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ASSN. DES ELEVEURS DE CANARDS V. XAVIER BECERRA Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - San Francisco, California

In 2004, California passed legislation to prohibit the practice of force-feeding ducks or geese to produce foie gras, an expensive delicacy made from their liver. California determined that the force-feeding process, which typically involves inserting a 10- to 12-inch metal or plastic tube into the bird’s esophagus to deliver large amounts of concentrated food, is cruel and inhumane. The state the... More...   $0 (09-15-2017 - CA)

George Diego v. City of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles (the City) appeals from a judgment
against it following a jury trial in a discrimination action brought
by two officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD or
the Department). The two officers, George Diego and Allan
Corrales (the Officers), respondents in this appeal, are both
Hispanic. They claim that they suffered discrimination within
the ... More...
   $0 (09-14-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. United States ex rel. Schaefer v. Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina, LLC, Stephen F. Serbin, M.D. and Victoria Serbin(FMC) Federal Courthouse - Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, SC - Family Practice Chain, Its Co-Owner, and Its Laboratory Director Agree to Pay the United States $2 Million to Settle Alleged False Claims Act Violations for Illegal Medicare Referrals and Billing for Unnecessary Medical Services

Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina LLC (FMC), has agreed to pay the United States $1.56 million, and FMC’s principal owner and former chief ... More...
   $2000000 (09-14-2017 - SC)

City of Tulsa, Oklahoma v. Eric Deatherage, Estate of Robert Lau, Marvin King, et al.

Tulsa, OK - City of Tulsa, Oklahoma v. Eric Deatherage, Estate of Robert Lau, Marvin King, et al.

Filed Date: 04/07/2016
Party Name Disposition Information
Defendant: BOARD OF COUNTY C... More...
   $0 (09-13-2017 - OK)

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)

State of Oklahoma v. Robert Wayne Heath Tulsa County Courthouse - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - Former Okmulgee County Chief Deputy Given Three-Year Deferred Sentence

The State of Oklahoma charged Robert Heath, age 38 with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: OROB, CONJOINT ROBBERY, in violation of 21 O.S. 800
Date of Offense: 04/11/2017
Party Name Disposition Information
HEATH, ROBERT WAYNE Disposed: DISMISSED, 09/12/2017. Dismissed- Request of the Stat... More...
   $0 (09-12-2017 - OK)

United States ex rel. Schaefer v. Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina, LLC, Stephen F. Serbin, M.D. and Victoria Serbinet, et al.

Columbia, SC - South Carolina Family Practice Chain, Its Co-Owner, and Its Laboratory Director Agree to Pay the United States $2 Million to Settle Alleged False Claims Act Violations for Illegal Medicare Referrals and Billing for Unnecessary Medical Services

Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina LLC (FMC), has agreed to pay the United States $1.56 million, and FMC’s principal ow... More...
   $1560000 (09-11-2017 - SC)

The Highway 68 Coalition v. County of Monterey, Omni Resources, Real Party in Interest

This CEQA1 case arises from the proposal of respondent Omni Resources LLC
(Omni) to build a shopping center on Highway 68 in respondent Monterey County
(County). After preparing an environmental impact report (EIR) concerning the proposed
project and considering public comments, County’s Board of Supervisors approved the
project in 2012.

1 California Environmental Quality ... More...
   $0 (09-11-2017 - CA)

Stephanie Hicks v. City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama Eleventh Circuit - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Stephanie Hicks brought this action against the Tuscaloosa Police Department under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) after her reassignment and constructive discharge. Hicks prevailed at a jury trial, and the City now appeals the denial of its motion for judgment as a matter of law, its motion for a new trial, and the allegedly erroneous jury instru... More...   $0 (09-10-2017 - AL)

Plute Home Corporation v. American Safety Indemnity Company

In this insurance defense dispute, defendant and appellant American Safety
Indemnity Company (American Safety or ASIC) challenges a judgment after court trial
that awarded over $1.4 million in compensatory and punitive damages to plaintiff and
respondent Pulte Home Corporation (Pulte), who was the general contractor and
developer of two residential projects in the San Marcos... More...
   $0 (09-09-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Joseph Burhoe, a/k/a Jo Jo Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

This case involves an attempt
by the federal government to use the Hobbs Act to police the
activities of members of a labor union. Joseph Burhoe and John
Perry, who are union members, challenge the sufficiency of the
evidence of their convictions for, inter alia, extortion under the
Hobbs Act, as well as the jury instructions with respect to that
offense. The government att... More...
   $0 (09-08-2017 - MA)

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

Winter recreation has become increasingly popular in the
Deschutes National Forest in Central Oregon, exacerbating
parking shortages and on-snow user conflicts between
motorized and non-motorized recreationalists. In 2012, the
National Forest Service approved the building of Kapka
Sno-Park, a parking lot primarily designed for motorized
recreationalists, and issued an Envir... More...
   $0 (09-08-2017 - OR)

State of Hawaii v. Donald L. Trump

We are asked to review the district court’s modified preliminary injunction,
which enjoins the Government from enforcing Executive Order 13780 against (1) grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States; and (2) refugees who have forma... More...
   $0 (09-08-2017 - HI)

Sara Myers, et al. v. Eric Schneiderman, et al. New York Court of Appeals Hall - Albany, New York

Plaintiffs ask us to declare a constitutional right to
"aid-in-dying," which they define (and we refer to herein) as the
right of a mentally competent and terminally ill person to obtain
a prescription for a lethal dosage of drugs from a physician, to
be taken at some point to cause death. Although New York has
long recognized a competent adult's right to forgo life-saving
... More...
   $0 (09-08-2017 - NY)

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)

David Ceruolo v. Martha Garcia Supreme Court of Massachusetts - Boston, Massachusetts

The plaintiff, David Ceruolo (David) sued his
ex-wife Lyllian Ceruolo (Lyllian),2 and her mother, Martha Garcia
(Garcia) for defamation and negligent and intentional infliction
1 Lyllian Ceruolo.
2 Because these parties share the same last name, we refer
to them by their first names.
of emotional distress following the conclusion of a contentious
divorce. The defe... More...
   $0 (09-07-2017 - MA)

David Martin v. Gonzaga University

David Martin sues his former employer, Gonzaga University, for
discharge in employment in violation of public policy and for a violation of a statute
allowing an employee access to his personnel file. We affirm a summary judgment
dismissal of the wrongful discharge claim. Martin fails to present evidence to support the
fourth element of the claim, that element being the absence of ... More...
   $0 (09-07-2017 - WA)

Daniel J. Ratajczak, Jr., et al. v. Beazley Solutions Limited and Land O'Lakes Inc v. Packerland Whey Products Inc et al.

Between 2006 and 2012
Packerland Whey Products, Inc., deceived at least one of its
customers about the protein content of a product called
Whey Protein Concentrate. Whey, the watery part of milk
that remains after the removal of curds, is rich in protein.
Removing whey’s nonprotein components generates a concentrate
that can be used in other products. Land O’Lakes,
Inc.... More...
   $0 (09-07-2017 - )

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)

Jamie Landry v. Charlotte Motor Cars, LLC and American States Insurance Company Charlotte County Florida Courthouse - Punta Gorda, Florida

Jamie Landry appeals the trial court's order that dismissed her action for alleged odometer fraud against Charlotte Motor Cars, LLC, and American States Insurance Company (collectively, "the Dealership"), as a sanction for the asserted
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spoliation of the vehicle in question after it was repossessed. Because the Dealership failed to establish that the vehicle was lost, misplaced, or de... More...
   $0 (09-06-2017 - FL)

Jane Doe v. Etihad Airways, P.J.S.C. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Cincinnati, Ohio

Plaintiff Jane Doe and her eleven-year-old daughter flew aboard
Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi to Chicago. For the duration of the fourteen-hour journey,
Doe’s tray table remained open in her lap because a knob that was meant to hold it in place had
fallen to the floor. During the flight, Doe’s daughter found the knob on the floor and gave it to
Doe, who placed it in a seatback pock... More...
   $0 (09-06-2017 - MI)

Orlando Nakai v. Friendship House Association of American Indians, Inc.

For over 20 years, plaintiff Orlando Nakai (Orlando1) was employed by Friendship
House Association of American Indians, Inc. (Friendship House), a drug and alcohol
rehabilitation program providing treatment services to Native Americans. His
employment was terminated by the program’s CEO, who also happened to be his motherin-law,
after his wife informed the CEO that Orlando had a gu... More...
   $0 (09-06-2017 - CA)

United States ex rel. Faulkner v. Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. Federal Courthouse - Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson, MS - Defense Contractor Agrees to Pay $9.2 Million to Settle False Billing Allegations

Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. (HII), a publicly traded company headquartered in Newport, Virginia, has agreed to a $9.2 million settlement of allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly overbilling the government for labor on U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships at its shipya... More...
   $9200000 (09-05-2017 - MS)

United States of America v. Merrill Robertson, Jr. Federal Courthouse - Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, VA - Former UVA Football Player Convicted of $10 Million Fraud

A federal jury convicted a former University of Virginia football player on August 24, 2017 of his role in a $10 million fraud scheme.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Merrill Robertson, Jr., 36, of Chesterfield, started Cavalier Union Investments, LLC, and Black Bull Wealth manage... More...
   $0 (09-04-2017 - VA)

Cheryl Williams v. Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Cheryl Williams, an African-American woman, claims that she was subjected to constant harassment at the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (the “Commission”) by her supervisors, Joseph Retort and Adam Stalczynski. As a result of this treatment, she alleges she faced
a hostile work environment and was ultimately constructively discharged from her position as a Human Relations Represe... More...
   $0 (09-03-2017 - PA)

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