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STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA v. JOHN ABDO, JR.

On the evening of January 7, 2016, Roseanne Weddell, Winston Houseman, John Abdo, Philomene Boneshirt, and Hazen Winckler were watching television together in a home owned by Shelly Selwyn in Wagner, South Dakota. Roseanne is Shelly’s daughter. Shelly did not live in the home but allowed Roseanne and Roseanne’s now-husband Winston to live there. Winston later testified that Abdo (Winston’s neph... More...   $0 (04-28-2018 - SD)

United States of America v. Levita Brewer and Stepfonz Campbell Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI - Husband and Wife Sentenced to Prison for Arson of Apartment Building

Two people were sentenced to prison for their involvement in the arson of an 8-unit apartment building in Milwaukee in December 2014. The fire resulted in injuries to multiple people, including tenants and three firefighters with the Milwaukee Fire Department. On April 12, 2018, United States District C... More...
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MELINDA TURNER V. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

Over a period of several months,' Turner and Pomeroy had a tumultuous
courtship which ended with Pomeroy's death by stabbing on August 9, 2010.
Initially, Turner and Pomeroy lived in a residence with Pomeroy's parents, but
later the couple moved into an Owen County farmhouse owned by Turner's
family. Due to their turbulent relationship, Turner and Pomeroy briefly
stopped s... More...
   $0 (04-26-2018 - KY)

IIG Wireless, Inc. v. John Yi and Lauren Kim

The parties appeal and cross-appeal a judgment after a jury trial in this
business dispute. Plaintiff and cross-defendant IIG Wireless, Inc. (IIG) obtained a
judgment of $401,860 against defendant and cross-complainant John Yi. IIG also sued
Lauren Kim, Yi’s fiancée, who moved for and was granted a nonsuit during trial. Yi
obtained a judgment on his cross-complaint for $122,000, re... More...
   $0 (04-25-2018 - CA)

State of Nebraska v. James Cotton

On August 7, 2015, Cotton shot and killed Trevor Bare.
During the evening prior to the shooting, Bare saw Cotton in
the apartment immediately above his own. Because Cotton and
Bare had a negative history together, Bare confronted Cotton
and an argument ensued. After the initial altercation, Bare and
his girlfriend, McKayla Burnette, left the apartment house. A
couple of hou... More...
   $0 (04-23-2018 - NE)

Jacqueline Winston v. City of Syracuse Northern District of New York Federal Courthouse - Syracuse, NY

2 Plaintiff Jacqueline Winston, a tenant in a multi‐family building
3 in the City of Syracuse, New York, filed this putative class action
4 under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the
5 Northern District of New York in February 2016. She alleged that the
6 City and its Commissioner of Water Deborah Somers (collectively, the
7 “City”) violated the Du... More...
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City and County of San Francisco v. Chuck M. Post

In 1998 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors outlawed discrimination against
tenants who pay a portion of their rent with a Section 8, or similar, housing voucher.
They did this by amending San Francisco’s existing housing discrimination ordinance to
outlaw discrimination based on a person’s “source of income,” a term they defined
broadly to include government rent subsidies. (S.... More...
   $0 (04-12-2018 - CA)

STATE OF MONTANA v. LAURA LEE NEVA

On the evening of July 6, 2014, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Zachary
Grosfield responded to alow-speed,rear-end collision in Absarokee. Neva, driving a 1997
Ford pickup, had rear-endedanSUV stopped at a stop sign. The initial impact pushed the
SUV forward, and Neva then accelerated, hitting the SUV a second time. While
questioning herabout the accident, Officer Grosfieldde... More...
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The Regents of the University of California v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Katherine Rosen

After he enrolled in the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA),
Damon Thompson experienced auditory hallucinations. He believed other
students in the classroom and dormitory were criticizing him. School
administrators eventually learned of Thompson’s delusions and attempted to
provide mental health treatment. However, one morning Thompson stabbed
fellow student Katheri... More...
   $0 (04-10-2018 - CA)

STATE OF CONNECTICUT v. RICARDO SWILLING Connecticut Supreme Court

The defendant, Ricardo Swilling, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered following a jury trial, of kidnapping in the first degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-92 (a) (2) (A), home invasion in violation of General Statutes § 53a-100aa (a) (2), and assault in the second degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-60 (a) (2).1 Additionally, following the defendant’s pleas of no... More...   $0 (03-31-2018 - CT)

Christopher Bell, as Special Administrator for the Estate of Cash Bell, et al. v. Grow With Me Childcare & Preschool LL C Nebraska Supreme Court

This is a tort action brought to recover damages resulting
from the tragic death of an infant who was abused by his
nanny. The parents and special administrator for the infant’s
estate sued the nanny for battery, and also sued two childcare
centers where the nanny had worked previously, alleging the
BELL v. GROW WITH ME CHILDCARE & PRESCHOOL
Cite as 299 Neb. 136
childca... More...
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United States of America v. Kenneth Mabrie Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, MO - Raytown Landlord Sentenced for Bankruptcy Fraud

A Raytown, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for engaging in a bankruptcy fraud scheme in order to prevent dozens of rental properties from being sold by the county for failure to pay property taxes.

Kenneth Mabrie, 68, of Raytown, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes on Thursday, March 2... More...
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Eleanor Licensing, LLC v. Classic Recreations, LLC

Following a four-day bench trial, the court entered
judgment in favor of Eleanor Licensing LLC and Denice
Shakarian Halicki and against Classic Recreations, LLC, T&D
Motor Company, Jason Engel and Tony Engel (collectively
Classic), ordering that Eleanor Licensing retain possession of a
vehicle identified as “Eleanor No. 1,” which had been
manufactured by Classic pursuant to... More...
   $0 (03-22-2018 - CA)

J. Arthur Properties, II, LLC v. City of San Jose

Plaintiff SV Care operated a medical marijuana collective in a commercial zoning
district in San Jose. Plaintiff J. Arthur Properties, II, LLC owns the building in which SV
Care operated. Defendants City of San Jose and City of San Jose Appeals Hearing Board
(collectively, the City) determined that a medical marijuana collective was not an
authorized use of the subject property and... More...
   $0 (03-20-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Hezekiah and Jameseva Webb Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - ustice Department Obtains $625,000 Settlement Of Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Two St. Louis Landlords

The Justice Department today announced a settlement with two St. Louis landlords, Hezekiah and Jameseva Webb, to resolve a lawsuit alleging that they violated the Fair Housing Act by subjecting fifteen female tenants in their rental properties to sexual harassment ove... More...
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Petrolink, Inc. v. Lantel Enterprises

In this appeal, plaintiff Petrolink, Inc. (Petrolink) seeks a modification of a
judgment entered in its favor on its cause of action for specific performance. Petrolink
leased a parcel of undeveloped property from defendant Lantel Enterprises (Lantel),
2
pursuant to a lease agreement that included a provision allowing the lessee to purchase
the property at the fair market valu... More...
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Klean W. Hollywood, LLC v. The Superior Court of California, Langston Jackson, Real Party in Interest

Petitioner Klean W. Hollywood, LLC (Klean), a voluntary
drug abuse treatment facility, was sued by real party Langston
Jackson, who had enrolled at the facility to obtain treatment
for drug addiction. Jackson blamed Klean for the injuries he
suffered after smuggling heroin into his room and injecting it
late one night. Jackson claimed that Klean was negligent in
failing to ... More...
   $0 (03-12-2018 - CA)

Travis Sakai v. Massco Investments, LLC

Travis Sakai (Sakai) sued Massco Investments, LLC,
(Massco) for negligence and premises liability after he was
struck and then dragged by a vehicle exiting Massco’s
parking lot. The trial court granted summary judgment to
Massco on the ground that there was “no foreseeability and
no duty.” On appeal, Sakai argues that the trial court erred
because the accident was reasonabl... More...
   $0 (03-05-2018 - CA)

Mary B. Valencia v. City of Springfield, Illinois Central District of Illinois Federal Courthouse - Springfield, Illinois

Plaintiffs allege the City of Springfield
(“Springfield” or “the City”) unlawfully discriminated
against three disabled individuals when it ruled they could
no longer occupy a single-family residence located within 600
feet of an existing disabled group home. Finding that plaintiffs
possessed a reasonable likelihood of success on the merits,
the district court granted them ... More...
   $0 (03-01-2018 - IL)

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

To reduce the number of no-fault evictions of families with children and educators
during the school year, the City and County of San Francisco and the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors (collectively, the City) barred such evictions. The trial court
concluded state law preempted this ordinance and the City appeals. We agree with the
City that the ordinance is not preempted, and re... More...
   $0 (02-15-2018 - CA)

E.W. v. Rosemary Dolgos and WICOMICO County Sheriff's Department District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Baltimore, Maryland

This matter involves a school resource officer’s decision to handcuff a calm, compliant elementary school student for fighting with another student three days prior. The child brought a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for excessive use of force in violation of the Fourth Amendment and several state law claims. On a motion for summary judgment, the district court concluded that the officer’s conduct d... More...   $0 (02-14-2018 - MD)

Hong Sang Market, Inc. v. Vivien Peng

These appeals arise out of a commercial tenancy dispute. In one appeal, defendant
and cross-complainant Vivien Peng challenges a judgment awarding damages for backdue
rent to her former landlord, plaintiff and cross-defendant Hong Sang Market, Inc.
(Hong Sang). Peng argues that a judgment in a prior unlawful detainer action against her,
in which Hong Sang was awarded one month’s ba... More...
   $0 (02-14-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Evan "Red" Harris United States District Court for the District of Vermont

Burlington, VT - Vermont Man Sentenced to Over Twelve Years for Possession of Firearms and Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl, Heroin, and Cocaine Base

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Evan “Red” Harris, 34, of Burlington, Vermont, was sentenced for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; and conspiracy to distribute fe... More...
   $0 (02-12-2018 - VT)

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)

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...
   $0 (02-07-2018 - RI)

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