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Texas False Imprisonment Law

United States of America v. Marco Antonio Delgado

Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - El Paso, Texas

El Paso, TX - El Paso Attorney Marco Delgado Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison in Connection with a Multi-Million Dollar Fraud/Money Laundering Scheme

El Paso attorney Marco Antonio Delgado (aka Marco Delgado Licon), age 51, was sentenced to ten years in federal prison in connection with a multi-million dollar wire fraud and money laundering scheme.

United States District ... More...
   $0 (09-29-2017 - TX)

Santiaga Herrera v. Gloria Coronel Alejos

Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Santiaga Herrera owned and lived in a house with a garage apartment. Herrera sold the property to Gloria Alejos, who financed the purchase with a note made to Herrera. After closing, Alejos’s daughter, Banesa Coronel, moved into the
house, and Alejos allowed Herrera to stay in the garage apartment, where she was
living at the time of the sale.
Alejos later tried to evict Herrera,... More...
   $0 (10-12-2017 - TX)

Jay Baska v. Rebecca McGuire

Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Appellant, Jay Baska, challenges the trial court’s judgment in favor of appellee, Rebecca McGuire, in her suit against Baska for breach of contract and fraud. In his first through third issues, Baska contends that the statute of frauds1 bars
1 See TEX. BUS. & COM. CODE ANN. § 26.01 (West 2015).
McGuire’s breach-of-contract claim and, if sustained, he is entitled to a remand for
r... More...
   $0 (10-12-2017 - TX)

James W. Paulsen v. Ellen A. Yarrell

Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

This is an appeal from a take-nothing final summary judgment rendered in favor of appellee Ellen A. Yarrell on appellant James W. Paulsen’s defamation claims. Paulsen challenges the trial court’s denial of a motion to dismiss, which attempted to invoke the Texas Citizens Participation Act. See TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE §§ 27.001–.011. Paulsen also argues that summary judgment was improper becaus... More...   $0 (10-14-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Lawrence James Taylor

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - New Orleans, Louisiana

We are tasked with deciding whether Lawrence James Taylor’s claim that his sentence enhancement is no longer valid under the Armed Career Criminal Act (“ACCA”) is constitutionally or statutorily based in light of the district court’s conclusion that the now constitutionally defunct residual clause “played no role” at his sentencing. We hold that Taylor’s claim is constitutionally based and warrant... More...   $0 (10-12-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Jason T. Posey

United State District Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Houston, TX - Former Congressional Staffer Pleads Guilty to Extensive Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme

A former congressional staffer pleaded guilty for his role in orchestrating a scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from charitable foundations and the individuals who ran those foundations to pay for personal expenses and to illegally finance a former congressman’s campaign... More...
   $0 (10-12-2017 - 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)

Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc. v. James H. Watson

Chapter 707 of the transportation code authorizes local governments to implement photographic traffic signal enforcement systems, commonly referred to as red-light cameras, within their jurisdictions and to assess a civil penalty against the owner of a motor vehicle that runs through a red traffic light in
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
violation of the applicable traffic laws. See Tex. ... More...
   $0 (10-05-2017 - TX)

Braulio Alvarado-Gutierrez v. The State of Texas

A jury found appellant, Braulio Alvarado-Gutierrez, guilty of two offenses of aggravated sexual assault of a child1 and assessed his punishment at forty years’
1 See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 22.021 (West Supp. 2016).
confinement for each offense, to be served concurrently. In two issues, appellant contends that the trial court erred in admitting his recorded statement because he did no... More...
   $0 (10-06-2017 - 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)

United States of America ex rel., Joshua Harman v. Trinity Industries, Inc.; Trinity Highway Products, LLC

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - New Orleans, Louisiana

The trial in this case offers two narratives. One of a hardworking man
who, angered by failures of guardrails installed across the United States—with
sometimes devastating consequences—persuaded a Texas jury of a concealed
cause of those failures. The other of the inventive genius of professors at Texas
A&M’s Transportation Institute, who, over many years of study and testing,
... More...
   $0 (10-04-2017 - 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)

Midland Funding LLC v. Rosa Gonzales

Nolan County Courthouse - Sweetwater, Texas

Midland Funding LLC appeals the trial court’s denial of a motion for new
trial, which Midland Funding filed after the trial court entered a post-answer, default
judgment against it because it failed to appear at trial. Attached to Midland
Funding’s motion for new trial was the affidavit of Brian Staley, one of five attorneys
listed as counsel for Midland Funding on its petition. In... More...
   $0 (09-23-2017 - TX)

Linda S. Restrepo and Carlos E. Restrepo d/b/a Collectively RDI Global Services and R&D International v. Alliance Riggers & Constructors, LTD

El Paso County Courthouse - El Paso, Texas

Appellants, Linda S. Restrepo and Carlos E. Restrepo d/b/a Collectively RDI Global Services and R & D International, appeal from a judgment awarding damages in the amount of $125,775 to Appellee, Alliance Riggers & Constructors, Ltd. (Alliance Riggers).1 We affirm.
Alliance Riggers has been in operation since 1978, and its business includes crane service as well as pre-cast... More...
   $0 (09-23-2017 - TX)

In the Interest of A.M., a Child

Collingworth County Courthouse - Wellington, Texas

R.M., mother of A.M., appeals the order terminating her parental rights. She contends that the evidence is neither legally nor factually sufficient to support the two statutory grounds for termination found by the trial court. Nor does it allegedly support the finding that termination is in the best interest of A.M. We affirm.
Standard of Review – Statutory Ground
The trial court found the... More...
   $0 (09-23-2017 - TX)

Robert C. Livingston v. Catherine Livingston

Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

This suit arises from the acrimonious relationship between Catherine Livingston and her step-son, Robert Livingston. Catherine sued Robert for assault, false imprisonment, and infliction of emotional distress. A jury found that Robert
had not assaulted or falsely imprisoned Catherine, but it did find that Robert had intentionally inflicted severe emotional distress on Catherine and that ... More...
   $0 (09-21-2017 - TX)

Dr. Ghyasuddin Syed and Southeast Texas Institute of Pain Management, P.A. v. Phu Huu Nguyen, Pharm. D. PLLC d/b/a Wellness Pharmacy and Phu "Paul" Huu Nguyen

Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

In this interlocutory appeal,1 appellants, Ghyasuddin Syed, M.D. and Southeast Texas Institute of Pain Management, P.A. (“STIPM”), challenge the trial court’s order denying their motion to dismiss2 the claims brought against them by appellees, Phu Huu Nguyen, Pharm. D., PLLC, doing business as Wellness Pharmacy (“Wellness Pharmacy”), and Phu “Paul” Huu Nguyen, for slander, tortious interference wi... More...   $0 (09-23-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Tomas Aquino-Pacheco

Federal Courthouse - McAllen, Texas

McAllen, TX - Undocumented Alien Handed 10-Year Sentence for Illegally Re-Entering the Country

An undocumented alien with serious prior convictions has been ordered to serve 120 months in federal prison. Tomas Aquino-Pacheco, 38, pleaded guilty June 28, 2017, to illegal re-entry after prior deportation or removal.

U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez imposed the lengthy sentence w... More...
   $0 (09-19-2017 - TX)

United States of America, et al. v. Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - New Orleans, Louisiana

John King and Tammy Drummond (collectively, “Relators”) appeal the
district court’s grant of summary judgment to Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc., on
their False Claims Act (“FCA”) claims and a subsequent ruling that partly
granted court costs to Solvay. For the reasons explained below, we AFFIRM.
I. Background
Relators are both former Solvay sales and marketing employees. Th... More...
   $0 (09-15-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. James VanBlaricum

Federal Courthouse - Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth, TX - Colleyville Businessman Sentenced to 84 Months in Federal Prison For Role in a Ponzi Oil and Gas Fraud Scheme

James VanBlaricum, 78, of Colleyville, Texas, was sentenced on Sepember 5, 2017 before Senior U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to 84 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $32,222,291 in restitution for participating in a Ponzi oil and gas fraud scheme.
... More...
   $32333291 (09-07-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Luis Aguilar, Alhan Sanchez, Aaron Sanchez, Ricardo Renteria, and Ricardo Renteria-Rivera

Federal Courthouse - McAllen, Texas

McAllen, TX - Several Local Residents Slammed with Significant Sentences in Hostage Taking Conspiracy

Several men who resided in the Mission area have been ordered to prison for their involvement in an illegal alien hostage taking scheme.

Luis Aguilar Jr., 19; brothers Alhan Sanchez, 20, and Aaron Sanchez, 21, and Ricardo Renteria, 26, all of Mission; and Renteria’s nephew Ricard... More...
   $0 (09-06-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Amechi Clovis Amuegbunam

Dallas, TX - Nigerian Man Sentenced for Role in “Business Email Compromise” Scheme That Caused $3.7 Million Loss to U.S. Companies

A Nigerian citizen in the U.S. on a student visa was sentenced today before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to 46 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $615,555.12 in restitution for his role in what has become known as a “Business Email Compromise” (BEC... More...
   $0 (09-01-2017 - TX)

City of Houston v. Frank Nicolai and Debora Nicolai as Parents of Caroline Nicolai, Deceased

Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

In this interlocutory appeal,1 appellant, the City of Houston (the “City”), challenges the trial court’s order denying its plea to the jurisdiction in the suit by appellees, Frank Nicolai and Debora Nicolai, as parents of Caroline Nicolai, deceased (the “Nicolais”), against the City for negligence and wrongful death.2 In its sole issue,3 the City contends that the trial court lacks subject-matter ... More...   $0 (08-25-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Hector Chavez, Sr.

Del Rio, TX - Former Eagle Pass City Manager Sentenced to Federal Prison for Lying to FBI in Connection with Investigation into “Pay-To-Play” Bribery Scheme Involving Maverick County Contracts

Eagle Pass City Manager Hector Chavez, Sr., age 68, was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for lying to FBI agents during their investigation into... More...
   $0 (08-25-2017 - TX)

Damiend Lavar Sullivan v. State of Texas

Damiend Lavar Sullivan (appellant) appeals, through three issues, his conviction
for possessing a controlled substance. The first involves the denial of his motion to
suppress evidence. The second and third concern the State’s proof of the
enhancement allegations and an inaccurate judgment, respectively. We modify the
judgment and affirm it as modified.
B... More...
   $0 (08-16-2017 - TX)

Albert Ridgeway v. The State of Texas

Sixth Court of Appeals of Texas - Texarkana, Texas

Albert Ridgeway was convicted by a jury of aggravated sexual assault of a child and was
sentenced to twenty-five years’ imprisonment. Ridgeway’s sole point of error on appeal alleges
that the evidence is insufficient to establish his guilt.1 Because we conclude otherwise, we affirm
the trial court’s judgment.
I. Standard of Review
The standards ... More...
   $0 (08-24-2017 - TX)

Felipe Gonazlez, et al v. UniversalPegasus International, Inc., et al.

Fourteenth District Court of Appeals Courthouse - Houston, Texas

This case involves minority shareholders in a Delaware corporation who
claim that the corporation and its board of directors sought to divest them of their
shares through an attempted restructuring of the company. The minority
shareholders appeal from a summary judgment against them on their claims of
breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and violations of the Texas Securit... More...
   $0 (08-24-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Travis Leger, Rickey Simon and Jason Leckelt

Seal of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Beaumont, TX - Three Men Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Violate the Lacey Act by Illegally Trafficking Threatened Alligator Snapping Turtles

Travis Leger and Rickey Simon, both of Sulphur, Louisiana, and Jason Leckelt of Wilburton, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty on August 22, 2017 to conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act by illegally trafficking alligator snapping turtles.

Alligator snapp... More...
   $0 (08-22-2017 - TX)

Elicia Bailey v. Jeremy Gasaway

In this appeal from a suit to modify the parent-child relationship, Elicia Bailey, acting
pro se, appeals from the trial court’s final order that appointed Jeremy Gasaway the sole managing
conservator of the parties’ child, appointed Bailey possessory conservator with child support
obligations, and limited Bailey’s access and possession of the child to supervised visitation at
spec... More...
   $0 (08-22-2017 - TX)

Jessica Parker Valentine and Bryan L. Parker v. Interactive Brokers LLC

Appellants, Jessica Parker Valentine and Bryan L. Parker (the “Parkers”), challenge the trial court’s order granting the motion of appellee, Interactive Brokers LLC (“IB”), to vacate an arbitration award. In two issues, the Parkers contend that the trial court erred in vacating the award.
We affirm.
In their Second Amended Statement of Claim, the Parkers, pursuant to t... More...
   $0 (08-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Godwin Oriakhi

Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Houston, TX - Houston Home Health Agency Owner Sentenced to 480 Months in Prison for Conspiring to Defraud Medicare and Medicaid of More Than $17 Million

The owner and operator of five Houston-area home health agencies was sentenced on August 18, 2017 to 480 months in prison for conspiring to defraud Medicare and the State of Texas’ Medicaid-funded Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) ... More...
   $0 (08-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Michael Baker

Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, TX - Former CEO of Arthrocare Corporation Convicted for Orchestrating $750 Million Securities Fraud Scheme

A federal jury on August 18, 2017 convicted the former chief executive officer of ArthroCare Corporation, a publicly traded medical device company based in Austin, Texas, for his role in orchestrating a fraud scheme that resulted in shareholder losses of over $750 millio... More...
   $0 (08-21-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Latonya Lanette Carson and Smith Olsola Akin

Dallas, TX - Two Sentenced in Stolen Identity Theft and Money Laundering Scheme

Latonya Lanette Carson, 43, of Dallas, Texas and Smith Olsola Akin, 34, of Plano, Texas were sentenced on August 17, 2017 for their role in a scheme to steal personal identifying information, use it to fraudulently obtain income tax refunds, and then launder those funds.

Following a four-day trial in ... More...
   $0 (08-17-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Hugh Michael Glenn

Dallas, TX - Federal Jury Convicts Dallas Man of Child Pornography Charges - Defendant was previously convicted of transporting child pornography

Following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey, a federal jury has convicted Hugh Michael Glenn, 47, of Dallas, Texas, of two child pornography offenses. The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney John Parker of the... More...
   $0 (08-17-2017 - TX)

M&M Joint Venture AND Ledford E. White and Ledford E. White, P.C. v. Gwendolyn Gene Layton and Troylynn Ann Layton

Appellees Gwendolyn Gene Layton (Gwen) and Troylynn Ann Layton, husband and wife, sued appellants Ledford E. White and Ledford E. White, P.C. (White P.C.) (collectively the White Appellants) and appellant M&M Joint Venture
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
when they were not repaid funds they had provided, at White’s suggestion, to White’s friends. After a jury trial, the trial court render... More...
   $0 (08-10-2017 - TX)

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)

Lover Compton v. Lance Jue, D.D.S, and Lance Jue, D.D.S. d/b/a Beautifiul Smile at Lake Pointe

Appellant, Lover Compton, challenges the trial court’s rendition of summary judgment in favor of appellees, Lance Jue, D.D.S. and Lance Jue, D.D.S. doing
business as A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe1 (collectively, “Dr. Jue”), in her suit against Dr. Jue for dental malpractice, negligence, breach of warranty, lack of informed consent, medical battery, promissory estoppel, fraud, and viol... More...
   $0 (08-08-2017 - 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. Peter Zuccarelli

Federal Courthouse - Plano, Texas

Plano, TX - Collin County Man Guilty in Conspiracy to Illegally Export Radiation Hardened Integrated Circuits to Russia and China

A 62-year-old Plano, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

Peter Zuccarelli pleaded guilty to conspiring to smuggle and illegally export from the U.S., radiation hardened integrated circuits (RHICs) for us... More...
   $0 (08-13-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Kimberly Dale Boyce

Federal Courthouse - Midland, Texas

Midland, TX - Jury Finds Former Midland Bookkeeper Guilty of Embezzlement and Tax Evasion Scheme

A federal jury convicted a former bookkeeper on federal charges in connection with a scheme to steal over $2 Million from a local businessman.

Jurors found 52–year-old Kimberley Dale Boyce of Midland guilty of three counts of mail fraud; three counts of wire fraud; three counts of eng... More...
   $0 (08-13-2017 - TX)

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