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In the Interest of J.C.M.

M.L., J.C.M.’s maternal grandmother, filed a petition in Texas seeking modification of a California custody order. J.C.M.’s father, J.M., filed a counter-petition. The trial court signed an order finding that modification is in J.C.M.’s best interest, removing J.M. as joint managing conservator, appointing M.L. as J.C.M.’s non-parent sole managing conservator, and appointing J.M. as a pare... More...   $0 (05-22-2014 - TX)

Michael O. Pickens v. Elizabeth Cordia, Pamela Pickens, T. Boone Pickens, Jr. and Thomas B. Pickens, III

Appellant Michael O. Pickens is the brother of appellees Elizabeth Cordia, Pamela Pickens, and Thomas B. Pickens III, and the son of appellee T. Boone Pickens Jr. Appellees sued Michael for invasion of privacy by public disclosure of private facts, defamation, statutory libel, and intentional infliction of emotional distress for remarks he published about them on a blog. In addition, Pamela brough... More...   $0 (05-22-2014 - TX)

Farmers Group Insurance, Inc. d/b/a Farmers Group Insurance v. Tammy Poteet

This is the second appeal in a case involving a claim under a homeowner’s policy issued by Appellant Farmers Insurance Exchange, a Farmers Insurance Group entity (Farmers), to Appellee Tammy Poteet for damages allegedly caused by a November 2002 discharge of black smoke and soot from the central heating and air-conditioning system of a home she had recently purchased from


Roger a... More...
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SHC Half Moon Bay v. County of San Mateo

“[T]he California Constitution requires generally the assessment of property at ‘fair market value’ . . . [A]ssessors have a constitutional mandate to tax all property at fair market value if not exempt under federal or state law.” (See Elk Hills Power, LLC v. Board of Equalization (2013) 57 Cal.4th 593, 606-607 (Elk Hills).) “Intangible assets and rights are exempt from taxation and . .... More...   $0 (05-22-2014 - CA)

In the Interest of A.C. and As.C., Children

Leslie P.’s parental rights to two children—ten-year-old A.C., and one-year-old As.C.—were terminated after a trial to the court. In support of the order of termination, the trial court found that Leslie P. constructively abandoned the children and failed to comply with the provisions of her service plan after the children were removed for abuse or neglect, and that termination was in the be... More...   $0 (05-21-2014 - TX)

Nancy J. Sherman v. Town of Chester

Hungry Joe packed up his bags and wrote happy letters home.
He had flown the 25 missions required to complete a tour of duty.
But things were not so simple on Catch‐22’s Pianosa island. He soon
discovered that Colonel Cathcart had just raised the number of
missions to 30, forcing Hungry Joe to unpack his bags and rewrite
his happy letters. At the time, Yossarian had flown 2... More...
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Len Critcher, Brett Stacy, Imagine Automotive Group, et al v. Boardwalk Motor Cars, LTD. Porche/Audi/Volkswagen

The trial court struck the pleadings of Imagine Automotive Group, Imagine Automotive Group, I., L.P., eCarLink GP, Inc., Brett Stacy, and Len Critcher as a sanction for discovery abuse. A jury then determined damages. The trial court rendered judgment awarding actual damages and attorney’s fees to appellees Boardwalk Motor Cars, Ltd. d/b/a Boardwalk Porsche, Boardwalk Automobiles, Ltd. d/b/a Boa... More...   $0 (05-07-2014 - TX)

Cowboys Concert Hall-Arlington v. Bruce Jones

Appellant Cowboys Concert Hall–Arlington, Inc. (Cowboys) appeals from the trial court’s judgment entered in favor of appellee Bruce Jones (Bruce) after a jury verdict. We affirm the trial court’s judgment in part but reverse the trial court’s gross-negligence and exemplary-damages judgment and render a take-nothing judgment on those issues. We also reverse the trial court’s judgment
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United States of America v. Tong Yang

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Stella, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to transporting a minor across state lines for illicit sex.

Tong Yang, 45, of Stella, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to the charge contained in a Jan. 21, 2014, federal indictment.

By plea... More...
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United States of America v. Hillel Nahmad

NEW YORK, NY - Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that HILLEL NAHMAD, a/k/a “Helly,” was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to one year and one day in connection with his leadership role in the operation of a high-stakes illegal sports gambling business. NAHMAD was also ordered to forfeit $6,427,000 and all his right, title, and i... More...   $0 (04-30-2014 - NY)

United States of America v. Toney Antwane Jones

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that three men have pleaded guilty to their roles in a heroin-trafficking conspiracy in Columbia, Mo.

Toney Antwane Jones, also known as “Tuffy,” 34, of Columbia, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth. His brother, Gregory Lamont Townsend, a... More...
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United States of America v. Victor Zertuche

Victor Zertuche was convicted by a jury of two drug offenses arising out of the seizure of almost ten kilograms of cocaine being transported by his two codefendants in a rental car. Appealing his convictions, defendant argues that plain error resulted: (1) from the admission of hearsay and opinion evidence; and (2) from comments by the prosecutor regarding the evidence in opening statement and clo... More...   $0 (04-29-2014 - TN)

Henry Gilbert Ayala and Chesapeake Exploration, LLC v. Natividad A. Soto

Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. and Henry Gilbert Ayala appeal the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Natividad A. Soto. We reverse the trial court’s judgment, render judgment that Soto take nothing against Chesapeake, and remand the cause for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.



Soto is a seventy-five year-old man who... More...
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State of Utah v. Malik Eagle Benson

¶1 Defendant Malik Eagle Benson was charged with
committing four armed robberies in downtown Salt Lake City in
less than twenty-four hours. After his arrest, Benson confessed to
the first robbery, which included the theft of a car. That car served
as the getaway vehicle in at least one of the other robberies, and
police apprehended Benson after seeing him driving it. BensonMore...
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United States of America v. John Bencivengo

Appellant John Bencivengo, former Mayor of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, was convicted of violating, inter alia, the Hobbs Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a) and § 2, and the Travel Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1952(a)(1) and (3) and § 2, for accepting money from Marliese Ljuba in exchange for agreeing to influence members of the Hamilton Township School Board to refrain from putting the School District’s insura... More...   $0 (04-23-2014 - NJ)

United States of America v. Koyode Lawrence aka “papa”

HOUSTON, TX - Koyode Lawrence aka “papa,” who recruited college students in Nigeria to transport heroin into the U.S., has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import a controlled substance, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

The investigation was initiated Feb. 18, 2001, following the arrests of two co-defendants at Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) as they attempted to in... More...
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United States of America v . John Bencivengo

Appellant John Bencivengo, former Mayor of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, was convicted of violating, inter alia, the Hobbs Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a) and § 2, and the Travel Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1952(a)(1) and (3) and § 2, for accepting money from Marliese Ljuba in exchange for agreeing to influence members of the Hamilton Township School Board to refrain from putting the School District’s insura... More...   $0 (04-23-2014 - NJ)

United States of America v. Henry Patrick Bevans, III

Spokane, WA – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Henry Patrick Bevans, III, age 30, of Newman Lake, Washington, was sentenced today for distributing 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine. Senior United States District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle sentenced Bevans to a 10-year term of imprisonment and a 10-year term of court supervis... More...   $0 (04-22-2014 - WA)

Douglas Lamm v. State Street Bank and Trust

This appeal mainly concerns what duties a custodian bank has under New York and Florida law to protect a customer from fraudulent transactions carried out by the customer’s investment advisor. We hold that, under the facts alleged here, the custodian bank breached no duty, contractual or otherwise, by accepting on behalf of its customer securities that later turned out to be fraudulent and listi... More...   $0 (04-14-2014 - FL)

United States of America v. Braland Norman

St. Louis, MO – BRALAND NORMAN pled guilty to charges involving the December 2013 shooting on Delmar Avenue in St. Louis.

According to the facts filed with the court, on December 29, 2013, Norman was the passenger in a vehicle headed southbound on Skinker but stopped at a red light at Delmar. As his vehicle was stopped, a blue SUV came up behind it and an individual got out and fired num... More...
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United States of America v. Tevon Harris a/k/a “Da Kidd” and “King Kidd"

HOUSTON – Tevon Harris aka “Da Kidd” and “King Kidd,” 22, of Houston, has entered a plea of guilty on two charges of trafficking children under 18 for commercial sex, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

According to the plea agreement, from January through July 2012, Harris forced young girls, who he knew were minors, into prostitution by using force and int... More...
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United States of America v. Jennifer Tyson

DALLAS — Jennifer Tyson, 37, of Rockwall, Texas, the former Executive Director/Manager of the Rockwall Housing Development Corporation (RHDC), was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to 12 months and one day in federal prison and ordered to pay $195,421.00 in restitution for conspiring to steal federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). ... More...   $0 (04-09-2014 - TX)

Tracy Bartlett v. Department of the Treasury (Internal Revenue Service)

Tracy Bartlett filed a one-count complaint against her former employer, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), in which she alleged that she had been constructively discharged in violation of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. § 701 et seq., and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. The IRS moved to dismiss the complaint on the ground that Ms. Bartlett had... More...   $0 (04-08-2014 - MA)

United States of America v. Nicholas Cheese

Bangor, ME - United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Nicholas Cheese, 27, of Oxford, England, was sentenced today to 17 years in prison and 5 years of supervised release for producing child pornography. He pled guilty to the charge on October 18, 2013.

Court documents reflect that in 2012, Cheese developed an on-line relationship with a 12- year-old girl from Maine, cha... More...
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United States of America v. Kenneth Johnson and Diana Arredondo

MEDFORD, OR – Kenneth Johnson, 62, and Diana Arredondo, 56, both of Central Point, Oregon, were sentenced to federal prison based on an embezzlement and tax fraud scheme relating to the operation of a local hotel. Johnson was a partner in the Super 8 Hotel in Central Point, Oregon since it opened in October 2005. He was in charge of the hotel’s daily operations and reported the hot... More...
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