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Peter Hiam v. Homeaway.com, Inc. District of Massachusetts Federal Courthouse - Boston, Massachusetts

Duped into parting with thousands
of dollars to reserve a vacation rental property in Belize that
apparently did not exist, plaintiff Peter Hiam sued the owner of the
website on which he found the ersatz tropical villa, claiming that
the website's guarantee misled him. The district court granted
summary judgment to the website's owner, HomeAway.com, Inc.
("HomeAway"). On ap... More...
   $0 (04-21-2018 - MA)

Joel D. Kettler v. Leslie Gould

Cross-defendants Leslie Gould and his wife Susan Gould
contend the trial court erred when it denied in part their antiSLAPP
(strategic lawsuit against public participation) motion.
The motion sought to strike certain allegations in a crosscomplaint
filed by Joel D. Kettler, alleging defamation and other
causes of action. The court denied the motion to the extent crosscomplainan... More...
   $0 (04-21-2018 - CA)

Joyce Ledderer v. Gursey Schneider

Plaintiff Joyce Lederer employed accounting firm Gursey
Schneider LLP and its employee Spencer Inada (collectively,
Gursey) to manage her finances. As part of their agreement,
Gursey purchased insurance for Joyce1 and her family members.
Joyce requested that Gursey purchase uninsured/underinsured
insurance with a policy limit of $5 million. Gursey actually
purchased a polic... More...
   $0 (04-20-2018 - CA)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JOSEPH RUTIGLIANO, PETER J. AJEMIAN,  MARIE BARAN, PETER J. LESNIEWSKI

The fraud scheme for which defendants stand convicted sought  to take advantage of a disability pension plan made available to LIRR 
16-3754-cr (L) United States v. Rutigliano  
employees  by  the  RRB.  The  LIRR’s  own  pension  plan  allowed  employees with 20 or more years of service to retire as early as age 50  and to receive payments equal to half their pre‐retirement income. ... More...
   $0 (04-16-2018 - )

Adrian Jerome Parker v. The State of Texas

Adrian Jerome Parker rendered his open guilty plea to the trial court in Gregg County, on
all four counts of the indictment against him, and pled true to a sentence-enhancement allegation.
The trial court found Parker guilty of all four charges, found the enhancement allegation true, and
sentenced Parker to forty-five years’ imprisonment on each of Count I (engaging in organized More...
   $0 (04-15-2018 - TX)

Lisa Demargee v. Laura Pederson; Amy Van Ness District of Arizona Federal Courthouse - Phoenix, Arizona

As this court has stated repeatedly, families have a “wellelaborated
constitutional right to live together without
governmental interference.” Wallis v. Spencer, 202 F.3d
1126, 1136 (9th Cir. 2000); accord Kirkpatrick v. Cty. of
Washoe, 843 F.3d 784, 789 (9th Cir. 2016) (en banc); Burke
v. Cty. of Alameda, 586 F.3d 725, 731 (9th Cir. 2009); Rogers
v. Cty. of San Joaquin, 48... More...
   $0 (04-09-2018 - AZ)

Bobbydyne McMillan v. Cumberland County Board of Education; Joseph M. Locklear Eastern District of North Carolina Federal Courthouse - Raleigh, North Carolina

Appellant Bobbydyne McMillan was employed by the Cumberland County Board
of Education (“CCBE”) and resigned following an investigation into her conduct during
the course of her employment. She appeals the district court’s grant of summary
judgment in favor of the Defendants, CCBE, and Joseph M. Locklear,1 Associate
Superintendent of Human Resources, on her 42 U.S.C. § 1983 Fourteen... More...
   $0 (04-03-2018 - NC)

STATE OF IOWA vs. CHRIS AARON FRAKES

On November 6, 2015, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant
at Frakes’s home. Officers based the warrant application on an anonymous tip
received three months earlier and on the reports from a named informant familiar
with Frakes’s drug distribution.
While searching Frakes’s home, officers discovered plastic baggies, scales,
drug paraphernalia, a small quan... More...
   $0 (04-01-2018 - IA)

STATE OF CONNECTICUT v. RICARDO SWILLING Connecticut Supreme Court

The defendant, Ricardo Swilling, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered following a jury trial, of kidnapping in the first degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-92 (a) (2) (A), home invasion in violation of General Statutes § 53a-100aa (a) (2), and assault in the second degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-60 (a) (2).1 Additionally, following the defendant’s pleas of no... More...   $0 (03-31-2018 - CT)

STATE OF OHIO v. RAZOAR B.D. HARDING

This is an appeal from a judgment of conviction and sentence entered by the
Gallia County Court of Common Pleas following a guilty plea by Razoar B.D. Harding
(“Harding”), appellant herein, to one count of trafficking in drugs. On appeal, Harding first
contends that his guilty plea was not knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently made because the
trial court failed to substant... More...
   $0 (03-31-2018 - OH)

STATE OF KANSAS v. BROOKE DANIELLE DINKEL Sex Offender

Dinkel was hired as a counselor at Smoky Valley Middle School in Lindsborg, Kansas, for the 2012-13 school year. K.H. was an eighth grader there. His aunt was a friend of Dinkel's family and asked Dinkel to check on K.H. periodically because he had had difficulties at his previous school. K.H. was large for his age—6'2" and about 170 pounds.

Dinkel began counseling K.H. and frequently... More...
   $0 (03-29-2018 - KS)

Margery Newman v. Metropolitian Life Insurance Company Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

At age 56, Margery Newman pur-chased a long-term-care insurance plan from the Metropoli-tan Life Insurance Company (“MetLife”). She opted for one of MetLife’s non-standard options for paying her insurance pre-miums; MetLife called the method she selected “Reduced-Pay
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at 65.” When Newman was 67 years old, she was startled to discover that MetLife that year more than doubled he... More...
   $0 (03-27-2018 - IL)

Jesse Mitchell and Kimberly Mitchell v. AbbVie, Inc. Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, IL - Jury Finds in Favor of Plaintiff in AndroGel

Jesse Mitchell and Kimberly Mitchell sued AbbVie, Inc. on a product liability and negligence theories claiming that AbbVie failed to disclosed the potential risks associated with the use of the product that it sold to him and as a direct result he suffered a heart attack.

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   $0 (03-26-2018 - IL)

United States of America v. Rafael Christopher Cirino Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA - Sinking Spring, PA Man Sentenced 5 Years For Fraudulent Claims

Rafael Christopher Cirino, 36, of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by the Hon. Edward G. Smith, United States District Judge, to a term of 60 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by supervised release for a period of 5 years, as well as a $1,700 special assessment. This conviction was the result ... More...
   $0 (03-23-2018 - PA)

Jaime Gonzalez v. Owens Corning Western District of Pennsylvania Courthouse - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This appeal involves a putative class action brought by consumers in four states who alleged that Appellees Owens Corning and Owens Corning Sales, LLC (collectively, Owens Corning) sold defective roof shingles and misrepresented the shingles’ expected useful life. Appellants challenge an order of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania denying class certification.... More...   $0 (03-22-2018 - PA)

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...
   $0 (03-17-2018 - CA)

Pauline Burkhart v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Elbert P. Tuttle Federal Courthouse - Atlanta, Georgia

This appeal, brought by three tobacco companies (“Appellants”), challenges on multiple grounds the judgment entered against them and in favor of Pauline Burkhart for compensatory and punitive damages. The judgment was awarded after a bifurcated, ten-day trial in which the jury found in Burkhart’s favor on her claims of negligence, strict liability, fraudulent concealment, and civil conspiracy. Thi... More...   $0 (03-12-2018 - FL)

James Webb v. Solarcity Corporation; Lyndon R. Rive; Robert K. Kelly Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

Plaintiff-Appellant James Webb brought this class action
lawsuit against Defendants-Appellees SolarCity
Corporation (SolarCity or the company), Lyndon R. Rive,
and Robert D. Kelly on behalf of the class of plaintiffs who
bought SolarCity shares between December 12, 2012—the
date of the company’s initial public offering (IPO)—and
March 18, 2014 (the Class Period). Webb claim... More...
   $0 (03-08-2018 - CA)

Walter Shuker; Vivian Shuker v. Smith & Nephew, P.L.C.; Smith & Nephew, Inc. Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With the Medical Device Amendments of 1976, Congress added comprehensive medical device approval processes to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, prescribing tiers of federal requirements for certain devices corresponding to the device’s inherent risk level. In exchange for compliance with the strictest federal mandates, Congress afforded manufacturers express preemption from state laws impo... More...   $0 (03-02-2018 - PA)

Phillip J. Singer v. Kenneth Reali, et al. Federal Courthouse - Wilmington, North Carolina

These appeals arise from the dismissal of a securities fraud class action complaint in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The action relates to the healthcare provider reimbursement practices of defendant TranS1, Inc., and four officers thereof —defendants Kenneth Reali, Joseph P. Slattery, Richard Randall, and Michael Luetkemeyer (collectively, the “Officers”) — in connection with TranS1’s A... More...   $0 (02-24-2018 - NC)

Ralph Janvey v. Peter Romero District of Maryland Federal Courthouse - Baltimore, Maryland

Appellee Peter Romero filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition after he was found liable for $1.275 million to the victims of a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. Appellant Ralph Janvey, the receiver in the Ponzi scheme litigation, moved to dismiss Romero’s bankruptcy petition for cause under 11 U.S.C. § 707(a). The bankruptcy court denied the motion, and the district court affirmed the bankruptcy cou... More...   $0 (02-24-2018 - MD)

Area 51 Productions, Inc. v. City of Alameda

Area 51 Productions, Inc. (Area 51), an event planning company, had a longstanding
relationship with the City of Alameda (the City) to license the use of certain
City property to Area 51 for events Area 51 helped plan and promote with third-party
companies. The City relied on PM Realty Group, L.P. (PM) to assist it with managing
these license arrangements. Due to various problems a... More...
   $0 (02-21-2018 - CA)

Kenton L. Crowley; John A. Flores v. EpiCept Corporation Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

This appeal follows the trial on Drs. Crowley and Flores’s
(the Doctors) claims against EpiCept Corporation (EpiCept)
for breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good
faith and fair dealing, and fraud. The Doctors’ claims arise
from their assignment to EpiCept of two patents for a non-
FDA approved drug (referred to as “NP-2”) and EpiCept’s
failure to develop ... More...
   $0 (02-19-2018 - CA)

Amie Wieland v. Owner-Operator Services, Inc. Jackson County Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

Owner-Operator Services Inc. appeals the circuit court’s judgment in favor of Amie
Wieland for her claim of negligence alleging her employer, Owner-Operator, breached its
duty to protect her from the criminal act of a third person on its premises. Owner-Operator
argues the circuit court erred in submitting a verdict director to the jury that was not
supported by substantial evidenc... More...
   $0 (02-18-2018 - MO)

State of Missouri v. Phillip Douglas and Jennifer M. Gaulter Jackson County Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

The state appeals from the circuit court’s order sustaining the defendants’ motions
to suppress all evidence seized pursuant to a warrant authorizing search of a residence for
stolen items. The state admits an officer submitted a prepared search warrant form, which
was then executed by a circuit judge, authorizing a search for any deceased human fetus
or corpse despite the fact the... More...
   $0 (02-16-2018 - MO)

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