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Juan Gonzales v. Wayne Bill Lew

Code of Civil Procedure section 9981 is a cost-shifting
statute designed to encourage parties to settle their lawsuits
prior to trial by punishing a party that refuses a reasonable
settlement offer. In order to trigger section 998, a settlement offer
must be clear, in that it must allow the party receiving the offer
to evaluate whether the party making the offer is likely to ob... More...
   $0 (02-03-2018 - CA)

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)

Anthony Knight v. State University of New York at Stony Brook Eastern District of New York Courthouse - Brooklyn, New York

Plaintiff Anthony Knight, an African‐American electrician, sued Defendant
State University of New York at Stony Brook (“Stony Brook”) for discrimination
and retaliation, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C.
3
§ 2000e et seq., when it terminated Knight’s employment after he reported racist
graffiti in a bathroom located at his worksite. At t... More...
   $0 (02-01-2018 - NY)

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)

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)

Karl Allred v. Eli D. Bebout, et al. Laramie County Courthouse - Cheyenne, Wyoming

[¶1] Two Wyoming citizens sought to challenge legislation that authorized two
construction projects while maintaining a degree of legislative control which the citizens
contend violate the Wyoming Constitution. They also alleged a pattern of letting state
contracts without competitive bidding or required safeguards, contrary to the Wyoming
Constitution and laws. They sought to amen... More...
   $0 (01-30-2018 - WY)

Ernesto Luevano v. The Industrial Commission of Arizona, Elpidio Vega Rangel

¶1 This is a special action review of an Industrial Commission of
Arizona (“ICA”) award and decision upon administrative review finding
Claimant’s injury to be work-related, and thus, a compensable claim. Two
issues are presented on appeal: (1) whether the respondent employee’s
(“Claimant”) injury arose out of and in the course of his employment; and
(2) whether the administrat... More...
   $0 (01-30-2018 - AZ)

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA v. ARMOND DEVEGA

On 17 November 2008, a Wake County Grand Jury indicted Defendant for two
counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, and nine
counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. After considering several pre-trial
motions, the Wake County Superior Court called Defendant’s case for trial on 24
February 2014. The State called over ninety witnesses. The fo... More...
   $0 (01-30-2018 - NC)

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)

United States of America v. Daniel Michael Twohearts District of North Dakota Federal Courtroom - Fargo, North Dakota

Columbus, OH - Fort Totten Man Sentenced on Firearms Charges

DANIEL MICHAEL TWOHEARTS, age 24, of Fort Totten, ND, was sentenced before Circuit Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson (sitting by designation), on drug trafficking and firearms charges, specifically: Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Convicted Felon; Possession of a Stolen Firearm; Possession with Intent to Distribute a Con... More...
   $0 (01-29-2018 - ND)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Julie Peffer and Jesse Peffer v. Mike Stephens Western District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Grand Rapids, Michigan

This appeal requires us to determine the extent of the
Fourth Amendment’s requirements for an affidavit supporting a warrant to search the residence
of an individual suspected of committing a crime involving the use of a computer.
That issue figures prominently in Plaintiffs Julie and Jesse Peffer’s appeal of the district
court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Defendant Mike... More...
   $0 (01-26-2018 - MI)

United States of America v. Susan Michelle Tyson Western District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK - Yukon Woman Sentenced to 36 Months in Prison for Stealing Over $450,000 From Union’s Welfare Fund

Susan Michelle Tyson, 51, of Yukon, Oklahoma, has been sentenced to 36 months in federal prison for stealing $467,352.43 from the Oklahoma Operating Engineers Welfare Plan, announced Robert J. Troester, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.More...
   $0 (01-25-2018 - OK)

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. Peter Zuccarelli Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Sherman, Texas

Sherman, TX - TEXAS MAN SENTENCED FOR CONSPIRING TO ILLEGALLY EXPORT RADIATION HARDENED INTEGRATED CIRCUITS TO RUSSIA AND CHINA

Peter Zuccarelli, 62, of Plano, Texas was sentenced on January 24, 2018 to 46 months in prison for conspiring to smuggle and illegally export from the U.S. in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), radiation hardened integrated circ... More...
   $50000 (01-25-2018 - TX)

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. Lindsey Johnson Southern District of Mississippi - Federal Courthouse - Jackson, Mississippi

In this appeal, Defendant Lindsey Johnson raises several challenges to his conviction and sentence for carjacking and two related firearm offenses. We affirm in full but remand for the district court to correct a clerical error in its judgment.
I.
On the afternoon of August 2, 2015, Johnson encountered Jeremy McNeal at an apartment complex in Jackson, Mississippi. The two men’s accounts of... More...
   $0 (01-25-2018 - MS)

United States of America v. Sinovel Wind Group Co., Ltd.et al. Western District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, WI - Chinese Company Sinovel Wind Group Convicted of Theft of Trade Secrets

A manufacturer and exporter of wind turbines based in the People’s Republic of China was convicted on January 24, 2018 of stealing trade secrets from AMSC, a U.S.-based company formerly known as American Superconductor Inc..

Following an 11-day trial, a jury sitting in Madison, Wisconsin, convic... More...
   $0 (01-25-2018 - WI)

Land Partners, LLC v. County of Orange Orange County California Courthouse - Santa Ana, California

In this taxpayer refund action, Land Partners, LLC, and Los Alisos Ranch
Company (collectively, Land Partners) appeal from a postjudgment order denying their
motion for attorney fees brought pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code section 5152.
1

Although the court had found the County of Orange Assessor (Assessor) used a
constitutionally invalid methodology in valuing Land ... More...
   $0 (01-25-2018 - CA)

Lisa Demaree v. Laura Pederson; Amy Van Ness District of Arizona Federal Courthouse - Phoenix, Arizona

As this court has stated repeatedly, families have a “wellelaborated
constitutional right to live together without
governmental interference.” Wallis v. Spencer, 202 F.3d
1126, 1136 (9th Cir. 2000); accord Kirkpatrick v. Cty. of
Washoe, 843 F.3d 784, 789 (9th Cir. 2016) (en banc); Burke
v. Cty. of Alameda, 586 F.3d 725, 731 (9th Cir. 2009); Rogers
v. Cty. of San Joaquin, 48... More...
   $0 (01-23-2018 - AZ)

United States of America v. Xu Jiaqiang Federal Courthouse - New York, New York

White Plains, NY - Xu Jiaqiang was sentenced January 19, 2018 to five years in prison for economic espionage and theft of a trade secret, in connection with XU’s theft of proprietary source code from XU’s former employer, with the intent to benefit the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China. XU previously pled guilty to all six counts with which he was ch... More...   $0 (01-23-2018 - )

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