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United States of America v. Shawn Patrick Watkins United States District Court for the Southern District of California - Santa Ana, California

Santa Ana, CA - Missouri Man Pleads Guilty in $3.4 Million Real Estate Investment Scheme that Targeted Orange County Investors

A Missouri man who formerly served as a law enforcement reservist has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud offense and admitted operating a real estate scheme in Orange County that bilked dozens of Southern California investors who collectively suffered approximately... More...
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Green Tree Servicing, LLC v. Henry House; Linda Murrell Southern District of Mississippi - Federal Courthouse - Jackson, Mississippi

Henry House, Linda Murrell (the House Parties), and other plaintiffs
sued Green Tree Servicing and various other entities (the Green Tree Parties)
in a related action.1 The Green Tree Parties initiated the present suit in
1 Green Tree Servicing, L.L.C. v. Billy Brown, No. 17-60105.
Case: 17-60164 Document: 00514471076 Page: 1 Date Filed: 05/14/2018
No. 17-60164
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federa... More...
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STATE OF OHIO vs. GREG RUCKER

In 2016 Rucker and codefendant Nicholas Kraft were charged with three
counts of aggravated robbery, three counts of kidnapping and one count of having
weapons while under disability. Kraft plead guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery1
and agreed to testify against Rucker. The case against Rucker proceeded to a jury trial.
{¶3} Evidence was presented that between 3:30 a.m.... More...
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Erik J. Hansen v. Sandridge Partners, L.P.

Respondent and cross-appellant Erik Hansen and several relatives (the “Hansens”)
own about 382 acres of farmland in Tulare County (APN 291-010-009; the “09 parcel”).
Appellant and cross-respondent Sandridge Partners, L.P., (Sandridge) owns an adjacent
parcel of about 250 acres (APN 291-010-005; the “05 parcel”).1
This case centers around
approximately 10 acres on the southwest... More...
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Integrated Lender Services, Inc. v. County of Los Angeles, Juan Velasquez

When a trustee sold at foreclosure property once owned by
a convicted fraudster, there were surplus proceeds. Following
statutory procedures (Civ. Code, § 2924j), the trustee deposited
the surplus funds with the trial court for determination of the
proper distribution. There were two claims to the funds: (1) the
County of Los Angeles, which had been awarded criminal
restitu... More...
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Bruce W. Lauritzen v. First American Title Insurance

¶1 Bruce W. Lauritzen purchased five lots of undeveloped
real property in Hurricane, Utah based on a description in a
recorded subdivision plat map. Lauritzen then purchased title
insurance for these lots through First American Title Insurance
Company (First American). Subsequently, Lauritzen learned that
the plat map had a material defect: one of his lots partially
overlap... More...
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SHATANI BUCK JR. vs. STATE OF IOWA

Ignoring his own misconduct, Shatani Buck Jr. blames his current plight on
his plea counsel and asks that his felon-in-possession-of-firearm conviction be
tossed. We affirm the district court’s denial of Buck’s application for postconviction
(PCR) relief.
In December 2012, Buck was charged by trial information with Count I, felon
in possession of a firearm, in violation ... More...
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Heriberto Ponce v. Wells Fargo Bank

The trial court found that Ponce and Aranda’s complaint was presented primarily for an
improper purpose, such as to harass, cause unnecessary delay, or needlessly increase the
cost of litigation. (§ 128.7, subd. (b)(1).)
On appeal, Ponce and Aranda argue that the claims asserted in their complaint
were not frivolous and therefore, could not have been asserted for an improper purpos... More...
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John Doe v. Eric Holcomb Southern District of Indiana Federal Courthouse - Indianapolis, Indiana

John Doe, whose legal name is Jane
Doe,1 is a transgender man residing in Marion County, Indiana.
Though Doe is originally from Mexico, the United States
granted him asylum in 2015 because of the persecution he
might face in Mexico for being transgender. But this suit arises
out of Doe’s treatment in the United States. He alleges that he
faces harassment and discrimination ... More...
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Linda Stout, et al. v. Jefferson County Board of Education Morelaw Internet Marketing for Legal Professionals MoreLaw Can Make Your Phone Ring 888-354-4529

This appeal requires that we revisit the decades-old task of school desegregation. A racial desegregation order issued in 1971 still governs the Jefferson County Board of Education in Alabama. But beginning in 2012, residents of the City of Gardendale, a predominantly white community in Jefferson County, sought to create a separate, municipal school system. Leaders of a grassroots movement used so... More...   $0 (02-21-2018 - )

SMS Financial XXIII, LLC v. Cornerstone Title Company

A bank made a business loan that was guaranteed by the principals of the business
and secured by a deed of trust on property the principals owned. Years later, the bank
assigned the note and deed of trust to plaintiff SMS Financial XXIII, LLC (SMS). After
the borrower defaulted on payment, SMS undertook preparations to foreclose on the deed
of trust and in the process discovered th... More...
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Raphael Bangiyev v. Inna Arzumanova

¶1 Inna Arzumanova (“Wife”) appeals from the property and
debt allocation and the lack of a contempt ruling in the superior court’s
decree of dissolution. For the following reasons, we reverse and remand
for further proceedings consistent with this decision regarding the property
and debt allocation. We treat the appeal as a special action regarding the
contempt issue, see Hend... More...
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Sheldon Fong v. East West Bank

Plaintiff Sheldon Fong is an octogenarian real estate investor who sought to help
some younger friends establish a real estate business. He borrowed money in his own
name and stood behind two loans that he helped the new business procure from defendant
East West Bank (Bank). When some of these transactions ended badly, Fong brought
this action, alleging conversion and financial abu... More...
   $0 (01-09-2018 - CA)

Kathleen D. McBride, as Trustee, etc. v. Byron C. Smith

Kathleen McBride (McBride) sued Byron and Kalmia Smith (the Smiths) for
violating McBride’s rights with respect to a recorded easement over the Smiths’ property.
After sustaining demurrers to several versions of McBride’s complaint, the last without
leave to amend, the trial court entered judgment in favor of the Smiths. On appeal, we
conclude that McBride stated causes of action f... More...
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Antoinette Rossetta v. Citimortgage, Inc.

Plaintiff Antoinette Rossetta appeals from a judgment dismissing her second
amended complaint1 after the trial court sustained a demurrer by defendants
CitiMortgage, Inc. (CitiMortgage) and U.S. Bank National Association as Trustee for
Citicorp Residential Trust Series 2006-1 (2006-1 Trust). The complaint asserts causes of
action for intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepr... More...
   $0 (12-18-2017 - CA)

Saul M. Kaufman and J.G. Goodman v. American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

aul Kaufman, as lead plaintiff in a
class action, sued American Express Travel Related Services
2 No. 16‐1691
Company, Inc. (“Amex”), alleging claims for breach of contract,
unjust enrichment, and statutory fraud related to
Amex’s general‐use, prepaid gift cards. Just over two years
after Kaufman filed the class action, Kaufman (on behalf of
the class) and A... More...
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Donna Dunn v. Tiffany Baker Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

Tiffiny Baker (Baker) appeals the judgment of the trial court on Donna Dunn's (Dunn) petition to recover unpaid rent and possession of a premises owned by Dunn. Baker argues that the lease at issue between Dunn and Baker was ambiguous and the trial court erred in granting relief to Dunn. We affirm.

Background

On March 2, 2016, Baker and Dunn entered into a commercial lease agreem... More...
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Jean Eckford Hardaway, Et al. v. Lou Eda Korth Stubbs Nixon, Et al. Karnes County Courthouse - Karnes City, Texas

This is an appeal from a summary judgment in favor of appellees (“the Korth heirs”) regarding ownership of 147.5 acres of real property in Karnes County. The Korth heirs moved for summary judgment, asserting among other things that they acquired ownership of the entire 147.5 acres through constructive ouster and ensuing adverse possession. The trial court granted the Korth heirs’ motion for summar... More...   $0 (11-23-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Kenneth Hampton Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA - Federal Inmate Sentenced To 200 Months In House Theft Scheme

Kenneth Hampton, 56, an inmate of a federal prison, was sentenced November 17, 2017 to 200 Months, for masterminding a scheme under which he and his coconspirators defrauded the City of Philadelphia, the State of Pennsylvania, and innocent owners and purchasers of Philadelphia real estate. Hampton had been fo... More...
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GLORIA J. JACKSON, et al. v. THE UNITED STATES

In September 1889, the Georgia legislature granted the Eatonton & Machen Railroad Company a charter to “construct, lay out, maintain, equip and operate a line of railroad from the town of Eatonton, in Putnam county, to the town of Machen, in Jasper county, in this State . . . .” Pls.’ Mot. Summ. J. App. C, at C-4. The railroad’s charter incorporated Section 1689(l) of the Georgia Code, stating: <... More...   $0 (11-21-2017 - )

United States of America v. Hassie Demond Nowlin, a/k/a Demond Nowlin and Brillian Knowlin Middle District of North Carolina Federal Courthouse - Greensboro, North Carolina

Greensboro, NC - North Carolina Tax Return Preparer Sentenced to Prison For Tax and Bankruptcy Fraud

A Greensboro, North Carolina, resident was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), filing a fraudulent tax return, and bankruptcy fraud.

According to documents and information provided to the court, during 20... More...
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Saefaldin Rahmati and Abdul Saeed Assadi Rahmati v. AJBJK, L.L.P. Fort Bend County Courthouse - Richmond, Texas

Appellants, Saefaldin Rahmati and Abdul Saeed Assadi Rahmati (collectively, “the Rahmatis”), challenge the trial court’s judgment, rendered after a trial to the court, in favor of appellee, AJBJK, L.L.P., in its suit against them for a
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declaratory judgment, a permanent injunction, and damages. In three issues, the Rahmatis contend that the evidence supporting the trial court’s declarator... More...
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HDH Partnership, et al. v Hinsdale County Board of Equalization

¶ 1 In this case we are tasked with determining whether owners of
fishing and hunting memberships, HDH Partnership, Lawrence
Ausherman, Mark L. Ish, Herb Marchman, Hondros Family Real
Estate, LLC, and Teresa M. Mull Revocable Trust, may be taxed for
the parcels of real estate allocated to them in their membership
agreements.
¶ 2 The parcels are part of a larger tract of lan... More...
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Danny Barforough v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC and U.S. Bank National Association

Appellant Danny Barforough sued appellees Nationstar Mortgage, LLC and U.S. Bank National Association, alleging breach of a previous settlement agreement after appellees notified Barforough that his mortgage was being accelerated and posted the subject property for foreclosure. Barforough claimed that a previous
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settlement released him from all obligations related to the note encumbering... More...
   $0 (10-06-2017 - TX)

Jim Barrett v. Walker County School District Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Control the clock and control the game. Winning coaches in many sports have employed this strategy.1 And Plaintiff-Appellee Jim Barrett asserts that the lesson wasn’t lost on Defendant-Appellant Walker County School District, either. To speak at a Walker County Board of Education meeting, the District requires a member of the public to first go through a process that can consist of several steps. ... More...   $0 (10-02-2017 - GA)

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