2011 Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law

Opinions 1 - 500 of 1301

United States v. Gustavo Villa-Maldonado
Date: December 30, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1696
United States v. McKoy  
Date: December 30, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1749

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and sentenced to 300 months imprisonment. Defendant filed a motion in the district court for modification of his sentence under 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(2) based...

Joycelyn Griffin v. Teamsters Local 618
Date: December 30, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2042
Bjornestad v. Progressive Northern Ins.  
Date: December 29, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3733

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought suit against her insurer, asserting claims of breach of contract and bad faith. After a jury awarded plaintiff the full amount of her underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage, but denied her bad faith claim...

Tripp, et al. v. Western Nat'l Mutual Ins.  
Date: December 29, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3759

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought suit against her insurer, asserting claims of breach of contract and bad faith. After a jury awarded plaintiff the full amount of her underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage, but denied her bad faith claim...

The Hunte Corporation v. Jodell Martinelli, et al
Date: December 29, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1290
United States v. David Franco-Tinajero
Date: December 29, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2712
Wagner v. Jones  
Date: December 28, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2588

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appealed the district court's grant of summary judgment dismissing her 42 U.S.C. 1983 suit against the Dean of the University of Iowa's College of Law. Plaintiff alleged that the Dean discriminated against her...

Culpepper v. Vilsack  
Date: December 28, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2627

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a hearing-impaired employee of the USDA, brought this action under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 701 et seq., for workplace discrimination and retaliation. Defendant appealed an adverse bench trial...

Weems v. Tyson Food  
Date: December 28, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2975

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought suit against defendant, claiming workplace gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, et seq., and the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993, Ark. Code Ann. 16-1...

Doe v. Young, et al.  
Date: December 28, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3442

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued Body Aesthetic and three of its surgeons, claiming that they invaded her privacy and breached the fiduciary duty of confidentiality they owed to her when they gave nude photographic images of her body to a...

Thompson v. Air Transport Int'l  
Date: December 28, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1229

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued ATI alleging that it violated his rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), 29 U.S.C. 2601, et seq., and under the Arkansas Civil Rights Act (ACRA), Ark. Code Ann. 16-123-101 et seq. The district c...

Alicia Eaton, et al v. Minnesota AG's Office, et al
Date: December 28, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1949
Little Rock Sch. Dist. v. State of Arkansas, et al.; Joshua, et al. v. Pulaski County Special Sch. Dist.; Armstrong, et al. v. North Little Rock Sch. Dist.; North Little Rock Classroom Teachers Assoc., et al. v. State of Arkansas, et al.  
Date: December 28, 2011
Docket Numbers: 11-2130, 11-2304, 11-2305, 11-2336

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated appeals regarding continuing school desegregation efforts in the Little Rock, Arkansas area, NLRSD and PCSSD each appealed the district court's denial of their petitions for a declaration of unitary statu...

Pulaski County Special School v. Arkansas Board of Education
Date: December 28, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2304
Alexa Armstrong, et al v. North Little Rock School Dist.
Date: December 28, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2305
North Little Rock Classroom, et al v. AR State Bd. of Education, et al
Date: December 28, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2336
United States v. Patten  
Date: December 28, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2268

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, and two counts of possession and attempted possession of child pornography. Defendant appealed the district court...

United States v. Edgar Lara-Garcia
Date: December 28, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2507
Bobby Ayers v. Michael J. Astrue
Date: December 28, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2655
United States v. Smith  
Date: December 27, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1732

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to knowingly and intentionally distributing five or more grams of actual methamphetamine. Defendant appealed his sentence of 135 months imprisonment. The court held that the district court did not e...

United States v. Salamo Rakotojoelinandrasana
Date: December 27, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2019
United States v. Arborkhodja Askarkhodjaev
Date: December 23, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2111
United States v. Kelly James Maxwell
Date: December 22, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1073
United States v. Maxwell; United States v. Smith  
Date: December 22, 2011
Docket Numbers: 11-1073, 11-1074

Justia Opinion Summary: Kelly Maxwell and Natalie Smith each pled guilty to second degree murder. Each received a sentencing guideline range of 168-210 months, but Smith was credited with providing substantial assistance to the government and r...

Johnson v. Phillips, et al.  
Date: December 22, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1367

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued defendant under 42 U.S.C. 1983 for violations of her constitutional rights when defendant, a building commissioner and Auxiliary Reserve Police Officer, stopped plaintiff's vehicle, arrested her, and searc...

Martinez v. W. W. Grainger, et al.  
Date: December 22, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1422

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought this action against his former employer alleging wage discrimination and termination on the basis of race and national origin in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e e...

United States v. Thomas  
Date: December 22, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1432

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. Defendant appealed from his conviction. The court held that the district court did not err in denying defendant's motion to suppress stat...

Price, et al. v. Northern States Power Co.  
Date: December 22, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1497

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, four women employed by NSP, brought this action alleging discriminatory pay practices under the Equal Pay Act (EPA), 29 U.S.C. 206 et seq., the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), Minn. Stat. 363.01 et seq., a...

Van Daele Bros., Inc. v. Thoms  
Date: December 22, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6043

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appealed the order of the bankruptcy court determining that debt owed to it by debtor was not excepted from discharge under 11 U.S.C. 523(a)(6). The court concluded that plaintiff had presented an interpretatio...

Mutual of Omaha Bank v. Lange, et al.  
Date: December 22, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6062

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the order of the bankruptcy court granting a motion for summary judgment filed by the trustee of debtor's bankruptcy estate. The trustee sought, and the bankruptcy court entered, an order determining t...

United States v. Bena  
Date: December 21, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2834

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of firearms while subject to a court order of protection, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(8), after he allegedly assaulted his wife. On appeal, defendant argued that secti...

United States v. William  
Date: December 21, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1806

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant challenged the sentence imposed as a result of his conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. In his second appeal, defendant challenged the district court's application of the U.S.S.G. 2K2.1(a)(3...

Theresa Marshall v. Deutsche Bank Natl. Trust Co., et al
Date: December 21, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1843
United States v. Gant  
Date: December 21, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2060

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of willfully making a telephone threat to kill, injure, and intimidate another individual and to damage and destroy a building by means of a fire or explosive. Defendant was sentence...

United States v. Jose Carreon
Date: December 20, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3723
Eugenio Sanchez Bernal v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Date: December 20, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1424
Anthony Austine Ukofia v. BICE, et al
Date: December 20, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1870
Violet Goodwin v. Creighton University
Date: December 20, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2657
Ortiz v. United States  
Date: December 19, 2011
Docket Number: 08-1749

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a federal prisoner awaiting execution on two death sentences, appealed the district court's denial of his petition to vacate, set aside, or correct his sentence under 28 U.S.C. 2255. The court granted defendan...

Novotny v. Tripp County, South Dakota, et al.  
Date: December 19, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3811

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued defendants, inter alia, after the local newspaper stopped publishing his letters criticizing the Tripp County Commission. Plaintiff alleged deprivation of his First Amendment rights, deprivation of his Fou...

United States v. Jedidiah Riekenberg
Date: December 19, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1075
United States v. Holt  
Date: December 19, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1572

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting a scheme to defraud Wal-Mart of more than $675,00 by the use of fictitious money transfers. Defendant was ordered to pay restitution to Wal-Mart, but just before her senten...

David Lynd v. Genmar Holdings, Inc., et al
Date: December 19, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1608
Block, et al. v. Brooklyn Park Motors, Inc.  
Date: December 19, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1724

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued Brooklyn Park Motors and several Toyota affiliates in Minnesota state court after her son was killed and her daughter seriously injured in a crash with a 1996 Toyota Camry. Plaintiff subsequently appealed...

Planned Parenthood, et al. v. Nebraskans United for Life  
Date: December 16, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3298

Justia Opinion Summary: Planned Parenthood brought suit against various state officials in Nebraska challenging new requirements to the State's informed consent procedures for abortions. At issue was the district court's denial of NuLife's moti...

United States v. Casteel  
Date: December 16, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3400

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of carjacking and using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. Defendant appealed his conviction. The court held that the district court addressed the risk of prejudice by provi...

United States v. Raifsnider  
Date: December 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1353

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, defendant pled guilty to a federal firearm violation pursuant to a written plea agreement. In 2008, defendant was indicted on federal fraud charges, and he subsequently moved to dismiss the indictment as preclud...

United States v. Joaquin Bravo Flore
Date: December 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1550
United States v. Denzel Hodge
Date: December 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2325
United States v. Robinson, Jr.  
Date: December 15, 2011
Docket Number: 09-3928

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm after a handgun fell from his pants during a pat-down search following a traffic stop. Defendant appealed, arguing that the district court erred in deny...

Hudson v. Campbell, et al.  
Date: December 15, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3025

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose when defendant denied plaintiff's application for Medicaid benefits on the grounds that she had transferred property in 2005-2006 valued at $340,000. The district court subsequently dismissed plaintiff's...

Cook, et al. v. ACS State & Local Solutions, et al.  
Date: December 15, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3818

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs brought a class action suit against a variety of defendants, alleging that each improperly obtained personal driver information from the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) in violation of the Driver's Privac...

United States v. Katherine West
Date: December 15, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1041
Friends of Weiner School Dist. v. State of Arkansas, et al
Date: December 15, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1052
United States v. Nicole Wagy
Date: December 15, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1297
United States v. Aldridge  
Date: December 15, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1344

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiring to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Defendant appealed his conviction and sentence. The court held that the district court did not err...

United States v. Werlein  
Date: December 15, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1404

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to production of child pornography and the district court imposed a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison. Defendant appealed his sentence. The court held that the district court did not a...

United States v. Growden  
Date: December 15, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1488

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of wire fraud offenses and sentenced to 27 months' imprisonment followed by a three-year term of supervised release. After defendant's second guilty plea to violating the terms of his supervised r...

Dunham v. Portfolio Recovery Associate  
Date: December 15, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1553

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated, sued defendant, alleging claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), 15 U.S.C. 1692g, where defendant conceded that plaintiff did not owe a...

Community Finance Group, Inc., et al. v. Republic of Kenya, et al.  
Date: December 15, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1816

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs brought suit against defendants for breach of duty, improper taking in violation of international law, conversion, conspiracy to commit a tort, aiding and abetting an improper taking and fraudulent scheme, and...

Plaintiff v. Defendant
Date: December 15, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2634
United States v. Carla Marshall
Date: December 15, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2852
TLP Services, LLC v. Stoebner  
Date: December 15, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6058

Justia Opinion Summary: John R. Stoebner was the trustee for the jointly administered chapter 7 bankruptcy estates of debtors. Stoebner filed a verified motion for authorization to use cash collateral and TLP objected to the motion. The bankrup...

United States v. Andres Morales-Escarsega
Date: December 14, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1527
Joseph Hamilton v. Gregory Palm, et al
Date: December 14, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1907
Lincoln Savings Bank v. Freese  
Date: December 14, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6055

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtor appealed from the ruling of the bankruptcy court denying his discharge pursuant to 11 U.S.C. 727(a)(4). The court agreed with the bankruptcy court that even if discovery of debtor's property interests resulted in...

Imad Ibrahim Mouawad v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Date: December 13, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2128
AvidAir Helicopter Supply v. Rolls-Royce Corp.  
Date: December 13, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3444

Justia Opinion Summary: This was an appeal of two consolidated suits brought under Indiana's and Missouri's trade secret statutes, involving information about the repair and overhaul of helicopter engines published by Rolls-Royce. The court hel...

U.S. Bank Nat'l Assoc. v. Federal Insurance Co., et al.  
Date: December 13, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3472

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, as trustee for a creditors' trust, held a $56 million stipulated judgment against Paul Yarrick, a former officer of Interstate Bakeries. Interstate emerged from a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization...

Armstrong v. Hobb  
Date: December 13, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1049

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted in Arkansas state court of two counts of capital murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for killing his estranged wife and their unborn child. The court conclu...

United States v. Djuan Hughe
Date: December 13, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1304
United States v. Perez  
Date: December 13, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1747

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiring to manufacture 100 or more marijuana plants, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, and being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. Defendant appeale...

United States v. Larita Duncan
Date: December 12, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3737
United States v. Jose Buenrostro
Date: December 12, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2363
David Ferrell v. Larry Norris, et al
Date: December 12, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2672
United States v. Petters  
Date: December 9, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1843

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of crimes related to his involvement in a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme and was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release. Defendant appealed, challenging his convic...

United States v. German Robles-Garcia
Date: December 9, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1019
United States v. Rodriguez-Ramos; United States v. Robles-Garcia  
Date: December 9, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-3769, 11-1019

Justia Opinion Summary: German Robles-Garcia and Jose Rodriquez-Ramos were tried jointly by a jury. Robles was convicted of conspiracy to distribute less than 50 grams of methamphetamine mixture, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine actual, and...

Stepnes v. Ritschel, et al.  
Date: December 9, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1381

Justia Opinion Summary: A police sergeant arrested plaintiff without a warrant for running a contest which allegedly violated Minnesota gambling laws. The sergeant later obtained a search warrant and seized several items from the house where pl...

United States v. Augustine  
Date: December 9, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2118

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of being a prohibited person in possession of firearms and ammunition. On appeal, defendant challenged the district court's evidentiary rulings, her conviction, and her sentence. The court held th...

United States v. Richart  
Date: December 8, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1977

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of one count of conspiracy to make a false statement under 18 U.S.C. 371 and one count of making a false statement in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001, in connection with the disappearance and death of...

Elam v. Denny  
Date: December 8, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3465

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted in Missouri state court and sentenced to life in prison for the first degree murder of his grandfather, armed criminal action, and second-degree arson. Defendant appealed the district court's deni...

Brett Marino v. Joe Seeley
Date: December 8, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3685
The Weitz Co. v. MacKenzie House, et al.  
Date: December 8, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3713

Justia Opinion Summary: The Weitz Company sued MacKenzie House and MH Metropolitan for breach of construction contract. Arrowhead and Concorde were third-party defendants. MH Metropolitan counterclaimed for breach of the same contract, seeking...

Silvia Esparza-Gaytan v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Date: December 8, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1596
United States v. Salido-Rosa  
Date: December 8, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2379

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, an alien, pled guilty to knowingly and unlawfully reentering the United States after being deported. The district court enhanced defendant's sentence under U.S.S.G. 2L1.2(b)(1)(E) because the court determined...

John R. Stoebner v. Consumers Energy Company
Date: December 8, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6045
John R. Stoebner v. Potomac Electric Power Company
Date: December 8, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6046
Stoebner v. Consumers Energy Company, et al.  
Date: December 8, 2011
Docket Numbers: 11-6045, 11-6046, 11-6047, 11-6048, 11-6049, 11-6050, 11-6051

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, in these related appeals, was the Trustee in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases of LGI Energy Solutions, Inc. and LGI Data Solutions Company, LLC, which were in the business of providing utility-management and bil...

John R. Stoebner v. Atlantic City Electric Company
Date: December 8, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6048
John R. Stoebner v. East Cedarbrook Plaza LLC
Date: December 8, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6049
John R. Stoebner v. Florida Power & Light Company
Date: December 8, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6050
John R. Stoebner v. Gulf Power Company
Date: December 8, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6051
United States v. Jason Allison
Date: December 7, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3141
Hanegan v. Miller  
Date: December 7, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3182

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of kidnapping in the first degree, attempted murder, and willful injury in violation of Iowa law. Defendant appealed the denial of his habeas corpus petition. The court held that even assuming def...

United States v. Bay  
Date: December 7, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3262

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of three counts relating to possession and manufacture of methamphetamine and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Defendant appealed the district court's denial of his motions t...

Mary Amerson v. City of Des Moine
Date: December 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1575
Troy Daigle v. Hartford Life and Accident
Date: December 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1847
George Luberda v. Regions Bank
Date: December 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2516
Ricky Mellon v. Michael J. Astrue
Date: December 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2549
United States v. Mark Flaaen
Date: December 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2651
United States v. Alfredo Flores-Silva
Date: December 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2703
Billy Tyler v. Unknown Mayo, et al
Date: December 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2963
United States v. Dolehide  
Date: December 6, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2098

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed from the district court's imposition of a 135-month sentence on two counts of possession of child pornography. The court held that defendant waived his double jeopardy claim when he pled guilty to both...

United States v. Jones  
Date: December 5, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2769

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. The court held that the district court did not ab...

United States v. Robinson  
Date: December 5, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1077

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank bribery, making false statements to a financial institution, and wire fraud and was sentenced to 78 months' imprisonment. Defendant appealed from his convi...

Darnell Porter v. Perry Wyse, et al
Date: December 5, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1861
United States v. Webster  
Date: December 5, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2415

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1) and conceded the firearm was subject to forfeiture under 18 U.S.C. 924(d). On appeal, defendant argued that the distri...

Kenneth Tennant v. Clifford Anderson, et al
Date: December 5, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2663
Williams v. Harmon, et al.  
Date: December 2, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-2465, 10-2712

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging, inter alia, that his approximately 14-year detention in administrative segregation (Ad. Seg.) violated his procedural due-process rights under the Fourteenth Ame...

David Williams v. Greg Harmon, et al
Date: December 2, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2712
United States v. Jennings  
Date: December 2, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3365

Justia Opinion Summary: Under a written plea agreement containing an appeal waiver, defendant pleaded guilty to commercial sex trafficking of children. Defendant appealed and the government moved to dismiss his appeal based on the terms of the...

United States v. William Mabie  
Date: December 2, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3526

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty of three counts of mailing threatening communications, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 876(c), and one count of interstate communication of a threat, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 875(c). Defendant was s...

Holden v. Hirner, et al.  
Date: December 2, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3656

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appealed the district court's adverse grant of summary judgment on his 42 U.S.C. 1983 claim against several prison officials. Plaintiff, a pretrial detainee, was assaulted by three other inmates while he awaite...

Coffey v. Commissioner of IRS  
Date: December 2, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1362

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee received a notice of deficiency from the IRS and she contested the assessments, asserting the time bar in 26 U.S.C. 6501(a). Claiming an interest in this issue, the government of the United States Virgin Islands...

United States v. Kenneth Smith
Date: December 2, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1645
Arvest Bank v. TCI Bentonville, Inc., et al
Date: December 2, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2011
Malaquias Ortiz-Puentes, et al v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Date: December 1, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2793
Ortiz-Puentes, et al. v. Holder, Jr.  
Date: December 1, 2011
Docket Numbers: 11-2793, 11-1308

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners, three siblings and citizens of Guatemala, petitioned for review of the BIA's dismissal of petitioners' administrative appeal on the merits based on an IJ's denial of their applications for asylum and withhol...

United States v. Blackmon  
Date: December 1, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1225

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant conditionally pled guilty to one count of bank robbery and was sentenced to 63 months' imprisonment. On appeal, defendant challenged the denial of his motion to suppress and contended that his sentence was proc...

Stein v. Chase Home Finance, LLC, et al.  
Date: December 1, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1292

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued in state court challenging the validity of both the foreclosure of his home by Chase and the redemption of his home by a junior lienholder, National. The district court subsequently granted Chase's and Nat...

United States v. Zambrano  
Date: December 1, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1528

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed from the order of the district court denying his motion to plead guilty. The indictment at issue was flawed on its face where the text of the document charged possession with intent to distribute fifty...

United States v. Rodolfo Zambrano
Date: December 1, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1528
Latoyin Davis v. Correctional Medical Services, et al
Date: December 1, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2046
Penford Corp., et al. v. Natl. Union Fire Ins. Co., et al.  
Date: November 29, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3068

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought suit seeking declaratory judgment and asserted claims for breach of contract and bad faith when its insurers asserted that certain sublimits in plaintiff's policy capped reimbursement for damages caused...

United States v. Shade  
Date: November 29, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1029

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to mail fraud and sentenced to 27 months' imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release. On appeal, defendant argued that the district court erred in denying him a two-level r...

Lonnie Snelling v. J. D. Haynes, et al
Date: November 28, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1930
United States v. Miell  
Date: November 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3256

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his sentence on mail fraud charges under 18 U.S.C. 1341, claiming that the district court erred when applying sentencing guidelines enhancements for abuse of position of private trust, 250 or more vict...

Timothy Salisbury v. Itasca County, et al
Date: November 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3643
United States v. Monica Gonzalez
Date: November 25, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1010
United States v. Sherman Lee
Date: November 25, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1106
United States v. Carl Walker
Date: November 25, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1110
United States v. Thedell Doss, Jr.
Date: November 25, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1470
United States v. Joshua Louderback
Date: November 25, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1540
United States v. Travis Matthew
Date: November 25, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1597
John Lovald v. Marissa Hunter, et al
Date: November 25, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1653
United States v. Juan Garcia
Date: November 25, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1721
US Bank National Assoc. v. SMF Energy Corp.  
Date: November 25, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6005

Justia Opinion Summary: SMF appealed from a bankruptcy court order finding that three payments totaling $54,778.46 received by SMF from IBC in the 90-day preference period preceding IBC's chapter 11 filing were preferential payments under 11 U....

United States v. Roger  
Date: November 23, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1336

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional guilty plea to one count of possessing a stolen firearm and ammunition and one count of failing to register as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), 18 U....

United States v. Tawny Sage Eagle Louse
Date: November 23, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2044
United States v. Raysor  
Date: November 22, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3169

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States appealed from an order issued by the district court sentencing defendant to 52 months imprisonment. The court held that because the district court erred as a matter of law in failing to sentence defenda...

United States v. Jeffrey Provancial
Date: November 22, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1639
Carlos Vargas Barrios v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Date: November 22, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2473
Jose Hernandez v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Date: November 21, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1795
United States v. Yvonne Dockery
Date: November 21, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1240
United States v. Ldonpatrick Bone
Date: November 21, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1278
United States v. Mark McAvinew
Date: November 21, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1428
Keil v. Triveline, et al.  
Date: November 21, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1647

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant brought this action against federal agents, alleging that he was unlawfully arrested for immigration violations in violation of his rights under the Fourth Amendment. At issue was whether the agents were entitl...

Samuel J. Temperato Trust v. Unterreiner, et al.  
Date: November 18, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6039

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants appealed from an order and judgment of the bankruptcy court granting summary judgment on plaintiff's complaint to determine dischargeability pursuant to 11 U.S.C. 523(a)(2)(B). The court held that plaintiff fa...

Norman Banks v. Ameren UE, et al
Date: November 17, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1902
Richard Talbott v. Scott Fisher
Date: November 17, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2248
United States v. Buck  
Date: November 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1079

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, and obtaining a named female victim and others for labor and services in violation 18 U.S.C. 1590 and 1594. Defendant app...

United States v. Darr  
Date: November 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1343

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional guilty plea to production of child pornography. On appeal, defendant challenged the district court's denial of a motion to suppress evidence. The court held that, considering the nature of...

Aldifonso Gonzales, Jr. v. United State
Date: November 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1418
Dwight Alexander v. Bayview Loan Servicing
Date: November 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1615
Friends of the Norbeck, et al. v. United States Forest Service, et al.  
Date: November 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1661

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court dismissed plaintiff's complaint, concluding in relevant part that plaintiffs failed to exhaust the administrative remedies for their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., cl...

Michael Hollen, D.D.S., P.C. v. CIR
Date: November 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1725
Terrence Moore v. Nebraska Beef
Date: November 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1755
Carroll Flowers v. Marty Anderson
Date: November 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1760
Flowers v. Anderson; Dannar v. Anderson  
Date: November 16, 2011
Docket Numbers: 11-1760, 11-1764

Justia Opinion Summary: Two inmates petitioned for writs of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. 2241, alleging that their due process rights were violated when the Medical Center imposed discipline, including revocation of good time credits, for poss...

Robert Prokop v. NE Accountability & Disclosure, et al
Date: November 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1795
Cheryl Williams v. John Rehtmeyer, et al
Date: November 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2007
United States v. Chad Kammerude
Date: November 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2374
Bauer, et al. v. Gilmartin, et al.  
Date: November 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6014

Justia Opinion Summary: In an action for nondischargeability, creditors appealed from the judgment of the Bankruptcy Court finding that they failed to prove that they were damaged as a result of the fraud allegedly committed by debtor. The cour...

Jeffrey L. White v. Commercial Bank & Trust Co.
Date: November 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6032
Jeffrey Lewis White v. Commercial Bank & Trust Co.; Jennifer Gay White v. Commercial Bank & Trust Co.  
Date: November 16, 2011
Docket Numbers: 11-6032, 11-6033

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants in these consolidated appeals were debtors in their respective chapter 7 cases. Creditor objected to debtors' homestead exemption claims and moved for relief from the automatic stay. Debtors then moved to avoi...

Linn Farms and Timber Ltd v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., et al.  
Date: November 15, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2425

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out of a dispute between Union Pacific, the owner of mineral rights to three parcels of land, and Linn Farms, the surface rights owner to the parcels who purchased the mineral rights from the Arkansas Com...

United States v. Debra Otten
Date: November 15, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3788
United States v. Mueller; United States v. Kornhardt  
Date: November 10, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-3159, 10-3691

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Steven Mueller challenged his convictions on conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire and murder-for-hire. Defendant James Kornhardt challenged his convictions on conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, murder-for-hi...

United States v. James Kornhardt
Date: November 10, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3691
United States v. Aaron Stock
Date: November 10, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3339
United States v. Stacy Ba
Date: November 10, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1474
Matt Padavich v. Hartford Life Insurance Co., et al
Date: November 10, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1814
St. Jude P. & S. v. World Color
Date: November 10, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1950
Kimberly Jeanquart v. Michael J. Astrue
Date: November 10, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2041
Paul Emerson v. Constance Cleveland, et al
Date: November 10, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2084
David Stebbins v. University of Arkansas, et al
Date: November 10, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2465
United States v. Thomas Hedge
Date: November 8, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2016
Keating, et al. v. Nebraska Public Power District, et al.  
Date: November 7, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2441

Justia Opinion Summary: Several Nebraska farmers filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging their due process rights were violated when Nebraska officials ordered the farmers to cease drawing water from the Niobrara Watershed without providing a...

United States v. Dace  
Date: November 7, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3629

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to conspiracy to manufacture in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine, as well as possession of pseudoephedrine knowing and having reasonable cause to believe it would be used to manufacture methamp...

United States v. Clint Ball
Date: November 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1168
Diana Walker v. AR Dept. of Community etc., et al
Date: November 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1717
Eugene Pitts v. Larry Jegley, et al
Date: November 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2306
United States v. Honea  
Date: November 4, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3483

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of offenses related to the manufacturing and possession of marijuana plants. At sentencing, the district court determined that defendant qualified for the "safety valve" under 21 U.S.C. 3553(f) an...

Walters v. Wolf, et al.  
Date: November 4, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3597

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought a 42 U.S.C. 1983 action against the city and the police chief (defendants) alleging that they (1) deprived him of his property, namely a handgun and its ammunition, without due process of law, in violat...

Thatcher v. Hanover Ins. Group, Inc., et al.  
Date: November 4, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1610

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a putative class action in Arkansas state court against defendants, asserting causes of action for unjust enrichment, fraud, constructive fraud, and breach of contract. After defendants removed the case t...

Thomas McIntyre, et al v. CIR
Date: November 4, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1679
Thomas McIntyre, et al v. CIR
Date: November 4, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1680
United States v. Antonio Alfaro
Date: November 4, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2157
United States v. Dayton Hein
Date: November 4, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2391
KAAPA Ethanol, LLC v. Affiliated FM Ins. Co.  
Date: November 3, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-1929, 10-2071

Justia Opinion Summary: KAAPA managed a facility that distilled corn into ethanol. KAAPA commenced a diversity action after Affiliated denied KAAPA's claim to recover the cost of extensive repairs and business interruption losses. A jury found...

KAAPA Ethanol, LLC v. Affiliated FM Ins. Co.
Date: November 3, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2071
United States v. Tyrone Brown
Date: November 3, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3678
Ronald Posluns v. Education Management Corp., et al
Date: November 3, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1591
Jacinto Maldonado-Hernandez v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Date: November 2, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1804
United States v. Ricky Hick
Date: November 2, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1886
Johnson, et al. v. Fink  
Date: November 2, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6037

Justia Opinion Summary: This was an appeal from an order of the bankruptcy court overruling debtors' objection to confirmation of their post-confirmation amended Chapter 13 plan. At issue was the extent to which debtors could modify the payment...

Rancho Holdings v. Manzanillo Associates, et al
Date: November 1, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1770
R. Houseal v. CIR
Date: November 1, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1885
Robert Houseal v. CIR
Date: November 1, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2172
Randy Teinert v. Rashid Abdallah, et al
Date: November 1, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2086
United States v. Boneshirt  
Date: October 31, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3108

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of second degree murder and the district court sentenced him to 576 months' imprisonment. On appeal, defendant challenged the substantive reasonableness of his sentence. The court he...

Crest Construction II, et al. v. Doe, et al.  
Date: October 31, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3470

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs brought this action against several defendants alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 28 U.S.C. 1961 et seq., and raising several state law causes of action. The...

Yusef Brown v. Scott Fisher
Date: October 31, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1736
United States v. Perrin  
Date: October 28, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1885

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. At issue on appeal was whether defendant was in custody when he confessed to law enforcement. The court held that, having considered the totality of the circum...

Garcia-Torres v. Holder, Jr.  
Date: October 28, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2307

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of Mexico, petitioned for review of a decision of the BIA that dismissed his appeal, finding that evidence of his alienage was admissible and that removal was proper despite the hardship...

United States v. Bowman  
Date: October 28, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1756

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed from the district court's denial of his motion to suppress evidence seized during the traffic stop that led to his arrest and conviction. The court held that the trooper's prolonged stop of defendant w...

United States v. Jason Harri
Date: October 28, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1763
Bennie Guy v. Ed Laxton, et al
Date: October 28, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2676
Jermane Jackson v. United State
Date: October 27, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3317
C. Stewart v. Larry Crawford, et al
Date: October 27, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3734
United States v. Reginald Nall
Date: October 27, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2592
Gabriel Cassell v. Olivia Jassah Cassell
Date: October 26, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1395
Marcovous Williams v. Arkansas Dept. of Correction, et al
Date: October 26, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1613
Alan Honarmand v. J.C. Penney
Date: October 26, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1614
United States v. Anton Cro
Date: October 26, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2055
David Bailey v. Jane Doe, et al
Date: October 26, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2410
David Bailey v. William McKinney, et al
Date: October 26, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2548
Rick, et al. v. Wyeth, Inc., et al.  
Date: October 25, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-3354, 10-3355, 10-3356, 10-3357, 10-3358, 10-3359, 10-3360, 10-3362, 10-3363

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, citizens of New York, sued pharmaceutical companies (defendants) in New York state court claiming that defendants' hormone replacement therapy drugs caused plaintiffs to develop breast cancer. At issue was wh...

Regina Cohen v. Wyeth, Inc., et al
Date: October 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3355
Myrna Beer, et al v. Wyeth, Inc., et al
Date: October 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3356
Rose O'Leary, et al v. Wyeth, Inc., et al
Date: October 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3357
Elizabeth Ansley v. Wyeth, et al
Date: October 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3358
Joyce Worthington v. Wyeth, et al
Date: October 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3359
Judith Marshall v. Wyeth, et al
Date: October 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3360
Ofelia Manuel, et al v. Wyeth, et al
Date: October 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3362
Sandra Rose, et al v. Wyeth, et al
Date: October 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3363
United States v. Leon Nash
Date: October 24, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3523
United States v. Jorge Hernandez
Date: October 24, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3650
United States v. Donald Miller
Date: October 24, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3652
United States v. David Forbi
Date: October 24, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1626
John Moss v. Ray Hobb
Date: October 24, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2684
United States v. Miguel Gonzalez
Date: October 21, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1349
United States v. Tessmer  
Date: October 21, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1605

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of mailing a threatening communication and the district court sentenced him as a career offender under U.S.S.G. 4B1.1 on the basis that mailing a threatening communication was a crime of violence....

Phelps-Roper v. Troutman, et al.  
Date: October 20, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2601

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought this action to enjoin the enforcement of the Nebraska Funeral Picketing Law (NFPL), arguing that it violated her First Amendment right to free speech. Plaintiff appealed a district court order denying h...

Ira Gibson v. Millcreek of Arkansa
Date: October 20, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1425
United States v. Linden Schuster
Date: October 20, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1640
Jack Collins, III v. Dakota County District Court
Date: October 20, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2411
Seaver v. New Buffalo Auto Sales, et al.  
Date: October 20, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6007

Justia Opinion Summary: Trustee appealed a summary judgment order from the bankruptcy court in favor of Judgment Holders. The court held that the bankruptcy court correctly concluded the subject liens were not avoidable under 11 U.S.C. 547. The...

United States v. Bennett  
Date: October 19, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3335

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to distributing and conspiring to distribute Benzylpiperazine (BZP) in violation of federal law. Defendant objected to the district court's conclusion that BZP was sufficiently equivalent to Meth...

Scottie Scott v. State of Iowa, et al
Date: October 19, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1796
United States v. Eduardo Contreras-Flore
Date: October 19, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1946
United States v. Troy Fletcher
Date: October 18, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3478
United States v. Jimenez-Perez  
Date: October 18, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3757

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to illegal reentry into the United States subsequent to removal and at sentencing, defendant moved for a downward variance to compensate for an allegedly unwarranted sentencing disparity precipit...

Frank Carter v. Missouri Board of Probation, et al
Date: October 18, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2107
United States v. Maurice Watson
Date: October 17, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3059
Story v. Norwood  
Date: October 17, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3178

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, an Arkansas inmate, brought a 42 U.S.C. 1983 action against several defendants, including the jail administrator of Ouachita County Detention Center. After granting summary judgment to all defendants except th...

Libertarian Party of ND, et al. v. Jaeger  
Date: October 17, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3212

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants, the Libertarian party and three candidates, challenged the constitutionality of North Dakota Century Code 16.1-11-36, contending that the statute as applied to them violated the First and Fourteenth Amendment...

Sanchez v. Northwest Airlines, Inc., et al.  
Date: October 14, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2393

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. 12101-12213, alleging that his employer engaged in prohibited discrimination by rescinding his offer of promotion on the basis of his p...

Midwest Railcar Repair, Inc. v. South Dakota Dept. of Revenue  
Date: October 14, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2630

Justia Opinion Summary: Midwest sued the Department, seeking a declaration that South Dakota had a taxation scheme that violated a provision of the federal Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act (4-R Act), 49 U.S.C. 11501(b)(4). The...

Broom v. Denney  
Date: October 14, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2839

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and two counts of armed criminal action. In his petition for habeas corpus, defendant alleged that the prosecution exercised peremptory chal...

United States v. Jodi Lynn Richter
Date: October 14, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1420
SEC v. Brown, et al.  
Date: October 13, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2479

Justia Opinion Summary: The SEC commenced this civil enforcement action against appellant, a registered investment adviser (Jamerica), and a private investment (Brawta)(collectively, defendants), alleging that their fraudulent misrepresentation...

Lovan v. Holder, Jr.  
Date: October 13, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3031

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a citizen of Laos and a lawful permanent resident of the United States, petitioned for review of the BIA's decision affirming the IJ's removal order. The court held that because the Attorney General and the B...

Escoto-Castillo v. Napolitano  
Date: October 13, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3124

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a citizen of Mexico, filed a timely petition for judicial review following removal, asserting that his 2002 burglary conviction was not an aggravated felony that authorized expedited removal. The court held t...

Sheila Lewis v. Graphic Packaging Intnl.
Date: October 13, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1518
Brian True v. State of Nebraska, et al
Date: October 12, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2225
Jessie Hill v. Chris Williams, et al
Date: October 12, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2717
Sullivan v. Welsh, et al.  
Date: October 12, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6018

Justia Opinion Summary: The Chapter 7 Trustee appealed from the Bankruptcy Court's judgment in favor of debtor's parents on a fraudulent transfer action, holding that debtor could not fraudulently transfer property that would have been exempt....

Vivian Grover-Tsimi v. State of Minnesota, et al
Date: October 11, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3848
United States v. Garreau  
Date: October 11, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1008

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional guilty plea to possession of a stolen firearm after the district court denied a motion to suppress evidence. Defendant subsequently appealed the denial of the motion to suppress the firear...

Joe Wesley v. Crothall Services Group
Date: October 11, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1368
United States v. Benyamin Hawthorne
Date: October 11, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1938
Hollis J. Larson v. Wendy Goodman, et al
Date: October 11, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2117
Banks, et al. v. Kondaur Capital Corp.  
Date: October 11, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6025

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtors appealed the bankruptcy court's entry of summary judgment in favor of defendant in debtors' adversary action seeking, inter alia, to avoid defendant's mortgage lien on debtors' residence. The court held that summ...

Allred v. Vilhauer, et al.  
Date: October 11, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6038

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtors, owners and operators of a farm and ranch, appealed from the judgment of the bankruptcy court denying their discharge pursuant to 11 U.S.C. 727(a)(5). The court held that the bankruptcy court did not clearly err...

Williams v. Hobbs; Jones, Jr. v. Hobbs  
Date: October 7, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-1573, 10-2899

Justia Opinion Summary: Several Arkansas prisoners on death row challenged the state's Method of Execution Act under 42 U.S.C. 1983, arguing that it violated the ex post facto clause and their due process right to access the courts. The court h...

Jack Jones, Jr., et al v. Ray Hobb
Date: October 7, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2899
Sturge v. Northwest Airlines, Inc.  
Date: October 7, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-2813, 10-2973

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was terminated for cause from his employment with Northwest Airlines shortly after he was arrested for possession of marijuana. At the same time, appellant had pending with Northwest a request for disability re...

Caleb R. Sturge v. Northwest Airlines, Inc.
Date: October 7, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2973
Riley v. Sun Life and Health Ins., et al.  
Date: October 7, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2850

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Sun Life in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1001 et seq., benefits case. At issue was whether Sun Life was entit...

Johnson v. Carroll, et al  
Date: October 7, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2889

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant filed suit against four Minneapolis police officers and the City of Minneapolis pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983, claiming that the officers used excessive, unreasonable force against her, in violation of the Fourth...

Valencia v. Holder, Jr.  
Date: October 7, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3140

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a citizen of the Philippines, petitioned for review of the BIA's conclusion that petitioner's motion to reopen had not been timely filed and no exceptional circumstances warranted exercise of its discretionar...

Shyheim El-Mumin v. Larry Crawford, et al
Date: October 7, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3735
Dale Adams v. Tyson Food
Date: October 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1625
Gerald Gillespie v. State of Minnesota
Date: October 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1836
United States v. Kenneth Simpson
Date: October 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2096
Chris J. Jacobs, III v. Richard D. Sletten, et al
Date: October 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2486
Michael Jones v. Tom Roy, et al
Date: October 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2517
Miller v. Albright, et al.  
Date: October 6, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2971

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against St. Louis police officers for violating his Fourth Amendment rights by unlawfully entering his home, using excessive force, and unlawfully arresting him, and for violating Missouri common law...

Texarkana Behavioral Assoc. v. Universal Health Services, Inc
Date: October 6, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3654
United States v. Juan Rivera-Varga
Date: October 6, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3666
Kreisler & Kreisler, LLC v. National City Bank, et al.  
Date: October 6, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1772

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought a class action against the Bank, alleging that the Bank breached its contract by charging interest in excess of the rate specified in the promissory note. The court affirmed the district court's grant o...

United States v. Yielding  
Date: October 5, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1117

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty of two federal offenses: one count of aiding and abetting a violation of the so-called Medicare anti-kickback statute, in violation of 42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b(b)(2) and 18 U.S.C. 2, and one count of...

United States v. Geff Yielding
Date: October 5, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2133
United States v. Vespa Beverages, et al.  
Date: October 5, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-2133, 10-2162

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of aiding and abetting and the falsification of a document. See No. 10-117 issued this date in defendant's criminal prosecution. With defendant's direct appeal pending, the government learned that...

Osuji v. Holder, Jr.  
Date: October 5, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2259

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a citizen of Nigeria, petitioned for review of the BIA's decision affirming the IJ's denial of asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture. The court held that substantial...

United States v. Theodore Tiger, Jr.
Date: October 5, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3055
United States v. Theodore Tiger, Jr.
Date: October 5, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3121
Phelps-Roper, et al. v. City of Manchester, Missouri  
Date: October 5, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3197

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), believed that God was punishing America for tolerating homosexuality and the WBC expressed its views by protesting at funerals, including those of American soldie...

United States v. Cole  
Date: October 5, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3710

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base. At sentencing, the district court applied a three-level enhancement under U.S.S.G. 3B1.1(b) after finding...

Martha Tambala v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Date: October 5, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1224
Zhang Fen Zhan v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Date: October 5, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1475
Yehud-Monosson USA, Inc. v. Fokkena  
Date: October 5, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6040

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtor appealed the bankruptcy court's order converting its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case to one under Chapter 7. The court affirmed the order of the bankruptcy court and held that an abuse of process was an appropriate gro...

Richard Belk, et al v. MO Highways etc., et al
Date: October 4, 2011
Docket Number: 09-2598
Thomas Bray v. Bank of America, et al
Date: October 4, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1293
United States v. Frederick Cooper
Date: October 4, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1311
Danny Foster v. Michael J. Astrue
Date: October 4, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1646
United States v. Charles Gordon Long
Date: October 4, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1714
Connie Guthrie, et al v. Jerry Eber, et al
Date: October 4, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1778
United States v. Corday Thoma
Date: October 4, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1857
United States v. Damien Yarbrough
Date: October 4, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1963
United States v. Robert Allen
Date: October 4, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2079
United States v. Bryan Dunn
Date: October 4, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2106
Reshetar Systems, Inc. v. Thompson  
Date: October 4, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6008

Justia Opinion Summary: Reshetar Systems, Inc. appealed a judgment of the bankruptcy court determining that the debt owed to Reshetar by debtor was not excepted from discharge. The court held that the debt was not excepted from discharge as the...

United States v. Shepard  
Date: October 3, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3846

Justia Opinion Summary: After the district court found that defendant had violated three conditions of his probation, it was revoked. Defendant subsequently appealed the district court's statutory maximum of 60 months in prison. The court held...

Derick Wewerka v. Don Roper, et al
Date: October 3, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1211
United States v. Timothy Kemner
Date: October 3, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1376
Andrew Sales, Jr. v. Tyson Food
Date: October 3, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1515
Tactical Stop-Loss, LLC, et al. v. Travelers Casualty and Surety Co.  
Date: September 30, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2787

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs commenced a diversity action against defendant, asserting claims for breach of the insurance contract and for vexatious refusal to pay. Applying Missouri law, the district court granted defendant summary judgm...

United States v. Borromeo  
Date: September 30, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3229

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2251(a) and sentenced to 360 months imprisonment, the statutory maximum sentence. At issue was whether the district court imp...

Northland National Bank v. David Lindsey
Date: September 29, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1538
United States v. Phillip Running
Date: September 29, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1544
Argie Phillips v. Michael J. Astrue
Date: September 26, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1524
Lucius R. Allen v. Karen Jussila, et al
Date: September 23, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3612
Bennett, et al. v. Nucor Corp., et al  
Date: September 22, 2011
Docket Numbers: 09-3831, 09-3834, 10-1332

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, six current and former African-American employees, brought suit against Nucor alleging racial discrimination in violation of 42 U.S.C. 1981 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e-2000e...

Cornelius Bennett, et al v. Nucor Corporation, et al
Date: September 22, 2011
Docket Number: 09-3834
Cornelius Bennett, et al v. Nucor Corporation, et al
Date: September 22, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1332
United States v. Smith  
Date: September 22, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2998

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine and to possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of pure methamphetamine. On appeal,...

William Edwards v. Iowa Department of Corrections, et al
Date: September 22, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1873
United States v. Cecilio Felipe-Ramirez
Date: September 21, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2123
Michael Bauermeister v. Kor Xiong
Date: September 21, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2485
Barber v. C1 Truck Driver Training LLC, et al.  
Date: September 20, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3570

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued defendant, asserting racial discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e to 2000e-17, and the Arkansas Civil Rights Act, Ark. Code Ann. 16-123-1...

Nautilus Insurance Company v. North Arkansas Wood, Inc., et al
Date: September 20, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1151
United States v. Gabriel Crivello
Date: September 20, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1227
United States v. Abram Harri
Date: September 19, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1914
United States v. Rubashkin  
Date: September 16, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-2487, 10-3580

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, manager of a kosher meatpacking company, was convicted of 86 counts of bank, wire, and mail fraud; making false statements to a bank; money laundering; and violations of an order of the Secretary of Agricultur...

United States v. Sholom Rubashkin
Date: September 16, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3580
United States v. Smith  
Date: September 16, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3579

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional guilty plea to failing to register as a sex offender as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), 18 U.S.C. 2250(a), and was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonm...

United States v. James Archambault
Date: September 16, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3673
Danduran, Jr. v. Kaler  
Date: September 16, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3813

Justia Opinion Summary: The Chapter 7 trustee appealed from the decision of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) reversing the bankruptcy court's judgment that the proceeds of personal property sold with a homestead were not proceeds of the hom...

United States v. Dwayne Calai
Date: September 16, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3843
Heide, et al. v. Juve, et al.  
Date: September 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6006

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtor appealed from the bankruptcy court's grant of summary judgment to creditor, holding a debt in the amount of $400,000, nondischargeable pursuant to section 523(a)(2)(A) of Title 11 of the United States Code (Bankru...

United States v. Rublee  
Date: September 15, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1065

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 132 months in prison. One year later, the court granted the Government's Rule 35(b) motion to reduce the sent...

Semi-Materials Co., Ltd, et al v. MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc, et al
Date: September 14, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1324
Semi-Materials Co., Ltd, et al. v. MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., et al.  
Date: September 14, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-1324, 10-1626

Justia Opinion Summary: Polysilicon producer MEMC entered in exclusive sales representation agreements with Semi-Materials. Under these agreements, Semi-Materials was to serve as the sales representative for MEMC in China and Korea. Semi-Materi...

Gage v. HSM Electronic Protection  
Date: September 14, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2545

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff purchased a security alarm for her home from HSM Electronic Protection Services, Inc. (HSM), which was later purchased by Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (Stanley). Plaintiff sued Stanley, claiming that S...

Schmidt v. Des Moines Public Schools, et al.  
Date: September 14, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3411

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out of a dispute between plaintiff and her ex-husband over the education and custody of their three minor children. Plaintiff sued City Defendants, alleging that they unlawfully impeded her access to the...

United States v. Nery Chacon
Date: September 14, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1869
Watkins Inc. v. Chilkoot Distributing, Inc., et al.  
Date: September 13, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3127

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants appealed the district court's adverse grant of summary judgment in favor of appellee on their claim for breach of a 1988 contract between the parties. The district court held that the 1988 contract had been su...

United States v. Huerta  
Date: September 13, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3434

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a substance or mixture containing methamphetamine and 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. On appeal, defendant challenged the...

United States v. Jose Frausto-Vasquez
Date: September 12, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3396
United States v. Daniel Galvin
Date: September 12, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3736
United States v. Bloate  
Date: September 9, 2011
Docket Number: 07-2357

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was sentenced to 360 months imprisonment and he appealed, asserting a Speedy Trial Act (Act), 18 U.S.C. 3161, violation and other trial and sentencing errors. The court affirmed and the Supreme Court subsequent...

Washington, et al. v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc.  
Date: September 9, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1340

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs sued Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. under the Missouri Second Mortgage Loan Act (MSMLA), Mo. Rev. State. 408.231-.241, alleging, for a putative class, that Countrywide charged them unauthorized interest and fees...

Bass v. United States  
Date: September 9, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1931

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base. At issue was defendant's subsequent motion for post-conviction relief under 28 U.S.C. 2255 for ineffective assistance of trial counsel...

Park Hill School District v. Kevin Dass, et al
Date: September 9, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2187
Park Hill Sch. Dist.v. Dass, et al.  
Date: September 9, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-2187, 10-2189

Justia Opinion Summary: Two administrative hearing panels (Panels) concluded that the school district failed to provide plaintiffs' twin sons with a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in 2005, pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities...

United States v. Brian Ellefsen
Date: September 9, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2857
United States v. Ellefsen  
Date: September 9, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-2857, 10-2858

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants, Brian Keith Ellefson and Mark Edward Ellefsen, were convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States by obstructing the IRS in the assessment and collection of federal taxes. Brian was also convicted of t...

United States v. Shrum  
Date: September 9, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3331

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of filing a false joint income tax return with his wife for calendar year 2007 and sentenced to twenty-four months in prison. On appeal, defendant argued that there was insufficient evidence of wi...

Barron, et al. v. South Dakota Board of Regents, et al.  
Date: September 9, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3426

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, parents of deaf and hearing impaired children, brought suit against defendants, claiming that the closure of the South Dakota School for the Deaf and the discontinuation of its programs at the school's campus...

Brooks v. Midwest Heart Group  
Date: September 9, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3712

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appealed the dismissal of her action against a former employer alleging race, sex, and age discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII. The district court concluded that plaintiff had not filed a c...

Scott Reel v. Michael J. Astrue
Date: September 9, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1578
United States v. Octavio Huerta-Medina
Date: September 9, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1800
Nicholas Stroeder v. Joan Fabian, et al
Date: September 9, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2277
United States v. Quevedo  
Date: September 8, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3104

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of ten counts of submitting false claims against the United States and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States with respect to claims. Defendant appealed his conviction and sentence....

Barbara Kehr v. Principal Life Insurance Co
Date: September 8, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3849
James Weron v. Timothy C. Outlaw
Date: September 8, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1634
Mader v. United States  
Date: September 7, 2011
Docket Number: 09-1025

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal concerning the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), 28 U.S.C. 1346(b)(1), 2674, the court determined whether a purported personal representative could invoke the adjudicatory capacity, that is, the subject-matt...

Employers Reinsurance Co. v. Massachusetts Mutual Life Ins.  
Date: September 7, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3099

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stemmed from an Excess Disability Income Reinsurance Agreement (Treaty). At issue was whether a reinsurance agreement between plaintiff and defendant contained a follow-the-settlements provision. The court held...

Albert Richardson v. T. Outlaw
Date: September 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1512
Joe Butler, Jr. v. T. Outlaw
Date: September 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1565
Phasung Baccam v. Sheriff Keith Ferguson
Date: September 7, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2150
Ritchie Capital Mgmt., et al. v. Jeffries, et al.  
Date: September 6, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2568

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a fallout of a $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Minnesota businessman Thomas J. Petters. Appellants, investment funds (collectively, Ritchie), incurred substantial losses as a result of partic...

Green, et al. v. SuperShuttle Int'l, et al.  
Date: September 6, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3310

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants, current and former shuttle bus drivers at the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport, brought suit against appellees in Minnesota state court alleging misclassifications of its drivers as franchisees rath...

Quinn v. St. Louis County  
Date: September 6, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3332

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued her employer under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), Minn. Stat. 363A.01-43, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), 29 U.S.C. 2601-54, and asserted other state common law claims including breach of...

United States v. Roberto Villarreal-Colin
Date: September 6, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3789
United States v. Willoughby  
Date: September 6, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3792

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminals Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e)(1). At issue was whether defendant's two prior Missouri convictions, st...

Michael Dahlin v. Joan Fabian, et al
Date: September 6, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1302
United States v. Binicio Almaguer-Compean
Date: September 6, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1442
Keeley & Grabanski Land P'ship. v. Keeley, et al.  
Date: September 6, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6020

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtor appealed from the Order of the Bankruptcy Court appointing a trustee in its involuntary Chapter 11 case. The court held that since the record supported a finding of cause under 11 U.S.C. 1104(a)(1), and that the a...

Elliot Kaplan, et al v. Mayo Foundation, et al
Date: September 2, 2011
Docket Number: 09-2493
Kaplan, et al. v. Mayo Clinic, et al.  
Date: September 2, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-2290, 09-2493

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and his wife (the Kaplans) filed suit against Mayo Clinic Rochester, Inc., other Mayo entities (collectively, Mayo), and Mayo doctors David Nagorney and Lawrence Burgart, making a number of claims arising out o...

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, et al v. Mike Rounds, et al
Date: September 2, 2011
Docket Number: 09-3231
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, et al. v. Alpha Center, et al.  
Date: September 2, 2011
Docket Numbers: 09-3231, 09-3233, 09-3262

Justia Opinion Summary: Planned Parenthood brought this equitable action against the Governor and Attorney General of South Dakota in their official capacities, seeking to enjoin enforcement of revisions enacted in 2005 to the South Dakota law...

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, et al v. Mike Rounds, et al
Date: September 2, 2011
Docket Number: 09-3362
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. WMR e-PIN, LLC, et al.  
Date: September 2, 2011
Docket Number: 09-3800

Justia Opinion Summary: Synoran and e-Pin (appellants) appealed from the district court's confirmation of an arbitration award in favor of Wells Fargo, which had prevailed on its claims for breach of contract and for misappropriation of trade s...

United States v. Delgado  
Date: September 2, 2011
Docket Number: 09-3969

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiring to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, four counts of distribution of less than five hundred grams of cocaine, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and four...

Lopez-Gabriel v. Holder, Jr.  
Date: September 2, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3802

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of Guatemala, petitioned for review of a decision of the BIA dismissing his appeal from an IJ's order removing him from the United States. Petitioner asserted that the evidence of his ali...

United States v. Thompson  
Date: September 2, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3840

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of receipt and distribution of child pornography and sentenced to 60 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release. On appeal, defendant claimed that the district court erred in im...

United States v. Christenson  
Date: September 2, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1236

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to a single count of knowingly and willfully threatening to take the life of the President of the United States. Defendant appealed, arguing that there was not a sufficient basis for his guilty p...

United States v. Brown  
Date: September 1, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2747

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of second degree murder for the stabbing of a fourteen-year-old and assault with a dangerous weapon for the stabbing of a seventeen-year old in Indian country. On appeal, defendant argued that the...

Bazzi v. Tyco Healthcare Group  
Date: August 31, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1968

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant sued his former employer, alleging that it wrongfully terminated his employment by violating Missouri's public policy exception to the state's at-will employment doctrine. Appellant alleged that the employer di...

New v. United States  
Date: August 31, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2308

Justia Opinion Summary: After defendant was convicted of two counts of involuntary manslaughter, defendant filed a motion to vacate, set aside, or correct his sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2255. The court held that defendant was not deprived o...

United States v. Van Elsen  
Date: August 31, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2474

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted for the theft or embezzlement of funds from his employee's IRA accounts in violation of 18 U.S.C. 664. On appeal, defendant argued that his conviction should be reversed because, at trial, the dis...

Patel, et al v. Holder, Jr.  
Date: August 31, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2958

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners, natives and citizens of India, petitioned for review of an order of the BIA affirming the IJ's denial of their motions to reopen and rescind their in absentia orders of deportation to India. Petitioners cont...

Illig, et al. v. Union Electric Co.  
Date: August 31, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3488

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stemmed from a dispute regarding the conversion of a railroad line on plaintiffs' property to a public trail, pursuant to the National Trail System Act of 1968, 16 U.S.C. 1241 et seq. Plaintiffs, on behalf of t...

United States v. Peterson  
Date: August 31, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3745

Justia Opinion Summary: A grand jury indicted defendant, an African-American, for conspiracy to distribute 50 or more grams of cocaine base, which then carried a 10-year mandatory minimum. The grand jury also indicted defendant's former husband...

United States v. Javier Alvarez
Date: August 31, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3839
United States v. Yordan Chapelli-Pedroso
Date: August 31, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1968
United States v. Jefferson  
Date: August 30, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1065

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of wire fraud, money laundering, and failure to file tax returns. The district court sentenced him to 90 months imprisonment and ordered over eight million dollars in restitution. Defendant appeal...

United States v. Johnson, Jr.  
Date: August 30, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1496

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of knowingly receiving child pornography and knowingly possessing child pornography. On appeal, defendant asserted that there was insufficient evidence to support his receipt conviction or, in the...

United States v. Kelley  
Date: August 30, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2494

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional plea of guilty to possession of child pornography, reserving the right to appeal the district court's denial of his motion to suppress evidence gathered during a warrant search of his home...

Green Tree Servicing v. Pillsbury-Landmark Towers, et al.  
Date: August 30, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2757

Justia Opinion Summary: The owners of Landmark Towers appealed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Green Tree Servicing, LLC (Green Tree), permitting Green Tree to vacate office space it subleased from the owners' tenant...

United States v. Taylor  
Date: August 30, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2758

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of bank robbery and appealed his conviction, arguing that he was entitled to a new trial because the district court abused its discretion when it denied his repeated pretrial requests for new appo...

United States v. Carter  
Date: August 30, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2777

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon and was sentenced to 105 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. Defendant appealed the...

Fields v. Abbott, et al.  
Date: August 30, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2805

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a jailer in Miller County, filed a civil rights action against Miller County, its sheriff, three of its county commissioners, and several other defendants to recover for her serious injuries which were caused...

Dupont, et al. v. Fred's Stores of Tennessee, Inc.  
Date: August 30, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2977

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and her husband filed a negligence action seeking damages related to plaintiff's injuries, which were caused by falling plastic bins that struck her on the head in defendant's store. Plaintiff subsequently appe...

United States v. Linngren  
Date: August 30, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3019

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of one count of distribution of child pornography and sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment. Defendant challenged his sentence, arguing that his Minnesota conviction for criminal sexual conduct...

Boettcher v. Astrue  
Date: August 30, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3134

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee applied for supplemental security income under Title XVI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 1382. The Commissioner of the Social Security Administration subsequently appealed the district court's decision, ar...

United States v. Shannon Jackson
Date: August 30, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3270
Lange v. Inova Capital Funding, LLC, et al.  
Date: August 30, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1201

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned the bankruptcy estate of Qualia Clinical Service, Inc. The estate's Chapter 7 Trustee sought to avoid as a preferential transfer a security interest recorded by one of Qualia's creditors shortly befor...

Jim Housley v. Ray Hobb
Date: August 30, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1988
Michael Horlas v. Elizabeth Robinson, et al
Date: August 30, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2232
United States v. Sturgis  
Date: August 29, 2011
Docket Number: 09-1574

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, defendant was convicted of federal crack-cocaine distribution offenses and the court affirmed the conviction, along with the district court's decision not to suppress the evidence found in defendant's car, but t...

Beeler v. Astrue  
Date: August 29, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1092

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee sued the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), seeking review of the SSA's denial of benefits to her daughter. At issue was whether a child conceived through artificial insemination more than...

Kidd v. Norman  
Date: August 29, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1375

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. On appeal, defendant challenged the district court's limitation of his "new" evidence to a co-defendant...

United States v. Porchay  
Date: August 29, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1997

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiring to conduct a financial transaction involving illegal proceeds, and six counts of money laundering. After two mistrials, a jur...

Minch Family LLLP v. Estate of Gladys I. Norby, et al.  
Date: August 29, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2241

Justia Opinion Summary: The Minch Family sued the Estate of the Norbys in diversity, seeking injunctive relief and damages for flooding of the Minch Family's property, allegedly caused by a field dike built on the Norbys' land. At issue was whe...

Murphy v. King, et al.  
Date: August 29, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3845

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stemmed from defendant's convictions related to his harassment, terrorizing, and retaliation against a range of people in the criminal justice system. After defendant's conviction in state court, defendant move...

Reginald Cobbins v. Engineered Plastic Component
Date: August 29, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1321
United States v. Timothy Anderson
Date: August 29, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1426
Billy Tyler v. EPA
Date: August 29, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1671
United States v. Jerry Goodman, Jr.
Date: August 29, 2011
Docket Number: 11-2166
Fisette v. Keller  
Date: August 29, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6012

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtor appealed from the bankruptcy court's order confirming his modified Chapter 13 plan over his objection. At issue was whether the bankruptcy court could confirm the debtor's plan which provided for the avoidance of...

Kaden v. Slykhuis, et al.  
Date: August 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2751

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, an inmate in the South Dakota State Penitentiary (SDSP), alleged that, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983, defendants violated the First Amendment when defendants received notice that a magazine plaintiff had ordered...

Jackson v.Norri  
Date: August 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2844

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree sexual assault of J.W., his wife's minor granddaughter. At issue was the federal district court's grant of defendant's petition for a writ of habeas...

Porter v. City of Lake Lotawana, et al.  
Date: August 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2928

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed the district court's orders granting summary judgment in favor of the City of Lake Lotawana, and its mayor, and the subsequent dismissal of her wrongful termination and retaliation claims. On appeal, a...

To v. US Bancorp, et al.  
Date: August 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3237

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of his former employer in a wrongful-termination suit brought pursuant to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)...

Stokes v. Southern States Cooperative, Inc.  
Date: August 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3307

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appealed the district court's grant of summary judgment to defendant on his claim of malicious prosecution under Arkansas law. The district court held that plaintiff failed to present evidence sufficient to wit...

Julie Delgado-O'Neil v. City of Minneapoli
Date: August 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3344
Felipe Valiente-Cifuentes, et al v. Eric Holder, Jr.
Date: August 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3512
United States v. Frazier  
Date: August 25, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3540

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of one count of arson for setting fire to his home on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Defendant appealed the restitution order contending that the district court erred in awarding restitution to t...

United States v. Wohlman  
Date: August 23, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2967

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of attempted enticement of a minor and was sentenced to 121 months imprisonment. On appeal, defendant argued that the district court committed several procedural errors and imposed a...

Geneva Bellinger v. Michael J. Astrue
Date: August 23, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1184
William Johnson v. John Baldwin, et al
Date: August 22, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3573
Federal Trade Commission v. Lundbeck, Inc.
Date: August 19, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3458
Federal Trade Commission v. Lundbeck, Inc.  
Date: August 19, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-3458, 10-3459

Justia Opinion Summary: The FTC sued Lundbeck, Inc., alleging that its acquisition of the drug NeoProfen violated the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. 41 et seq., the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. 1-7, the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. 12-27, the Minn...

Interlachen Harriet Investment v. Kelley, et al.  
Date: August 19, 2011
Docket Number: 11-6013

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant appealed the bankruptcy court's approval of a multi-million dollar, global settlement in one of the largest Ponzi scheme bankruptcies in American history. The settlement had been substantially consummated and t...

United States v. Huggans  
Date: August 18, 2011
Docket Numbers: 09-3441, 10-3384

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and attempt to posses with intent to distribute cocaine, and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Defendant appealed both his convictions and his sentence. The c...

United States v. Darwin Huggan
Date: August 18, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3384
Liberty Mutual Ins. Co. v. Pella Corp., et al.  
Date: August 18, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-1933, 10-2065

Justia Opinion Summary: Liberty Mutual sued Pella in the district court for declaratory judgment where the suit was sought to determine the scope of Liberty Mutual's obligation, under general commercial liability (GCL) policies issued to Pella,...

Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Pella Corporation, et al
Date: August 18, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2065
Walker v. Educational Credit Mgmt.  
Date: August 18, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2032

Justia Opinion Summary: The Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) appealed from the judgment of the bankruptcy court, later affirmed by the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP), which discharged the student loan debt of debtor under the...

Buetow, et al. v. A.L.S. Enterprises, Inc., et al  
Date: August 18, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2415

Justia Opinion Summary: Five hunters commenced this purported class action against A.L.S. Enterprises, and three of its licensees (collectively, defendants), who sell odor absorbing clothing under various brand names in retail stores and mail o...

United States v. Springston  
Date: August 18, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2820

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional plea of guilty to one count of failing to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment and 10 years supervised release. Defendant appealed the district court's de...

United States v. Jose Corte
Date: August 18, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3079
Walker v. Barrett, et al.  
Date: August 18, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3225

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued his former music teacher, the Logan-Rogersville R-VII School District, and the school principal, asserting nine different claims stemming from the teacher's alleged sexual abuse of plaintiff. At issue was...

United States v. Benitez-De Los Santo  
Date: August 18, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3263

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to illegal reentry into the United States after deportation and the district court applied a twelve-level specific offense characteristic to defendant's advisory sentencing guideline range pursua...

Rynders v. Williams  
Date: August 18, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3466

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued Judge Larry Williams for wrongful termination, in violation of plaintiff's rights under the First Amendment and the Family Medical leave Act (FMLA), 29 U.S.C. 2601, et seq. Plaintiff appealed the district...

Joseph Fields, III v. Douglas Weber, et al
Date: August 18, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3489
Fair Isaac Corp., et al. v. Experian Information Solutions, et al.  
Date: August 17, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-2281, 10-2409

Justia Opinion Summary: FICO brought suit against three credit bureaus: Experian, Equifax, and Trans Union, as well as against VantageScore, the credit bureaus' joint venture. The suit alleged antitrust, trademark infringement, false-advertisin...

Slater, et al. v. Republic-Vanguard Ins. Co.  
Date: August 17, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2754

Justia Opinion Summary: LCI Equipments, Inc. (LLC) was a Texas corporation that imported and sold the tractor that killed Rudy Slater in a roll-over accident. Wanda Slater, an Arkansas resident and Rudy's wife, commenced a wrongful death action...

Bear v. Fayram  
Date: August 16, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1822

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 50 years. At issue was whether defendant's petition for writ of habeas corpus was time-barred. The court affirmed the...

Erdman Co., et al. v. Phoenix Land & Acquisition, et al.  
Date: August 16, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2854

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed this diversity action to foreclose a contractor's lien and an architect's and engineer's lien against Phoenix Land & Acquisition, LLC (Phoenix Land) and Phoenix Health, LLC (Phoenix Health), as owners of...

United States v. Stover, Jr.  
Date: August 16, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3012

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States brought this civil action under 26 U.S.C. 7408 to enjoin defendant from promoting several fraudulent tax schemes. After a court trial, the district court permanently enjoined defendant from promoting hi...

Badger Capital, LLC, et al. v. Chambers Bank of North AR, et al.  
Date: August 16, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3067

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs sued Chambers Bank of North Arkansas for fraudulent concealment, claiming that the Bank failed to disclose to plaintiffs certain information regarding a real estate development. At issue was whether the distri...

Iowa Assurance Corp., et al. v. City of Indianola, et al.  
Date: August 16, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3815

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Indianola (City) adopted a land-use ordinance requiring the enclosure of "figure eight cars," among other racing vehicles, when two or more such cars were present. Iowa Assurance Corporation and its co-plaint...

United States v. Watson  
Date: August 16, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1169

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and was sentenced to 48 months' imprisonment followed by three years' supervised release. At issue was whether the district court erred...

Ninoska Lopez-Amador v. Eric H. Holder Jr.
Date: August 15, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2376
Lopez-Amador v. Holder, Jr.  
Date: August 15, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-3491, 10-2376

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of Venezuela, petitioned for review of a BIA decision affirming an IJ's denial of her applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and deferral of removal under the Convention Against...

United States v. Boroughf  
Date: August 15, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2710

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute in excess of 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Defendant claimed that the district court committed num...

United States v. Rush  
Date: August 15, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3004

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of bank robbery and was sentenced to 168 months imprisonment. Defendant raised several issues on appeal. The court held that the deputy's questioning of defendant was consensual and therefore, did...

United States v. Roy Rothermich
Date: August 15, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3007
Anderson, et al. v. Hess Corp.  
Date: August 15, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3116

Justia Opinion Summary: The Andersons appealed the grant of summary judgment by the district court in favor of Hess Corporation (Hess), the successor in interest to and lessee of mineral rights on the Andersons' land. The Andersons contended th...

United States v. William Carter
Date: August 15, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3341
United States v. Dixon  
Date: August 15, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3644

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of aiding and abetting a bank robbery and sentenced to 220 months imprisonment. Defendant appealed, arguing that there was insufficient evidence to support his conviction, that the district court...

Jimmy Cantrell v. Larry Norris, et al
Date: August 15, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3762
Susan Pittman v. Michael J. Astrue
Date: August 15, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3812
Brandy Wilson v. Michael J. Astrue, etc.
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Number: 06-3627
Catherine G. Ratliff v. Michael J. Astrue
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Number: 07-2317
Fond Du Lac Band v. Frans  
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1236

Justia Opinion Summary: The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Band) sued the the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Revenue (Commissioner) to prevent taxation of the out-of-state pension income of Band members. The state taxe...

Moeller v. Weber  
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2069

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first degree murder and first degree rape, and sentenced to death. At issue was whether defendant was entitled to habeas corpus relief because the trial court's response to a jury question rega...

Wetzel, III, et al. v. Regions Bank, et al.  
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-2117, 10-2123

Justia Opinion Summary: The trustee of Cheryl Reagan's bankruptcy estate, and Latta Bachelor, the personal representative of Ronald Reagan's probate estate, appealed from an order of the district court affirming the judgment of the bankrutpcy c...

Frederick Wetzel v. Regions Bank, et al
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2123
Schubert v. Auto Owners Ins. Co.  
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2761

Justia Opinion Summary: Auto Owners Insurance Company (Auto Owners) appealed an order granting summary judgment in favor of appellee and awarding her $124,500, the face value of the insurance policy sold to her by Auto Owners. Because Schubert...

Nat'l Labor Relations Board v. Leiferman Enterprises, LLC  
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-2801, 10-2978

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose when Leiferman Enterprises LLC (Leiferman) unilaterally suspended negotiations with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 82 (Union) regarding the renewal of the two parti...

Leiferman Enterprises, LLC v. NLRB
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2978
Ofor v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, et al.  
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2974

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against, inter alia, U.S. Bank, N.A. (U.S. Bank) seeking to invalidate the foreclosure and sale of his home. Plaintiff alleged that the mortgage that the lender relied upon in foreclosing on his home...

Najbar v.United States  
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3015

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), 28 U.S.C. 2671 et seq., asserting four state law claims of action when she received an undelivered letter that she had written to her son, a solider serving...

United States v. Reave  
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3145

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of interfering with interstate commerce by robbing an armored car and using, carrying, brandishing, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to that robbery. Defendant appealed his convict...

United States v. Wilson Garcia-Panama
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3469
United States v. Price  
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3671

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm after police found semiautomatic weapons in his home while executing a search warrant and defendant was sentenced to 37 months imprisonment and two years...

John Howell v. Carl Redus, et al
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1081
Alfred Mauldin v. T. Outlaw
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1340
United States v. Lance Jone
Date: August 12, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1651
United States v. Johnson  
Date: August 11, 2011
Docket Number: 09-3063

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and was sentenced to 272 months imprisonment. Defendant appealed his sentence, arguing that the district court erred in...

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assoc., et al. v. Supervalu, Inc.  
Date: August 11, 2011
Docket Number: 09-3577

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants sued appellee under 49 U.S.C. 14103(a) for the reimbursement of fees associated with the loading and unloading of its trucks at appellee's facilities. Appellants subsequently appealed the district court's gran...

Dakota, MN & Eastern R.R. Corp. v. Schieffer  
Date: August 11, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2484

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered into an Employment Agreement with his employer before the employer entered into a merger. After defendant was terminated by his employer and post-merger disputes arose as to the amounts his employer owe...

Blakley v. Schlumberger Technology Corp.  
Date: August 11, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2906

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant filed suit against her former employer, alleging that it wrongfully denied (or delayed) her promotion and subsequently, wrongfully terminated her. Appellant challenged four of the district court's interlocutory...

Railroad Salvage & Restoration, et al. v. Surface Transportation Board, et al.  
Date: August 11, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3074

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners filed a joint petition for review of an order of the Surface Transportation Board (Board), which found, among other things, that a railroad company's practice of charging petitioners interest on certain unpai...

Teressa Johnson v. Michael J. Astrue
Date: August 11, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3085
United States v. Heid  
Date: August 11, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3230

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to the charge of conspiracy to launder money but later moved to withdraw her plea, arguing that no factual basis supported her guilty plea. The district court denied her motion to withdraw and sente...

William Young v. Securitas Security Service
Date: August 11, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3265
United States v. Donavan Michael Slagg
Date: August 11, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3269
United States v. Taylor; United States v. Slagg  
Date: August 11, 2011
Docket Numbers: 10-3369, 10-3269

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned a loosely knit, non-hierarchical collection of persons who engaged in a series of transactions involving distribution-quantities of methamphetamine in and around Bismarck, North Dakota, from late 2008...

Rember Sierra v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Date: August 11, 2011
Docket Number: 10-3728
United States v. Rafael Alfonso Zelaya-Escobar
Date: August 11, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1009
James Warford v. United Parcel Service
Date: August 11, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1250
Ron Davis, et al v. Regina Favors, et al
Date: August 11, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1523
Frederick Droney v. Tim Fitch, et al
Date: August 11, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1712
United States v. German Ocampo-Murillo
Date: August 11, 2011
Docket Number: 11-1889
Persechini v. Callaway, et al.  
Date: August 10, 2011
Docket Number: 10-1867

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was convicted of second-degree burglary in a Missouri state court and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. The trial court also sentenced plaintiff as a chronic nonviolent offender with a serious drug addictio...

AMCO Ins. Co. v. Inspired Technologies, Inc.  
Date: August 10, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2321

Justia Opinion Summary: 3M Company sued Inspired Technologies, Inc. (ITI) for allegedly unfair and false advertising, in violation of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 1051, et seq., and the Minnesota Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act (MDPTA), Minn...

Villegas-Viveros v. Holder, Jr.  
Date: August 10, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2354

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, native and citizen of Mexico, petitioned for review of the BIA's upholding of the denial of his application for deferral or removal under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). Petitioner contended that the BI...

United States v. Coutentos  
Date: August 10, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2625

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of one count of sexual exploitation or attempted sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography and one count of possession or attempted possession of child pornography. At issue was...

Equal Employment Opportunity Comm'n v. MN Law Enforcement Assoc.  
Date: August 10, 2011
Docket Number: 10-2699

Justia Opinion Summary: The Minnesota Law Enforcement Association (MLEA) appealed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), concluding as a matter of law that the MLEA's retirement pla...