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Linde, et al. v. Arab Bank, P.C. Eastern District of New York Courthouse - Brooklyn, New York

The sixteen named plaintiffs on this consolidated appeal are
victims, or the relatives of victims, of three terrorist attacks
perpetrated in Israel by Hamas between March 2002 and June 2003.
Together with hundreds of other alleged victims and the surviving
relatives of victims of alleged Hamas attacks, the named plaintiffs
commenced actions in the United States District Court f... More...
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Keith Hancock, Tamera Thomas and Jason Dessingue v. The County of Rensselaer, Jack Mahar, Elaine Young, David Hetman Northern District of New York Federal Courthouse - Syracuse, NY

7 Appellants were employees of the Rensselaer County Jail. Their medical
8 records were secretly accessed without their permission by at least one other
9 employee at the Jail. They sued in the United States District Court for the
10 Northern District of New York, alleging violations of their right to privacy in
11 health information under the Fourteenth Amendment and of the Comput... More...
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Today's Fresh Start Charter School v. Inglewood Unified School District

Under the Education Code, in order to add a new charter
location, an established charter school must obtain approval in
the form of a material revision from the authority that granted
its charter. (Ed. Code, § 47605, subd. (a)(4).)1 Today’s Fresh
Start Charter School (Today’s Fresh Start), the appellant in this
appeal, sought both this approval and renewal of its charter in
... More...
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Franklin Grammer, Jr. v. M. Sauers, Warden, Ellsworth Correctional Facility; Attorney General of Kansas District of Kansas Courthouse - Kansas City, Kansas

In June 2009, Franklin L. Grammer, Jr., killed his ex-wife, Betty Grammer
(Betty). On that day, she was painting a house in Johnson County, Kansas, with Jeff
Robinson and Samuel Shanks. Grammer walked up to her, put her in a headlock, and
shot her in the head. He then walked across the front yard of the residence holding the
gun in a ready position apparently looking for Robinson a... More...
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Thomas Boettcher; Pamelia Vennerberg v. Conoco Phillips, CO.; Phillips 66, CO. Western District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Plaintiffs-Appellants Thomas Boettcher and Pamelia Vennerberg (the
“Boettchers”) appeal from the district court’s order granting the motion to dismiss
filed by Defendants-Appellees ConocoPhillips Company and Phillips 66 Company
(collectively “ConocoPhillips”). The amended complaint alleged that Mr.
Boettcher’s cancer was caused by exposure to emissions from ConocoPhillips’s
ref... More...
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Moira E. Teixeira v. Town of Coventry District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

The McDonnell Douglas framework,
see McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, 411 U.S. 792, 802-804 (1973),
has proven to be a useful tool in the adjudication of pretrial
motions (especially at the summary judgment stage) in
discrimination and retaliation cases. See, e.g., Burns v. Johnson,
829 F.3d 1, 8 (1st Cir. 2016) (discrimination); Henry v. United
Bank, 686 F.3d 50, 55 (1st ... More...
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Carol Diane Cooper and John Scott Cooper v. Alyssa Jane D'Amore, f/k/a Alyssa J. Cooper District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

In 2003, Peter M. Cooper, Jr.
("decedent") established an Individual Retirement Account ("IRA")
with Mesirow Financial ("Mesirow IRA"), and designated his then
wife, Alyssa Jane D'Amore ("D'Amore"), as beneficiary. In 2006,
the couple divorced, but decedent never revoked the beneficiary
designation. In 2011, decedent transferred the majority of his
Mesirow IRA assets to a T... More...
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Solas Industrial Innovation, LLc v. The Superior Court of Orange County, The People, Real Party in Interest

The Orange County District Attorney brought an action for civil penalties
under this state’s unfair competition law (UCL; Bus. & Prof. Code, § 17200) and
fair advertising law (FAL; id., § 17500) against an employer. The action alleged
the employer violated workplace safety standards established by the state
occupational safety and health law (Cal/OSHA; Lab. Code, § 6300 et seq.) an... More...
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Dennis Godelia v. Zoll Services, LLC Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Dennis Godelia and Sterling Youmas appeal the District Court’s dismissal of their case against ZOLL Services, LLC (“ZOLL”), which brought seven claims under Florida law. Mr. Godelia is suing individually and as the personal representative of the estate of Debra Godelia, who was his wife. Mr. Youmas was Ms. Godelia’s son. Ms. Godelia went into cardiac arrest while wearing an external defibrillator ... More...   $0 (02-11-2018 - FL)

Alvin Doe v. Xavier Becerra, as Attorney General, etc.

This case involves a challenge to the California Department of Justice’s (DOJ)
policy that individuals who possess a federal license to collect “curio and relic” firearms
cannot, by virtue of possessing that license, purchase more than one non-curio or relic
handgun in a 30-day period. DOJ’s position is based on an interpretation of Penal Code
section 27535,
1 which both limits... More...
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Brande Lee Samuels v. Ryan McDonald, Robert Nigh, Steve Kunzeiler, Isaac Shields, Stuart Southerland Northern District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse Tulsa, Oklahoma

Brande Lee Samuels appeals the district court’s dismissal of his amended
complaint that alleged claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against three Tulsa County public
defenders and two prosecutors with the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office. The
court dismissed the amended complaint without prejudice under 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii) for failure to state a claim. It granted Mr. Sam... More...
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Estate of Betty Lou McDermed v. Ford Motor Company District of Kansas Courthouse - Kansas City, Kansas

The estate of Betty McDermed, by and through its representative Diane
McDermed, along with Betty McDermed’s children, Paul McDermed and Georgia
Iocco (collectively “the McDermeds”), brought a product liability action against the
Ford Motor Company (“Ford”) following Betty McDermed’s death in a car accident.
After Ford filed two motions to exclude the McDermeds’ expert witnesses
... More...
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Alejandro Menocal, et al. v. National Advocacy Center of The Sisters of the Good Shepherd, et al. District of Colorado Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

This appeal addresses whether immigration detainees housed in a private contract
detention facility in Aurora, Colorado (the “Aurora Facility”) may bring claims as a class
under (1) 18 U.S.C. § 1589, a provision of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (the
“TVPA”) that prohibits forced labor; and (2) Colorado unjust enrichment law.
The GEO Group, Inc. (“GEO”) owns and operates th... More...
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Timothy Redmond v. Scott Crowther District of Utah Federal Courthouse - Salt Lake City, Utah

This appeal arises from prison officials’ attempt to gain control over an
agitated prisoner who refused to obey their orders, locked himself in the prison’s
outdoor recreation yard, and threatened prison officials. To subdue the prisoner,
prison officials decided to drop CS gas, a commonly used tear gas, into the
recreation yard.
The plan went awry. The recreation yard containe... More...
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Brian Newton v. Parker Drilling Management Services, Ltd. Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

This case presents the novel question whether claims
under state wage and hour laws may be brought by workers
employed on drilling platforms fixed on the outer Continental
Shelf. Brian Newton worked on such a platform off the coast
of Santa Barbara. His shifts lasted fourteen days and he
regularly worked twelve hours per day. After Parker Drilling
(“Parker”) terminated him,... More...
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Dalia Rojas v. HSBC Card Services, Inc.

APPEAL from a judgment of the Superior Court of San Diego County, Earl H.
Maas III, Judge. Reversed and remanded with directions.

In the underlying operative complaint, plaintiff Dalia Rojas pleaded two causes of
action against defendants HSBC Card Services Inc. and HSBC Technology & Services
(USA) Inc. (together HSBC) based on HSBC's alleged violations of Rojas's right toMore...
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Eric Greene, a/k/a Jarmaine Q. Trice Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Eric Greene appeals from the denial of his motion to vacate the final judgment entered against him in his habeas corpus challenge to the validity of his 1996 state court conviction on charges of second degree murder, robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery. At the core of this appeal is whether the failure to properly present to the state courts a claim that Greene’s direct appeal counsel was in... More...   $0 (02-09-2018 - PA)

Janelle Perez v. City of Roseville, et al. Eastern District of California Federal Courthouse - Sacramento, California

We are confronted in this case with the ongoing and difficult constitutional question of how much control the government can force individuals to cede over their private lives in exchange for the privilege of serving the public by means of government employment. To be sure, private citizens often must sacrifice some individual freedom as a condition of their employment by the State, but “a citizen... More...   $0 (02-09-2018 - CA)

United States v. Jesus Sotelo-Valdovinos District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Eduardo Penaloza-Romero was a leader of a drug trafficking organization that
transported methamphetamine from California and distributed it in Minneapolis and
St. Paul, Minnesota. Jesus Sotelo-Valdovinos assisted by arranging a delivery of
methamphetamine from California to Minnesota and encouraging more trafficking
after the driver was arrested. Penaloza-Romero and Sotelo-Valdovin... More...
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Sonny Low v. Trump University, LLC, ak/a Trump Entrepreneur Initiative and Donald Trump Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

Trump University, now defunct, was a for-profit entity that purported to teach Donald J. Trump’s “secrets of success” in the real estate industry. During the 2016 presidential election, Trump University and Trump were defendants in three lawsuits alleging fraud and violations of various state and federal laws: two class actions in the Southern District of California, and a suit by the New York Att... More...   $0 (02-09-2018 - CA)

Maria J. Barahona, et al. v. Union Pacific Railroad Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

For more than half a century, the Union Pacific Railroad
(“Union Pacific”) has leased land under 1,800 miles of its
right of way to Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines, L.P. (“SFPP”),
which uses the land for a petroleum pipeline. In a suit by
landowners challenging Union Pacific’s ability to lease the
land, the district court held that (1) the acts of Congress
conferring the right o... More...
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Seanlim Yith and Seak Leang Yith v. Kristen Nielsen, et al. Eastern District of California Federal Courthouse - Fresno, California

Seanlim and Seak Leang Yith appeal from the district
court’s dismissal of their complaint requesting adjudication
of their naturalization applications pursuant to 8 U.S.C.
§ 1447(b). Relying on 8 U.S.C. § 1429, the district court
concluded that the Yiths were precluded from obtaining any
relief because they were concurrently in removal proceedings.
See 8 U.S.C. § 1429 (prov... More...
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Juan D. Vega, Jr. v. United States of America, et al. Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Juan Vega, Jr. was transferred from federal prison to a Seattle non-profit residential reentry center to complete the remainder of his prison sentence. There, he alleged that federal and private employees conspired to remove him from the halfway house known as Pioneer House, ostensibly based on his race and for asserting his First Amendment rights, by filing a false incident report. After his retu... More...   $0 (02-09-2018 - WA)

San Francisco Apartment Association v. City and County of San Francisco

We must determine whether a San Francisco city
ordinance limiting the rights of landlords to commence and
conduct buyout negotiations is consistent with the federal
and state constitutions. We do not, as we must not, evaluate
the policy merits of the ordinance. Appellants—an
individual property owner and several organizations that
represent landlords’ interests in San Franc... More...
   $0 (02-09-2018 - CA)

Clayton Douglas v. Serenivision, Inc.

There is a “strong presumption that courts should
determine the jurisdiction of arbitrators.” (Sandquist v. Lebo
Automotive, Inc. (2016) 1 Cal.5th 233, 249 (Sandquist).) Parties
may nevertheless agree to let an arbitrator decide his or her own
jurisdiction, at least if their agreement to do so is “‘clear[] and
unmistakabl[e].’” (Howsam v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. (2002)
5... More...
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