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Security Life of Denver Insurance Company v. Ofelia Cabrera Restrepo, Christine Michelle Bartolomeo, Angelica Restrepo, Abie-Gail Restrepo and Carlos Restrepo, Jr.

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Brownsville, TX - Security Life of Denver Insurance Company sued Ofelia Cabrera Restrepo, Christine Michelle Bartolomeo, Angelica Restrepo, Abie-Gail Restrepo and Carlos Restrepo, Jr. seeking to interplead funds for court supervised distribution.... More...   $0 (04-16-2018 - TX)

Cheryl Currid v. Coit Cleaning & Restoration Services

First District Court of Appeals of Texas - Houston, Texas

This is an appeal from a reformed decree of divorce and property division rendered after a bench trial. In his first, second, and third issues, appellant, Troy Lee Christensen, argues that the trial court abused its discretion by dividing the marital property between appellee, Christina Christensen, and himself because the division
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was not a fair and equitable apportionment of the commun... More...
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United States of America v. Roosevelt Appleton, Sr.

Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas

Beaumont, TX - New York Man Guilty of Drug Trafficking Violations

A 41-year-old Buffalo, New York, man pleaded guilty to drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

Roosevelt Appleton, Sr., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

According to inform... More...
   $0 (03-17-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Darrell Ellington and Craig Lain

Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Wichita Falls, Texas

Wichita Falls, TX - Heroin and Methamphetamine Dealers Sentenced in Wichita Falls

Darrell Ellington, 58, and Craig Lain, 56, of Wichita Falls, Texas, were sentenced on February 26, 2018, before U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, following their guilty pleas to their roles in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine in the Wichita Falls, Texas, area.

Ellington and Lai... More...
   $0 (03-05-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Michael Herrold

Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Three decades ago, Congress set the courts upon a new course for the sentencing of federal defendants, moving away from a long-in-place system that gave wide discretion to federal judges to impose sentences from nigh no prison time to effective life sentences.
* Judges Willett and Ho joined the court after this case was submitted and did not participate in the decision.
United States Court... More...
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Kye and Denise Knox and Raymond and Jacqueline Muckleroy v. Eagle Water Management, Inc.

Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

After wastewater pumps in their neighborhood failed during a heavy rainfall, four homeowners sued the pumping facility operator, alleging that the operator’s negligence caused wastewater to flood their homes. The trial court granted summary
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judgment. The homeowners appeal, contending that they adduced evidence that raises a fact issue as to each element of their negligence claim. Because... More...
   $0 (02-15-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Ashak Victor Nasief Wesa

Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, TX - Final Defendant in San Antonio-Based Synthetic Marijuana Distribution Ring Sentenced to Federal Prison

A federal judge sentenced 33-year-old Ashak Victor Nasief Wesa on February 8, 2018 to 150 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in a synthetic marijuana distribution scheme based in San Antonio, announced United States Attor... More...
   $0 (02-12-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Steven Lawrence Forcum

Northern District of Texas Seal - Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock, TX - Lubbock Man Involved in Furanyl Fentanyl Distribution Conspiracy Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

A Lubbock, Texas, man, Steven Lawrence Forcum, 32, appeared on February 1, 2018 before U.S. Magistrate Judge D. Gordon Bryant Jr. and pleaded guilty to a federal offense stemming from his role in a large-scale furanyl fentanyl distribution conspiracy.

Forcum pleaded... More...
   $0 (02-02-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Jaime Bowling

Northern District of Texas - J. Marvin Jones Courthouse - Amarillo, Texas

Amarillo, TX - Georgia Man Sentenced to 135 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Methamphetamine

An Atlanta, Georgia, man, Jaime Bowling, 28, was sentenced the week of January 8, 2017 by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 135 months in federal prison for his role in the distribution of methamphetamine.

Bowling had been in custody since his arrest in February 2017 on... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Paul Suarez

Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas

A jury convicted Paul Suarez for his involvement in a drug trafficking
conspiracy and for firearms offenses. Suarez appeals contending that the
convictions were not supported by sufficient evidence. He also asserts that the
district court erred in imposing a 120-month (ten year) mandatory minimum
prison sentence for possession of a sawed-off shotgun in furtherance of a drug
tra... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

State of Louisiana v. Navarius Simon

On June 8, 2016, Donna Richardson, Simon’s parole officer, paid a
visit to Simon’s home, located at 400 Topeka Street in Mansfield, Louisiana.
Richardson testified that when she pulled up to the home, Simon, who was
outside washing his carport, noticed her and began walking into the house.
Richardson asked him to stop, but when he continued, she followed him into
the hom... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - TX)

William Costley v. Landry's, Inc.

William Costley sued Landry’s Inc. for injuries sustained during a visit to perform maintenance on an air conditioning unit. He asserted a premises liability claim. Landry’s filed a traditional and no-evidence motion for summary judgment, which the trial court granted. In two issues on appeal, Costley argues that Chapter
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95 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code does not preclude ... More...
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The City of The Colony, Texas v. Mark and Kim Rygh

The primary question in this interlocutory appeal from the denial of Appellant The City of The Colony, Texas’s jurisdictional plea is whether a nexus
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
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exists between the City’s use of a “Vac” truck to clear a blockage in a sewer main and the property damage that Appellees Mark and Kim Rygh sustained when their residence flooded with raw sewage. Because we re... More...
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Michael Bernard v. The State of Texas

TENTH COURT OF APPEALS, WACO, TEXAS

In his sole issue in both appeals, Bernard contends that the trial court erred by
denying his motion to suppress evidence, especially a prescription-pill bottle that
We review the trial court’s ruling on a motion to suppress evidence for an abuse
of discretion, using a bifurcated standard. See Crain v. State, 315 S.W.3d 43, 48 (Tex. Crim.
App. 2010); Guzman v. State, 955 S.W.2... More...
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Energy Intelligence Group, Inc. v. Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.L.C.

Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Houston, TX - Jury Awards Publisher $585,000 In Damages On Copyright Claim

Energy Intelligence Group, Inc. sued Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors on a copy right violation theory claiming that the Defendant wrongfully copied its energy newsletters. It claimed that Defendant shared five subscriptions of "Oil Daily" with others in the investment firm who did not have subscriptions. Thirty-nin... More...
   $585000 (12-08-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Laroy Damont Johnson

Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - Dallas Man Sentenced to 96 Months in Federal Prison for Firearm and Drug Offenses

A 37-year-old man from Dallas, Laroy Damont Johnson, was sentenced on December 4, 2017 before U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to serve a total of 96 months in federal prison for drug and firearm offenses.

In August 2017, Johnson was convicted of one count of possession with intent to... More...
   $0 (12-05-2017 - TX)

Amber Rae Melton v. The State of Texas

Amber Melton indicted for murder of Robert Younger

While the record does not detail exactly how Robert Younger died, it is clear enough that,
on July 20, 2014, the day Younger was to celebrate his sixty-ninth wedding anniversary, his
lifeless, bruised body was found in a Greenville cemetery and that, later, Younger’s Santa Fe SUV
was found in the possession of Amber Rae Melton. Melton eventually admitted to having been in
the ... More...
   $0 (11-30-2017 - TX)

Ruben Lee Allen v. The State of Texas

Court of Appeals For The First District of Texas

Kannan Rajan, the complainant, testified that as the pharmacist at the BZ
Pharmacy in Harris County, Texas, he was responsible for handling the money in
the pharmacy’s cash register, the prescription medications, and other property of the
pharmacy. On September 11, 2015, while his assistant technician was on break and
he was alone in the pharmacy, the complainant went to the r... More...
   $0 (11-30-2017 - TX)

Barry Anthony Willis, Jr. v. The State of Texas

Amarillo man sentenced to 15 years for money laundering

In the midafternoon of July 5, 2014, the vehicle in which Appellant was
riding as a passenger was pulled over by Trooper Ronald Nelson for speeding.2
Trooper Nelson testified that, as he approached the vehicle, he detected the odor
of marijuana.3 When the driver, Alexia Gonzalez, admitted that she did not have
a driver’s license, Trooper Nelson asked her to exit the vehicle. ... More...
   $0 (11-25-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Armando Amieva-Rodriguez

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - New Orleans, Louisiana

Armando Amieva–Rodriguez pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana. The district court declined to apply a mitigating-role reduction and sentenced him to 30 months of imprisonment and three years of supervised release. Amieva–Rodriguez appeals. Because the district court properly applied the sentencing guidelines and did not clearly err in its fact... More...   $0 (11-05-2017 - TX)

Jimmy Lee Butler v. The State of Texas

After receiving a number of citizens’ complaints concerning suspicious
activity around Butler’s home, the City of Freeport Police Department assigned
Officer M. Christopoulos, a narcotics investigator and a member of the Brazoria
County Narcotics Task Force, to conduct surveillance there. Christopoulos spent
close to a year watching Butler’s home. He observed Butler at the ho... More...
   $0 (11-04-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Zack Anthony Sayas

Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Brownsville, Texas

Brownsville, TX - Jury Convicts Raymondville Man of Meth Distribution

A 20-year-old Raymondville man has been convicted of conspiracy to import and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The federal jury sitting in Brownsville returned its verdicts against Zack Anthony Sayas late yesterday following two days of trial and less than two hours of deliberation.
<... More...
   $0 (10-25-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Jeremy Michael Matthew

Fort Worth, TX - zle Man Sentenced to 210 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

Jeremy Michael Matthews, 27, of Azle, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to 210 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in May 2017 to one count of distribution of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, announced U.S. ... More...
   $0 (10-26-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Brian Anthony Adams

Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - Convicted Felon Pleads Guilty to Firearm & Drug Offenses

Brian Anthony Adams, 28, of Euless, Texas, appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Adams faces up to 10 years impr... More...
   $0 (10-05-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Elechi N. Oti; Theodore E. Okechuku; Kelvin L. Rutledge; Emmanuel C. Iwuoha

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - New Orleans, Louisiana

After a two-week jury trial, Defendant-Appellants Theodore Okechuku, Elechi Oti, Emmanuel Iwuoha, and Kevin Rutledge were convicted of conspiring to unlawfully distribute hydrocodone outside the scope of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose as part of an alleged pill mill. Okechuku was also convicted of two additional firearm counts—using, carrying, and brandishing a fire... More...   $0 (10-05-2017 - TX)

In The Matter of Max Hopper, Decedent

Dallas County Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - Jury Awards Plaintiff Billions In Punitive Damages

The Family and Estate of Max Hopper sued JP Morgan Chase & Co. on fraud, breach of fiduciary and breach of contract duties theories claiming that JP Morgan for mishandling the of the former American Airlines executive.

Hopper died intestate with a $19 million estate and was hired to administer it for the family.
... More...
   $0 (09-27-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Amechi Clovis Amuegbunam

Dallas, TX - Methamphetamine Distributor Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison

U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey sentenced Raul Garibay, 25, of Grand Prairie, Texas, to 240 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in March 2017 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a schedule II controlled substance, announced U.S. Attorney John P... More...
   $0 (09-26-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Adrian Pineda-Orozco

Federal Courthouse - Del Rio, Texas

Del Rio, TX - Undocumented Alien Residing In Houston Sentenced to 50 Years in Federal Prison in Liquid Meth Case

United States District Judge Alia Moses sentenced 33–year-old Adrian Pineda-Orozco, an undocumented alien residing in Houston, to 50 years in federal prison for his role in scheme to smuggle over 43 kilograms of liquid methamphetamine into the United States.

On January... More...
   $0 (09-26-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. William Kiekow, et al.

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - New Orleans, Louisiana

After a 14-day jury trial, a jury in the Eastern District of Texas convicted Defendants-Appellants William Edmund Kiekow (“Kiekow”), Felipe U. Uriarte (“Uriarte”), and Arthur James Pierre (“Pierre”) (collectively, “Appellants”) of conspiracy to distribute or possess with intent to distribute cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846.1 On appeal, Appellants challenge venue and the sufficiency
2<... More...
   $0 (09-25-2017 - TX)

Super Starr International, LLC, Lance Peterson, and Red Starr, SPR de RL de CV v. Fresh Tex Produce, LLC, Individually and Derivatively on behalf of Tex Starr Distributing, LLC, and Kemal Mert Gumus

Hidalgo County Courthouse - Edinburg, Texas

This appeal concerns an arbitration agreement. Appellants Lance Peterson and his two companies Super Starr International, LLC (the Importer) and Red Starr, SPR de
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RL de CV (the Grower) grow papayas. Appellants collaborated with appellee Fresh Tex Produce, LLC (Fresh Tex) to distribute the papayas in the United States. Together, appellants and Fresh Tex formed a separate company for distr... More...
   $0 (09-24-2017 - TX)

Alice Lawson and Jeanie Dell Collins Carr v. Ernest Boyd Collins and Ella Elizabeth Collins

Travis County Courthouse - Austin, Texas

In this consolidated appeal Alice Lawson (Alice) challenges the probate court’s
judgment confirming an arbitration award resolving her will contest, and Jeanie Dell Collins Carr
(Jeanie) challenges the court’s adverse summary judgment in her separate will contest.1 See Tex.
Est. Code § 32.001(c) (final order issued by probate court is appealable to court of appeals). As
urged by Er... More...
   $0 (09-23-2017 - TX)

Francis Michael Lynch v. Donna Falcon Lynch

Michael Lynch1 appeals from a final default divorce decree, dissolving his marriage to Donna Falcon Lynch. In 16 issues, Michael challenges the provisions in the divorce decree that divide the marital estate, award Donna appellate
1 Because the record indicates that Francis Michael Lynch prefers to use his middle name, Michael, we refer to him as Michael.
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attorney’s fees, require Mic... More...
   $0 (09-15-2017 - TX)

Gregory D. Hawk v. Eva S. Engelhart

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - New Orleans, Louisiana

After filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the Hawks claimed an exemption for funds held in an individual retirement account (“IRA”). They sought to exempt the funds from the bankruptcy estate because tax-exempt or tax-deferred assets held in a qualifying retirement account are generally exempt from creditors’ claims under Texas law. However, over the course of several months, the Hawks withdrew the f... More...   $0 (09-06-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Saul Blanco-Gallegos and Juan Rodriguez Galindo, a/k/a "Johnny"

Northern District of Texas Seal - Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock, TX - West Texas Methamphetamine Distributors Sentenced

Two defendants were sentenced on August 28, 2017 by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings for their role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.

Saul Blanco-Gallegos, 37, of Grand Prairie, and Juan Rodriguez Galindo, aka “Johnny,” 43, of Amarillo, both pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and were sent... More...
   $0 (09-01-2017 - TX)

Marda Whitney v. El Paso Independent School District

Marda Whitney sued the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) under the Texas
Whistleblower statute. TEX.GOV’T CODE ANN. § 554.002 (West 2012). The case comes to us after
the trial court granted EPISD’s motion for summary judgment. For the reasons explained below,
we affirm.
FACTUAL SUMMARY
Whitney was a long t... More...
   $0 (08-23-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Scott Edward Grigsby a/k/a "Skinny Pup"

Federal Courthouse - Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth, TX - Aryan Circle Member Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison For the Distribution of Methamphetamine

Scott Edward Grigsby, aka “Skinny Pup,” 44, of White Settlement, Texas, was sentenced the week of August 15, 2017 to 240 months in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.

Grigsby pleaded guilty in May 2017 to one count of conspirac... More...
   $0 (08-22-2017 - TX)

Marda Whitney v. El Paso Independent School District

Marda Whitney sued the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) under the Texas Whistleblower statute. TEX.GOV’T CODE ANN. § 554.002 (West 2012). The case comes to us after the trial court granted EPISD’s motion for summary judgment. For the reasons explained below, we affirm.
FACTUAL SUMMARY
Whitney was a long time teacher in EPISD. For the time-period at issue, she taught a computer l... More...
   $0 (08-24-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Laroy Damont Johnson

Dallas, TX - Federal Jury Convicts Dallas Man of Firearm and Drug Offenses Involving Heroin

Following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay, on August 7, 2017 a federal jury convicted Laroy Damont Johnson, 37, of Dallas, of drug and firearm offenses.

Specifically, Johnson was convicted of one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substan... More...
   $0 (08-07-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Joshua Diaz

Dallas, TX - Dallas Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for His Role in a Drug Trafficking Organization

Joshua Diaz, 28, a Dallas man who was arrested in June 2016 following a law enforcement investigation into a drug trafficking organization that operated out of the Pleasant Grove, Seagoville and Balch Springs areas, has been sentenced.

Diaz was sentenced by Chief U.S. D... More...
   $0 (08-07-2017 - TX)

Musa ('Moses') N. Musallam v. Amar B. Ali

A jury found that Appellant Musa N. Musallam breached a contract he had
with Appellee Amar B. Ali for the sale of a wholesale distribution company and
awarded Ali $904,924 in damages for past and future lost profits. Musallam
appeals, arguing that the contract is unenforceable as a matter of law and that
1
See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
the jury’s lost-pro... More...
   $0 (08-03-2017 - TX)

 
 
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