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United States of America v. Greg Takesian District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA - Florida CPA Sentenced for Tax Fraud

A Florida man was sentenced February 8, 2018 in federal court in Boston for multiple counts of tax fraud and obstructing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Greg Takesian, 54, of Miami, Fla., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to two years in prison and one year of supervised release, and he was ordered to... More...
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Alejandro Menocal, et al. v. National Advocacy Center of The Sisters of the Good Shepherd, et al. District of Colorado Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

This appeal addresses whether immigration detainees housed in a private contract
detention facility in Aurora, Colorado (the “Aurora Facility”) may bring claims as a class
under (1) 18 U.S.C. § 1589, a provision of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (the
“TVPA”) that prohibits forced labor; and (2) Colorado unjust enrichment law.
The GEO Group, Inc. (“GEO”) owns and operates th... More...
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State of Indiana v. Ronald Combs Clark County Indiana Courthouse - Jeffersonville, Indiana

Jeffersonville, IN - Judge Directs Verdict In Favor of Defendant

The State of Indiana charged Ronald Combs with:

Violation of 9-26-1-1.1(a)(2)/MA: Failure to Remain at Scene of Accident Bodily Injury bodily injury., 35-44.1-3-1(a)(1)/F6: Resisting Law Enforcement but the def. draws or uses a deadly weapon, inflicts, 9-21-8-52(a)(1)/MC: Reckless Driving Drive at unreasonable high ... More...
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Brian Newton v. Parker Drilling Management Services, Ltd. Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

This case presents the novel question whether claims
under state wage and hour laws may be brought by workers
employed on drilling platforms fixed on the outer Continental
Shelf. Brian Newton worked on such a platform off the coast
of Santa Barbara. His shifts lasted fourteen days and he
regularly worked twelve hours per day. After Parker Drilling
(“Parker”) terminated him,... More...
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Dalia Rojas v. HSBC Card Services, Inc.

APPEAL from a judgment of the Superior Court of San Diego County, Earl H.
Maas III, Judge. Reversed and remanded with directions.

In the underlying operative complaint, plaintiff Dalia Rojas pleaded two causes of
action against defendants HSBC Card Services Inc. and HSBC Technology & Services
(USA) Inc. (together HSBC) based on HSBC's alleged violations of Rojas's right toMore...
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Sonny Low v. Trump University, LLC, ak/a Trump Entrepreneur Initiative and Donald Trump Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

Trump University, now defunct, was a for-profit entity that purported to teach Donald J. Trump’s “secrets of success” in the real estate industry. During the 2016 presidential election, Trump University and Trump were defendants in three lawsuits alleging fraud and violations of various state and federal laws: two class actions in the Southern District of California, and a suit by the New York Att... More...   $0 (02-09-2018 - CA)

Maria J. Barahona, et al. v. Union Pacific Railroad Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

For more than half a century, the Union Pacific Railroad
(“Union Pacific”) has leased land under 1,800 miles of its
right of way to Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines, L.P. (“SFPP”),
which uses the land for a petroleum pipeline. In a suit by
landowners challenging Union Pacific’s ability to lease the
land, the district court held that (1) the acts of Congress
conferring the right o... More...
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Seanlim Yith and Seak Leang Yith v. Kristen Nielsen, et al. Eastern District of California Federal Courthouse - Fresno, California

Seanlim and Seak Leang Yith appeal from the district
court’s dismissal of their complaint requesting adjudication
of their naturalization applications pursuant to 8 U.S.C.
§ 1447(b). Relying on 8 U.S.C. § 1429, the district court
concluded that the Yiths were precluded from obtaining any
relief because they were concurrently in removal proceedings.
See 8 U.S.C. § 1429 (prov... More...
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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...
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State of Oklahoma v. Jerrica Ann Renee Teehee Lackey Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals 918-582-6422

Tulsa, OK - United States charged Jerrica Ann Renee Teehee Lackey, age 30, with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: CHSA, SEXUAL ABUSE - CHILD UNDER 12, in violation of 21 O.S. 843.5 F
Date of Offense: 05/16/2017
Party Name Disposition Information
LACKEY, JERRICA ANN RENEE
Count # 2. Count as Filed: CHSA, SEXUAL ABUSE - CHILD UNDER 12, in violation of 21 O.S. 843.5 F
D... More...
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Clayton Douglas v. Serenivision, Inc.

There is a “strong presumption that courts should
determine the jurisdiction of arbitrators.” (Sandquist v. Lebo
Automotive, Inc. (2016) 1 Cal.5th 233, 249 (Sandquist).) Parties
may nevertheless agree to let an arbitrator decide his or her own
jurisdiction, at least if their agreement to do so is “‘clear[] and
unmistakabl[e].’” (Howsam v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. (2002)
5... More...
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Annie Rayman v. Abbott Amubulance, Inc. St. Louis City Courthouse - City of St. Louis, Missoui

Annie Rayman (“Rayman”) appeals from the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in
favor of Abbott Ambulance, Inc. (“Abbott”) on her negligence claim. Rayman sued Abbott for
damages that resulted from an automobile collision between Rayman and a third party. The trial
court granted Abbott’s motion for summary judgment, finding that Abbott did not owe Rayman a
duty of care and that... More...
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State of Missouri v. Gregory Allen Heidbrink Warren County Courthouse - Warrenton, Missouri

Gregory Alan Heidbrink (Appellant) appeals from the trial court’s judgment
entered after a jury trial convicting him of receiving stolen property. We affirm in part,
reverse in part, and remand for resentencing.
Factual and Procedural Background
The State charged Appellant, as a prior and persistent offender, with one count of
receiving stolen property, a class C Felony, in vio... More...
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State of Missouri v. Jeffrey L. Bruner Jasper County Courthouse - Carthage, Missouri

Defendant Jeffrey L. Bruner appeals his convictions on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action, alleging the circuit court erred by refusing to submit a self-defense instruction. This Court recently reaffirmed in State v. Smith, 456 S.W.3d 849, 852 (Mo. banc 2015), that if substantial evidence is presented of the elements of self-defense, then the issue is injected and self-defens... More...   $0 (02-08-2018 - MO)

State of Missouri v. Vicki Leann Gilmore St. Clair County Courthouse - Osceola, Missouri

Vicki Gilmore appeals her conviction of the class C felony of possession of a
controlled substance, arguing insufficient evidence supports her conviction. Following a
jury trial, Gilmore was found guilty and sentenced to seven years in prison. The circuit
court suspended the execution of the sentence and placed her on probation for five years.
Because there was insufficient evidenc... More...
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United States of America v. Karla Justice, a/k/a Karla Jessee Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, MO - Jasper School District Employee Pleads Guilty to $145,000 Embezzlement Scheme

An employee of the Jasper R-5 School District pleaded guilty in federal court on February 7, 2018 to embezzling more than $145,000 from the district.

Karla Justice, also known as Karla Jessee, 55, of Columbus, Kan., waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magist... More...
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Donald Morgan v. Michael Robinson District of Nebraska Federal Courthouse - Lincoln, Nebraska

After Donald Morgan ran against his boss Michael Robinson, the incumbent
sheriff, in a primary election, Robinson terminated Morgan’s employment as a deputy
with the Washington County, Nebraska Sheriff’s Office for statements Morgan made
during the campaign. Morgan then brought this First Amendment retaliation action
under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and Robinson moved for summary judgment o... More...
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United States of America v. Mark Arlin Hammerschmidt District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mark Arlin Hammerschmidt (Mark) pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy
to defraud the United States in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 286 and was sentenced to 135
months’ imprisonment. Ornella Angelina Hammerschmidt (Ornella) pleaded guilty
to one count of making false claims for refunds in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 287 and
was sentenced to 48 months’ imprisonment. The Hammerschmidts ... More...
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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)

United States of America v. David E. Schultz Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - St. Louis County Man Sentenced for Scamming Individuals

David E. Schultz defrauded multiple victims by falsely stating that he could provide various legal remedies to them. He demanded victims provide him cash or assets, such as jewelry, gold, silver, and other items of value that could quickly be converted into cash in exchange for future services. Schultz demanded victi... More...
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United States of America v. Joshua Van Haften Western District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Madison, Wisconsin

Joshua Van Haften is a Wisconsin native
who was caught travelling to Turkey in an attempt to join
ISIS, a designated terrorist organization. In some ways,
Van Haften fits the typical profile of a terrorist: he believes
that ISIS is fighting a holy war against America—a war that
will culminate in the establishment of a global caliphate. But
this view is just one strand in a ... More...
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Margery Newman v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

At age 56, Margery Newman purchased
a long-term care insurance plan from the Metropolitan
Life Insurance Company (“MetLife”). She opted for one of
MetLife’s non-standard options for paying her insurance premiums;
MetLife called the method she selected “Reduced-Pay
at 65.” When Newman was 67 years old, she was startled to
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discover that MetLife that year mor... More...
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Marina Pacifica Homeowners Association v. Southern California Financial Corporation

Both plaintiff and defendant appeal from a postjudgment
order concluding neither of them was the prevailing party in
litigation over an assignment fee, and consequently neither of
them was entitled to attorney fees under Civil Code section 1717
(section 1717) or to costs under Code of Civil Procedure
section 1032 (section 1032). We affirm the trial court’s order.
FACTS
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United States of America v. Sylvia Rebecca Smith Western District of Kentucky Federal Courthouse - Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, KY - Former CFO Of Insurance Brokerage Company Sentenced To 37 Months In Prison And Agreed To Pay $674,093 In Restitution For Embezzlement And Tax Evasion

Money supported a family owned business, personal expenses and gambling activity

The former Chief Financial Officer of Market Finders Insurance Corporation was sentenced on February 5, 2018 in United States District... More...
   $0 (02-06-2018 - KY)

Superior Communications, d/b/a Smile FM v. City of Riverview, Michigan Eastern District of Michigan Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

This appeal concerns a dispute over whether
Superior Communications can significantly expand and upgrade its radio broadcast equipment
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No. 17-1234 Superior Commc’ns v. City of Riverview, Mich. Page 2
located on a telecommunications tower owned by the City of Riverview, Michigan. Though
Superior alleges violations of the Telecommunications Act and of its constitutional rights,... More...
   $0 (02-06-2018 - MI)

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