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Alejandro Diaz-Barba v. Wolfgan Hahn

In Hahn v. Diaz-Barba (2011) 194 Cal.App.4th 1177 (Hahn I), this court affirmed an order, issued under the forum non conveniens doctrine, staying an action against residents of California for tortious interference with contract and related claims for the sale of an interest in a Mexican business. We determined that petitioners (hereafter defendants) met their burden of proving Mexico was a suitabl ... More   $0 (05-24-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Gerrit Timmerman, III

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – A Midvale, Utah, man and a Henderson, Nevada, woman were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City for tax crimes, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Carlie Christensen of the District of Utah.

Gerrit Timmerman III, 73, of Midvale, was sentenced to 48 month ... More
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State of Ohio v. Michael Brelo

Cleveland, OH - The State of Ohio charged Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo, age 31, with voluntary manslaughter (Ohio Statute: 2903.03A) as a result of the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams who were shot to death by the officers at the end of a high speed chase in November 2012. The Defendants fire more than 137 shots at the car in which Russell and Williams were occupants. More   $0 (05-23-2015 - OH)

United States of America v. Emery Lee Begay

ALBUQUERQUE,NM – Emery Lee Begay, 31, of Lakeside, Ariz., pleaded guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Socorro and Catron Counties, N.M. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Begay will be sentenced to 60 months in federal prison followed by not less than three years of supervised release.

Begay and his co-defendant Jorge L ... More
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United States of America v. Edwardo Rodriguez

El Paso, TX - Ten individuals have been sentenced to federal prison in connection with a “crystal” methamphetamine distribution scheme. United States District Judge Kathleen Cardone sentenced 44–year-old Edwardo Rodriguez of El Paso to 250 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release. Before sentencing Rodriguez, Judge Cardone sentenced nine of his co-defendants to ... More   $0 (05-23-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Victor Jerome Reza

El Paso, TX - Victor Jerome Reza, age 54, was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for receipt and distribution of child pornography. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Philip R. Martinez ordered that Reza pay a $1,000 fine, be placed on supervised release for a period of ten years after completing his prison term and register as a sex offender. Judge Martinez also ordered t ... More   $0 (05-23-2015 - TX)

State of Texas v. Delvecchio Patrick

Dallas, TX - The State of Texas charged Delvecchio Patrick with first-degree murder in conjunction with the death of his ex-wife, Deanna Cook, age 32, who was choked and drowned in August of 2012 while she was on the phone with 911.

Police responded to her 911 call but left when no one answered the door. Her body was found in her bath tub two days later.

The defense attempted ... More
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State of Louisiana v. Joshua Lee

New Orleans, LA - The State of Louisiana charged Joshua Lee, age 23, with first-degree murder and assault and battery with intent to kill in conjunction with the shooting death of Chad Huth, age 24, during an early morning home invasion on April 22, 2010. The State claimed that Lee shot and killed Huth and shot but did not kill Chris "Corky" Wells during the home invasion robbery.

Wells ... More
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Quantlab Financial, L.L.C. v. Andriy Kuharsky and Emmanuel Mamalakis

Houston, TX - Quantlab Financial, L.L.C. sued Kuharsky and Emmanuel Mamalakis on conversion of trade secrets theories claiming that they stole code for high speed stock trading from it.

Six other defendants settled including SXP Analytics, L.L.C. settled for $28.5 million before trial.

Andriy Kuharsky helped design the software that Quantlab used to make millions in high speed s ... More
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United States of America v. Dejuan Leshae Hill

Dejuan Hill1 was indicted, tried, and convicted of both robbing Arvest Bank in
Tulsa, Oklahoma in November 2011 and taking part in a larger conspiracy to rob
banks, a credit union, and four pharmacies in the Tulsa area from 2009 to 2011.
Before and during trial, Dejuan filed motions related to the four issues that he
now raises on appeal: (1) a motion to dismiss Count One, arguing ... More
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In Re Memorial Herman Hospital System; Memorial Herman Physician Network; Michael Macris, M.D.; Michael Macris, M.D., P.A. and Keith Alexander

A decade ago, we observed: “While the medical privileges are important in promoting free discussion in the evaluation of health care professionals and health services, the right to evidence is also important, and therefore privileges must be strictly construed.”1 In this original proceeding—involving a heart surgeon who claims his former hospital retaliated against him for joining a competin ... More   $0 (05-22-2015 - TX)

Terrence Lee Yohner v. California Department of Justice

Terrence Lee Yohner filed this action in an attempt to prevent the California Department of Justice (the Department) from listing his name and information concerning a sexual offense that he committed, on its Megan's Law Internet Web site.1 Yohner suffered a conviction for committing a lewd act on his stepgranddaughter in violation of Penal Code section 288, subdivision (a).2 Section 290.46 mandat ... More   $0 (05-22-2015 - CA)

Lilli Shoen v. Juliet Zacarias

A trial court has the power to issue an equitable easement authorizing a trespasser to continue her trespass in exchange for paying damages, but only if, among other things, the hardship on the trespasser in ceasing the trespass is “greatly disproportionate” to the hardship on the land’s owner in losing use of the trespassed-upon portion of her land. (E.g., Tashakori v. Lakis (2011) 196 Cal. ... More   $0 (05-22-2015 - CA)

Kathleen Leonard v. Retails' Credit Association of Grass Valley, Inc.

This case involves how a limited civil case (here a cross-complaint) gets reclassified as an unlimited civil case.1
We hold that where petitioner Kathleen Leonard filed, through counsel, an amended cross-complaint that added a cross-defendant and added causes of action that increased the amount in controversy to over $25,000 and tried twice to pay the court clerk the reclassification fee, the ... More
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Adoption of Emilio G.

Andrew L. (Andrew) is the biological father of Emilio G. who was born in July 2013. Katherine O. (Katherine) is Emilio’s biological mother. Andrew and Katherine never married. Katherine became pregnant with Emilio a few months after she and Andrew began dating in August 2012. Their relationship was not smooth. By April 2013, Andrew and Katherine had broken up, with Andrew confirming the break up ... More   $0 (05-22-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Stoney End Of Horn

Pierre, SD - Wakpala, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and four counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor was sentenced on May 15, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. The convictions were the result of a jury trial held in Pierre in September of 2014.

Stoney End Of Horn, age 37, was sentenced to 293 months in custody, 5 years of supervised r ... More
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United States of America v. Lorenzo Puentes

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Lorenzo Puentes, age 38, of Ogden, pleaded guilty in federal court in Salt Lake City to assault on a federal officer with a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

U.S. District Judge Dee Benson accepted the guilty pleas and imposed a sentence of 150 months, including 30 months for the assault conviction and 120 months for ... More
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United States of America v. Adrian Q. Brown-Sonder

COEUR D'ALENE, ID - Adrian Q. Brown-Sonder, 23, of Plummer, Idaho, pleaded guilty to violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Brown-Sonder was charged by the United States Attorney’s Office on January 26, 2015.

According to the plea agreement, a confidential informant contacted Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police, who in turn contacted the FBI and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a ... More
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United States of America v. Aaron Jerome Khan

GREENSBORO, NC - An Arizona man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for communicating interstate threats.
Aaron Jerome Khan, 27, of Tucson, Arizona, pleaded guilty on December 1, 2014, to one count of interstate communication of a threat with intent to injure, an offense punishable by a maximum of 5 years imprisonment. He was sentenced on May 12, 2015, by the Honorable Catherine C. Eagles to ... More
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United States of America v. Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress

WASHINGTON – Three subsidiaries of North Carolina-based Duke Energy Corporation, the largest utility in the United States, pleaded guilty today to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at several of its North Carolina facilities and agreed to pay a $68 million criminal fine and spend $34 million on environmental projects and land conservation to benefit rivers and wetlands in North Car ... More   $102,000,000 (05-22-2015 - NC)

Kristen Zak v. J.B. Hunt, Terry Brown and Matt Robinson

Crown Point, MI - Kristen Zak, age 40, sued J.B. Hunt and Terry Brown, Jr. on auto negligence and respondeat superior theories and Matt Robinson on an auto negligence theory claiming that she was injured and damaged in a car tractor semi trailer accident on January 17, 2006 that severely injured her was caused by Brown's failure to exercise due care in the operation of the J.B. Hunt unit that he w ... More   $32,000,000 (05-22-2015 - IN)

United States of America v. Eriberto Moises Medina-Aranda, Bernardino Bautista-Hernandez aka "Brujo", Ulises Montiel-Lazcano aka "Loco", and Cesar Mujica-Aranda aka “Oscar Gomez”

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that four Mexican nationals have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy that produced and sold thousands of false identification documents to illegal aliens.

Eriberto Moises Medina-Aranda, 40, of Rayville, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whi ... More
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Ismael Rosas v. BASF Corporation

Plaintiff and appellant Ismael Rosas appeals from judgments entered after the trial court granted summary judgment in favor of defendants and respondents BASF Corporation; Berje Inc.; Citrus and Allied Essences Ltd.; Centrome, Inc., dba Advanced Biotech; Elan Chemical Company, Inc.; Emoral, Inc.; O’Laughlin Industries, Inc.; O’Laughlin Industries Co., Ltd.; and O’Laughlin Tianjin Industries ... More   $0 (05-21-2015 - CA)

Justin Nolte v. Cedar Sinai Medical Center

Justin Nolte appeals the trial court’s judgment sustaining the demurrer of Cedars Sinai Medical Center (Cedars). We affirm.
On January 17, 2013, Nolte filed a class action complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that he and others similarly situated who received treatment from a physician in a Cedars medical building were charged fees by Cedars although “[t]hey did ... More
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State of Idaho v. Kristi L. Hurles

Kristi Hurles pleaded guilty to grand theft for embezzling from her employer, was sentenced to fourteen years with two years fixed, and was ordered to pay $204,174.61 in restitution. Hurles appealed, challenging the restitution order in a number of respects. The Court of Appeals initially considered the appeal, reversing the restitution order in part, affirming in part, and remanding the case to t ... More   $0 (05-21-2015 - Id)

Jun Ki Kim v. The True Church Members of the Holy Hill Community Chruch

Cross-defendants and appellants1 appeal from a judgment after a court trial in favor of cross-complainants and respondents.2 All claims but respondents’ claim for declaratory relief were dismissed before trial, and the court found in favor of respondents on that cause of action. In their timely appeal, appellants contend the trial court made three errors that warrant reversal. First, the court e ... More   $0 (05-21-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Anthony Renfrow

KANSAS CITY, KS – A California man pleaded guilty in federal court in Kansas to operating an Internet fraud scheme that cost more than 200 victims a total of more than $1.6 million.

Anthony Renfrow, 57, Folsom, Calif., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In his plea, he admitted he made fraudulent claims to entice people to pay to become “autosurf investors ... More
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United States of America v. Jennifer Robinson, Shawnte Washington, Undra Stewart FranksTimothy L. Brister, Jr., Anna Weber, and Donta J. Moore

Six defendants involved in a recent scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and identity theft have now been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier. On February 4, 2014, all six defendants were indicted for Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and five of the six defendants were indicted for Aggravated Identity Theft.

Jennifer Robinson, age 26, of Fargo, ND, p ... More
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United States of America v. Garron Gonzalez

BISMARCK, ND - Garron Gonzalez, 38, Bismarck, North Dakota, was sentenced before U. S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland to serve 25 years in prison for attempted exploitation of a minor. Judge Hovland also sentenced Gonzalez to 20 years supervised release and to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund. Judge Hovland ordered the sentence to run consecutively with Gonzalez’s curren ... More   $0 (05-21-2015 - ND)

United States of America v. Emery Lee Begay

ALBUQUERQUE – Emery Lee Begay, 31, of Lakeside, Ariz., pleaded guilty in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Socorro and Catron Counties, N.M. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Begay will be sentenced to 60 months in federal prison followed by not less than three years of supervised release.

Begay and his co-defendant Jorge Luis Garci ... More
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United States of America v. Lisa Lone Eagle

Pierre, SD - An Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman charged with Simple Assault pled guilty and was sentenced on May 18, 2015, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

Lisa Lone Eagle, age 34, was sentenced to 83 days in custody and a $10.00 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on December 9, 2014, when Lone Eagl ... More
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United States of America v. Lewis Brown, Jr.

Pierre, SD - A Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of Arson was sentenced on May 12, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Lewis Brown, Jr., age 21, was sentenced to 42 months in custody, 4 years of supervised release, $45,661.86 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Brown was indicted by a federal grand jury on December ... More
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United States of America v. Travis Javier Cruz

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Travis Javier Cruz, age 38, of the Salt Lake City area, who traveled to California in October to pick up 73.8 pounds of methamphetamine from a supplier destined for distribution in Salt Lake City, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in U.S. District Court.

As a part of the plea agreement reached with federal prosecut ... More
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United States of America v. Keith Morehouse

GREAT FALLS, MT – Keith Morehouse, 60, of Glasgow, Montana, pleaded guilty and was sentenced today in federal court for killing a golden eagle near Glasgow, Montana. U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston sentenced Morehouse to a $3,000 fine and $3,000 in restitution to the Montana Raptor Conservation Center in Bozeman, Montana. The Center rehabilitates injured birds, and engages in community ... More   $0 (05-20-2015 - MT)

United States of America v. Mitchell Lee Gibson

DENVER, CO – Mitchell Lee Gibson, age 30, who resided on-base on Fort Carson near Colorado Springs, Colorado, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn to serve 540 months (45 years) in federal prison for assault resulting in serious bodily injury, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault of a spouse by strangling and suffocation, U.S. Attorney John Walsh and FBI Denver D ... More   $0 (05-20-2015 - CO)

United States of America v. Mario A. Oros

Las Cruces, NM - Mario A. Oros, 32, of Las Cruces, N.M., pleaded guilty today in federal court in Las Cruces to methamphetamine trafficking charges.

Oros was arrested on Feb. 20, 2015, on an indictment charging him with distributing methamphetamine on Sept. 5, 2014 and Sept. 12, 2014, in Doña Ana County, N.M. The indictment also calls for Oros to forfeit $3,000.00, representing the amou ... More
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United States of America v. Richard A. Archuleta

ALBUQUERQUE, MN – Richard A. Archuleta, 38, of Rio Rancho, N.M., pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the United States will recommend that Archuleta be sentenced to not more than eight years in federal prison.

Archuleta was arrested in Aug. 2014, based on an indictment filed on Sept. 25, 2013, charging him wit ... More
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United States of America v. Hunter Dwayne Fitzgerald, Jr.

ALBUQUERQUE – Hunter Dwayne Fitzgerald, Jr., 22, of Los Angeles, Calif., pleaded guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a heroin trafficking charge.

Fitzgerald was arrested on April 11, 2014, at the Amtrak Train Station in Albuquerque after DEA agents found almost a pound and a half of heroin concealed in her baggage during an interdiction investigation. Fitzgerald was ... More
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United States of America v. Allen Andre Brown

NORFOLK, VA – Allen Andre Brown, 36, of Portsmouth, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute narcotics.
The plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis.

Brown was charged with the narcotics conspiracy in a criminal information that was filed on April 27, 2015. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced on September 2, 2015. The maximum statutory se ... More
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United States of America v. Michael James Pascal

Salt Lake City, UT - A jury convicted Michael Pascal of abusive sexual contact. He appeals,
challenging the district court’s admission of a prior uncharged sex offense under
Federal Rule of Evidence 413. Exercising jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, we
In 2013, Pascal boarded a commercial flight and sat in his assigned middle
seat. The adjacent window seat wa ... More
   $0 (05-20-2015 - UT)

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