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Robert Ghiringhelli v. The Assurance Group, Inc. Middle District of Tennessee - Estes Kefauver Federal Courthouse Nashville, Tennessee

Plaintiffs Robert Ghiringhelli, Colin
Keith Holley, Derrold Nash, Anthony Petitti, Jr., and Harmon G. Pye, III,1 appeal the district
court’s grant of summary judgment to defendant The Assurance Group, Inc., on the plaintiffs’
claims for breach of contract, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty, statutory and regulatory
violations, and for declaratory judgment. Before this court, the... More...
   $0 (05-26-2018 - OH)

Terri Raines v. Coastal Pacific Food Distributors,Inc.

APPEAL from a judgment of the Superior Court of San Joaquin County, Linda L.
Lofthus, Judge. Reversed in part and affirmed in part.
Mayall Hurley, William J. Gorham III and Nicholas J. Scardigli for Plaintiff and
Appellant.
Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin, Charles L. Post, Brendan J. Begley,
Meagan D. Bainbridge and James Kachmar for Defendant and Respondent.
2
A... More...
   $0 (05-25-2018 - CA)

Ivan Arnold v. Homeaway, Inc. Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

Plaintiffs Ivan Arnold and Deirdre Seim filed separate lawsuits against
Defendant HomeAway, Inc.
1 In each case, HomeAway sought to compel arbitration. Concluding that both Seim and Arnold are bound to arbitrate threshold arbitrability questions, we REVERSE the judgment of the district court in Arnold’s case and AFFIRM the judgment in Seim’s. We REMAND both cases with instructions to compe... More...
   $0 (05-25-2018 - TX)

Gloria Bustillos v. El Paso County Hospital District, et al. Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - El Paso, Texas

This case stems from a series of increasingly intrusive body searches performed by state medical staff during a border stop in El Paso, Texas. The district court dismissed Appellant’s claims based on qualified immunity, failure to allege a valid claim for county liability under § 1983, and failure to meet Texas state tort standards. We affirm.
BACKGROUND
I. The Search and Seizure
Appel... More...
   $0 (05-25-2018 - TX)

Veronica Bennett v. Hartford Insurance Company of the Midwest Middle District of Louisiana Federal Courthouse - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Defendant-Appellant Hartford Insurance Company of the Midwest (“Hartford”) appeals the district court’s order denying its motion for summary judgment and granting that of Defendant-Appellee Axis Surplus Insurance Company (“Axis”). Hartford also challenges the district court’s grant of Axis’s motion to strike an affidavit submitted in support of its motion for summary judgment as untimely. For the ... More...   $0 (05-25-2018 - LA)

Forrest Huff v. Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.

This case presents the question of whether a plaintiff who brings a representative
action under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA; Lab. Code, § 2698,
et seq.) may seek penalties not only for the Labor Code violation that affected him or her,
but also for different violations that affected other employees. The trial court granted
plaintiff Forrest Huff a new trial, rea... More...
   $0 (05-24-2018 - CA)

Professional Collection Consultants v. Robert M. Lujan

Professional Collection Consultants (PCC) filed this action to collect credit card
debt that Lujan incurred. The parties agree that if Delaware’s three-year statute of
limitations applies the action is time-barred, but that if California’s four-year statute
applies the case is timely filed. The trial court applied the Delaware statute, granting
summary judgment on statute of limita... More...
   $0 (05-23-2018 - CA)

Paul Chmielewski, et al. v. The City of St. Pete Beach Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

In this appeal of an inverse condemnation action, Defendant-Appellant the City of St. Pete Beach (“the City”) challenges a jury verdict in favor of Plaintiffs Katherine A. Chmielewski and Paul Chmielewski, as personal representative of the estate of Chester Chmielewski (“the Chmielewskis”). The underlying dispute involves a beachfront parcel, owned by the Chmielewskis, which experienced significan... More...   $0 (05-21-2018 - FL)

STATE OF OHIO v. ANDREW MELMS

This matter is before the Court on the August 8, 2017 Notice of Appeal of
Andrew Melms. Melms appeals from the trial court’s July 28, 2017 Judgment Entry of
Conviction, following a no contest plea to one count of aggravated possession of drugs,
namely fentanyl, in violation of R.C. 2925.11(A), a felony of the fifth degree. His appeal
is specifically addressed to the trial co... More...
   $0 (05-20-2018 - OH)

RICK POIRIER v. PROCESS EQUIPMENT CO. OF TIPP CITY

On June 8, 2016, Poirier filed a complaint against PECo for monetary
damages and equitable relief, based on PECo’s alleged breach of Poirier’s
manufacturer’s representative agreement. The complaint alleged four causes of action
against PECo: breach of contract; conversion of fees paid by Poirier’s clients; violation of
the statutory duty in R.C. 1335.11 when PECo failed to pay... More...
   $0 (05-20-2018 - OH)

Duncan E. Prince v. Invensure Insurance Brokers, Inc. v. Erm Insurance Brokers, Inc., Cross-defendant and Appellant

The parties appeal and cross-appeal a judgment after a jury trial in this
business dispute. Plaintiff and cross-defendant Duncan E. Prince obtained a judgment of
$647,706.48 against defendant and cross-complainant Invensure Insurance Brokers, Inc.
(Invensure). Invensure took nothing on its cross-complaint against Prince and his related
business entity, cross-defendant ERM Insurance... More...
   $0 (05-20-2018 - CA)

State of Wisconsin v. DeAnthony K. Muldrow

A defendant who enters a
guilty plea waives numerous constitutional rights. State v.
Bangert, 131 Wis. 2d 246, 270, 389 N.W.2d 12 (1986).
Accordingly, "[u]nder the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth
Amendment to the United States Constitution,[1] a defendant's
1 The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U... More...
   $0 (05-19-2018 - WI)

Michael Easley; Stephania Session v. City of Riverside; Sergio Diaz; Silvio Macias Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Riverside, California

On December 22, 2011, Michael Easley (“Easley”) was shot three times by Officer Silvio Macias (“Macias”) following a traffic stop. Based on his resulting injuries, which include permanent physical disability and paralysis, Easley filed this action alleging that Macias violated 42 U.S.C. § 1983 through the use of excessive force. The district court sua sponte ordered an evidentiary hearing regardin... More...   $0 (05-19-2018 - CA)

Shelly Albert v. Truck Insurance Exchange

Good fences make good neighbors. Unless they obstruct an
easement.
Shelly Albert’s neighbor, Henri Baccouche, sued her for
“abatement of private nuisance,” alleging Albert had erected and
refused to remove a fence that partially blocked the only road
leading to Baccouche’s undeveloped property. Albert tendered
Baccouche’s complaint to her homeowners and umbrella insurers,More...
   $0 (05-19-2018 - CA)

Michael Benaroya v. Bruce Willis

Benaroya Pictures (Benaroya) contracted with Westside
Corporation (Westside) to pay the well-known actor Bruce Willis, the
2
president of Westside, to perform in a movie to be produced by
Benaroya. After a dispute arose regarding Willis’ payment, Willis and
Westside (collectively respondents) commenced arbitration proceedings
against Benaroya, pursuant to the arbitration c... More...
   $0 (05-18-2018 - CA)

Edward Tobey v. Brenda Chibucos and Mary Stanton Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

One man’s extradition is another
man’s “kidnapping.” Edward Tobey, the plaintiff here, has
three state-court convictions (one in Illinois and two in Florida)
for possession of child pornography. Tobey also has a penchant
for resisting the conditions of probation placed upon him
2 Nos. 16-3927 & 16-4037
by courts and by his probation officer. In 2013, his tussles with
th... More...
   $0 (05-17-2018 - IL)

Charles E. Yeager v. Peter Holt

Defendants Peter Holt, Holt Law Firm, and Bethany Holt (collectively Holt,
except as noted) appeal from an order denying their special motion to strike (also known
as an anti-SLAPP--Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation--motion).1
Peter Holt
and his law firm briefly represented Charles E. and Victoria Yeager (collectively Yeager,
except as noted) and successfully sued... More...
   $0 (05-17-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. City and County of Denver District of Colorado Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

Denver, CO - Justice Department Reaches Agreement with the City and County of Denver to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint

The Justice Department today announced that it reached an agreement with the City and County of Denver, Colorado, (Denver) to resolve its lawsuit alleging that the Denver Sheriff Department discriminated against a long-time Deputy Sheriff on the basis of his ... More...
   $0 (05-16-2018 - CO)

Elizabeth A. Clemons v. Norton Healthcare, Inc. Western District of Kentucky Federal Courthouse - Louisville, Kentucky

This appeal is the latest installment in an ERISA litigation
saga that has spanned almost ten years. At the risk of oversimplifying their case, the Plaintiff–
Retirees claim that Defendant Norton Healthcare, Inc. Retirement Plan (“Norton”) underpaid
them under the terms of the plan. The district court found that the plan was unambiguous in the
Retirees’ favor. We agree with the dis... More...
   $0 (05-16-2018 - KY)

Kerrie Reilly v. Marin Housing Authority

Kerrie Reilly lives with her severely disabled adult daughter in housing subsidized
by the Marin Housing Authority (MHA). The family participates in the Housing Choice
Voucher program, commonly known as Section 8, which MHA administers according to
the rules and regulations of the United States Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD). As a Section 8 participant, Kerrie Re... More...
   $0 (05-16-2018 - CA)

GREEN MEADOW REALTY CO. v. GILLOCK

This case concerns a dispute between Green Meadow Realty Co. (Realtor) and Roger and Mary Gillock (Owners) over Realtor's right to a commission. The trial court and Court of Civil Appeals resolved this dispute in favor of Realtor on the basis of the summary judgment record presented by the parties. Both courts found Owners were bound by an addendum to the listing agreement, even though it containe... More...   $0 (05-15-2018 - OK)

DOMINO’S PIZZA, LLC. v. YVONNE WIEDERHOLD, AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF RICHARD E. WIEDERHOLD

In January 2011, Richard Wiederhold swerved into the median to avoid a vehicle
that had pulled out in front of him. His vehicle drifted through the median and back across
the roadway, flipped over once or twice, and came to rest in a ditch. The collision
immediately rendered him a quadriplegic. The other vehicle was driven by Jeffrey Kidd,
who was delivering pizza for Domino... More...
   $0 (05-15-2018 - FL)

Rhonda Williams v. Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC Middle District of Florida Federal Courthouse - Tampa, Florida

In this toxic tort suit, Rhonda Williams appeals the District Court’s grant of summary judgment against her and in favor of Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC (“Mosaic”).
* Honorable Ursula Ungaro, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, sitting by designation.
Case: 17-10894 Date Filed: 05/14/2018 Page: 1 of 22
2
Ms. Williams alleged that toxic substances emitted fr... More...
   $0 (05-14-2018 - FL)

Kathryn G. Collier and Benjamin M. Seitz v. SP Plus Corporation Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

This case presents an unusual circumstance: both parties insist that the plaintiffs lack Article III standing to sue. They draw opposing conclusions from this premise, however. The plaintiffs say that without standing their case could not be removed from state court using 28 U.S.C. § 1441; the defendant justifies removal but says the case then required dismissal for lack of standing. The district ... More...   $0 (05-14-2018 - )

Mark Burns v. Daniel P. Martuscello, Jr., et al. Northern District of New York Federal Courthouse - Syracuse, NY

12 Plaintiff‐Appellant Mark Burns appeals from a February 10, 2015 decision
13 and order of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New
14 York (Kahn, J.), adopting the report‐recommendation of the magistrate judge
15 (Hummel, M.J.) in its entirety, and granting summary judgment to defendants.
16 Burns brought several Section 1983 claims, alleging ... More...
   $0 (05-14-2018 - NY)

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