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Crystal Monique Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage Corporation

Plaintiffs Beverly Ann Hollis-Arrington and Crystal
Monique Lightfoot appeal the district court’s judgment
dismissing their claims against the Federal National Mortgage
Association (“Fannie Mae”). They argue that the district
court lacked subject matter jurisdiction over their claims. We
disagree. Under the rule announced in American National
Red Cross v. S.G., 505 U.... More...
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United States of America v. Michael Coscia

CHICAGO, IL ― In the first federal prosecution of its kind, a high-frequency trader was indicted for allegedly manipulating commodities futures prices and illegally profiting nearly $1.6 million as a result of trading orders he placed through CME Group and European futures markets in 2011. The defendant, MICHAEL COSCIA, was the manager and sole owner of the former Panther Energy Trading LL... More...
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United States of America v. Mohamed Osman Mohamud

PORTLAND, Oregon. –Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 23, who was convicted in 2013 of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives) in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, was sentenced today to serve 30 years in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release.

Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from S... More...
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United States of America v. Joseph Floyde DeArmond

EUGENE, OR – Joseph Floyde DeArmond, 51, previously of Medford, Oregon, was sentenced today by U.S. District Chief Judge Ann Aiken to 36 months in federal prison for an offense he committed in 1997 – possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Upon his release from prison, DeArmond will be on supervised release for three years.

On June 9, 1997, law enforcement seized a di... More...
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Cassaundra Ellena v. Department of Insurance

Cassaundra Ellena appeals from a judgment of dismissal of her mandamus claim against the Department of Insurance and the Commissioner of the Department of Insurance (the commissioner; collectively, the DOI). Ellena contends, among other things, that the trial court erred when it found that she did not sufficiently allege in her pleading that the DOI violated a specific mandatory duty. We conclude ... More...   $0 (10-01-2014 - CA)

Alexander C. Etheridge v. The State of Texas

Alexander Etheridge appeals his conviction of evading arrest or detention. He waived his right to trial by jury and entered a negotiated plea of guilty while reserving the right to appeal the trial court’s denial of a motion to quash the charging instrument. In accordance with the plea agreement, the trial court deferred making an adjudication of guilt and placed Appellant on community supervisi... More...   $0 (10-01-2014 - TX)

State of Oklahoma v. Donald Edward Tolliver, Jr.

Jay, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Donald Edward Tolliver, Jr., age 35, with felony shooting with intent to kill.

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United State of America v. Mark Anthony Townsend

Fort Smith, Arkansas - Mark Anthony Townsend, 45, of Cedarville, was sentenced to ten months (5 months in prison and 5 months home detention) followed by 5 years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. The sentencing took place before the Honorable Paul K. Holmes III in United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas in Fort Smith.

U. S. Attorney Eldridg... More...
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United States of America v. Grant McCollough

SAN DIEGO - Grant McCollough, a real estate investor and owner of Tycoon Investments, and his wife, Marisa McCollough, pleaded guilty today to participating in a conspiracy to defraud mortgage lenders and impede the Internal Revenue Service.

As part of their conspiracy, the McColloughs recruited investors to act as “straw” buyers and arranged for false information to be submitted to m... More...
   $0 (09-30-2014 - CA)

Jamshid Najah v. Scottsdale Insurance Company

Appellants Jamshid Najah and Mark Akhavain sold a commercial property, taking back as partial payment a promissory note secured by a second deed of trust. When the borrower fell into default and the holder of the first deed of trust commenced foreclosure proceedings, appellants purchased from the senior lender the promissory note secured by the first deed of trust and took assignment of that trust... More...   $0 (09-30-2014 - CA)

Nimachia Hernandez v. Dan Siegel

Attorneys Dan Siegel and Ann Weills represented Nimachia Hernandez in a successful employment discrimination lawsuit in which attorney fees and costs were awarded, pursuant to Government Code section 12965.1 The total amount of the fee award, plus accrued interest, was paid directly to Siegel’s law firm by the defendant in the litigation. When the interest was not disbursed to her, Hernandez sue... More...   $0 (09-30-2014 - CA)

The People v. Duwan D. Fields

A jury convicted defendants Duwan D. Fields and Claudiens Santrail Griffin of eight counts of pimping, pandering, and committing sexual offenses against minors. Defendants contend their convictions must be reversed due to asserted instructional errors. Griffin further contends his conviction for oral copulation with a minor is not supported by substantial evidence and his felony sentence for the o... More...   $0 (09-30-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Eric Thomas

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington yesterday sentenced Eric Thomas (37, Largo) to eight years and one month in federal prison for accessing with the intent to view child pornography. Thomas was indicted on September 25, 2013. A federal jury found him found guilty on June 12, 2014.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on July 21, 2012, Thom... More...
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United States of America v. Francisco Moreno-Torres

Francisco Moreno-Torres pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and was sentenced to a prison term of 76 months. The attorney appointed to represent Moreno-Torres moved on appeal for leave to withdraw and filed a brief and a supplemental brief in accordance with Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967). Before reaching the merits of counsel’s motion, we will consider... More...   $0 (09-30-2014 - TX)

United States of America v. Michael Bryant, Jr.

Michael Bryant, Jr., an Indian, was indicted on two counts
of domestic assault by a habitual offender, in violation of
18 U.S.C. § 117(a).1 In support of the charges, the
government relied on two prior tribal court convictions for
domestic abuse. These convictions were uncounseled and at
least one resulted in a term of imprisonment. The Sixth
Amendment guarantees indigent ... More...
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United States of America v. Jesus Pimentel-Lopez

Butte, MT - Jesus Pimentel-Lopez, of Aguililla, Mexico, was sentenced to 240 months in prison today in United States District Court in Butte on conspiracy charges relating to the possession and distribution of methamphetamine. Pimentel-Lopez had previous been found guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute methampheta... More...   $0 (09-29-2014 - MT)

State of Oklahoma v. Dustin Lee Hinton and Robert Lee Newsom, Jr.

Tulsa, OK - Criminal defense lawyer Karla Rogers and the Public Defender's office represented the defendants who were charged with multiple counts of possession of forged notes or instruments and asserted the following:

That TIM HARRIS, the duly elected and qualified District Attorney for ... More...
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Starr International Company, Inc. v. United States of America

Washington, D.C. - Starr International Company, Inc. sued the United States of America on a taking without just compensation under the Fifth Amendment claiming that the Government's bailout of AIG in 2008 was so punitive that it amounted a taking without just compensation of Starr's ownership interest in AIG. Starr seeks $40 billion in damages.

The Government asserted that AIG entered int... More...
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United States of America v. Nathan R. Garber

Bismarck, ND - Operator of Saltwater Disposal Well Pleads Guilty to Multiple Felony Charges in Connection with Operation of the Well

Nathan R. Garber, 45, of Kalispell, Montana, pleaded guilty in federal court in Bismarck to eleven felony charges stemming from the operation of a saltwater disposal well near Dickinson, in Stark County, North Dakota, the Justice Department announced.
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Kevin D. Blakemore v. Magnum Construction, Inc. and American Crane

Tulsa, OK - Kevin D. Blakemore v. Magnum Construction, Inc. and American Crane and Erection Service, Inc. on strict products liability and negligence theories.

The Statement of the Case read to the jury after closing arguments in this is set forth below:

The parties to this case are the Plaintiff, Kevin D. Blakemore and the Defendant, Magnum Construction, Inc.
Both parties ag... More...
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King Mountain Tobacco Company, Inc. v. Robert McKenna

King Mountain Tobacco Company and the Confederated
Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation (collectively
“Appellants”) sued the Attorney General of the State of
Washington for declaratory and injunctive relief from
Washington’s escrow statute, Wash. Rev. Code
§§ 70.157.005–70.157.030 (2013). The escrow statute
requires King Mountain to place money into escrow... More...
   $0 (09-26-2014 - WA)

Jeffrey Cooper v. Lavely & Singer

In the underlying arbitration proceeding, the arbitrator initially issued a “Final Award” denying a request for an award of attorney fees by respondent Lavely & Singer Professional Corporation (L & S). The arbitrator later modified the Final Award to include a fee award, and issued a “Revised Final Award.” Appellant Jeffrey Cooper challenges the trial court’s confirmation of the Revised ... More...   $0 (09-26-2014 - CA)

The People v. Jimmie L. Doss, Jr.

Defendant Jimmie L. Doss, Jr. appeals from a judgment entered after a jury convicted him of assault with a deadly weapon and battery. The sole issue on appeal is whether the trial court applied an incorrect legal standard in revoking Doss’s right to represent himself under Faretta v. California (1975) 422 U.S. 806 (Faretta).1 We conclude that the trial court applied an incorrect standard, and we... More...   $0 (09-26-2014 - CA)

Hanh Nguyen v. Western Digital Corporation

In this case, we determine which statute of limitations applies to an action alleging pre-birth injuries due to exposure to hazardous materials or toxic substances that occurred more than 20 years ago. Plaintiff Hanh Nguyen (sometimes Plaintiff) contends that such claims are subject to the two-year limitations period in Code of Civil Procedure section 340.8 for actions “for injury or illness bas... More...   $0 (09-25-2014 - CA)

Kings River Trail Association, Inc. v. Pinehurst Trail Holdings, L.L.C.

property on which golf courses and undeveloped acreage were located, on one side, and owners of nearby homes and two homeowners’ associations on the other side. In the appeal by the homeowners’ associations, we address whether the trial court erred in granting summary judgment as to the associations’ claims that they adversely possessed certain biking and hiking trails. We also determine whe... More...   $0 (09-25-2014 - TX)

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