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Marc Veasey v. Greg Abbott

In 2011, Texas (“the State”) passed Senate Bill 14 (“SB 14”), which requires individuals to present one of several forms of photo identification in order to vote. See Act of May 16, 2011, 82d Leg., R.S., ch. 123, 2011 Tex. Gen. Laws 619. Plaintiffs filed suit challenging the constitutionality and legality of the law. The district court held that SB 14 was enacted with a racially discriminatory pur... More...   $0 (08-06-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Samuel E. Condo, Jr.

Cleveland, OH - Texas man sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for traveling to Ohio to have sex with 13-year-old girl

A Texas man was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for traveling to Ohio in an attempt to have sex with what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl.

Samuel E. Condo, Jr., 32, of Arlington, Texas, was sentenced to 188 months in prison by U.S. District Ju... More...
   $0 (08-05-2015 - OH)

United States of America v. James "Assi" L. Jariv

Las Vegas, NV - Two Men Sentenced And Another Pleads Guilty In Las Vegas For International Biofuels Fraud Scheme

James Jariv, 64, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced in federal court in Las Vegas today to ten years in prison for his role in illegal schemes to generate fraudulent biodiesel credits and to export biodiesel without providing biodiesel credits to the United States. Jariv was ... More...
   $0 (08-05-2015 - NV)

Sheldon Stephens v. Kevin Clash

Plaintiff Sheldon Stephens appeals the dismissal of his claims against Defendant Kevin Clash for injuries resulting from the parties’ sexual relationship while Stephens was underage, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2422, 18 U.S.C. § 2423, and state law. The District Court dismissed Stephens’s claims as untimely. For the reasons that follow, we will affirm.
I.
Because the District Court dismiss... More...
   $0 (08-05-2015 - PA)

United States of America v. Johl Cacace

Defendants-appellants Thomas Gioeli and Dino Saracino appeal from judgments
entered by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Cogan, J.).
Defendants were convicted of crimes they committed as members of the Colombo crime
family. On appeal, Gioeli argues that there was insufficient evidence to support his
conviction for racketeering conspiracy; that t... More...
   $0 (08-05-2015 - NY)

Soto v. BorgWarner Morse

Secundino Medina died of asbestos-related mesothelioma. Medina’s estate, his daughters Patricia Soto, Yolanda Isaak, and Leticia Medina, and his great-grandson Eli Canett asserted claims for negligence, strict liability, and wrongful death against a host of defendants, alleging that their asbestos-laden products contributed to Medina’s mesothelioma. Their claims against defendant BorgWarner Mors... More...   $0 (08-05-2015 - CA)

Coldren v. Hart, King & Coldren

HKC is an Orange County law firm formed in November 1982. Pursuant to a shareholder agreement signed in 2005 (the shareholder agreement), HKC had two equal shareholders, Hart and Coldren. Hart and Coldren were each directors. Coldren was the president, and Hart was the Secretary/Treasurer. Hart and Coldren both placed their 50 percent ownership interests in their respective family trusts. More...   $0 (08-05-2015 - CA)

United States v. Gioeli, Saracino

In May 2008, a grand jury in the Eastern District of New York returned a
superseding indictment (“S-1 indictment”) against several individuals alleged to be members
of the Colombo crime family, including defendants-appellants Thomas Gioeli and Dino
Saracino as well as Joseph Competiello and Dino Calabro.
The S-1 indictment included the following allegations. The Colombo crime ... More...
   $0 (08-05-2015 - NY)

NEW MEXICO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL v. DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS of the STATE OF NEW MEXICO,

In this case, we determine whether the Director of the Labor Relations Division
4 (the Director) of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) is in
5 violation of the Public Works Minimum Wage Act (the Act), NMSA 1978, §§ 13-4
6 10 to -17 (1937, as amended through 2011), for failing to set prevailing wage rates
7 and prevailing fringe benefit rates for public works pro... More...
   $0 (08-05-2015 - NM)

Cody Devereaux Sleiter, et al. vs. American Family Mutual Insurance Company

Appellant Cody Sleiter seeks excess underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage
benefits from his family’s automobile policy with respondent American Family Mutual
Insurance Company (American Family) because his damages exceeded the recovery
available to him under the coverage of the vehicle in which he was a passenger. Sleiter
argues that the district court and court of appeals erre... More...
   $0 (08-05-2015 - MN)

United States of America v. Dr. Jian Yun Dong, aka John Dong, GenPhar Inc. and Vaxima Inc.

Columbia, SC - Dr. Dong, GenPhar Inc., and Vaxima, Inc., Convicted of Fraud in Retrial Before U.S. District Court Judge David Norton

Dr. Jian Yun Dong, aka John Dong, and the companies which he founded, GenPhar Inc. and Vaxima Inc., were convicted of multiple fraud-based charges following a five day trial in Federal Court that took place June 22 through 25, 2015. The case was submitted f... More...
   $0 (08-04-2015 - SC)

United States of America v. George Verkler

Seattle, WA - Repeat Identity Thief Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Sophisticated Scheme to Steal Unemployment Benefits

Former Accountant Set up Phony Companies and Employees to Steal more than $200,000

A 54-year-old Seattle man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 48 months in prison for theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft, announced U.... More...
   $0 (08-04-2015 - WA)

Jesus Martinez and Kanda Martinez v. Angel Exploration, LLC

Jesus Martinez was working on a pump jack—the machinery that extracts
oil or gas from a producing underground well site—when the sleeve of his
sweatshirt became caught. As a result, Martinez’s hand was pulled into the
moving belts and his right thumb severed. The pump jack that injured Martinez,
owned by Angel Exploration, was not protected by safety guarding, something
Martine... More...
   $0 (08-04-2015 - OK)

State v. Dontae Hathaway

In this appeal, we must determine whether the warrantless
search of a room in a casino hotel, where the police reasonably
believed an armed robbery had recently occurred, violated the
Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article
I, Paragraph 7 of the New Jersey Constitution. Fearing that
another victim or victims might be injured or held hostage in
... More...
   $0 (08-04-2015 - NJ)

KELVIN WAYNE WILLIAMS v. THE STATE OF WYOMING

Kelvin Williams pled guilty to third-degree sexual assault and nolo contendere to abuse of a vulnerable adult, for entering the home of 68-year-old A.S. and touching her breast while she lay on her bed, breathing from an oxygen tank. At the plea hearing, the court read both charges from the Information, advised Mr. Williams of the consequences of his pleas, inquired whether Mr. Williams understoo... More...   $0 (08-04-2015 - WY)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, RECORDER OF DEEDS v. MERSCORP INC

MERSCORP, Inc., now known as MERSCORP Holdings, Inc., is the parent company that owns and operates the system, while Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. is the entity that serves as mortgagee of record in local land recording offices. Additional background and explanation of how MERS operates is set forth in the District Court’s opinion. 2 The Recorder did not plead a quiet title claim... More...   $0 (08-04-2015 - PA)

Gregory M. Egleston v. Chesapeake Energy Corporation

¶1 Plaintiff/Appellant Gregory M. Egleston (Egleston) appeals the trial court's Order granting the motion to dismiss of Defendant/Appellee Chesapeake Energy Corporation (Chesapeake).1 Egleston previously made a demand on Chesapeake that it take certain actions related to alleged corporate waste and mismanagement. On appeal in that prior case, a separate division of this Court concluded that Chesap... More...   $0 (08-03-2015 - OK)

United States of America v. Jason Sheehan

New Haven, CT - New Haven Man Sentenced to More Than 3 Years in Federal Prison for Bankruptcy and Tax Fraud Schemes

Jason Sheehan, 41, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for engaging in an extensive bankruptcy and tax fraud scheme. In addition, Judge Thompson s... More...
   $0 (08-03-2015 - CT)

Murray v. Town of Hudson

During a varsity baseball game between two
high school teams at a public park in the town of Hudson (town),
the plaintiff, a ballplayer with the visiting team, seriously
injured his knee while warming up in the bullpen. The plaintiff
filed suit in the Superior Court against the town under the
Massachusetts Tort Claims Act, G. L. c. 258 (act), alleging that
his injury... More...
   $0 (08-03-2015 - MA)

The State of Wyoming v. Black Hills Power, Inc.

The federal district court’s certification order contains a statement of facts relevant to the questions certified. Although our review and ultimate resolution of the questions do not require application of the facts, we set forth that portion of the order to provide context:
(b) Statement of Relevant Facts
1. On June 29, 2012, a wildfire was ignited near Newcastle, Weston County, Wyomin... More...
   $0 (08-03-2015 - WY)

Sanchez v. Valencia Holding Co.

The automobile sales contract in the present case has an arbitration agreement that provides, among other things, that arbitral awards of $0 or over $100,000 as well as grants but not denials of injunctive relief may be appealed to a panel of arbitrators. The arbitration agreement also has provisions that require the party appealing the award to front the costs of the appeal, preserve the right o... More...   $0 (08-03-2015 - CA)

Lee Pacific Properties v. Century Pacific Equity Corporation

Because this is an equitable case, the Court of Appeals, “acting in its sole discretion, may try the cause anew upon the record or make one or more factual findings anew upon the record.” ORS 19.415(3)(b). No party has requested that we exercise our discretion to review de novo. Nevertheless, as explained below, 272 Or App at 635, the trial court’s interpretation of the parties’ settlement agreeme... More...   $0 (08-03-2015 - OR)

Nancy Rangel v. McMackin-Beam Revocable Trust

Appellant Nancy Rangel and all other occupants appeal from the trial court’s final judgment which held that appellee McMackin Beam Revocable Trust (“Trust”) was entitled to possession of the real property at issue in addition to back rent and attorneys’ fees. Appellant asserts the following arguments: (1) whether the trial court correctly concluded that it had jurisdiction to hear case; (2) if the... More...   $0 (08-03-2015 - TX)

Christine V. Violette v. Randy R. Violette

Christine V. Violette appeals from a judgment of divorce entered in the
District Court (Waterville, Dow, J.). Christine contends that the court (1) clearly
erred in its calculation of Randy R. Violette’s income; (2) abused its discretion in
its spousal support award; (3) clearly erred in finding that two assets, a piece of
real estate and a business, were nonmarital; and (4) v... More...
   $0 (08-02-2015 - ME)

Frazer v. Olson

Mother appeals the parent-child contact and property division orders in a final divorce decree that assign her sole parental rights and responsibilities with regard to the parties’ children. On appeal, mother argues that the trial court was bound to consider findings of fact made by the presiding magistrate at a temporary hearing and that the court’s findings do not support its conclusions. We ... More...   $0 (08-02-2015 - VT)

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