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Tracey E. George, et al. v. Tre Hargett Middle District of Tennessee - Estes Kefauver Federal Courthouse Nashville, Tennessee

In November 2014, Tennessee voters approved an
amendment to the Tennessee Constitution making clear that the Constitution is not to be
construed as securing or protecting a right to abortion or requiring funding of an abortion.
Understandably, the amendment was a matter of no small controversy. In fact, more votes were
cast in favor of and opposition to the amendment than were cast... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TN)

Heron Bay Homeowners Association v. City of San Leandro, Halus Power Systems, Real Party in Interest

Real parties in interest Halus Power Systems and Louis A. Rigaud individually
and dba Halus Power Systems (collectively, Halus Power), appeal from the trial court’s
post-judgment order granting in part plaintiff Heron Bay Homeowners Association’s
(Heron Bay HOA’s) motion for attorneys’ fees pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure1
section 1021.5. Defendant City of San Leandro (San Lean... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - CA)

STATE OF IOWA vs. JEROMIE ALAN KRAMER Kramer guilty of child sexual abuse

In December 2015, the State charged Kramer by trial information with
indecent contact with a child. It was alleged the conduct occurred in December
2014, when P.W.—the complaining witness—was twelve years old and staying at
Kramer’s home.
The next day, the county attorney filed a motion to have a guardian ad litem
(GAL) appointed. The motion requested the attorney by na... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - IA)

Anderson Living Trust v. Energen Resources Corporation District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Fossil fuels are the decomposed remains of pre-historic flora (coal) and fauna (oil
and gas). They have driven the world’s economy (particularly that of the United States)
for over a century. Discovering marketable deposits, extracting them from the ground,
refining them, and delivering them to consumers in useful form is big business, on one
hand fraught with risk and on the other... More...
   $0 (01-10-2018 - NM)

Commodores Entertainment Corporation v. Thomas McClary and Fifth Avenue Entertainment, LLC Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

In this common-law trademark case, Thomas McClary appeals from an order granting judgment as a matter of law to Commodores Entertainment Corporation (CEC) and converting a preliminary injunction into a permanent one against McClary and his corporation, Fifth Avenue Entertainment, LLC. The dispute concerned ownership of the mark “The Commodores,” the name of a famous Grammy Award–winning rhythm and... More...   $0 (01-09-2018 - FL)

CLEMENTS v. SOUTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA

Customers filed their Application on September 14, 2015, asking the Commission to vacate or modify PUD 260 entered in 1989 in order "to redress the proven bribery and corruption perpetrated by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company [SWBT] that occurred in 1989 in relation to Oklahoma Corporation Commission's . . . Cause No. PUD (Public Utility Docket) 860000260 ("PUD 260")." 5 More than twenty-six (2... More...   $0 (01-09-2018 - OK)

Animal Legal Defense Fund, et al. v. Lawrence G. Wasden District of Idaho Federal Courthouse - Boise, Idaho

Investigative journalism has long been a fixture in the American press, particularly with regard to food safety.1 In the early 1900s, Upton Sinclair highlighted conditions in the meat-packing industry in The Jungle, a novel based on his time working incognito in a packing plant.2 This case also originates in the agricultural sector—a secretly-filmed exposé of the operation of an Idaho dairy farm. ... More...   $0 (01-09-2018 - ID)

STATE OF OHIO v. DEREK S. CHILDERS

Childers was originally indicted in November 2014 on two counts of
burglary, felonies of the second degree in violation of R.C. 2911.12(A)(2), and four
counts of breaking and entering, felonies of the fifth degree in violation of R.C.
2911.13(A). The counts stemmed from incidents that occurred during September 2014
and October 2014. Childers pleaded guilty to all counts of the... More...
   $0 (01-08-2018 - OH)

State of Tennessee v. Joseph D. Sexton COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE

The Defendant was charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery for crimes committed against his eleven-year-old daughter. The State entered into a plea agreement with the Defendant in which the State agreed to dismiss two of the counts in exchange for the Defendant’s guilty plea to one count of the lesser included offense of
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attempted aggravated sexual batter... More...
   $0 (01-08-2018 - TN)

Yasas Rodrigo v. Carle Foundation Hospital, d/b/a Carle Foundation Houston & Family Medical Residenced Central District of Illinois Federal Courthouse - Urbana, Illinois

Yasas Rodrigo sued his employer,
Carle Foundation Hospital (“Carle”), for violations of the
Americans With Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.
(“Act”). The district court granted summary judgment in favor
of Carle on Rodrigo’s claims for disability discrimination,
failure to provide a reasonable accommodation, and retaliation.
Rodrigo appeals and we affirm.
I.More...
   $0 (01-08-2018 - IL)

STATE OF KANSAS v. JAMES KINDER State Supreme Court Judicial Center Topeka Kansas

The facts material to our analysis are straightforward. In Kinder's petition for our review of the Court of Appeals' decision under K.S.A. 20-3018(b), he agrees with the panel's recitation as follows:

"On July 29, 2013, the State charged Kinder with one count of mistreatment of a dependent adult, a severity level 8 person felony. According to the complaint, Kinder had been acting as a c... More...
   $0 (01-06-2018 - KS)

Darryl Calvin v. State of Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana

Darryl Calvin broke into a Fort Wayne home and stole a PlayStation 4, a sixty-inch plasma television, and a pair of gym shoes. Thanks to a vigilant neighborhood watch, he was promptly caught and arrested. The State charged Calvin with Level 4 felony burglary and alleged that he was a habitual offender based on two prior convictions. Both of those convictions were Class 1 felony residential burgla... More...   $0 (01-04-2018 - IN)

Wandering Dago Inc. v. New York State Office of General Services et al. United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals - New York, New York

New York, NY Plaintiff‐appellant Wandering Dago, Inc., (“WD”) operates a food truck and
32 brands itself and the food it sells with language generally viewed as ethnic slurs.
33 Defendants‐appellees are officials within the New York State Office of General Services
* Judge Carol Bagley Amon, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
New York, sitti... More...
   $0 (01-03-2018 - NY)

STATE OF OHIO vs. ROBERT BUTTERY

On October 14, 2011, defendant-appellant Robert Buttery
admitted in juvenile court to committing acts which, had they been
committed by an adult, would have constituted two counts of gross sexual
imposition. The magistrate’s orders of November 17, 2011, each state that the
parties agreed that “this is a Tier I offense.” On December 2, 2011, Buttery
was committed to the D... More...
   $0 (12-23-2017 - OH)

Christine B. May v. Morgan County Georgia Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Christine May filed this lawsuit against Morgan County, Georgia, seeking relief from a 2010 zoning ordinance that prohibited short term rentals of single family dwellings. The district court dismissed some of May’s claims, concluding that they were barred by the Rooker-Feldman doctrine. It granted summary judgment on her remaining claim, concluding that it was barred by issue preclusion. The distr... More...   $0 (12-22-2017 - GA)

In the Interest of J. S. B. v. Department of Family and Protective Services

In this accelerated appeal,2 appellant, L.S.B., challenges the trial court’s orders, entered after a bench trial, terminating her parental rights to her minor children, D.M.W., J.S.B., and E.L.B. (collectively, “the children”).3 In five issues, L.S.B. contends that the evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support the trial court’s findings that she engaged, or knowingly placed the chi... More...   $0 (12-21-2017 - TX)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JULIO GABRIEL DIAZ Doctor known as 'Candy Man' convicted of trafficking in pain medications

From 1995 until 2011, Dr. Julio Diaz operated a clinic in Santa Barbara that catered to geriatric patients. In 2005, the clinic also started offering pain management and treatment. According to the government, this aspect of Diaz’s practice soon evolved into little more than a facade for the illegal distribution of narcotics. Between 2008 and 2011, Diaz wrote more than 50,000 prescriptions and p... More...   $0 (12-21-2017 - CA)

FRIENDS OF THE CAPITAL CRESCENT TRAIL, ET AL. v. FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, ET AL. U.S. Court of Appeals - D.C. Circuit

This case concerns multiple challenges under the National Environmental Policy Act to Maryland’s proposed “Purple Line” light rail project. Two orders of the district court are principally at issue. In the first order, the district court directed the Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) to prepare a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (“SEIS”) to analyze the effects of Metrorail’s rec... More...   $0 (12-20-2017 - DC)

F. R. and J. R. v. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Appellants F.R. (“Felix”) and J.R. (“Jane”) appeal from the trial court’s order
terminating their parental rights regarding two children, J.R. (“Tiffany”) and J.R. (“Erin”).1
Appellants challenge the order claiming trial-court procedural errors, ineffective assistance of trial
counsel, legal and factual insufficiency of the evidence, and denial of due process. For the reasons
that ... More...
   $0 (12-15-2017 - TX)

In the Interest of L. N. W .

K.S. appeals from the trial court’s judgment terminating her parental rights to her daughter, L.N.W. In one issue, K.S. contends that the evidence is factually insufficient to support a finding that termination of her parental rights is in the child’s best interest. We affirm.
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Background
On August 8, 2016, the Department of Family and Protective Services (“the Department”) received a... More...
   $0 (12-14-2017 - TX)

STATE OF LOUISIANA V. MONOTOR M. PETE COURT OF APPEAL FOURTH CIRCUIT STATE OF LOUISIANA

Louisiana law requires convicted sex offenders to register with local law
enforcement authorities and to notify the communities in which they reside of their
presence. See La. R.S. 15:540, et seq. (the “Sex Offender Statutes”). Mr. Pete’s
obligation to register and to notify arises out of his November 7, 2002 conviction
for felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.1 State v. Pete,... More...
   $0 (12-14-2017 - LA)

John Barna v. Board of School Directors of the Panther Valley School District Middle District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Scranton, Pennsylvania

Plaintiff John Barna filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging that the Panther Valley School Board (“School Board” or “Board”) and several of its officials violated his First Amendment rights by categorically banning him from
attending Board meetings after he was threatening and disruptive on several occasions. The Board and the individual officials moved for summary judgment. The Distr... More...
   $0 (12-13-2017 - PA)

Brian Christopher Keith v. The State of Texas Murder trial of Hardin man accused of revenge killing of baby ends with hung jury

The complainant N.K., born on May 31, 2013, was the infant daughter of S.K.1
While Keith was listed on N.K.’s birth certificate as the father, it was uncontroverted
that he was not the biological father of the child. During an extended period of
absence from the home by Keith, S.K. had an affair with another man, which
produced the child. There was testimony at trial that Keith... More...
   $0 (12-12-2017 - TX)

YVONNE WILSON v. RODNEY D. BRANDT, M.D., and FLATHEAD VALLEY ORTHOPEDIC CENTER, P.C. United States District Court for the District of Montana

On October 30, 2007, Wilson twisted her left knee while removing a pool cover at
work. An MRI showed a medial meniscus tear of her left knee. Dr. Brandt, an
orthopedic surgeon at Flathead Valley Orthopedic Center, P.C. (FVOC), performed a
medial meniscus resection on December 13, 2007, to repair the tear. During surgery, Dr.
Brandt discovered that Wilson’s ACL was partially... More...
   $0 (12-05-2017 - MT)

Navajo Nation v. Department of the Interior, et al. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

The Department of the Interior (“Interior” or “the
Secretary”) oversees the control, storage, and delivery to the
Western states of the waters of the Colorado River. In most
years, each state in the Colorado River Basin receives a fixed
amount of water from the river; in “surplus” and “shortage”
years, that amount changes. In the face of unprecedented
drought and ever-incre... More...
   $0 (12-04-2017 - AZ)

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