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United States of America v. Jean Germain and Richekad Jean Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Two Palm Beach County Residents Sentenced to Prison for Identity Theft Scheme

Jean Germain, 24, of West Palm Beach, was sentenced to 134 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,129,809. Richekad Jean, 26, of Belle Glade, was sentenced to 57 months in prison, to be followed by three years of s... More...
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United States of America v. Masoniek Stinfort, Eric L. Clemons, Jr. James Craig and Robert Nero Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Four Defendants Sentenced for Participating in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

Four defendants were sentenced for their participation in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), ... More...
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United States of America v. Greg Takesian District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - Florida CPA Sentenced for Tax Fraud

A Florida man was sentenced February 8, 2018 in federal court in Boston for multiple counts of tax fraud and obstructing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Greg Takesian, 54, of Miami, Fla., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to two years in prison and one year of supervised release, and he was ordered to... 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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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)

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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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)

Annie Rayman v. Abbott Amubulance, Inc. St. Louis City Courthouse - City of St. Louis, Missoui

Annie Rayman (“Rayman”) appeals from the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in
favor of Abbott Ambulance, Inc. (“Abbott”) on her negligence claim. Rayman sued Abbott for
damages that resulted from an automobile collision between Rayman and a third party. The trial
court granted Abbott’s motion for summary judgment, finding that Abbott did not owe Rayman a
duty of care and that... More...
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State of Missouri v. Vicki Leann Gilmore St. Clair County Courthouse - Osceola, Missouri

Vicki Gilmore appeals her conviction of the class C felony of possession of a
controlled substance, arguing insufficient evidence supports her conviction. Following a
jury trial, Gilmore was found guilty and sentenced to seven years in prison. The circuit
court suspended the execution of the sentence and placed her on probation for five years.
Because there was insufficient evidenc... More...
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Donald Morgan v. Michael Robinson District of Nebraska Federal Courthouse - Lincoln, Nebraska

After Donald Morgan ran against his boss Michael Robinson, the incumbent
sheriff, in a primary election, Robinson terminated Morgan’s employment as a deputy
with the Washington County, Nebraska Sheriff’s Office for statements Morgan made
during the campaign. Morgan then brought this First Amendment retaliation action
under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and Robinson moved for summary judgment o... More...
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United States of America v. Mark Arlin Hammerschmidt District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mark Arlin Hammerschmidt (Mark) pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy
to defraud the United States in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 286 and was sentenced to 135
months’ imprisonment. Ornella Angelina Hammerschmidt (Ornella) pleaded guilty
to one count of making false claims for refunds in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 287 and
was sentenced to 48 months’ imprisonment. The Hammerschmidts ... More...
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United States v. James Joseph Thompson Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals 918-582-6422

Following an August 2016 jury trial, James Thompson was convicted of
possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in violation of 21 U.S.C.
1The Honorable Richard W. Goldberg, Judge for the United States Court of
International Trade, sitting by designation.
§ 841(a)(1). Thompson appeals his conviction. For the reasons set forth below, we
affirm.
I. Background... More...
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Larry Gene Burks v. Wendy Kelley, Director, Arkansas Department of Corrections Easter District of Arkansas Federal Courthouse - Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Larry Burks was convicted of rape in Arkansas and sentenced to thirty years in
prison. When Burks, more than five years later, petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus
under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, there was a dispute about whether the petition was timely.
The district court determined that the one-year statute of limitations should be
equitably tolled and deemed Burks’s petition timely. T... More...
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United States of America v. George Pate, Cookie G. Pate Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

George and Cookie Pate appeal the district court’s2 enforcement of summonses
issued by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) in April 2015. The summonses
directed the Pates to provide testimony regarding alleged tax deficiencies. The Pates
appeared before IRS Officer Mark Boston and invoked the Fifth Amendment
privilege in response to every question, including questions about their ... More...
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Henry Mu v. Omni Hotels Management Corporation, a/k/a Omni Hotels District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

During the early hours of
August 24, 2014, an unidentified group of individuals assaulted
Appellant Henry Mu ("Mu") in the lobby of the Omni Providence Hotel
(the "Hotel"), which Appellee Omni Hotels Management Corporation
("Omni") operates. Mu sued Omni for negligence. The district
court granted summary judgment to Omni, finding Mu's claims
deficient with respect to three ... More...
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United States of America v. Deangelo Anderson Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

On September 23, 2014, a grand jury
returned a five-count indictment against Deangelo Anderson,
charging him in counts one and two with armed robbery of a
bank and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of
violence (i.e. the bank robbery), and in counts three, four and
2 No. 16-3112
five with unlawful possession of a firearm as a felon, possession
of crack coca... More...
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United States of America v. Andre Bernard Eastern District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Tampa, FL - New York Man Sentenced to 87 Months for Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme

Andre Bernard, 65, of Mount Kisco, NY was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, making false statements related to the Clean Air Act, and his participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel cre... More...
   $0 (02-06-2018 - FL)

United States of America v. Sylvia Rebecca Smith Western District of Kentucky Federal Courthouse - Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, KY - Former CFO Of Insurance Brokerage Company Sentenced To 37 Months In Prison And Agreed To Pay $674,093 In Restitution For Embezzlement And Tax Evasion

Money supported a family owned business, personal expenses and gambling activity

The former Chief Financial Officer of Market Finders Insurance Corporation was sentenced on February 5, 2018 in United States District... More...
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United States of America v. Talman Harri Northern District of Ohio Courthouse - Cleveland, Ohio

Talman Harris appeals his criminal convictions and sentences,
arguing that the district court erred by: (1) barring Harris from impeaching a government
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witness; (2) admitting government summary evidence; (3) giving an inaccurate jury instruction
with regard to a stockbroker’s fiduciary duties; and (4) failing to investigate potential... More...
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Charles J. Trois v. Apple Tree Auction Center, Inc.; Samuel Schnaidt Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

This appeal presents issues of personal jurisdiction and venue. A Texas citizen sued Ohio citizens in a Texas court based on two distinct claims: first, breach of a contract executed and performed in Ohio; and second, fraudulent misrepresentation made during a conference call from Ohio to Texas. The question thus before us is whether the Texas court may properly assert personal jurisdiction over t... More...   $0 (02-05-2018 - TX)

Captain Manjit Sangha v. Navig8 Shipmanagement Private Limited Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Plaintiff-Appellant Captain Manjit Sangha (“Cpt. Sangha”) challenges both the district court’s grant of Defendant-Appellee Navig8 Ship Management Private Limited’s (“Navig8”) motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and for forum non conveniens, and the denial of his motion to remand. We conclude that the district court did not err in dismissing Cpt. Sangha’s claims and therefore AFFIRM... More...   $0 (02-05-2018 - TX)

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