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Tortious Interference Law
Rox-Ann Feifer v. Westport Insurance Corporation

Appellant Westport Insurance Corporation (“Westport”) appeals the District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania’s decision declining to exercise jurisdiction over the instant case and its Order dismissing the case without prejudice and remanding it to the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. Reifer v. Westport Ins. Corp., 943 F. Supp. 2d 506, 512 (M.D. Pa. 2013)... More...   $0 (04-29-2014 - PA)

United States of America v. Paul Othello Smalls

After a suspicious death in a New Mexico prison cell, police eventually identified Paul Smalls, the victim’s cellmate, and two other men as the perpetrators of murder. Their scheme was to smother the victim, and then claim he died of an asthma attack. At trial, the government pointed to “signature quality” evidence that Smalls had threatened his asthmatic ex-wife in a similar fashion five mo... More...   $0 (04-28-2014 - NM)

United States of America v. Carvin G. Brooks

A St. Louis man, Carvin G. Brooks, 33, was sentenced on April 24, 2014, for Interference of Commerce by Robbery (Hobbs Act Robbery), the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. The Hobbs Act makes it a crime to obstruct, delay, or affect interstate commerce by robbery, and is used by United States Attorney Wigginton’s office as a way t... More...   $0 (04-25-2014 - IL)

United States of America v. Charles Cannon; Brain Kerstetter; Michael McLaughlin

A jury convicted Defendants Charles Cannon, Brian Kerstetter, and Michael McLaughlin (collectively “Defendants”) of committing a hate crime under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (“Shepard-Byrd Act”), 18 U.S.C. § 249(a)(1), for attacking Yondel Johnson. Congress passed the Shepard-Byrd Act pursuant to its powers under the Thirteenth Amendment, whi... More...   $0 (04-24-2014 - TX)

State of Oklahoma v. Casey Dawn Shy

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Casey Dawn Shy with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: ABDOM, DOMESTIC ASSAULT & BATTERY WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON, in violation of 21 O.S. 644 D 1
Date of Offense: 03/11/2014
Party Name Disposition Information
SHY, CASEY DAWN Disposed: DISMISSED, 04/23/2014. Dismissed- Request of the State
Count as Disposed: DOMESTIC ASSAULT & BATTERY... More...
   $0 (04-23-2014 - OK)

Roger Cleveland Golf Company, Inc. v. Krane & Smith, P.C.

In this case, we address the applicable statute of limitations when an attorney is sued for malicious prosecution. Almost thirteen months after the resolution in the trial court of Sportsmark Trading, Ltd. v. Roger Cleveland Golf Company, Inc. (Super. Ct. L.A. County, 2007, No. BC365228) (the Sportsmark action), Roger Cleveland Golf Company, Inc. (RCG), the defendant therein, filed a malicious pro... More...   $0 (04-15-2014 - CA)

Susan White v. County of Los Angeles

When an employee takes leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) (29 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq.), the employee is entitled to be restored to employment upon certification from the employee’s health care provider that the employee is able to resume work. The employer is not permitted to seek a second opinion regarding the employee’s fitness for work prior to restoring the employee to empl... More...   $0 (04-15-2014 - CA)

Joseph Antonio v. SSA Security, Inc. d/b/a Security Services of America

This case arises out of one of the largest residential arsons in Maryland history. See Michael E. Ruane & Joshua Partlow, No Motive Found in Charles Arsons; Eco-Terrorism, Racism Considered, Wash. Post, Dec. 8, 2004, at B1. Appellants (Homebuyers) contracted to purchase homes that were later damaged or destroyed due to the arsons. Following the arsons, the Homebuyers brought suit against a company... More...   $0 (04-15-2014 - MD)

Catherine Conrad v. AM Community Credit Union

Catherine Conrad, the plaintiff, is a self‐employed singing and dancing entertainer (also a writer and motivational speaker, see “Bananaland,” www. bananalady.com/about.htm, visited on April 10, 2014, as were the other websites cited in this opinion). She calls herself the “Banana Lady” and performs wearing a costume in the shape of a giant banana. You can watch her dancing the “Banana... More...   $0 (04-14-2014 - WI)

Christopher M. Comins v. Matthew Frederick Vanvoorhis

In this defamation case, Christopher Comins [“Comins”], appeals a trial court order entering partial final judgment in favor of Appellee/Cross-Appellant, Matthew VanVoorhis [“VanVoorhis”], for Comins’s failure to comply with the presuit notice


requirement of section 770.01, Florida Statutes (2008). Comins argues that the trial court erred because VanVoorhis is not a “me... More...
   $0 (04-11-2014 - FL)

Lawrence Thomas v. Cumberland County

Lawrence Thomas brought this suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the New Jersey Civil Rights Act, N.J. Stat. Ann. § 10:6-2, after he sustained an attack at the hands of other inmates at the Cumberland County Correctional Facility (the “CCCF”). The attack occurred after a several-minute long verbal argument between Thomas and a group of inmates in the presence of corrections officers. Thomas brou... More...   $0 (04-11-2014 - NJ)

United States of America v. Andrew Auernheimer a/k/a Weev a/k/a Weelos a/k/a Escher

This case calls upon us to determine whether venue for Andrew Auernheimer’s prosecution for conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), 18 U.S.C. § 1030, and identity fraud under 18 U.S.C. § 1028(a)(7) was proper in the District of New Jersey. Venue in criminal cases is more than a technicality; it involves “matters that touch closely the fair administration of crimi... More...   $0 (04-11-2014 - NJ)

Paul Thoryk v. San Diego Gas & Electric Company

This intervention action arises out of a former debtor-creditor relationship concerning real property that was damaged by the San Diego County wildfires of 2007. The main action is a master complaint by damaged property owners, including a defaulting borrower, plaintiff, defendant-in-intervention and appellant Paul Thoryk (Appellant), who owned the property at the time of the fires. A year later, ... More...   $0 (04-09-2014 - CA)

Humberto Martinez v. County of Ventura

Humberto Martinez and his wife Liliana Ramirez sued the County of Ventura for injuries Humberto1 suffered when his motorcycle struck an asphalt berm abutting a raised drain on the shoulder of a County-owned road. They contend the drain and asphalt berm constituted a dangerous condition of public property that caused Humberto's injuries. A jury agreed, but returned a defense verdict based on the Co... More...   $0 (04-08-2014 - CA)

Orville Paul Dunagan v. Bryan Coleman

In this appeal from a jury trial, Orville Paul Dunagan contends the trial court erred in failing to direct a verdict in his favor on the negligence claim against him. Because we conclude the ordinary negligence standard does not apply and there was no evidence that Dunagan engaged in reckless conduct, we reverse the trial court’s judgment and render judgment in favor of Dunagan.

FACTUAL B... More...
   $0 (04-07-2014 - TX)

State of Oklahoma v. Dameion Dyonesis Thomas SR

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Dameion Dyonesis Thomas SR with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: ABDOM, DOMESTIC ASSAULT & BATTERY BY STRANGULATION, in violation of 21 O.S. 644 J
Date of Offense: 11/04/2013
Party Name Disposition Information
THOMAS, DAMEION DYONESIS SR Disposed: DISMISSED, 04/03/2014. Guilty Plea
Count as Disposed: DOMESTIC ASSAULT & BATTERY BY S... More...
   $0 (04-03-2014 - OK)

Drake Interiors, L.L.C. v. Andrea Marie Thomas & Robert Warren Thomas

This case involves two questions. Can an abstract of judgment create a valid lien on a home jointly managed as community property if the judgment is based on the premarital debt of only one spouse? If so, what is the effect of a homestead designation after a divorce when the property ceases to be held in community? The trial court ruled in favor of the current homeowner, declaring that the judgmen... More...   $0 (04-03-2014 - TX)

Alexander J. Michaels v. James Loftus

Although counsel for neither party distinguished himself by his conduct in this otherwise quite ordinary probation violation hearing, the law by which we are bound affords us the right and obligation to focus on the two offenses for which Alexander J. Michaels was found in direct criminal contempt by the trial court and sentenced to two days in the county jail. One offense was a hand gesture direc... More...   $0 (04-02-2014 - FL)

Michael Bock v. Craig Hansen

A 41-foot long, 7,300 pound tree limb crashed onto the home of appellants Michael and Lorie Bock, an incident they reported to their homeowner’s insurer, Travelers Property and Casualty Insurance Company (Travelers). Travelers assigned respondent Craig Hansen to adjust the loss, whose behavior, as alleged by the Bocks, can best be described as appalling. On Hansen’s first visit to the scene (w... More...   $0 (04-02-2014 - CA)

United States of America v. Joe JR Desilien

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, John A. Bolduc, Chief, Port St. Lucie Police Department, Ken J. Mascara, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Sean Baldwin Chief, Ft. Pierce Police Department, J. Michelle Morris, Chief, Sebastian Police Department, Dery... More...   $0 (03-28-2014 - FL)

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services, et al. v. Attorney General Gregory Abbott, et al.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services and other abortion facilities and three physicians (collectively “Planned Parenthood”) sued the Attorney General of Texas and other individuals (collectively “the State”), seeking to enforce their rights and those of patients for declaratory judgment and to enjoin two provisions of

Case: 13-51008 Document: 00512576152 P... More...
   $0 (03-28-2014 - TX)

Tranter, Inc. v. James A. Liss and Paul Mueller Company

Appellant Tranter, Inc. appeals the trial court’s order denying its application for a temporary injunction against appellees James A. Liss and Paul Mueller Company (PMC).2 We reverse and remand.

1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.

2This is an accelerated interlocutory appeal. See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann § 51.014(a)(4) (West Supp. 2013).


Background Facts

Trant... More...
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State ex rel. Oklahoma Bar Association v. William G. Bernhardt

¶1 The Professional Responsibility Tribunal (Trial Panel) after a Rule 7 hearing on September 5, and October 4 of 2013 filed its Trial Panel Report giving its Findings of Fact, and Recommendations covering discipline regarding the respondent, William G. Bernhardt.


¶2 The Trial Panel reports the following findings of fact. On May 26, 2011, the respondent was arre... More...
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John Gieseke v. IDCA, Inc.

The primary question before us is whether Minnesota should formally recognize a cause of action for tortious interference with prospective economic advantage. John Gieseke, on behalf of Diversified Water Diversion, Inc. (Diversified), brought an action against appellants IDCA, Inc., et al. (IDCA), asserting, among other claims, tortious interference with Diversified’s prospective economic advant... More...   $0 (03-26-2014 - MN)

Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC v. Marco Murillo

In this personal injury lawsuit, appellant Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC (“Oncor”) appeals a judgment rendered on a jury verdict against it and in favor of appellee Marco Murillo, an employee of Leo Gomez d/b/a AAA


Demolishing (“AAA”). Murillo sustained serious personal injuries from electrocution while he worked for AAA at a demolition site in Dallas. The jury f... More...
   $0 (03-21-2014 - TX)

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