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Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

We must decide in these cases whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), 107 Stat. 1488,42 U. S. C. §2000bb et seq., permits the United StatesDepartment of Health and Human Services (HHS) to demand that three closely held corporations providehealth-insurance coverage for methods of contraceptionthat violate the sincerely held religious beliefs of thecompanies’ owners. We hold... More...   $0 (06-30-2014 - DC)

United States of America v. William R. Peters

PORTLAND, OR – Amanda Marshall, U. S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, today announced that William R. Peters, 63, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, a former member of the Board of Directors of National Relief Charities (NRC), has been charged with conspiring to defraud NRC of $4 million and conspiring to commit money laundering violations with the proceeds of the fraud scheme. Brian J. Brown, a fo... More...   $0 (06-26-2014 - OK)

United States of America v. Zackaria July Crawford

Great Falls, MT - The United States Attorney's Office announced that ZACKARIA JULY CRAWFORD, 22, of Browning, Montana, was sentenced to a term of 30 months imprisonment, three years supervised release, and a special assessment of $100 during a federal court hearing in Great Falls, Montana, on March 18, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Brian Morris.

This is the first case in the District o... More...
   $0 (06-05-2014 - MT)

Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community

The State of Michigan, petitioner, entered into a compact with respondent Bay Mills Indian Community pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). See 25 U. S. C. §2710(d)(1)(C). The compact authorizes Bay Mills to conduct class III gaming activities (i.e., to operate a casino) on Indian lands located within the State’s borders, but prohibits it from doing so outside that territory. Bay ... More...   $0 (05-27-2014 - DC)

United States of America v. Alessandro Taloni

Alessandro Taloni, age 38, an alleged associate of the Montreal-based Rizzuto organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. In May 2013, Taloni pled guilty to cocaine trafficking charges contained in a superseding indictment returned on April 3, 2013. As part of his sentence, Taloni will also forfeit $2,663,191 that ... More...   $0 (05-09-2014 - NY)

In re the Marriage of BK and MK

Comes now BK, Petitioner, and for her Petition she states as follows:

1. Petitioner and Respondent were lawfully married in *, Missouri, on *,
1987. Their marital relation has existed since that time. The parties have two minor children, to wit:
** born *, 1999; and ** born *, 1993. Petitioner is not pregnant.

2. Petitioner is entitled to dissolution of marriage from Resp... More...
   $0 (04-20-2014 - OK)

United States of America v. Eric Kamahele, et al.

Mr. Eric Kamahele, Mr. Daniel Maumau, Mr. Kepa Maumau,1 Mr. Sitamipa Toki, and Mr. Mataika Tuai appeal their convictions arising from armed robberies and shootings in connection with the Tongan Crips Gang (“TCG”) in Glendale, Utah. In a jury trial, Mr. Kamahele, Mr. Kepa Maumau, and Mr. Tuai were found guilty of conspiring to commit a racketeering offense under the Racketeer Influenced and Cor... More...   $0 (04-08-2014 - UT)

United States of America v. Dominique Amoia McDowell II

TULSA, OKLAHOMA – A Tulsa man pleaded guilty today to brandishing a gun during a robbery at an Indian gaming establishment, announced United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Dominique Amoia McDowell II, age 19, entered a plea of guilty before U.S. District Court Judge John Dowdell to the charge of Brandishing a Firearm During and in Relation to ... More...
   $0 (04-01-2014 - OK)

United States of America v. Francis Kay Onstad

The United States Attorney's Office announced that former officials of the Blackfeet Tribe's Po'Ka Project, a multi-million dollar federally funded effort to address the needs of troubled youth on the reservation, have entered guilty pleas in federal court in Great Falls. FRANCIS KAY ONSTAD, 61, of Valier, the former Director of the Po'Ka Program, DELYLE SHANNY AUGARE, 58, of Browning, the former... More...   $0 (02-28-2014 - MT)

David Yeagley v. Jeffrey Imm

COMES NOW, Plaintiff David Yeagley (“Plaintiff’ or “Yeagley”) who for his cause of against Defendants Jeffrey 1mm (“1mm”) Daryle Lamont Jenkins dlbla/ One People’s Project (“Jenkins”), and unknown John Does 1-10 (collectively, the “Defendants”) alleges and states as follows:


1. This is a case about a Native American patriot who has c... More...
   $50000 (01-03-2014 - OK)

United States v. Robert Joseph Downwind

Robert Joseph Downwind pled guilty to one count of burglary in the first degree in Indian country. The district court1 sentenced Downwind to a prison term of 151 months. On appeal, Downwind argues the sentence is substantively unreasonable. Having jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, we affirm.


During the early morning of July 24, 2011, on the Red Lake Indian Reservat... More...
   $0 (12-03-2013 - MN)

Kawaljeet K. Tagore v. United States of America

Kawaljeet Tagore (“Tagore”) was refused permission to wear a kirpan (a Sikh ceremonial sword) with a blade long enough to be considered a “dangerous weapon” under federal law inside the federal building where she worked for the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). She lost her job by failing to comply with the applicable regulations or receive an appropriate waiver. Tagore sued the United... More...   $0 (11-13-2013 - TX)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. BOH Brothers Construction Company, L.L.C.

This Title VII case arises out of alleged sexual harassment by Chuck Wolfe, the superintendent of an all-male crew on a construction site operated by Boh Bros. Construction Company (“Boh Brothers”). During a three-day jury trial, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) presented evidence that Wolfe subjected Kerry Woods, an iron worker on Wolfe’s crew, to almost-daily verbal... More...   $0 (09-27-2013 - TX)

Pacific Shores Properties, LLC v. City of Newport Beach

Prior to 2008, “group homes”—i.e., homes in which recovering alcoholics and drug users live communally and mutually support each other’s recovery—were generally permitted to locate in residential zones in the City of Newport Beach (“the City”) and they did so freely.1 By 2008, a number of residents of the City launched a campaign to restrict or eliminate group homes in their neighbor... More...   $0 (09-20-2013 - CA)

William S. Fletcher v. United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

After settlers displaced the Osage Nation from its native lands, the federal government shunted the tribe onto the open prairie in Indian Territory, part of what later became the State of Oklahoma. At the time, the government had no idea those grasslands were to prove a great deal more fertile than they appeared. Only years later did the Osages’ mammoth reserves of oil and gas make themselves kn... More...   $0 (09-17-2013 - OK)

United States of America v. Raydell Billy

Raydell Billy pled guilty to a two-count information that charged him with assault with a dangerous weapon and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. He was sentenced to 81 months of imprisonment. He was also sentenced to a term of supervised release with a special condition that prohibits him

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from contacting the victim (his mother), “except under cir... More...
   $0 (09-12-2013 - NM)

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Kathleen Sebelius

This case requires us to determine whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Free Exercise Clause protect the plaintiffs—two companies and their owners who run their businesses to reflect their religious values. The companies are Hobby Lobby, a craft store chain, and Mardel, a Christian bookstore chain. Their owners, the Greens, run both companies as closely held family businesses an... More...   $0 (06-27-2013 - OK)

Keith Cressman v. Michael C. Thompson

This appeal concerns an image stamped on the standard Oklahoma license plate of a Native American shooting an arrow toward the sky. Appellant Keith Cressman objects to the image as a form of speech and wishes not to display it on his personal vehicles. But Oklahoma law imposes sanctions for covering up the image, and the state charges fees for specialty license plates without it—fees that Mr. ... More...   $0 (06-11-2013 - OK)

Carol A. Douglas v. Cox Retirement Properties, Inc.

¶1 On April 2, 2009, Richard Douglas was admitted to the Defendant's rehabilitative care center for extended care. Douglas remained at the facility for approximately 21 days and was discharged on April 23, 2009. He died a short time later on May 12, 2009. The decedent's estate filed a wrongful death action in Tulsa County against the Defendant, alleging Douglas died as a result of the facility's ... More...   $0 (06-04-2013 - OK)

Spirit Lake Tribe of Indians v. The NCAA

The Spirit Lake Tribe of Indians, by its Committee of Understanding and Respect, and Archie Fool Bear, individually and as representative of more than 1,004 members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – collectively, “the Committee” – sued the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for interfering with the University of North Dakota’s use of the Fighting Sioux name, logo, and image... More...   $0 (05-29-2013 - ND)

Gila River Indian Community v. United States of America

This case illustrates the nuances of our federalist system of government, pitting Indian tribe against Indian tribe, and State and local governments against the federal government and an Indian tribe. The City of Glendale and various other parties (“Glendale”) seek to set aside the Department of the Interior’s decision to accept in trust, for the benefit of the Tohono O’odham Nation (“th... More...   $0 (05-20-2013 - AZ)

State of Oklahoma ex rel. Edmonson v. Native Wholesale Supply

The State of Oklahoma ex rel Edmonson sued Native Wholesale Supply claiming it violated the Oklahoma Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement Complementary Act by selling cigarettes in Oklahoma without being on the approved list required for sales to the public. The cigarettes that were the subject to the lawsuit had been removed from the list in 2006.

The defenses asserted by the Defendant a... More...
   $47767795 (03-30-2013 - )

Rodney Bell, Jr. v. Native American Coalition of Tulsa, Inc.

Rodney Bell, Jr. sued Native American Coalition of Tulsa, Inc. claiming:

1. Plaintiffs Rodney Bell, Jr. and Twamequa Bell are the parents and legal guardians of the minor plaintiff Rodney Bell, III and are residents of Tulsa County, Oklahoma.

2. Defendant Native American Coalition of Tulsa, Inc., is a not for profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Oklahoma an... More...
   $18500 (02-18-2013 - OK)

Theodore L. Hansen v. PT Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero)

Plaintiffs-Appellants Theodore L. Hansen, Interstate Energy Corp. and Triple M, L.L.C., appeal from the district court’s judgment in favor of Defendant- Appellee PT. Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. (“BNI”). BNI is a banking corporation established under the laws of Indonesia. Plaintiffs sued BNI and various other defendants based on BNI’s refusal to honor certain bank guaranties and l... More...   $0 (02-06-2013 - UT)

Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

It is settled that when a development project is approved by means of a ballot initiative placed on the ballot by voters and adopted by them in an election, the project is exempt from environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (Pub. Resources Code, § 21000 et seq.) (CEQA). (See CEQA Guidelines, § 15378 (b)1.) In this case, real parties in interest Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., ... More...   $0 (10-30-2012 - CA)

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