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United States of America v. Joseph Buffis United States Court of Appeals For The First Circuit - Boston, Massachusetts

Joseph Buffis, our appellant and the town of Lee's (now-former) Chief of Police, took $4,000
from a duo accused of running a house of ill repute--and in return,
he promised to halt their prostitution prosecution. Buffis now
claims he didn't coerce the duo--they were completely
"comfortable" forking over their funds--so he cannot be guilty of
extortion. According to him, that me... More...
   $0 (08-14-2017 - )

Surfinder Foundation v. Martins Beach 1, LLC

Nestled in a cove, sheltered on the north and south by high cliffs, Martins Beach
lacks lateral land access.
The only practical route to Martins Beach is down a road,
known as Martins Beach Road, that leads from Highway 1 in San Mateo County to the
Appellants are two LLCs, Martins Beach 1, LLC and Martins Beach 2, LLC, that
purchased Martins Beach and adjacent ... More...
   $0 (08-14-2017 - CA)

Energy Insurance Mutual Limited v. Ace American Insurance Company

This insurance coverage dispute arises from a massive explosion that occurred
when an unmarked petroleum pipeline was struck by an excavator. Numerous lawsuits
were filed against a range of defendants, including the pipeline owner and the staffing
agency providing personnel to the pipeline. After settling the lawsuits against the
pipeline owner, an excess insurer for the pipeline s... More...
   $0 (08-12-2017 - CA)

Alana Shultz v. Congregation Shearith Israel of the City of New York, et al. Second Circuit Court of Appeals - New York, New York

Plaintiff-appellant Alana Shultz appeals from a judgment of the United
States District Court for the Southern District of New York (J. Paul Oetken, Judge),
dismissing her federal claims for sex discrimination and retaliation in violation of
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), and interference with her
rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) for f... More...
   $0 (08-10-2017 - NY)

James Mark Dunne v. Brinker Texas, Inc., Chili's Beverage Company, Inc., and Brinker International Payroll Company, L.P., D/B/A Chili's Grill & Bar, and Lois Ahlgrim

After James Mark Dunne (“Dunne”) was indicted for intoxication assault, he sued Brinker Texas, Inc., Chili’s Beverage Company, Inc. and Brinker International Payroll Company L.P., d/b/a Chili’s Grill & Bar, and Loius Ahlgrim (“Chili’s”) asserting a claim under the dram shop statute. See TEX. ALCO. BEV. CODE ANN. § 2.02 (West 2007). Dunne then asserted his Fifth Amendment privilege in response to C... More...   $0 (08-10-2017 - TX)

City of Bedford, Texas v. Apartment Association of Tarrant County, Inc.

The Apartment Association of Tarrant County, Inc. is a trade association
whose members include multifamily-property owners in Bedford, Texas. In this
suit, the Association is representing and advocating for its members’ interests by
seeking to protect them from what it alleges are excessive fees, too-frequent
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
inspections, and unlawful taxes impo... More...
   $0 (08-10-2017 - TX)

Levco Construction, Inc. v. Cleveland Construction, Inc., Whole Foods Market Rocky Mountain/Southwest, L.P.

Levco Construction, Inc. (“Levco”) sued Cleveland Construction, Inc. (“CCI”) and Whole Foods Market Rocky Mountain/Southwest L.P. (“Whole Foods”) for claims arising out of its role as a subcontractor on a construction project to build a Whole Foods store in Houston, Texas (“the Project”). CCI and Whole Foods also asserted claims against each other and Levco. Following a bench trial, the trial cour... More...   $0 (08-10-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Rohit Saksena Federal Courthouse - Concord, New Hampshire

Concord, NH - Manchester Man Fined $40,000 for Filing False VISA Applications

Rohit Saksena, 42, of Manchester, New Hampshire, was sentenced on August 9, 2017 to serve three years of probation and pay a $40,000 fine for filing false visa applications.

According to court documents, Saksena is the president and chief executive officer of Saks IT Group LLC, a company based in Manche... More...
   $0 (08-09-2017 - NH)

United States of America v. Douglas Corriher Federal Courthouse - Greensboro, North Carolina

Greensboro, NC - Former Bank Vice President Pleads Guilty To Employment Tax Conspiracy

A former bank vice president pleaded guilty on July 24, 2017 to conspiring to defraud the United States.

According to documents filed with the court, Douglas Corriher, 68, was the Vice President at a South Carolina-based bank. From 2009 through 2010, Corriher extended several factoring loans, ... More...
   $0 (08-09-2017 - NC)

Melony Light v. California Department of Parks and Recreation

* Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 8.1110, this opinion is certified for
publication with the exception of parts III and V.

Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General, Chris A. Knudsen, Assistant Attorney
General, Christine Mersten and Jodi L. Cleesattle, Deputy Attorneys General, for
Defendant and Respondent California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Plaintiff Melo... More...
   $0 (08-09-2017 - CA)

United States of America v. Jerome Durden

Ann Arbor, MI - Former FCA Executive Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Pay Off UAW Officials

A former financial analyst at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC (FCA) entered a guilty plea on August 8, 2017.

Jerome Durden, 61, of Rochester, Michigan pleaded guilty before United States District Court Judge John Corbett O’Meara in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

According to court records, Durd... More...
   $0 (08-08-2017 - MI)

Memorial Hermann Health System v. Samia Khalil, M.D.

After 40 years of employment at Memorial Hermann hospital, Dr. Samia Khalil sued Memorial Hermann Health System for defamation, tortious interference with an existing contract, conspiracy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Khalil, age 77, also sued for age discrimination. Memorial Hermann sought to dismiss several of her claims under summary dismissal procedures found in the Texas ... More...   $0 (08-08-2017 - TX)

Orange County Water District v. Sabic Innovative Plastics US, LLC

The Orange County Water District (District) was created by the California
Legislature to protect and manage groundwater supplies within its territory, which covers
most of Orange County, California. The District and other regulatory agencies have long
been aware of localized groundwater contamination caused by hazardous substance
releases at various sites in the so-called "South Ba... More...
   $0 (08-07-2017 - CA)

Mountain Air Enterprises, LLC v. Sundowner Towers, LLC

In this complex real estate purchase transaction, the seller brought a breach
of contract action against the buyers for failing to purchase the subject property.
The defendant buyers asserted an affirmative defense of novation, arguing that
they were not liable under the purchase agreement because it had been superseded
by the parties‟ option agreement; that option agreement ... More...
   $0 (08-06-2017 - CA)

High Mountain Ranch Group, LLC, et al. v. Elbert L. Niece, et al.

High Mountain Ranch Group, LLP (High Mountain), filed a petition for declaratory judgment against Elbert L. Niece, GT Land LP (GT Land), Mary Hernandez,1 and the Estate of Manuel Saucedo, Sr. (Saucedo), among others,2 seeking a judgment determining that the Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions (DCRs) on Lot 34 in Austin’s Glenbrook Addition3 is illegal, void, and/or unenforceable, and alterna... More...   $0 (08-04-2017 - TX)

Apple Tree Cafe Touring, Inc. and Erica Wright v. Paul Levatino

This is an interlocutory appeal of the trial court’s denial of appellants Apple Tree Café Touring, Inc. and Erica Wright’s motion to dismiss appellee Paul Levatino’s defamation claim under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA), an Anti-SLAPP statute. See TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE ANN. §§ 27.001–27.011 (West 2015). We reverse, in part, that portion of the trial court’s order awarding Levati... More...   $0 (08-03-2017 - TX)

Lon Smith & Associates, Inc. and A-1 Systems, Inc., d/b/a Lon Smith Roofing and Construction v. Joe Key and Stacci Key

This is an interlocutory appeal from an order certifying a class action.1
Appellants Lon Smith & Associates, Inc. and A-1 Systems, Inc., d/b/a Lon Smith
See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. § 51.014(a)(3) (West Supp. 2016).
Roofing and Construction2 raise five issues claiming that the trial court erred by
certifying a class because various class-certificati... More...
   $0 (08-03-2017 - TX)

Bradley L. Sweeney v. The City of Decature

¶ 1 In February 2016, plaintiff, Bradley L. Sweeney, filed a two-count complaint against
defendant, the city of Decatur (City), his former employer, and Tim Gleason, the City’s
manager. In April 2016, plaintiff filed an amended complaint against only the City. In
response, the City filed a combined motion to dismiss the amended complaint under section
2-619.1 of the Code of Civil P... More...
   $0 (08-02-2017 - IL)

Sara J. Foster v. Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

¶ 1 Defendant, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (Mitsubishi), appeals the judgment of
the trial court in favor of plaintiffs, Sara J. Foster, surviving widow of John C. Foster, and
Jacob C. Foster, Nicholas C. Foster, Cody J. Foster, Chad L. Foster, and Ian A. Foster by Sara
J. Foster, their mother and guardian (collectively hereinafter Sara), to enforce an arbitration
award o... More...
   $0 (08-02-2017 - IL)

The People of the State of Illinos v. Jared M. Staake

¶ 1 In July 2013, the State charged defendant, Jared M. Staake, with second degree murder for
the killing of Michael Box. In December 2013, the State filed an amended information,
dropping the charge of second degree murder and adding a charge of first degree murder. In
January 2014, the State filed a second amended information, this time charging first degree
murder under a differ... More...
   $0 (08-02-2017 - IL)

Pekin Insurance Companyv. St. Paul Lutheran Church

¶ 1 This is an action for declaratory judgment. The plaintiff is Pekin Insurance Company
(Pekin), and the two defendants are St. Paul Lutheran Church of Roberts, Illinois (church), and
Hope Farney, the independent administrator of the estate of Kitty Mullins, deceased.
¶ 2 In a case separate from this one—the underlying tort case—Farney is suing the church for
wrongful death, alleg... More...
   $0 (08-02-2017 - IL)

Johnny L. Meadows v. Latshaw Drilling Company, L.L.C.

Latshaw Drilling Co., LLC (Latshaw) terminated the employment of Johnny L. Meadows, who worked on one of its drilling rigs, and 397 other employees when a decrease in oil prices depressed demand for its services. Meadows filed suit on behalf of himself and others similarly situated, alleging that Latshaw, in violation of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (WARN Act), con... More...   $0 (08-02-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Tonya Evans

Dallas, TX - Former Postal Employee Convicted at Trial in Scheme to Defraud Worker’s Compensation Program Sentenced to 21 Months in Federal Prison

Tonya Evans, 52, a former U.S. Postal Service employee, was sentenced July 27, 2017 by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $98,888.73 in restitution for participating in a scheme to defraud the D... More...
   $0 (07-28-2017 - TX)

The Estuary Owners Association v. Shell Oil Company

In three cases consolidated in the trial court, the Estuary Owners Association
(EOA) and individual owners of condominiums built on the site of a former bulk fuel
distribution terminal sued successive owners and developers of the property, as well as
contractors involved in constructing the condominiums, over alleged contamination of
the soil and groundwater at the site and imprope... More...
   $0 (07-27-2017 - CA)

Amy Bolton v. George K. Fisher

While walking to her mailbox on July 10, 2014, Amy Bolton was viciously attacked by two dogs owned by her neighbor, Mataba Kisenda Tucker. After undergoing seven surgeries as a result of the attack, Bolton sued Tucker and her landlord, George K. Fisher, and asserted separate causes of action for negligence, strict liability, public nuisance, and private nuisance. Among other things, Bolton’s petit... More...   $0 (07-26-2017 - TX)

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