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STATE OF MONTANA v. TERRANCE LEE BRAUNER, a/k/a TERRY-LEE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF MONTANA

In April 2011, Erickson and Gene Johnson (Johnson) were involved in an
altercation, which ended when Erickson struck Johnson in the face, causing Johnson to fall
to the pavement and hit his head. Johnson sustained a serious injury that required
significant medical treatment. In February 2013, a jury found Erickson guilty of criminal
endangerment, a felony in violation of § 45-... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - )

United States of America v. Sanford J. Wishnev v. The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

We ask the California Supreme Court to resolve two open
questions of state law that have significant effects on
insurance companies and insureds in California.
An initiative measure enacted in 1918 (the Initiative), Cal
Civ. Code §§ 1916-1–5, limits the amount of interest lenders
may charge, and provides that lenders may not compound
WISHNEV V. 4 NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL
int... More...
   $0 (01-19-2018 - CA)

Amador Zapata, Jr., et al. v. HSBC Holdings, P.L.C., et al. Eastern District of New York Courthouse - Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, NY - HSBC Holdings Plc Agrees to Pay More Than $100 Million to Resolve Fraud Charges

United Kingdom-based global financial services company HSBC Holdings plc (HSBC) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) and agreed to pay a $63.1 million criminal penalty and $38.4 million in disgorgement and restitution to resolve charges that it engaged in a scheme to defraud two b... More...
   $100000000 (01-19-2018 - NY)

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)

United States of America v. Michael Litz Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - Clayton Real Estate Developer Pleads Guilty

Michael Litz, 63, of Ladue, pled guilty on January 17, 2018 to assisting in an unlawful insider loan scheme at Excel Bank. He appeared before United States District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig.

Litz is the third person to plead guilty in a criminal investigation following the failure of Excel Bank in 2012. Litz and Shaun... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - MO)

STATE OF KANSAS v. CHRISTOPHER R. WARD

Ward and his friend Andrew Rhodes formed and operated a construction business, All Construction Guaranteed Roofing and Restoration (ACG). Their financial arrangement was a loose one. They merely orally agreed to become general contractors who would supply materials and hire subcontractors to perform work on projects. Neither had a set salary; occasionally they would estimate profits and divide the... More...   $0 (01-16-2018 - KS)

Western-Southern Life Assurance Company v. George W. Kaleh Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

This case involves a lender who sued a guarantor for the breach of three personal guarantees. George Kaleh signed the guarantee agreements in conjunction with a real-estate-development project, and Western-Southern Life Assurance Company financed the project. After the borrowers defaulted on the underlying loans, Western foreclosed on the property and sued Kaleh.
The district court conducted a... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

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)

United States of America v. Jeremiah Davidson Western District of Pennsylvania Courthouse - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA - Pittsburgh Man Admits Guilt in Health Care Fraud Scheme

A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone, one count of health care fraud, and one count of perjury on January 12, 2018.

Jeremiah Davidson, age 61, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to a one-count informa... More...
   $0 (01-14-2018 - PA)

State of Tennessee v. Mario Donte Keene Mario Keene Sentenced To Life In Prison

Amanda Harris, who was charged with felony murder for her participation in the victim’s death, testified at trial that, prior to her participation in the offenses at issue, she was addicted to crack cocaine and Xanax. She stated that she had taken drugs since she was in the eighth grade and that she had previously been convicted of theft, domestic violence, and reckless endangerment with the use ... More...   $0 (01-13-2018 - TN)

State of Ohio v. Carolyn Moore Wood County Courthouse - Bowling Green, Ohio

Bowling Green, OH - Jury Convicts Defendant For Fatal Crash

The State of Ohio charged Carolyn Moore, age 33, with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of reckless homicide, one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of driving under a financial responsibility law suspension or cancellation, and one count of operating a vehicle while under the influence of a listed... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - OH)

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)

United States of America v. Joseph E. Clark District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Joseph Clark appeals from the
district court's denial of his motion to suppress drug evidence
found on his person during a traffic stop. Clark claims that after
Officer Christopher McGoon stopped a vehicle in which Clark was a
passenger for a traffic violation, McGoon unreasonably extended
the duration of the traffic stop and thereby violated his rights
under the Fourth Ame... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - ME)

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA v. RUSSELL RAY BERTRAM

To escape abject poverty, Leonila Stickney came to the United States from the Philippines in 2004 as the 22-year-old, mail-order bride of 73-year-old David Stickney (“Stickney”). In October of the same year, Stickney and Leonila had a son. The three lived together in Bridgewater, where Leonila worked at a nursing home. Every month, Leonila sent $300 of her earnings to help support her family st... More...   $0 (01-11-2018 - )

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. JOSEPH E. CLARK United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

On July 20, 2015, McGoon, a Saco Police Department
officer, stopped a vehicle for erratic driving and for running a
red light. At the time of the stop, McGoon had been with the Saco
Police Department for approximately one year and had previously
served in the military. Megan Maietta was driving the vehicle and
Clark was her sole passenger.
McGoon requested identific... More...
   $0 (01-10-2018 - ME)

State of Tennessee v. Jeffrey Wayne Hughes

On October 24, 2016, the defendant pled guilty to one count of theft over $250,000 from victim Lawrence County Fire and Rescue, Inc. (“Lawrence County Fire and Rescue”), one count of theft between $10,000 and $60,000 from victim Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department (“Crossroads”), and six counts of money laundering. The State agreed to dismiss eighty-one additional counts of money laundering as p... More...   $0 (01-10-2018 - TN)

COMMONWEALTH vs. LAWRENCE KNOWLES Massachusetts Appeals Court

At 2:45 A.M. on
January 12, 2014, Boston police Officers Mario Santillana and
Jose Acosta were dispatched to the parking lot behind a building
on Centre Street in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston. The
defendant was seated in the driver's seat of a parked red truck,
alone, crouched down with his hands folded under his arms,
staring straight ahead. Santillana knoc... More...
   $0 (01-10-2018 - MA)

United States of America v. Nikolai Monastyrski Southern District of Iowa - Federal Courthouse - Des Moines, Davenport & Council Bluffs

Des Moines, IA - On January 8, 2018, Nikolai Monastyrski, age 37, of Folsom, California, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger to 57 months in prison for mail and wire fraud involving unemployment benefits falsely obtained from Iowa Workforce Development announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum.

Monastyrski, a Russian national who became a nat... More...
   $0 (01-09-2018 - IA)

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)

WANDA COLLINS, as Personal Representative of the ESTATE OF WILLIAM “MACK” VAUGHAN v. ST. VINCENT HOSPITAL, INC COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO

William “Mack” Vaughan presented at the emergency department of Defendant
11 St. Vincent Hospital, Inc. (the Hospital) in Santa Fe, New Mexico in August 2002
12 with complaints of abdominal pain. He was seen in the emergency department by Dr.
13 Martin Wilt, who was a subcontractor/partner of Northern New Mexico Emergency
14 Medical Services, and who ordered a CT scan. The scan was... More...
   $0 (01-09-2018 - NM)

Jon Gregory Sanchez v. Robert Elizondo

Defendant-Appellant Robert Elizondo appeals the
district court’s order vacating his arbitration award and
remanding for further proceedings. Elizondo was awarded
$75,000 in damages (the Award) in the parties’ arbitration,
which Elizondo initiated to recoup losses he suffered as a
result of Plaintiff-Appellee Gregory Sanchez’s
mismanagement of his investment portfolio. Elizo... More...
   $0 (01-09-2018 - NV)

City of Modesto v. The Dow Chemical Company

In late 1998, the City of Modesto (the City), the City of Modesto Sewer District
No. 1 (the Sewer District) and the Modesto Redevelopment Agency (the RDA) sued
various retail dry cleaning businesses (dry cleaners) operating in Modesto together with
the manufacturers of dry cleaning equipment used at those dry cleaners, and the
manufacturers and distributors of dry cleaning solvent.... More...
   $0 (01-08-2018 - CA)

STATE OF IOWA vs. DANIELLE BROWN Supreme Court of Iowa

The facts are essentially uncontested. The officers in this case obtained a search warrant for the residence. The search warrant indicated that the police were looking for evidence of the use, sale, and distribution of narcotics, along with firearms and ammunition. The search warrant identified one man, Jeffrey Sickles, as a person to be searched. An attached police affidavit identified a woma... More...   $0 (01-08-2018 - IA)

United States of America v. Adam John Burke, Abdirahin Khalif Ibrahim and Dana Enoch Kidd District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN - Federal Jury Finds Edina Chiropractor And His Patient Recruiters Guilty Of Insurance Fraud Conspiracy

ADAM JOHN BURKE, 33, ABDIRAHIN KHALIF IBRAHIM, 26, and DANA ENOCH KIDD, 36, were found guilty for their roles in a multi-million dollar insurance fraud conspiracy. BURKE, IBRAHIM, and KIDD were initially indicted on December 20, 2016, and following a two-week trial befor... More...
   $0 (01-08-2018 - MN)

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