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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...
   $0 (02-07-2018 - WI)

Colleen M. Bradley v. West Chester University of The Pennsylvania State Sytem of Higher Education Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

While employed in an administrative position at West
Chester University of Pennsylvania, Colleen Bradley shared
her concerns about one of the school’s budget documents with
her colleagues. Subsequently, she was informed by her
supervisor that her employment contract would not be
renewed. Arguing that her speech was protected by the First
Amendment to the United States Const... More...
   $0 (02-02-2018 - PA)

Anthony Knight v. State University of New York at Stony Brook Eastern District of New York Courthouse - Brooklyn, New York

Plaintiff Anthony Knight, an African‐American electrician, sued Defendant
State University of New York at Stony Brook (“Stony Brook”) for discrimination
and retaliation, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C.
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§ 2000e et seq., when it terminated Knight’s employment after he reported racist
graffiti in a bathroom located at his worksite. At t... More...
   $0 (02-01-2018 - NY)

Lori Franchina v. City of Providence District of Rhode Island Federal Courthouse - Providence, Rhode Island

Sticks and stones may break
some bones, but harassment can hurt forever. "Cunt," "bitch,"
"lesbo": all are but a smattering of the vile verbal assaults the
plaintiff in this gender discrimination case, Lori Franchina, a
former lieutenant firefighter, was regularly subjected to by
members of the Providence Fire Department ("the Department"). She
was also spit on, shoved, and... More...
   $0 (02-01-2018 - RI)

Michael Catinella v. County of Cook, Illinois Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Michael Catinella sued Cook County and its Department of Transportation for firing him under false pretenses in violation of his rights under the Due Process Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and federal statutory provisions. The circumstances surrounding this event are filled with intrigue. The complaint describes a
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public-bidding process gone awry, an investigation to co... More...
   $0 (01-31-2018 - IL)

Douglas Ossanna v. Nike, Inc. Oregon Supreme Court Building - Eugene, Oregon

Plaintiff is a licensed electrician who previously
worked for defendant, Nike, Inc., in its maintenance department.
Defendant fired plaintiff after he used one of defendant’s
on-site basketball courts at a prohibited time. In
response, plaintiff sued defendant for, among other things,
statutory safety complaint and whistleblower retaliation.
Plaintiff alleged that defendant... More...
   $0 (01-31-2018 - OR)

David Pittington v. Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud, L.L.C. Eastern District of Tennessee - Federal Courthouse - Knoxville, Tennessee

Plaintiffs who successfully prove that they
were fired in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) are
presumptively entitled to back pay for the amount they would have earned had they not been
unlawfully terminated. Such awards are intended to compensate fully plaintiffs for the wrongs
that they suffered. For the same reason, an award of prejudgment int... More...
   $0 (01-26-2018 - TN)

Keith Saunders v. Fort Motor Company; Jeff Marzina; Karen Morrison Western District of Kentucky Federal Courthouse - Louisville, Kentucky

This case involves claims by Keith Saunders
against his employer, Ford Motor Company, under both § 301 of the Labor Management
Relations Act (LMRA), 29 U.S.C. § 185, and Kentucky law. Saunders contends that Ford
breached the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA) by twice placing him on
temporary leave—known as no-work-available (NWA) status—and that his local union breac... More...
   $0 (01-26-2018 - KY)

STATE OF OHIO v. MICHAEL D. SCOTT

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Joshua Hamilton attended his sister
Bridget’s birthday party at Kricket’s Tavern in Huber Heights, along with his other sister,
Brittany, and one of Brittany’s friends. Trial Tr. vol. 3, 1099-1102. The staff that evening
consisted of four persons, one of whom served as a host and took photographs to be
used for promotional purposes. Id. at 10... More...
   $0 (01-21-2018 - OH)

James L. Turner v. Theodore V. Wells, Jr. and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, L.L.P. Southern District of Florida Courthouse - Miami, Florida

This appeal involves a law firm’s investigation of the Miami Dolphins professional football organization. The National Football League (“NFL”) hired the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and one of its partners, Theodore Wells, to investigate allegations of bullying within the Dolphins organization. After receiving Paul, Weiss’s report, the Dolphins fired their offensive lin... More...   $0 (01-18-2018 - FL)

James Dee Brewer, Jr. v. The State of Texas

Garland Police Officer Aaron Radney arrived at a Super 8 Motel looking for an unnamed
female on a matter unrelated to this case. After inquiring about the woman’s whereabouts, the
motel’s manager directed him to room 318 where he encountered Appellant James Brewer, who
answered the door. Officer Radney noticed that Appellant was holding a methamphetamine pipe
in his hand and ... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - TX)

William Bustos v. Global P.E.T., Inc.

Plaintiff and appellant William Bustos brought this disability discrimination action
against his former employers, defendants and respondents Global P.E.T., Inc. and Global
Plastics, Inc. (collectively, Global). A jury found that Bustos’s physical condition or
perceived physical condition was “a substantial motivating reason” for his termination,
but nevertheless returned defense ... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - CA)

Keith Saunders v. Ford Motor Company, Jeff Marzian, Karen Morrison Western District of Kentucky Federal Courthouse - Louisville, Kentucky

This case involves claims by Keith Saunders
against his employer, Ford Motor Company, under both § 301 of the Labor Management
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Relations Act (LMRA), 29 U.S.C. § 185, and Kentucky law. Saunders contends that Ford
breached the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA) by twice placing him on
temporary leave—known ... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - KY)

Maria V. Pena v. City of Rio Grande City, Texas, Rosa Salinas, Jose Solis Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Maria Peña sustained injuries as a result of a tasing by police officers for the City of Rio Grande City. Peña sued the city and two of the officers in state court, alleging excessive force under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and negligence under the
Case: 16-41522 Document: 00514306262 Page: 1 Date Filed: 01/12/2018
No. 16-41522
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Texas Tort Claims Act (“TTCA”).
1 Upon removal, the distric... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

Marie DiFiore v. CSL Behring, LLC Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Marie DiFiore asserted claims against her former employer, CSL Behring, for retaliation in violation of the False Claims Act, and for wrongful discharge under a theory of constructive discharge in violation of Pennsylvania state
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law. The False Claims Act (“FCA”) includes an anti-retaliation provision for employee whistleblowers who engage in activity protected by the FCA. The District Co... More...
   $0 (01-14-2018 - PA)

Don Karms and Robert Parker v. Kathleen Shanahan, Sandra McKeon Crow and New Jersey Transit District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

Don Karns and Robert Parker filed civil rights actions against the New Jersey Transit Corporation (“NJ Transit”) and NJ Transit Officers Kathleen Shanahan and Sandra McKeon Crowe in their official and individual capacities, alleging violations of the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Officers Shanahan and Crowe arrested Karns and Parker for defiant trespass and obstruction of justice after... More...   $0 (01-14-2018 - NJ)

Billy John Mason v. The State of Texas

On May 21, 2016, Appellant was taken by ambulance to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Sergeant Roy Mobley, with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, was working as a security officer at the hospital. Sergeant Mobley eventually arrested Appellant for public intoxication. While in custody, Appellant made statements to Sergeant Mobley which formed the basis for the retaliation charge for which A... More...   $0 (01-12-2018 - TX)

ABM Industries Overtime Cases

Respondent ABM Industries, Inc. (collectively with related respondents, ABM) is
a large facility services company with employees throughout the United States, including
thousands of janitorial workers at hundreds of job sites in California. Appellants
(referred to herein as plaintiffs) are present or former ABM janitorial employees. On
behalf of themselves and similarly situated Ca... More...
   $0 (01-10-2018 - 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)

State of Tennessee v. Jerica Elizabeth Taylor COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE

This case relates to the December14, 2014 robbery of William Majano. At the trial, the victim, a native of El Salvador, testified with the aid of a certified court interpreter that he had lived in Davidson County for eleven or twelve years. The victim said that he had known the Defendantas Jessica and for about three months at the time of the robbery. He said that they met in September 2014, wh... More...   $0 (01-08-2018 - TN)

Yasas Rodrigo v. Carle Foundation Hospital, d/b/a Carle Foundation Houston & Family Medical Residenced Central District of Illinois Federal Courthouse - Urbana, Illinois

Yasas Rodrigo sued his employer,
Carle Foundation Hospital (“Carle”), for violations of the
Americans With Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.
(“Act”). The district court granted summary judgment in favor
of Carle on Rodrigo’s claims for disability discrimination,
failure to provide a reasonable accommodation, and retaliation.
Rodrigo appeals and we affirm.
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   $0 (01-08-2018 - IL)

Dwight D. Stirling v. Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

The California Military Whistleblower Protection Act, Military and
Veterans Code section 56 (Section 56), affords certain rights and protections to service
members of the California National Guard who face actual or threatened adverse
personnel actions in retaliation for reporting waste, fraud, abuse of authority, violation of
law, or threats to the public health and safety. A serv... More...
   $0 (01-07-2018 - CA)

T.J. Simers v. Los Angeles Times Communications, LLC

In March 2013, plaintiff T.J. Simers was a well-known and
sometimes controversial sports columnist for Los Angeles Times
Communications, LLC (The Times or defendant). He had held
that position since 2000, receiving uniformly favorable and often
exceptional performance reviews from defendant. On March 16,
2013, plaintiff, then 62 years old, suffered a neurological event
with... More...
   $0 (01-06-2018 - CA)

Elise Hilton v. Catherine Mish Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Elise and Ed Hilton, individually, and as next friends of their
developmentally-disabled daughter, EH (collectively, the “Hiltons”), appeal the district court’s
dismissal of their complaint. They argue that the district court erred in three respects. They
allege that Catherine Mish, City Attorney for Grand Rapids, was acting under color of state law
when she sent two emails from he... More...
   $0 (01-05-2018 - MI)

Lavar L. Thomas v. State of Indiana Richmond man faces 9 felony charges

At the start of Thomas’s jury trial on February 21, 2017, he was facing charges
of level 4 felony unlawful possession of a firearm by an SVF (which was
bifurcated as to possession and SVF status), level 4 felony dealing in cocaine,
and level 3 felony dealing in a narcotic drug. The jury began deliberating at
Court of Appeals of Indiana | Memorandum Decision 89A04-1705-CR-1104 ... More...
   $0 (01-05-2018 - IN)

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