted murder in the first degree, a felony, Idaho Code sections 18-4001 and 18-306; and one count of injury to a child, a felony, Idah... More...   $0 (08-12-2015 - ID)

Great Oaks Water Co. v. Santa Clara Valley Water Dist.

Prior to adoption of the District Act, the Santa Clara Valley was plagued by overdraft of the underlying groundwater basin, causing among other things the subsidence of land—with resulting disruption of roads and structures—and the intrusion of salt water into groundwater acquifers. A similar pattern marked much of the American settlement of California. Over the years the Legislature created n... More...   $0 (08-12-2015 - CA)

United States v. Zachary Wolff

Bismarck, ND - Eight Circuit holds that attempted sex trafficking of minor does not require an actual minor

After he was arrested in an undercover sting operation conducted by law
enforcement, Zachary Wolff was charged by Indictment with one count of attempted
sex trafficking of a minor in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1591 and 1594. Wolff filed
a motion to dismiss the Indictment,... More...
   $0 (08-11-2015 - ND)

United States of America v. Sean Robinson

New York, NY - Defendant Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To 20 Years In Prison For Leading Crew That Committed Violent Daytime Robberies Of Jewelry And Watch Stores Across Northeast

Sean Robinson was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 20 years in prison for leading a robbery crew that committed violent daytime robberies of jewelry and watch stores in 2013 and 2014. Since ... More...
   $0 (08-10-2015 - NY)

United States of America v. Sean Robinson

New York, NY - Defendant Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To 20 Years In Prison For Leading Crew That Committed Violent Daytime Robberies Of Jewelry And Watch Stores Across Northeast

Sean Robinson was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 20 years in prison for leading a robbery crew that committed violent daytime robberies of jewelry and watch stores in 2013 and 2014. Since Februa... More...
   $0 (08-10-2015 - NY)

DUTY FREE AMERICAS, INC. vs. THE ESTEE LAUDER COMPANIES, INC.

The essential facts contained in DFA’s complaint and its attached exhibits
are these. DFA operates many duty free stores in American airports with
international terminals. DFA is one of approximately ten major operators of duty
free stores in the United States. DFA currently holds leases in thirteen
international airports located in eleven cities: New York (JFK and LaGuardia... More...
   $0 (08-09-2015 - GA)

United States of America v. Enoc Ayuso

Concord, NH - Dorchester Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Transport An Individual For Prostitution

Enoc Ayuso, 26, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, appeared in United States District Court on Thursday and pled guilty to conspiring to transport an individual in interstate commerce for prostitution, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Donald Feith.

In February of 2014, the Hom... More...
   $0 (08-07-2015 - NH)

United States of America v. Noramie Jasmin

New York, NY - Former Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin Sentenced To Four Years In Prison For Extortion And Fraud Charges

NORAMIE JASMIN, the former mayor of Spring Valley in Rockland County, was sentenced today in federal court in White Plains to four years in prison for fraud and extortion, charges that stemmed from her misuse of her position as mayor in an effort to enrich herself. J... More...
   $0 (08-07-2015 - NY)

United States of America v. Deldrick Shykil Fowler

Lake Charles, LA - Dequincy man sentenced to 12 months in prison for printing $100 bills in casino hotel room

A DeQuincy man was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for making $100 counterfeit bills at a casino hotel.

Deldrick Shykil Fowler, 22, of DeQuincy, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi on one count of counterfeiting obligations to the Unite... More...
   $0 (08-06-2015 - LA)

United States of America v. Otis Willis

Rochester, NY - Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking Charge

Otis Willis, Jr., 33, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. The plea was entered during the trial of this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys... More...
   $0 (08-06-2015 - NY)

United States of America v. Johl Cacace

Defendants-appellants Thomas Gioeli and Dino Saracino appeal from judgments
entered by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Cogan, J.).
Defendants were convicted of crimes they committed as members of the Colombo crime
family. On appeal, Gioeli argues that there was insufficient evidence to support his
conviction for racketeering conspiracy; that t... More...
   $0 (08-05-2015 - NY)

United States v. Gioeli, Saracino

In May 2008, a grand jury in the Eastern District of New York returned a
superseding indictment (“S-1 indictment”) against several individuals alleged to be members
of the Colombo crime family, including defendants-appellants Thomas Gioeli and Dino
Saracino as well as Joseph Competiello and Dino Calabro.
The S-1 indictment included the following allegations. The Colombo crime ... More...
   $0 (08-05-2015 - NY)

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