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Kawika Demara v. The Raymond Corporation

In this products liability case, plaintiffs Kawika Demara (Demara) and Sandra
Demara (together, Plaintiffs) appeal from a summary judgment granted in favor of
defendants The Raymond Corporation (Raymond) and Raymond Handling Solutions,
Inc. (RHSI) (together, Defendants). As relevant to this appeal, Plaintiffs asserted claims
for strict liability and negligence based on injuries Dem... More...
   $0 (07-23-2017 - CA)

Miguel Bandy v. The State of Texas Man charged after drive-by shooting

Under our legal sufficiency review, the blackjack qualified as a deadly weapon if
the evidence, when viewed in the light most favorable to the verdict, showed that it was
capable of causing death or serious bodily injury based on the manner in which Bandy
used or intended to use it. See id.; see also Brooks v. State, 323 S.W.3d 893, 906 (Tex.
Crim. App. 2010) (plurality op.) (... More...
   $0 (07-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Craig Allen Otteson

Dallas, TX - McKinney Man Admits His Role in a $6.4 Million Diamond Investment Fraud Scheme

Craig Allen Otteson, 65, of McKinney, appeared July 18, 2017 before U.S. Magistrate Paul D. Stickney and pleaded guilty to his role in a diamond investment scheme that the indictment alleged ran from approximately March 2011 to November 2013.

Specifically, Otteson pleaded guilty to one cou... More...
   $0 (07-21-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Leon Zinder Federal Courthouse - New York, New York

New York, NY - Queens Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Stolen Artwork From Prominent New York Collection

LEON ZINDER pled guilty to the interstate sale of stolen property in connection with his theft and attempted sale of more than a dozen works of art. ZINDER pled guilty on July 20, 2017 in Manhattan federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn.

Acting U.S. Attorney Jo... More...
   $0 (07-21-2017 - NY)

United States of America v. Susanne G. Rüegg Meier Federal Courthouse - Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria, VA - Former Credit Suisse Banker Pleads Guilty to Conspiring with U.S. Taxpayers and Other Swiss Bankers to Defraud the United States

A citizen and resident of Switzerland pleaded guilty July 19, 2017 to conspiring to defraud the United States in connection with her work as the head of a team of bankers for Credit Suisse AG.

According to the statement of facts and the... More...
   $0 (07-20-2017 - VA)

Anthony Rodriguez v. City of Doral and Juan Carlos Bermudez

“A wise man once said a true history of the world is a history of great
conversations in elegant rooms.”1 Whether or not that may be accurate, a true
history of the United States would be incomplete without a history of great
political conversations, wherever they might have occurred. And great political
conversations could not exist in the absence of the First Amendment. So the Fi... More...
   $0 (07-19-2017 - FL)

United States of America v. Heon-Cheol Chi Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, CA - Director of South Korea's Earthquake Research Center Convicted of Money Laundering in Million Dollar Bribe Scheme

The Director of South Korea’s Earthquake Research Center at the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) was convicted yesterday following a four-day jury trial of laundering bribes that he received from two seismological companies based in... More...
   $0 (07-19-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Nebraska McAlpine Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, GA - Former Employee of U.S. Government Contractor in Afghanistan Pleads Guilty to Accepting Over $250,000 in Kickbacks From Subcontractor

A former employee of a U.S. government contractor in Afghanistan pleaded guilty on July 18, 2017 to accepting over $250,000 in illegal kickbacks from an Afghan subcontractor in return for his assistance in obtaining subcontracts on U.S. govern... More...
   $0 (07-19-2017 - GA)

County of Los Angeles v. Allegheny Casualty Company

Under Penal Code section 1305.4,1 a surety may move to
extend a defendant’s appearance period by 180 days upon a
showing of good cause. The trial court in this case granted an
extension of 174 days, but denied a second extension motion.
On appeal, Allegheny Casualty Company argues it is entitled to
an extension for the remaining six days. Because more than 180
days had pass... More...
   $0 (07-18-2017 - CA)

Richard D. Sibert v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

While serving in the U.S. Navy, Richard Sibert obtained a loan secured by a
mortgage to purchase a house in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Soon after his discharge from
the Navy, he defaulted on the loan, and the lender began foreclosure proceedings. During
those proceedings, however, and before any foreclosure sale was held, Sibert enlisted in
the U.S. Army. The lender continued to pur... More...
   $0 (07-18-2017 - VA)

United States of America v. Casey Padula Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

Tampa, FL - Florida Businessman Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Commit Tax and Bank Fraud - Concealed Approximately $2.5 Million in Secret Belize Accounts

A Florida businessman was sentenced July 17, 2017 to 57 months in prison in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida for conspiring to commit tax and bank fraud.

According to documents filed with the court, ... More...
   $0 (07-18-2017 - FL)

State of Washington v. Tyree William Jefferson

Tyree Jefferson appeals his conviction for attempted first degree
murder, first degree assault, and unlawful possession of a firearm. Jefferson raises ten
issues on appeal, including: (1) the trial court erred in denying his Batson' challenge
after the State used a peremptory challenge to strike the only African American
venireperson, (2) the trial court violated the appearance of ... More...
   $0 (07-17-2017 - WA)

Rolland Jacks v. City of Santa Barbara

Pursuant to an agreement between Southern California Edison (SCE) and
defendant City of Santa Barbara (the City), SCE includes on its electricity bills to
customers within the City a separate charge equal to 1 percent of SCE‟s gross
receipts from the sale of electricity within the City, and transfers the revenues to
the City. The City contends this separate charge, together w... More...
   $0 (07-17-2017 - CA)

Frederick Thomas v. Jason Cannon, et al. Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Jury Awards Family $15 Million On Civil Rights Claim

Fred Thomas, Annalesa Thomas and Jo-Hanna Read sued the City if Fife, the City of Laekwood, Brian Markert, Jason Cannon, Michael Wiley, Michael Zaro, Nathan VAnce, Ryan Miceako, and Pierce County Metro SWAT Team on civil rights violation theories under 42 U.S.C. 1983 claiming that the individual defendants used excessive f... More...
   $0 (07-15-2017 - WA)

United States of America v. Abigale (Abby) Lee Miller

Pittsburgh, PA - Abby Lee Miller Begins Serving 366 Prison Sentence

The United States of America charged Abby Lee Miller with bankruptcy fraud.

Abby Lee Miller (born September 21, 1966)[1] is an American dance instructor, choreographer, and the director and owner of Reign Dance Productions. She was also the founder of the Abby Lee Dance Company and appeared on the reality televis... More...
   $0 (07-13-2017 - PA)

United States of America v. Justin Owen Poblano Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Zuni Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Child Sexual Abuse Charge

Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women and Project Safe Childhood

Justin Owen Poblano, 24, an enrolled member and resident of Zuni Pueblo, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an aggravated child s... More...
   $0 (07-12-2017 - NM)

Rajina Hess v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

¶1 The trial court previously granted attorney fees against Defendant/Appellant/Counter-Appellee Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., (Volkswagen) in an amount exceeding $7 million in this multi-jurisdictional, class action law suit. In an appeal from that award, the Oklahoma Supreme Court concluded the trial court abused its discretion by failing to deduct the entirety of fees claimed in certain "f... More...   $0 (07-11-2017 - OK)

The Samuel Y. Dorfman, Jr. Estate, through its Independent Executor, and Stacey Kivowitz v. Proactive Inventory , Inc., Alison Wood Solomon, and Marion Haggar Bryan

Appellees Proactive Inventory, Inc., Allison Wood Solomon, and Marion Haggar Bryan sued The Estate of Samuel Y. Dorfman, Jr. (the Estate) for business disparagement, slander, and libel based on two allegedly defamatory communications about the quality of appellees’ work for the Estate. The Estate sought dismissal of appellees’ claims under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, TEX. CIV. PRAC. & RE... More...   $0 (07-11-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Mallinckrodt, L.L.C. Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

Mallinckrodt Agrees to Pay Record $35 Million Settlement for Failure to Report Suspicious Orders of Pharmaceutical Drugs and for Recordkeeping Violations

Mallinckrodt LLC, a pharmaceutical manufacturer and one of the largest manufacturers of generic oxycodone, agreed to pay $35 million to settle allegations that it violated certain provisions of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) that ar... More...
   $35000000 (07-11-2017 - MI)

United States of America v. Bryan Reichel

St. Paul, MN - PureChoice Founder Sentenced To 22 Years In Prison For $28 Million Dollar Investment Fraud Scheme

Bryan Reichel, 62, founder and former President and Chief Executive Officer of PureChoice, Inc. (PureChoice), was sentenced to 22 years in prison for orchestrating a multi-million-dollar investment fraud scheme. On November 3, 2016, REICHEL, who was charged in a 12-count supers... More...
   $0 (07-11-2017 - MN)

Radiant Financial, Inc. v. Faye Bagby, individually, and Bagby Investments, LP, a Limited Partnership, American Financial & Retirement Services, LLC, a Limited Liability Company

Before the Court is Radiant Financial, Inc.’s May 17, 2017 Motion for Rehearing. We deny the motion. On our own motion, we withdraw our opinion issued on April 18, 2017, and vacate our judgment of that same date. The following is now the opinion of the Court.
Radiant Financial, Inc. (“Radiant”) appeals from a judgment in favor of appellees Faye Bagby (“Ms. Bagby”), Bagby Investments, LP (“Bagb... More...
   $0 (07-10-2017 - TX)

Santa Ana Police Officers Association v. City of Santa Ana

Two City of Santa Ana Police officers (Doe Officer 1 and Doe Officer 2)
were the subjects of an internal affairs investigation based on their conduct during the
execution of a search warrant at a marijuana dispensary. The Santa Ana Police
Department initiated the investigation after video recordings of the officers were released
to the media. The video recordings w... More...
   $0 (07-10-2017 - )

United States of America v. Prospect Mortgage Company, L.L.C. Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA - Prospect Mortgage, LLC Agrees To Pay $4.157 Million To Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Arising From The FHA Mortgage Lending Practices Of Two Of Its Branches

Prospect Mortgage Company, LLC (“Prospect”) has agreed to pay the United States $4.157 million to resolve allegations that that the company committed civil mortgage fraud in connection with its participation ... More...
   $5157000 (07-09-2017 - CA)

Wayne E. Freeman; Freeman Resources, Ltd.; FRM GP, LLC; Frank M. Bufkin, III; Buffco Production, Inc.; Twin Resources, LLC; and Chesapeake Louisiana, L.P. v. Harleton Oil & Gas, Inc.

“In 2008, oil and gas companies descended on east Texas . . . seeking to acquire leases to exploit the Haynesville Shale formation, which they viewed as having enormous potential.”1 During this frenzied period, Chesapeake Louisiana, L.P. (Chesapeake), entered into a letter agreement with Buffco Production, Inc. (Buffco), and Twin Resources, L.L.C. (Twin), to purchase three-year term assignments in... More...   $0 (07-07-2017 - TX)

STATE OF CONNECTICUT v. NINA C. BACCALA Stamford Judicial District Courthouse, Stamford, CT

Substitute information charging the defendant with two counts of the crime of threatening in the second degree and one count of the crime of breach of the peace in the second degree, brought to the Superior Court in the judicial district of Tolland, geographical area number nineteen, and tried to the jury before Graham, J.; verdict and judgment of guilty of breach of the peace in the second degree... More...   $0 (07-07-2017 - CT)

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