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DOE v. THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH U.S.A. OF TULSA First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa

Appellant/Doe filed suit against The First Presbyterian Church U.S.A. ("FPC"), of Tulsa, Oklahoma and its minister, James D. Miller, ("Appellees"), based on theories of torts and breach of contract. Doe seeks damages arising out of alleged harm he incurred from Appellees' publishing notice of his baptism on the world wide web. Doe claimed that he advised Appellees of the need to keep his baptism p... More...   $0 (12-19-2017 - OK)

Paul Richard Butts v. Marcus Martin, et al. Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas

Plaintiff–Appellant Paul Richard Butts, a Hasidic Jewish federal prisoner at the Federal Corrections Complex in Beaumont, Texas (“FCC
United States Court of Appeals
Fifth Circuit
FILED
December 8, 2017
Lyle W. Cayce
Clerk
No. 15-41640
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Beaumont”), filed a Bivens1 suit against numerous Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”)
employees, all of whom worked at FCC Beaumont. ... More...
   $0 (12-15-2017 - TX)

Roger Liverman and Aaron Liverman v. Denton County, Texas, Denton County Criminal District Attorney, Paul Johnson, Lara Tomlin, Rick Daniel, and Lindsey Sheguit

This case arises from an unfortunate family dispute among Appellants
Roger Liverman and Aaron Liverman, on the one side, and Katheryn Payne Hall
(Roger’s daughter and Aaron’s sister) on the other. The dispute is rooted in a
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
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disagreement over mechanic’s liens filed by Appellants against Hall’s home in
2008. See Liverman v. State, 470 S.W.3d 831, ... More...
   $0 (12-14-2017 - TX)

In the Interest of L. D. child v. Department of Family and Protective Services

These appeals arise from a decree terminating the parental rights of both a mother and a father to their biological child, L.D. Both parents contend that the evidence was insufficient to support the trial court’s decree. The father additionally asserts that the evidence was insufficient to support the appointment of the
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Department of Family and Protective Services, rather than the child’... More...
   $0 (12-14-2017 - TX)

Optional Capital , Inc. v. Akin Gump Straus, Hauer and Feld, LLP

Optional Capital, Inc. (Optional or Plaintiff) sued
various entities and individuals, including DAS Corporation
(DAS) and its counsel—Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld
LLP (Akin) and Parker Shumaker Mills LLP, David Parker
and William Mills (collectively, Parker) (collectively with
Akin, Defendants)—for conversion and fraudulent transfer.
Plaintiff sought to recover from Defend... More...
   $0 (12-08-2017 - CA)

Dr. Jayen Patel v. Tulsa Pain Consultants, Inc., et al. Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano 219 South Cheyenne

Tulsa, OK - Dr. Jayenb Patel sued Tulsa Pain Consultants, Inc. P.C., Dr. Martin Martucci, M.D., Dr. Andreas Revelis, M.D., Robert Saenz, Alana Campbell, Dr. Lam Nguyen, M.D., Pat McFadden, Ebondie Titworth on civil conspiracy theories.




Issue # 1. Issue: CIVIL CONSPIRACY (OTHER)
Filed By: PATEL, DR JAYEN
Filed Date: 11/05/2010
Party Name Disposition Informatio... More...
   $0 (12-07-2017 - OK)

Joyce Bartholomew v. Youtube, LLC

We are asked in this case to decide whether a musician stated a claim for libel per
quod against the popular video viewing Web site, YouTube. When YouTube decided to
block access to Joyce Bartholomew’s video, it posted a statement that the video had
violated YouTube’s terms of service, a statement which also provided a hyperlink to a list
of examples and tips, a list YouTube called... More...
   $0 (12-03-2017 - CA)

Rose Brown v. Augustin Garcia Lake County Courthouse - Lake Port, California

This action is between two groups of the Elem Indian Colony Pomo Tribe (the
Tribe), the “Brown faction” (plaintiffs) and the “Garcia Council” (defendants).
Plaintiffs sued the Garcia Council over allegedly defamatory statements published in a
notification that warned they would be disenrolled if the Tribe’s General Council found
them guilty of specified crimes. The trial court rule... More...
   $0 (11-30-2017 - CA)

Sheldon G. Adelson v. David A. Harris, Marc R. Stanley and National Jewish Democratic Council Second Circuit Court of Appeals - New York, New York

Familiarity with the facts of this case, as set forth in this
court’s decision in Adelson v. Harris, 774 F.3d 803 (2d Cir. 2014), is
assumed. This case involves defamation claims brought by
Appellant Sheldon Adelson against Appellees National Jewish
Democratic Council, its Chair, Marc Stanley, and its President and
CEO, David Harris. Appellant’s claim of defamation is based on<... More...
   $0 (11-29-2017 - NY)

Janice Dickinson v. William H. Cosby, Jr., Martin D. Singer

Plaintiff Janice Dickinson went public with her accusations
of rape against William H. Cosby, Jr. Cosby, in turn, through his
attorney, Martin Singer, reacted with (1) a letter demanding
media outlets not repeat Dickinson’s allegedly false accusation,
under threat of litigation (“demand letter”); and (2) a press
release characterizing Dickinson’s rape accusation as a lie (“pres... More...
   $0 (11-27-2017 - CA)

In the Matter of Jesse Friedman v. Kathleen M. Rice New York Court of Appeals Hall - Albany, New York

On this appeal we clarify the proper interpretation of section 87 (2) (e) (iii) of our State's Freedom of Information Law (Public Officers Law art 6 [FOIL]), under which a government agency may seek to exempt from public inspection those records, or a portion thereof, "compiled for law enforcement purposes and which, if disclosed, would . . . identify a [*2]confidential source or disclose confiden... More...   $0 (11-21-2017 - )

Bret Cornell v. City and County of San Francisco

Police officer trainee Bret Cornell, while off-duty and in street clothes, went for a
run one morning in Golden Gate Park, stopping for a brief rest on a knoll called Hippie
Hill. Two uniformed patrol officers in the area spotted him, thought he looked
“worried,” and grew suspicious because the bushes on Hippie Hill are known for illicit
drug activity. As the patrolmen began to app... More...
   $0 (11-17-2017 - CA)

Antony Lee Turbeville v. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Before us is the District Court’s dismissal of Antony Turbeville’s complaint
against the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and its denial of
Turbeville’s motion to remand the case to Florida state court. We affirm both.
I.
A.
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) provides that
persons who wish to use any instrumentality of interstate commerce ... More...
   $0 (11-01-2017 - FL)

Linda Linn and Mark Shuck v. Pat Montgomery, Chisty Schrader and Brad Allen Iowa Supreme Court

In this appeal, a plaintiff asks our court to decide if the district
court properly granted summary judgment and partial summary
judgment on his defamation claim based on the running of the statute of
limitations. Additionally, we must determine if the court properly
granted summary judgment on the plaintiff’s malicious prosecution claim
on the ground the defendants merely furn... More...
   $0 (10-27-2017 - IA)

Steven Wormald and Elizabeth Anne Wormald v. Norman Villarina, Doug Wertheimer, Aaron Snegg and McGuffy Credit Facility 1, L.L.C. Fort Bend County Courthouse - Richmond, Texas

This accelerated appeal of the granting of three special appearances arises out of a borrower-lender dispute. After the lender, a limited liability company, brought a collection suit against the borrowers and guarantors, the guarantors filed a counterclaim against the lender and filed various claims against others. The
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guarantors now challenge the trial court’s granting of the special ap... More...
   $0 (10-27-2017 - OK)

Louis F. Puig, MD, PA v. High Standards Networking and Computer Service, Inc. d/b/a High Standards Technology, Inc. Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

High Standards Networking and Computer Service, Inc. d/b/a High Standards Technology, Inc. (“HST”) sued Louis F. Puig, MD, PA d/b/a Occupational Medical Care (“OMC”) for breach of contract and business disparagement. OMC counterclaimed for breach of contract, harmful access by computer, and trespass.
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The jury found in favor of HST on its claim and against OMC on its counterclaims. On app... More...
   $0 (10-26-2017 - 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 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)

Gregory Luce and Nicholas Newman v. Town of Campbell, Wisconsin and Tim Kelemen United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit - St. Louis, Missouri

Interstate 90 runs through
the Town of Campbell, Wisconsin. The speed limit on I-90 in
the Town is 65 miles per hour. Two streets and one pedestrian
overpass cross the highway within the Town. A traffic
survey in 2008 found that between 23,000 and 29,000 trucks
and cars pass through the Town on I-90 every day.
2 No. 15-2627
Gregory Luce and Nicholas Newman, two members ... More...
   $0 (09-27-2017 - WI)

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
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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)

James Dever v. David L. Ward Supreme Court of Massachusetts - Boston, Massachusetts

The plaintiff, James Dever, appeals from an
order allowing the defendants' special motion to dismiss his
amended complaint under the "anti-SLAPP" statute. See G. L.
1 Daniel Rabinovitz; Michaels, Ward & Rabinovitz, LLP;
Daniel Michael Joyce; Moors & Cabot Investments, Inc.; and Aaron
Foley.
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c. 231, § 59H, inserted by St. 1994, c. 283, § 1. Although we
conclude tha... More...
   $0 (09-11-2017 - MA)

Bruce Plante and Dennis Plante v. Ronald P. Long Supreme Court of Maine - Portland, Maine

[¶1] Bruce and Dennis Plante appeal from the entry of a summary
judgment in the Superior Court (York County, Douglas, J.) in favor of Ronald P.
Long on their defamation action. The court concluded that the Plantes failed
to make the necessary prima facie showing that Long acted with actual malice.
We affirm the judgment.
I. BACKGROUND
[¶2] The following facts are taken from... More...
   $0 (09-11-2017 - ME)

David Ceruolo v. Martha Garcia Supreme Court of Massachusetts - Boston, Massachusetts

The plaintiff, David Ceruolo (David) sued his
ex-wife Lyllian Ceruolo (Lyllian),2 and her mother, Martha Garcia
(Garcia) for defamation and negligent and intentional infliction
1 Lyllian Ceruolo.
2 Because these parties share the same last name, we refer
to them by their first names.
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of emotional distress following the conclusion of a contentious
divorce. The defe... More...
   $0 (09-07-2017 - MA)

Sarah Palin v. The New York Times Company Federal Courthouse - New York, New York

New York, NY - Judge Dismisses Sarah Palin's Suite Against NY Times

Sarah Palin sued The New York Times Company on a defamation theory claiming that the Defendant published an editorial that suggested that Jared Lee Loughner, the man who carried out the Tucson massacer, was incited by a map from Palin's PAC's ad, which placed crosshairs over the congressional districts of several Democra... More...
   $0 (08-29-2017 - NY)

William Parrish v. Latham & Watkins

To establish liability for the tort of malicious prosecution, a plaintiff must
demonstrate, among other things, that the defendant previously caused the
commencement or continuation of an action against the plaintiff that was not
supported by probable cause. We have held that if an action succeeds after a
hearing on the merits, that success ordinarily establishes the existence of p... More...
   $0 (08-28-2017 - CA)

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