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Family of Carl Thompson v. Lamplight Village at Centennial Springs Homeowners Association

Las Vegas, NV - Plaintiff's Verdict for $20 Million in HOA Playground Accident

The Family of Carl Thompson sued Lamplight Village at Centennial Springs Homeowners Association on a premises liability negligence theory claiming the Carl, age 15, suffered traumatic brain injury in a playground accident in which s 42 pound cross bar broke on fell on his head when sat down to send a text messa ...
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United States of America v. Bilal Ahmed Khaleeq

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Dallas, TX - Dallas Attorney Admits to Running Marriage Fraud Scheme

Bilal Ahmed Khaleeq, 47, a Dallas attorney, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Horan yesterday and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud.

Khaleeq will remain on supervised release pending sentencing, which is set for June 4, 2018. Co-defendant Amna Cheema, 37, a Pakistani ...
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United States of America v. The University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC)

Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - University of North Texas Health Science Center to Pay $13 Million to Settle Claims Related to Federal Grants

The University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) has agreed to pay the United States $13,073,000.00 to settle claims that it inaccurately measured, tracked and paid researchers for effort spent on certain NIH-sponsored research grants.

UNTHSC is a ...
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United States of America v. Juan Pasillas

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A jury convicted Juan Pasillas of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846 and 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(A). The court sentenced Pasillas to 360 months of imprisonment and five years of supervised release, and Pasillas filed a timely notice of appeal.
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Pasillas argues that (1) the evidence was insufficient to ...
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Tony Muro v. Cornerstone Staffing Solutions, Inc.

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Plaintiff Tony Muro entered into an employment contract with defendant
Cornerstone Staffing Solutions, Inc. (Cornerstone). The contract included a provision
requiring that all disputes arising out of Muro's employment with Cornerstone to be
resolved by arbitration. It also incorporated a class action waiver provision. In response
to Muro's present action, which was styled as a prop ...
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Hector Cordero v. City of New York, et al.

Eastern District of New York Courthouse - Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, NY - Jury Finds In Favor of Cops On Civil Rights Violation Claims

Hector Cordero, age 59, sued the City of New York, Christopher Moran, Hugh Hugasian, JOhn Essig and Peter Rubin on civil rights violation theories claiming that he was falsely arrested to boost their overtime pay.

Plaintiff claimed that the defendant officers falsely arrested him on drug charges.

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United States of America v. Arvel Henderson

Northern District of Ohio Courthouse - Toledo, Ohio

Toledo, OH - Real Estate Agent Found Guilty of Laundering

The United States of America charged Arvel (Ray) Henderson with:

Count: 53 Citation: 18:1956-4999.F Offense Level: 4
18:1956(h) Money Laundering Conspiracy
Count: 54 Citation: 18:1957-4999.F Offense Level: 4
18:1957 and 2 Engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified ...
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Carlton & Harris Chiropractic, Inc. v. PDR Network, LLC

District of West Virginia Federal Courthouse - Huntington, West Virginia

Carlton & Harris Chiropractic, Inc. appeals from the district court’s dismissal of its claim against PDR Network, LLC, PDR Distribution, LLC, PDR Equity, LLC, and John Does 1-10 (collectively, “PDR Network”) for sending an unsolicited advertisement by fax in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 227. Carlton & Harris argues that the district court erred in de ... More $0 (02-24-2018 - WV)

Phillip J. Singer v. Kenneth Reali, et al.

Federal Courthouse - Wilmington, North Carolina

These appeals arise from the dismissal of a securities fraud class action complaint in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The action relates to the healthcare provider reimbursement practices of defendant TranS1, Inc., and four officers thereof —defendants Kenneth Reali, Joseph P. Slattery, Richard Randall, and Michael Luetkemeyer (collectively, the “Officers”) — in connection with TranS1’s A ... More $0 (02-24-2018 - NC)

Ralph Hanvey v. Peter Romero

District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Baltimore, Maryland

Appellee Peter Romero filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition after he was found liable for $1.275 million to the victims of a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. Appellant Ralph Janvey, the receiver in the Ponzi scheme litigation, moved to dismiss Romero’s bankruptcy petition for cause under 11 U.S.C. § 707(a). The bankruptcy court denied the motion, and the district court affirmed the bankruptcy cou ... More $0 (02-24-2018 - MD)

United States of America v. Damian Phillips

Middle District of North Carolina Federal Courthouse - Greensboro, North Carolina

In this civil forfeiture case, the United States claims that $200,000 in cash discovered in a storage unit leased by Byron Phillips is subject to forfeiture because the cash is connected to the “exchange [of] a controlled substance.” See 21 U.S.C. § 881(a)(6). Damian Phillips, Byron’s brother, seeks to intervene, contending that the money is his life savings and has nothing to do with drugs. The d ... More $0 (02-24-2018 - NC)

Loretta T. Elliott v. American States Insurance Company

Middle District of North Carolina Federal Courthouse - Greensboro, North Carolina

Loretta Elliott filed this claim against her insurance company, American States Insurance Company (“ASIC”), alleging that its conduct in handling her insurance claim constitutes an unfair claims settlement practice in violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 58-63-15(11), and, as a matter of law, an unfair and deceptive trade practice in violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. On appeal, Elliott asserts that ... More $0 (02-24-2018 - NC)

Deborah Meek Hickerson v. Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

District of South Carolina Federal Courthouse - Columbia, South Carolina

Deborah Meek Hickerson sustained serious internal injuries in a personal watercraft (“PWC”) accident and filed a complaint in the District of South Carolina against the manufacturers of the PWC, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (collectively “Yamaha”). In her complaint, Hickerson alleged product liability claims under South Carolina law for design and warning defects. Th ... More $0 (02-24-2018 - SC)

State Compensation Jnsurance Fund v. Worker's Compensation Appeals Board and Jose A. Guzman

Respondent Jose A. Guzman, a construction laborer, was operating a compactor
when he was injured. The compactor, which is used to pack down soil, hit a rock while
Guzman was working on a hillside with a 45-degree slope. The compactor rose in the air,
caused Guzman to fall backwards, and then fell on top of him. The workers’
compensation judge (WCJ) determined that Guzman sustained ...
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Brian K. Powell and Kara M. Powell v. Barefoot Carriers, Inc.

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Lexington, South Carolina plaintiff personal injury lawyer Sam Morgan represented Brian K. Powell and Kara M. Powell who sued Barefoot Carriers, Inc. on auto negligence and respondeat superior theories. ... More $0 (02-23-2018 - SC)

United States of America v. Taylor Huddleston

Eastern District of Virginia - Federal Courthouse - Alexandria, Virginia

Fairfax, VA - Arkansas Man Sentenced to Prison for Developing and Distributing Prolific Malware

An Arkansas man was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for aiding and abetting computer intrusions by selling malicious software, or “malware,” to individuals who used the malware to steal sensitive information, surreptitiously activate webcams, and conduct other illegal intrusions.

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United States of America v. Glen Kyle Wells, a/k/a "Lon"

District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, MD - United States District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Glen Kyle Wells, a/k/a Lou, and Kyle, age 31, of Baltimore to 188 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin relating to a drug trafficking organization in North Baltimore.

The sentence was announced by Acting United Sta ...
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United States of America v. Charlene D. Moff

Western District of Pennsylvania Courthouse - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA - Westmoreland County Woman Sentenced to Probation for Defrauding Victoria’s Secret

A Westmoreland County resident has been sentenced in federal court on her conviction of mail fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on Charlene D. Moff, 60, of New Derry, PA. Moff received a sente ...
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Patricia Rice v. United States of America Department of Veterans Affairs and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare Systems

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Pittsburgh, PA - Pittsburgh plaintiff personal injury lawyers represented Patrician Rice who sued the United States of America, Department of Veterans Affairs and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare Systmes on an auto negligence federal governmental tort claim theory. ... More $1 (02-23-2018 - PA)

Mitchell Wall v. Dr. Brian Bushman

Middle District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Scranton, Pennsylvania

Scranton, PA - _ Jury Rules In Favor Of Prison Physician On Eighth Amendment Claim By Federal Prisoner

On February 21, 2018, a jury returned a verdict in favor of a prison physician rejecting a prisoner’s claim that his Constitutional rights were violated. The two-day jury trial was held before United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion.

According to United States At ...
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Marjo Alberto Lopez Garza v. Citigroup, Inc.

District of Delaware Federal Courthouse - Wilmington, Deleware

Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(d), a district court may order a plaintiff who voluntarily dismisses an action
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and files a second action against the same defendant based upon a claim asserted in the first action to pay the “costs” incurred by the defendant in the first action. The issue presented (one of first impression in this Court) is whether a district court may award attor ...
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Michelle Tatis v. Allied Interstate, LLC

District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

This appeal arises under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or Act). The question presented is whether a collection letter sent to collect a time-barred debt that makes a “settlement offer” to accept payment “in settlement of” the debt could violate the Act’s general prohibition against “any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any ... More $0 (02-23-2018 - NJ)

United States of America v. Gabriel Werdene

Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This case arises from the Federal Bureau of
Investigation’s (FBI) investigation into Playpen, a global
online forum that existed on the dark web1 and that was
1 “The dark web is a private global computer network
that enables users to conduct anonymous transactions without
revealing any trace of their location.” Ahmed
Ghappour, Searching Places Unknown: Law Enforcement
3 ...
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United States of America v. Jalen Cameron Madison

Western District of Pennsylvania Courthouse - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA - Westmoreland County Man Sentenced for Selling Deadly Heroin and Fentanyl

A resident of Monessen, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 96 months in prison on his conviction of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence yesterday on Jal ...
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United States of America v. Bradley Richard Moore

Western District of Pennsylvania Courthouse - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA - New Castle Man Admits Traveling for Sex with a Minor

A Lawrence County resident pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Bradley Richard Moore, 44, of New Castle, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court wa ...
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Delane Hurley v. California Department of Parks and Recreation

Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 8.1110, this opinion is certified for
publication with the exception of parts I, III, and V through VII.

Plaintiff Delane Hurley appeals a judgment in her action against defendants
California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Leda Seals (together
Defendants) that alleged, inter alia, causes of action for sexual orientation ...
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Eugenie Bouchard v. United States Tennis Association, Inc., et al. United States of America v. Mimo International Imports and Exports, Inc.

Eastern District of New York Courthouse - Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, NY - Eugenie Bouchard sued the United States Tennis Association, Inc., et al. on negligence slip and fall premises liability theories claiming that she was injured when she slipped and fell in a trainers' room at the United States Open in 2015.

Ms. Bouchard claimed physical and emotional injuries that impaired her ability to play professionally for two years. ...
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United States of America v. Miguel Figueroa

Western District of New York Federal Courthouse - Buffalo, New York

Buffalo, NY - Puerto Rican Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Fentanyl

Miguel Figueroa, 32, of Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 10 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing butyryl fentanyl and furanyl fentanyl before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 f ...
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United States of America v. Jimolo Coates, a/k/a "Lo," "Marlo," and "Brodie"

Northern District of New York Couthouse, Plattsburgh, New York

Plattsburgh, PA - Maryland Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty In Connection With Plattsburgh Heroin Distribution Ring

Jimolo Coates Continued to Direct Heroin Distribution from Jail

Jimolo Coates, a.k.a. “Lo,” Marlo” and “Brodie,” age 24, of Annapolis, Maryland, pled guilty on February 22, 2018 to participating in a heroin trafficking conspiracy.

The announcement was made by Unit ...
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United States of America v. Mimo International Imports and Exports, Inc.

Eastern District of New York Courthouse - Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, NY - Panamanian Company Pleads Guilty to Bribing Soccer Official

Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Mimo International Imports and Exports, Inc. (Mimo) pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy in connection with its agreement to pay a $500,000 bribe to Eduardo Li, who was president of the Costa Rican soccer federation (FEDEFUT) at the time of the bribe. Mimo, which is ...
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United States of America v. Sajmir Alimenmeti, a/k/a "Abdul Qawii"

Southern District of New York - New York, New York

New York, NY - Bronx Man Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court To Attempting To Provide Material Support To ISIS And Passport Fraud In Furtherance Of Terrorism
Sajmir Alimehmeti, a/k/a “Abdul Qawii,” Adorned His Apartment with an ISIS Flag, Purchased Combat Knives and Other Military-Type Equipment, Provided Advice and Assistance to an Individual He Believed to be Traveling to Syria to Fight ...
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United States of America v. Jose Medina, a/k/a"Tito"

District of Connecticut Federal Courthouse - New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven, CT - New Haven Man Sentenced to Prison for Distributing Heroin

JOSE MEDINA, also known as “Tito,” 48, of New Haven, was sentenced February 21, 2018 by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in a heroin trafficking ring.

According to court documents and statements made i ...
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United States of America v. Philip Toronto

District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, MA -Billerica Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of Two Young Boys

A Billerica man was sentenced on February 15, 2018 in federal court in Boston for sexually exploiting two young boys over a five-and-a-half year period.

Philip Toronto, 43, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 40 years in prison and five years of super ...
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United States of America v. Brett Gessay

District of New Hampshire Federal Courthouse - Concord, New Hampshire

Concord, NY - Exeter Man Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements to Obtain Social Security Benefits

Brett Gessay, 55, of Exeter, pleaded guilty in federal court to making a false statement in order to obtain Social Security benefits, announced Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley.

According to public records in the case, Gessay began receiving Social Security ...
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United States of America v. Josiah Leach

United States District Court for the District of Vermont

Burlington, VT - 19 Year Old Man Accused of Sending Threats to South Burlington High School Students and Faculty Sentenced to Five Year Probationary Term

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Josiah Leach, 19, of South Burlington, Vermont, appeared today before the Honorable Geoffrey W. Crawford for sentencing. Leach previously pled guilty to ...
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United States of America v. Anthony G. Berry

District of Maine Federal Courthouse - Bangor, Maine

Bangor, ME - Bangor Man Sentenced to Three Months for Conspiracy to Transport Stolen Goods

Anthony G. Berry, 49, of Bangor, was sentenced on February 21, 2018 in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to three months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to transport stolen goods in interstate commerce. He was also ordered to pay over $9,000 in restit ...
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United States of America v. O. Joseph Boeckmann

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Little Rock, RA - Former Arkansas State Judge Sentenced to Prison for Dismissing Cases in Exchange for Personal Benefits and Tampering With a Witness

A former Arkansas state judge was sentenced to five years in prison for perpetrating a seven-year-long fraud and bribery scheme in which he dismissed pending cases in exchange for personal benefits, including sexually related conduct, and th ...
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United States of America v. David Prejean

Western District of Louisiana Federal Courthouse - Lafayette, Louisiana

Lafayette, LA - Former Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Assault of Detainee

David Prejean, a former Sergeant in the K-9 Unit of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office (IPSO), pleaded guilty on February 21, 2018 to assaulting a pre-trial detainee at the Iberia Parish Jail (IPJ) by commanding his K-9 to bite the detainee, and by striking the detainee, all without justification.

According to t ...
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United States of America v. DAniel Colby, Jr.

Following a two-day jury trial,
Defendant Daniel Colby, Jr. was convicted of a single count of
possession of a firearm by a prohibited person in violation of 18
U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). In calculating Colby's sentence, the district
court applied a two-level enhancement for possession of a stolen
gun, a four-level enhancement for using a gun in connection with
another felony, and ...
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James Ellis; William Perry v. Fidelity Management Trust Company

Plaintiffs James Ellis and
William Perry brought this certified class action under the
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA"),
alleging that Fidelity Management Trust Company, the fiduciary for
a fund in which plaintiffs had invested, breached its duties of
loyalty and prudence in managing the fund. Fidelity won summary
judgment and plaintiffs appealed. B ...
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