2017 Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law

United States v. Southers  
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6395

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Defendant was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Pursuant to a search incident to arrest, police found on Defendant’s person 17 rounds of ammunition. Defendant pleaded guilty as a felon in possession of ammunit...

National Labor Relations Board v. Alternative Entertainment, Inc.  
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1385

Justia Opinion Summary: The National Labor Relations Board sought enforcement of its Order finding that AEI violated the National Labor Relations Act by barring employees from pursuing class-action litigation or collective arbitration of work-r...

Arrington-Bey v. City of Bedford Heights  
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3317

Justia Opinion Summary: Anita drove her son, Omar, to Lowe’s, to pick up his last paycheck. When the assistant manager approached, Omar “started talking a lot of gibberish” and eventually began throwing paint cans. Officers, responding to a 911...

United States v. Shaundelle Dial
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3528
Michael Abrams v. Nucor Steel Marion
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4422
USA v. Kenneth Jones
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2525
David Jones v. Clark County, Ky.
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6281
Stone Surgical LLC v. Stryker Corp.  
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1434, 16-1654

Justia Opinion Summary: Ridgeway was employed as a Stryker sales representative from 2001-2013. Stryker’s faxed employment offer stated Ridgeway’s employment was contingent on his signing and returning an offer letter, a form non-compete agreem...

Stryker Corporation v. Christopher Ridgeway
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1654
Yolanda Sanchez-Ochoa v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4041
Stephen Scanlan v. Sunbeam Products
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5284
John Mills v. Christopher LaRose
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3359
Atlas Noble v. Krizman Enter.
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4385
Atlas Noble v. Krizman Enter.
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4400
United States v. Darryl Gilliam-French
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1661
Atlas Noble v. Beau J. Croxton
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3002
United States v. Andrews  
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3130

Justia Opinion Summary: Andrews was charged with conspiring to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, 21 U.S.C. 841(b)(1)(A) and 846; conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery and threats of physical violence, 18 U.S.C. 1951; aiding...

United States v. Michael Hasan
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3824
Atic Enter. v. Cottingham & Butler
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6549
Conny Moritz v. Jeffrey Woods
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1504
Jean Simpson v. Vanderbilt University
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5381
K-Tex, LLC v. Cintas Corporation
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6435
United States v. Kenneth Valentine
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2584
United States v. Johnny Valentine
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1064
Denise Alexander v. Cnty. of Wayne
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1583
United States v. Tyler LaFond
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1731
Jennifer Strang v. Ford Motor Co.
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2090
Peabody Coal Co. v. Director, OWCP
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 12-4366
United States v. Charles Cannon
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1615
Nat'l Credit Union Admin. v. Cumis Ins.
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3140
Gazeli v. Sessions  
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3270

Justia Opinion Summary: Sixth Circuit upholds BIA interpretation of "previously filed" application for adjustment of status. In 2001, Sofokli, a citizen of Albania, entered the U.S. under a visitor visa. Four months after it expired, his emplo...

GMS Mgmt. Co. v. Evanston Ins. Co.
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4018
United States v. Dunning  
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5164

Justia Opinion Summary: Statute is not unconstitutionally vague for providing a stiffer penalty for receipt than for possession of child pornography A Kentucky Detective used Nordic Mule, a law enforcement software package, to search for IP ad...

In re: Mary A. Gordon
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-8014
United States v. Preston Byrd
Date: May 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5987
United States v. Carl Thompson, II
Date: May 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1182
Byrne v. United States  
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2396

Justia Opinion Summary: Owners, having relied on an external audit, did not “willfully” fail to pay trust fund taxes. Four investors bought Eagle Trim, which produced automobile interior-trim parts. Byrne (president) and Kus (CEO) were respon...

Kevin Hearington v. Haresh Pandya
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1145
Stephanie Watson v. Ohio Dep't of Rehabilitation
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3459
United States v. Brown  
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6291

Justia Opinion Summary: Sixth Circuit upholds allowing jury questions in online extortion case. Using the pseudonym “Dr. Evil,” an extortionist demanded $1 million in Bitcoin in exchange for an encryption key to Mitt Romney’s unreleased tax re...

Eesam Arabbo v. City of Burton
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2134
TVA v. W. Allan Jones, Jr.
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6342
Mayhew v. Town of Smyrna  
Date: May 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5103

Justia Opinion Summary: Reporting regulatory violations “up the chain” to supervisory governmental employees can constitute speech on a matter of public concern, for purposes of First Amendment retaliation claim. Mayhew, a long-time employee of...

Cachet Beckham v. City of Euclid
Date: May 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3089
Savage v. Federal Express Corp.  
Date: May 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5244

Justia Opinion Summary: Member of Naval Reserve, terminated by private employer, established a prima facie case under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Savage worked as an aviation mechanic for FedEx, 2001-...

United States v. Jordan Walton
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2405
Janice Hochstetler v. Menards
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4350
Baley Allred, III v. United States
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5242
Virgil Gamble v. JP Morgan Chase
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6488
Herbert Slinker v. Jim Beam Brands
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6622
Douglas Greene v. Frost Brown Todd
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6761
Douglas Greene v. Independent Pilots Ass'n
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6763
Douglas Greene v. UPS
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6772
United States v. Matthews
Date: May 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2298
USA v. Rodney Southers
Date: May 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6395
OH ex rel., Jeff Faulkner v. City of Middletown, OH
Date: May 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3946
Kanapathippillai Thayaparan v. Jeff Sessions
Date: May 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4232
Inge Goodson v. Megan J. Brennan
Date: May 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5023
Roemer Indus. v. NLRB
Date: May 4, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1917
Roemer Indus. v. NLRB
Date: May 4, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2109
United States v. William Lester
Date: May 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3992
United States v. Daniel Ladeau
Date: May 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5370
United States v. Omari Sweat
Date: May 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6279
Angela Zaffino v. Metro. Gov't of Nashville
Date: May 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6616
Progressive Distribution Services, Inc. v. United Parcel Service, Inc.  
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1830

Justia Opinion Summary: Sixth Circuit finds little likelihood of confusion between the trademarks “OrderLink” and “UPS OrderLink.” Progressive, located in Michigan, provides logistical services to online businesses. Under the trademark “OrderL...

Grayson Coal & Stone Co. v. Charles Teague
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4152
United States v. Marc Schuhe
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6137
United States v. Gino Littles
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1773
In re: Town Center Flats, LLC  
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1812

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtor-landlord did not retain sufficient rights in rents assigned to lender for those rents to be included in landlord's bankruptcy estate. Town Center owns a 53-unit Shelby Township residential complex; its constructio...

Robert Brimm v. Wells Fargo Bank
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2070
Int'l Union of Operating Eng'rs v. Ohio Contractors Ass'n
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4040
Stanley Rothe v. Duke Energy Long Term Disability
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4225
United States v. David Talley, Jr.
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6403
Ermold v. Davis  
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6412

Justia Opinion Summary: Damages-only action under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against county clerk who had refused to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple is not moot. The Sixth Circuit reversed dismissal of such a case, noting: the Supreme Court’s...

United States v. David Turner
Date: May 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3838
United States v. Christopher Stegawski
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4363
United States v. Hunter Ells
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6155
Eric Hilton v. Midland Funding
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1556
United States v. Valueland Auto Sales
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3984
Gurpreet Singh v. Jeff Sessions
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4005
In re: Conco, Inc.  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6166

Justia Opinion Summary: The Sixth Circuit affirmed the Bankruptcy Court’s order in Conco’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy, interpreting Conco’s Confirmed Plan to prohibit the sale of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)-held Conco stock (Equity Inte...

United States v. Kevin Labona
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6162
Eddie Wagle v. Jeri-Ann Sherry
Date: April 26, 2017
Docket Number: 09-2621
United States v. Hunter Ells
Date: April 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6155
Eddie Wagle v. Jeri-Ann Sherry
Date: April 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1717
Barbara Moody v. Harry Gongloff
Date: April 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3643
United States v. Griffin  
Date: April 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4127

Justia Opinion Summary: Griffin pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the government by submitting false income tax refund claims to obtain refund anticipation checks. Griffin agreed, in writing, that the maximum penalty was up to 10 years’ i...

United States v. Jose Castro
Date: April 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5354
Eddie Wagle v. Jeri-Ann Sherry
Date: April 26, 2017
Docket Number: 9-2621
DeJuan Oliver v. Eric Buckberry
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2133
Amy Guy v. Metro. Gov't of Nashville
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6100
Davenport v. Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.  
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1200

Justia Opinion Summary: After the city began using the Flint River as its water source in 2014, residents complained that the water was discolored and foul-smelling. There were reports of skin rashes, hair loss, and vomiting after drinking and...

In re Ohio Execution Protocol Litig.
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: 17-3076
Krissie Gonzalez v. Tony Kovacs
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4001
MAG IAS Holdings, Inc. v. Schmückle  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1550

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014-2015, Schmückle, a German citizen living in Germany, served as MAG Group’s CEO and managing director of MAG Germany. In 2015, MAG Holdings and MAG US sued (in Michigan) for breach of fiduciary duty, professional...

Jeremy Hetterscheidt v. Aleris Specification Alloys,
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2417
Kiala Lukombo v. Jeff Sessions
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3856
Cole v. Meritor, Inc.  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 06-2224

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, the Sixth Circuit held that the retired employees of Meritor and Meritor’s predecessors had a vested right to lifetime healthcare benefits. A petition for rehearing was held in abeyance for eight years while th...

International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America v. Kelsey-Hayes Co.  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2285

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, Medicare-eligible retirees from Kelsey-Hayes' Detroit automotive plant, retired before the plant’s 2001 closing and were members of a UAW bargaining unit. The final (1998) collective bargaining agreement (CBA...

Reese v. CNH Industrial, N.V.  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2382

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, CNH employees who retired between 1994 and 2004, filed suit in 2004, seeking a declaration that they were entitled to lifetime healthcare benefits without paying premiums, based on collective-bargaining agree...

Lyshe v. Levy  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4026

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellees brought a collection action against Lyshe and served Lyshe with discovery requests. They did not send a separate electronic copy, but instructed Lyshe to contact them if he wanted an electronic copy. Requests...

Marshall v. Rawlings Co.  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5614

Justia Opinion Summary: After taking time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), 29 U.S.C. 2601, for mental-health problems, which are a disability covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. 12112, Marshall was...

Commodity Futures Trading Comm'n v. Bradley Miklovich
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4426
United States v. Ray Gibson
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6122
Thomas v. City of Columbus  
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3375

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas’s apartment door opened to a breezeway that led to a parking lot. When two men broke through Destin’s door. Destin called 911 from his bedroom and spoke quietly to avoid drawing the burglars’ attention. The men f...

United States v. Cory Buckholz
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3473
Emily Evans v. Phil Plummer
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3826
Oaklawn Jockey Club v. Kentucky Downs
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5582
Floyd Beech v. City of Franklin, Tenn.
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6326
United States v. Thomas Payne
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6493
Joseph Nyilas v. James Steinaway
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1829
Soraya Barreiros-Matos v. Jeff B. Sessions
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3967
Peggy Marshall v. SSC Nashville
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5751
Teron Harris v. USA
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3332
In re: Rick St. George
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-8017
In re: Rick St. George
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-8018
In re: Wayne Wright  
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-8019

Justia Opinion Summary: In his 2010 Chapter 7 petition, the debtor listed a claim against Simms based on an injury while under Simms’ employ, but did not claim an exemption on Schedule C. In 2011, a complaint was filed against Simms; in 2012,...

United States v. Myers  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2238

Justia Opinion Summary: Myers, born in 1958, has used 105 other names, 11 other dates of birth, and 11 other social security numbers to devote his life to stealing. His criminal record began at age 12, when he was charged with shoplifting. He...

Maryann Godboldo v. County of Wayne
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2438
Wilmington Trust Co. v. AEP Generating Co.  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3496

Justia Opinion Summary: Nearly 20 years after defendants built, sold, and leased back a Rockport Indiana coal-burning power plant, they committed, in a consent decree resolving lawsuits involving alleged Clean Air Act violations at their other...

United States v. Jeremy Stout
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5223
John Turner v. United States
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6060
Joe Peppers v. Washington County, Tenn.
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5407
Nahid Rizka v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co.
Date: April 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1055
Keegan Gordon v. Traverse City Area Public Sch.
Date: April 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1613
Earline Young v. UAW
Date: April 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1632
Phillips v. UAW International  
Date: April 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1832

Justia Opinion Summary: Phillips worked at the MGM Detroit casino from 1999-2015. Beginning in 2001, she belonged to Local 7777, a UAW International affiliate. In 2002, she became the Local’s chairperson. Phillips, an African-American, claim...

USA v. Jerry Alexander, Jr.
Date: April 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5494
Joel Naselroad v. Dennis Mabry
Date: April 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5743
Vitamin Health v. Hartford Casualty Ins.
Date: April 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1724
USA v. Rodolfo Moreno
Date: April 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2068
Charmeairria Harris v. Lexington-Fayette Urban Cty. Gov't
Date: April 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6480
USA v. Christopher Tibbs
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1060
Moore v. City of Memphis  
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5552

Justia Opinion Summary: Memphis animal-control officer Lynch investigated a third complaint of animal cruelty at Moore's house. Moore did not come to the door. Moore’s neighbor, Hillis, told Lynch that Moore had threatened her and that she wa...

USA v. Sandra Resterhouse
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2190
Domingo Ajanel-Gonzalez v. Jeff Sessions
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3245
Saumer v. Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc.  
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3449

Justia Opinion Summary: The economic health of Cliffs, a publicly-traded iron-ore and coal-mining company, depends on Chinese economic growth. In 2011, Chinese construction projects drove iron-ore prices to all-time highs. Cliffs financed the...

Jennifer Frazier v. Richland Public Health
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3765
USA v. Darrell Randolph
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5230
Daryl Sampson v. Village of Mackinaw City
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1919
In re: Ohio Execution Protocol  
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: 17-3076

Justia Opinion Summary: Ohio’s execution protocol allows for lethal injection using a three-drug combination of midazolam; either vecuronium bromide, pancuronium bromide, or rocuronium bromide, which are paralytics; and potassium chloride, whic...

Sheila Johnson v. Fifth Third Bank
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1111
USA v. Livertis Riley, IV
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1970
Zhen Zhu Weng v. Jeff Sessions
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3228
Vernon Traster v. Ohio Northern Univ.
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3320
David MacLloyd v. United States
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 14-2555
Estate of Hill v. Miracle  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1818

Justia Opinion Summary: Hill suffered a diabetic emergency. Paramedics, including Streeter, found Hill very disoriented and combative. Streeter tested Hill’s blood-sugar level, which was extremely low at 38. As blood sugar falls, a person ma...

United States v. Harris  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2239

Justia Opinion Summary: Convicted as a felon in possession of a firearm, Harris was sentenced to 300 months’ imprisonment under the Armed Career Criminal Act’s residual clause. After the Supreme Court invalidated the residual clause, Harris re...

Tony Arias-Hernandez v. Jeff Sessions
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3279
Alex Littlejohn v. Ronald Myers
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3608
Amur Sp. z.o.o. v. FedEx Corp.
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5365
United States v. Patterson  
Date: April 3, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-4112, 15-4113, 15-4183

Justia Opinion Summary: Akron police stopped Patterson for a traffic violation. They noticed an open container of alcohol and found a pistol in the driver’s door. Patterson stated that he had bought the gun on “the street.” Police learned th...

United States v. Patterson
Date: April 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4113
United States v. Patterson
Date: April 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4183
United States v. Luck  
Date: March 31, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5746

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on evidence that someone was downloading child pornography, agents executed a search warrant for a Halls, Tennessee home. Agents spoke to the homeowner, his wife, and their 21-year-old, live-in son, Lindell. During...

Abdulmokne Ghaleb v. Am. Steamship Co.
Date: March 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1076
Unan v. Lyon  
Date: March 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1185

Justia Opinion Summary: While implementing changes required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Michigan experienced a systemic computer problem that erroneously assigned thousands of non-citizens, who may have been eligi...

Vance v. Amazon.com, Inc.  
Date: March 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5533

Justia Opinion Summary: Online retailers (Amazon) operate a Shepherdsville, Kentucky warehouse fulfillment center, where hourly workers fill orders, track merchandise, and process returns. Plaintiffs regularly worked at least 40 hours a week....

United States v. King  
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4192

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, King pled guilty in Ohio under three indictments, asserting that King and others had robbed and kidnapped Lundberg, robbed and kidnapped Mariano, and committed aggravated robbery against five victims, all “on or...

United States v. Tommy Banks
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1605
United States v. Raymond Conley
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1623
Abdou Thioune v. Jeff B. Sessions
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3426
Orrand v. Hunt Construction Group, Inc.  
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3822

Justia Opinion Summary: Employers are signatories to collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) with the Operating Engineers Union, providing that “the Employer shall employ Operating Engineers for the erection, operation, assembly and disassembly...

Joseph Middaugh v. City of Three Rivers
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1140
USA v. Darrell Reynolds
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6315
USA v. Eugene Rantanen
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2361
Kenyatta Erkins v. Rick Chuvalas
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3942
Steven Neumann v. Julie Neumann
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1825
United States v. One 2011 Porsche
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6086
United States v. Lively  
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1671

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Norwood-Charlier invited Lively and Bryon to his Kalamazoo, Michigan home. The men met in online chatrooms: Lively lived in California, and Quackenbush in Nevada. Norwood-Charlier lived with his father’s form...

Brian Green v. BakeMark USA
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3141
United States v. Khalil Davis
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5224
RQSI Global Asset v. APERCU Int'l PR
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5559
King v. Harwood  
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5949

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998, Breeden was found dead in the Kentucky River. King was a suspect because of her sporadic relationship with Breeden, because she had bullet holes inside her home, and because, after Breeden’s disappearance, King...

Thomas Noonan v. County of Oakland
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2192
Lucaj v. FBI  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1381

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from an FBI investigation into plaintiff and his involvement in attacks made by an ethnic Albanian group against facilities in Montenegro. Plaintiff filed suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA),...

Aubrey Willacy v. Thomas Marotta
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3351
Gurpreet Singh v. Jeff B. Sessions
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3751
Hamilton Cty. Emer. Commc’ns v. BellSouth
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5149
Bradley Cty. Emer. Commc’ns v. BellSouth
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5150
Blount Cty. Emer. Commc’ns v. BellSouth
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5151
Bedford Cty. Emer. Commc’ns v. BellSouth
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5152
Coffee Cty. Emer. Commc’ns v. BellSouth
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5153
Roane Cty. Emer. Commc’ns v. BellSouth
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5154
Franklin Cty. Emer. Commc’ns v. BellSouth
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5155
Giles Cty. Emer. Commc’ns v. BellSouth
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5156
Cheatham Cty. Emer. Commc’ns v. BellSouth
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5157
Knox County Emergency Communications District v. BellSouth Telecommunications LLC  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-5158, 16-5149, 16-5150, 16-5151, 16-5152, 16-5153, 16-5154, 16-5155, 16-5156, 16-5157

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, municipal corporations operate the local “emergency communications” or “911” programs in their respective counties, alleged that the telephone company, to reduce costs, offer lower prices, and obtain more cus...

Wheeler v. Simpson  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 11-5707

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1997, Louisville police discovered the bodies of a male victim with nine stab wounds and a pregnant female victim, dead as a result of manual strangulation and stabbed after her death. Wheeler, ultimately convicted of...

Dan Miller v. City of Wickliffe
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3052
Mosley v. City of Wickliffe  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3053, 16-3052

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Mosley's Wickliffe, Ohio Motel needed a tenant for its lounge. Miller's nightclub in neighboring Willoughby had drawn the ire of law enforcement. The two executed a lease; Miller applied for permits. Miller clai...

USA v. Gregory Mays
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3177
Linkletter v. Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc.  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3265

Justia Opinion Summary: Linkletter signed an online petition supporting a Cincinnati women’s shelter after she had accepted a position with W&S. W&S rescinded the employment agreement because she signed the petition while the company was engage...

USA v. Clifford Houston
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5007
Donald Bush v. Compass Group USA
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6258
U.S. ex rel. Hirt v. Walgreen Co.
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6785
USA v. John Kennedy
Date: March 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1456
Les Gilewski v. Provident Life & Accident Ins.
Date: March 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2028
USA v. Jon Herring, Jr.
Date: March 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3382
USA v. Paul Tran
Date: March 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5448
USA v. Richard Williams
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2226
Maras Djokic v. Jeff Sessions
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4313
Lopez v. Sessions  
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3083

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001, returning from visiting his ailing father, Lopez, a citizen of Guatemala, crossed the Rio Grande into Texas. The border patrol arrested Lopez. Lopez lied about his name and nationality. Thinking that Lopez was a...

Maras Djokic v. Jeff Sessions
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3207
USA v. David Vickers
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3293
Janet Bowman v. Comm'r of Soc. Sec.
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6298
Monica Mueller v. Comm'r of Soc. Sec.
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6527
Joshua Aldridge v. City of Warren, Mich.
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1128
Joshua Aldridge v. City of Warren, Mich.
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1732
Brown v. Ellmann  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1967

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Brown filed a voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition, disclosing her ownership of a residence in Ypsilanti, Michigan, valued at $170,000 and subject to $219,000 in secured mortgage claims held by two separate c...

Anarion Inv. v. Carrington Mortg. Servs.
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5689
ECM BioFilms, Inc. v. Federal Trade Commission  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4339

Justia Opinion Summary: ECM BioFilms manufactures an additive that it claims accelerates the rate at which plastic biodegrades. In 2013, the Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint, claiming that several of ECM’s biodegradabi...

United States v. Rickie Bellamy, Jr.
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1752
United States v. Tony Williams
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5394
United States v. Morrison  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5452

Justia Opinion Summary: Morrison pleaded guilty as a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g), waiving his right to appeal “any sentence . . . within the applicable guideline range, or lower, whatever that guideline range might be.”...

USA v. Lance Ealy
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4343
Phillips v. White  
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5629

Justia Opinion Summary: Two victims were killed in 1999. Phillips was arrested. The primary witness was Phillips’ stepdaughter, a neighbor of the victim. She testified that she heard the confrontation, followed by shooting, and that Phillips wa...

Mattox v. Edelman  
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1412

Justia Opinion Summary: Mattox, a Michigan inmate, repeatedly complained of pain in his chest, neck, shoulders, and arms, and shortness of breath and dizziness. After visits to an emergency room, outside cardiologists recommended that Mattox un...

Gerard Howley v. Federal Express Corp.
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1559
USA v. Lance Ealy
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3169
Angela Burton v. Appriss, Inc.
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6112
Ammina Scott v. Bank of America
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2146
Janice Potter v. Wilmington Savings
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2160
USA v. Semitra Young
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5360
Hitchcock v. Cumberland University 403(b) DC Plan  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5942

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs were Cumberland University employees, participating in its 403(b) defined contribution pension plan. In 2009, the University adopted a five percent matching contribution. In 2014, the University amended the Pl...

Michael Waggoner v. Carlex Glass
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6241
United States v. Lewis Powell
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4421
United States v. John Geralt
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1147
United States v. Quarles  
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1690

Justia Opinion Summary: Quarles pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, 18 U.S.C. 922(g), without a plea agreement. At his original sentencing, the district court held that Quarles’s conviction for third-degree home invasion...

United States v. Simmerman  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1019

Justia Opinion Summary: Simmerman began working at Shoreline Federal Credit Union in 1987 and became manager in 2006. She began embezzling money, by complex manipulation of ledgers, in 1998 and was discovered in 2014. She pled guilty to embezzl...

Wall v. Michigan Rental  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1988

Justia Opinion Summary: Between 2012 and 2014, three University of Michigan students (plaintiffs) rented rooms from Alawi, which collected $2550 in security deposits from the three. When they moved out, they received their security deposits ba...

Aksinia Kantcheva v. Jeff Sessions
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3051
Daniel Collins v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3918
Robbins v. New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5524

Justia Opinion Summary: AT&T applied for a permit from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Planning Commission to build a 125-foot cell-phone tower. Neighboring residents opposed the application, arguing that the tower would spoil the view from...

In re Stubbs  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-8025, 16-8027

Justia Opinion Summary: Stubbs filed a pro se Chapter 7 petition before she filed her 2014 tax returns. The Trustee completed the creditors’ meeting in February 2015, instructing Stubbs to send him a copy of her tax returns when filed and to no...

In re Stubbs
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-8027
USA v. Donald Willett
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6350
Michael George v. Bonita Hoffner
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2190
USA v. Joshua Hayworth
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5358
United States v. Sizemore  
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5700

Justia Opinion Summary: Sizemore drove his car through Great Smoky Mountains National Park with three passengers: Mathes, Clapper, and Trent. All four had been drinking alcohol. At 1:35 a.m., Sizemore crashed the vehicle, killing Trent, and se...

USA v. Antonio Sibley
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4232
Otgonbat Serjeedorj v. Jeff Sessions
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4333
USA v. Shaun Smith
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3380
USA v. Lowrell Neal
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3406
Otgonbat Serjeedorj v. Jeff Sessions
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3421
Scott Staymate v. Comm'r of Soc. Sec.
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3896
Anthony Casale v. Nationwide Children's Hosp.
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3906
Serge Adamov v. US Bank Nat'l Assoc.
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5458
USA v. Kalilu Blackman
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1823
Mariah Wall v. Michigan Rental
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1988
Angela Caviness v. Comm'r of Soc. Sec.
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2002
USA v. Lazelle Maxwell
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6324
USA v. Abdul Glover
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3775
USA v. Juan Robles Zavala
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5139
Wilmer Payne v. Sevier Cty., Tenn.
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5272
Brad Hendrix v. DeKalb Cty. Bd. of Educ.
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5771
Shasta Gilmore v. Mitch Grigsby
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6027
United States v. Ballard  
Date: March 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6254

Justia Opinion Summary: The Internal Revenue Service classified Ballard, a securities broker, as a non-filer in 2008 and investigated. Ballard lied about his income, hid money in family members’ bank accounts, and filed then dismissed several...

United States v. Gooch  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4360

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was in the getaway car during a store robbery and saw Caldwell give a firearm to Tripp, who robbed the cashier at gunpoint. Weeks later, Caldwell remained in the car while defendant and Williams brandished fir...

Kinzel v. Bank of America  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3355

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Kinzel, then CEO of Cedar Fair, borrowed $8,000,000 from Merrill Lynch to finance his exercise of the company’s stock options and to pay estimated taxes that would be due immediately upon exercise. Kinzel pled...

Bruce Holly v. UPS Supply Chain Solutions
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5337
202 N. Monroe, LLC v. Sower  
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1982

Justia Opinion Summary: The developer sought rezoning for a Rockford condominium project. Objectors filed a protest, triggering the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act's special approval procedure, which requires a super majority vote by the city cou...

USA v. Bryant Johnson
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5778
Jeremiah Hunley v. Detroit Diesel Corp.
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5941
USA v. Charles Jones
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6119
Tallakoy v. Black Fire Energy
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6322
USA v. Kenneth Kimball
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6359
Peter Bormuth v. County of Jackson
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1869
NIBCO Inc. v. City of Lebanon
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3395
Eulogio Hernandez-Box v. Jeff Sessions
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3647
Gale Parrish v. Dollar General Corp.
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5389
Thomas v. Westbrooks  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5399

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1997, Day, a Memphis armored truck driver, was shot on the job. The shooter took the cash and left in a getaway car. Day died two years later, of complications from his injuries. Authorities identified Thomas as th...

Thomas v. United States  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6200

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1997, a Memphis armored truck driver was shot while working; he died two years later, as a result. The shooter took the cash and left in a getaway car. Authorities identified Thomas as the shooter and Bond as the g...

Paul Torres v. Catherine S. Bauman
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1728
Anita Arrington-Bey v. City of Bedford Heights
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3317
Cheryl White v. Coventry Health & Life Ins.
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5180
Brandenburg Health Facilities v. Ivye Mattingly
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6168
James Brenson, Jr. v. John Coleman
Date: February 23, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4015
NLRB v. Lakepointe Senior Care
Date: February 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1310
Renita Womack v. Wal-Mart Stores
Date: February 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1547
Tennessee v. Corrin  
Date: February 23, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-5717, 16-5719

Justia Opinion Summary: Bratt filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, proposing to pay overdue taxes to Nashville, which held a $5,136 over-secured lien on Bratt’s real property. Under 11 U.S.C. 511(a), the interest rate for tax claims should “enable...

Metro. Gov't of Nashville v. Michael Corrin
Date: February 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5719
Witzke v. Brewer  
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2437

Justia Opinion Summary: Witzke is currently serving four sentences in the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) for using forged financial instruments. In May 2013, the Parole Board released Witzke on parole for a 15-month term. A year la...

USA v. Michael Alexander
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3088
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Norcold  
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6410

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Norcold manufactured the refrigerator and it was installed into a recreational vehicle (RV). The refrigerator had a three-year express limited warranty. In 2010, Norcold issued a recall, informing owners that...

Jacob Danley v. Encore Capital Grp.
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1670
USA v. Sonny Phillips
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1758
John Levaine v. Tower Auto. Operations
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1782
Estate of Leon Brackens v. Louisville Jefferson Cty. Metro. Gov't
Date: February 21, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6142
Pamela Rheinfrank v. Abbott Laboratories
Date: February 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3347
IBEW Local No. 58 Annuity Fund v. EveryWare Global, Inc.  
Date: February 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3445

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, who purchased EveryWare securities in 2013-2014, alleged a “pump and dump” scheme by EveryWare’s principal shareholders and officers to inflate the price of EveryWare shares and then sell their EveryWare shar...

Joe Webb v. United States
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 14-5380
Watkins v. DeAngelo-Kipp  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2445

Justia Opinion Summary: Before his jury trial on charges of murder, Watkins submitted four times to psychiatric evaluation. Though the first evaluator found him incompetent, subsequent evaluators found him competent and criminally responsible...

Agility Network Services, Inc. v. United States  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2599

Justia Opinion Summary: After receiving notices of federal tax lien and of intent to levy, the taxpayers requested that the IRS hold a Collection Due Process hearing. The IRS took five months to process the request. At the hearing, the presidi...

USA v. Senecca Freeman
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1004
Jockquez Scott v. Kent County
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1587
Ohio v. United States  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3093

Justia Opinion Summary: Ohio sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, alleging that the federal government illegally collected certain monies from the state in order to supplement the Affordable Care Act’s Transitional Reinsurance...

James Hackney v. AllMed Healthcare Mgmt.
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5651
United States v. Jimmie White, II
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1009
Summa Holdings, Inc. v. Commisioner of Internal Revenue  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1712

Justia Opinion Summary: Tax attorneys advised the family to use a “domestic international sales corporation” (DISC) to transfer money from their family-owned company to Roth Individual Retirement Accounts. DISCs incentivize companies to export...

Carey Woodcock v. City of Bowling Green
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5322
Bormuth v. County of Jackson  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1869

Justia Opinion Summary: The Jackson County Michigan Board of Commissioners begins its monthly meetings with a Christian prayer. Bormuth, a non-Christian county resident, attended meetings because he was concerned about environmental issues. Du...

Moore v. Mitchell  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3374

Justia Opinion Summary: Moore was convicted in 1994 of kidnapping, robbery, and murder. The Ohio Supreme Court affirmed. The Ohio Court of Appeals affirmed denial of post-conviction relief. The Ohio Supreme Court denied review. Moore applie...

Turner v. United States  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6060

Justia Opinion Summary: Turner robbed four Memphis-area businesses at gunpoint in October 2007 and was arrested by officers working with a joint federal-state anticrime task force. He was charged with aggravated robbery under Tennessee law and...

Karen Epperson v. Michael Colbert
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3280
Babcock & Wilcox Co. v. Cormetech, Inc.  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3305

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, B&W entered into a contract to design and construct a Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) system to control emissions at KCP&L’s coal-burning Kansas power station. B&W purchased catalyst modules for the SCR from...

Jones v. Coleman  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5908

Justia Opinion Summary: White County parents formed the Association for Accurate Standards in Education (AASE) to oppose another group advocating for removal of a social studies textbook that includes discussion of Islam. Eight part-time volun...

Fred Davis v. FCA US
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2219
USA v. Henry Tippett, Jr.
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4428
USA v. Stuart Boykin
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3731
United States v. Karla Ruiz
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3205
Maxxim Rebuild Co., LLC v. Mine Safety & Health Administration  
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3530

Justia Opinion Summary: Maxxim’s Sidney, Kentucky repair shop makes and repairs mining equipment and machine parts, employing seven workers. Roughly 75% of the shop’s work is for equipment that Alpha (Maxxim’s parent company) uses to extract o...

Schwab Indus. v. Huntington Nat'l Bank
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3790
Ohio Edison Co. v. NLRB
Date: February 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1783
Ohio Edison Co. v. National Labor Relations Board  
Date: February 10, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-1929, 15-1783

Justia Opinion Summary: FirstEnergy established an employee-recognition program in 1973. By 2012 the value of the awards amounted to about five to seven dollars per year of service. The company and the unions representing its employees have ne...

Wayside Church v. Van Buren Cty.
Date: February 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2463
Wayside Church v. Van Buren County  
Date: February 10, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-2525, 15-2463

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs each owned real property in Van Buren County, Michigan in but failed to pay property taxes for 2011. In 2012, the properties became subject to forfeiture and foreclosure. In 2014, the circuit court issued a...

King v. Westbrooks  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 13-6387

Justia Opinion Summary: King confessed to an acquaintance and to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent that, after drinking large amounts of alcohol, ingesting LSD, and Quaaludes, and engaging in sexual intercourse, King drove Smith to a wo...

Michigan State AFL-CIO v. Schuette  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2100

Justia Opinion Summary: The Michigan Campaign Finance Act, Mich. Comp. Laws 169.254, generally bars corporations and labor unions from contributing to political candidates and organizations, but permits them to form and contribute to political...

Marcia Meoli v. The Huntington Nat'l Bank
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2308
Meoli v. Huntington National Bank  
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-2362, 15-2308

Justia Opinion Summary: Watson, the chairman of Cyberco, created Teleservices as a “paper company” to run a Ponzi scheme. Teleservices had no separate officers, directors, or employees. Watson borrowed money and instructed lenders to send the...

Bijou Sene v. United States Attorney General
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4007
United States v. Felix Agundiz-Montes
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5838
United States v. Alberto Lara-Chavez
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5872
United States v. Jose Lara
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5874
United States v. Wendell Hall
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5454
Barbara Henry v. Comm'r of Soc. Sec.
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5502
United States v. Gezim Selgjekaj
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4425
United States v. Roberto Reese
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1637
United States v. Powell  
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Numbers: 14-2506, 15-1724, 14-2507

Justia Opinion Summary: “Overwhelming evidence” established that brothers Eric and Carlos ran a lucrative Detroit narcotics and money-laundering conspiracy. After an Arizona DEA investigation snared a middleman (Morawa), who had received large...

United States v. Eric Powell
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 14-2507
United States v. Earnest Proge
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1724
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Larry Winget
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1924
Glenn Tinney v. Richland County
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3125
USA v. Joseph Ivy
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5636
United States v. LaVictor  
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1580

Justia Opinion Summary: After a night of heavy drinking, LaVictor and his girlfriend, C.B., returned to LaVictor’s mother’s house on the Chippewa Reservation. During the night, LaVictor contacted emergency services because C.B. was bleeding fr...

NetJets Inc. v. IntelliJet Grp.
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4230
United States v. Michael Mudd
Date: February 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5798
Moody v. Michigan Gaming Control Board  
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1155

Justia Opinion Summary: Moody, engaged in harness racing, is the horse trainer of record for his family farm. The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) suspended Moody’s father, John, in 2010. John publicly criticized and sued the MGCB. An an...

USA v. Javier Trujillo-Molina
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1530
Nathan Hice v. David J. Joseph Co.
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3559
In re: Gregory Couch
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-8009
Eric Hermansen v. LaDonna Thompson
Date: February 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6197
Pearlie Jackson v. Washtenaw Cnty.
Date: January 31, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1250
Ben Fry v. Ron Robinson
Date: January 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3498
USA v. Charles Gahan
Date: January 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2425
Edward Carter v. City of Detroit
Date: January 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1219
Patricia Tumminello v. Father Ryan High School, Inc.
Date: January 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5165
Carlin Robbins v. New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC
Date: January 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5524
Steven Woodward v. Raymond D'Onofrio
Date: January 27, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2456
Brian Lofgren v. AirTrona Canada
Date: January 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1804
Andrew Scadden v. Todd Werner
Date: January 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1876
USA v. Kevin Lumpkin
Date: January 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3229
D.O. v. Glisson  
Date: January 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5461

Justia Opinion Summary: Kentucky’s Health and Family Services commenced a Dependency, Neglect, and Abuse proceeding. The mother stipulated to neglecting her children. Kentucky placed both boys in foster care. R.O., the mother’s aunt, sought c...

John Jones v. City of Franklin
Date: January 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5558
Williams v. AT&T Mobility Services, LLC  
Date: January 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6078

Justia Opinion Summary: Williams, an AT&T Customer Service Representative (CSR), since 2006, suffered from depression and anxiety attacks. AT&T terminated Williams in 2014 for job abandonment and for violating the company’s attendance policy....

United States v. Young  
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Numbers: 14-6081, 14-6451, 15-5045, 15-5738

Justia Opinion Summary: Porter led a large Clarksville, Tennessee cocaine-trafficking organization; Vance distributed the cocaine to Parnell, Duncan, and others, using a stash house in the Summit Heights housing projects and a cookhouse nearby....

United States v. Alto Parnell
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 14-6451
Simarjit Singh v. Sally Q. Yates
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4332
United States v. Brian Vance
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5045
USA v. Richard Meade
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5723
United States v. Demetrius Duncan
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5738
USA v. Mark Justice
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5852
William Beaumont Hosp. v. Morgan Stanley
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1135
USA v. Branden Barnes
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1188
USA v. Letorres Jackson
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1316
USA v. Jesse Riggins
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1429
Angel Ortiz v. Jerre Riggle
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3465
Richard Dorsey v. Brian Cook
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3522
Simarjit Singh v. Sally Q. Yates
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3585
USA v. Mario Seymour
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5205
USA v. Michael Brown
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5784
USA v. Juana Vela-Salinas
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6444
USA v. Aldo Villarreal
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6445
Chadwick Detrick v. Heidtman Steel Prods.
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1002
Meyer Knopf v. Elite Moving Sys.
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1307
Donald Katz v. Village of Beverly Hills
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1574
USA v. Jermaine Morrison
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5452
Hirt v. Walgreen Co.  
Date: January 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6232

Justia Opinion Summary: Hirt, owner of Andy’s Pharmacies, alleged that Walgreen Company distributed kickbacks ($25 gift cards) to Medicare and Medicaid recipients when they transferred their prescriptions to Walgreens, in violation of the Anti-...

Aberry Coal, Inc. v. Joseph Fleming
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3999
USA v. Jose Guzman, Jr.
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6436
Old Blast, Inc. v. Operating Eng'rs Local 324
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1260
Dennis Auerswald v. Ed Sheldon
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3009
Waldman v. Stone  
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5160

Justia Opinion Summary: Waldman defrauded Stone more than a decade ago. In Waldman’s first appeal, the Sixth Circuit found ample evidence that Waldman and attorney Atherton defrauded Stone, but vacated the judgment on grounds unrelated to the...

Carl Bohannon v. Town of Monterey, Tenn.
Date: January 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5537
Leonard v. Warden, Ohio State Penitentiary  
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3653

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000, Leonard followed his former fiancé, Flick, to her home, where he handcuffed Flick and pointed a gun as Flick called to tell Gries that she was not coming to his house. Gries determined that she was in danger. G...

Bryan Lamb v. Howe
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5526
USA v. Marlon Cleveland
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1036
Kelly Services, Inc. v. Creative Harbor, L.L.C.  
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1200

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Jurgensen allegedly developed an idea for a mobile application to connect employers with prospective employees, called “WorkWire.” He formed Creative Harbor; an attorney allegedly advised that the WorkWIre trade...

Michael Potts v. Gobles Public Sch. Dist.
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1896
Annie Patrick v. CitiMortgage, Inc.
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3436
Reginald Folks v. Aaron Petitt
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3596
Robert Williams, Jr. v. Marc Houk
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 13-4253
Kelly v. Lazaroff  
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3950

Justia Opinion Summary: Kelly was convicted, in Ohio state court, of felony murder, felonious assault, and assault for his involvement in a 2009 fight near Kent State University and was sentenced to 15 years to life imprisonment. On direct app...

Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment v. Phoenix Insurance
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1176
Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment v. Phoenix Insurance
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1231
USA v. Jamar Harris
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1741
Farley Lee v. Cleveland Clinic Found.
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3091
Lovano v. Lynch  
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3245

Justia Opinion Summary: Lovano, a citizen of Canada, was admitted to the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident in 1973. In 1993 Lovano was convicted in Ohio for attempting to pass bad checks and theft. Although deportation proceedings were insti...

Christine Marais v. JPMorgan Chase
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3323
Joseph Hines v. City of Columbus
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3333
USA v. Anthony Shelton
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5772
Patty Jelsma v. Knox County, Tenn.
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6202
Stephanie Stephan v. Tanya Heinig
Date: January 19, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2551
USA v. Neal Stone
Date: January 19, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5434
USA v. James Helton, Jr.
Date: January 19, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6328
Jeffrey Hinneburg v. Nicole Miron
Date: January 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1561
USA v. Happy Asker
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1832
Phillip Stenger v. David Freeman
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2588
USA v. Willie Monroe
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4407
United States v. Cross  
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5641

Justia Opinion Summary: Cross was convicted of a federal marijuana offense in 2006 and sentenced to 60 months in prison, plus 48 months of supervised release. During his first 32 months of supervised release, Cross committed two state-law offen...

Southern Rehab. Grp. v. HHS
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6307
Dodd v. City of Chattanooga  
Date: January 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5470

Justia Opinion Summary: Before 2013, the surviving spouse of a member of Chattanooga’s Fire and Police Pension Fund could receive benefits after the member died without incurring a proportional reduction in the member’s lifetime benefits. In 2...

USA v. Jarvis Lewis
Date: January 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5171
Elgene Porter v. Kevin Genovese
Date: January 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5317
In re: Zenga  
Date: January 17, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-8022, 16-8023

Justia Opinion Summary: Qi obtained a $2,500,000 state court judgment against the Zengas and filed involuntary chapter 7 bankruptcy petitions against them. They moved to dismiss, asserting that because they had 12 or more creditors, the involu...

In re: Robin Zenga
Date: January 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-8023
Frank Wagner v. City of Garfield Heights
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 13-3474
USA v. Mark Carpenter
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1641
United States v. White  
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2234

Justia Opinion Summary: The accreditation of White’s travel agency, CTC, was revoked in 2003 after audits conducted by United Airlines uncovered fraudulent ticketing schemes that cost the airline $100,000 in airfares. White continued working a...

Decornick Moore v. USA
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5473
USA v. Sabrina Carmichael
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5644
USA v. Nicholas Garner
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5653
USA v. Eli Holley
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-5663
John Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6397
Pouncy v. Palmer  
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1137

Justia Opinion Summary: Pouncy, age 18, was charged with carjacking, armed robbery, felony firearm possession, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The Michigan state court appointed attorney Breczinski to represent Pouncy. Before tri...

Albert DiBrito v. City of St. Joseph
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1357
USA v. Mark Carpenter
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1555
Zachary Lester v. Wow Car Co.
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3085
Preferred Care of Del. v. Simm VanArsdale
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5209
Darcy Yonts v. Easton Tech. Prods.
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5437
Mike Partin v. Floyd Davis
Date: January 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5811
Mark Kassa v. Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1007
Patterson v. Chrysler Group, LLC  
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1365

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and Henry married in 1987 and divorced in 1993. The Divorce Judgment granted Plaintiff one-half of the pension benefits Henry had accrued during the marriage, with full rights of survivorship. Henry was forbi...

A Renewed Mind v. Jesse Weatherby
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3239
Kasie Stevens-Bratton v. TruGreen
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5161
Preferred Care of Delaware, Inc. v. Estate of Hopkins  
Date: January 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6180

Justia Opinion Summary: Hopkins died in a nursing home. Her estate sued the nursing home, Preferred Care, which asked a federal court to enforce the arbitration provision in Hopkins’ admissions agreement. The district court compelled arbitrati...

USA v. DTE Energy Co.
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: 14-2274
United States v. DTE Energy Co.  
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Numbers: 14-2275, 14-2274

Justia Opinion Summary: DTE's Monroe plaint is the largest coal-fired power plant in Michigan; in 2010, DTE undertook a $65 million overhaul. The day before construction began, DTE submitted notice to the Michigan Department of Environmental Q...

Gary Watkins v. Jodi DeAngelo-Kipp
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2445
USA v. 1308 Selby Lane
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6353
Carol Stallings v. Georgia-Pacific Corp.
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6387
USA v. James Faller II
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5168
USA v. James Faller II
Date: January 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5391
USA v. Lawrence Wilson
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Number: 14-2461
Brown v. Romanowski  
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1823

Justia Opinion Summary: Mirza called Detective Dare, told Dare that Brown was a drug dealer, and agreed to set up controlled purchases. The first controlled buy occurred in September 2005. Brown was arrested in January 2006, waived his Miranda...

Nelson v. City of Madison Heights  
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2441

Justia Opinion Summary: Hilliard (age 19) was a prostitute staying at a Madison Heights, Michigan Motel 6 while Officer Wolowiec was conducting a narcotics investigation. Wolowiece saw a bag of marijuana through Hilliard’s open window. Wolowie...

John Harmon v. Hamilton Cnty.
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4125
Sanders v. Jones  
Date: January 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-6384

Justia Opinion Summary: Decatur County Sheriff’s Department Officer Jones conducted a controlled buy of marijuana on May 22, 2013, through a confidential informant (CI) as part of a county-wide drug–bust operation. A warrant issued for Sanders...

Mario Elizondo v. Catherine Bauman
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1831
USA v. William Domenech
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1158
Gillis v. Miller  
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1245, 16-1249

Justia Opinion Summary: During an investigation into alleged misconduct at the Bay County jail, union president Gillis received complaints that the jail’s staff felt intimidated by management’s tactics. Gillis worked with Sergeant Walraven to...

Fred Walraven v. John Miller
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1249
Turfah v. United States Citizenship & Immigration Services  
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1282

Justia Opinion Summary: Turfah, a citizen of Lebanon, entered the U.S. in September 1995, when he was 19 years old, on a visa that allowed him to enter as an unmarried child under the age of 21 who was “accompanying or following to join” his fa...

Lucia Gason v. Dow Corning Corp.
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1443
Denise Presley v. Ohio Dep't of Rehabilitation
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3563
Robert Medley v. Shelby Cnty., Ky.
Date: January 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5248
Lilly Investments v. City of Rochester
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2289
Jamie Mangum v. Gary Repp
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 15-4292
Joseph Pecsi, IV v. City of Niles, Mich.
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2057
Toni Horn v. City of Cleveland
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3175
USA v. Jonathan Light
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5633
In re: Bruner  
Date: January 4, 2017
Docket Number: 15-8031

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtor’s bankruptcy schedules indicated she had $1,500 in a checking account and no cash on hand. The Kentucky Medicare Fraud Unit subsequently searched her home and seized $270,000 in cash. Debtor was indicted for fraud...

USA v. Melville Hayes
Date: January 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3292
Roseanne Breezley v. Hamilton Cnty.
Date: January 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3345
Christopher Alexander v. Kellogg USA
Date: January 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5471
Scott Krueger v. Home Depot USA
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5174
Phaedra Spradlin v. Beads & Steeds Inns
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-5499