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Invasion of Privacy Law
Angelica Lynn v. Steve George

Defendants Steve George and Real Estate Portfolio Management, LLC
(REPM) appeal from the trial court’s order granting the motion of plaintiffs Angelica
Lynn and Angel Lynn Realty, Inc. (ALR) to disqualify counsel.1
George and REPM
were represented in the trial court by attorney Kevin A. Spainhour and his law firm,
Spainhour Law Group (SLG), who were the subject... More...
   $0 (09-22-2017 - CA)

United States of America ex rel Donald Little and Kurosh Motaghed v. Triumph Gear Systems, Inc. United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Denver, Colorado

This appeal arises from the efforts of several whistleblowers to navigate the
procedural minefield of the False Claims Act (FCA). See 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729-3733. In
2012, Joe Blyn commenced this FCA action by filing a sealed complaint in the district
court. The complaint named Donald Little as Blyn’s counsel of record. Months later,
Little filed an amended complaint that named himself ... More...
   $0 (09-18-2017 - UT)

Edward Tuffly, a/k/a Bud Tuffly v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - San Francisco, California

Edward “Bud” Tuffly, the treasurer of the National
Border Patrol Council, the union for Border Patrol agents,
seeks to compel, under the Freedom of Information Act, the
disclosure of the names of 149 non-citizens who were
released from detention pending a final determination
whether they will be removed—names that could be linked to
other personal information that has alrea... More...
   $0 (09-13-2017 - AZ)

United States v. Roberto Pabon Second Circuit Court of Appeals - New York, New York

In the early hours of March 21, 2014, Vermont state police pulled over the
car in which defendant‐appellant Roberto Pabon was riding after the driver
committed a traffic violation. Acting on corroborated information suggesting
that the driver of the car used that specific route to transport associates who were
body‐packing drugs, and on specific indications that P... More...
   $0 (09-12-2017 - NY)

United States of America v. Damien Corbett Federal Courthouse - Portland, Maine

The defendant, Damien Corbett,
raises three issues in this appeal from his conviction of
conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute
oxycodone and oxymorphone. Corbett first argues that the
government's evidence was insufficient. Somewhat relatedly, he
contends that the district court committed plain error in its
response to a question from the jury. Fina... More...
   $0 (09-11-2017 - ME)

Gavin Lee Buck v. Jesus Barragan, a/k/a Chito, et al. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - San Francisco, California

Jesus Barragan, Pablo Franco, Francisco Gutierrez, and Hector Fernandez were convicted of conspiracy in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”); Barragan was also convicted of drug crimes. They appeal their convictions and sentences. Although we find a portion of the prosecutor’s closing argument improper, we conclude that prejudice has not been shown
UNITE... More...
   $0 (09-09-2017 - ca)

Jennifer Heglund v. City of Grand Rapids United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit - St. Louis, Missouri

Jennifer Heglund and her husband Jamie Heglund sued numerous Minnesota
cities and counties, state officials, and hundreds of John and Jane Does, alleging that
police officers had improperly accessed their private information in the State’s
driver’s license database. The Heglunds later amended their complaint to replace one
of the John Does with Frank Scherf, the former Grand Rapids... More...
   $0 (09-08-2017 - MN)

United States of America v. Nigel Garrett and Cameron Ajiduah Federal Courthouse - Tyler, Texas

Tyler, TX - Two Texas Men Plead Guilty to Federal Hate Crime for Assaults Based on Victim's Sexual Orientation

Nigel Garrett, 21, and Cameron Ajiduah, 18, pleaded guilty on August 22, 2017 to assaulting men because of the victim’s sexual orientation.

According to the plea agreement signed by Garrett on January 19, 2017, defendants Garrett, Anthony Shelton and Chancler Encalade us... More...
   $0 (09-07-2017 - TX)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Maxwell Wiggins, Jr. Supreme Court of Massachusetts - Boston, Massachusetts

On the evening of August 29, 2007, two armed and
masked men entered a home in Springfield, assaulting and robbing
its occupants at gunpoint. As they left, the homeowner, Tracy
Bennett, who was returning home, was shot and killed. Swinkels
Laporte and Maxwell Wiggins were identified as the assailants
and, following a joint jury trial in the Superior Court, were
found guilty ... More...
   $0 (09-06-2017 - MA)

United States of America v. Luis Aguilar, Alhan Sanchez, Aaron Sanchez, Ricardo Renteria, and Ricardo Renteria-Rivera Federal Courthouse - McAllen, Texas

McAllen, TX - Several Local Residents Slammed with Significant Sentences in Hostage Taking Conspiracy

Several men who resided in the Mission area have been ordered to prison for their involvement in an illegal alien hostage taking scheme.

Luis Aguilar Jr., 19; brothers Alhan Sanchez, 20, and Aaron Sanchez, 21, and Ricardo Renteria, 26, all of Mission; and Renteria’s nephew Ricard... More...
   $0 (09-06-2017 - TX)

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Respondent, County of Los Angeles, Real Party in Interest

Real parties in interest, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) of the
City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) of the
County of Los Angeles (collectively, real parties) employ automated license plate
reader (ALPR) technology in order to locate vehicles linked to crimes under
investigation. The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern
... More...
   $0 (09-03-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Kathleen N. Pedro v. Equifax, Inc. and Transunion, LLC Eleventh Circuit - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

This appeal requires us to decide whether a consumer reporting agency
adopted an objectively unreasonable interpretation of the Fair Credit Reporting
Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., when it stated on a consumer’s credit report that she
was an authorized user of her parents’ credit card account. Kathleen Pedro’s
parents listed her as an authorized user on their credit c... More...
   $0 (08-30-2017 - )

T.D. v. Kelcey Patton United States Court of Appeals - Denver, Colorado

T.D. sued Kelcey Patton under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violating his right to
substantive due process. He relies on a “danger-creation theory,” which provides that
“state officials can be liable for the acts of third parties where those officials created the
danger that caused the harm.” Currier v. Doran, 242 F.3d 905, 917 (10th Cir. 2001)
(quotations omitted).1
... More...
   $0 (08-30-2017 - CO)

Orange County Water District v. Sabic Innovative Plastics US, LLC

The Orange County Water District (District) was created by the California
Legislature to protect and manage groundwater supplies within its territory, which covers
most of Orange County, California. The District and other regulatory agencies have long
been aware of localized groundwater contamination caused by hazardous substance
releases at various sites in the so-called "South Ba... More...
   $0 (08-26-2017 - CA)

Charles Morse and Lesa Morse v. Michael Cloutier, et al. Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

The Supreme Court has recognized
that "a man's house is his castle" and has interpreted the Fourth
Amendment to safeguard private homes against most warrantless
intrusions. Payton v. New York, 445 U.S. 573, 589-90, 596 (1980).
But there are some exceptions to this rule — and in this case, the
defendants (police officers acting as such) assert that exceptions
for exigent cir... More...
   $0 (08-25-2017 - MA)

Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. of Georgia v. City of Sandy Springs, Georgia Eleventh Circuit - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

We granted rehearing en banc to review the constitutionality of a municipal
ordinance prohibiting the sale of sexual devices in light of several recent Supreme
Court decisions which, it was argued, call into question the continued vitality of
this Court’s decision in Williams v. Attorney General (Williams IV), 378 F.3d
1232 (11th Cir. 2004). After we agreed to take the case en ba... More...
   $0 (08-23-2017 - GA)

Mahan v. Charles W. Chan Insurance Agency, Inc. et al.

In this appeal we consider whether two plaintiffs, 86-year-old Frederick Mahan
(Fred) and his 79-year-old wife Martha Mahan (Martha),1 have stated a viable claim
under the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (the Elder Abuse Act or
the Act)2
against Charles W. Chan (Chan), the Charles W. Chan Insurance Agency, Inc.
(the Chan Agency), Omar Kaddoura (Kaddoura), C... More...
   $0 (08-23-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Nigel Garrett and Cameron Ajiduah Seal of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Beaumont, TX - Two Texas Men Plead Guilty to Federal Hate Crime for Assaults Based on Victim’s Sexual Orientation

Nigel Garrett, 21, and Cameron Ajiduah, 18, pleaded guilty on August 22, 2017 to assaulting men because of the victim’s sexual orientation.

According to the plea agreement signed by Garrett on January 19, 2017, defendants Garrett, Anthony Shelton and Chancler Encalade... More...
   $0 (08-23-2017 - TX)

Roger Vanderklok v. United States of America

Roger Vanderklok wanted to fly from Philadelphia to
Miami, where he intended to run a half-marathon. In his
carry-on luggage, he had a heart monitor and watch stored
inside a piece of PVC pipe that was capped on both ends.
During screening at the airport security checkpoint, the pipe
and electronics prompted secondary screening, supervised by
Transportation Security Adminis... More...
   $0 (08-23-2017 - PA)

Richard Watkins v. Trans Union, LLC

Plaintiff Richard Watkins has
sued Trans Union for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The merits of his claims are not the subject of this appeal. The
issue here is whether attorney John Cento should be disqualified
from representing Watkins. That is because over ten
years ago Cento earned a living defending Trans Union in
hundreds of lawsuits alleging Fair Credit Rep... More...
   $0 (08-22-2017 - IN)

Belinda Skulason v. California Bureau of Real Estate

Belinda Skulason, a real estate salesperson, brought this action against the
California Bureau of Real Estate (Bureau) alleging that it wrongfully refused to remove
from its public website a document revealing that she had been convicted of three
misdemeanors. She asserted that the Bureau was required to remove the document
because the convictions, while valid when entered, were ev... More...
   $0 (08-20-2017 - CA)

Vivian De Los Milagros Castellat v. Gisela Lissette Pereira Mimai-Dade County Courthouse - Miami, Florida

This case involves an area of law – regarding how advances in reproductive
technology impact the definition of the modern family – which is struggling to
catch up with and reflect the rapid changes taking place in society. In this case, a
same-sex couple arranged to have a child together. When the couple separated, the
birth mother blocked all contact between the child and the form... More...
   $0 (08-16-2017 - FL)

Peggy Hill; Amy Walker v. Barry Goggins, d/b/a Cherokee Bear Zoo

Defendants Barry Coggins and Collette Coggins, doing business as the Cherokee Bear Zoo (collectively, “the Zoo”), keep, care for, and exhibit bears. In 2013, Plaintiffs Peggy Hill and Amy Walker (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) visited the Zoo, and observed four of the Zoo’s bears living in what Plaintiffs believed to be an inhumane setting. In response, Plaintiffs brought the instant suit against the... More...   $0 (08-14-2017 - NC)

Surfinder Foundation v. Martins Beach 1, LLC

Nestled in a cove, sheltered on the north and south by high cliffs, Martins Beach
lacks lateral land access.
The only practical route to Martins Beach is down a road,
known as Martins Beach Road, that leads from Highway 1 in San Mateo County to the
Appellants are two LLCs, Martins Beach 1, LLC and Martins Beach 2, LLC, that
purchased Martins Beach and adjacent ... More...
   $0 (08-14-2017 - CA)

The People of the State of California v. William White and Victor Hernandez Victor Hernandez - Photo from Merced County Sheriff's Office

Merced, CA - Jury Convicts Two On Murder Charges

The People of the State of California charged William White, age 38, and Victor Hernandez, age 27, with first-degree murder and two counts of home invasion robbery with gun for robbing and killing Juan Carlos Alvarez, in 2014.

The State charged that White, Hernandez, Yepez and two other Hernandez brother went to the home of Juan Ca... More...
   $0 (08-10-2017 - CA)

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