2016 Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case Law

Opinions 1 - 500 of 1241

United States v. Ruben Galvin Garcia
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2844
United States v. Parrow  
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3829

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of possessing a firearm after a domestic-abuse conviction, and sentenced to 77 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. The court concluded that defendant's prior convictio...

United States v. Aaron Nazarian
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2889
United States v. Robles-Garcia  
Date: December 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3364

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to distribute less than 50 grams of methamphetamine mixture, 50 grams or more of actual (pure) methamphetamine, and 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. Defendant was also convicted of ki...

United States v. Braden, Jr.  
Date: December 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3958

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The court concluded that the district court's failure to...

United States v. Rolando Downey
Date: December 29, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1320
Nationwide Property & Casualty Insurance Co. v. Faircloth, Jr.  
Date: December 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3378

Justia Opinion Summary: After defendant purchased an automobile insurance policy from Nationwide, he wrecked his car and Nationwide rescinded the policy. Nationwide then sought declaratory judgment that it had no duty to indemnify or defend def...

West Virginia Pipe Trades v. Medtronic, Inc.  
Date: December 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3468

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants, retirement and investments funds, challenge the district court's grant of summary judgment to Medtronic on their securities fraud class action. Appellants alleged a number of securities laws violations relate...

United States v. Chad Everett Bear, Sr.  
Date: December 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3671

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of sexually abusing a young child in and around New Town, North Dakota. On appeal, defendant argues that he should not have been tried and convicted in federal court because New Town is not “India...

Werner Rummer v. State of North Dakota
Date: December 28, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1131
United States v. Fuehrer  
Date: December 28, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1248

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and was sentenced to 188 months in prison. The court concluded that the traffic stop was not pretextual where the deputy's...

United States v. Tou Fang  
Date: December 28, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1322

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 110 months in prison. The court affirmed the denial of defendant's motion for judgment of acquittal where a reasonable jury could find...

Rudy Martinez-Diaz v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: December 28, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1349
United States v. Lora-Andres  
Date: December 28, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1549

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and use of a communication facility to further a controlled substance conspiracy. The court affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion t...

United States v. Duffin  
Date: December 28, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1616

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty of transporting a minor in interstate commerce with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and sentenced to 420 months in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release. The court a...

United States v. Arthur Starks, Jr.
Date: December 28, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1874
Trista Jones v. RK Enterprises of Blytheville
Date: December 28, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1999
United States v. Debra Goodman
Date: December 28, 2016
Docket Number: 16-3135
Jerry Vang v. Steve Hammer
Date: December 27, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2664
Arminda Del Carmen Santacruz v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2102
United States v. Wright  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3237

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a conditional plea of guilty to a drug trafficking charge, and then appealed the denial of his motion to suppress evidence seized during and after a search of his vehicle. The court concluded that defen...

Selena Capers v. Nat'l Railroad Passenger Corp.
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1171
Elmore v. Harbor Freight Tools USA, Inc.  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1280

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit, alleging claims under 42 U.S.C. 1981 and state law negligence, against Harbor Freight after a Harbor Freight manager accused plaintiff of stealing from the store earlier in the day. The district cou...

Branden Kittle-Aikeley v. Donald Claycomb
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: 13-3264
Branden Kittle-Aikeley v. Donald Claycomb
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1145
United States v. Skarda  
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3889

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his convictions for distribution of methamphetamine, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of cocaine, and possession of a firearm by a drug user. Defendant argues that changing the ad...

United States v. Tory Djuan Patterson
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3947
Oehmke v. Medtronic, Inc.  
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1052

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Medtronic for disability discrimination and retaliation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., and the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), Minn. Stat. 363A e...

Julio Lopez Bravo v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1563
David Jeep v. Government of the U.S.A.
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: 16-3221
United States v. Trevon Sykes
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3139
Ward v. Smith  
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2583

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against two correctional officers, Smith and Merriett, under 42 U.S.C. 1983. Plaintiff alleged that the officers used excessive force when they administered pepper spray to gain plaintiff's complianc...

United States v. Hassan  
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3828

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for robbery after he and three others stole approximately $150 in cash and several cartons of cigarettes from a convenience store gasoline station. The court concluded that the evidence...

Jerome Meraz v. Wendy Kelley
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1744
Brian Campbell v. City of Concordia
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: 16-3671
United States v. Sonya Hernandez
Date: December 20, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1135
City of Ozark, AR v. Union Pacific Railroad Co.  
Date: December 19, 2016
Docket Numbers: 16-1186, 16-1187

Justia Opinion Summary: The City filed suit against Union Pacific in state court, seeking an order requiring Union Pacific to restore a public at-grade rail crossing or, alternatively, allowing the City to condemn Union Pacific’s land across th...

City of Ozark, AR v. Union Pacific Railroad Co.
Date: December 19, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1187
Robyn Edwards v. Gene Salter Properties
Date: December 19, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2179
United States v. Hobbs  
Date: December 14, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1956

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Hobbs and her husband pled guilty to aggravated identity theft and conspiring to commit bank fraud. Hobbs was sentenced to 56 months’ imprisonment and five years’ supervised release. Her husband was sentenced to...

United States v. Muratella  
Date: December 13, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1265

Justia Opinion Summary: Muratella was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1). The prosecution proposed a plea agreement without mentioning a 21 U.S.C. 851 information. The following morning, the prosecution...

United States v. Juan Hernandez-Martinez
Date: December 13, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1369
United States v. Shannon Straub
Date: December 13, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1813
United States v. Deryl Abram
Date: December 13, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1927
United States v. Randall West
Date: December 12, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1556
Tommy Mosley v. Correctional Care Solutions
Date: December 12, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1882
Daryl Maassen v. CIR
Date: December 12, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1922
Cheri B. Dietrich v. Soo Line Railroad Company
Date: December 12, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1993
United States v. Van Nguyen
Date: December 12, 2016
Docket Number: 16-3120
United States v. Olivares  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2239

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance; possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime; being a felon in possession of a firearm; being a fugitive in possession of a firearm;...

United States v. Bonnie Cortez-Hernandez
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2314
Ronald Cherry v. Southern Refrigerated Trans.
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3040
Wallace v. Cummings  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3279

Justia Opinion Summary: After Carleton J. Wallace was fatally shot by a police officer, Wallace's estate filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against defendants, alleging excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment. The district court denie...

MacMann v. Matthes  
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3400

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit against the City, alleging that the City violated their rights under the Columbia City Charter, the Missouri Constitution, and the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution by interfe...

United States v. Alexisus Mosby
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3893
United States v. Victor Jones
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3950
Dexter Brunson v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1603
James Fudge v. Grant Harris
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1672
United States v. Sean Gerald Penoncello
Date: December 9, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1711
The Gap, Inc. v. GK Development, Inc.  
Date: December 8, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1223

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case is a lease for a Gap store in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Gap argues that the lease does not require it to pay for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) expenses and a share of mall opera...

United States v. Watson  
Date: December 8, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1357

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was sentenced to a year and a half in prison for escaping from a halfway house where he was serving federal time. On appeal, defendant argues for the first time that the district court did not have authority to...

United States v. Long  
Date: December 8, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1398

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. The district court subsequently revoked his supervised release, i...

Gilani v. Matthews  
Date: December 8, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1689

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, who is of Turkish and Kurdish descent, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that Officers Mathews and Collins arrested him on account of his ethnicity, in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Pro...

United States v. Shawn Sweeney
Date: December 8, 2016
Docket Number: 16-3337
Willie Moore v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: December 7, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1529
Jamie Jackson v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: December 7, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1804
United States v. David Gentles
Date: December 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2845
Pedro Lopez-Ramirez v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: December 6, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1673
James Lasley v. Running Supply, Inc.
Date: December 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3351
United States v. Juan Valenzuela
Date: December 5, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1056
Great Lakes Gas Transmission v. Essar Steel Minnesota LLC  
Date: December 5, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1101

Justia Opinion Summary: Great Lakes filed suit against ESML for breach of contract. ESML later filed a motion to dismiss based on lack of subject matter jurisdiction, but the district court denied the motion. The case proceeded to trial and jud...

United States v. Senica Howard
Date: December 5, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1354
John Omariba v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: December 5, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1770
United States v. Jones  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3647

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 324 months in prison. Defendant and Shalonda Clark lived together on the White Earth Indian Reservation. Clark died after their house burned down while the...

Custodio v. Torres Samillan  
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1268

Justia Opinion Summary: Torres are the parents of M. and G. who were born and resided in Peru until Torres removed them to the United States. Custodio seeks return of the children to Peru under the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of Internati...

United States v. Jermaine Gadson
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1429
Charles LaLiberte v. Charles Samuels, Jr.
Date: December 2, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2497
Sarah Brooks v. City of Des Moines
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2781
United States v. Mark W. Jones
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1034
United States v. Morgan  
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1525

Justia Opinion Summary: After defendant plead guilty to one count of production of child pornography and one count of attempted production, he appealed the denial of his motion to suppress and his sentence. Defendant argues that the information...

United States v. York Wilson
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2010
United States v. Ernest Britten
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2087
United States v. Dace  
Date: November 30, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1028

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his sentence after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms. The court concluded that, although the district court erred in concluding that defendant's second-degree robbery convictio...

Arron Lewis v. Charles Holladay
Date: November 30, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2202
Xavier Cravenwolfe v. Robert Carter
Date: November 29, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2665
United States v. Frank Scharschell
Date: November 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3890
William White v. Polk County Attorney's Office
Date: November 28, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2176
Century Surety Co. v. Jim Hipner LLC  
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2120

Justia Opinion Summary: Century appeals the district court's final judgment determining that Hipner does have coverage under an umbrella policy entered between the parties. Because Wyoming law had not definitively addressed whether an insurer m...

United States v. Carpenter  
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3563

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud arising from a scheme in which he overpaid for commodities to the benefit of certain customers while managing a grain elevator for Bunge. The district court ordered def...

United States v. Richard Roberts
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1243
United States v. Jose David Sumba-Loja
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1267
United States v. Cook  
Date: November 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3651

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to 120 months in prison. The court concluded that the district court did not err by denying defendant's motion to suppress the firearm whe...

United States v. Turner  
Date: November 22, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1142

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by an unlawful drug user in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(3) and 924(a)(2). On appeal, defendant challenged the denial of his motion to dismiss...

United States v. Allyn Koopman
Date: November 22, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2114
United States v. Leonard Rondeau
Date: November 22, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2183
Schaffer v. Beringer  
Date: November 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3438

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against Vermillion Police Department (VPD) officers, alleging violations of their First and Fourth Amendment rights. Given the totality of the circumstances, the relatively low...

United States v. Merrell  
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3211

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed her sentence and conviction for two counts of producing child pornography. The court rejected defendant's argument that the district court erred by denying her motion to suppress 47 photographs of her...

Timothy Owens v. American Arbitration Assoc.
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1055
United States v. Alicia Ramirez-Medina
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1418
United States v. Landein Craddock
Date: November 18, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2262
United States v. McFee  
Date: November 17, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1304

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and the district court sentenced him to 180 months in prison pursuant to the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e). On appeal, defendant argu...

Paulson v. McDermott  
Date: November 17, 2016
Docket Number: 16-6018

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtor appealed from the bankruptcy court's order denying his motion to reinstate his dismissed Chapter 13 bankruptcy case and an order denying his motion to reconsider that order. The panel concluded that the bankruptcy...

Robert Bry v. City of Frontenac
Date: November 16, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1202
Neidenbach v. Amica Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: November 16, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1400

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs contend that their insurance policy from Amica covered damage caused by a fire to their house and personal property. On appeal, plaintiffs challenge the district court's grant of summary judgment for Amica. Th...

Justin Jones v. Raylina Ramsey
Date: November 16, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1570
United States v. Romeo Reccarro
Date: November 15, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1414
Maurice Robinson v. Regional Medical Center
Date: November 15, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1782
Lee v. Edwards  
Date: November 15, 2016
Docket Number: 16-6020

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtor appealed the bankruptcy court's order denying his third motion to reconsider the order dismissing his chapter 7 case. The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) concluded that, although debtor argues in his brief that t...

Grant v. City of Blytheville, Arkansas  
Date: November 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2427

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against the City, alleging violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq., the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. 621-634, and 42 U.S.C. 1...

Stuart, Jr. v. CIR  
Date: November 14, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-3318, 15-3319, 15-3320, 15-3321

Justia Opinion Summary: After Little Salt failed to pay its taxes, the Commissioner issued notices of transferee liability to the former shareholders. The tax court concluded that the former shareholders are liable for a portion of Little Salt'...

William Stuart, Jr. v. CIR
Date: November 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3319
William Stuart, Jr. v. CIR
Date: November 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3320
William Stuart, Jr. v. CIR
Date: November 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3321
Robinson v. EOR-ARK, LLC  
Date: November 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3406

Justia Opinion Summary: After Willie Robinson, Sr. died, his son and estate administrator filed suit against Pine Hills Health and Rehabilitation nursing home. Willie had entered into an arbitration agreement when he was admitted to Pine Hills...

Allan Hinshaw v. Keith Moore
Date: November 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3581
Joe Estrada-Ramos v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: November 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3648
CRP Holdings v. O'Sullivan  
Date: November 14, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1526

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtor filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and claimed a $15,000 exemption in a homestead he owned as a tenant in the entirety with his wife. The bankruptcy court granted debtor's motion to avoid CRP's judicial lien and the B...

United States v. Marco Whitley, Sr.
Date: November 14, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1579
United States v. Thomas  
Date: November 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3717

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was sentenced to 80 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess fifteen or more counterfeit access devices and conspiracy to commit mail fraud, possession of fifteen or more counterfeit devi...

Rex Gard v. Dennis Kaemingk
Date: November 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3487
United States v. Craddock  
Date: November 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3705

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to a mandatory minimum of fifteen years’ imprisonment under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e). As an initial matter,...

Joseph Anthony Favors v. Michelle Hoover
Date: November 8, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1888
Frederick Davis v. Sandra Boylan
Date: November 8, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2604
Andre Griffin v. United States
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3027
Emanuel Swinton v. Hansens Truck Salvage Inc.
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1470
United States v. Sanjay Williams
Date: November 4, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3790
United States v. Shameris Jefferson
Date: November 4, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1019
United States v. Shonda Hoskins
Date: November 4, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1972
Paul Katekaru v. Cameron Egan
Date: November 3, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3662
Hughes v. City of Cedar Rapids  
Date: November 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2703

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, a group of drivers, filed suit against the City and Gatso, alleging that the Automatic Traffic Enforcement (ATE) system violates their right to procedural due process, their fundamental right to travel, Iowa...

Brooks v. City of Des Moines  
Date: November 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2781

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, six drivers, filed suit against the City alleging that the Automatic Traffic Enforcement (ATE) system violates federal and state law. The district court dismissed plaintiffs' claims. Plaintiffs argue that the...

Travis McPeek v. Lee Blanchard
Date: November 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2933
Martine v. Lynch  
Date: November 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3117

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native of Haiti, seeks review of the BIA's decision affirming the IJ's finding that he was ineligible for relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). In this case, petitioner argues that the BIA erre...

Arteaga Talavera v. United States  
Date: November 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3837

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, seven counts of distributing methamphetamine, and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Petitioner appealed the denial of...

Felix Arp v. Cerro Gordo County Sheriff
Date: November 2, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2733
Warner Bros. Entertainment v. X One X Productions  
Date: November 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3728

Justia Opinion Summary: Warner filed suit claiming that AVELA infringed their trademarks and engaged in unfair competition by licensing iconic pictures and phrases from films. On appeal, AVELA challenges a permanent injunction prohibiting them...

Bolderson v. City of Wentzville  
Date: November 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3846

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, the former building commissioner of the city, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that she was fired in retaliation for engaging in protected speech. The district court granted summary judgment to the ci...

United States v. James McKnight
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3602
United States v. Christopher Booker
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3740
United States v. Christopher Booker
Date: October 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3742
United States v. Bell  
Date: October 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3506

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and then appealed the district court's conclusion that his prior conviction for second degree robbery under Missouri state law qualifies as a crime of...

United States v. Dennis Mobley
Date: October 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3711
United States v. Richard William Melanson
Date: October 28, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1227
Dewayne Vesey v. Midwest Janitorial Services
Date: October 28, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2891
United States v. Machorro-Xochicale  
Date: October 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3449

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of unlawful use of identification documents and misuse of a social security account number. The court concluded that there was sufficient evidence to support the jury's guilty verdict for both con...

United States v. Jermaine Travis
Date: October 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3738
United States v. Gerald Wright
Date: October 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3906
United States v. White  
Date: October 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3932

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the district court's revocation of his term of supervised release and imposition of two years of imprisonment. The court concluded that the district court did not procedurally err by relying on the vio...

United States v. John Bolden
Date: October 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3938
United States v. Hunt  
Date: October 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3944

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. The court concluded that the district court properly denied defendant's request for a reduction under USSG 3B1.2 where defendant adm...

United States v. Dawn Muir
Date: October 27, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1023
United States v. Brandriet  
Date: October 27, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1217

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and then challenged the district court's application of a two-level sentencing enhancement. The court agreed that the direct evidence of the details of how defendant's...

United States v. Jesus Valenzuela
Date: October 27, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1703
Keefe v. Adams  
Date: October 26, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2988

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was removed from the Associate Degree Nursing Program for behavior unbecoming of the profession and transgression of professional boundaries after CLC received student complaints about plaintiff's posts on his...

Patricia M. Aitchison v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: October 26, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3716
Patrick Bray v. Bank of America
Date: October 26, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1523
United States v. Galvin Henderson
Date: October 25, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1495
United States v. James Smith
Date: October 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2889
United States v. James Smith
Date: October 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2951
Myron Hubbard v. Missouri Department of Mental
Date: October 24, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1507
Gibson v. Clean Harbors Environmental  
Date: October 24, 2016
Docket Number: 16-8012

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondents filed a class action complaint against Clean Harbors, alleging state tort claims related to a chemical release of hazardous waste storage and treatment facility operated by Clean Harbors. The district court g...

United States v. Gibson  
Date: October 21, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1393

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a child and was sentenced to 144 months in prison. The court concluded that the district court did not err by applying a two-level enhancement because USSG 2G1.3(b)(3)(B) (u...

Charles Swift v. Wadie Thomas
Date: October 21, 2016
Docket Number: 16-3200
Chickoiyah Miller v. Weston Educational
Date: October 19, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1760
Ferguson v. Short  
Date: October 19, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2857

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff's convictions for second-degree murder and first-degree robbery were vacated, plaintiff filed suit against several detectives who investigated the murder. In this interlocutory appeal, the detectives chal...

United States v. Maria Garcia
Date: October 19, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1094
United States v. Maurice Malone
Date: October 19, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1848
United States v. Walker  
Date: October 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2921

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C 924(e). The court concluded that the office...

United States v. Donald Lamoureaux
Date: October 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3737
United States v. Amy Jones
Date: October 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3956
Walker v. Progressive Direct Insurance Co.  
Date: October 18, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1433

Justia Opinion Summary: After Steve Walker died in a motorcycle accident, his wife, Ronda, filed a wrongful death action against the driver of the other vehicle. The parties settled for the driver's liability policy limit and then Ronda filed s...

Kowitz v. Trinity Health  
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1584

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit alleging that her former employer, Trinity Health, and former supervisors violated her rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., and the North Dakota Human Righ...

Elvis Hernandez v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: October 17, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3957
United States v. Randy Patrie
Date: October 14, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2576
Gonzalez-Vega v. Lynch  
Date: October 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3281

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a Mexican citizen, seeks review of the BIA's affirmance of the IJ's denial of his request for administrative closure of his immigration proceedings. DHS initiated removal proceedings in 2012, asserting that h...

United States v. Ron Hill
Date: October 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3861
United States v. Joshua Randolph
Date: October 14, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1086
James Wolf v. Hoene Ridge Subdivision
Date: October 14, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1143
Shannon Williams v. Raynor, Rensch & Pfeiffer
Date: October 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3066
Igo v. Colvin  
Date: October 13, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1232

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff challenged the denial of his application for disability insurance benefits. Plaintiff claims that he is disabled as a result of osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease of the hips, degenerative disc disea...

In re: MO. Dept of Corrections v.
Date: October 13, 2016
Docket Number: 16-3072
United States v. Nathaniel Burns
Date: October 12, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3904
Parker v. Crete Carrier Corp.  
Date: October 12, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1371

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against his employer, Crete, alleging it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., by requiring a medical examination and discriminating on the basis of a perceived...

United States v. Epifanio Sanchez
Date: October 12, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1817
James Tippe v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: October 11, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1436
Martin Lindstedt v. Newton County
Date: October 11, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1489
United States v. Timothy Postley
Date: October 11, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1558
Valerie Walker v. AR Dept. of Correction
Date: October 11, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1612
Kenneth Smith, Jr. v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: October 11, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1719
United States v. Darnell Norton
Date: October 7, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3927
United States v. Cesar Avila-Hernandez
Date: October 7, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1201
Annette Nawls v. Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux
Date: October 7, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1636
Harvey v. Colvin  
Date: October 7, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1841

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appealed the denial of Social Security disability insurance benefits. The ALJ concluded that she suffered from severe but not listed impairments – mood disorder, anxiety disorder, residuals of brain tumor with...

United States v. DeFoggi  
Date: October 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1209

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, the former acting director of cyber security at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, was convicted of multiple child pornography-related offenses following a jury trial. The court conclud...

Charles Swift v. Walmart
Date: October 6, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2145
United States v. Zavesky  
Date: October 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3039

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. The court concluded that the information before the district court was sufficient to estab...

United States v. John Prickett, Jr.
Date: October 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3486
Simon Velasquez Cansinos v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: October 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3669
United States v. Pierre Starks
Date: October 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3760
United States v. Pierre Starks
Date: October 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3844
United States v. James Shandy
Date: October 5, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1006
United States v. Jessica Wallace
Date: October 5, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1138
Stokes v. DISH Network  
Date: October 4, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2901

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit on behalf of themselves and a putative class of DISH subscribers, seeking monetary relief for Turner and FOX News services interruptions. The court concluded that, under Colorado law, the subscripti...

United States v. McDaniel  
Date: October 4, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3734

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was sentenced to 240 months in prison after being convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, and possessing a firearm in...

United States v. Alexandra Jones, Jr.
Date: October 4, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1286
Calvin Hammock v. NASA Headquarters
Date: October 4, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1301
Jenkins v. Swem  
Date: October 3, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3273

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against the University of Minnesota, David Andersen, and Ted Swem, alleging sexual harassment under 42 U.S.C. 1983. Swem was a mentor and guide to plaintiff. The district court denied Swem's motion f...

United States v. Hinders  
Date: September 30, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-2622, 15-2624

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, the IRS seized $32,820.56 from Carole Hinders’s business bank account based on allegations that Hinders had unlawfully “structured” deposits to avoid federal currency reporting requirements. The government then...

United States v. Carole Hinders
Date: September 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2624
Henry Moran v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: September 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3275
Hansmeier v. McDermott  
Date: September 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-6035

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtor appeals the bankruptcy court's order converting his chapter 13 case to chapter 7. The BAP concluded that the bankruptcy court did not err by refusing to hold an evidentiary hearing on the United States Trustee's m...

Huonder v. Champion Milking Systems  
Date: September 29, 2016
Docket Number: 16-6011

Justia Opinion Summary: Debtors argue that the bankruptcy court erred in not awarding them all the attorney fees they incurred in their adversary proceeding against Champion for its violation of the discharge injunction. Debtors also argue that...

United States v. Cody Williams
Date: September 28, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1359
United States v. Dayton Heins
Date: September 26, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2736
United States v. Jeffrey Treta
Date: September 26, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3757
United States v. Altonio Graves
Date: September 26, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1196
United States v. Derrick Parker
Date: September 26, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1279
United States v. Thomas  
Date: September 26, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1283

Justia Opinion Summary: After defendant was convicted of distributing cocaine base, the district court applied the Guidelines' career-offender enhancement on the basis of two prior convictions, one of which was for first-degree battery under 5-...

United States v. James Bailey
Date: September 26, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1373
United States v. David Goodwin
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1841
Gural Foster v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1014
Christine Brown v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1235
United States v. Eldon Philip Anderson
Date: September 23, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2251
Kuntz v. Rodenburg LLP  
Date: September 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2777

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Rodenburg, a debt collection law firm, alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), 15 U.S.C. 1692d-f. The court concluded that Rodenburg reasonably believed that pl...

County of Dakota v. Milan  
Date: September 22, 2016
Docket Number: 16-6012

Justia Opinion Summary: The County appealed the bankruptcy court's order and judgment discharging the debt owed to it by Jacob Milan for costs incurred related to his incarceration. The bankruptcy code precludes discharge of a debt for a fine,...

Haney v. Portfolio Recovery Assoc.  
Date: September 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1932

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against PRA, a debt collector, and its attorneys, Gamache, under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), 15 U.S.C. 1692 et seq. The district court granted defendants' motion for judgment on t...

Alma Infante v. City of Hastings
Date: September 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3686
Lariat Companies, Inc. v. Wigley  
Date: September 21, 2016
Docket Number: 16-6008

Justia Opinion Summary: Lariat appealed the bankruptcy court's order denying Lariat's request to dismiss the Chapter 11 case of debtor, or to convert the case to Chapter 7, denying confirmation of debtor’s second modified Chapter 11 plan, and e...

Wigley v. Wigley  
Date: September 21, 2016
Docket Number: 16-6009

Justia Opinion Summary: Barbara Wigley appeals the bankruptcy court's order denying confirmation of Robert Wigley's (debtor) second modified Chapter 11 plan. The court held that Barbara does not have standing because her interests are not centr...

Stearns Bank Nat'l Assoc. v. Amegy Bank Nat'l Assoc.  
Date: September 20, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1967

Justia Opinion Summary: Bayer filed an interpleader action to determine its obligations with regards to a settlement reached with Texana that came about as a result of lawsuits that arose when Bayer introduced genetically modified rice into the...

United States v. Christopher Sutphin
Date: September 16, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1590
United States v. Thorne  
Date: September 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1249

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of possession of a firearm and sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e)(1). Several of defendant's prior felony convictions were for second degree burglary of a dwell...

Qwest v. Free Conferencing Corp.  
Date: September 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2406

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court found third-party plaintiff Qwest failed to prove its claims for intentional interference with a business relationship, unfair competition, and unjust enrichment against third-party defendant FC. The c...

United States v. Wearing  
Date: September 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2730

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant conditionally plead guilty to one charge of being an inmate in possession of a prohibited object. The court rejected defendant's claim that the government violated his right to a speedy trial under the Speedy T...

Chakhov v. Lynch  
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1673

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native of Russia, seeks review of the BIA's decision affirming the IJ's denial of petitioner's application for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). Peti...

Burckhard v. BNSF Railway Co.  
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2106

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit against BNSF for the deaths of two BNSF employees. Plaintiffs' suit arises under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA), 45 U.S.C. 51 et seq. The jury found in favor of plaintiffs and the distr...

United States v. Hamilton  
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2368

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed her conviction for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of actual methamphetamine. The court concluded that the evidence was sufficient to convict defendant where she know...

United States v. Trotter  
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2606

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, methamphetamine. The court concluded that allowing an agent to testify regarding defendant's text messages did not violate th...

United States v. Luger  
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2786

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child in Indian country. The court deferred to the district court's careful exercise of its discretion and concluded that the propensity tes...

Haggenmiller v. ABM Parking Serv.  
Date: September 14, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3107

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff was terminated from her job at ABM, she filed suit against her former employer, alleging that she was unlawfully terminated based on age in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act, Minn. Stat. 363A.08...

Cambara-Cambara v. Lynch  
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-1916, 15-1917

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners, brothers and natives of Guatemala, petitioned for review of the BIA's affirmance of the IJ's denial of their applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and CAT relief. Petitioners concede that they fil...

Ruben Cambara-Cambara v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1917
United States v. Jeffery Haywood
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1974
Gilmore v. City of Minneapolis  
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2465

Justia Opinion Summary: After charges against plaintiff for disorderly conduct and interference with lawful process were dropped, plaintiff filed suit alleging various claims against government officials. The court affirmed the district court's...

United States v. Marvin Hicks
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2521
Peter Rickmyer v. ABM Security Services, Inc.
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2254
Stewart v. Wagner  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2394

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff was convicted of murder and the charges were subsequently dropped when another person confessed to the murder, plaintiff filed a civil damage action against five individuals and Stone County, Missouri, al...

American Farm Bureau v. EPA  
Date: September 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1234

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs (the Associations) challenged the district court's ruling that they lack Article III standing to bring a "reverse" Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552, 706(2)(A), claim against the EPA. Plaintiffs...

United States v. Petruk  
Date: September 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2547

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of one count of carjacking and two counts of corruptly attempting to obstruct an official proceeding. The court reversed the convictions for carjacking and one obstruction count and remanded for r...

Gene Jirak v. Warden J. A. Terris
Date: September 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3815
United States v. Julian Okeayainneh
Date: September 9, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1020
Braitberg v. Charter Communications  
Date: September 8, 2016
Docket Number: 14-1737

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Charter, alleging that Charter retained his personally identifiable information in violation of a section of the Cable Communications Policy Act, 47 U.S.C. 551(e). The district court granted...

United States v. McArthur  
Date: September 8, 2016
Docket Numbers: 14-3335, 14-3336, 14-3367

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Cree, Morris, and McArthur were convicted of criminal offenses stemming from their involvement with the Native Mob, a Minnesota prison and street gang. The court concluded that the evidence was sufficient to s...

United States v. Wakinyan McArthur
Date: September 8, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3336
United States v. Wakinyan McArthur
Date: September 8, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3337
United States v. Fogg  
Date: September 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3078

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e), based on his three prior violent felony convictions. The court concluded...

Kong Meng Xiong v. Lynch  
Date: September 8, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1428

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner seeks review of the BIA's conclusion that he is ineligible for cancellation of removal under 8 U.S.C. 1229(b), because he had sustained a prior conviction for an aggravated felony. Although the government argu...

United States v. Miranda-Zarco  
Date: September 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1497

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit money laundering. On appeal, defendant challenged the addition of one criminal-history point under USSG 4A1.1. The court conclude...

United States v. Durham  
Date: September 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3206

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appeals her sentence after pleading guilty to a drug distribution conspiracy. Defendant challenges the sentence primarily on the ground that the district court did not explicitly rule on her objection relating...

Sample v. City of Woodbury  
Date: September 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3213

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that the City's failure to develop a conflict-of-interest policy led to a violation of his constitutional rights when prosecutors (the Attorneys) filed a criminal compl...

American Family Ins. v. City of Minneapolis  
Date: September 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3216

Justia Opinion Summary: American Family and Liberty Mutual (Appellants) filed suit against the City after a water-main break in the City flooded the basement condominiums and street-level window wells in the the nearby Sexton building. On appea...

Libby Rivet v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: September 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3330
United States v. Robert L. Lytle
Date: September 6, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3786
United States v. Jones  
Date: September 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2795

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine. On appeal, defendant challenged the district court's denial of an 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(2) sentence reduction based upon Sentencing...

John Caldwell v. Wendy Kelley
Date: September 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3323
In re: MO. Dept of Corrections v.
Date: September 2, 2016
Docket Number: 16-3072
Michelle Mary Ray v. Anoka County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-2964
Ray v. Anoka County  
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Numbers: 14-3151, 14-3188, 14-3225, 14-3288, 14-3750, 15-1288, 15-1846, 14-2964, 14-3404, 14-3448, 14-3673, 15-1805, 14-3651

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, Minnesota driver's license holders, filed suit against local entities, Law Enforcement Does, Commissioners, and DPS Does, alleging that defendants violated the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), 18 U.S.C...

Michelle Mary Ray v. Anoka County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3188
Michelle Mary Ray v. Anoka County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3225
Michelle Mary Ray v. Anoka County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3288
Michelle Mary Ray v. Anoka County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3404
Michelle Mary Ray v. Anoka County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3448
Kampschroer v. Ramsey County  
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Numbers: 14-3527, 14-3529, 14-3533, 14-3537, 14-3539, 14-3540, 14-3542, 14-3543, 14-3600, 15-1488

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed separate actions against various Minnesota cities, counties, and law enforcement entities alleging violations of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), 18 U.S.C. 2724(a). In separate orders, the dis...

Jessica Kampschroer v. Ramsey County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3529
Jessica Kampschroer v. Ramsey County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3533
Jessica Kampschroer v. Ramsey County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3537
Jessica Kampschroer v. Ramsey County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3539
Jessica Kampschroer v. Ramsey County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3540
Jessica Kampschroer v. Ramsey County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3542
Jessica Kampschroer v. Ramsey County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3543
Jessica Kampschroer v. Ramsey County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3600
Michelle Mary Ray v. Anoka County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3651
Michelle Mary Ray v. Anoka County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3673
Michelle Mary Ray v. Anoka County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3750
United States v. Jacob Brisbin
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1169
Michelle Mary Ray v. Anoka County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1288
Jessica Kampschroer v. Ramsey County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1488
Michelle Mary Ray v. Anoka County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1805
Michelle Mary Ray v. Anoka County
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1846
United States v. Javier Reyes
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3012
John Burns v. Grisham Law Firm
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3884
United States v. Green  
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-1734, 15-1737

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Green and Hayes were convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, as well as possessing, brandishing, and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Haye...

United States v. Joshua Green
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1737
Rodriguez-Quiroz v. Lynch  
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2621

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a native and citizen of Mexico, seeks review of the BIA's affirmance of the IJ's denial of petitioner's request for adjustment of status and dismissal of petitioner's appeal. Petitioner was charged with being...

Riceland Foods v. Bayer Cropscience US  
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-2690, 15-2693, 15-2850, 15-2893, 15-3245

Justia Opinion Summary: A common-benefit trust fund was established to compensate attorneys leading the MDL concerning Bayer’s LibertyLink LL601 genetically modified rice. On appeal, Bayer and Riceland challenge the district court's order requi...

Riceland Foods v. Bayer Cropscience US
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2693
Riceland Foods v. Bayer Cropscience US
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2850
Riceland Foods v. Bayer Cropscience US
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2893
Rosalind Cross v. David S. Ferriero
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3057
Riceland Foods v. Bayer Cropscience US
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3245
United States v. Arnold  
Date: August 31, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3697

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank robberies and three counts of aiding and abetting the robbery of those banks. The court concluded that the district court properly denied defendant's motion to suppres...

United States v. Conklin  
Date: August 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2140

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for distributing methamphetamine and heroin, arguing that the district court violated his Sixth Amendment right to counsel because he did not unequivocally state his intent to proceed pr...

United States v. Wendell Jones
Date: August 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2339
United States v. Bogdan  
Date: August 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2990

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the denial of his motion for a sentence reduction under 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(2). The district court ruled that defendant was ineligible for a reduction because his sentence was based on a Federal Rule of...

Randall Meidinger v. Peter Ragnone
Date: August 30, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3302
United States v. Hill  
Date: August 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3350

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for being a felon in possession of ammunition and the district court's denial of his renewed motion for acquittal. The court concluded that the government did not constructively amend th...

Cletis Goodman v. Jennifer Stehlik Ladman
Date: August 29, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1176
Sokpa-Anku v. Lynch  
Date: August 26, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3230

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a citizen of Ghana and a lawful permanent resident of the United States, was convicted of three counts of medical assistance fraud in violation of Minn. Stat. 609.466. DHS commenced removal proceedings based...

Tynisha Reinerio v. The Bank of New York Mellon
Date: August 26, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1181
Bremer v. Johnson  
Date: August 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1163

Justia Opinion Summary: The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, Pub. L. No. 109-248, 120 Stat. 587, limits who may file a petition for a visa on behalf of an immediate family member who is a foreign national. In 2009, Joel Breme...

Auer v. City of Minot  
Date: August 25, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-2021, 15-2386

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against defendants alleging that they violated various provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U.S.C. 1681-1681x, by obtaining copies of her credit report. The district court granted t...

Colleen M. Auer v. City of Minot
Date: August 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2386
United States v. Rodriguez  
Date: August 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2723

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with possession of a machinegun and unlawful possession of an assault rifle. The government appealed the district court's suppression of evidence gained after police entered defendant's residence wi...

Larson v. Ferrellgas Partners  
Date: August 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2789

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs appealed the district court's dismissal of their claims for damages in their action against Ferrellgas and AmeriGas under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. 1. Plaintiffs alleged that defendants acted in...

Lockhart v. United States  
Date: August 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3156

Justia Opinion Summary: After a federal employee injured plaintiff in a car accident, plaintiff filed suit against the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), 28 U.S.C. 1346(b)(1). The district court found the government 100% at...

Watson v. Air Methods Corp.  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1900

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against his former employer, Air Methods, in state court for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy. Air Methods removed to federal court and the district court, relying on this court's dec...

United States v. Jensen  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2156

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to receiving child pornography and was sentenced to 240 months in prison. The court concluded that the district court did not err by imposing a sentencing enhancement for obstruction of justice unde...

United States v. Tut Gach Keuk
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2280
Reece v. Colvin  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2460

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appealed the denial of her Social Security benefits, arguing that the ALJ's determination that she is not disabled is not supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole. Plaintiff claimed that she w...

Mays v. Hamburg Sch. Dist.  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2915

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs appealed the district court's order granting the District's motion to approve the closure of Wilmot Elementary School and to modify the gifted and talented (GT) requirements for the District. In 1988, plaintif...

English v. United States  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3129

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced to 180 months in prison. Petitioner then filed a pro se motion to vacate his sentence under 28 U.S.C. 2255, but the district court den...

United States v. Starks  
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-3760, 15-3844

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the denial of his motions to reduce his sentence under 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(2). In this case, the district court did not determine whether defendant's untimely notice of appeal was the result of excusable...

United States v. Pierre Starks
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3844
United States v. Tracy Vaughn
Date: August 24, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1060
Jackson v. Old EPT, LLC  
Date: August 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1078

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, hourly production employees, filed suit against their employer, EaglePicher, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. 201-219, and the Missouri Minimum Wage Law, Mo. Rev. Stat. 290.500-290.530. Pl...

United States v. Casey James Godfrey
Date: August 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2293
Duffie v. City of Lincoln  
Date: August 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2431

Justia Opinion Summary: After the LPD conducted a high-risk traffic stop of plaintiff, he filed suit against the City and three officers involved in the stop under 42 U.S.C. 1983 for deprivation of his constitutional rights. The district court...

United States v. Burns  
Date: August 23, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2660

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 97 months in prison. The court concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion by imposing enhancements for "sadistic" mater...

Scott Meyer v. Bryan McKinley
Date: August 23, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1209
Schmitz v. Sun Life Assurance Co.  
Date: August 22, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3701

Justia Opinion Summary: After he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, plaintiff applied for long term disability benefits under his Sun Life policy. The policy required plaintiff to provide written notice of his claim within 30 days of the en...

Alexander v. Tutle and Tutle Trucking  
Date: August 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2710

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, employed as truck drivers, filed suit against Tutle and Schlumberger, alleging that defendants failed to pay them overtime compensation in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. 207(a)(1)...

United States v. Mario Williams
Date: August 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3328
United States v. Dennis Grippando
Date: August 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3464
Stephen Bloomer v. Joe Caffrey
Date: August 22, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1063
Galloway v. The Kansas City Landsmen, LLC  
Date: August 19, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1629

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit alleging that 21 Budget rental car businesses willfully violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), 15 U.S.C. 1681c(g)(1), by issuing receipts that contained more than five digit...

Schultz v. Verizon Wireless  
Date: August 19, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2415

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit against Verizon, alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. 227, and the Iowa Debt Collection Practices Act, Iowa Code 537.7103 (2014), arising out of a billing dispute....

United States v. Colhoff  
Date: August 19, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2800

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed her conviction for two counts of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, and one count of attempted witness tampering. The court concluded that the district court did not plainly err by joinin...

Decker Plastics Inc. v. West Bend Mut. Ins. Co.  
Date: August 19, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2861

Justia Opinion Summary: A1's, packages and sells landscaping materials, filed suit against Decker to recover losses after Decker sold defective plastic bags to A1's. Because Decker failed to manufacture the bags with an ultraviolet inhibitor (U...

Noreen v. PharMerica Corp.  
Date: August 19, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2917

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against his former employer, alleging that the company terminated his position and then refused to rehire him because of his age, in violation of federal and Minnesota law. The court affirmed the dis...

Sabri v. Whittier Alliance  
Date: August 19, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3075

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, five members of Whittier Alliance, a private neighborhood organization, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against the City and Alliance itself. Plaintiffs claim that the City "commanded and encouraged" the mem...

United States v. E.T.H.  
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1672

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, originally adjudicated a juvenile delinquent for assault of a federal officer, appealed the district court's imposition of a combination of official detention and juvenile delinquent supervision following revo...

United States v. Gauld  
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1690

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography and admitted that he was previously adjudicated guilty as a juvenile of a sexual offense involving a minor. On appeal, defendant appealed his sentence and a special...

Johnson v. USDA  
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1796

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against the USDA and others, claiming that defendants violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), 15 U.S.C. 1691 et seq., because they denied his debt settlement offers on the basis of his race...

W.T. Davis v. Cutter Morning Star Sch.  
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1919

Justia Opinion Summary: After the school districts sought termination of the Garland County School Desegregation Case Comprehensive Settlement Agreement and relief from the district court’s 1992 order enforcing it, the district court denied the...

Nelson v. Nelson  
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2610

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against his brother, an accountant, and a banker, alleging that they siphoned money from the brother's farming business. Plaintiff filed suit against all three, as well as the accountant and banker's...

United States v. David Phinney
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2772
Carmen Rivas-Alvarez v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3617
Santos Zacarias-Castro v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3869
United States v. Kevin Green
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1466
United States v. Lester Brown
Date: August 17, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2754
Frederick Smith v. Democratic Party Arkansas
Date: August 17, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3535
Patricia Vylasek v. Mortgage Electronic
Date: August 17, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1193
Doug Weischman v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: August 17, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1551
Carlsen v. GameStop, Inc.  
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2453

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, individually and purportedly on behalf of others similarly situated, filed suit against GameStop for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, money had and received, and violation of Minnesota’s Consumer Fraud A...

United States v. Golding  
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2555

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for defrauding a health-care benefits program, and of making false statements about the delivery or payment for healthcare benefits. The court concluded that the district court did not a...

Gray v. United States  
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3223

Justia Opinion Summary: Movant pleaded guilty to, and was sentenced for, a crime that the stipulated facts in the plea agreement did not support. After the district court corrected the statute of conviction but left movant's sentence intact, he...

United States v. Mulverhill  
Date: August 16, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3241

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant plead guilty to one count of failure to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to 57 months in prison. Even assuming that the categorical approach does apply, the court concluded that the district court c...

Garrison v. ConAgra Foods  
Date: August 15, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-1177, 15-1428

Justia Opinion Summary: Evelyn Garrison and ten opt-in plaintiffs filed suit against ConAgra under the Arkansas Minimum Wage Act (AMWA), Ark. Code Ann. 11-4-201, et seq., and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. 201-219. Plaintiffs al...

Evelyn Garrison v. ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods
Date: August 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1428
United States v. Chavez  
Date: August 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2007

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty of conspiring to distribute, possessing with the intent to distribute, and distributing methamphetamine. On appeal, defendant challenged his sentence of 96 months in prison. The court concluded...

Yang v. MO Dep't of Corr.  
Date: August 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2231

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a Missouri inmate, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that Missouri Department of Correction officials violated his constitutional rights when they censored his Chinese-language mail and denied him the...

Aguiniga v. Colvin  
Date: August 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3298

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appealed the denial of her social security disability benefits. As a preliminary matter, the court concluded that neither the doctrine of collateral estoppel nor law of the case applies to plaintiff's claim. On...

United States v. Joshua Blaine
Date: August 15, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3636
United States v. Lasley, Jr.  
Date: August 12, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1738

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of second-degree murder of his parents in Indian country and the district court imposed two consecutive life sentences. The court concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion in...

United States v. Binkholder  
Date: August 12, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2125

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his sentence after pleading guilty to four counts of wire fraud. The court concluded that, because the district court did not apply one of the two total offense levels specifically contemplated by the...

Donegan v. Anesthesia Assoc.  
Date: August 12, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2420

Justia Opinion Summary: Relator filed a qui tam action under the False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. 3729-33, alleging that his former employer, AAKC, violated the FCA by submitting claims for Medicare reimbursement of anesthesia services at the...

United States v. Pendleton  
Date: August 12, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2865

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The court held that the district court did not abuse its discretion when it failed to order disclosure of...

United States v. Camberos-Villapuda  
Date: August 12, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3313

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. On appeal, defendant challenged the denial of his motion to suppress physical evidence and imposition of a life sentence. The cour...

United States v. Juan Manjarrez-Sanchez
Date: August 12, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1750
The PPW Royalty Trust v. Barton  
Date: August 11, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1464

Justia Opinion Summary: The Trusts filed suits in federal and state court over the course of two-and-a-half decades, claiming rights as the beneficiaries, successors, or assigns of the owners of coal mining royalty interests in Kentucky. In thi...

United States v. Ways, Jr.  
Date: August 11, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1716

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his convictions for conspiracy to sell drug paraphernalia, conspiracy to distribute Schedule I controlled substances, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and being a felon in possession of ammunitio...

East Iowa Plastics, Inc. v. PI, Inc.  
Date: August 11, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2757

Justia Opinion Summary: EIP filed suit against PI, alleging claims related to the PAKSTER mark under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 119, 1120, and 1125(a). PI filed counterclaims for trademark infringement and unfair competition under the Lanham Act...

United States v. Bramer  
Date: August 11, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3121

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to one count of possession of firearms by a prohibited person - a user of a controlled substance - in violation of 18 U.S.C 922(g)(3), and waived the right to appeal nonjurisdictional issues. On app...

David Namer v. United States
Date: August 11, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3874
United States v. Vincent Packineau
Date: August 11, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1045
Kaler v. Slominski  
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-2334, 15-2405

Justia Opinion Summary: Kip Kaler, as trustee of the debtor's bankruptcy estate, brought suit against Louie Slominski to avoid a land lease that Slominski and the debtor had entered. The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) held that the bankruptcy...

United States v. Jauron  
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2378

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to sexual exploitation of children and to commission of a felony offense involving a minor while being required to register as a sex offender. On appeal, defendant challenged his sentence of 480 mon...

United States v. James Davis
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2729
Gillis v. The Principia Corp.  
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2968

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Principia, alleging claims arising from events that occurred during plaintiff's time as a student at Principia. The district court granted Principia's motion to dismiss. The court held that p...

Yolanda Hurst v. Carolyn Colvin
Date: August 10, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3522
United States v. Fields  
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2276

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant conditionally plead guilty to being a felon in possession and subsequently appealed the denial of his motion to suppress the firearm seized during an investigative stop. Defendant also appealed his sentence and...

United States v. James Hubbell
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2649
United States v. Armando Lopez-Hernandez
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3072
United States v. Anthony Key  
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-3413, 15-3416

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the district court's revocation of his term of supervised release. Special Condition Number 6 made it a condition that defendant must not possess obscene material as deemed inappropriate by the probati...

United States v. Anthony Key
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3416
United States v. McCurry  
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3425

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The district court categorized defendant pursuant to the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. 924(e), and sentenced defendant to the the fifteen-...

Randy Teter v. Daniel Bettes
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3463
United States v. Headbird  
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3718

Justia Opinion Summary: After defendant plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, the district court determined that defendant had three prior violent felony convictions and sentenced him to 235 months imprisonment under the Arm...

United States v. Faler  
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3725

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant conditionally plead guilty to five counts of production of child pornography, and five counts relating to the registered sex offender enhancement. On appeal, defendant challenged the denial of his motion to sup...

Don Cook v. Travis Moore
Date: August 9, 2016
Docket Number: 16-2194
Olson v. Fairview Health Serv.  
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1780

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a qui tam suit under the Minnesota False Claims Act (MFCA), Minnesota Statutes Annotated 15C.01 et seq., and the federal False Claims Acts (FCA), 31 U.S.C. 3729 et seq., against UMMC, alleging that UMMC f...

Carter v. Huterson  
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1897

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against employees of DMH, alleging that defendants violated his constitutional rights by forcibly collecting his fingerprints, a mouth swab, and a blood sample while he was confi...

Ronnie Hankins v. Terry Russell
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1961
United States v. Michael Schlegel
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2124
United States v. Shield  
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-2341, 15-2369

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Shield and Alford appealed their sentences of 180 months in prison after being convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. The district court did not abuse its...

United States v. Wesley Running Shield
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2369
United States v. Notman  
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2770

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the denial of his motion to suppress, after pleading guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. The court concluded that information about defendant’s prior child pornography conviction, a...

Dennis LaChance v. Carolyn W. Colvin
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3010
United States v. Trejo  
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3016

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, but was acquitted of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The c...

United States v. Eugene Graziano, Jr.
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3068
United States v. Espinoza  
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3489

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his sentence of 188 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine, a mixture containing cocaine, and a mixture...

William Zuck v. Mario Peart
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3553
United States v. Matthew Browning
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3657
United States v. Belmont  
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3721

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant plead guilty to manufacturing explosives in violation of 18 U.S.C. 842(a)(1), 844(a)(1). The court concluded that the government need not prove defendant engaged in the business of manufacturing explosives for...

United States v. Markeith Thomas
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1469
Kronberg v. Oasis Petroleum  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1617

Justia Opinion Summary: After Joseph Kronberg was electrocuted and died while working at an oil well as an employee of Nabors, Mr. Kronberg's widow filed wrongful death and survival actions against Oasis Petroleum and others. The district court...

Blomker v. Jewell  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1787

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a pro se complaint against the Department, alleging a sexual harassment claim based on hostile work environment and a retaliation claim. The district court dismissed the complaint under Rule 12(b). In sup...

Crystal Gann v. Household Life Ins. Co.
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1813
Caldwell v. Dewoskin  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1962

Justia Opinion Summary: Reynal Caldwell appeals the grant of summary judgment in favor of his ex-wife, Theresa Caldwell Lavender, and her attorney Alan E. DeWoskin and his law firm. Caldwell also appeals the denial of his motion for summary jud...

Finstad v. Beresford Bancorporation, Inc.  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2814

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit alleging that Beresford breached the terms of an option contract by selling their former farm to the Gords. Plaintiffs also claim that the Gords tortiously interfered with their contract with Beresf...

Boyd v. Colvin  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2980

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appealed the denial of supplemental security income (SSI) and disability insurance benefits (DIB). Plaintiff alleged disability due to diabetes mellitus, heart problems, fatigue, and chest, back and leg pain. T...

United States v. Buck Roubideaux
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3102
United States v. Julie Hatcher
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3173
United States v. Beltramea  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3199

Justia Opinion Summary: The FPD appealed the district court's order compelling Terry McAtee, an Assistant Federal Public Defender, to reveal communications that he had with his client, Randy Beltramea. McAtee represented Beltramea, who had been...

United States v. Scott  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3461

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty of all nine counts of a federal indictment. Defendant's charges stemmed from his involvement in two carjackings. The court concluded that defendant failed to address whether the photographic li...

United States v. Bailey  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3591

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appeals his conviction for possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon. The court concluded that the district court did not err in denying defendant's motion to suppress his recorded post-arrest sta...

United States v. St. Claire  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3665

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of three counts of aggravated sexual abuse and three counts of abusive sexual contact. The court concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion in admitting a fourth witness's test...

United States v. Clarke  
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3730

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appeals his sentence of 360 months in prison for the production and attempted production of child pornography. The court concluded that defendant's sentence is substantively reasonable where he was sentenced wi...

United States v. Manuel Camarillo
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3876
Donetria Yancy v. America's Preowned Selection
Date: August 5, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1508
NFL Players Ass'n v. National Football League  
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1438

Justia Opinion Summary: League Commissioner Roger Goodell, during the 2014 football season, suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson indefinitely and fined Peterson a sum equivalent to six games' pay. Peterson’s suspension stemm...

Lucas Hernandez v. Bridgestone Americas Tire
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2042
United States v. Johnny Brown
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2118
Lucas Hernandez v. Bridgestone Americas Tire
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2428
Bramblet v. City of Columbia, MO  
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3244

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a former police captain, filed suit against the City and city officials under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that the City violated her constitutional right to due procedural process in violation of the Fourteenth A...

Sandra Nance v. Humane Society of Pulaski Co
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3512
Richard Elbert v. City of Kansas City, Missouri
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1242
Frederick Smith v. Rick McKelvey
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1726
Rouse v. Sunset Cove Condo.  
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 16-6004

Justia Opinion Summary: The Chapter 7 trustee appeals from the bankruptcy court’s judgment and order in favor of Sunset Cove on issues of turnover and preference. The bankruptcy appellate panel (BAP) concluded that the posting of the execution...

Mary Bower v. Christian County
Date: August 3, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3818
Robert Clayborne, Jr. v. Christopher Eickholt
Date: August 3, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1615
Hauptman v. Commissioner  
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-1071, 15-1073

Justia Opinion Summary: Bruce A. Hauptman, an investment consultant, sought judicial review of the Commissioner's notices of determination permitting a levy to collect Hauptman’s unpaid income tax liabilities for tax years 1992 through 1996. Th...

Bruce Hauptman v. CIR
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1073
United States v. Boedigheimer  
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1613

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of laundering and conspiring to launder money, and making a false statement. Defendant had laundered drug proceeds received from his brother-in-law, Brandon Lusk, through his law firm, and then li...

United States v. Waddell, Jr.  
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2011

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant plead guilty to one count of robbery and aiding and abetting robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, in violation of the Hobbs Act, 18 U.S.C. 1951. On appeal, defendant challenged his sentence of...

OOIDA v. US Dep't of Transp.  
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2090

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and one of its members, seek review of regulatory guidance issued by the FMCSA, which exempts from federal accident-reporting regulations certain accidents...

Walker v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins.  
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2570

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was insured under a group long-term disability policy the county obtained from Hartford. After Hartford denied plaintiff's claim for disability benefits, she filed suit in Minnesota state court for breach of co...

United States v. Zamora-Garcia  
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2994

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant conditionally plead guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. On appeal, defendant challenged the district c...

United States v. Dennis Wright, Jr.
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3200
United States v. Robert Walters
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3541
United States v. Robert Walters
Date: August 2, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3542
Cullor v. Baldwin  
Date: August 1, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3723

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, an Iowa prison inmate, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against prison officials for deliberate indifference to his serious medical need. Plaintiff alleged that Director Baldwin and Dr. Deol were deliberately i...

Olmsted v. Saint Paul Pub. Sch.  
Date: August 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2657

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff attempted to unilaterally rescind his resignation and resume his teaching role, and the District refused to reinstate him, plaintiff filed suit for breach of his employment contract. The district court gr...

United States v. Eric Vires
Date: August 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3002
United States v. Granados  
Date: August 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3143

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty of 11 counts related to conspiracy and distribution of cocaine and heroin. On remand, the district court made the necessary findings and reduced the drug sentence by 12 months for a total sente...

United States v. Kenneth Irby
Date: August 1, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3548
Missourians for Fiscal Accountability v. Klahr  
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2172

Justia Opinion Summary: After MFA formed a campaign committee less than 30 days before the November 4, 2014, election and violated Missouri law section 130.011(8), MFA filed suit against the executive director of the Missouri Ethics Commission...

United States v. Krebs  
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2348

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant plead guilty to possession of child pornography. The district court concluded that defendant's prior conviction under Iowa law for indecent contact with a child in 1982 qualified as a predicate offense under 18...

United States v. Daphne Keeble
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2407
United States v. Smith  
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2457

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found guilty of corruptly obstructing administration of the internal revenue laws, willfully subscribing to false federal tax returns, and mailing a false negotiable instrument to a state agency with intent...

United States v. Aden  
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2950

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his eight-month sentence for wire fraud, and challenged the district court's finding of a loss amount of $194,869 and the resulting restitution award. The court concluded that the loss amount was not c...

United States v. Wardlow  
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2962

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of transportation of a minor for prostitution and sentenced to 250 months in prison. The court concluded that evidence of the victim's sexual behavior after the time of the offense was properly pr...

United States v. Marvin Rivera Fuentes
Date: July 29, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1386
Williams v. Kelley  
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1362

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner appealed the district court's dismissal of his habeas petition as time-barred. In this case, petitioner failed to take any action to pursue his federal habeas rights even though it became clear that his hired...

United States v. Musa  
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2078

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant plead guilty to 14 counts of failing to pay the IRS the full amount of his employees' tax withholdings and was sentenced to 51 months in prison. The court concluded that, in applying a four-level leadership enh...

Williams v. Central Transport Int'l  
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2201

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit alleging that Central Transport violated the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. 207(a)(1), when it employed him as a "switcher" at its St. Louis terminal. The dis...

United States v. Holdsworth  
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2382

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his revocation sentence of 51 months in prison. In this case, the district court had the power to sentence defendant, as a probation violator within the range of sentences available at the time of his...

United States v. Jay Phillip Flynn
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2725
Jamie McCall v. Shock
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3285
United States v. Joseph Latham
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3329
United States v. Evans  
Date: July 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1827

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm that was seized from his parked car without a warrant during a late night investigation of possible criminal activity. The court agreed with...

United States v. Johntez Randle
Date: July 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1955
United States v. Kimball  
Date: July 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2214

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the district court's revocation of his supervised release and sentence of 8 months in prison followed by 4 years of supervised release. The court concluded that defendant admitted to violating rules of...

United States v. Shackleford  
Date: July 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2603

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant conditionally plead guilty to disposing of a firearm to a convicted felon and then appealed the denial of his motion to suppress the firearm, which was seized during a warrantless search of his vehicle. The cou...

United States v. Wolff  
Date: July 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3260

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant conditionally pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition (count one) and possession of an illegal firearm (count two) after law enforcement officers seized three firearms and 374 rou...

United States v. Prickett  
Date: July 27, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3486

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit murder (Count I) and use of a firearm during a crime of violence (Count II). On appeal, defendant seeks dismissal of Count II. The court concluded that defendant'...

Vickie Smith v. Health Resources of Arkansas
Date: July 27, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1066
Britain Moore v. Saul Lusks
Date: July 27, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1587
United States v. Donquavious Davis
Date: July 26, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1050
United States v. Hawkins  
Date: July 26, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1894

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of being a felon in possession of two firearms and subsequently appealed the district court's denial of his pretrial motion to suppress the firearms during the two searches. The court affirmed the...

United States v. Michael Adair
Date: July 26, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1965
United States v. Lamar Smith
Date: July 26, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2367
Christopher Deaton v. Jim Smith
Date: July 26, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1212
Matthew Lester v. Minnesota Life Insurance Co.
Date: July 26, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1454
Ruth Pierce v. Bonnie Moore
Date: July 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1964
United States v. Theto Hatley, Jr.
Date: July 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2099
Barkley, Inc. v. Gabriel Brothers, Inc.  
Date: July 25, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-2307, 15-2308

Justia Opinion Summary: Barkley filed suit against Gabriel Brothers, alleging breach of a master services agreement. In the alternative, Barkley alleged that Gabriel Brothers breached a subsequent agreement to pay "actual costs" and Gabriel Bro...

Barkley, Inc. v. Gabriel Brothers, Inc.
Date: July 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2308
Roussel v. Clear Sky Properties, LLC  
Date: July 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3048

Justia Opinion Summary: Blake Roussel and LuAnne Deere formed Clear Sky, LLC d/b/a Exit First Choice Realty - an Exit Realty brokerage franchise - in Conway, Arkansas. Deere and Clear Sky subsequently filed suit against Roussel for breach of fi...

Maximo Roblero v. Loretta E. Lynch
Date: July 25, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3770
Cottrell v. Duke  
Date: July 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1869

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, owners of shares of Wal-Mart, filed suit against the corporation's directors and officers, alleging that they violated state and federal law by permitting and then covering up pervasive bribery committed on b...

Jovanna Snider-Carpenter v. City of Dixon, Missouri
Date: July 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2114
United States v. Schropp  
Date: July 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2115

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted as a principle for arson of a building used in interstate commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 844(i) ("Count I"); mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341 ("Count II"); wire fraud, in violation...

United States v. Valencia  
Date: July 22, 2016
Docket Numbers: 15-2173, 15-2192

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Valencia and Rangel-Ortega appealed their sentences after pleading guilty to several drug-related offenses. The district court sentenced Valencia to 292 months’ imprisonment and Rangel-Ortega to 240 months’ im...

United States v. Alejandro Valencia
Date: July 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2192
United States v. West  
Date: July 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3026

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of three counts of tax evasion and sentenced to 51 months in prison, as well as three years of supervised release. Defendant contends that he was entitled to present provisions of the Internal Rev...

Arevalo-Cortez v. Lynch  
Date: July 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3084

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a citizen of Guatemala, seeks review of the BIA's decision affirming the IJ's denial of her application for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). The BIA f...

United States v. Torres-Ojeda  
Date: July 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3441

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a native and citizen of Mexico, pled guilty to illegally reentering the United States after removal following his conviction for aggravated felonies. On appeal, defendant challenged his sentence. The court con...

United States v. Willie Clark
Date: July 22, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3615
United States v. Rashad McKay
Date: July 22, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1048
Cherry v. Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics  
Date: July 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1930

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Siemens, her former employer, alleging unlawful discrimination based on race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq. Plaintiff, an African American, was ter...

United States v. Johnnie Long
Date: July 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2765
United States v. Fernando Salgado
Date: July 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-2793
Mark Parker v. Thurston County, Nebraska
Date: July 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3673
United States v. Tony Bess
Date: July 21, 2016
Docket Number: 15-3806
United States v. Protsman  
Date: July 21, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1432

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed the revocation of her term of supervised release after serving a prison sentence for committing disaster benefits fraud. The court concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion in admi...

Allen v. United States  
Date: July 20, 2016
Docket Number: 14-3495

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, convicted of two charges arising from an armed bank robbery that resulted in the death of a bank security guard, moved to vacate his death sentence under 28 U.S.C. 2255 on several grounds. The district court...

Montgomery v. City of Ames  
Date: July 20, 2016
Docket Number: 15-1540

Justia Opinion Summary: After a halfway house resident, Angenaldo Bailey, seriously injured plaintiff when he broke into her house, plaintiff filed suit against the City of Ames, several Ames police officers, the Center, John McPherson (the Cen...

Maurice Moore v. John Gerrard
Date: July 20, 2016
Docket Number: 16-1602