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Texas Descent and Distribution Law
 

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
2
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.
2
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)

United States of America v. Gabriel Reyes a/k/a "Payaso"

Dallas, TX - Lancaster Heroin Trafficker Sentenced to 170 Months in Federal Prison

Gabriel Reyes, aka “Payaso,” 33, was sentenced on July 27, 2017 by Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn to 170 months in federal prison for the distribution of heroin.

Reyes pleaded guilty in February 2017 to one count of possession with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of a mixtu... More...
   $0 (07-27-2017 - 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)

United States of America v. Joe Vito Venzor

Federal Courthouse - El Paso, Texas

El Paso, TX - Former El Paso-Based Production Company Employee Sentenced to Federal Prison for Computer Intrusion

In El Paso July 19, 2017, a federal judge sentenced 42-year-old Joe Vito Venzor to 18 months in federal prison for illegally accessing his former employer’s computer system and shutting it down.

In addition to the prison term, Senior United States District Judge David... More...
   $57397 (07-19-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Jason Edgecombe and Cy Viator

Dallas, TX - Last Two Defendants Sentenced in Pill Mill Operation

Jason Edgecombe, 40, and Cy Viator, 34, both of Houston, Texas, were sentenced on July 21, 2017 for their involvement in a “pill mill” operation.

Viator pleaded guilty in May 2016 to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and one count of unlawful use of a communication facility. U.S. District... More...
   $0 (07-21-2017 - TX)

Joel Thomason v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Verizon Employee Benefits Committee

This case arises from a dispute between a claims administrator and a
beneficiary about whether the beneficiary “elected to receive” pension benefits
under ERISA when he moved them via direct rollover from his pension fund to
his IRA. The district court determined that the plan beneficiary was entitled
to summary judgment on his § 1132(a)(1)(B) claim. Because the district court
... More...
   $0 (07-19-2017 - tX)

E. Peter Healey v. Edwin N. Healey, Elizabeth Healey and Michael R. Healey

E. Peter Healey (Pete) appeals from an adverse judgment rendered after a jury trial in this family dispute involving duty and money. Initially brought by his father, Edwin N. Healey (Bud), against Pete and his brothers Paul C. Healey and Mark J. Healey, the suit widened when Pete named his siblings, Elizabeth Healey (Liza) and Michael R. Healey (Mike) as third-party defendants. Pete asserts ten is... More...   $0 (07-12-2017 - TX)

Radiant Financial, Inc. v. Faye Bagby, individually, and Bagby Investments, LP, a Limited Partnership, American Financial & Retirement Services, LLC, a Limited Liability Company

Before the Court is Radiant Financial, Inc.’s May 17, 2017 Motion for Rehearing. We deny the motion. On our own motion, we withdraw our opinion issued on April 18, 2017, and vacate our judgment of that same date. The following is now the opinion of the Court.
Radiant Financial, Inc. (“Radiant”) appeals from a judgment in favor of appellees Faye Bagby (“Ms. Bagby”), Bagby Investments, LP (“Bagb... More...
   $0 (07-10-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Daryl Glenn Pawlak

Dallas, TX - Federal Jury Convicts Burleson Man of Child Pornography Charges

Following a one-week trial in Dallas, Texas, before U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater, a federal jury has convicted Daryl Glenn Pawlak, 39, of Burleson, Texas, of two counts of child pornography offenses.

The jury convicted Pawlak of one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of acces... More...
   $0 (07-07-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Todd Prins

Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, TX - Former San Antonio Attorney Todd Prins Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

Former San Antonio lawyer Todd Prins faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 after pleading guilty on June 28, 2017 to one count of wire fraud.

Appearing before United ... More...
   $0 (07-03-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Fahim Ahmed Khan

Dallas, TX - Houston Pill Mill Operator Sentenced to 51 Months in Federal Prison

Fahim Ahmed Khan, 59, of Houston, Texas, was sentenced for his involvement in a “pill mill” operation, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Specifically, Khan was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 51 months in federal prison. In addition to ... More...
   $0 (07-01-2017 - TX)

Natalie Plummer v. University of Houston

The University of Houston found two former students, Ryan McConnell and Natalie Plummer, to have violated the University’s sexual misconduct policy. After two unsuccessful administrative appeals, McConnell and Plummer were ultimately expelled. McConnell and Plummer then sued the University and two University officials, alleging that they were denied constitutional due process and were discriminate... More...   $0 (06-23-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Mark Grimes

United State District Court for the Southern District of Texas - San Antonio

San Antonio, TX - San Antonio Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography

Mark Grimes, age 37, was sentenced to 185 months in federal prison for distribution of child pornography.

In addition to the prison term, Senior United States District Judge David A. Ezra ordered that Grimes pay $26,500 restitution to the victims and be placed on supervised release... More...
   $0 (06-25-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Gilberto Gomez

Dallas, TX - Dallas Man Sentenced to 54 Years in Federal Prison For His Role in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

Gilberto Gomez, 37, of Dallas, Texas, was sentenced to 652 months in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Gomez was convicted in March 2017, following a f... More...
   $0 (06-25-2017 - TX)

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., et al. v. Angela Leigh Militello, F/K/A Angela Leigh Simpson Starrett

Appellant Angela Leigh Militello sued appellant Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, negligence, and gross negligence arising from its management of several trusts. After a bench trial, the trial court rendered judgment for Militello on all of her claims and made findings of fact and conclusions of law in support of the judgment. In this appeal, Wells Fargo challenges the l... More...   $0 (06-20-2017 - TX)

Bombardier Aerospace Corporation v. SPEP Aircraft Holdings, LLC, et al.

Appellees SPEP Aircraft Holdings, LLC (SPEP), PE 300 Leasing, LLC (PE 300),
Saracen Pure Energy Partners, LP (Saracen), Crane Capital Group, Inc. (Crane Capital), James
R. Crane (Crane), Floridian Golf Resort, LLC (Floridian Golf Resort), Champion Energy
Marketing LLC (Champion Energy), and Crane Worldwide Logistics, LLC (Crane Worldwide)
sued appellant Bombardier Aerospace Corpora... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - tx)

In the interest of M. T. R.

After the Williamson County court at law1 signed its “Order in Suit for Modification
of Support Order and to Confirm Support Arrearage” in August 2016, pro se appellant Dustin Shane
Reininger filed two notices of appeal. We affirm the Williamson County court at law’s order.
Procedural and Factual Summary
In 2003, the Travis County district court signed an agreed divorce degree diss... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - TX)

Lam Kim Nguyen v. The State of Texas

Sugar Land man pleads guilty to multiple felonies

On July 16, 2015, Detective Ng of the Sugar Land Police Department signed
an affidavit for a search warrant pertaining to a home located at 1826 Arcadia
Drive. In his affidavit, Detective Ng alleged that it was suspected that the premises
3

concealed “[m]arijuana, and [] evidence relative to the trafficking of narcotics,
which may consist of, but not limited to the ... More...
   $0 (06-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Brian Landon Brown

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

26-year-old male died of an overdose after purchasing Furanyl Fentanyl from the defendant

A Lubbock, Texas, man, Brian Landon Brown, 32, pleaded guilty to a federal offense stemming from his role in a fentanyl distribution conspiracy.

Brown pleaded guilty to one c... More...
   $0 (06-17-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Armando Javier Picazo Jimenez

Laredo, TX - Head of Marijuana Trafficking Cell Convicted

The head of a marijuana trafficking cell has pleaded guilty for his role in a conspiracy to traffic drugs from Laredo to the Dallas area via the use of tractor trailers.

Mexican National Armando Javier Picazo Jimenez, 42, pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute in excess of 1000 kilograms of marijuana.... More...
   $0 (06-07-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. John Kevin Waldrip

Houston, TX - Woodlands Woman Charged with Defrauding Employer

A 44-year old resident of Angleton has entered a guilty plea to one count each of distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography.

John Kevin Waldrip came to the attention of law enforcement following an investigation into persons using the Internet to traffic in child pornography via peer-to-peer software. ... More...
   $0 (06-07-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Bertha Alicia Garcia

Dallas, TX - Channelview Woman Sentenced in Opioid Prescription Drug Distribution Conspiracy

Bertha Alicia Garcia, 50, of Channelview, Texas, who pleaded guilty to her role in a pill mill operation that operated during parts of 2013-2015, was sentenced.

Garcia was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater, following her guilty plea in Oct... More...
   $0 (06-05-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Brittany Anders

Dallas, TX - Rowlett Woman Sentenced to 51 Months in Federal Prison for Her Role in a Heroin Distribution Conspiracy

Brittany Anders, 32, of Rowlett, Texas, was sentenced for her role in a heroin distribution conspiracy.

Anders was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison following her guilty plea in October 2016 to one count of possession with intent to distribute and the distr... More...
   $0 (06-08-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Sidney Caleb Lanier and Jamie Marie Robertson

Lubbock, TX - Lubbock Fentanyl Distributors Sentenced

Sidney Caleb Lanier, 36, and Jamie Marie Robertson, 32, both of Lubbock, Texas, were sentenced before Senior U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.

Lanier was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in February 2017 to one count of conspiracy to d... More...
   $0 (06-09-2017 - TX)

 
 
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