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W.S. v. S.T.

In 2014, appellant W.S. filed a petition to establish a parental relationship with his
daughter (daughter). W.S. alleged he was daughter’s biological father. He claimed he
had a relationship with S.T., daughter’s mother, while she was married to her husband,
Martin T. W.S. requested joint legal and physical custody, equal time visitation, and
mediation to work out a parenting plan.... More...
   $0 (02-02-2018 - CA)

Lori Franchina v. City of Providence District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

Sticks and stones may break
some bones, but harassment can hurt forever. "Cunt," "bitch,"
"lesbo": all are but a smattering of the vile verbal assaults the
plaintiff in this gender discrimination case, Lori Franchina, a
former lieutenant firefighter, was regularly subjected to by
members of the Providence Fire Department ("the Department"). She
was also spit on, shoved, and... More...
   $0 (02-01-2018 - RI)

Douglas Ossanna v. Nike, Inc. Oregon Supreme Court Building - Eugene, Oregon

Plaintiff is a licensed electrician who previously
worked for defendant, Nike, Inc., in its maintenance department.
Defendant fired plaintiff after he used one of defendant’s
on-site basketball courts at a prohibited time. In
response, plaintiff sued defendant for, among other things,
statutory safety complaint and whistleblower retaliation.
Plaintiff alleged that defendant... More...
   $0 (01-31-2018 - OR)

James Smith, Sr. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al. Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

This is an Engle progeny case1 brought by plaintiff James Smith, Sr. against defendant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (“Defendant”) to recover damages based on the death of his wife, Wanette Smith, from tobacco-related diseases caused by Mrs. Smith’s decades-long history of smoking Defendant’s cigarettes. We face only one issue:2 whether the district court should have reduced the jury’s compensatory da... More...   $0 (01-31-2018 - FL)

Philip Marsteller and Robert Swisher v. Lynn Tilton, Patriarch Partners, LLC, MD Helicopters, Inc., Norbert Vergez Northern District of Alabama Federal Courthouse - Birmingham, Alabama

Relators Philip Marsteller and Robert Swisher brought this action against
their former employer, MD Helicopters (“MD”), and codefendants Patriarch
Partners (“Patriarch”), Lynn Tilton, and Colonel Norbert Vergez, under the qui tam
provision of the False Claims Act (“FCA” or “Act”), 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729–30.1 The
allegations of the complaint concern a series of contracts between the Unit... More...
   $0 (01-31-2018 - AL)

Tammy Gutierrez v. CarMax Auto Superstores California Kern County Courthouse - Bakersfield, California

Tammy Gutierrez sued defendant CarMax Auto Superstores California,
LLC (CarMax) alleging breaches of express and implied warranties, intentional and
negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract, unfair competition under Business and
Professions Code section 17200 (UCL), and a violation of the Consumer Legal Remedies
Act (CLRA; Civ. Code, § 1750 et seq.). CarMax demurred to Gutie... More...
   $0 (01-31-2018 - CA)

Proctor Andrew Young v. City of Idabel; Mayor Tina Foshee-Thomas Eastern District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Muskogee Oklahoma

Proctor Andrew Young was the fire chief of Idabel, Oklahoma for five
years. In 2013, he was fired for allegedly breaking municipal personnel policies.
Mr. Young sued the City of Idabel and Mayor Tina Foshee-Thomas, arguing that
they ignored a hostile work environment and fired him because of his race. He
also claimed that Ms. Foshee-Thomas withheld exculpatory information during a<... More...
   $0 (01-30-2018 - OK)

Leonid Goncharov v. UBER Technologies, Inc.

Plaintiffs Leonid Goncharov, Mohammed Eddine, Alan Freberg, Trevor Johnson,
Peter Kirby, and Jeremy Watt filed a putative class action lawsuit against Uber
Technologies, Inc. (Uber) for providing unlicensed transportation services that
appropriated passengers and income from licensed taxicab drivers. In the second
amended complaint (SAC), plaintiffs alleged Uber failed to comply wi... More...
   $0 (01-30-2018 - CA)

California Self-Insurers'Security Fund v. The Superior Court of Orange County, Ativcare Living, Real Parties in Interest

Petitioners California Self-Insurers’ Security Fund (the Fund) and Nixon
Peabody LLP (Nixon Peabody or the firm) seek a writ of mandate directing the trial court
to vacate its order disqualifying Nixon Peabody from representing the Fund in the instant
case. Petitioners argue the trial court mistakenly believed it was compelled by law to
disqualify the firm; the court instead should... More...
   $0 (01-29-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. William Ike Libby, Jr. District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Defendant William Ike Libby, Jr. pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1), 924(e). Previously, Libby had been convicted of three separate offenses: first degree aggravated robbery and second degree assault in October 1997, and second degree drug sale in January 2010.
1The Honorable Richard W. Goldberg, Senior Judge, United States Court o... More...
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State of Wisconsin v. Anton R. Dorsey Anton R Dorsey - Registered Sex Offender

In a criminal action by the State, Dorsey was charged
with four crimes relating to his domestic violence toward his
then-girlfriend, C.B.: one count of strangulation and 1 The Honorable Paul J. Lenz presided.
No. 2015AP648-CR

2

suffocation under Wis. Stat. § 940.235(1) (2013-14)2;3 one count
of misdemeanor... More...
   $0 (01-27-2018 - WI)

State of Minnesota vs. Jamil Joshua Eason

In 2012, the State charged Jamil Joshua Eason with first-degree felony murder,
Minn. Stat. § 609.185(a)(3) (2016); and second-degree intentional murder, Minn. Stat.
§ 609.19, subd. 1 (2016). The parties exchanged several plea offers before trial, but failed
to reach an agreement.
At trial, the State presented physical evidence linking Eason to the crime, and
testimony fro... More...
   $0 (01-27-2018 - MN)

United States of America v. Ricky Olson Western District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Madison, Wisconsin

We do not know whether Ricky Olson entered a voluntary and intelligent guilty plea on September 9, 2016, because the district court never asked the right questions. Several weeks earlier, the court had granted Olson’s motion to withdraw his guilty plea and to proceed to trial. But matters did not rest there. Instead, on September 9 the district court brought the motion to withdraw the guilty
2... More...
   $0 (01-27-2018 - WI)

Natasha Mueller and SCoot Mueller v. Apple Leisure Corporation d/b/a Apple Leisure Group, Apple Vacations, L.L.C., AM Resorts, LLC and Am Resorts, L.P. Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Natasha Mueller suffered a severe bout of food poisoning after she was served contaminated fish at a resort in the Dominican Republic while on her honeymoon. She and her husband sued several affiliated companies that sold and managed their vacation package. They filed their suit in federal court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, where they live and purchased their trip. The vacation contract, ... More...   $0 (01-27-2018 - WI)

John Murphy v. Millard Farmer Northern District of Georgia Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, GA - Jury Finds In Favor of Plaintiff In Racketeering Case

John Murphy, a former Columbus mortage banker and financial planner, sued Atlanta attorney Millard Farmer on a RICO theory claiming that the defendant operated a racketerring enterprise, attempted theft by extortion, attempted bribery, intimidation of a court office, influencing witnesses, interstate travel in aid of rac... More...
   $0 (01-27-2018 - GA)

SMS Financial XXIII, LLC v. Cornerstone Title Company

A bank made a business loan that was guaranteed by the principals of the business
and secured by a deed of trust on property the principals owned. Years later, the bank
assigned the note and deed of trust to plaintiff SMS Financial XXIII, LLC (SMS). After
the borrower defaulted on payment, SMS undertook preparations to foreclose on the deed
of trust and in the process discovered th... More...
   $0 (01-27-2018 - CA)

Ron Devor Barrett v. The State of Texas Texas Twelfth District Court of Appeals

On or about October 16, 2015, Appellant was scheduled to meet Tiffany Pinkerton so that she could return his vehicle to him. Pinkerton had been borrowing the vehicle for several months after Appellant offered the vehicle to Pinkerton for traveling to and from work and taking their son to doctor’s appointments. He later asked her to return the vehicle. When Pinkerton arrived on October 16, she ex... More...   $0 (01-26-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Arthur Rathburn Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, MI - Grosse Pointe Park Man Convicted in Fraud Scheme Involving Distribution of Infectious Human Remains

A Grosse Pointe Park resident was convicted today by a jury on charges of wire fraud, transportation of hazardous material, and false statements in a scheme involving the distribution of body parts, some that tested positive for diseases, including HIV and hepatitis, announced... More...
   $0 (01-26-2018 - MI)

David Pittington v. Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud, L.L.C. Eastern District of Tennessee - Federal Courthouse - Knoxville, Tennessee

Plaintiffs who successfully prove that they
were fired in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) are
presumptively entitled to back pay for the amount they would have earned had they not been
unlawfully terminated. Such awards are intended to compensate fully plaintiffs for the wrongs
that they suffered. For the same reason, an award of prejudgment int... More...
   $0 (01-26-2018 - TN)

Keith Crabbs v. Zach Scott Southern District of Ohio Federal Courthouse - Columbus, Ohio

Keith Crabbs filed a § 1983 claim alleging that the local police violated his Fourth (and Fourteenth) Amendment right to be secure from unreasonable searches. But he died before the case could be resolved. Anne Crabbs, Keith’s mother and the personal representative of his estate, filed a motion to substitute as a party. The district court found that Keith’s death extinguished his claim and dismiss... More...   $0 (01-26-2018 - OH)

Liberty Coins, L.L.C. v. David Goodman Southern District of Ohio Federal Courthouse - Columbus, Ohio

Plaintiffs Liberty Coins, LLC, and Worthington Jewelers,
Ltd., bring facial and as-applied Fourth Amendment challenges to four warrantless search
provisions in Ohio’s Precious Metals Dealers Act and the accompanying regulations: O.R.C.
§§ 4728.05(A), 4728.06, 4728.07, and Ohio Admin. Code § 1301:8-6-03(D). These laws equip
state agents and local law enforcement with the authority t... More...
   $0 (01-26-2018 - OH)

Keith Saunders v. Fort Motor Company; Jeff Marzina; Karen Morrison Western District of Kentucky Federal Courthouse - Louisville, Kentucky

This case involves claims by Keith Saunders
against his employer, Ford Motor Company, under both § 301 of the Labor Management
Relations Act (LMRA), 29 U.S.C. § 185, and Kentucky law. Saunders contends that Ford
breached the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA) by twice placing him on
temporary leave—known as no-work-available (NWA) status—and that his local union breac... More...
   $0 (01-26-2018 - KY)

Toll Processing Services, LLC v. Kastalon, Inc. and Pastalon Polyurethane Products Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Toll Processing Services, LLC (“Toll Processing”) appeals from the district court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of Kastalon, Inc. and Kastalon
* The Honorable Pamela Pepper, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, sitting by designation.
2 No. 15-3187
Polyurethane Products (collectively, “Kastalon”) on Toll Processing’s conversion and negligence... More...
   $0 (01-25-2018 - IL)

United States of America v. Willie Thompson Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth, TX - Haltom’s Jeweler Robber Sentenced to 262 Months in Federal Prison

Willie Thompson, Jr., 53, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was sentenced on January 25, 2018 by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to serve a total of 262 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in August 2017 to his role in the conspiracy to rob Haltom’s Jewelers in Grapevine, announced U.S. Attor... More...
   $0 (01-25-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Kenneth E. Fairley Southern District of Mississippi - Federal Courthouse - Jackson, Mississippi

Appellant-Defendant Kenneth Fairley appeals his jury conviction for theft of government property in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 641 (counts two and three) and conspiracy to commit theft of government property in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371 (count one). Fairley argues that: (1) the indictment, jury instruction, and verdict form all misstated the elements of § 641; (2) the district court erroneously a... More...   $0 (01-25-2018 - MS)

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