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Kevin Grupp v. DHL Express (USA), Inc., et al.

In this action filed by Kevin Grupp and Robert Moll (Relators) on behalf of the State of California (State) pursuant to the California False Claims Act (Gov. Code, § 12650 et seq.) (the State Act), the question presented is whether an action alleging DHL Express (USA), Inc., DHL Worldwide Express, Inc. and DPWN Holdings (USA), Inc. (collectively DHL) overcharged and fraudulently billed the State ... More...   $0 (04-11-2014 - CA)

William R. Schlecht v. Kimberly B. Schlecht

William R. Schlecht challenges the trial court’s amended qualified domestic relations order (“QDRO”), arguing that it impermissibly modifies the parties’ final divorce decree and original QDRO. We affirm the judgment of the trial court. 04-13-00183-CV


Kimberly B. Schlecht filed a petition for divorce in 2009. Kimberly and William entered into a mediated settlement ... More...
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Calvin Barton v. House of Raeford Farmers, Inc. d/b/a Columbia Farms

Numerous former employees and some current employees of House of Raeford Farms, Inc., d/b/a Columbia Farms, Inc., (“Columbia Farms”), a chicken processor in Greenville, South Carolina, commenced three separate actions against Columbia Farms, asserting two types of claims: first, for the payment of unpaid wages, withheld in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), 29 U.S.C. § 20... More...   $0 (03-12-2014 - SC)

R.P. v. K.S.W.

¶1 R.P., an alleged biological father, appeals from the district
court’s dismissal of his petition to establish paternity under the
R.P. v. K.S.W. and D.R.W.
2. Unless otherwise specifically noted, all citations to the Utah Code
are to the 2012 edition of the Utah Code Annotated.
20120559-CA 2 2014 UT App 38
Utah Uniform Parentage Act (the UUPA). See Utah Code Ann.
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Arthur L. Drager v. Pliva USA, Inc.

Appellant Arthur Drager, as personal representative of the estate of Shirley Gross, seeks reversal of the district court’s denial of Gross’s request to amend her complaint and its dismissal of her state common law tort claims against appellee PLIVA USA, Inc. for injuries sustained as a result of her use of a drug it manufactured. Drager contends on appeal that the proposed amendments were not ... More...   $0 (01-28-2014 - MD)

Rosario Nativi v. Deutche Bank National Trust Company

In May 2009, the United States Congress enacted the Protecting Tenants Against Foreclosure Act of 2009 (PTFA or Act) (Pub.L. 111-22, Div. A, Title VII, §§ 702-704, May 20, 2009, 123 Stat. 1660) and, in 2010, the Congress amended it (Pub.L. 111-203, Title XIV, § 1484, July 21, 2010, 124 Stat. 2204).1 The Act provides protections for bona fide tenants of residential real property at foreclosure f... More...   $0 (01-23-2014 - CA)

Michelle Quesada v. Herb Thyme Farms, Inc.

In this case of first impression, we address whether the federal Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA or the Act) (7 U.S.C. § 6501 et seq.),1 which governs the labeling of agricultural products as ―organic‖ and ―USDA Organic,‖ preempts state consumer lawsuits alleging violations of the Act or violations of California‘s federally approved state organic program (SOP), which is codif... More...   $0 (12-23-2013 - CA)

Nathan D. La Moure v. Robin La Moure

This matter arises out of the dissolution of Nathan D. La Moure’s marriage to Robin La Moure and consequential division of assets, including Nathan’s defined benefit pension plan (pension plan). Nathan appeals two orders: (1) a July 23, 2010 order restraining disbursements from Nathan’s pension plan and (2) a December 1, 2010 order granting reconsideration of the court’s October 18, 2010 o... More...   $0 (12-11-2013 - CA)

Gloria Strayhorn v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

These seven consolidated cases are among the many that have been filed nationwide against the manufacturers of both the prescription drug Reglan and its generic equivalent, metoclopramide. The plaintiffs allege that they ingested generic metoclopramide and, as a result, developed a serious neurological disorder known as tardive dyskinesia. They filed suit against both the generic and brand-name ma... More...   $0 (12-02-2013 - )

Patriotic Veterans, Inc. v. State of Indiana

Legislators in the State of Indiana believe that the bulk of its citizens find automated telephone messages to be an annoyance, and one worthy of government protection. These types of telephone calls are made by

2 No. 11‐3265

an automatic dialing‐announcing device that (according to Indiana’s definition) selects and dials telephone numbers and disseminates a prerecorded or synt... More...
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Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Frank Moreno

In Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno (2011) 51 Cal.4th 659 (Sonic I), we held as a categorical rule that it is contrary to public policy and unconscionable for an employer to require an employee, as a condition of employment, to waive the right to a Berman hearing, a dispute resolution forum established by the Legislature to assist employees in recovering wages owed. We further held that our rule ... More...   $0 (10-17-2013 - CA)

Charles Sheffer v. Buffalo Run Casino, PTE, Inc.

¶0 Charles Sheffer, Jennifer Sheffer, and their minor son, J.S., were injured when their 18-wheeler tractor trailer collided with a rental vehicle leased to William Garris and driven by David Billups, both employees of Carolina Forge Company, L.L.C. Plaintiffs sued Carolina Forge on theories of respondeat superior and negligent entrustment. They also sued the Buffalo Run Casino, the Peoria Tribe ... More...   $0 (10-13-2013 - OK)

Valle Del Sol, Inc. v. State of Arizona

Plaintiffs challenge Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-2929, which attempts to criminalize the harboring and transporting of unauthorized aliens within the state of Arizona.1 The


1 We use the term “unauthorized aliens” to refer to aliens who have entered or are present in the United States in violation of federal immigration law. This is the same convention... More...
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National Association of Tobacco Outlets, Inc. v. City of Providence, Rhode Island

This case involves two ordinances enacted by the City of Providence, Rhode Island, (the “City”) to reduce the incidence of tobacco use by young people. The ordinances (1) restrict the City’s tobacco and cigarette retailers from reducing prices on tobacco products by means of coupons and certain multi-pack discounts (the “Price Ordinance”); and (2) restrict sales of certain flavored toba... More...   $0 (09-30-2013 - RI)

National Collegiate Athletic Associaiton v. Governor of the State of New Jersey

Betting on sports is an activity that has unarguably increased in popularity over the last several decades. Seeking to address instances of illegal sports wagering within its borders and to improve its economy, the State of New Jersey has sought to license gambling on certain professional and amateur sporting events. A conglomerate of sports leagues, displeased at the prospect of State-licensed ga... More...   $0 (09-17-2013 - )

Susan Schrock v. Wyeth, Inc.

Susan and Steven Schrock filed suit against brand-name and generic manufacturers of the drug metoclopramide, alleging that Susan Schrock’s use of generic metoclopramide caused her to develop tardive dyskinesia, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary body movements. The district court dismissed all claims in favor of the manufacturers in a series of orders. On appeal, the Schrocks c... More...   $0 (08-28-2013 - OK)

Joseph Brown v. United Airlines, Inc.

These appeals pose a question of first impression: Can the plaintiffs, skycaps affiliated with two major airlines, maintain common-law actions for unjust enrichment and tortious interference based on the airlines' imposition and retention of baggage-handling fees for curbside service? Concluding, as we do, that the plaintiffs' actions intrude into a no-fly zone demarcated by the preemption provisi... More...   $0 (07-09-2013 - MA)

Mutual Pharmaceutical Co., Inc. v. Karen Bartlett

We must decide whether federal law pre-empts the New Hampshire design-defect claim under which respondent Karen Bartlett recovered damages from petitioner Mutual Pharmaceutical, the manufacturer of sulindac, a generic nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). New Hampshire law imposes a duty on manufacturers to ensure that the drugs they market are not unreasonably unsafe, and a drug’s safety... More...   $0 (06-24-2013 - DC)

State of Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona

The National Voter Registration Act requires States to “accept and use” a uniform federal form to register voters for federal elections. The contents of that form (colloquially known as the Federal Form) are prescribed by a federal agency, the Election Assistance Commission. The Federal Form developed by the EAC does not require documentary evidence of citizenship; rather, it requires onl... More...   $0 (06-17-2013 - AZ)

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Olga Pikerie

Plaintiff suffered injuries, allegedly as a result of ingesting a brand-name drug and its generic equivalents. She sued the manufacturers of both the brand-name drug and its generic equivalents. Although plaintiff asserts 11 separate causes of action, the gist of her claims against all defendants is the same—they failed to produce a safe product, failed to adequately warn plaintiff of the safety... More...   $0 (06-13-2013 - CA)

Tarrant Regional Water District v. Rudolf John Herrmann

The Red River Compact, (or Compact), 94 Stat. 3305, allocates water rights among the States within the Red River basin as it winds through Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Petitioner Tarrant Regional Water District (Tarrant), a Texas agency, claims that it is entitled to acquire water under the Compact from within Oklahoma and that therefore the Compact preempts several Oklahoma statutes ... More...   $0 (06-13-2013 - OK)

Jaqueline Hillman v. Judy A.Maretta

The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Act of 1954 (FEGLIA)establishes an insurance program for federal employees. FEGLIA permits an employee to name a beneficiary of life insurance proceeds, and specifies an “order of precedence” providing that an employee’s death benefits accrue first to that beneficiary ahead of other potential recipients. 5 U. S. C. §8705(a). A Virginia statute r... More...   $0 (06-03-2013 - DC)

Douglas K. McDaniel v. Wells Fargo Investment, LLC

We must decide whether federal securities law preempts the enforcement of California’s forced-patronage statute against brokerage houses that forbid their employees from opening outside trading accounts.



Federal law requires brokerage firms to take measures reasonably designed to prevent their employees from misusing material, nonpublic information. To meet that obligati... More...
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Waste Connections of Kansas, Inc. v. Ritchie Corporation

This is a $550,000 price dispute arising out of plaintiff's right of first refusal to purchase a Wichita waste transfer station from defendant. The catalyst was a third-party's agreement to buy the transfer station and an adjoining landfill as a package deal or to buy the landfill alone.

The district court judge granted summary judgment to defendant Ritchie Corporation (Ritchie). A panel ... More...
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Wos, Secetary, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services v. E.M.A.

The federal Medicaid statute’s anti-lien provision, 42 U. S. C. §1396p(a)(1), pre-empts a State’s effort to take any portion of a Medicaid beneficiary’s tort judgment or settlement not “designated aspayments for medical care,” Arkansas Dept. of Health and Human Servs. v. Ahlborn, 547 U. S. 268, 284. A North Carolina statute requires that up to one-third of any damages recovered by a ben... More...   $0 (03-30-2013 - NC)

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