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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)

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)

STATE OF NEW JERSEY v. JAZIR GORDON

After his motion to suppress physical evidence was denied
without an evidentiary hearing, defendant Jazir Gordon proceeded
to trial and was found guilty by a jury of third-degree possession
of heroin, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1); second-degree unlawful
possession of a handgun, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b; fourth-degree
possession of a defaced firearm, N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3d; fourth-degree
... More...
   $0 (01-18-2018 - NJ)

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. 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)

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)

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. 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)

United States of America v. Diana J. Gumila Northern District of Illinois Courthouse - Chicago, Illinois

Diana Gumila ran a home-healthcare company that defrauded the federal government of several million dollars. She was convicted of multiple counts of healthcare fraud and making false statements in connection
∗ Circuit Judge Posner retired on September 2, 2017, and did not partici-pate in the decision of this case, which is being resolved by a quorum of the panel under 28 U.S.C. § 46(d).<... More...
   $0 (01-17-2018 - IL)

Garrett Ballard v. The State of Texas Constable’s son convicted of capital murder after killing 2 friends

The following summary comes from the evidence presented at trial. The victims
in this case—Fox and E.B.—were friends with Ballard. Prior to the offense, the three men ate
dinner with E.B.’s family to celebrate E.B.’s birthday and then went to Ballard’s parents’ home
to hang out and to take a hallucinogen that they had purchased earlier from C.J. On the night 3
in question, Balla... More...
   $0 (01-16-2018 - TX)

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)

United States of America v. Paul Suarez Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas

A jury convicted Paul Suarez for his involvement in a drug trafficking
conspiracy and for firearms offenses. Suarez appeals contending that the
convictions were not supported by sufficient evidence. He also asserts that the
district court erred in imposing a 120-month (ten year) mandatory minimum
prison sentence for possession of a sawed-off shotgun in furtherance of a drug
tra... More...
   $0 (01-15-2018 - TX)

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)

Golden Eagle Land Investment, L.P. v. Rancho Sante Fe Association

This is an appeal and cross-appeal from an anti-SLAPP ruling which granted the
defense motion to strike in part and denied it in part. (Code Civ. Proc.,1 § 425.16.)
Plaintiff and appellant Golden Eagle Land Investment, L.P. (Golden Eagle) and its
coplaintiff and appellant Mabee Trust (the Trust; sometimes together, Appellants)2 own
real property in the vicinity of Rancho Santa Fe. ... More...
   $0 (01-14-2018 - CA)

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. Willie Lee Wright, Jr.

Following a jury trial, appellant Willie L. Wright, Jr. was convicted of
domestic violence against his live-in girlfriend at the time, the victim, for two incidents,
each a violation of R.C. 2919.25(A) and (D)(4), a felony of the third degree. Count 2
occurred on November 16, 2015, and Count 3 occurred on June 16, 2016. Appellant was
found not guilty of domestic violence all... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - OH)

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)

Commonwealth of Virginia v. Jordan DAvid Baird Prince William County Courthouse - Manassas, Virginia

Manassas, VA - Youth Minister Convicted of Indecent Liberties With a Minor

The Commonwealth of Virginia charged Jordan David Baird, age 26, with five county of indecent liberties with a minor by a custodian. The Commonwealth asserted by Baird repeatedly groped and propositioned a 16-year-old girl who was worshipped with him at the Life Church in Manassas.

§ 18.2-370.1. Taking ... More...
   $0 (01-13-2018 - VA)

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)

State of Louisiana v. Brandon Dale Thomas Calhoun man sentenced to 50 years for crimes against nature

Thomas was charged by bill of information with 13 counts of
aggravated crime against nature. The victim, M.C.1, is Thomas’
stepdaughter. The bill alleged that these crimes occurred between October
6, 2012, and July 25, 2016.
On December 19, 2016, pursuant to a plea agreement, Thomas
appeared and pled guilty to four counts of the reduced charge of attempted
aggravate... More...
   $0 (01-12-2018 - LA)

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)

Keith William Lamerland v. The State of Texas Court of Appeals For The First District of Texas

In 2013, the then-ten-year-old complainant, pseudonymously referred to as
Kathryn, spent the summer with her grandmother, Lori Lamerand, and step
grandfather, Keith Lamerand. Later that November, after Kathryn had returned
home and started school, she wrote a note to her teacher that said, “My papa has
been touching me and I did not tell my parents.”
Kathryn’s teacher se... More...
   $0 (01-11-2018 - TX)

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