2021 Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

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United States v. Trevino  
Date: July 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1104

Justia Opinion Summary: Trevino was the sole owner of a chain of marijuana dispensaries throughout Michigan. A federal jury convicted him of conspiracy and nine substantive marijuana offenses. The Sixth Circuit affirmed. Trevino's argued that h...

United States v. LaTawyne Osborne
Date: July 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5394
United States v. Draven Greene
Date: July 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6316
Ortiz v. Garland  
Date: July 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4248

Justia Opinion Summary: Ortiz, raised in Guatemala, suffered significant domestic abuse by her intoxicated father and later by her boyfriend, Carlos, who raped her. She became pregnant and, fearing aggravating her father’s violence, moved in wi...

Thompson v. DeWine  
Date: July 28, 2021
Docket Number: 21-3514

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs are three Ohioans who tried to get initiatives to decriminalize marijuana on local ballots. Soon after they filed their proposed initiatives for November 2020 ballots, Ohio declared a state of emergency becaus...

United States v. Arvel Henderson, II
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3017
Cheryl Beaudry v. TeleCheck Servs., Inc.
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6018
In re Paul Darren Smith
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 21-8004
United States v. Hollins-Johnson  
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3330

Justia Opinion Summary: Hollins-Johnson pleaded guilty to student loan fraud and theft of government funds, conspiracy to commit those crimes, making false statements to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and witness tamperin...

Lesly Palma-Ulloa v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3582
Lidolina Maraziegos-Morales v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3777
Martina Rodriguez-Lopez v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4087
Threat v. City of Cleveland  
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4165

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiffs, captains in Cleveland’s Emergency Medical Service division, belong to the same union; all are black. Each fall, captains bid on their schedules for the upcoming year. The city uses a seniority-based biddi...

Lidolina Maraziegos-Morales v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4171
United States v. Richard Starghill, II
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5706
United States v. Danny Collins
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5813
Lyn Allen v. Gretchen Whitmer
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1019
United States v. Earl Clayton, III
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-5077
United States v. Earl Clayton, III
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-5142
Pearl Dunlap v. Sevier County, Tenn.
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6216
Tiger Lily, LLC v. HUD
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-5256
Himmelreich v. Federal Bureau of Prisons  
Date: July 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4146

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, another inmate, Macari, assaulted Himmelreich, who had pleaded guilty to producing child pornography, Himmelreich alleges that Macari was placed in the general population despite making comments about targeting...

United States v. Fred Williams
Date: July 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6161
Mark McQueen v. O'Bell Winn
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2212
United States v. Richode Meredith-Hill
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3083
United States v. Qian Williams
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3310
Rowland v. Southern Health Partners, Inc  
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5944

Justia Opinion Summary: Rowland brought claims arising from injuries she sustained while incarcerated. The district court entered partial summary judgment in favor of the defendants on Rowland’s 42 U.S.C. 1983 and punitive damages claims. After...

Jessica Barefield v. Jacqueline Hillman
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6002
Priorities USA v. Dana Nessel
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1931
Priorities USA v. Dana Nessel
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1940
Farmers Mutual Hail Ins. Co. of Iowa v. Edgar Miller
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1978
United States v. Cesar Melendez-Perez
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3925
United States v. FNU John Sadiqullah
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6194
Kensu v. Corizon, Inc.  
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1083

Justia Opinion Summary: Kensu, a resident of the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), was sentenced to life imprisonment for first-degree murder. He has filed several actions under 42 U.S.C. 1983 during his sentence; he won $325,002 aft...

United States v. Steven Dent
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1253
Alvin Galuten v. Williamson Cnty. Hosp. Dist.
Date: July 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-5007
United States v. Pioch  
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3919

Justia Opinion Summary: Pioch and co-defendants were convicted based on their scheme to defraud the multimillion-dollar estate of an elderly widower. Pioch was sentenced to 111 months’ imprisonment with a special assessment of $3,700 and restit...

Joseph Stanislaw v. Thetford Twp., Mich.
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1660
United States v. Tamiko Parker
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4077
Larry Bowles v. Bourbon Cnty., Ky.
Date: July 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-5012
United States v. Sands  
Date: July 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1652

Justia Opinion Summary: Sands pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The PSR recommended a four-level sentencing enhancement because the firearm had an altered or obliterated serial number, U.S.S.G. 2K2.1(b)(4)(B).. The fin...

United States v. Jonathan Wilson
Date: July 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1984
Kimberly Gaetano v. United States
Date: July 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2182
Sanchez-Gonzalez v. Garland  
Date: July 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3938

Justia Opinion Summary: Sanchez immigrated from Honduras in 1994 and became a lawful permanent resident when he married a U.S. citizen. In 1999, Sanchez pleaded guilty to sexual battery in Ohio. He was ordered removed because sexual battery is...

Miguel Ramirez-Garcia v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4005
Armando Velasquez-Perez v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4069
Hastings Mutual Ins. Co. v. Mengel Dairy Farms, LLC
Date: July 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4090
United States v. Zafar Mehmood
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1243
United States v. Zafar Mehmood
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1667
United States v. Zafar Mehmood
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1669
Luai Helal v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4219
Taylor v. Buchanan  
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2002

Justia Opinion Summary: Michigan attorneys, like those in most other states, must join an integrated bar association in order to practice law. Taylor, a Michigan attorney, argued that requiring her to join the State Bar of Michigan violates h...

Christopher Musico v. Organ Procurement Agency of Mich.
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2127
United States v. Christopher Coffer
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3898
Ingram Barge Co., LLC v. Bunge North Am., Inc.
Date: July 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-5039
United States v. Eldon Draper
Date: July 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3492
Silvia Sandoval v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4022
Francis Adusei v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4306
United States v. Anthony Assfy
Date: July 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1630
United States v. Laszlo Csiki
Date: July 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1653
Felipe Gregorio-Ordonez v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4035
United States v. Jorge Vargas-Ruiz
Date: July 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5175
United States v. Troy McRath
Date: July 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6025
RLR Investments, LLC v. City of Pigeon Forge  
Date: July 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6375

Justia Opinion Summary: RLR owns land on the Little Pigeon River. Tract 1 had a private resort and parking spaces. Tract 2 had a duplex building. The city decided to build a pedestrian walkway along the River, going through both tracts, and fil...

Ernest Kirk v. Calhoun Cnty., Mich.
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2456
Ernest Kirk v. Calhoun Cnty., Mich.
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1365
United States v. Jordan Koskinen
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2268
Ohio Midland, Inc. v. Gordon Proctor
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3720
United States v. Donte Walker
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4015
Abraham Contreras-Sanchez v. Merrick Garland
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4295
Alliance WOR Properties, LLC v. Illinois Methane, LLC  
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5396

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998, Old Ben Coal Company conveyed its rights to the methane gas in various coal reserves to Illinois Methane. A “Delay Rental Obligation” required the owner of the coal estate to pay Methane rent while it mined coal...

United States v. Jarrell Wilkerson
Date: July 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5879
Hannah Corbin v. Steak 'n Shake, Inc.
Date: July 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3519
Hannah Corbin v. Steak 'n Shake, Inc.
Date: July 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3553
Tauqir Niazi v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4270
Lisa Holden v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of Am.
Date: July 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6318
Clemons v. Couch  
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: 19-6411

Justia Opinion Summary: Christina and Dustin lived with Dustin’s parents, Richard and Evalee. Christina filed for divorce. After a physical altercation with her in-laws, Christina left. Christina requested a law-enforcement escort to retrieve...

Donald Tucker v. Marquette Cnty., Mich.
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1878
Ison v. Madison Local School District Board of Education  
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4108

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, a Madison student fired a gun and injured four students. Approximately two years later, the School Board enacted a resolution allowing staff to carry concealed weapons. Around the same time, Madison students wal...

Vivian Umfress v. City of Memphis, Tenn.
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6115
Charley Barber v. Arch Ins. Co
Date: July 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6307
Daniel Kerber v. Wayne Cnty., Mich.
Date: July 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1769
Copen v. United States  
Date: July 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3136

Justia Opinion Summary: Paul was driving his daughter Kelly’s vehicle when it was struck by a United States Postal Service (USPS) vehicle. Kelly was a passenger. Days later, Kelly filed her SF 95, for a claim under Federal Tort Claims Act (FT...

United States v. William Collins
Date: July 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3830
Angelina Domingo-Mateo v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4263
Brian Woodcock v. Correct Care Solutions, LLC
Date: July 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5170
United States v. Joe Billy Russell, Jr.
Date: July 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5458
Ingram Barge Co., LLC v. Louis Dreyfus Co., LLC
Date: July 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5513
In re: Hall  
Date: July 6, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2655

Justia Opinion Summary: Objectors to a class action settlement in the Flint Water Cases sought to compel the district court to cease holding off-the-record substantive ex parte meetings that exclude objectors’ counsel; to order the participants...

Belkis Corea Escoto v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3537
Adamo Demolition Co. v. International Union of Operating Engineers  
Date: July 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1163

Justia Opinion Summary: Adamo filed several tort claims, alleging that it requested the Union to provide 47 operators for a demolition job, indicating that the project was time-sensitive and that the Union willfully refused to provide Adamo con...

Belkis Corea Escoto v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3252
Hannah Corbin v. Steak 'n Shake, Inc.
Date: July 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3519
Hannah Corbin v. Steak 'n Shake, Inc.
Date: July 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3553
D.B. v. Shelby Cnty. Health Care Corp.
Date: July 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6407
Edwin Castro v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 1, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3654
United States v. Brenner  
Date: July 1, 2021
Docket Number: 19-5647

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2018, Brenner pled guilty without a plea agreement to being a felon in possession of a firearm and in possession of ammunition, 18 U.S.C. 922(g). Brenner had three Tennessee felony convictions: aggravated assault in 2...

Boykin v. Family Dollar Stores of Michigan, LLC  
Date: July 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1153

Justia Opinion Summary: Boykin, a 73-year-old African-American veteran, worked in managerial roles for Family Dollar Stores. On July 8, 2018, Boykin had a dispute with a customer. Family Dollar fired Boykin weeks later. Boykin sued, alleging a...

United States v. Christopher Houghton
Date: July 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1535
Bob Post v. City of Munroe Falls, Ohio
Date: July 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3458
Wilson v. Gregory  
Date: July 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4161

Justia Opinion Summary: Huelsman, age 64, had symptoms of paranoia and bipolar disorder. In the midst of a crisis during which he expressed delusional thoughts and a desire to commit suicide, his wife, Cheryl, a nurse, called their daughter and...

D'Ella Irvin v. State Farm
Date: July 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5930
Doe v. City of Detroit  
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2029

Justia Opinion Summary: Doe is transgender and began presenting publicly as a woman while working for the city, which was supportive of her plans to transition and need for time off. During her transition, an unknown city employee left Doe vulg...

United States v. Jarvis Sisson
Date: June 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5957
Rahimi v. Rite Aid Corp.  
Date: June 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1063

Justia Opinion Summary: Rite Aid’s “Rx Savings Program” provides generic prescription drugs at reduced prices. The program is free and widely available but excludes customers whose prescriptions are paid by publicly funded healthcare programs l...

Rajwinder Singh v. Merrick Garland
Date: June 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4173
Danny Jones v. Thomas Vilsack
Date: June 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5821
Hughey v. Easlick  
Date: June 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1804

Justia Opinion Summary: Hughey, speeding, passed Michigan State Trooper Easlick, who flipped on his dashcam and stopped Hughey. Hughey’s car was uninsured and unregistered and there was an outstanding warrant for Hughey’s failure to appear. Ea...

Hector Aguilar v. Merrick Garland
Date: June 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4062
Ingram Barge Co., LLC v. Zen-Noh Grain Corp.  
Date: June 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5514

Justia Opinion Summary: Zen-Noh purchased grain shipments. Sellers were required to prepay barge freight and deliver the product to Zen-Noh’s terminal but were not required to use any specific delivery company. Ingram, a carrier, issued the sel...

United States v. Charles Warfield
Date: June 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5621
Cynthia Pittman v. Unum Group
Date: June 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5710
United States v. Charles Skibbe
Date: June 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6022
Gun Owners of Am., Inc. v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: June 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1298
Barger v. United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America  
Date: June 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3852

Justia Opinion Summary: Local 2, representing carpenters and workers in related industries, is a local affiliate of IKORCC, which is an affiliated regional union of UBC. Barger has been a Local 2 member of Local 2. In 2007-2015, he worked inter...

Perez v. Sturgis Public Schools  
Date: June 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1076

Justia Opinion Summary: When Perez (now 23) was nine, he emigrated from Mexico and started school in the Sturgis. Perez is deaf; the school assigned him a classroom aide who was not trained to work with deaf students and did not know sign langu...

United States v. Henderson  
Date: June 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3707

Justia Opinion Summary: In the Lucas County Corrections Center, prisoners are prohibited from having certain items, including cell phones and tobacco. The FBI organized a sting operation, enlisting an inmate and his girlfriend to approach a gua...

Ciccio v. SmileDirectClub, LLC  
Date: June 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5833

Justia Opinion Summary: SmileDirect sells orthodontic implements online as an alternative to traditional orthodontists. Plaintiffs sued SmileDirect, alleging false advertising. SmileDirect and its customers had an arbitration agreement that exc...

Jose Mendoza-Jovel v. Merrick Garland
Date: June 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3987
Marion Jolly v. Dynegy Miami Fort, LLC
Date: June 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4282
Memphis A.Philip Randolph Inst. v. Tre Hargett
Date: June 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6141
Gulfside Casino P'ship v. Churchill Downs Inc.
Date: June 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6423
Gilberto Garcia-Romo v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: 18-3857
Hughbanks v. Hudson  
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: 18-3955

Justia Opinion Summary: On May 13, 1987, William and Juanita Leeman were killed in their Hamilton County home. There was no trace evidence nor fingerprints. In 1997, the defendant’s brother and his father informed police that Hughbanks had mu...

United States v. Carl Penny
Date: June 21, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4168
Cassano v. Shoop  
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 18-3761

Justia Opinion Summary: The Sixth Circuit reversed the district court's denial of petitioner's second Amended Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus filed under 28 U.S.C. 2254. The district court granted petitioner a certificate of appealability...

United States v. Rayshawn Ligon
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3305
Lisa Vittetoe v. Blount Cnty., Tenn.
Date: June 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6126
United States v. Flores-Perez  
Date: June 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1077

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001, Flores-Perez was detained on the belief that he was in the country illegally. Flores-Perez produced two forms of state-issued identification, each containing his address. Officials served Flores-Perez with a Not...

In re: Benny Darnell McCarthy
Date: June 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-8027
Shelly Cook v. Greenleaf Twp., Mich.
Date: June 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1985
M.J. v. Akron City School District Board of Education  
Date: June 15, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-3461, 20-3462

Justia Opinion Summary: Leggett Elementary School principal Vincente called a child’s mother to pick him up. The mother stated that her “boyfriend who is a policeman” (Hendon) would come. Because of another emergency situation, police were at t...

M.H. v. Akron City Sch. Dist. Bd. of Educ.
Date: June 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3462
Wiese USA, Inc. v. Haulotte Group / Bil-Jax, Inc.
Date: June 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4272
Baaghil v. Miller  
Date: June 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1802

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994, Ahmed and Wahasi allegedly were married. Ahmed lives in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident. Wahasi and their sons, all Yemeni citizens, live in Malaysia. In 2008, Ahmed filed an I-130 petition on behalf of...

Ralph Keller v. Chippewa Cnty. Bd. of Comm'rs
Date: June 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2086
United States v. David McClain
Date: June 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3874
United States v. Pruitt  
Date: June 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6121

Justia Opinion Summary: Pruitt pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a felon, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). His PSR recommended a six-level enhancement, U.S.S.G. 3A1.2(c)(1), for “assault[ing]” a police officer “in a manner creating a substantial ri...

Tarek Suleiman v. Merrick Garland
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3540
Garcia-DeLeon v. Garland  
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3957

Justia Opinion Summary: Garcia, a citizen of Mexico, entered the U.S. without inspection in 2000 and was placed in removal proceedings in 2011. Garcia sought Cancellation of Removal or voluntary departure in the alternative. In 2018, Garcia ma...

Peter Anderson, Jr. v. Charter Comm'ns, Inc.
Date: June 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5894
United States v. Michael Brown
Date: June 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1574
Benton Benalcazar v. Genoa Twp., Ohio
Date: June 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3995
Benalcazar v. Genoa Township  
Date: June 10, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-4044, 20-3995

Justia Opinion Summary: The Benalcazars purchased 43 acres in Genoa Township in 2001. The property sits at the northern end of the Township’s more developed areas and abuts the Hoover Reservoir. The parcel was zoned as Rural Residential; develo...

Smith v. U.S. Bank National Association  
Date: June 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3150

Justia Opinion Summary: On three separate occasions, Smith filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition shortly before a scheduled foreclosure sale of his home, thereby preventing the sale, then moved for the dismissal of his bankruptcy case shortly...

Ma. Mut. Life Ins. v. RSC - Germantown I, LLC
Date: June 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6193
Sandra White v. United States
Date: June 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1732
Tobias-Chaves v. Garland  
Date: June 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4020

Justia Opinion Summary: Tobias-Chaves and her daughter traveled from Honduras and entered the U.S. in 2014, to escape from Tobias-Chaves’s abusive husband. DHS filed charges against them in Houston, where they were then living. That Immigration...

River City Fraternal Order of Police, et al. v. Ky. Ret. Sys.
Date: June 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5773
River City Fraternal Order of Police v. Kentucky Retirement Systems  
Date: June 8, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-5778, 20-5773

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiffs retired from the Louisville Metropolitan police department and received free health insurance, administered by Kentucky Retirement Systems. Kentucky initially paid all of their healthcare costs. After the...

United States v. DeAngelo Vanhook
Date: June 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5949
United States v. Vicente Corona
Date: June 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6309
United States v. Alan Mackety
Date: June 8, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1074
United States v. Justin McIntosh
Date: June 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3865
United States v. Moore  
Date: June 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4029

Justia Opinion Summary: Officer Dickens submitted an affidavit, seeking a search warrant for 10318 Dove Avenue, a single-family Cleveland residence. Dickens averred that earlier that month a confidential informant disclosed to him that a dealer...

United States v. Henry Shell
Date: June 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5703
United States v. Cherosco Brewer
Date: June 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5943
U.S. ex rel Ashwani Sheoran v. Wal-Mart Stores E., LP
Date: June 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2128
Garcia-DeLeon v. Garland
Date: June 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3957
United States v. Joshua Walker
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3966
United States v. Hack  
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-6278

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, Hack pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, mortgage fraud, and wire fraud. The plea agreement contained an appeal waiver. In addition to terms of imprisonment and supervised release, the court order...

United States v. John Bonds
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1868
United States v. Brian Wilcox
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3005
Lahib Kanona v. Merrick Garland
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3858
Island Creek Coal Company v. Wallace Uzzle
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3870
United States v. Jarvis  
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3912

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994, Jarvis was convicted of four counts of armed bank robbery, conspiracy, and five counts of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, 18 U.S.C. 2113, 371, 924(c). The court determined that his first 9...

United States v. Brian Singleton
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4261
United States v. Pierre Woods
Date: June 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5997
United States v. Allante Williams
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1779
Dean Koch v. State of Ohio
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3334
Billie Harmon v. Fifth Third Bancorp
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3623
United States v. Andre Ross
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5157
United States v. Clint Davis
Date: June 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5790
United States v. Dehaven Hogg
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1846
United States v. Eric Worley
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5924
Garland v. Orlans, PC  
Date: May 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1527

Justia Opinion Summary: The Orlans law firm, sent a letter on law-firm letterhead, stating that Wells Fargo had referred the Garland loan to Orlans for foreclosure but that “[w]hile the foreclosure process ha[d] begun,” “foreclosure prevention...

Baker v. Iron Workers Local 25  
Date: May 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1946

Justia Opinion Summary: The Labor Management Relations Act forbids employers from directly giving money to unions, 29 U.S.C. 186(a); an exception allows an employer and a union to operate a trust fund for the benefit of employees. Section 186(...

United States v. Mario Taylor
Date: May 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4241
Wyatt v. Nissan North America, Inc.  
Date: May 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5021

Justia Opinion Summary: Wyatt began working as a Nissan project manager in 2013. For two years she received positive annual performance reviews. During those years, Wyatt twice had medical leave. Nissan restored Wyatt to her position and grante...

United States v. Tate  
Date: May 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5071

Justia Opinion Summary: A man wearing a cap, sunglasses, and a jacket entered a bank with an opaque bag across his body. Approaching a teller, he displayed a note, stating that if he got money, “I’ll let Everyone live.” The man placed his right...

United States v. Charles Rogers
Date: May 27, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4175
United States v. Shawn Ford
Date: May 27, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4176
Jackson v. Genesee County Road Commission  
Date: May 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1334

Justia Opinion Summary: Jackson, an African American woman, was GCRC's Human Resources Director. Daly, GCRC’s chief administrative officer, was Jackson’s supervisor. There were pending internal discrimination complaints when Jackson started, i...

Daunt v. Benson  
Date: May 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1734

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court declared the issue of partisan gerrymandering a nonjusticiable political question in “Rucho,” in 2019. Michigan had already established its Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission by ballot initia...

Carhartt, Inc. v. Innovative Textiles, Inc.  
Date: May 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1826

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Carhartt contracted with Innovative to create a flame-resistant fleece fabric for use in its line of flame-resistant garments. The fabric that Innovative developed for Carhartt, “Style 2015," contained a modacry...

United States v. Rakim Moberly
Date: May 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5511
United States v. James Jackson
Date: May 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6131
Vitolo v. Guzman  
Date: May 27, 2021
Docket Numbers: 21-5517, 21-5528

Justia Opinion Summary: The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 allocated $29 billion for grants to help restaurant owners. The Small Business Administration (SBA) processed applications and distributed funds on a first-come, first-served basis....

Antonio Vitolo v. Isabella Guzman
Date: May 27, 2021
Docket Number: 21-5528
United States v. Williams  
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Numbers: 18-6343, 19-5745, 19-5764

Justia Opinion Summary: Bradley and Falkowski pressed thousands of pills containing a mixture of alprazolam, acetaminophen, and fentanyl, which were marked “A333” and looked like Percocet pills. On July 5, 2016, a large quantity of those count...

City of Eugene, Or. v. FCC
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4161
City of Portland, Or. v. FCC
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4162
State of Haw. v. FCC
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4163
Alliance for Commc'ns Democracy v. FCC
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4164
Anne Arundel Cnty., Md. v. FCC
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4165
City of Pittsburgh, Pa. v. FCC
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4166
City of Chicago v. Federal Communications Commission  
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-4183, 19-4161, 19-4162, 19-4163, 19-4164, 19-4165, 19-4166

Justia Opinion Summary: The FCC's orders, together with Title VI of the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. 521, establish rules by which state and local governments may regulate cable providers. A cable operator may provide cable services only if a...

United States v. Jonathan Barrett
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-5745
United States v. Joedon Bradley
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-5764
United States v. China Hester
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3683
Estate of Beunos Lee Erwin v. Greene Cnty., Tenn.
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6006
June Cox v. The Little Clinic of Tenn.
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6389
United States v. Burris  
Date: May 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1607

Justia Opinion Summary: In September-October 2019, Benton Harbor Detective Kovac, undercover, initiated six controlled purchases of methamphetamine, calling the same telephone number each time. The first two transactions involved Davis. The thi...

Roneca Echols v. Express Auto, Inc.
Date: May 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1707
United States v. Erik Thompson
Date: May 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1990
United States v. Montgomery  
Date: May 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1201

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, Montgomery was convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine or cocaine base, distribution of cocaine base, and witness tampering. The conspiracy conviction required a mandatory life sentence; he received a sepa...

William Nitch v. Eastern Gateway Cmty. College
Date: May 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4016
United States v. Sergio Bucio
Date: May 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5973
Jahmir Frank v. Good Samaritan Hosp.
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4268
James Baker v. United States
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-6025
Keene Group, Inc. v. City of Cincinnati  
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3807

Justia Opinion Summary: In April 2017, a tax foreclosure action was commenced against the then-owner of the Cincinnati property, Davis. The city was named as a defendant. Notice of a May 2018 order for a sheriff’s sale was served on the city on...

DonnaMarie Kaminsky v. Robert Wilkie
Date: May 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3821
Matthew Nichols v. William Dwyer
Date: May 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1232
Matthew Nichols v. William Dwyer
Date: May 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1803
Clark v. Stone  
Date: May 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5928

Justia Opinion Summary: Jacob and Genetta Clark, fundamentalist Christians, believe that their religion requires them to use corporal punishment with their children, ages 16, 14, and 12. Their son went to school with marks from being hit with a...

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians v. Whitmer  
Date: May 18, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-2070, 19-2107

Justia Opinion Summary: For centuries, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians inhabited what is now northern Michigan. The federal government took tribal land for settlers. The Band was determined to stay in their territory. The Treaty...

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians v. Gretchen Whitmer
Date: May 18, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2107
AWGI, LLC v. Atlas Trucking Co., LLC  
Date: May 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1726

Justia Opinion Summary: Atlas Movers federally registered the “Atlas” mark for “transportation of household goods of others,” first using “Atlas” in 1948 when it formed Atlas Van Lines, providing transportation and logistics services, primarily...

Reuben Green, II v. U.S. Renal Care, Inc.
Date: May 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6092
State of Ohio v. Gina Raimondo
Date: May 18, 2021
Docket Number: 21-3294
S2 Yachts, Inc. v. ERH Marine Corp.
Date: May 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1479
In re: Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation  
Date: May 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1599

Justia Opinion Summary: A class of end-payor purchasers sued (Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. 26; Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. 1) manufacturers and suppliers, alleging that they conspired to fix prices of automotive anti-vibration rubber parts. The district c...

United States v. Pitts  
Date: May 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3238

Justia Opinion Summary: The FBI began monitoring Pitts after he made social media posts encouraging Muslims to pursue military training. Pitts expressed a desire to meet with an al-Qaeda operative; the FBI deployed an undercover agent to play t...

United States v. Jeffery Wills
Date: May 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6142
United States v. Antawan Williams
Date: May 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1644
United States v. Valueland Auto Sales, Inc.
Date: May 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3596
Wilkerson v. American Family Insurance Co.  
Date: May 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4113

Justia Opinion Summary: After a car accident, Wilkerson filed a claim with her insurer, American Family. Her policy will pay for “loss of or damage to your insured car and its equipment, less the deductible[.]” A“Limits of Liability” section a...

Amity Koch v. Thames Healthcare Group
Date: May 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5367
In re Frank Ragone, Jr.
Date: May 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-8013
Moderwell v. Cuyahoga County  
Date: May 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3879

Justia Opinion Summary: Cuyahoga County planned for CCCC to house detainees and prisoners from nearby communities in exchange for significant payments. CCCC was already severely overcrowded and understaffed. In March 2018, Cleveland transferre...

Luther Johnson v. Lisa Peterson
Date: May 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3101
Thomas v. TOMS King (Ohio), LLC  
Date: May 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3977

Justia Opinion Summary: After receiving a credit card receipt printed with the first six and last four digits of her credit card, Thomas sued TOMS for violating the “truncation requirement” of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 20...

Harrison v. Montgomery County  
Date: May 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4051

Justia Opinion Summary: When an Ohio county forecloses on a tax-delinquent, occupied property, it ordinarily sells the property at an auction, keeps proceeds to cover the outstanding taxes, and returns leftover funds to the owner. Ohio municip...

Global Fitness Holdings, LLC v. Navigators Mgmt. Co.
Date: May 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5774
Sara Davis v. Metro Parks & Recreation Dep't
Date: May 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5526
Matthew Butler v. Ferguson Enters., Inc.
Date: May 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5752
Salem Pointe Capital, LLC v. BEP Rarity Bay, LLC
Date: May 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6016
Christopher Wilson v. Orville Butzin
Date: May 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6051
United States v. Owens  
Date: May 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2139

Justia Opinion Summary: Owens was convicted of five counts of possessing or aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm during a crime of violence (18 U.S.C. 924(c)), one carjacking, four counts of bank robbery by force or violence, and bei...

United States v. Sheldon Hill
Date: May 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4254
Teamsters Local Union No. 1199 v. Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc.
Date: May 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3024
Simons v. Washington  
Date: May 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1406

Justia Opinion Summary: The Prison Litigation Reform Act’s “three-strikes rule,” 28 U.S.C. 1915(g), provides that a prisoner accrues a strike when he brings a frivolous lawsuit. After three strikes, the Act prohibits inmates from filing those l...

United States v. Frei  
Date: May 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5119

Justia Opinion Summary: Frei, age 48, used Facebook to contact teenage girls until the Metro Nashville Police Department became aware of his activities. Convicted of eight counts of child-exploitation-related crimes, including four counts of se...

United States v. Sheckles  
Date: April 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5096

Justia Opinion Summary: The government uncovered substantial evidence that Sheckles was a Louisville distributor for a large drug trafficking ring. Sheckles pleaded guilty but reserved the right to appeal the district court’s refusal to suppres...

Thomas v. City of Memphis  
Date: April 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6118

Justia Opinion Summary: Memphis previously maintained an email Media Advisory List to alert members of the media about newsworthy events and activities. The List included Thomas, the founder, editor, and publisher of MLK50: Justice Through Jour...

United States v. Nephthali Dachoute
Date: April 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6398
Plaintiff v. Defendant
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3284
United States v. Kerry Howard
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5352
Online Merchants Guild v. Cameron  
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5723

Justia Opinion Summary: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky’s Attorney General opened civil price-gouging investigations into Kentucky-based merchants, including at least one member of the Guild that was selling goods to Kentuckians through...

Ackerman v. United States Department of Agriculture  
Date: April 28, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2056

Justia Opinion Summary: An agency within the Department of Agriculture summarily approved a proposed plan for dry-bean crop insurance in Michigan based upon the mistaken belief that the terms of the proposed endorsement for the Michigan policy...

United States v. Harvey  
Date: April 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1944

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, Harvey pleaded guilty to distributing a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 156 months’ imprisonment. Harvey filed an unsuccessful section 2255 motion for habeas corpus relief claiming ineffective assistan...

United States v. Geontay Patterson
Date: April 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1483
Faith Townsend v. Rockwell Automation
Date: April 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3079
Terri Peterson v. West TN Expediting, Inc.
Date: April 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5845
Judith Hizer v. Comm'r of Soc. Sec.
Date: April 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1797
Christopher Pillow v. DeWayne Burton
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1348
David Gray v. Richard Hamilton
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3981
United States v. Michael Williams
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5564
Bristol Reg'l Women's Center v. Herbert Slatery, III
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6267
United States v. Jankie Jackson
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Number: 18-5676
United States v. Combs  
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Number: 18-6003

Justia Opinion Summary: Jackson and Combs pleaded guilty to participating in a cocaine distribution ring. Jackson was sentenced to 192 months’ imprisonment due to his role as a leader in the drug-distribution conspiracy, U.S.S.G. 3B1.1(a).. Com...

Strickland v. City of Detroit  
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2373

Justia Opinion Summary: Strickland, an African-American Detroit Police Officer since 2008, claims that he has been subjected to race-based harassment throughout his tenure. He cited several incidents, social media posts, and Department reports...

United States v. Kenneth Jackson, Jr.
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3623
United States v. Jackson  
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-3711, 19-3623

Justia Opinion Summary: In May 2017, Jackson was convicted of three counts of carjacking and three counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence under 18 U.S.C. 924(c). While Jackson’s appeal was pending, Congress enacted the First...

United States v. Michael Powell
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3178
Aniceto Vega-Gutierrez v. Merrick Garland
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3634
Juan Sebastian-Gaspar v. Merrick Garland
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3805
Amadou Dia v. Merrick Garland
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3860
Torres v. Precision Industries, Inc.  
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5492

Justia Opinion Summary: Torres started working for Precision in 2011. He was not then legally authorized to work in the U.S. but obtained work authorization about five months later. Torres listed a fake Social Security number on a tax form when...

Billy Tester v. Walmart, Inc.
Date: April 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6080
Walter Bass, III v. Sherry Burt
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2109
United of Omaha Life Ins. Co. v. Claire J. Kay
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1228
Rhonda Chicora v. Comm'r of Soc. Sec.
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1827
Evodio Rodriguez-Salas v. Merrick Garland
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3617
Abdalsalam Omran v. Merrick Garland
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3916
Jon Grant v. Gahanna-Jefferson Public Sch. District
Date: April 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3926
Calvin Griffin v. Timothy Buchanan
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3858
United States v. Stampe  
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-6293

Justia Opinion Summary: Stampe and Loden were charged with conspiring to distribute at least 500 grams of methamphetamine. Stampe pled guilty and agreed to cooperate with the government in its case against Loden. Before Stampe’s sentencing, the...

Mich. Educ. Ass'n Family Retired Staff Ass'n v. Mich. Educ. Ass'n
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1174
John Lauve v. Janice Winfrey
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1349
Michael Niewolak v. City of Highland Park, Mich.
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1958
United States v. James Thomas
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3306
Imelda Lopez Soto v. Merrick Garland
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3552
United States v. Joseph Turner
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3595
United States v. Antonio Wynn
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3753
United States v. Brad Majors
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5085
United States v. Robert McGough
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5576
Nian v. Warden, North Central Correctional Institution  
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: 18-3938

Justia Opinion Summary: Nian worked as a home healthcare mentor for a family with a special-needs child, “SG.” After one visit, SG’s sister, JCG, claimed that Nian entered her room, tried to kiss her, put his hands on her private areas, and th...

Miller v. Genovese  
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-6214

Justia Opinion Summary: When the state called Blackwell to testify at Miller's trial for the 1995 murder of Rice, she claimed that she could not remember anything about the day in question. Out of the jury’s presence, the judge sent Blackwell t...

Angela Harrison v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am.
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3337
Cunningham v. Shelby County  
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5375

Justia Opinion Summary: The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher alerted three deputies that a 911 caller, Nancy Lewellyn, had told the dispatcher that she was suicidal, that she had a gun (possibly a .45 caliber pistol), and that she...

United States v. Paris Hill
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1525
United States v. Dana Jackson
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3765
United States v. Juan Bickerstaff
Date: April 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5354
Jahmir Frank v. Good Samaritan Hosp.
Date: April 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4268
United States v. Jordan Wheeler
Date: April 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1550
United States v. Tyrone Todd
Date: April 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5214
United States v. James Hood
Date: April 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6243
Infinity Capital LLC v. Francis David Corp.
Date: April 14, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4004
United States v. Booker  
Date: April 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1047

Justia Opinion Summary: On several occasions, an undercover officer purchased methamphetamine from Walker. Booker accompanied Walker to one of these sales, handed the officer Walker’s drugs, told the officer that he could offer methamphetamine...

United States v. Cornelius Edrington
Date: April 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5023
United States v. John Helton
Date: April 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5686
Preterm-Cleveland v. McCloud  
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Number: 18-3329

Justia Opinion Summary: Ohio H.B. 214, signed into law in 2017, prohibits any person from purposefully performing or inducing or attempting to perform or induce an abortion if the person has knowledge that the pregnant woman is seeking the abor...

Lynette Duncan v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co.
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1796
Marylynn Genaw v. Garage Equipment Supply
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2453
Nigel Wright v. Steven Rivard
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1058
Tim Hodgkins v. Timothy Fudge
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5760
United States v. Charles Pope
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5866
United States v. Charles Pope
Date: April 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5868
Frazier Cunningham v. State of Mich. Dep't of State Police
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1619
United States v. Davien Stokes
Date: April 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5909
Gaetano v. United States  
Date: April 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1902

Justia Opinion Summary: The IRS began a criminal investigation of Gaetano, who owns Michigan cannabis dispensaries. Portal 42, a software company that provides the cannabis industry with point-of-sale systems, confirmed that Gaetano was a clien...

Bristol Reg'l Women's Center v. Herbert Slatery, III
Date: April 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6267
United States v. Myron Pryor
Date: April 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3536
Eric Ostergren v. Heather Frick
Date: April 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1285
Najah Hermiz v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: April 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3914
Shonda Million v. Warren County, Ohio
Date: April 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3312
United States v. Lucien Lanier
Date: April 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5554
United States v. Immanuel Bradley
Date: April 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1894
United States v. Pablo Arrechavaleta
Date: April 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4124
United States v. Silvio Leon
Date: April 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4131
United States v. John Shields
Date: April 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-6428
United States v. John Shields
Date: April 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-6429
Pouncy v. Palmer  
Date: April 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1960

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, Pouncy opted to represent himself and was convicted of four counts of carjacking, four counts of armed robbery, and three firearm counts. He was sentenced to 586-824 months' imprisonment. The Michigan Court of...

Harden v. Hillman  
Date: April 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5056

Justia Opinion Summary: At 1:20 a.m., Harden, an African-American, went to buy beer at a Thornton store, where a uniformed Heritage Creek police officer, Hillman, provided security. The clerk told Harden, “I think you’ve had too much to drink a...

John Shufeldt v. Baker, Donelson, Bearman
Date: April 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5877
United States v. Jonathan Brinda
Date: April 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6345
United States v. Reed  
Date: April 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5631

Justia Opinion Summary: Memphis Officers suspected Reed of distributing marijuana. Reed had prior drug convictions. Detective Evans filed affidavits seeking search warrants for OK Tire, Orchi Road, and Bond Road. At OK Tire, owned by Reed's gir...

Felten v. William Beaumont Hospital  
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1002

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Felten filed a qui tam complaint alleging that his then-employer, Beaumont Hospital, was violating the False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. 3730(h), and the Michigan Medicaid False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to...

Wollschlager v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation  
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1536

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, State Bank, a Fentura subsidiary, hired Wollschlager to deal with “problem loans.” Wollschlager’s contract provided a golden parachute worth $175,000 if the Bank fired him early. In 2009, the FDIC deemed the Ba...

Maria Rosa-Mejia v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3590
Meat Town v. Sentinel Ins. Co.
Date: March 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2351
United States v. Narrion Caston
Date: March 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1257
Nathan v. Great Lakes Water Authority  
Date: March 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1761

Justia Opinion Summary: Massey began working as a security guard in 2004. Massey alleges that her supervisors and co-workers commented on “her weight, the size of her breast, her looks and body [odor]”; and referred to her as the “Queen of FMLA...

Marcelo Araujo-Padilla v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: March 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3571
United States v. Dustin Stanton
Date: March 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5320
Graveline v. Benson  
Date: March 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1337

Justia Opinion Summary: Michigan allows independent candidates for statewide office to be placed on the general election ballot if the candidate submits a “qualifying petition,” with at least 30,000 valid signatures, submitted no later than “th...

United States v. Edington  
Date: March 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1420

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2012, Edington and his father agreed Edington would apply for a Farm Services Agency (FSA) farm operating loan and list assets belonging to his father as collateral. Edington listed as collateral many assets he...

Tiger Lily, LLC v. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development  
Date: March 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-5256

Justia Opinion Summary: The March 2020 “CARES Act,” 134 Stat. 281, included a 120-day moratorium on eviction filings based on nonpayment of rent for tenants residing in certain federally financed rental properties, which expired in July 2020. T...

United States v. Gerri Avery
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2429
Meriwether v. Hartop  
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3289

Justia Opinion Summary: Meriwether, a Shawnee State University professor, is a devout Christian. In 2016, Shawnee told faculty to refer to students by their preferred pronouns. Meriwether’s department chair was dismissive of Meriwether’s concer...

Wendy Hancock v. Deandrea Miller
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5422
Gun Owners of America, Inc. v. Garland  
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1298

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2018, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) promulgated a rule that classified bump stocks as machine guns, reversing its previous position. Bump stocks are devices designed to assist the shoo...

United States v. John Creech
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2417
DeSheila Howlett v. City of Warren, Mich.
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2460
Babcock Power, Inc. v. Stephen Kapsalis
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-5494
Babcock Power, Inc. v. Stephen Kapsalis
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-5542
United States v. Tony Williams
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-6410
Roya Masaebi v. Arby's Corp.
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3425
Jennifer Willison v. Nelnet, Inc.
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3538
Tong Chen v. Merrick Garland
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3980
United States v. Leonard Jones, Jr.
Date: March 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4134
United Steel, Paper and Forestry v. LLFlex, LLC
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: 19-5464
Brian Lyngaas v. Curaden AG
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1199
Brian Lyngaas v. Curaden AG
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1200
Lyngaas v. Curaden AG  
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1243, 20-1199, 20-1200

Justia Opinion Summary: Curaden AG, a Swiss entity, manufactures toothbrushes. Curaden USA, an Ohio corporation headquartered in Arizona, is a Curaden AG subsidiary and promotes Curaden AG products throughout the U.S. The two companies had not...

Nolan v. Detroit Edison Co.  
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1867

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2002, Nolan’s employer, DTE, created a cash balance pension plan and invited its existing employees to transfer from their traditional defined benefit plan to the new plan. Nolan accepted. When she retired in 2017, DT...

United States v. James Miller
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1276
United States v. Wright  
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2102

Justia Opinion Summary: Wright, a member of a motorcycle gang, distributed cocaine. When Wright’s co-conspirator, Moore, fought with other members of the conspiracy, Wright agreed to kill him for $50,000, drove to Ohio, and shot Moore in the he...

United States v. Bruce Felix
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3201
Segundo Miguel-Jose v. Merrick Garland
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3631
Paul Nealy v. Shelly & Sands, Inc.
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3854
United States v. Hector Lebron
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-4110
Kyle Wallace v. Coffee County, Tenn.
Date: March 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5759
United States v. Andre Watson
Date: March 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2311
United States v. Craig James
Date: March 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2491
United States v. Manso-Zamora  
Date: March 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1665

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Manso-Zamora was convicted of conspiring to commit Hobbs Act robbery, three Hobbs Act robberies, and three counts of possessing and brandishing or discharging a firearm in furtherance of those robberies, and was...

United States v. Christopher Staton
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1141
United States v. Maxwell  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5755

Justia Opinion Summary: Maxwell was convicted of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and heroin. The crack-cocaine offense then generated a sentencing range of 20 years to life and the heroin offense generated a range of 10 years to life, 21...

United States v. Wills  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6142

Justia Opinion Summary: Wills was indicted for various methamphetamine-trafficking offenses. The government gave notice under 21 U.S.C. 851(a)(1) of its intent to seek an enhanced sentence based on Wills’s prior felony drug conviction. Wills pl...

United States v. Paul Nicoletti
Date: March 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1137
United States v. Evans Landscaping, Inc.
Date: March 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3089
United States v. Doug Evans
Date: March 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3093
Walid Jammal v. American Family Ins Co
Date: March 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3226
Viviane Bushong v. Delaware City School District
Date: March 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3847
United States v. Darrell Bryant
Date: March 17, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4179
United States v. Gifty Kusi
Date: March 17, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4180
United States v. Jacob Greene
Date: March 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3848
Angeles Fernandez-Galvan v. Merrick Garland
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3601
United States v. Brandon McKinnie
Date: March 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3954
Estate of Jacob Chubb v. Daimler Trucks N.A., LLC
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2058
United States v. Joseph Griffiths
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4276
United States v. Dominique Trumbo
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1393
United States v. Cory Cadieux
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1689
Mindy Carpenter v. Liberty Ins. Corp.
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3465
Joao Teixeira v. Andrew Vara
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3470
United States v. Jolie Johnson
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5035
United States v. Ismael Gonzalez
Date: March 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5037
United States v. Rosales  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3749

Justia Opinion Summary: Duran transported drugs from California to Ohio on a bus. Duran carried 10 packages of methamphetamine, a total of 4,427 grams. The DEA intercepted Duran, who agreed to cooperate and allowed the government to copy calls,...

United States v. Anthony Ingram
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3267
Hersie Wesson v. Tim Shoop
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3613
Lopez v. Garland  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3762

Justia Opinion Summary: Lopez, a citizen of Guatemala, entered the U.S. in the 1990s without admission or parole. In 2003, the government charged her with removability under 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(6)(A)(i) and sent Lopez a Notice to Appear that conta...

UAW Int'l v. TRW Automotive
Date: March 11, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2252
UAW Int'l v. TRW Automotive
Date: March 11, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2262
Autumn Smith v. David Walters
Date: March 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1580
Packard Square LLC v. Canyon Partners LLC
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1155
United States v. Edward Perez-Rios
Date: March 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1259
United States v. Tyrone Cammon
Date: March 9, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4244
United States v. Maurice Scott
Date: March 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1500
Thomas Calvey v. Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. Inc.
Date: March 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3243
Laura Hoffman v. Michael O'Malley
Date: March 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3473
Gary Houchens v. Andy Beshear
Date: March 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5644
Taylor v. Owens  
Date: March 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5648

Justia Opinion Summary: Taylor robbed a bank at gunpoint. He led the police on a high-speed chase, killed an innocent driver, shot another driver, and abducted a woman and her child. Taylor was convicted of killing a person while avoiding an ar...

United States v. Tomes  
Date: March 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6056

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2018, Tomes pleaded guilty to drug, firearm, and money laundering charges and was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment. In 2020, Tomes sought compassionate release, 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(1)(A), arguing that COVID-19, coupl...

United States v. White  
Date: March 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1633

Justia Opinion Summary: Muskegon Detective Schmidt, an undercover agent, asked a suspected drug dealer, Conkle, to buy some cocaine. The two drove to a house that belonged to White. Schmidt watched Conkle walk into White’s house and reemerge, a...

United States v. Kwame Mathews
Date: March 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1635
United States v. Gissantaner  
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2305

Justia Opinion Summary: A neighbor called 911, telling the dispatcher that Gissantaner, a convicted felon, had a gun. Responding officers found a pistol in Gissantaner’s house, inside a chest belonging to Gissantaner’s roommate. When the govern...

United States v. Terrance Malone
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1638
United States v. DeShaun Jones
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3164
United States v. DeShaun Jones
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3165
Stewart v. IHT Insurance Agency Group, LLC  
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3754

Justia Opinion Summary: Stewart, a co-owner of RRL and president of its subsidiary, IHT, formed a potential competitor. She was removed from the presidency, then launched a smear campaign against her replacement. RRL's other members voted to...

Sevier County Schools Federal Credit Union v. Branch Banking & Trust Co.  
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5174

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1989, the Plaintiffs opened Money Market Investment Accounts (MMIAs) with FNB. FNB guaranteed that the MMIAs’ annual rate of interest would “never fall below 6.5%.” The original contract did not limit an account holde...

Swiger v. Rosette  
Date: March 4, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2470

Justia Opinion Summary: Swiger accepted a $1200 loan from online lender Plain Green, an entity owned by and organized under the laws of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation, Montana. She describes Rees as the “mastermind” behi...

United States v. Riccardi  
Date: March 3, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4232

Justia Opinion Summary: Riccardi, a postal employee, pleaded guilty to stealing 1,505 gift cards from the mail. The cards had an average value of about $35, a total value of about $47,000. The Sentencing Guidelines directed an increase in Ricca...

Patrick's Payroll Servs., Inc. v. CIR
Date: March 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1772
United States v. Bryan Sorrell
Date: March 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1832
United States v. Tyrone Price
Date: March 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1930
Ramsek v. Beshear  
Date: March 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5749

Justia Opinion Summary: Kentucky Governor Beshear’s COVID-19 response included a “Mass Gathering Order” that prevented groups of more than 10 people from assembling for purposes including community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based, or sport...

United States v. Ronqueize Head
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3730
United States v. Seronte Newby
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3731
Kendrick v. Parris  
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: 19-6226

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994, Kendrick fatally shot his wife outside a Chattanooga gas station. He insisted that his rifle had malfunctioned and fired without Kendrick pulling the trigger. Before trial, officer Miller accidentally shot himse...

Cheryl Fritze v. Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1764
United States v. Benjamin Ross
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3163
Larry E. Parrish, P.C. v. Bennett  
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5898

Justia Opinion Summary: Braden and Strong used the Tennessee state courts to resolve the dissolution of their business partnership. During that process, Strong believed she was the victim of legal malpractice. She hired the Parrish Law Firm to...

Plan B Wellness Center, LLC v. City of Detroit Bd. of Zoning
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2449
Noe Rayon-Aquino v. Monty Wilkinson
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3583
Cherry Davidson v. Arlington Cmty Sch Bd.
Date: March 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5954
United States v. Patrice Harold
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1947
United States v. Patrice Harold
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2458
United States v. Patrice Harold
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2459
United States v. Cedric Rice
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1595
United States v. Carlos Landeros-Salcedo
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5683
United States v. Adam Collard
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2151
United States v. Joseph Collard
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2153
The Ohio State University v. Redbubble, Inc.  
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3388

Justia Opinion Summary: Redbubble operates a global online marketplace. Around 600,000 independent artists, not employed by Redbubble, upload images onto Redbubble’s interface. Consumers scroll through those images and order customized items. O...

Bethel v. Jenkins  
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3392

Justia Opinion Summary: Bethel is serving a capital sentence at CCI. Following Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Policy, CCI officials implemented a policy prohibiting “orders for printed material placed by third parties through...

Doe v. Michigan State University  
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1043

Justia Opinion Summary: John Doe was expelled from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (CHM) for allegedly sexually assaulting two women, Roe 1 and Roe 2, on the night of the school’s formal dance. An outside consultant had...

Carolyn Tipton v. Comm'r of Soc. Sec.
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5393
United States v. Kimball  
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5682

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Kimball was convicted of multiple drug-trafficking, weapons, money-laundering offenses, soliciting murder, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice. He was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life impriso...

United States v. Roberto Manier
Date: February 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5757
Miles v. Jordan  
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 19-5340

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2005, Miles was indicted for murder, wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, and being a persistent felony offender. Eight months later, law enforcement sent a hat recovered at the crime scene to...

United States v. Jaenico Johnson
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1050
Reedy v. West  
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1367

Justia Opinion Summary: Reedy, a Michigan prisoner, was a 47-year-old African American, serving a DUI sentence. His cellmate, Hensley was a 53-year-old much larger Caucasian, convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a child....

Duay Jado v. Monty Wilkinson
Date: February 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3392
Tara Blessing v. Sujana Chandrasekhar
Date: February 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5850
Doe v. Griffin  
Date: February 23, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-5852, 20-5850

Justia Opinion Summary: High school students from Kentucky received widespread attention for their conduct at the Lincoln Memorial during the 2019 March for Life rally. An incident occurred after the march between Covington Catholic students, i...

BorgWarner Thermal Sys., Inc. v. Carlisle Brake & Friction, Inc.
Date: February 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1344
Douglas Sullinger v. Carol Sullinger
Date: February 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3445
Douglas Sullinger v. Carol Sullinger
Date: February 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3498
Mati Leeal v. Ditech Fin. LLC
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1639
United States v. Luis Arana
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1920
Moore v. Hiram Township  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3259

Justia Opinion Summary: The Moore family, individually or in trust, has owned and maintained the 108-acre Hiram, Ohio property since 1813. They have operated a small airport on the Property since 1948. Around 1951, the Township enacted a zoning...

Melanie Pelcha v. MW Bancorp, Inc.
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3511
Betty Smith v. HPR Clinic, LLC
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3573
Bristol Regional Women's Center v. Slatery  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-6267

Justia Opinion Summary: Tennessee Code 39-15- 202(a)–(h) requires the woman be informed, orally and in-person by the attending physician or by the referring physician that she is pregnant; of the probable gestational age of the fetus; whether t...

Smith v. General Motors LLC  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1614

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005-2006, GM changed the dashboard used for GMT900 model cars from a multi-piece design to a single-piece design, which made the dashboard prone to cracking in two places. Plaintiffs, from 25 states, alleged that GMT...

Turaani v. Wray  
Date: February 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1343

Justia Opinion Summary: At a Michigan gun show, Turaani attempted to buy a gun. When the dealer ran Turaani’s name through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, he received a “delay” response, requiring the dealer to wait three...

Helen Youngblood v. Bd. of Comm'rs of Mahoning Cnty.
Date: February 17, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3877
Louisville Gas & Electric Co. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  
Date: February 17, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4225

Justia Opinion Summary: The companies (Louisville) own and operate electric generation, transmission, and distribution facilities in Kentucky and Virginia; about 20 years ago, they joined MISO, which operates across 15 states (including Kentuck...

United States v. Demario Simpson
Date: February 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1162
Schwamberger v. Marion County Board of Elections  
Date: February 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3575

Justia Opinion Summary: Schwamberger, a former deputy director of the Marion County Board of Elections sued the Board and its former director, Meyer, asserting, under 42 U.S.C. 1983, that the defendants’ actions constituted First Amendment reta...

United States v. Robert Richardson
Date: February 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5281
United States v. Robert Richardson
Date: February 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5282
Cretacci v. Call  
Date: February 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5669

Justia Opinion Summary: Cretacci, a Coffee County Jail detainee, claims he was injured during a 2015 inmate protest, that the jail failed to distribute essential supplies after that protest, and that he was injured again in 2017 when he did not...

Nat'l Elec. Annuity Plan v. Henkels & McCoy, Inc.
Date: February 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1024
L.D. Management Co. v. Gray  
Date: February 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5547

Justia Opinion Summary: To advertise its nearby adult bookstore, Lion’s Den displays a billboard, affixed to a tractor-trailer, on a neighbor’s property. Kentucky’s Billboard Act prohibits such off-site billboards if the advertisement is not se...

United States v. Wheat  
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-4172

Justia Opinion Summary: Reels operated a Cleveland drug-trafficking ring and regularly purchased large amounts of heroin, reselling the drug in smaller quantities. Reels and Wheat were social acquaintances. By phone, Wheat told Reels that he h...

Robert Young v. Campbell Cnty., Ky.
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5143
United States v. Lanier  
Date: February 11, 2021
Docket Numbers: 16-6655, 16-6657

Justia Opinion Summary: The Laniers were charged with a scheme to fraudulently obtain government contracts. During deliberations, a juror contacted assistant district attorney Nelson—a social acquaintance, not involved with the Laniers's case....

United States v. Katrina Lanier
Date: February 11, 2021
Docket Number: 16-6657
In re Hanna  
Date: February 11, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3881

Justia Opinion Summary: Hanna was convicted of aggravated murder and sentenced to death. He exhausted state remedies, then filed a federal habeas corpus petition, which the district court denied in 2009. The Sixth Circuit rejected Hanna’s claim...

United States v. Aaron Fein
Date: February 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1224
United States v. Demetrius Flenory
Date: February 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1767
United States v. Ruffin Parker, III
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2362
Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC v. Great Lakes Grain, LLC  
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1671

Justia Opinion Summary: Through several corporations, members of the Boersen family have farmed in Michigan for several generations. After 2016's poor crop, their corporate entities could not cover their debts. One creditor, Helena, obtained a...

United States v. Louis Pegram
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1906
Charlie Duncan v. Minn. Life Ins. Co.
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3512
Libertarian Party of Ohio v. Wilhem  
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3585

Justia Opinion Summary: Ohio law mandates that the Ohio Elections Commission (OEC) be composed of three members from each of the top two political parties in the state, and an additional seventh member who cannot have any political affiliation,...

United States v. Small  
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-5117, 20-5120

Justia Opinion Summary: Small and Johnson were indicted for aiding and abetting and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, 18 U.S.C. 1201(a)(1), (c). Spoon, age 73, testified that she was alone when she noticed a black Chevrolet Malibu pull into her...

United States v. Joni Amber Johnson
Date: February 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5120
United States v. Brooks  
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2283

Justia Opinion Summary: Police officers pulled over the vehicle in which Brooks was riding for a seatbelt violation. The officers approached, smelled marijuana, and saw Brooks making a “stuffing motion” under his seat. The police found a gun pa...

United States v. Telly Byrd
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: 19-5890
Carol Wilson v. DM Excavating, LLC
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3171
Hamilton Cnty. Emergency Commc'ns v. Level 3 Commc'ns
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5304
United States ex rel. Joseph Odish v. Northrop Grumman Corp.
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1693
Primus Group, LLC v. Smith & Wesson Corp.
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3992
EEOC v. West Meade Place, LLP
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-6469
United States v. James Warner
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1148
United States v. George Rafidi
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3749
United States v. Jeremy Beck
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-6210
OverDrive Inc. v. Open E-Book Forum  
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3432

Justia Opinion Summary: OverDrive, a digital reading platform, belonged to International Digital Publishing Forum, a trade association dedicated to the development of electronic publishing standards. International’s members developed EPUB, the...

United States v. John Montero
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3666
Willie Herring v. Alan Lazaroff
Date: February 4, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3666
Joseph Forrester Trucking v. Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs  
Date: February 4, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-3329, 20-3331, 20-3332

Justia Opinion Summary: The Sixth Circuit denied the consolidated petition for review brought by three coal mine operators challenging the Benefits Review Board's adverse black lung benefits determination. Honoring the Board's customary require...

H & P Coal Company, Inc. v. OWCP
Date: February 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3331
Lockworth, Inc. v. OWCP
Date: February 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3332
United States v. James Eakes
Date: February 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5219
Brass Reminders Co., Inc. v. RT Engineering Corp.
Date: February 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-5671