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United States of America v. Raymond Ventrone Western District of Pennsylvania Courthouse - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA - Business Manager Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Embezzling $1.5 Million from Boilermakers Local 154

A former Boilermakers union official has been sentenced in federal court to 41 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, on his conviction of embezzlement and theft of Labor Union assets and income tax evasion, United States Attorney Scott W. Br... More...
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Keith Hancock, Tamera Thomas and Jason Dessingue v. The County of Rensselaer, Jack Mahar, Elaine Young, David Hetman Northern District of New York Federal Courthouse - Syracuse, NY

7 Appellants were employees of the Rensselaer County Jail. Their medical
8 records were secretly accessed without their permission by at least one other
9 employee at the Jail. They sued in the United States District Court for the
10 Northern District of New York, alleging violations of their right to privacy in
11 health information under the Fourteenth Amendment and of the Comput... More...
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Today's Fresh Start Charter School v. Inglewood Unified School District

Under the Education Code, in order to add a new charter
location, an established charter school must obtain approval in
the form of a material revision from the authority that granted
its charter. (Ed. Code, § 47605, subd. (a)(4).)1 Today’s Fresh
Start Charter School (Today’s Fresh Start), the appellant in this
appeal, sought both this approval and renewal of its charter in
... More...
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Franklin Grammer, Jr. v. M. Sauers, Warden, Ellsworth Correctional Facility; Attorney General of Kansas District of Kansas Courthouse - Kansas City, Kansas

In June 2009, Franklin L. Grammer, Jr., killed his ex-wife, Betty Grammer
(Betty). On that day, she was painting a house in Johnson County, Kansas, with Jeff
Robinson and Samuel Shanks. Grammer walked up to her, put her in a headlock, and
shot her in the head. He then walked across the front yard of the residence holding the
gun in a ready position apparently looking for Robinson a... More...
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United States of America v. Ashak Victor Nasief Wesa Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, TX - Final Defendant in San Antonio-Based Synthetic Marijuana Distribution Ring Sentenced to Federal Prison

A federal judge sentenced 33-year-old Ashak Victor Nasief Wesa on February 8, 2018 to 150 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in a synthetic marijuana distribution scheme based in San Antonio, announced United States Attor... More...
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United States of America v. Oraleigh Jaramillo, a/k/a Oraleight Hammond, Classia Rose Hammond, Loia K. House, Dannell Jonah Lee, Kevin Ryan Lee, Myreon Lehi, Ladelda Lopez, a/k/a Ladeid Vox, Jennifer Ann Pioche District of Colorado Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

Denver, CO - Eight Individuals with Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Plead Guilty to Embezzlement and Money Laundering

As part of an ongoing investigation, eight individuals pled guilty to various charges involving funds embezzled from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe announced U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer, FBI Denver Field Office Special Agent in Charge Calvin A. Shivers, and IRS-Criminal Investigation Denv... More...
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United States of America v. Evan "Red" Harris United States District Court for the District of Vermont

Burlington, VT - Vermont Man Sentenced to Over Twelve Years for Possession of Firearms and Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl, Heroin, and Cocaine Base

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Evan “Red” Harris, 34, of Burlington, Vermont, was sentenced for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; and conspiracy to distribute fe... More...
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Moira E. Teixeira v. Town of Coventry District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

The McDonnell Douglas framework,
see McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, 411 U.S. 792, 802-804 (1973),
has proven to be a useful tool in the adjudication of pretrial
motions (especially at the summary judgment stage) in
discrimination and retaliation cases. See, e.g., Burns v. Johnson,
829 F.3d 1, 8 (1st Cir. 2016) (discrimination); Henry v. United
Bank, 686 F.3d 50, 55 (1st ... More...
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Solas Industrial Innovation, LLc v. The Superior Court of Orange County, The People, Real Party in Interest

The Orange County District Attorney brought an action for civil penalties
under this state’s unfair competition law (UCL; Bus. & Prof. Code, § 17200) and
fair advertising law (FAL; id., § 17500) against an employer. The action alleged
the employer violated workplace safety standards established by the state
occupational safety and health law (Cal/OSHA; Lab. Code, § 6300 et seq.) an... More...
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United States of America v. Monty Ray Grow Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Tampa Resident Convicted for Involvement with Tricare Health Care Fraud Scheme

Tampa resident convicted in federal court in the Southern District of Florida for his involvement in Tricare health care fraud scheme, kickbacks and money laundering.

On February 5, 2018, a federal jury in Miami unanimously convicted Monty Ray Grow, 46, on 18 criminal counts including consp... More...
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Dennis Godelia v. Zoll Services, LLC Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Dennis Godelia and Sterling Youmas appeal the District Court’s dismissal of their case against ZOLL Services, LLC (“ZOLL”), which brought seven claims under Florida law. Mr. Godelia is suing individually and as the personal representative of the estate of Debra Godelia, who was his wife. Mr. Youmas was Ms. Godelia’s son. Ms. Godelia went into cardiac arrest while wearing an external defibrillator ... More...   $0 (02-11-2018 - FL)

Alvin Doe v. Xavier Becerra, as Attorney General, etc.

This case involves a challenge to the California Department of Justice’s (DOJ)
policy that individuals who possess a federal license to collect “curio and relic” firearms
cannot, by virtue of possessing that license, purchase more than one non-curio or relic
handgun in a 30-day period. DOJ’s position is based on an interpretation of Penal Code
section 27535,
1 which both limits... More...
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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...
   $0 (02-10-2018 - MA)

United States of America v. Christopher Duane Davis and Charity Noel Germain District of Alaska Federal Courthouse - Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, AK - Fairbanks Couple Sentenced for Producing and Distributing Child Pornography

A Fairbanks couple has been sentenced in federal court for producing and distributing child pornography.

Christopher Duane Davis, 32, of Fairbanks, was sentenced February 2, 2018 by U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Beistline, to serve 35 years in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervis... More...
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United States of America v. Tommy Hanson District of Alaska Federal Courthouse - Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, AK - Fairbanks Sex Offender Sentenced for Receipt of Child Pornography

Tommy Hanson, 54, of Fairbanks, was sentenced on Friday, Feb 2, 2018, to serve 20 years in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release, for the receipt of child pornography. In November 2017, a federal jury found Hanson guilty after a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Beistli... More...
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Brande Lee Samuels v. Ryan McDonald, Robert Nigh, Steve Kunzeiler, Isaac Shields, Stuart Southerland Northern District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse Tulsa, Oklahoma

Brande Lee Samuels appeals the district court’s dismissal of his amended
complaint that alleged claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against three Tulsa County public
defenders and two prosecutors with the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office. The
court dismissed the amended complaint without prejudice under 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii) for failure to state a claim. It granted Mr. Sam... 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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Janelle Perez v. City of Roseville, et al. Eastern District of California Federal Courthouse - Sacramento, California

We are confronted in this case with the ongoing and difficult constitutional question of how much control the government can force individuals to cede over their private lives in exchange for the privilege of serving the public by means of government employment. To be sure, private citizens often must sacrifice some individual freedom as a condition of their employment by the State, but “a citizen... 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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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...
   $0 (02-09-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Arthur Larange Lee, Jr. Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

Gainesville, FL - Gainesville Man Convicted of Sex Trafficking Crimes

After a three-day trial, Arthur Larange Lee Jr., 34, of Gainesville, was convicted on February 7, 2018 in the U.S. District Court in Gainesville of sex trafficking by force and use of a facility of interstate commerce to promote prostitution.

Lee abducted a drug-addicted woman from the parking lot of a Gaines... 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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