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Dismissal Law
 
Communities For A Better Environment v. State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission

The State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy
Commission) is the state agency exclusively empowered to license thermal power plants
of over 50 megawatts capacity. (Pub. Resources Code, §§ 25120, 25500, 25517; see City
of Sonoma v. State Energy Resources Conservation etc. Com. (1985) 40 Cal.3d 361, 364–
365 (Sonoma).)1
Indeed, pursuant to section 25... More...
   $0 (01-20-2018 - CA)

STATE OF KANSAS v. CHRISTOPHER M. HARRIS

In February 2015 Gregory Swiger and Catherine Richard were walking to a liquor store when they came upon Christopher Harris. Swiger and Harris got into an argument, and Swiger stated that he was going to "whip [Harris'] butt." Swiger did not follow through on the threat, however, because he did not want to get in any trouble. Swiger testified that as he started to walk away, Harris pulled out a kn... More...   $0 (01-19-2018 - KS)

State of Nebraska v. Teon D. Hill Man convicted of killing 34-year-old Omahan

A December 10, 2013, surveillance video shows Dunn making a purchase at a liquor store at 30th and Pinkney Streets in Omaha at approximately 9:54 p.m. The purchase was placed in a white plastic bag. Surveillance video indicates
that Dunn then walked toward 28th Avenue. At approximately 10 p.m., a gunshot detection system notified the Omaha Police Department of six shots fired in the area. Offi... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - NE)

STATE OF MONTANA v. DENNIS LEO SCHOWENGERDT Deer Lodge man gets life for wife's murder

The initial facts of the case are undisputed: On December 8, 2012, Schowengerdt
killed his wife, Tina Schowengerdt, by repeatedly stabbing her in their home near Deer
Lodge. The following morning, Schowengerdt drove to the police station in Deer Lodge
and, in a recorded statement, told officers that last night he, “killed that son of a bitch [he]
was living with. So arrest me... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - WY)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY v. GARY S. HARRIS

Defendant Gary S. Harris appeals from an August 24, 2015
order of the Law Division denying his petition for post-conviction
relief (PCR) couched as a "motion for a new trial."1 Defendant
argues he was deprived of a fair trial based upon ineffective
assistance of counsel and other constitutional violations.
Defendant also contends that the motion judge erred by deciding <... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - NJ)

Erotic Service Provider Legal Education and Research Project v. Georg Gascon, etl. Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

Plaintiff-appellant Erotic Service Provider Legal,
Education & Research Project; K.L.E.S.; C.V.; J.B.; and
John Doe (collectively, “ESP”) appeal the district court’s
dismissal of their 42 U.S.C. §1983 action. ESP claims that
Section 647(b) of the California Penal Code, which
criminalizes the commercial exchange of sexual activity,
violates: (1) the Fourteenth Amendment subs... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - CA)

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. 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)

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)

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)

David E. Miller v. Tony Mays, Warden Eastern District of Tennessee - Federal Courthouse - Knoxville, Tennessee

David Miller was convicted and sentenced to
death for the 1981 murder of Lee Standifer. His sentence was upheld by the Tennessee Supreme
Court and we affirmed the dismissal of his § 2254 habeas petition. Seeking to revisit his
ineffective-assistance-of-trial-counsel (IATC) claim in light of Martinez v. Ryan, 566 U.S. 1
(2012), and Trevino v. Thaler, 569 U.S. 413 (2013), Miller now ... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TN)

Maria V. Pena v. City of Rio Grande City, Texas, Rosa Salinas, Jose Solis Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Maria Peña sustained injuries as a result of a tasing by police officers for the City of Rio Grande City. Peña sued the city and two of the officers in state court, alleging excessive force under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and negligence under the
Case: 16-41522 Document: 00514306262 Page: 1 Date Filed: 01/12/2018
No. 16-41522
2
Texas Tort Claims Act (“TTCA”).
1 Upon removal, the distric... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

Andrew Panico v. Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

In this putative class action, Plaintiff-Appellant Andrew Panico, who resides outside of the state of Delaware but signed a contract with a choice-of-law provision specifying application of Delaware state law, asserts that Defendant-Appellee Portfolio Recovery Associates (“PRA”) violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (“NJCFA”) by suing to co... More...   $0 (01-14-2018 - NJ)

SEBASTIAN VALENTINO v. STATE OF TENNESSEE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE

In November 2015, the Petitioner was charged by criminal information with one count of aggravated assault. That same month, the Petitioner pled guilty to the aggravated assault charge in exchange for a six-year sentence to be served on supervised probation and the dismissal of two other misdemeanor charges. At the plea submission hearing, the trial court asked the Petitioner if he was taking any ... More...   $0 (01-13-2018 - TN)

STATE OF TENNESSEE v. MATTHEW GLEN HOWELL COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TENNESSEE

In April 2015, the Davidson County Grand Jury charged the defendant with one count each of resisting arrest and aggravated assault by causing the victim, Liela Avila, to fear bodily injury by use or display of a deadly weapon. The trial court conducted a jury trial in February 2016.
The State’s proof at trial showed that the victim moved to Nashville in early September of 2014 to pursue a car... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - TN)

Thomas J. Litterer and Mary L. Litterer vs. Rushmore Loan Management Services, LLC

This case requires us to determine the legal relationship between the recording
deadline for a lis pendens in Minn. Stat. § 582.043, subd. 7(b), and the excusable neglect
provision in Minn. R. Civ. P. 6.02.
Enacted by the Legislature in 2013, Minn. Stat. § 582.043 (2016) requires mortgage
servicers to notify mortgagors of loss mitigation options before referring the mortgage f... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - MN)

DAVID McCULLOUGH vs. STATE OF IOWA Iowa Court of Appeals

David McCullough appeals the dismissal of his postconviction-relief
application on statute-of-limitations grounds. He requests that we apply the
doctrine of equitable tolling to exempt him from the three-year statutory time bar
contained in Iowa Code section 822.3 (2016). Bypassing the State’s error
preservation concerns, we repeat our position that the doctrine of equitable <... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - IA)

Li Guan v. Yongmei Hu

Plaintiff Li Guan and defendant Yongmei Hu entered into a
contract under which Guan paid the purchase price for a Malibu
residence (the property) to be held by Hu as the “nominal owner.”
Hu agreed to sell the property upon receiving instructions to
do so, and to distribute the sale proceeds between the parties
according to a mathematical formula in the contract. After
recei... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - CA)

Jesse Adrian Martinez v. The State of Texas

Martinez was charged by indictment with capital murder. On November 7, 2017, Martinez
waived his right to a jury trial and entered a negotiated guilty plea to the lesser-included offense
of murder. The plea papers and the record of the guilty plea reflect that in exchange for Martinez’s
plea of guilty, the State agreed to recommend a sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment in TDCJID More...
   $0 (01-11-2018 - TX)

Evertee Simmons and Dontell Stephens v. Ric Bradshaw, Palm Beach Sheriff Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Dontrell Stephens was shot four times by Deputy Sheriff Adams Lin during
an encounter in West Palm Beach, Florida, on September 13, 2013. As a result,
Stephens now suffers from permanent paralysis.
In an action brought against Deputy Lin as an individual and Sheriff Ric
Bradshaw in his official capacity as the sheriff of Palm Beach County, the district
court granted summary jud... More...
   $0 (01-11-2018 - FL)

ABM Industries Overtime Cases

Respondent ABM Industries, Inc. (collectively with related respondents, ABM) is
a large facility services company with employees throughout the United States, including
thousands of janitorial workers at hundreds of job sites in California. Appellants
(referred to herein as plaintiffs) are present or former ABM janitorial employees. On
behalf of themselves and similarly situated Ca... More...
   $0 (01-10-2018 - CA)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - v. - JASON SMATHERS United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

The record of Smathers's prosecution, United States v. Smathers, S.D.N.Y. No.2
04CR1273, shows the following. In 2005, Smathers, represented by counsel, pleaded guilty to3
conspiring from about April 2003 through about April 2004, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371, to affect4
interstate commerce by relaying and retransmitting deceptive emails in violation of the CAN-SPAM5
Act, 18 U.... More...
   $0 (01-10-2018 - )

Cedric Greene v. Direct TV, Inc. Tenth Circuit Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

Cedric Greene appeals the district court’s determination that it lacked subject
matter jurisdiction over this action. Although we agree with that conclusion, we
remand with instructions to dismiss without prejudice.
Greene filed suit against Direct TV, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the
District of Utah, asserting claims for false advertisement, breach of contract, and
neg... More...
   $0 (01-09-2018 - UT)

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