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Michelle Tatis v. Allied Interstate, LLC District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

This appeal arises under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or Act). The question presented is whether a collection letter sent to collect a time-barred debt that makes a “settlement offer” to accept payment “in settlement of” the debt could violate the Act’s general prohibition against “any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any... More...   $0 (02-23-2018 - NJ)

United States of America v. Mimo International Imports and Exports, Inc. Eastern District of New York Courthouse - Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, NY - Panamanian Company Pleads Guilty to Bribing Soccer Official

Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Mimo International Imports and Exports, Inc. (Mimo) pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy in connection with its agreement to pay a $500,000 bribe to Eduardo Li, who was president of the Costa Rican soccer federation (FEDEFUT) at the time of the bribe. Mimo, which is ... More...
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United States of America v. Sajmir Alimenmeti, a/k/a "Abdul Qawii" Southern District of New York - New York, New York

New York, NY - Bronx Man Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court To Attempting To Provide Material Support To ISIS And Passport Fraud In Furtherance Of Terrorism
Sajmir Alimehmeti, a/k/a “Abdul Qawii,” Adorned His Apartment with an ISIS Flag, Purchased Combat Knives and Other Military-Type Equipment, Provided Advice and Assistance to an Individual He Believed to be Traveling to Syria to Fight... More...
   $0 (02-22-2018 - NY)

Qwinstar Corporation v. Curtis Anthony District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Qwinstar Corporation and Pro Logistics, LLC, engaged in negotiations that
culminated with Qwinstar agreeing to purchase Pro Logistics and employ its
owner—Curtis Anthony2—for a term of five years. A few months after the sale,
Qwinstar terminated Anthony’s employment and filed this lawsuit against him,
alleging that it did not receive the inventory it bargained for in the sale. Anth... More...
   $0 (02-18-2018 - MN)

United States of America v. Richard Pinedo Federal Courthouse - District of Columbia

Washington, DC - Defendant Pleads Guilty to Selling Bank Accounts To Russian Hackers

The United States of America charged Richard Pinedo, age 28, with identity fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1028 when the sold bank accounts to Russians who used the accounts to launder money for use in Russia's efforts to defeat Hillary Clinton's campaign to become President of the United States.

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United States of America v. Brigith Dayana Gomez Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Brigith Dayana Gomez, 29, a resident of Los Angeles, California and Venezuela, was convicted for her involvement in a conspiracy to commit extortion and violations of the Travel Act.

The extortion plot sought approximately $100,000 from the victim, and the evidence presented at trial established that Gomez and her co-conspirator, Carolina Del Carmen Roldan, threatened to expos... More...
   $0 (02-16-2018 - FL)

United States of America v. Christian Clews Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

San Diego - Rancher Sentenced for Possession of Child Porn Involving Dogs

Christian Clews, the operator of a Carmel Valley horse ranch, was sentenced in federal court today to 210 months in prison for possessing and distributing photographs and videos that depicted children engaged in sexually explicit activity with adults and dogs.

Clews, who pleaded guilty in July but remained ... More...
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United States of America v. Karen Pogosian United States District Court for the Southern District of California - Santa Ana, California

Santa Ana, CA - Sun Valley Resident Sentenced to 54 Months Imprisonment for Role in International Money Laundering and Identity Theft Scheme Involving $14 Million in Fraudulent Tax Refunds

A Sun Valley man was sentenced on February 11, 2018 to 54 months imprisonment for his participation in a large-scale international identity theft scheme that fraudulently obtained tax refunds by using b... More...
   $0 (02-16-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Vladimir Drinkman and Dmitriy Smilianets District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

Newark, NJ - Two Russian Nationals Sentenced to Prison for Massive Data Breach Conspiracy
Hackers Targeted Major Payment Processors, Retailers and Financial Institutions Around the World

Two Russian nationals were sentenced yesterday to federal prison terms for their respective roles in a worldwide hacking and data breach scheme that targeted major corporate networks, compromised 160 ... More...
   $0 (02-15-2018 - NJ)

United States of America v. Sarah McKenzie Western District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, WI - Polk County Woman Sentenced for Making a Forged Security

Sarah McKenzie, 41, Luck, Wis., was sentenced on February 5, 2018 by U.S. District Judge William Conley to one year and one day in federal prison for making a forged security. Her prison sentence will be followed by two years of supervised release. McKenzie pleaded guilty to this charge on October 30, 2017.

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Michelle Tatis v. Allied Interstate, LLC District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

This appeal arises under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or Act). The question presented is whether a collection letter sent to collect a time-barred debt that makes a “settlement offer” to accept payment “in settlement of” the debt could violate the Act’s general prohibition against “any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any... More...   $0 (02-13-2018 - ht)

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...
   $0 (02-13-2018 - NY)

United States of America v. Jeffrey Adedoyin Williams Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Treatment Facility Worker Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of a Healthcare Fraud Investigation

An employee of a Coral Springs addiction treatment center pled guilty to his role in obstructing an ongoing healthcare fraud investigation in Federal Court today.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent i... More...
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United States of America v. Gregory Hubbard, a/k/a Jibreel Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - West Palm Beach, Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIS

Gregory Hubbard, aka Jibreel, 54, of West Palm Beach, Florida, pleaded guilty on Feb. 8, to conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

The plea was entered before U.S. District Judge Robi... More...
   $0 (02-11-2018 - FL)

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)

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...
   $0 (02-10-2018 - CA)

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...
   $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...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - CA)

State of Missouri v. Gregory Allen Heidbrink Warren County Courthouse - Warrenton, Missouri

Gregory Alan Heidbrink (Appellant) appeals from the trial court’s judgment
entered after a jury trial convicting him of receiving stolen property. We affirm in part,
reverse in part, and remand for resentencing.
Factual and Procedural Background
The State charged Appellant, as a prior and persistent offender, with one count of
receiving stolen property, a class C Felony, in vio... 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...
   $0 (02-08-2018 - MN)

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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United States of America v. Peteris Sahurovs aka Piotrek and Sagade The Leading Provider of Fully Equipped, Ready To Use Office Space worldwide. 1-877-317-8269

Minneapolis, MN - Latvian National Pleads Guilty to “Scareware” Hacking Scheme That Targeted Minneapolis Star Tribune Website

A Latvian man pleaded guilty on February 6, 2018 in Minneapolis for participating in a lucrative “scareware” hacking scheme that targeted visitors to the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s website.

Peteris Sahurovs aka Piotrek and Sagade, 28, pleaded guilty to o... More...
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Steven Mora v. Webcor Construction, L.P.

California Labor Code section 226, subdivision (a) (Section 226(a)), requires
employers to provide employees wage statements itemizing, among other things, all
wages earned, including the hours worked and applicable rates of pay. Plaintiff and
appellant Steven Mora (appellant) contends defendant and respondent Webcor
Construction, L.P. (respondent) violated Section 226(a) by faili... More...
   $0 (02-06-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Dane William Anderson, Samuel Heineman, IV and Mark Christopher Klein Western District of North Carolina Federal Courthouse - Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, NC - Federal Judge Sentences Three Men Involved In International Child Pornography Ring

The Defendants Used Sophisticated “Capping” Method to Produce Child Pornography and Shared It Online

Three men involved in an international online child pornography ring responsible for producing and sharing thousands of images and videos of child pornography were sentenced today by... More...
   $0 (02-04-2018 - NC)

A.H. v. Illinois High School Association Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

A.H., a senior at Evanston Township
High School, is a member of the school’s track and field team
despite his physical limitations from spastic quadriplegia
related to cerebral palsy. During his junior year, he requested
that the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) create a
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separate division with different time standards for paraambulatory
runner... More...
   $0 (02-02-2018 - IL)

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