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McMillin Albany, LLC v. The Superior Court of Kern County, Carl Van Tassel, Real Parties in Interest

In Aas v. Superior Court (2000) 24 Cal.4th 627, 632 (Aas), this court held
that the economic loss rule bars homeowners suing in negligence for construction
defects from recovering damages where there is no showing of actual property
damage or personal injury. We explained that requiring a showing of more than
economic loss was necessary to preserve the boundary between tort and con... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - CA)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY v. DANTE C. GRANGER

Tried by a jury, defendant Dante C. Granger appeals from his
conviction for second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun,
N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b). The jury acquitted defendant of third-degree
resisting arrest, N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2(a)(3)(a). The trial court
sentenced defendant to a seven-year term of imprisonment with
forty-two months of parole ineligibility, pursuant to the Gr... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - NJ)

State of Tennessee v. Quantez Person Jury hung in trial of former FedEx employee accused of rape, exposing HIV

Originally charged with aggravated rape and criminal exposure to HIV, the defendant was convicted by a Shelby County Criminal Court jury of criminal exposure to HIV based upon hisengaging in unprotected sexual acts with the victim in March 2012.

At the defendant’s May 2016 trial, the victim testified that as she walked from her home to the home of a friend, a man driving a Chrysler conver... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Brandon Christopher Scott Third person pleads guilty in shooting of boy

In May 2015, the Davidson County Grand Jury indicted the Defendant on three counts each of attempted first degree murder, employment of a firearm during the
commission of a dangerous felony (with a previous dangerous felony conviction), and reckless endangerment. See Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 39-11-106, -12-101, -13-103, -13-202, 17-1324. The Defendant was charged along with three co-defendants—Ja... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Christopher Jerald Crowley Nashville man charged in death of homeless man

During the early morning hours of October 18, 2012, the victim, Robert Mitchell, was sleeping on a bench across the street from the Criminal Justice Center in downtown Nashville. The victim’s aunt, Linda Cloyd, testified at trial that the victim typically lived with family members, but that in October 2012 the victim was homeless and working at the Nashville Rescue Mission. Mario Hambrick was th... More...   $0 (01-18-2018 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Joseph Howard Hinson, III Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

The Hardin County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging the Appellant with selling .5 grams or more of methamphetamine within a drug-free zone after a confidential informant purchased drugsfrom the Appellant.
At trial, Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Caldwell, who was assigned to the 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force, testified that in August 2014, Tommy Woods
01/17/2018<... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - TN)

COMMONWEALTH vs. SHAWN A. McGONAGLE Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Following a trial in the
District Court, a jury convicted the defendant, Shawn McGonagle,
of assault and battery, G. L. c. 265, § 13A. At the defendant's
sentencing hearing, the Commonwealth requested that the
defendant be sentenced to two and one-half years in a house of
correction, the maximum possible sentence under the statute, to
be served from and after his rel... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - MA)

STATE OF OHIO - vs - GILBERT EUGENE SKEINS, JR. Rape and gross sexual imposition involving a minor

Skeins had one child with Joy Slusher and she was pregnant with their
second child in February 2016. Skeins and Slusher resided with Slusher’s mother and
stepfather in Niles, Ohio. On February 14, 2016, Slusher went shopping with her
2
parents and they left Skeins home alone with the children, which included Slusher’s
child from another relationship, Slusher’s child with... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. JIBRIIL A. HERSI

In March of 2016, Mr. Hersi was driving his semi-truck and trailer westbound on
Interstate 76. Inspector Richard Bell, a civilian working with the Ohio State Highway Patrol as a
Federal Motor Carrier Officer in a marked vehicle, activated his lights and siren and attempted to
stop Mr. Hersi’s semi-truck for a safety inspection. According to Inspector Bell, when Mr. Hersi
did ... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO v. CHRISTOPHER J. MCINTOSH

In Scioto C.P. Case No. 16CR411, the Scioto County Grand Jury returned
an indictment charging Christopher McIntosh with two counts of aggravated trafficking in
drugs, one count of trafficking in drugs, two counts of aggravated possession of drugs,
one count of possession of drugs, one count of having weapons while under disability,
and one count of receiving stolen property, wi... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - OH)

Dering Pierson Group, L.L.P. v. Daniel Thomas Kantos District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

In the bankruptcy case of Daniel Thomas Kantos (“Debtor”), Dering Pierson Group, LLC (“DPG”) filed suit seeking a determination that its claim against Debtor is nondischargeable. The Bankruptcy Court1 held that DPG had not sustained its burden of proving that Debtor had willfully or maliciously caused an injury to DPG under § 523(a)(6). It also concluded that collateral estoppel did not apply beca... More...   $0 (01-18-2018 - MN)

Nicholas Lewis v. Scottrade, Inc. Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Nicholas Lewis filed this putative class action against Scottrade, Inc., a
securities brokerage firm, alleging violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices
Act, Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 407.010 et seq., breach of a common law fiduciary duty, and
unjust enrichment. After Lewis filed the action in the Southern District of California,
it was transferred to the Eastern District of Misso... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - MO)

Aaron C. Rooney v. Rock-Tenn Converting Company Federal Courthouse Western District of Arkansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas

Aaron C. Rooney was fired and sued his former employer, alleging that he was
discriminated against for being male and non-Jewish. But his former employer,
1The Honorable John M. Gerrard, United States District Judge for the District
of Nebraska, sitting by designation.
Rock-Tenn Services, Inc., contends that Rooney 2 was fired for poor performance.
The district court3 granted s... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - AR)

United States of America v. $579,475 in U.S. Currency and LNG Express, Inc. Federal Courthouse Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock, Arkansas

LNG Express, Inc. (LNG) appeals the district court’s1 order striking its verified
claim in this civil forfeiture proceeding. We conclude that LNG’s verified claim is
materially indistinguishable from the claim a panel of our court found inadequate in
United States v. $154,853.00 in U.S. Currency, 744 F.3d 559 (8th Cir. 2014). We
therefore affirm.
In September 2014, an Arkansas ... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - AR)

United States of America v. Ted Howard Fulk Southern District of Iowa - Federal Courthouse - Des Moines, Davenport & Council Bluffs

Defendant Ted Howard Fulk pleaded guilty to one count of failure to register
as a sex offender in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2250, his fourth conviction related to
registry requirements. The district court 1 sentenced him to thirty-seven months’
imprisonment and ten years’ supervised release. His supervised release includes a
special condition requiring court approval before travelin... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - IA)

Ndioba Niang v. Emily Carroll Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Missouri statutes require African-style hair braiders to be licensed as barbers
or cosmetologists. Ndioba “Joba” Niang and Tameka Stigers challenge this
requirement under the Fourteenth Amendment. The district court1 granted summary
judgment for the State. Having jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, this court
affirms.
African-style hair braiders are required to have a license ... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - MO)

Samuel Duran v. U.S. Bank National Association

In our second encounter with this class action case, plaintiffs Samuel Duran and
Matt Fitzsimmons appeal from the trial court’s order denying class certification. This
case is a wage and hour class action challenging whether defendant U.S. Bank National
Association (Bank) had properly classified its business banking officers (BBOs) as
exempt employees under the outside salesperson ... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - CA)

State of Missouri v. Jeffrey L. Bruner

Considering the evidence in the light most favorable to submission of a self-defense
instruction, the record shows Mr. Bruner and his wife, Michelle Hale, were estranged.
Mr. Bruner testified that to his knowledge she was not seeing anyone else, though he was
aware she had met a college football coach for a lunch date. He later learned the coach
was Derek Moore.
Mr. Bru... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - MO)

James Dee Brewer, Jr. v. The State of Texas

Garland Police Officer Aaron Radney arrived at a Super 8 Motel looking for an unnamed
female on a matter unrelated to this case. After inquiring about the woman’s whereabouts, the
motel’s manager directed him to room 318 where he encountered Appellant James Brewer, who
answered the door. Officer Radney noticed that Appellant was holding a methamphetamine pipe
in his hand and ... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - TX)

Brian Trent Rosenbaum v. The State of Texas Brian Trent Rosenbaum

Brian Trent Rosenbaum (appellant) appeals his conviction under § 25.07 of the
Texas Penal Code for violating a protective order and the accompanying twenty-five-year
prison term. One issue lies before us for disposition. It involves the sufficiency of the
evidence establishing that he previously violated two protective orders issued under
Chapter 85 of the Texas Family Code.... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - TX)

William Bustos v. Global P.E.T., Inc.

Plaintiff and appellant William Bustos brought this disability discrimination action
against his former employers, defendants and respondents Global P.E.T., Inc. and Global
Plastics, Inc. (collectively, Global). A jury found that Bustos’s physical condition or
perceived physical condition was “a substantial motivating reason” for his termination,
but nevertheless returned defense ... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - CA)

Ayesha Khan v. Midwestern University Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Ayesha Khan struggled academically in medical school from the outset. She failed three of her courses in her first year of medical school at The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University. Ordinarily, under the school policy, this would permit the school administrators to dismiss her from the program. They opted not to do so. Instead, they gave Khan a second oppor-
2 No. ... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - IL)

Ruben Sanchez v. City of Chicago, et al. Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Ruben Sanchez appeals the denial
of his motion for a new trial in his § 1983 action against Officer
Louis Garcia of the Chicago Police Department. Sanchez alleges
that the trial court made multiple evidentiary errors,
gave an improper jury instruction, and wrongfully accepted
a partial verdict. Because we conclude that a new trial is not
required, we affirm.
2 No. 16-35... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - IL)

William Childress v. The State of Texas Third Court of Appeals, Austin, Texas

The jury heard evidence that, on the evening of March 13, 2016, Childress was in the
crowded Sixth Street entertainment district in downtown Austin during the South by Southwest
music festival. Officer John Evers testified that he first encountered Childress after a disturbance
arose between Childress and a security guard working outside of a restaurant. According to
Officer Ever... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

Patrick Johnson v. The State of Texas Third Court of Appeals, Austin, Texas

Johnson was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and with two counts
of indecency with a child. See Tex. Penal Code §§ 21.11(a)(1)-(2), 22.021(a). The alleged victim,
C.S., lived in Johnson’s neighborhood, and the indictment alleged that C.S. was under fourteen
years of age at the time of the offenses. During the trial, the State called several witnesses, including
... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

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