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Patrick Dwayne Murphy v. Terry Royal Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

These matters are before the court on the respondent’s Petition for Panel
Rehearing or Rehearing En Banc. We also have responses from the petitioner and the
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, in addition to amici curiae briefs from the
United States and The Muscogee (Creek) Nation. We also have several motions pending
seeking to file additional amici curiae briefs.
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Ryan Harvey v. Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Quray Reservation, et al. Utah Supreme Court Courthouse - Salt Lake City, Utah

¶1 The oil and gas industry is a major economic force in the Uintah Basin. This industry relies, to some extent, on access to the Uintah and Ouray Reservation of the Ute Indian Tribe. The plaintiffs allege that, through its ability to restrict the industry’s access to tribal lands, the tribe has held hostage the economy of the non-Indian population.
¶2 Ryan Harvey, a plaintiff and part owner o... More...
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State of Washington v. Evergreen Freedom Foundation, d/b/a Freedom Foundation Thurston County Courthouse - Olympia, Washington

The State of Washington appeals the CR 12(b)(6) dismissal of its regulatory enforcement action against the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (the Foundation). The State filed suit after learning from a citizen complaint that the Foundation had provided pro bono legal services in support of local initiatives in Sequim, Chelan, and Shelton without reporting the value of those services to the Public Discl... More...   $0 (11-07-2017 - WA)

United States of America v. Yahya Farooq Mohammad Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, MI - Man Sentenced to Over 27 Years for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to Terrorists and Soliciting the Murder of a Federal Judge

Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 39, was sentenced today to 27 ˝ years in prison for one count of conspiracy to provide and conceal material support or resources to terrorists and one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence.

“As part... More...
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Steve Jameson v. Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Steve Jameson sued pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for wrongful
termination and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. He alleged PG&E
fired him in violation of an implied-in-fact employment contract not to terminate his
employment without good cause. PG&E moved for summary judgment on the grounds
that Jameson was an at-will employee and, alternatively, that... More...
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United States of America v. Leeroy Soap, Jr. Eastern District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Muskogee Oklahoma

Muskogee, OK - Cherry Tree Man Pleads Guilty To Assault With Dangerous Weapon

LEEROY SOAP JR, age 39, of Cherry Tree, Oklahoma pled guilty to ASSAULT WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON IN INDIAN COUNTRY, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 113(a)(3), 1151 and 1153, punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.

The ... More...
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Makah Indian Tribe v. Quileute Indian Tribe Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

Who would imagine that more than 150 years after the Treaty of Olympia (the “Treaty”) was signed between the United States and the Quileute and Quinault tribes, we would be asked to determine whether the “right of taking fish” includes whales and seals? Although scientists tell us sea mammals are not fish,1 these appeals ask us to go back to the 1855 treaty negotiation and signing and place oursel... More...   $0 (10-23-2017 - WA)

United States of America v. Denise Taylor Eastern District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Muskogee Oklahoma

Muskogee, OK - Ardmore Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement And Theft From Tribal Organization

DENISE TAYLOR, age 55, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, pled guilty to EMBEZZLEMENT AND THEFT FROM INDIAN TRIBAL ORGANIZATION, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1163, punishable by not more than 5 years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.

The Indic... More...
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United States of America v. Anthony Phillips District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Acoma Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charge - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

Anthony Phillips, 27, an enrolled member and resident of Acoma Pueblo, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an assault charge. Under the terms of his plea agreemen... More...
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Chad E. Cohen and Kirsten Cohen v. Postal Holdings, LLC Second Circuit Court of Appeals - New York, New York

Plaintiffs‐Appellants Chad E. Cohen and Kirsten Cohen (the “Cohens”)
filed a Complaint in the Superior Court for the State of Connecticut against
Defendant‐Third‐Party‐Plaintiff‐Appellee Postal Holdings, LLC (“Postal
Holdings”), stating a claim of private nuisance based on injuries allegedly caused
by Postal Holdings’s failure to maintain a property it... More...
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United States of America v. Kenni Jo Bennett Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma, WA - Pierce County Woman Pleads Guilty to Bombing Car Belonging to Person she Considered a Police ‘Snitch’ -
Used Explosive Device to Blow-up Empty Car Outside Home

A Tacoma, Washington woman pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to unlawful possession of a destructive device, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. KENNI JO BENNETT, 41, of Tacoma, and an accompl... More...
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Upper Skagit Indian Tribe v. Suquamish Indian Tribe Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

In this treaty fishing rights case, the Upper Skagit Indian
Tribe (“the Upper Skagit”) filed a Request for Determination
as to the geographic scope of the Suquamish Indian Tribe’s
(“the Suquamish”) usual and accustomed fishing grounds and
stations (“U&A”) as determined by Judge Boldt in 1975.
Specifically, the Upper Skagit sought a determination that the
Suquamish’s U&A det... More...
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Joey Miller v. Fortune Commercial Corporation

Joey Miller (Miller) sued defendant Fortune
Commercial Corporation, the owner and operator of a chain
of Seafood City markets, and several other defendants
(collectively, Defendants), because, allegedly, they illegally
denied him service when he tried to enter two different
Seafood City stores with his service dog. Miller alleged three
causes of action: violation of the Unr... More...
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Robert C. Livingston v. Catherine Livingston Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

This suit arises from the acrimonious relationship between Catherine Livingston and her step-son, Robert Livingston. Catherine sued Robert for assault, false imprisonment, and infliction of emotional distress. A jury found that Robert
had not assaulted or falsely imprisoned Catherine, but it did find that Robert had intentionally inflicted severe emotional distress on Catherine and that ... More...
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United States of America v. Ryan S. Rozycki District of Connecticut Federal Courthouse - Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford, CT - Norwalk Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Ryan S. Rozycki, 41, of Norwalk, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty in Hartford federal court to one count of tax evasion.

According to court documents and statements made in court, ROZYCKI owns and operates bangthebook.com, a sports gaming information website, as well as other website businesses and rental p... More...
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United States of America v. Osage Wind, LLC; Enel Kansas, LLC; Enel Green Power North America, Inc. United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Denver, Colorado

This case presents the question whether a large-scale excavation project—
which involved the excavation, modification, and use of rock and soil during the
installation of wind turbines—constituted “mining” under the pertinent federal
regulations that address mineral development on Indian land. When an entity
engages in “mining” of minerals owned by the Osage Nation, a federally app... More...
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United States of America v. Austin A. Kaquatosh, Mitchell E. Oshkosh and Woody Nahquaddy Federal Courthouse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI - Trafficking Synthetic Cannabinoids on Menominee Indian Reservation Leads to Prison Sentences for Three Men

Three men sentenced after convictions for being part of a drug trafficking organization operating on the Menominee Indian Reservation. The three codefendants entered guilty pleas in June 2017.

On August 15, 2017, Austin A. Kaquatosh (age: 24) received a ... More...
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United States of America v. Sylvia Toolie and Peggy Akeya Federal Courthouse - Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, AK - Sisters Sentenced for Embezzlement from Indian Tribal Government

Sylvia Toolie, 60, and her sister, Peggy Akeya, 57, of Savoonga, Alaska, were sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess for embezzling funds from the Native Village of Savoonga (“Native Village of Savoonga” or “the Tribe”), which is located on St. Lawrence Island.

Toolie was sentenced... More...
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Sharp Image Gaming, Inc. v. Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians

In this case, we reverse a judgment related to contractual claims that are
preempted by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA).
Defendant Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians (the Tribe) appeals from a
judgment after trial in favor of plaintiff Sharp Image Gaming, Inc. (Sharp Image), in
plaintiff’s breach of contract action stemming from a deal to develop a casino on the
Trib... More...
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United States of America v. Larry L. Masino and Dixie L. Masino Eleventh Circuit - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

We must decide whether an indictment that alleges that a business was in violation of the Florida bingo and gambling house statutes, Fla. Stat. §§ 849.01, 849.02, 849.03, 849.0931, sufficiently alleges one of the essential elements needed to obtain a conviction under the federal gambling statute: that the business “is a violation of” state law, 18 U.S.C. § 1955(b)(1)(i). Larry Masino and his ex-wi... More...   $0 (09-07-2017 - FL)

Jane Doe v. Etihad Airways, P.J.S.C. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Cincinnati, Ohio

Plaintiff Jane Doe and her eleven-year-old daughter flew aboard
Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi to Chicago. For the duration of the fourteen-hour journey,
Doe’s tray table remained open in her lap because a knob that was meant to hold it in place had
fallen to the floor. During the flight, Doe’s daughter found the knob on the floor and gave it to
Doe, who placed it in a seatback pock... More...
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United States of America v. Patricia Parsons Federal Courthouse - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, TN - Tennessee Woman Pleads Guilty to Aiding and Abetting an Attempt to Kidnap Judge and Sheriff in One-Count Criminal Information

Patricia Parsons, 49, of Brighton, Tennessee, pleaded guilty to a one-count criminal information charging her with aiding and abetting solicitation to commit kidnapping. Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee,... More...
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Tajie Major v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

William E. Major smoked two packs of cigarettes a day, on
average, from 1961 to 1989. He was diagnosed with lung cancer
in 1997, and died a year later. His wife, plaintiff Tajie Major,
brought suit against several manufacturers of cigarettes Major
had smoked, as well as manufacturers of asbestos to which he
had been exposed, alleging that Major’s smoking and his asbestos
ex... More...
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T.D. v. Kelcey Patton United States Court of Appeals - Denver, Colorado

T.D. sued Kelcey Patton under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violating his right to
substantive due process. He relies on a “danger-creation theory,” which provides that
“state officials can be liable for the acts of third parties where those officials created the
danger that caused the harm.” Currier v. Doran, 242 F.3d 905, 917 (10th Cir. 2001)
(quotations omitted).1
... More...
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Quinault Indian Nation v. Mary Linda Pearson Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Once again, the issue of tribal sovereign immunity and
cigarette taxes is back in the federal courts. In this iteration,
the Quinault Indian Nation (the “Nation”) sued Edward A.
Comenout, Jr.; Robert R. Comenout, Sr.; and other
defendants for engaging in a scheme to defraud the Nation
of taxes. When the Nation later asked the district court to
dismiss its action, Edward’s e... More...
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