2017 Eighth Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

Opinions 1 - 500 of 593

Jeffrey Karlson v. Action Process Service, etc.
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3322
Aaron Eckerberg v. Inter-State Studio, etc.
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2021
RP Golf v. CIR
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3277
United States v. Mark Banes
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3396
Richardson Edionseri v. Jefferson B. Sessions III
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3421
Larson v. Ferrellgas Partners  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2789

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit against Ferrellgas and AmeriGas under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. 1, alleging that defendants artificially inflated prices for propane gas tanks and had conspiratorial communications abo...

Sprint Communications Co. v. Jacobs  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1417

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit held that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 preempted the Iowa Utilities Board's authority to compel Sprint to pay intrastate access charges to Windstream. Accordingly, the court affirmed the district...

United States v. John Norris
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2698
United States v. Samuel Irvin
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3283
United States v. Gaines  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3649

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court held that the district court did not abuse its discretion by admitting gang-related evidence to establish why off...

United States v. Moore  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4229

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 12 month and 1 day sentence and his special condition of release requiring him to attend a treatment program for anger control/domestic violence based on a ten-year old conviction...

Joseph Flying Horse v. James Hansen
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1253
S.S. v. Bellevue Medical Center  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1022, 16-1024

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's application of a tort-reform act, the Nebraska Hospital Medical Liability Act, to reduce the verdict by 90% in a case where a jury awarded $17 million to a child born with...

S.S. v. Bellevue Medical Center
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1024
United States v. Joshua Baeten
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1404
Letterman v. Lammers  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1410, 16-1771

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit against department of correction officers under 42 U.S.C. 1983 after their son died while in custody. In this appeal, defendants challenged a jury verdict in favor of plaintiffs. The Eighth Circuit...

Jimmy Letterman v. Steven Lammers
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1771
Julio Carrasco-Palos v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4041
Mendoza-Saenz v. Sessions  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1256

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of Mexico, challenged the BIA's decision affirming the IJ's finding that he was not eligible for cancellation of removal or voluntary departure because he had a prior criminal conviction...

United States v. Thunderhawk  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1914

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for abusive sexual contact, the district court sua sponte scheduled a restitution hearing and subsequently ordered defendant to pay $14,967.47 in rest...

Robert Brown v. Virgil Griffin
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2195
Nicholas Dereschuk v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2282
Gilkerson v. Nebraska Colocation Centers  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2818

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against his former employer, NCC, for breach of contract and alleging claims under the Nebraska Wage Payment and Collection Act. Applying Nebraska's two-part test to determine whether an agreement wa...

Iris Jaibal-Ayala v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3214
United States v. Craig Burns
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3331
NLRB v. EYM King of Missouri, LLC
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3415
North Memorial Health Care v. NLRB  
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3433, 16-3657

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied the hospital's petition for review of the Board's determination that it violated section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act by interfering with nonemployee union representatives' use of...

North Memorial Health Care v. National Labor Relations Board
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3657
United States v. Tiffany Zerley
Date: June 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3840
United States v. McIntosh  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2575

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for knowingly possessing a firearm. The court held that there was evidence sufficient to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In this case, circumstantial evidence dem...

United States v. Peterson  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2644

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 120 month sentence after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of ammunition. The court held that the district court properly chose not to rule on defendant's objections...

Wheatley v. JP Morgan Chase Bank  
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2649

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit against several financial entities for foreclosing on a mortgage loan. The district court granted summary judgment for defendants. At issue were plaintiffs' claims under the Missouri Merchandising P...

Stacy Winters v. United States
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3902
United States v. Michael Garreans
Date: June 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4124
United States v. Council  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1472

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court held that officers had probable cause to arrest defendant where, among other things, they had received detailed a...

Aulick v. Skybridge Americas, Inc.  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2648

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against his former employer, Skybridge, alleging claims under federal and state law based on Skybridge's denial of a promotion and ultimate termination of plaintiff based on his age. The Eighth Circu...

United States v. Don Schroers
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3661
Arizona Hall v. Josh Hawley
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1090
Derrick Howard v. Fidelity National Title Ins.
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1872
Brossart v. Janke  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1412

Justia Opinion Summary: The Brossarts filed suit against Deputy Sheriff Braathen, his supervisor, Sheriff Kelly Janke, and Nelson County, asserting federal claims under 42 U.S.C. 1983. The charges stemmed from confrontations at the Brossart fam...

White v. CitiMortgage, Inc.  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2599

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against CitiMortgage in state court, seeking an order setting aside the deed from a foreclosure sale and enforcing a modified loan. Freddie Mac intervened. The district court held that plaintiff's cl...

Deandrea Gray v. United States
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3187
Sellner v. MAT Holdings, Inc.  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2937

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against his former employer, MAT, alleging retaliation under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act, Minn. Stat. 181.932. The Eighth Circuit reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor...

United States v. Whitbeck  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1720

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to discharge a restitution obligation resulting from defendant's involvement in a fraud scheme as the owner of a life insurance company. The c...

Sarachek v. Luana Savings Bank  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1856, 16-1955

Justia Opinion Summary: Agriprocessors wired funds covering overdrafts at Luana Savings Bank in the 90 days before the company filed for bankruptcy. After the bankruptcy court found that the bankruptcy trustee could recover some deposits, the t...

Joseph Sarachek v. Luana Savings Bank
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1955
United States v. Dewuan Williams
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3921
Arkansas Warehouse, Inc. v. Saint-Gobain Ceramic & Plastic
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4218
Mello v. Wojciechowski  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6037

Justia Opinion Summary: Mello appealed the bankruptcy court's order confirming debtors' second amended plan without a hearing. The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel held that the bankruptcy court was in the best position to determine when an evidentia...

United States v. Hardison  
Date: June 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3941

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court held that the short time period before trial and the concern for efficiency in presenting evidence supported the...

United States v. Wansolo Hughley
Date: June 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1936
Hernandez v. General Mills Federal Credit Union  
Date: June 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3111

Justia Opinion Summary: General Mills filed an adversary proceeding to determine the dischargeability of a debt in debtor's Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Applying Minnesota law to its preclusion analysis, the Eighth Circuit affirmed the bankruptcy cour...

United States v. Davis  
Date: June 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3361

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's convictions for three crimes related to the manufacture of methamphetamine. Even assuming that the district court improperly excluded defendant's proposed post-indictment prescript...

United States v. Sheridan  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1327

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence of 108 months in prison after he pleaded guilty for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court held that the district court did not commit procedural error by app...

Paul Gerlich v. Steven Leath
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1518
United States v. Hansen  
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1894

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence of 130 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography. The court held that the district court did not commit procedural error at sentencing by in...

United States v. Rodney Taylor
Date: June 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2542
United States v. White  
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3254

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence of 152 months in prison, holding that the district court correctly determined that 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(2) and USSG 1B1.10 forbid the court to reduce defendant's sentence bel...

United States v. Kirlin  
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1071

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's concurrent sentences based on drug and felony related convictions, holding that the district court did not err, much less plainly err, in declining to reduce defendant's offense le...

United States v. Davis  
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2008

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 210 month sentence, holding that it was not error for a district court to explicitly not consider the possibility of a state court sentence when ordering that a federal sentence be...

Smiley v. Gary Crossley Ford, Inc.  
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2171

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit alleging that GCF violated the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), 15 U.S.C. 1601 et seq., by failing to clearly and conspicuously disclose the annual percentage rate (APR) and finance charge in his Retail...

Cromeans v. Morgan Keegan & Co.  
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2417

Justia Opinion Summary: Class representatives challenged the district court's denial of their motion to enforce the settlement agreement in a securities settlement, and the district court's denial of a subsequent motion to alter or amend. The E...

Laurie Jones v. Nancy Berryhill
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3300
United States v. David Knapp
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3559
United States v. Camille Touche
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4017
Seaver v. Glasser  
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-6034, 16-6035

Justia Opinion Summary: The bankruptcy trustee filed suit against Pennie Glasser, seeking to recover from her, as a preference, a payment made by debtor to her. Glass is the former wife of an insider of debtor, as well as a minor investor and e...

Randall L. Seaver v. Pennie Glasser
Date: June 12, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6035
Adams v. Toyota Motor Corp.  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-2507, 15-2516, 15-2635, 15-2636, 15-2637, 15-2638

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out of an accident that killed three people and injured others. Family members of the deceased and the driver filed suit against Toyota alleging various claims. The jury found that the driver was 40 perce...

Jassmine D. Adams v. Toyota Motor Corporation
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2511
Jassmine D. Adams v. Toyota Motor Corporation
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2516
Jassmine D. Adams v. Toyota Motor Corporation
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2635
Jassmine D. Adams v. Toyota Motor Corporation
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2636
Jassmine D. Adams v. Toyota Motor Corporation
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2637
Jassmine D. Adams v. Toyota Motor Corporation
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2638
Davis v. White  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1806

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against the City and three police officers, alleging that they beat him while he was handcuffed. A jury found for the officers. The Eighth Circuit affirmed and held that the district court did not cl...

Mervine v. Plant Engineering Services  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2055

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the employer on plaintiff's claim of retaliatory discharge in violation of the Minnesota Whistleblower Act (MWA). The court held that there wa...

Chesser v. Berryhill  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2191

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the denial of plaintiff's social security disability benefits, holding that substantial evidence supported the ALJ's decision to deny benefits. The court held that substantial evidence support...

Kiesling v. Spurlock  
Date: June 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2197

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a corporal in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), appealed the denial of his motion to dismiss claims related to the search of a residence. The district court determined that defendant was not entitl...

Andrew Ciesla v. C. Christian
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2107
Byron Garcia-Avalos v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2834
United States v. Kristopher Hatch
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2839
United States v. Anselmo Salazar
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3055
Benjamin Muhammad Jones v. Kendrick Nelson
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3150
Nadiia Romentes v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III
Date: June 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3176
Cohen v. Cohen  
Date: June 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3757

Justia Opinion Summary: Father, a citizen of Israel, petitioned for return of the child under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, as implemented by the International Child Abduction Remedies Act (ICARA),...

Ronald Jordan v. Brian Hall
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3424
United States v. Banderas  
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1517

Justia Opinion Summary: A court generally acts within its discretion when it imposes an amended sentence that is in proportion to the initial sentence. In this case, defendant was originally sentenced at the top of his advisory guidelines range...

United States v. Robert Neely
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2861
United States v. Carlos Rodriguez-Padron
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3706
United States v. Vinh Xuan Ngo
Date: June 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3890
United States v. Ahumada  
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1391

Justia Opinion Summary: After defendant was convicted of two drug trafficking offenses, he appealed the denial of his motion to suppress evidence and the sufficiency of the evidence. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the denial of the motion to suppr...

United States v. Blake  
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1459

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of robbing two banks and attempting to rob a third. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the conviction, holding that one of the robberies was a qualifying violen...

United States v. Patrick Wigley
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1555
United States v. Shawn Lee
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3134
Perry v. Wolfe  
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3229

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against multiple defendants under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging claims of excessive force, illegal arrest, and illegal search, as well as tort claims under Arkansas law. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the de...

Sylvester Barbee v. Lisbeth Murphy
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3656
United States v. Dominic Rickett
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3756
Keiran v. Home Capital  
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3437

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), 15 U.S.C. 1601-1667f, seeking to rescind their 2006 mortgage. Plaintiffs alleged that they did not receive sufficient copies of disclosures required by TILA at...

Luis Munoz Elizarraraz v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1679
United States v. Yusuf Jones
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2657
United States v. Cedric Easter
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3605
Leonard Stelmaszek v. Omaha World Herald
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3693
United States v. Aaron Byrd
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3731
Deon Anderson v. Department of the Air Force
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3889
Clayton Walker v. Joseph Harmon
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3928
United States v. Canales  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3087

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction of distributing methamphetamine, holding that the district court properly excluded evidence related to an entrapment defense. Evidence of a second threat was properly ex...

United States v. Steven Davis
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3526
3M v. National Union Fire Insurance  
Date: May 31, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3495

Justia Opinion Summary: 3M filed an insurance claim to recover losses incurred on a number of investments due to fraud perpetrated by its own investment advisors. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the...

United States v. Riepe  
Date: May 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1929

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction of attempted enticement of a minor, holding that the evidence was sufficient to support the jury's verdict. Even if some of defendant's text messages indicated that he d...

United States v. Ahmad Hudson
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1751
Tatum v. Robinson  
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1908

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against an Arkansas state police officer, alleging that the officer used excessive force by pepper spraying and choking him in the course of arresting him for taking eight pairs of shorts from a depa...

Ozark Society v. United States Forest Service  
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1952

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit challenging the Forest Service's determination that an 85-fold increase in predicted drilling in the OzarkÔÇôSt. Francis National Forests did not require a "correction, supplement, or revision" to the...

Tim Walker v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: May 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3625
Fletcher v. United States  
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1220

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner appealed the denial of his 28 U.S.C. 2255 motion to vacate, set aside, or correct his criminal sentence. Petitioner was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e), based on predicat...

United States v. Robert Dinkins
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1732
Zean v. Fairview Health Services  
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1747

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Fairview, alleging that the company made unauthorized telemarketing calls in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. 227. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district...

Davis v. United States  
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1840

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court granted in part petitioner's motion to vacate his drug-related conviction and sentence under 28 U.S.C. 2255, based on ineffective assistance of counsel. The district court ordered the government to reo...

Blaes v. Johnson & Johnson  
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2080

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a products liability action against defendants after his wife died of ovarian cancer. Plaintiff claimed that his wife's death was caused by her regular and prolonged use of talcum-based products. The Eigh...

International Environmental Management v. United Corporate Services  
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2095

Justia Opinion Summary: Although IEM changed registered agents, hiring CT and terminating UCS, a change of registered agent form was not filed with the Secretary of State. A default judgment was subsequently entered against IEM after a process...

United States v. Sheehan Grant
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2687
United States v. Diamond Cooper
Date: May 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3384
Jose Doe v. Dave Goodman
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2100
United States v. Soliz  
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2161

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his 235 month sentence after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. The Eighth Circuit affirmed, holding that the district court committed no proce...

Jose Valle Chacon v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2266
United States v. James Borden
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2571
Food Market Merchandising v. Scottsdale Indemnity  
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3427

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Scottsdale for coverage under a Business and Management Indemnity Policy. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to Scottsdale, holding that Food Market pr...

Rosemann v. St. Louis Bank  
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3965

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from Martin Sigillito's Ponzi scheme known as the British Lending Program (BLP). Plaintiffs, seeking to recoup losses due to the BLP, filed suit against St. Louis Bank, alleging violations of Missouri's U...

Kesheanna Jackson v. Norac, Inc.
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2971
Tovar v. Essentia Health  
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3186

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff's son was denied coverage related to gender reassignment services and surgery, plaintiff filed suit against Essentia and the health insurance plan's third party administrator for sex based discrimination...

Dennis Deters v. Federal Aviation Admin.
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3727
United States v. Kenneth Davis
Date: May 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3782
Jenkins v. Tucker  
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3676

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Frederick Tucker and the county sheriff, alleging unlawful retaliation after she supported a different candidate in an election for presiding judge. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district c...

United States v. Jose Medina De La Cruz
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3323
United States v. Robert Hill, Jr.
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3799
Stroud v. Southwestern Energy  
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3458

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit alleging that SWE's fracking waste migrated onto their property. The district court granted summary judgment for SWE. The Eighth Circuit held that the district court properly imposed initial limits...

United States v. Hector Ramos
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1822
Royal v. MO & Northern AR Railroad  
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3687

Justia Opinion Summary: After he was injured while working on MNA's railroad tracks, plaintiff and his wife filed suit against MNA under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) and under Arkansas state law. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the d...

United States v. Trevor Scott Ray
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3714
Tyrone Ellis v. Nwannem Obi-Okoye
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3874
Ira Leon v. State of Nebraska
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3538
Ira Leon v. State of Nebraska
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3826
United States v. Tonias Overton
Date: May 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4221
United States v. Humberto Rivera-Moreno
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1784
United States v. Cartagena  
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3356

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his sentence of 156 months in prison after pleading guilty to a drug-related offense. The Fifth Circuit affirmed, holding that, although the district court did not expressly refer to the factors set fo...

United States v. Brandon Devos
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3358
United States v. Brandon Devos
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3359
United States v. Robert Watkins
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3621
McCormick v. Starion Financial  
Date: May 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6031

Justia Opinion Summary: On remand to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, debtors challenged the bankruptcy court's order granting in part and denying in part Starion's motion to compel payment of fees under the confirmed plan of reorganizations, an...

Elease Hill v. City of El Dorado
Date: May 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2854
Stone v. McGraw-Hill Global Financial  
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3299

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against McGraw-Hill, alleging claims of employment discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 1981, and the Missouri Human Rights Act. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the...

Dooley v. Tharp  
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3368

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Dooley's estate filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that a deputy sheriff used excessive force when he shot and killed Dooley. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment to the deputy, holdin...

United States v. Prucha  
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3014

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant moved to proceed pro se for the fourth time on the third day of trial. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of his motion, holding that defendant's motion was untimely. In this case, defendan...

United States v. Jackson  
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-3556, 16-3632

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Jackson and Kemp appealed their convictions and sentences for drug-related charges. The Eighth Circuit affirmed, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion by admitting evidence of Kemp's pri...

United States v. Alfred Jackson
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3632
United States v. Franklin Mendez Alvarado
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3648
Webb v. Exxon Mobil  
Date: May 11, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2879

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a class action against the Pegasus Pipeline's current owners and operators, Exxon, alleging that the company's operation of the pipeline was unreasonable and unsafe. The Eighth Circuit agreed with the di...

Elizabeth McLeod v. General Mills, Inc.
Date: May 11, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3540
Dammann v. Progressive Direct Insurance  
Date: May 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3591

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a class action in state court alleging that Progressive sold insurance policies with benefits below the statutory minimum required by Minnesota state law. On appeal, plaintiffs challenged the district co...

United States v. Graves  
Date: May 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1462

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sex trafficking and drug-related convictions, holding that he was not denied a fair trial and rejecting his contention that the government failed to produce discovery in a timely m...

LaCurtis v. Express Medical Transporters  
Date: May 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3378

Justia Opinion Summary: EMT appealed the district court's denial of summary judgment in this consolidated putative class- and collective-action case. The district court granted partial summary judgment for plaintiff on the issue of EMT's liabil...

DNA Pro Ventures v. Commissioner  
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1168

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the disqualification of tax-exempt status of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) because it exceeded the I.R.C. 415 contribution limit. In this case, the Tax Court did not clearly err in b...

Entergy Operations v. United Government Security Officers  
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1219

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's decision to uphold an arbitration award reinstating an employee to his job as a security officer at Entergy's nuclear power plant. The employee has chronic folliculitis, a...

United States v. Marvin Johnson
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2175
Omar Erazo-Martinez v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2487
United States v. Jerry Harvey
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3256
United States v. Paul Criswell
Date: May 9, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1173
Sullivan v. Endeavor Air, Inc.  
Date: May 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1653

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the denial of the petition to vacate an arbitration award issued by a System Board of Adjustment under the Railway Labor Act, 45 U.S.C. 151 et seq. Petitioner, a pilot for a predecessor of End...

Jones v. Aetna Life Insurance Co.  
Date: May 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1714

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1001 et seq., for denial of benefits and breach of fiduciary duty. The district court dismissed the fiduciary claim as duplicative...

United States v. Dalasta  
Date: May 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1818

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed a commitment order, holding, pursuant to the plain language of 18 U.S.C. 4241(d), that once a defendant is found incompetent to stand trial, a district judge has no discretion in whether or no...

United States v. Minard  
Date: May 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2574

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 120-month sentence for being a felon in possession, holding that the district court's statement to the crime victim at sentencing did not reflect bias or partiality. The Eighth Cir...

Northwest Title Agency, Inc. v. Minnesota Dept. of Commerce
Date: May 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3550
Yuska v. Iowa Department of Revenue  
Date: May 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6022

Justia Opinion Summary: The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel affirmed the bankruptcy court's grant of summary judgment to the Iowa Department of Revenue and dismissal of the adversary proceeding. The Panel held that the bankruptcy court did not abuse...

Roberts Broadcasting Company v. DeWoskin  
Date: May 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6036

Justia Opinion Summary: The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel affirmed the bankruptcy court's opinion and order abstaining from hearing Roberts Broadcasting's malpractice claim against Danna McKitrick pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1331(c)(1). McKitrick repres...

Boude v. City of Raymore  
Date: May 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1183

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment based on qualified immunity and official immunity to Officer Heady in plaintiff's suit alleging excessive use of force under 42 U.S.C. 1983, as well as common law...

Lager v. CSL Behring  
Date: May 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1452

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of relator's False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. 3729 et seq., suit based on the public disclosure bar. Relator alleged that CSL Behring conspired with pharmacies to submit false c...

United States ex rel. Ambrosecchia v. Paddock Laboratories  
Date: May 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1506

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of relator's False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. 3729 et seq., suit based on the public disclosure bar. Relator alleged that defendants sought reimbursement from Medicare and Medic...

Keith Deaton v. Wendy Kelley
Date: May 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1925
Mazen Abdel-Ghani v. Target Corporation
Date: May 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2395
Mazen Abdel-Ghani v. Target Corporation
Date: May 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2397
United States v. Oscar Vazquez
Date: May 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3754
Dyab v. United States  
Date: May 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1296

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the denial of a 28 U.S.C. 2255 motion for post-conviction relief, holding that petitioner's claim, that he was denied due process when the district court entered an amended judgment that modif...

Spizman v. BCBSM, Inc.  
Date: May 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1557

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff's claims against Blue Cross in a suit filed under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1001 et seq., after Blue Cross denied round-the-cloc...

Helming v. Reed  
Date: May 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6033

Justia Opinion Summary: The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel affirmed the bankruptcy court's order sustaining the objection of the Trustee and holding that monthly payments due to debtor under a single premium annuity were not exempt under Mo. Rev. S...

Darryl Weber v. IBEW
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3252
United States v. Victor Vickers
Date: May 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3665
Sciaroni v. Target Corp.  
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-3909, 15-3912, 16-1203, 16-1245, 16-1408

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit remanded this case on February 1, 2017, for further consideration of class certification and reversed the imposition of an appeal bond. In this appeal, the Eighth Circuit granted Appellant Olson's moti...

Jim Sciaroni v. Target Corporation
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3912
Powell v. Ryan  
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1190

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the denial of plaintiff's request for a broader preliminary injunction against the enforcement of rules of the Iowa State Fair that forbid impeding traffic and bringing signs attached to poles...

Jim Sciaroni v. Target Corporation
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1203
Jim Sciaroni v. Target Corporation
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1245
Jim Sciaroni v. Target Corporation
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1408
Koester v. Young Men's Christian Assoc.  
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1460

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of the YMCA in plaintiff's public accommodation suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq. Plaintiff argued that the Y...

United States v. Maurice Wilkins
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1502
United States v. Taylor, Jr.  
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1599

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's application of sentencing enhancements to reflect defendant's understated criminal history and his recidivism. Defendant pleaded guilty to possessing a gun while a felon a...

Robert Bonczek v. Bd. of Trustees Natl. Roofing
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3474
United States v. Eulogia Barberena
Date: May 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3797
United States v. Derek Benedict
Date: May 1, 2017
Docket Number: 14-3412
United States v. Derek Benedict
Date: May 1, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1014
Bradford v. Avery  
Date: May 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1767

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit reversed and remanded the district court's grant of summary judgment in a suit against employees of a juvenile home, concluding that the district court erred by holding as a matter of law that defendan...

United States v. Mykayla Marie Golden
Date: May 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2205
Robinson v. Pfizer, Inc.  
Date: May 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2524

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit vacated the district court's order directing Pfizer to pay attorney's fees in an order remanding to state court. The Eighth Circuit agreed with plaintiffs that the filing of the satisfaction of judgmen...

United States v. Oscar Mims
Date: May 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2975
United States v. Randy Mull
Date: May 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3691
United States v. Mario Stevenson
Date: May 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3726
United States v. Jason Olsson
Date: May 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3776
Shelby County Health Care Corp. v. Southern Farm Bureau Casualty  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3765

Justia Opinion Summary: The court vacated the dismissal of The Med's claim of alleged impairment of a hospital lien, concluding that the claim was not barred by the Rooker-Feldman doctrine. The court explained that to apply Rooker-Feldman in th...

Martinizing International v. BC Cleaners  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1069

Justia Opinion Summary: The court affirmed the grant of a permanent injunction enjoining BC Cleaners from using Martinizing's trademarks, concluding that Martinizing failed to prove willful infringement by BC Cleaners. Because Martinizing faile...

Juan Jacinto-Vazquez v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1113
Scott v. Berryhill  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1931

Justia Opinion Summary: The court affirmed the denial of plaintiff's application for supplemental security income, concluding that substantial evidence supported the ALJ's decision. Substantial evidence supported the ALJ's conclusion that claim...

Caligiuri v. Symantec Corp.  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2015, 16-2113

Justia Opinion Summary: The court affirmed the approval of a class action settlement and grant of attorneys' fees and service awards in a suit alleging that Symantec failed to disclose that consumers could use various free alternatives to re-do...

Erin Caligiuri v. Symantec Corp.
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2113
Bahtuoh v. Smith  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2279

Justia Opinion Summary: The court affirmed the denial of habeas relief under 28 U.S.C. 2254 to petitioner, convicted of first degree felony murder, rejecting his claims that defense counsel provided ineffective assistance by advising him not to...

Hudson Enterprises v. Certain Underwriters  
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2846

Justia Opinion Summary: The court affirmed the grant of summary judgment to Underwriters after Underwriters denied coverage based on the flood exclusion of the insurance policy at issue. The court concluded that the district court did not abuse...

United States v. Makayla Kills In Water
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3208
United States v. Jorge Gonzalez
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3544
United States v. Javier Garcia-Hernandez
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3546
United States v. Brandon Rubio
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3590
United States v. Jesse Garcia
Date: April 28, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1012
United States v. Sims  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1233

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The district court imposed a sentencing enhancement pursuant to the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e)(...

United States v. Beyers  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1441, 16-1443

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to accessing and possessing child pornography, possessing child obscenity, and violating the terms of his supervised release. The district court sentenced defendant to the statutory mandatory minimu...

United States v. John Beyers
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1443
Brittany O. v. Bentonville School District
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1976
Ronald Smullin v. Brett Duncan
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3350
United States v. William Worrels
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4423
Williams v. Kelley  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Numbers: 17-1892, 17-1893, 17-1896

Justia Opinion Summary: In three consolidated cases, the court concluded that the motion for relief and the petition for writ constitute second or successive habeas applications, and denied authorization for the district court to consider them;...

Kenneth Williams v. Wendy Kelley
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1893
Kenneth Williams v. Wendy Kelley
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1896
Situm v. Coppess  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: 17-6010

Justia Opinion Summary: Creditor challenged the bankruptcy court's order confirming debtor's Chapter 13 plan. In this case, Creditor did not provide the panel with a transcript of the relevant bankruptcy proceedings, specifically the confirmati...

Moore v. Martin  
Date: April 26, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3558

Justia Opinion Summary: Mark Moore and two others filed suit against the Arkansas Secretary of State, challenging certain Arkansas statutes that set the filing deadline for individuals who wish to appear on the general election ballot as indepe...

United States v. Ford  
Date: April 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2752

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed from this 18 month prison sentence imposed after revoking his supervised release. The court concluded that the district court did not err when it properly analyzed the 18 U.S.C. 3553(a) factors; the se...

United States v. Anderson  
Date: April 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3053

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and one count of possessing heroin with the intent to distribute. Defendant admitted that he distributed heroin, but he argued that the go...

United States v. Hector Vega-Martinez
Date: April 26, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3774
Fentress v. Colvin  
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1933

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appealed the partial denial of his applications for disability insurance benefits (DIB) and supplemental security income (SSI). Plaintiff suffers from asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, high blood p...

Zachary Schouten v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3798
United States v. Mayokok  
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1753

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to receipt of child pornography and was sentenced to 240 months imprisonment and 15 years supervised release. The court concluded, and the government concedes, that the district court erred by apply...

United States v. Marc Allen Cossette
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1829
United States v. Peoples  
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2044

Justia Opinion Summary: After pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, defendant appealed the denial of his motion to suppress evidence obtained from a search of a motel room where he was staying. In this case, the motel cle...

Williams v. Kelley  
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1825

Justia Opinion Summary: Marcel Williams, convicted of capital murder, kidnapping, rape, and aggravated robbery, moved for a stay of execution. Williams wanted to re-open the denial of federal habeas relief in 2009, renewing his claims of ineffe...

Williams v. Kelley  
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1848

Justia Opinion Summary: Marcel Williams filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, challenging the Arkansas lethal injection execution protocol. After the district court denied Williams' motion for a preliminary injunction, he moved for a stay of executi...

Jones, Jr. v. Kelley  
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1849

Justia Opinion Summary: Jack Harold Jones, Jr. appealed the district court's denial of a preliminary injunction, and moved for a stay of execution. Jones argued that, because of his specific medical conditions, the administration of the ADC's l...

United States v. Nicholas Woodford
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1344
United States v. Tyler White
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1346
Aura Chavez-Chavez v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1755
Joe Bandy, III v. Commissioner of Correction
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2182
Paula Fesenmeyer v. City of Kansas City
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2997
Lee v. Hutchinson  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1822

Justia Opinion Summary: Four Arkansas death-row inmates appealed the denial of their motions for a preliminary injunction prohibiting their executions and moved the court for a stay of execution. The court concluded that, to the extent the inma...

Lee v. Kelley  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1840

Justia Opinion Summary: Two appeals were filed before this court five hours before Ledell Lee's scheduled execution. Lee challenged the district court's alleged denial of his motion requesting funds under 18 U.S.C. 3599(f) for "ancillary servic...

United States v. Owen  
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-2521, 16-2611

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant challenged the revocation of his supervised release and 24 month sentence, arguing that his waiver of counsel and decision to proceed pro se were invalid. The court concluded that the totality of the circumstan...

United States v. Ronnie Owen
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2611
United States v. Adrian Weems
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2801
United States v. Paul Vigliotti
Date: April 19, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3951
Ted Hamilton v. James Singleton
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3477
Couzens, Jr. v. Donohue  
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3635

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit in state court against defendants, alleging claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Plaintiff alleged that defendants published fal...

Benjamin Jones v. Thomas Miller
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3637
Maric v. Sessions  
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3835

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina, part of the former Yugoslavia, sought review of the BIA's affirmance of the IJ's finding that petitioner was ineligible for relief from removal because he failed to prove...

Slocum v. Kelley  
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1175

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of second-degree murder, endangering the welfare of a minor, and fleeing. The district court denied habeas relief under 28 U.S.C. 2254, but granted a certificate of appealability on whether petit...

Michael C. Williams v. James Murphy
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2780
United States v. William Brown
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3475
United States v. Norwood  
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3442

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his sentence and conviction for conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The court concluded that the evidence was sufficient to sustain the jury's verdict; evidence about past events was properly admitted und...

Jason McGehee, et al v. Asa Hutchinson, et al
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3540
United States v. Stewart  
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3907

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for three offenses related to his participation in a marijuana trafficking scheme. Defendant procured, packaged, and sent marijuana from California to Nebraska for distribution. Defendan...

United States v. Romero-Orbe  
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3992

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his 36 month sentence after pleading guilty to illegal reentry into the United States after a previous removal and commission of an aggravated felony. The court concluded that the district court did no...

United States v. Kendan Fonville
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1292
United States v. Dustin Rogers
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1827
Lemus-Arita v. Sessions, III  
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1924

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of Guatemala, sought review of the BIA's decision affirming the IJ's denial of his requests for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). The...

United States v. Giaimo  
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2479

Justia Opinion Summary: Taxpayer appealed the district court's grant of summary judgment for the government in this action to reduce a tax lien to judgment and foreclose upon real property. The court concluded that an underlying Tax Court appea...

James River Insurance Company v. Interlachen Propertyowners
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2994
United States v. Larry Holt
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3179
Kathryn Gillette v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharm.
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3567
McGehee v. Hutchinson  
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1804

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court entered stays of execution in an action brought by nine Arkansas prisoners under 42 U.S.C. 1983. The prisoners were all convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The court granted the State's motion...

McLeod v. General Mills, Inc.  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3540

Justia Opinion Summary: General Mills terminated employees and offered them benefits in exchange for releasing all Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. 626(f)(1), claims and arbitrating release-related disputes. Plaintiffs, 33...

Allen v. United States  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3607

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner plead guilty to conspiring to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and possessing with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. Petitioner sought habeas relief under 28 U.S.C. 22...

United States v. King  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3611

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his 180 month sentence and conviction for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine. The court concluded that petitioner waived any objection to the district court...

United States v. Jose Ricardo Ocanas
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3940
United States v. Pate  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3991

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e), to 200 months in prison. The Supreme Court subsequently invalidated the r...

United States v. Aossey, Jr.  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1611, 16-1688, 16-1761

Justia Opinion Summary: Midamar Corporation and Jalel Aossey conditionally plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit several offenses in connection with a scheme to sale falsely labeled halal meat. William Aossey was convicted of conspi...

United States v. Sykes  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1668

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his 360 month sentence after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base. The court concluded that the district court...

United States v. William Aossey, Jr.
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1688
United States v. William Aossey, Jr.
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1761
United States v. Bessie Anderson
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1960
United States v. Lawrence  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2056

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his 300 month sentence after a jury found him guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and attempt to obstruct justice. The court conclu...

Andrew Riggle v. American Enterprise Property
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3196
Hargett v. RevClaims, LLC  
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Numbers: 17-1339, 17-1340

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against defendants in state court on behalf of a class comprising of all persons who were Arkansas Medicaid-eligible beneficiaries who were treated at one of the defendant hospitals and who had simil...

Tammy Hargett v. St. Bernard's Hospital Inc, et
Date: April 14, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1340
Ludwick v. Harbinger Group, Inc.  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1561

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against F&G, an insurance company and its affiliates, under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. 1964(c), alleging that F&G committed numerous acts of mail and wir...

United States v. Murillo-Salgado  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1959

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant conditionally plead guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to distribute and then appealed the denial of his motion to suppress the drug evidence. The court concluded that the officer in this case was faced w...

Ericka Benedicto v. City of Little Rock
Date: April 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2498
United States v. William Worrels
Date: April 11, 2017
Docket Number: 16-4145
United States v. Maksim Demikh
Date: April 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3414
United States v. Troy Lawrence
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1173
NLRB v. Missouri Red Quarries, Inc.  
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1450, 16-1682

Justia Opinion Summary: The Board ruled that Missouri Red committed an unfair labor practice in violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), 29 U.S.C. 158(a)(1), (5), by refusing to recognize and collectively bargain with the union. Th...

United States v. Jesus Lizarraga
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1589
NLRB v. Missouri Red Quarries, Inc.
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1682
United States v. Tollefson  
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1903

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was sentenced to 227 months in prison in 2005 for his conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and one count of violent crime in aid of racketeering activity in violat...

White v. Steele  
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2349

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, convicted of first degree murder, armed criminal action, and first-degree assault, appealed the district court's denial of his 28 U.S.C. 2254 petition for habeas relief. Petitioner argued that the State faile...

United States v. Cooke  
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1381, 16-1738

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Cooke and Cantu appealed their sentences and convictions for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Cooke argued in his motion to dismiss that the 65 day delay between his February 18 arrest and April 24 in...

United States v. Dwight Cooke
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1738
United States v. Sullivan  
Date: April 5, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3163

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his sentence and order of restitution after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud. The court concluded that the district court committed procedural error when it departed upward from the advisory...

United States v. Preston Phillips  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1712

Justia Opinion Summary: After defendant pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, the district court sentenced him under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e). The Supreme Court vacated the judgment and remanded...

United States v. Jackson  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1789

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant moved to dismiss charges of federal felony offenses, arguing that the district court lacked subject matter jurisdiction because a 1905 Act of Congress diminished the Red Lake Reservation, removing the town of R...

Faidley v. United Parcel Service  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1073

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff was injured as a delivery driver for UPS and UPS failed to offer him another full time position that he was able to perform, plaintiff filed suit for disability discrimination and retaliation. The distric...

Doris Castro Vargas v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1299
United States v. Wyatt  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1729

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction and sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court concluded that defendant's indictment sufficiently charged him with unlawful possession of a firearm, set out the nec...

United States v. Cottrell  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1775

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his 360 month sentence after pleading guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. The court concluded that the district court erred in relying...

Doris Castro Vargas v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2128
Melin v. Sveen  
Date: April 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1172

Justia Opinion Summary: After Mark A. Sveen designated his then-wife, Kaye L. Melin, as the primary beneficiary of his life insurance policy, and his children as contingent beneficiaries, Minnesota extended its revocation-upon-divorce statute t...

Dindinger v. Allsteel, Inc.  
Date: April 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1305

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs Dindinger, Loring, and Freund filed suit against Allsteel, alleging claims of sex-based wage discrimination under the Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. 206(d); Dindinger and Loring also brought claims of sex-based wage...

Walter Lopez-Diaz v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: April 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3106
Mark Morris v. Benny Nettles
Date: April 3, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3401
United States v. Needham  
Date: March 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1027

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography. The court concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion by admitting screenshots representing the online...

United States v. Nicholas Tensley
Date: March 31, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2394
United States v. Adrian Rodriguez
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3858
United States v. Adrian Rodriguez
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1481
United States v. Delgrosso  
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1980, 16-1981

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Delgrosso and Cain were convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Delgrosso also was found guilty of failing to file IRS Form 8300. The...

United States v. Philip Delgrosso
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1981
Robert Dinkins v. Correctional Medical Services
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2583
United States v. Adrian Rodriguez
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2768
United States v. Jaime Moran
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2962
United States v. Nathan Smith
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3493
Biffle v. Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative  
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2964

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, a class of landowners subject to Sho-Me's easements, filed suit against Sho-Me and Tech for trespass and unjust enrichment after the companies used fiber-optic cable for commercial telecommunications. The dis...

May v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC  
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1285, 16-1307

Justia Opinion Summary: Jeannie K. May filed suit seeking to recover damages under state and federal law arising from the debt-collection practices of Nationstar. After a jury found in favor of May on her invasion-of-privacy claim and her claim...

Jeannie May v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC
Date: March 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1307
United States v. Wallace  
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3496

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed her 48 month sentence and conviction for assaulting a federal officer with her car. The court concluded that sufficient evidence supported the conviction; the district court properly denied admitting a...

Thompson v. Shock  
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1643

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a former transport deputy for the county, filed suit against Sheriff Andy Shock, in his individual and official capacities, for unlawful employment termination under state and federal law. Plaintiff filed suit...

United States v. Charles Naylor, II
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2047
United States v. Joshua Preston
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2672
Randal Mauderer v. Iowa Attorney General's Office
Date: March 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3866
De La Rosa v. White  
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3399

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against a state trooper under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging damages based on the trooper's unconstitutional initiation of a traffic stop and questioning, detainment, and arrest of plaintiff without reason...

United States v. Ramos  
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1306

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his convictions for multiple drug offenses and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court concluded that defendant's drug convictions were supported by sufficient evidence, but defendant's...

United States v. Jawad  
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1596

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his 41 month sentence after being convicted of trafficking in counterfeit mark goods. The court concluded that the district court did not err by including the full value of the goods seized in a Kansas...

United States v. Ryan Brooks, Sr.
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1982
United States v. Jackson  
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2433

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was sentenced to 480 months in prison after he was convicted of second degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon. The court concluded that the district court did not clearly err in crediting a law enforcem...

United States v. Cheyenne Gonzales
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3569
Cargill, Inc. v. NLRB  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1565, 16-1930

Justia Opinion Summary: Cargill petitioned for review of the Board's order concluding that the company engaged in unfair labor practices when it refused to bargain with the Union, in violation of sections 8(a)(1) and (5) of the National Labor R...

United States v. Evans  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1485

Justia Opinion Summary: The government appealed the district court's grant of defendant's motion to suppress evidence, a firearm in this case, found on his person incident to arrest for an unrelated crime. The court concluded that the district...

United States v. Rembert  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2695

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction and sentence for firearm possession and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute. The court concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion by admitting a Fac...

United States v. Roy Noles
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3338
Aly v. Hanzada for Import & Export Co.  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3353

Justia Opinion Summary: Hanzada, an Egyptian company that imports and exports beef, appealed the jury verdict and judgment against it on plaintiff's breach of contract claim. The district court relied on the Seventh Circuit's widely adopted Sad...

Alvarado-Arenas v. Sessions  
Date: March 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2987

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a citizen of Mexico, challenged the denial of his motion to reopen an order of removal in absentia when he failed to appear for a removal hearing in an immigration court. The court concluded that petitioner f...

Noah Steffy v. City of Fort Smith
Date: March 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3276
United States v. Hudson  
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3744

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his sentence after pleading guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon. The court held that United States v. Pulliam is controlling law and rejected defendant's argument...

Liles v. C.S. McCrossan, Inc.  
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3801

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against CSM, alleging civil rights violations after she was terminated. The district court granted summary judgment to CSM. The court concluded that plaintiff failed to establish the causation elemen...

United States v. Price  
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1334

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his 110 month sentence after pleading guilty to possessing firearms as a felon. The court concluded that the record supported the district court's conclusion that defendant's prior convictions for atte...

United States v. Thurman Wade, Jr.
Date: March 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1766
OmegaGenesis Corp. v. Mayo Foundation  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3346

Justia Opinion Summary: Omega filed suit against Mayo, alleging claims of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. The parties had entered into an Exclusive Paten...

Tamara Bough v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2042
Jeffrey Pettit v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2629
Yan Zhang v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3169
United States v. Max Bolden
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1794
United States v. Tyjuan Cooper
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2705
AMCO Insurance v. Williams  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2723

Justia Opinion Summary: After Kelly D. Williams died when her car was hit by Dylan A. Meyer's vehicle, her parents submitted a claim for underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage. AMCO filed suit seeking a declaration of no coverage under Kelly's au...

United States v. Boykin  
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1593

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his 98 month sentence after pleading guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and two counts of distribution of a controlled substance. The court concluded tha...

United States v. Joe Willis
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2745
United States v. Rodger Seratt
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1097
Jose Zepeda v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2033
United States v. Stegall  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2549

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the district court's order denying his motion to suppress after he was convicted of possessing an unregistered short-barreled rifle. Officers discovered firearms in defendant's vehicle after they respo...

Gary Black v. Moneygram Payment Systems
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3265
Gunderson v. BNSF Railway  
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2905

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit alleging that BNSF violated the Federal Rail Safety Act (FRSA), 49 U.S.C. 20109, when it terminated his employment for harassing a co-worker and threatening a supervisor. The district court ultimatel...

United States v. Tyrice Royston
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3085
United States v. Tyrice Royston
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3202
Andrea Rideout v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3453
United States v. Koons  
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-3794, 15-3825, 15-3854, 15-3880, 15-3894

Justia Opinion Summary: In five consolidated appeals, defendants challenged the denial of their motions for sentence reductions under 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(2) for convictions of methamphetamine conspiracy offenses. At issue was whether section 3582...

United States v. Timothy Koons
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3825
United States v. Timothy Koons
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3854
United States v. Timothy Koons
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3880
United States v. Timothy Koons
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3894
United States v. Donald White
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1075
United States v. Swopes  
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1797

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon and was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e). On appeal, defendant challenged the district co...

United States v. Aaron Storm
Date: March 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3305
Tussey v. ABB, Inc.  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-2792, 16-1127

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, a class of employees who participated in ABB's retirement plans, filed suit alleging that ABB and its fiduciaries managed the plans for their own benefit, rather than for the participants. In an earlier appea...

Ronald Tussey v. ABB
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1127
Jacoby Garrett v. John Doe (B)
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1269
United States v. Eric Beard
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3394
Claire J. Lee v. Hennepin County
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3856
United States v. Ortega-Montalvo  
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1899

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of illegally reentering the United States and sentenced to 51 months in prison. The court concluded that the occupant of the apartment where defendant was found voluntarily consented to entry; art...

Miguel Reynoso v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2206
Benigno Hernandez-Cisneros v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2582
Dominguez-Herrera v. Sessions  
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3457

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners Hernandez-Martinez and Dominguez-Herrera, non-permanent residents of the United States and a married couple, sought review of the denial of their consolidated applications for cancellation of removal under se...

Ryan v. Armstrong  
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1341

Justia Opinion Summary: After Jerome Harrell died while in custody at the county jail, Harrell's estate filed suit against the county and various correctional officers under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging violations of Harrell's constitutional rights...

J.M. v. Francis Howell School District  
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1756

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, on behalf of her minor son J.M., filed suit against the School District, alleging unlawful use of isolation and physical restraints, in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment; 42...

Charles Edwards v. United States of America
Date: March 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2603
United States v. Sherwood  
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2902

Justia Opinion Summary: After defendant sexually assaulted a fellow high school student on the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, he was was indicted in the District of Minnesota, which had jurisdiction under the Military Extraterritorial Juris...

NLRB v. Chipotle Services  
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-3925, 15-3955

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out of Chipotle's decision to fire an employee who was involved in a campaign for higher pay in the fast-food industry. The Board claimed that Chipotle fired the employee for his union activities, but Chi...

United States v. Velnita Jolette Hairy Chin  
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1091

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and resident of the Tribe's reservation, appealed her 37 month sentence after pleading guilty to one count of child abuse. The court rejected defendant's claim that th...

United States v. Mannings  
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1492

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a mixture or substance containing crack cocaine in an amount of 280 grams or more, and powder cocaine in an amount of 5 kilograms or more. On appeal, defe...

Mercier v. U.S. Department of Labor  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3369

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner sought review of the Board's decision and order affirming the ALJ in petitioner's Federal Rail Safety Act (FRSA), 49 U.S.C. 20109, retaliatory termination action. The court concluded that the ALJ correctly app...

United States v. Charles Bowers
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1362
Long Chhang v. Deutsche Bank Trust Company
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1487
Dolores Castillo Tovar v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2063
Millennium Operations v. SuperValu  
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1786

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, retail grocers, filed putative class actions against two large full-line wholesale grocers, alleging that the wholesalers' contract to exchange retailer supply agreements constituted market allocation in viol...

Colella's Super Market, Inc. v. SuperValu, Inc.  
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-3089, 15-3174

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, retail grocers, filed putative class actions against two large full-line wholesale grocers, alleging that the wholesalers' contract to exchange retailer supply agreements constituted market allocation in viol...

Colella's Super Market, Inc. v. SuperValu, Inc.
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3174
Kokocinski v. Collins, Jr.  
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3519

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a shareholder derivative action on behalf of Medtronic, Inc., against current and former directors and officers of Medtronic, and against Medtronic as a nominal defendant. Plaintiff's complaint alleged va...

United States v. Hernandez-Pineda  
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1004, 16-1007

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his ten year sentence for illegally reentering the United States. In 2015, defendant and his codefendant tried to hold up a bakery. Defendant carried a butcher knife to rob the bakery and accidentally...

United States v. Inmar Hernandez-Pineda
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1007
Wilson v. Arkansas DHS  
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1174

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, an African American female, filed suit against DHS, alleging disparate treatment on account of race, and retaliation in violation of Title VII, 42 U.S.C. 2000e-2 and 2000e-3(a). The district court dismissed th...

United States v. Jerome Reed
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1498
Anderson v. City of St. Paul, Minnesota  
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1661

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and others filed suit alleging federal and state law claims arising from a nuisance abatement carried out on his land. The district court dismissed the claims based on the doctrine of claim preclusion. The cour...

United States v. Winston  
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1978

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the district court's amendment to defendant's term of supervised release to require that he submit his person and property to a search upon reasonable suspicion. The court concluded that the district c...

Louis Townsell v. Wendy Kelley
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2049
Nash v. Optomec, Inc.  
Date: March 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2186

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against his employer, Optomec, alleging that he was terminated on account of his age in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), Minn. Stat. 363A.01 et seq. The court affirmed the district...

Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky  
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-1682, 15-1741

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit against the Minnesota Secretary of State and others, challenging a statute prohibiting the wearing of political insignia at a polling place, Minnesota Statute 211B.11. This court reversed the dismis...

Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Joe Mansky
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1741
United States v. Judith Renfrow
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3792
United States v. Beltramea  
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1403

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to eight counts of a sixteen count indictment that included wire fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion. Defendant appealed his sentence of 111 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release....

Lester Sanchez-Pau v. Jefferson B. Sessions, III
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2014
Guzman-Ortiz v. United States  
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3184

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, convicted of a drug offense, appealed the district court's denial of his request for post-conviction relief without granting an evidentiary hearing. Petitioner had moved to vacate, set aside, or correct his s...

Blackorby v. BNSF Railway  
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3192

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff was disciplined by his employer, BNSF, for not promptly reporting a workplace injury, he filed suit claiming that BNSF's discipline violated the employee-protections provision of the Federal Railroad Safe...

Heim v. BNSF Railway  
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3532

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff was seriously injured on the job, BNSF disciplined him for violations of BNSF rules that led to his injury. Plaintiff filed suit, alleging that BNSF's discipline violated the employee-protections provisio...

United States v. Mark David McGinley
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3852
Young v. Mercer County Commission  
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1324

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff John Young and the Commission entered into a Prosecutor/County Lease Agreement covering plaintiff's office building. After the Commission passed an ordinance that mandated that every resident of the county be a...

United States v. Jay Littlewind, Sr.
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1380
Lamoureux v. MPSC, Inc.  
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1402

Justia Opinion Summary: The parties entered into a contract wherein John Lamoureux provided the necessary capital to MPSC, a start-up company, in exchange for a royalty fee every time the company used its patented service. After John died, his...

United States v. Irons  
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1998

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his sentence after he was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm. The court concluded that the district court appropriately used the modified categorical approach in determining that defendant's...

Charles Benjamin v. Ward County
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2640
Roque De La Fuente v. Iowa Democratic Party
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2693
Michael McConnell v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2844
Forest Kingcade v. Tim Trowbridge
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3172
United States v. Anthony Dixon
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3303
Martin v. Fayram  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3523

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted in Iowa state court of first degree murder. After the district court dismissed his 28 U.S.C. 2254 petition as untimely, the court granted a certificate of appealability on whether his petition wa...

Lora Hamman v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1216
United States v. McHenry  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1266

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking a minor and was sentenced to 293 months in prison. In this case, the court found that officers had a good faith belief that exigent circumstances justified the req...

United States v. Walter Sorrells
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2516
United States v. Alberto Sanchez
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2586
United States v. Patrick Rogers
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2669
Sweetwater Cattle Co. v. Murphy  
Date: February 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6029

Justia Opinion Summary: Leigh Murphy d/b/a Murphy Cattle Co. appealed the bankruptcy court's orders holding that Sweetwater's lien in certain cattle was superior to Murphy's rights as an unpaid seller of the cattle. The panel concluded that the...

United States v. McArthur
Date: February 23, 2017
Docket Numbers: 14-3335, 14-3336, 14-3367
United States v. Wakinyan McArthur
Date: February 23, 2017
Docket Number: 14-3336
United States v. Wakinyan McArthur
Date: February 23, 2017
Docket Number: 14-3367
United States v. Wakinyan McArthur
Date: February 23, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3538
United States v. Wakinyan McArthur
Date: February 23, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3851
Knowlton v. Anheuser-Busch  
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-3538, 15-3851

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and eight others filed a class action against Anheuser-Busch under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1001 et seq. Plaintiffs are participants in the Anheuser-Busch salaried employee...

United States v. Huyck  
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-3649, 15-3652

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for multiple crimes related to child pornography. The court concluded that the district court properly denied defendant's motion to suppress where law enforcement officials had probable...

United States v. Michael Huyck
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3652
Brian Knowlton v. Anheuser-Busch Companies
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3851
United States v. Mikawa  
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3954

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was civilly committed under 18 U.S.C. 4243 after he was found not guilty by reason of insanity of false personation of a federal officer. On appeal, defendant challenged the district court's order denying him d...

United States v. Swisshelm  
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1416

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of money laundering. On appeal, the government challenged defendant's sentence of twelve months and one day of imprisonment on each count, to run concurre...

United States v. Fredrick Graham
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1423
United States v. Bacon  
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1884

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 60 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. The court concluded that defendant's sentence was substantively reasonable where t...

United States v. Petersen  
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1970

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the revocation of his supervised release and commitment to the Bureau of Prisons for 8 months followed by one year of supervised release. Defendant, while on a previous term of supervised release, left...

United States v. Jeffery Gbor
Date: February 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3194
Dexter Duren v. URS Corporation
Date: February 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1778
Mendoza v. Davis  
Date: February 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1807

Justia Opinion Summary: Ramon Mendoza, a naturalized United States citizen, challenged the district court's grant of summary judgment for ICE agent Justin Osterberg, the County, the County employees, and Sheriff Davis on numerous claims based o...

Rickey Holtsclaw v. Sandy Sanders
Date: February 21, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3402
Neubauer v. FedEx  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3694

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and his corporate entity, Marken, Inc., filed suit alleging that FedEx breached contractual duties, engaged in fraud, and violated North Dakota's Franchise Investment Law, N.D.C.C. 51-19-02(5)(a), and Racketeer...

United States v. Kirk Cottom
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1050
Diwan, LLC v. Maha-Vishnu Corp.  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1317

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtor challenges the district court's affirmance of the dismissal of its small business Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The court explained that the bankruptcy court's feasibility concerns would have existed even had debtor succ...

United States v. Darrell Andersen
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2284
United States v. Johnson  
Date: February 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2355

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of production of child pornography and was sentenced to 354 months in prison. On appeal, defendant challenged the denial of his motion to suppress the evidence and the district court's application...

Fuentes-Erazo v. Sessions  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3149

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner and her infant son, natives and citizens of Honduras, seek review of the BIA's order dismissing their appeal of the IJ's decision denying asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against...

Buckley v. Ray  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3656

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging violations of his constitutional and statutory rights by defendants. Plaintiff also sought certification of a class action suit against the United States Attorney Gener...

United States v. Adejumo  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3952

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was ordered to pay restitution of almost $500,000 after he pled guilty to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. The court concluded that, although the district court missed the 90-day deadline, the district...

Major Williams, Jr. v. C. V. Rivera
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1519
Huyer v. Buckley  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-1681, 16-1740, 16-1743

Justia Opinion Summary: This class action against Wells Fargo involved claims related to the bank's practice of automatically ordering and charging fees for property inspections when customers fell behind on their mortgage payments. On appeal,...

Edward Huyer v. Steven Buckley
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1740
Edward Huyer v. Steven Buckley
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1743
United States v. Theodore John Nelson, Jr.
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1875
United States v. Theodore John Nelson, Jr.
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1877
United States v. Theodore John Nelson, Jr.
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1878
United States v. Theodore John Nelson, Jr.
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1879
Amador Martinez Carrasco v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2133
Gerardo Cordova v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2674
United States v. Kunta Brown
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3348
United States v. Thigpen  
Date: February 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2482

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his 120 month sentence after pleading guilty to being a felon and unlawful user in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The government conceded that defendant's Iowa third-degree burglary conviction...

United States v. Bevins  
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3986

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his 300 month sentence after pleading guilty to production of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. The court explained that grouping of the counts was i...

Katina Riggs-Degraftenreed v. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1490
Travis Ross v. Dr. Mary Carpenter
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3056
Kaplan v. Mayo Clinic  
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-2855

Justia Opinion Summary: After a surgical procedure was performed on Elliot Kaplan as a result of a misdiagnosis, the Kaplans filed suit against Mayo for medical malpractice, breach of contract, lack of informed consent, and loss of consortium....

McKeage v. TMBC, LLC  
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Numbers: 15-3191, 15-3286

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a class action against TMBC, challenging TMBC's nationwide practice of charging a document fee when selling boats and trailers under form contracts governed by Missouri law. The district court approved c...

Robert McKeage v. TMBC, LLC
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3286
United States v. Wrice  
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3772

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his 108 month sentence, arguing that the district court gave significant weight to an improper factor in determining his sentence. In this case, the court explained that it need not decide the incongru...

Gerlich v. Leath  
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1518

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Iowa State University (ISU) student chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML ISU) had several of its trademark licensing requests denied because its designs included a cannab...

United States v. Jeremy Traxler
Date: February 13, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2616
United States v. Lewis Heggs, Jr.
Date: February 10, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2631
United States v. Juan Loaiza
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1424
Margots Kapacs v. Anita Jurevica
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1885
United States v. Conrad Dickson
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3059
United States v. LaFontaine  
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1440

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction and 18 month sentence for making a threatening communication. The court rejected defendant's claim that the government repeatedly committed prosecutorial misconduct during closing argume...

Lorena Santos Adame v. Loretta Lynch
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1562
Kevin Conway v. Sue Alford
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1597
Huyer v. Van de Voorde  
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1694

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a class action against Wells Fargo in 2008, alleging claims related to Wells Fargo's practice of automatically ordering and charging fees for property inspections when customers fell behind on their mort...

United States v. George M. Hall
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1783
James Greer v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1839
Robert Baker v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2025
United States v. Milton Poole, III
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2227
United States v. Adam Rouillard
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2474
United States v. Adam Rouillard
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2476
Samuel Haley v. United States Government
Date: February 8, 2017
Docket Number: 16-3856
Soltesz v. Rushmore Plaza Civic Center  
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3264

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against the Civic Center and the City after his lease for a concession stand was terminated and his property was seized. Plaintiff alleged municipal liability based on the decision of the policymaker...

Malone v. Hinman  
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3465

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against defendants under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging, inter alia, excessive force after a police officer, Robert Hinman, shot him. The district court granted summary judgment to Officer Hinman, Chief St...

Aguilar v. PNC Bank, N.A.  
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3514

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, 92 investors in a Ponzi scheme called the British Lending Program (BLP), filed suit against PNC, alleging, among other things, (1) violations of Missouri's Uniform Fiduciaries Law (UFL); (2) aiding and abetti...

American Fire and Casualty Co. v. Hegel  
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 15-3975

Justia Opinion Summary: Adam Fetzer, a delivery driver for the Papa John's restaurant chain, was killed in a car accident in the course of his employment when another driver ran a red light and struck his vehicle. Mary Hegel, the personal repre...

Mario Garcia-Solorzano v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1021
Acciona Windpower v. City of West Branch  
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1735

Justia Opinion Summary: The city entered into an agreement with Acciona, a manufacturer and installer of wind generation systems, where Acciona would expand its business in West Branch if the city would consider rebating a portion of Acciona's...

Dr. Girish Sahu v. Minneapolis Community and
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1741
American Railcar Industries v. Hartford Insurance Co.  
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1900

Justia Opinion Summary: After he was injured, an ARI employee filed a civil suit against ARI and was awarded over $1.5 million in damages. ARI then sought insurance coverage against Hartford. The district court granted summary judgment for Hart...

United States v. Thomas Crossland
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-2413
Fern v. FedLoan Servicing  
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: 16-6021

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department challenges the bankruptcy court's determination that debtor's student loans are dischargeable based on undue hardship under 11 U.S.C. 523(a)(8). The bankruptcy appellate panel concluded that there is no er...

United States v. Norman Izaguirre Guerrero
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1803
United States v. Johnson  
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1977

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his sentence after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court concluded that the district court did not clearly err in applying a four-level sentencing enhancement under USS...