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Sam Prach vs. Darman (Prach) Westberg

Ms. Darman Westberg (“Mother”) appeals the judgment of the Circuit Court of Boone County, Missouri (“trial court”), denying Mother’s motion to modify the judgment of dissolution of marriage between Mother and Mr. Sam Prach (“Father”). Specifically, Mother sought to modify the terms of the parenting plan by changing their children’s residence for mailing and educational purposes fro ... More   $0 (03-03-2015 - MO)

Developers Surety and Indemnity Company v. Woods of Somerset, LLC

This case arises from claims brought by Developers Surety and Indemnity Company ("DSI") against Daniel Waldberg, Brenda Waldberg, Barney Ashner, Marlene Ashner, and Woods of Somerset, LLC ("Appellants") related to an indemnity agreement Appellants executed in order to obtain a payment bond from DSI for the development of a subdivision. After an excavation company filed suit seeking payment for wor ... More   $0 (03-03-2015 - MO)

State of New York v. Lacey Spears

White Plains, NY - The State of New York charged Lacy Spears, age 27, with second-degree murder as a result of the death of her five year old son Garnett-Paul Spears which it claimed died as a result of being given fatal doses of salt (sodium) via a feeding tube.

Defense counsel asserted that there was no evidence of a crime and asserted that Spears was a loving and caring mother of a ver ... More
   $0 (03-03-2015 - NY)

United States of America v. William P. McCoy

SYRACUSE, NY - United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced that WILLIAM P. MC COY, 66, of New Hartford, New York was sentenced today in United States District Court following his earlier plea of guilty to a four-count Information charging him with receipt and possession of child pornography.

United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby sentenced MC COY to concurrent terms of 16 ... More
   $0 (03-02-2015 - NY)

United States of America v. Bebara Baslan

Brooklyn, NY - Bebars Baslan was sentenced to 36 years’ imprisonment for his attempt to drug and sexually abuse three young children: a 7-year-old, an 18-month-old, and 3-month-old infant, and for his possession of over 76,000 images and videos of child pornography. Baslan was convicted on July 24, 2014, following a two-week trial of traveling with the intent to engage in sexual acts with a chil ... More   $0 (03-02-2015 - NY)

United State of America v. Ronald Galati

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Philadelphia business owner was sentenced to 271 months in prison for arranging a murder for hire that led to a shooting in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Ronald Galati, 64, was previously found guilty of all four counts in the indictment against him: conspiracy to commit murder for hire; conspiracy to possess and use a firearm durin ... More
   $0 (03-02-2015 - NJ)

United State of America v. Amadeus Manata

TRENTON N.J. – The owner of a Manhattan pizzeria was sentenced today to 10 months in prison for filing tax returns in which he underreported more than $500,000 that he kept for his personal benefit, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Amadeus Manata, 57, of Warren, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to an information charging him with ... More
   $0 (03-02-2015 - NJ)

United State of America v. Mehran “David” Balazadeh

NEWARK, N.J. – A Middlesex County, New Jersey, man who owns and operates a pawn shop and jewelry business in North Brunswick, New Jersey, admitted concealing more than $340,000 in taxable income from the IRS, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Mehran “David” Balazadeh, 53, of North Brunswick, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark federal ... More
   $0 (03-02-2015 - NJ)

United States of America v. Amanda Dowers

Cheyenne, WY - Amanda Dowers, 38, of Torrington, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on February 19, 2015, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, methamphetamine and marijuana. Dowers was arrested in Torrington, Wyoming. She received 57 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay ... More   $0 (03-01-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Penny McGlynn

Cheyenne, WY - Penny McGlynn, 47, of Torrington, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on February 25, 2015, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, methamphetamine and marijuana. McGlynn was arrested in Torrington, Wyoming. She received 41 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to p ... More   $0 (03-01-2015 - )

John Serna v. Estate of Jack Wesley Branstetter, deceased, et al.

Ponca City, OK - John Serna and Nattie Herrera, individually and a representatives of the Estate of Miranda Serna, sued the Estate of Jack Wesley Branstetter. The Plaintiff sued the Defendants on wrongful death theories seeking compensation for the wrongful death of their daughter, Miranda Serna, an assistant basket ball coach who died in the crash of a airplane piloted by Jack Wesley Branstetter, ... More   $250,000 (02-28-2015 - OK)

Vicki Ferrell v. Kaleb Brenda

Vicki Ferrell sued Kaleb Brenda on an auto negligence theory claiming:

1. On or about December 7, 2012, the Defendant, Kaleb Benda, negligently operated a motor vehicle at or near the intersection of US Highway 77 and Parkwoods Drive, in Noble, Cleveland County, Oklahoma, causing said vehicle to collide with the vehicle Plaintiff, Vicki Ferrell, was driving.
2. That Defendant, Kevin B ... More
   $1 (02-27-2015 - OK)

City of San Marcos v. Loma San Marcos, L.L.C.

Loma San Marcos, LLC, Questhaven Pacific View, LLC, and La Paz Sunset, Inc. (collectively Loma San Marcos) purchased a 15-acre property subject to a security and lien agreement with the City of San Marcos (City). The agreement was entered into by the property's former owner to securitize fees due pursuant to a conditional use permit that allowed the owners to convert the property from a recycling ... More   $0 (02-27-2015 - CA)

The People v. Juan Jose Rebulluza

Defendant Juan Jose Rebulloza pleaded no contest to one count of indecent exposure for exposing himself on a street corner in San JosĂ©. The trial court granted a three-year term of probation to include one year in county jail as a condition of probation. Among other conditions, the court ordered defendant to complete a sex offender management program as mandated by Penal Code section 1203.067. Un ... More   $0 (02-27-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Garcia Gonzalez

Seattle, WA - A Mexican citizen who illegally possessed a firearm while dealing heroin was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Seattle to eight years in prison, announced Acting United States Attorney Annette L. Hayes. Melquiades GARCIA GONZALEZ, 29, made a series of heroin sales to a person working with law enforcement in April 2014. In May 2014, GARCIA GONZALEZ agreed to sell three kilos of h ... More   $0 (02-27-2015 - WA)

Acacia Patent Acquisition, LLC v. Chitranjan N. Reddy

Petitioners seek the disqualification of the law firm of AlvaradoSmith, which: (1) previously represented another law firm in an attorney fee dispute; and (2) in this case, represents an expert seeking consulting fees arising out of the same underlying litigation as the attorney fee dispute. We issued a stay order and order to show cause. We now conclude AlvaradoSmith’s wide-ranging access to pr ... More   $0 (02-27-2015 - CA)

Securitas Security Services v. Denise Edwards

Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. (Securitas) petitions for a writ of mandate and/or prohibition challenging the superior court's order granting its amended motion to compel arbitration in which the court ordered the parties to arbitrate all of real party in interest Denise Edwards's claims, including her class action and representative claims under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (P ... More   $0 (02-27-2015 - CA)

Universal Protectyion Service, L.P. v. Floridalma Franco

Petitioner Universal Protection Service, L.P. (Universal) petitions for a writ of mandate and/or prohibition challenging the superior court's order granting real party in interest Floridalma Franco's demand to arbitrate her employment-related disputes with Universal and ruling the arbitrator would decide the arbitrability of Franco's class action claims. Universal contends the court legally erred ... More   $0 (02-27-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Jess Ramirez-Orta

BOISE, ID – Jess Ramirez-Orta, 27, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced to eight years in prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Ramirez-Orta’s girlfriend and co-defendant, Marina Morales, 24, also of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute ... More   $0 (02-27-2015 - ID)

United States of America v. Christopher O. Reza

Las Cruces, NM – Christopher O. Reza, 33, of Carlsbad, N.M., was sentenced in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to ten years in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking and firearms conviction.

Reza was prosecuted as part of a federal anti-violence initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” offenders for federal prosecuti ... More
   $0 (02-27-2015 - NM)

United States of America v. Clemente Eduardo Vasquez-De La Cruz

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Clemente Eduardo Vasquez-De La Cruz, 27, a naturalized citizen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, who resides in Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced this afternoon in federal court to 20 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for violating the federal firearms laws.

Vasquez-De La Cruz was prosecuted as part of a federal anti-violence initiative that targets ... More
   $0 (02-27-2015 - NM)

United States of America v. Jessie Hopper, Sr. and Polly Hopper

Las Cruces, NM – A federal jury sitting in Las Cruces, N.M., returned a guilty verdict earlier today finding Jessie Hopper, Sr., 54, and Polly Hopper, 61, of Deming, N.M., guilty on kidnapping and firearms charges after a five-day trial. The verdict was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI, Special Agent in Charge Thom ... More   $0 (02-27-2015 - NM)

Smartflash, L.L.C. v. Apple, Inc.

Smartflash, L.L.C. sued Apple, Inc. on a patent infringement theory claiming that Apple wrongfully used software for storing data billes and managing access through an online payment system patented to it.

Apple denied wrongdoing.

Court docket entries for this case since January 1, 2015:

Date Filed # Docket Text

01/02/2015 386 NOTICE by Apple Inc. of Estimat ... More
   $533,000,000 (02-27-2015 - CA)

Magnesium Corp. of America v. Renco Group, Inc. and Ira Rennert

New York, NY - The trustees of Magnesium Corp. of America sued Ira Rennert and Renco Group, Inc. on breach of fiduciary duties which resulted in the plundering of the now-bankrupt mining company to pay for personal luxuries including a 100,000 square foot private beachfront home in the Hamptons.

Court docket entries for this case starting January 1, 2015:

Date Filed # Docket Te ... More
   $0 (02-27-2015 - NY)

United States of America v. Kiedock Kim

SACRAMENTO, CA — Kiedock Kim, age 60, resident of Biggs, California, was sentenced by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley to six months in prison, and ordered to pay $107,160 in restitution based on two convictions for depredation of United States property and negligent discharge of a pollutant to a water of the United States, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

... More
   $0 (02-27-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Thomas Roullier

SACRAMENTO, CA — Thomas Roullier, 34, a former resident of Spokane, Washington, and an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution at Herlong, California, ("FCI Herlong") was sentenced by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to 8 years in prison for an assault resulting in serious bodily injury to another prison inmate, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. The Co ... More   $0 (02-27-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Alan Daniel Wilson a/k/a "Al Pill"

OAKLAND, CA – Alan Daniel Wilson, also known as “Al Pill,” was sentenced to 200 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson.

Wilson pleaded guilty on October 2, 2014, to possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute in viola ... More
   $0 (02-27-2015 - CA)

United States of America v. Richard Mosquera Mosquera

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew sentenced Richard Mosquera Mosquera (44, Colombia, South America) to 11 years and 3 months in federal prison for conspiring with others to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, knowing and intending that it would be unlawfully imported into the United States. He pleaded guilty on November 25, 2014.

According to court documents, on ... More
   $0 (02-27-2015 - FL)

United States of America v. Carlos Sanchez

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell sentenced Carlos Sanchez (29, Lakeland) to 13 years and 4 months in federal prison for possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, possessing a firearm and ammunition as a previously convicted felon, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He pleaded guilty on December 1, 2014.< ... More   $0 (02-27-2015 - FL)

United States of America v. Christopher Richard Cloonan

Jacksonville, FL – United States District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan sentenced Christopher Richard Cloonan (45, Jacksonville) to life in federal prison for using a minor child to produce images depicting child pornography. The Court also ordered Cloonan to serve a life term of supervised release and to forfeit his electronic media. Cloonan is a registered child sex offender, having been previou ... More   $0 (02-27-2015 - FL)

United States of America v. One Painting Known as "La Coiffeuse" by Pablo Picasso

Brooklyn, NY - A civil complaint was filed today in federal court in Brooklyn to forfeit a century-old cubist painting by Pablo Picasso known as “La Coiffeuse” (in English, “The Hairdresser”). La Coiffeuse, which is owned by the French government, was reported stolen from a museum storeroom in Paris, France in 2001. When it was shipped to the United States from Belgium on December 17, 2014 ... More   $0 (02-27-2015 - NY)

United States of America v. Paul Dibiase, a/k/a "Carmine Stanalone" and Daniel Bibiase

New York, NY - PAUL DIBIASE, a/k/a “Carmine Stanzione,” and DANIEL DIBIASE, were sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 27 years in prison and 15 years in prison, respectively. The defendants, who are brothers, previously pled guilty to racketeering and firearm charges arising out of their participation in 27 home invasions, including five gun-point robberies, and approximately two dozen othe ... More   $0 (02-27-2015 - NY)

State of Utah v. Dennis Gordon Rose

¶1 Dennis Gordon Rose was convicted of driving under the
influence of alcohol and other related offenses. A sheriff’s deputy
had stopped Rose after receiving a tip that a child was driving a
motorhome erratically on Old Highway 91 in Mona, Utah. The
district court denied Rose’s motion to suppress evidence arising
from the traffic stop. Rose appeals, arguing that the deputy ... More
   $0 (02-26-2015 - UT)

Zagg, Inc. v. Lorence A. Harmer

¶1 Zagg, Inc. appeals from the district court’s interlocutory
order denying its request for an injunction to prevent Lorence A.
Harmer from selling shares of Zagg stock under the terms of a
settlement agreement between the parties. We reverse that order
and remand the matter to the district court for further proceedings.
Zagg, Inc. v. Harmer
BACKGROUND
¶2 Harmer is ... More
   $0 (02-26-2015 - UT)

United States of America v. Daniel C. Groover

Cheyenne, WY - Daniel C. Groover, 38, of Casper, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl on February 20, 2015, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Groover was arrested in Gillette, Wyoming. He received 66 months imprisonment and 21 days, concurrent with a previously set state sentence, he is to serve five years of supervised release upon release from cust ... More   $0 (02-26-2015 - WY)

United States of America v. Brian Jimenez

Cheyenne, WY - Brian Jimenez, 47, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on February 23, 2015, for Medicare fraud involving his business Indulge Center for Health & Beauty. Jimenez was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $83,497.31 and was sentenced to three years of supervised probation. In addition to these criminal penalties, Jimen ... More   $0 (02-26-2015 - WY)

United States of America v. Jorge Enrique Barragan-Gutierrez

Cheyenne, WY - Jorge Enrique Barragan-Gutierrez, 22, of Bellflower, California, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on February 25, 2015, on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana; one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and one count of cons ... More   $0 (02-26-2015 - WY)

Lydig Construction, Inc. v. Martinez Steel

The plaintiff and respondent in this construction contract dispute, Lydig Construction, Inc. (Lydig), was the general contractor on a large public works project. Defendant and appellant, Martinez Steel Corporation (Martinez), was the original steel
2
supply subcontractor on the project. Lydig sued Martinez for additional costs Lydig incurred by virtue of the fact Martinez failed to supply ... More
   $0 (02-26-2015 - CA)

Edixon Franco v. Arakelian Enterprises, Inc.

Our Supreme Court has transferred this matter to us with directions to vacate our decision filed November 26, 2012 and to reconsider the cause in light of Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC (2014) 59 Cal.4th 348 (Iskanian).1
Following the rule announced in Iskanian, we reverse and remand with directions the trial court’s order denying the petition of defendant Arakelian Enterpri ... More
   $0 (02-26-2015 - CA)

Hillel Sanowicz v. Ben Bacal

Plaintiff Hillel Sanowicz (Sanowicz) and defendant Ben Bacal (Bacal) are licensed real estate salespersons. Sanowicz alleges that he and Bacal agreed to share commissions earned by either of them on certain sales of real property, but that Bacal breached that agreement. Sanowicz sued both Bacal and Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. (Sotheby’s), dismissing the latter shortly after filing sui ... More   $0 (02-26-2015 - CA)

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