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Estate of Leon Walker, Jr. v. Building Inspector Hershell Wallace Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

One morning, a SWAT team raided a St. Louis house in which the plaintiffs
lived to execute a search warrant. According to the warrant affidavit, a detective
suspected that the house contained heroin, illegal firearms, and drug-trafficking
paraphernalia. The team knocked on the door, yelled "police," and quickly began
striking the door with a battering ram. The team also tossed a "f... More...
   $0 (02-18-2018 - MO)

J.H. v. The Superior Court of San Luis Obispo County, San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Service, Real Party in Interest

In People v. Sanchez (2016) 63 Cal.4th 665 (Sanchez),
our Supreme Court clarified the test for admitting expert opinion
testimony. Although Sanchez was a criminal case, its limitations
extend beyond the scope of criminal law: to proceedings under
the Sexually Violent Predator Act (People v. Burroughs (2016) 6
Cal.App.5th 378), to conservatorship proceedings
2
(Conserva... More...
   $0 (02-16-2018 - CA)

Beebe Roh v. Starbucks Corporation Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

While Beebe and Lucas Roh were at
Starbucks on Rush Street in Chicago, Illinois with their two
sons Alexander and Marcus, a wood and metal stanchion fell
onto Marcus Roh’s finger. Marcus’s injured finger had to be
amputated that same day. Beebe sued Starbucks Corporation
2 No. 16-4033
in state court on behalf of Marcus, claiming its negligence
caused Marcus’s injury. In... More...
   $0 (02-02-2018 - IL)

James Smith, Sr. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al. Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

This is an Engle progeny case1 brought by plaintiff James Smith, Sr. against defendant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (“Defendant”) to recover damages based on the death of his wife, Wanette Smith, from tobacco-related diseases caused by Mrs. Smith’s decades-long history of smoking Defendant’s cigarettes. We face only one issue:2 whether the district court should have reduced the jury’s compensatory da... More...   $0 (01-31-2018 - FL)

Michelle Colen v. State of Indiana Jury finds woman guilty of drug charges

On April 27, 2016, the Madison Police Department sent a confidential
informant, who was equipped with a video-recording device, to Johnny Ford’s
home to purchase methamphetamine. Ford was a suspected methamphetamine
dealer in the area. At the time of the buy, Colen and Ford had been in a
romantic relationship for approximately one year, and Colen and her three
minor chil... More...
   $0 (01-21-2018 - IN)

Heron Bay Homeowners Association v. City of San Leandro, Halus Power Systems, Real Party in Interest

Real parties in interest Halus Power Systems and Louis A. Rigaud individually
and dba Halus Power Systems (collectively, Halus Power), appeal from the trial court’s
post-judgment order granting in part plaintiff Heron Bay Homeowners Association’s
(Heron Bay HOA’s) motion for attorneys’ fees pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure1
section 1021.5. Defendant City of San Leandro (San Lean... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - CA)

City of Modesto v. The Dow Chemical Company

In late 1998, the City of Modesto (the City), the City of Modesto Sewer District
No. 1 (the Sewer District) and the Modesto Redevelopment Agency (the RDA) sued
various retail dry cleaning businesses (dry cleaners) operating in Modesto together with
the manufacturers of dry cleaning equipment used at those dry cleaners, and the
manufacturers and distributors of dry cleaning solvent.... More...
   $0 (01-08-2018 - CA)

Christopher M. Beaty v. State of Indiana

On January 25, 2017, Sarah Gustin (Gustin) was introduced to Beaty through a
mutual friend. They spent time together the next day, and on January 27, 2017,
Gustin drove Beaty to the outskirts of Greenfield, Hancock County, Indiana, in
order to meet one of his friends regarding “[a] [m]eth deal.” (Tr. p. 81). The
friend, identified simply as “Taylor,” got into Gustin’s vehicl... More...
   $0 (01-05-2018 - IN)

Kathleen D. McBride, as Trustee, etc. v. Byron C. Smith

Kathleen McBride (McBride) sued Byron and Kalmia Smith (the Smiths) for
violating McBride’s rights with respect to a recorded easement over the Smiths’ property.
After sustaining demurrers to several versions of McBride’s complaint, the last without
leave to amend, the trial court entered judgment in favor of the Smiths. On appeal, we
conclude that McBride stated causes of action f... More...
   $0 (01-04-2018 - CA)

Los Angeles Conservancy v. City of West Hollywood, Charles Company, Real Parties in Interest

Los Angeles Conservancy (Conservancy) petitioned
the superior court for a writ of mandate to compel the City of
West Hollywood (the City) to set aside the City’s approval of a real
estate development project known as “the Melrose Triangle” project.
The Conservancy argues that the environmental impact report
(EIR) was flawed in its analysis of alternatives to the project, theMore...
   $0 (12-22-2017 - CA)

Town of Westport v. Monsanto Company, Solutia, Inc. and Pharmacia Corporation District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

This is an appeal from the entry
of judgment for the defendants in a products liability case brought
by the plaintiff, Town of Westport ("Westport"). The defendants
are Monsanto Company, Solutia, Inc., and Pharmacia Corporation
(collectively "Pharmacia"). Westport filed suit under
Massachusetts law against Pharmacia, seeking to recover the cost
of remediating Westport Middl... More...
   $0 (12-12-2017 - MA)

GEORGE EVANS v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA The Asian Longhorned Beetle

THE BEETLES
We first rehearse the background of the case dividing
our account into four movements.
Norwegian Wood
The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) is an invasive pest
that arrived in the United States from Asia, concealed in wooden
shipping crates and pallets. According to the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA), the ALB has the grim potential
t... More...
   $0 (12-07-2017 - MA)

Department of Forestry and Fire Protection v. Eunice E. Howell

A wildfire started in Plumas County on September 3, 2007, and burned
approximately 65,000 acres over the course of multiple weeks. This fire, dubbed the
“Moonlight Fire,” was at the center of several actions filed by plaintiffs Department of
Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), Grange Insurance Association, and multiple
landowners
1 in 2009 and 2010 against defendants Eunic... More...
   $0 (12-07-2017 - CA)

George Evans v. United States of America District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

In this case, a small bug incited
a lawsuit under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), 28 U.S.C.
§§ 1346(b), 2671-2680. The district court, acting through a
magistrate judge, ruled that the FTCA's discretionary function
exception barred the maintenance of the action. See Evans v.
United States, No. 14-cv-40042, 2016 WL 5844473, at *8 (D. Mass.
Sept. 30, 2016) (citing 28 U.S.... More...
   $0 (12-04-2017 - MA)

Hossein Shahbazian v. City of Rancho Palos verdes

Governments speak. They also petition. And they act in
ways that are neither speaking nor petitioning. It is important to
distinguish between the three, because Code of Civil Procedure
section 425.16 (section 425.16) may apply to the first two, but not
the third.
This case concerns whether the City of Rancho Palos
Verdes properly issued a permit for a fence separating twoMore...
   $0 (11-25-2017 - CA)

Hossein Shahbazian v. City of Rancho Palos Verdes

Governments speak. They also petition. And they act in
ways that are neither speaking nor petitioning. It is important to
distinguish between the three, because Code of Civil Procedure
section 425.16 (section 425.16) may apply to the first two, but not
the third.
This case concerns whether the City of Rancho Palos
Verdes properly issued a permit for a fence separating twoMore...
   $0 (11-22-2017 - CA)

Joshua Brenner v. American Education Services Eighth Circuit Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Joshua Seth Brenner sued American Education Services (AES), allegingviolations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227. Brenner appeals the district court’s adverse grant of summary judgment. Having jurisdiction
under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, this court affirms.
Reviewing the record de novo in the light most favorable to the non moving
party, this court concludes that summar... More...
   $0 (11-21-2017 - MO)

Patricia Arellano v. Clark County Collection Service, LLC; Borg Law Group, LLC Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

Can a debt collector avoid liability under the Federal Fair
Debt Collection Practices Act by obtaining the debtor’s
lawsuit through a writ of execution? We conclude that such
a procedure frustrates the Act’s purpose and is thus
preempted.

I

Patricia Arellano was overdue on a small amount of
medical debt—$371.89 to be precise. A private collection
agency, C... More...
   $0 (11-19-2017 - NV)

STATE OF NEW MEXICO v. LARRY BYROM New Mexico Court of Appeals

The facts are taken from the testimony at the suppression hearing held on June
18 11, 2015, unless otherwise noted. New Mexico State Police Sergeant James R.
19 Foreman responded to a call from dispatch on February 2, 2015 around 3:30 p.m.
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1 concerning a man “slumped over the steering wheel” of his vehicle in the parking lot
2 of Dino’s Mini-Mart in Farmington, New Mexico. Th... More...
   $0 (11-08-2017 - NM)

The Traveler's Property Casualty Company of America v. Actavis, Inc.

The United States faces an epidemic of addiction, overdosing, death, and
other problems brought on by the increasing use and abuse of opioid painkillers. This
epidemic has placed a financial strain on state and local governments dealing with the
epidemic’s health and safety consequences. To seek redress for the opioid epidemic, the
County of Santa Clara and the County of Orange bro... More...
   $0 (11-07-2017 - CA)

Mario Watkins v. State of Indiana Indiana Supreme Court

A long-time confidential informant saw Mario Watkins in his Evansville home with a gun, cocaine, and marijuana. After receiving this tip, Evansville police got a search warrant, surveilled the house, and decided to send in the SWAT team. The team met to plan the warrant execution, taking into account the layout of the house, Watkins’s violent criminal history, and the danger posed by four adults w... More...   $0 (10-31-2017 - IN)

Dryden Oaks, LLC v. San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

In 2001, Michael Durkin used two limited liability companies—Dryden Oaks LLC
and Durkin-CAC Lot 24, LLC—to purchase two lots directly adjacent to the McClellan
Palomar Airport (Airport) in the City of Carlsbad, California (City). His development
plans for the two lots were initially successful despite determinations by the San Diego
County Regional Airport Authority (Authority) tha... More...
   $0 (10-23-2017 - CA)

Wiseman Park, LLC v. Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC

Wiseman Park, LLC (appellant) appeals from the judgment entered
following the trial court sustaining the demurrer of Southern Glazer’s Wine
and Spirits, LLC (respondent)1 to appellant’s complaint without leave to
amend. Appellant, the holder of a license to sell alcoholic beverages in its
restaurant, purchased alcoholic beverages from respondent, a licensed
wholesale distributo... More...
   $0 (10-15-2017 - CA)

Chad E. Cohen and Kirsten Cohen v. Postal Holdings, LLC Second Circuit Court of Appeals - New York, New York

Plaintiffs‐Appellants Chad E. Cohen and Kirsten Cohen (the “Cohens”)
filed a Complaint in the Superior Court for the State of Connecticut against
Defendant‐Third‐Party‐Plaintiff‐Appellee Postal Holdings, LLC (“Postal
Holdings”), stating a claim of private nuisance based on injuries allegedly caused
by Postal Holdings’s failure to maintain a property it... More...
   $0 (10-11-2017 - CT)

City of Vallejo v. NCORP4, Inc.

The City of Vallejo (Vallejo or city) appeals from the denial of its request for a
preliminary injunction to enjoin the operation of a medical marijuana dispensary within
the city. The trial court concluded that the city’s ordinance conferring limited immunity
for the operation of such a dispensary conditioned on the prior payment of a business tax
imposes an unconstitutional ex po... More...
   $0 (10-01-2017 - CA)

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