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Workers Compensation Law
City of Jackson v. Worker's Compensation Appeals Board and Christopher Rice

In this workers’ compensation proceeding we granted the writ of review of the
employer, City of Jackson (City), after the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board
(Board) disregarded the apportionment determination of the qualified medical evaluator
(QME) on the ground the determination was not substantial medical evidence and
directed the workers’ compensation administrative law judge ... More...
   $0 (04-27-2017 - )

George Delacruz v. The State of Texas George De La Cruz sentenced to life in prison

Delacruz and Julie Ann Gonzales had a daughter, L.D., and married young. In
December 2009, shortly after they married, Julie filed for divorce. On March 26, 2010, Julie went
to pick up L.D. from Delacruz’s house and was never seen or heard from again.
Because an initial investigation revealed (1) no evidence of foul play and
(2) messages that had been sent from Julie’s cell phone... More...
   $0 (04-26-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Ernest Griffin Federal Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, IL - Lynwood Man Sentenced to 18 Months for Pocketing Bribes in Exchange for Allowing Food Service Workers to Bypass Sanitation Training and Testing

A Lynwood man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for pocketing bribes in exchange for allowing food service workers to bypass sanitation certification training and testing mandated by the state of Illinois and city of ... More...
   $0 (04-25-2017 - IL)

The People of the State of Colorado v. Emmett Andrew Larsen Sex Offender

Defendant Emmett Andrew Larsen is the father of S.L. and the grandfather of
S.L.’s children, A.H. and K.H. S.L., along with A.H. and K.H., moved to Colorado to
live with Larsen. While in Colorado, K.H. told a therapist that her uncle, T.J., had
sexually abused her. A Department of Human Services (“DHS”) caseworker
interviewed both A.H. and K.H.

¶3 During the interv... More...
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Matthew Perdue and Team 1 Consulting, LLC v. Jay D. Pfeifer and CCNBI, Inc. Bexar County Texas Courthouse

Matthew Perdue and Team 1 Consulting, LLC each appeal a judgment entered after a bench
trial. Perdue contends the trial court erred in awarding CCNBI, Inc. damages and attorney’s fees
for its breach of contract claim and in failing to award him damages for his DTPA claim. Team 1
contends the trial court erred in only awarding it $3,000 in damages for its conversion claim and
in cal... More...
   $0 (04-24-2017 - TX)

Guadalupe County v. Woodlake Partners, Inc. Guadalupe County Texas

Guadalupe County appeals the trial court’s order denying the motion for summary judgment Guadalupe County filed asserting governmental immunity. Guadalupe County contends the trial court erred in denying the motion because the evidence established as a matter of law that any damage to the value of the appellees’ property was proximately caused by the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (... More...   $0 (04-24-2017 - )

Pacific Gas and Electric Company v. The Superior Court of San Mateo County, and Zachary Rowe, et al. Real Parties In Interest

On April 17, 2017, we received a letter from counsel for PG&E requesting that we
modify our opinion in this case. We treat this request as a petition for rehearing, which
we deny. However, we order that the opinion filed on April 5, 2017, be modified as
1. On pages 25 through 26: delete the last four paragraphs of Part VI in full.
They begin at page 2... More...
   $0 (04-24-2017 - )

Pacific Gas and Electric Company v. The Superior Court of San Mateo County, and Zachary Rowe, et al. Real Parties In Interest

On April 17, 2017, we received a letter from counsel for PG&E requesting that we
modify our opinion in this case. We treat this request as a petition for rehearing, which
we deny. However, we order that the opinion filed on April 5, 2017, be modified as
1. On pages 25 through 26: delete the last four paragraphs of Part VI in full.
They begin at page 2... More...
   $0 (04-24-2017 - )

United States of America v. Brandon Ryan Blackstone

Dallas, TX - Man Who Falsely Claimed to Receive the Purple Heart Award to Receive Financial Benefits is Sentenced to 21 Months in Federal Prison

A 35-year-old man, Brandon Ryan Blackstone, who admitted fraudulently representing the receipt of a military decoration for financial gain, has been sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn to serve 21 months in federal prison.More...
   $0 (04-22-2017 - TX)

Nautilus, Inc. v. Chao Chen Yang

Nautilus, Inc. (Nautilus), obtained a judgment against Stanley Kuo Hua
Yang, and recorded an abstract of judgment against real property on which Stanley and
his brother, Peter Chun Hua Yang, held title.1
Stanley and Peter transferred title on the
property to their father, Chao Chen Yang, who obtained a reverse mortgage loan on the
property from Security One Le... More...
   $0 (04-22-2017 - )

United States of America v. Fuyi Sun, a/k/a "Frank" Federal Courthouse - New York, New York

New York, NY - Chinese National Pleads Guilty To Attempting To Illegally Export High-Grade Carbon Fiber To China

Fuyi Sun, a/k/a “Frank,” a citizen of the People’s Republic of China (“China”), pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”) in connection with a scheme to illegally export to China, wit... More...
   $0 (04-21-2017 - NY)

Citizens For Beach Rights v. City of San Diego

In 2006, the City of San Diego (City) obtained a Site Development Permit (SDP)
to construct a new lifeguard station on Mission Beach. The SDP stated that failure to
utilize the permit within 36 months of its issuance would automatically void the permit.
Over the ensuing years, the City worked to secure a permit from the California Coastal
Commission (Commission) and to obtai... More...
   $0 (04-21-2017 - )

Jerry Castillo, Jr. v. The State of Texas, Texas Fourth Court of Appeals San Antonio, Texas

Castillo was charged with fraudulently cashing a check for $1,372.82. At trial, Justin
Blohm, a teller at Broadway Bank, described to the jury the verification steps taken by a teller
when a person presents a check to the bank. Blohm was shown State’s Exhibit 2. Blohm testified
that State’s Exhibit 2 was a check collected by him on June 4, 2015. The check was purportedly
issued... More...
   $0 (04-19-2017 - TX)

Howard Thomas Douglas v. The State of Texas TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD DISTRICT, AT AUSTIN

The jury heard evidence that Douglas owned and operated a company, North Texas
Medical Evaluators (NTME), that provided workers’-compensation-related medical services to
entities that were insured by TMIC. One such service, and the one at issue in this case, was the
Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), a medical evaluation used to determine an injured worker’s
ability to return t... More...
   $0 (04-18-2017 - TX)

Frank Huntley v. Deanna Huntley

Deanna Huntley challenges the trial court‟s denial of her motion to divide
unadjudicated community property under Family Code section 2556.1
Deanna filed her

1 Undesignated statutory citations are to the Family Code.
motion more than two years after entry of a default judgment that dissolved her marriage
to Frank Huntley.2
The trial court denied the motion on g... More...
   $0 (04-17-2017 - )

United States of America v. John Yin

Seattle, WA - Everett Software Salesman Sentenced to Prison for Selling ‘Tax Zapper’ Software to Enable Cheating on State and Federal Taxes

Promoted and Sold Software to Restaurants Resulting in More Than $3.4 Million Tax Loss

An Everett, Washington man who worked for a Canadian company that sells point of sale computer software, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seat... More...
   $0 (04-17-2017 - WA)


On direct appeal, the court affirmed appellant’s convictions of conspiracy and related offenses involving presiding over the large-scale distribution and sale of unlawful drugs in
3 Washington, D.C., in the late 1980s. United States v. Harris, et al., 959 F.2d 246 (D.C. Cir.), cert. denied 506 U.S. 933 (1992). Appellant thereafter filed a series of motions collaterally attacking his convictio... More...
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Michael J. Sumrall v. Modern Alloys, Inc.

“In general, an employee is not acting within the scope of employment
while travelling to and from the workplace. But if the employee, while commuting, is on
an errand for the employer, then the employee’s conduct is within the scope of his or her
employment from the time the employee starts on the errand . . . .” (CACI No. 3724 [The
Going-and-Coming Rule—Bus... More...
   $0 (04-15-2017 - )

BRENTON MCNEIL vs. STATE OF FLORIDA Sexual battery of a child under the age of twelve

The district court explained the underlying facts as follows: Brenton McNeil pled nolo contendere to three counts of sexual battery of a child under the age of twelve by a person under the age of eighteen in violation of section 794.011(2), Florida Statutes (2006), which requires costs to be imposed under sections 938.08, 938.085, and 938.10; and one count of lewd or lascivious molestation in vio... More...   $0 (04-14-2017 - FL)

Deborah Shaw v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County

This case presents two issues: (1) Is a trial court ruling denying a request
for a jury trial in a civil action subject to review prior to trial by a petition for an
extraordinary writ or may such a ruling be reviewed only by appeal after trial?
and (2) Is there a right to a jury trial in a health care facility whistleblower action
for retaliatory termination brought pursuant to He... More...
   $0 (04-13-2017 - )

United States of America v. Jamie Faye Cobat Federal Courthouse - Portland, Oregon

Portland, OR - Jury Convicts Linn County Woman of Welfare Fraud

A federal jury found a Lebanon, Ore. woman guilty of wire fraud and theft. Jamie Faye Cobat, 52, was convicted of stealing approximately $29,000 in welfare benefits by making false claims about her household composition and resources.

Federal and state agents began investigating Cobat in 2014 after social workers rec... More...
   $0 (04-11-2017 - OR)

United States of America v. Sistemas Globales S.A.

Dallas, TX - Information Technology Firm Pays $1 Million to Settle Allegations of Visa Fraud

Sistemas Globales S.A., an Argentine information technology and consulting firm, has agreed to a civil settlement of allegations that it and its corporate affiliates, including U.S. affiliate Globant LLC (collectively “Globant”), violated the False Claims Act and the Program Fraud Civil Remedies A... More...
   $0 (04-11-2017 - TX)

Trenton Avery Ashton v. The State of Texas Sex Offender

In 2013, J.W. began babysitting seven-year old J.S. at J.W.’s home four nights
a week while the boy’s mother worked the night shift. J.W. shared her home with
her husband and nephew, as well as her son, appellant.
J.S.’s mother, the outcry witness, testified that, on November 18, 2013, J.S.
told her that appellant “stuck his wee-wee in my butt” and “white stuff came out.”
... More...
   $0 (04-11-2017 - TX)

Bellevue Farm Owners Association v. Chad Stevens

To establish abuse of process, the claimant must prove (1) an
ulterior purpose to accomplish an object not within the proper scope of the process, (2)
an act not proper in the regular prosecution of proceedings, and (3) harm caused by the
abuse of process. Chad Stevens filed a counterclaim against Mark Baute for abuse of
process. Stevens alleged as damages that he incurred attorney... More...
   $0 (04-10-2017 - WA)

Ashley A. Rehfeld v. Sedgwick Claims Management Services

Claimant was injured while working for Wend
Magazine in part as an unpaid intern and in part on commission.
Because Wend was a noncomplying employer, the
Workers’ Compensation Board reasoned that it could not
determine a weekly wage for claimant, and it therefore
awarded her the statutory minimum temporary disability
benefit of $50 per week. See ORS 656.210 (specifications<... More...
   $0 (04-09-2017 - OR)

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