2020 Eighth Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

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United States v. Arkansas Department of Education  
Date: December 31, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-1340, 19-1342, 19-1348, 19-1349

Justia Opinion Summary: After the school districts sought modification of existing desegregation consent decrees to allow their exemption from Arkansas's Public School Choice Act, Ark. Code. Ann. 6–18–1906, the district court granted the motion...

United States v. Arkansas Department of Educ.
Date: December 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1342
United States v. Arkansas Department of Educ.
Date: December 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1348
United States v. Arkansas Department of Educ.
Date: December 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1349
Devine v. Walker  
Date: December 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2819

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against various officials of an Arkansas jail, where he had been held as a pretrial detainee. After he was transferred to a facility in Texas, some of the defendants moved to stay the case. Although...

Beadle v. City of Omaha  
Date: December 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3230

Justia Opinion Summary: After Daniel Elrod was shot and killed by a former Omaha police officer, plaintiff filed suit against the officer and others under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and state law. The district court granted summary judgment to the officer...

United States v. Christian Copeland
Date: December 31, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1268
United States v. Antwan Baker, Sr.
Date: December 31, 2020
Docket Number: 20-2437
United States v. Terrini Griffin
Date: December 31, 2020
Docket Number: 20-2652
Holbein v. TAW Enterprises, Inc.  
Date: December 30, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2892

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff filed suit against his former employer, TAW, in Nebraska state court, TAW removed to federal district court where the action was dismissed with prejudice. On appeal, a panel of the Eighth Circuit vacated...

Reinard v. Crown Equipment Corporation  
Date: December 30, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3440

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's admission of evidence over plaintiffs' objection and denial of plaintiffs' motion for a new trial in a products liability action brought against Crown, a forklift manufact...

United States v. Gregory Davis
Date: December 30, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3419
Custom Hair Designs by Sandy v. Central Payment Co.  
Date: December 30, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1677

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a class action against CPAY, alleging breach of contract, state-law fraudulent concealment, and violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Plaintiffs, a class of over 160...

United States v. Baez  
Date: December 29, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2823

Justia Opinion Summary: Police stopped Anguiano for expired license plates. The car contained a fake DEA badge and cash. At the hotel where Anguiano was staying, Baez’s wife, Gavino, admitted the officers. Baez was sitting next to Chevrolet key...

Maras v. Curators of the University of Missouri  
Date: December 29, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2875

Justia Opinion Summary: Maras's application for tenure as an associate professor at the University of Missouri Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology was denied. She filed suit, claiming discrimination on the basis of sex,...

Dat v. United States  
Date: December 29, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3504

Justia Opinion Summary: Dat was born in a Kenyan refugee camp in 1993. Admitted to the U.S. around 1994, he became a lawful permanent resident. Dat pled guilty to robbery, 18 U.S.C. 1951, and was sentenced to 78 months' imprisonment. Dat’s rob...

Harold Latin v. Danny Martin
Date: December 29, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1837
James Hodge, Jr. v. Twin City Transportation Inc.
Date: December 29, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1863
Brenda Moeding v. Andrew Saul
Date: December 29, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1884
Roesevelt Hayes v. William Benton
Date: December 29, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1952
Pine Bluff School District v. Ace American Insurance Co.  
Date: December 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2594

Justia Opinion Summary: The school district filed suit against ACE, seeking a declaratory judgment stating that the school district's legal liability insurance policy provided coverage for a teacher's retaliatory discharge lawsuit filed against...

Luis v. RBC Capital Markets, LLC  
Date: December 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2706

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, former clients of RBC, filed a purported class action suit against RBC for breach of contract, alleging that RBC breached its duties to comply with Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules and to...

Corey Fisherman v. Jared McGriff
Date: December 28, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1671
Brock Fredin v. Halberg Criminal Defense
Date: December 28, 2020
Docket Number: 20-2205
United States v. James Bixby
Date: December 28, 2020
Docket Number: 20-2663
Ahmed v. Weyker  
Date: December 23, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-3461, 18-3471

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit against defendant, a police officer, alleging civil rights claims related to her conduct during an investigation into an alleged interstate sex-trafficking scheme. Specifically, plaintiffs claimed t...

Hill v. Rivera  
Date: December 23, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3756

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of a habeas corpus petition under 28 U.S.C. 2241 where petitioner was convicted in 2012, after trial by general court-martial, of rape committed in 1998. At the...

McElree v. City of Cedar Rapids  
Date: December 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2323

Justia Opinion Summary: After officers from the Cedar Rapids Police Department shot and killed Jonathan Gossman during an altercation after stopping his vehicle to investigate possible drug crimes, Gossman's relatives filed suit against officer...

Braun v. Burke  
Date: December 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2961

Justia Opinion Summary: After Cassandra Braun was killed in a high-speed police pursuit of a speeding vehicle, her mother filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 action, alleging constitutional violations against the officer involved in the accident and his sup...

Mohamed v. Barr  
Date: December 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3356

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied a petition for review of the BIA's order upholding the IJ's denial of petitioner's motion to reopen proceedings based on changed country conditions. The court did not find that "any reasonable a...

United States v. Smith  
Date: December 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3528

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment for possession of controlled substances with the intent to distribute, and a consecutive term of 30 months imprisonment for violating the terms of a previously imposed t...

Rosalia Francisco v. William P. Barr
Date: December 23, 2020
Docket Number: 20-2271
United States v. Ricker  
Date: December 22, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2351

Justia Opinion Summary: Ricker traveled from South Dakota to Texas to sexually abuse the seven-year-old twin daughters of an acquaintance. He took photos and videos of the abuse. Months later, South Dakota officers received information that che...

United States v. Zerba  
Date: December 22, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2409

Justia Opinion Summary: Zerba agreed to sell a half-pound of marijuana to Beener. The drug deal resulted in the shooting death of Beener’s associate, Plotz. Zerba pled guilty to conspiring to distribute marijuana, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1...

Gipson v. Dassault Falcon Jet Corp  
Date: December 22, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2475

Justia Opinion Summary: Dassault hired Gipson in 2004; he was promoted in 2006. In 2011, Gipson received a poor evaluation from his supervisor. Gipson complained to HR about his supervisor. Later, Gipson and his supervisor had an argument which...

United States v. Soderman  
Date: December 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2879

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained from his vehicle. Defendant conditionally pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute controlled subs...

KC v. Mayo  
Date: December 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3010

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the District and three individual school officials in an action brought by a student, alleging claims of sexual abuse and harassment...

Cronin v. Peterson  
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1054

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a police officer, filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 based on the police department's investigation of him after it received allegations that plaintiff had purchased illegal steroids and interfered with a departm...

United States v. Isler  
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1891

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 42-month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to one count of theft of trade secrets and one count of making a false statement to the FBI, related to his access and use of conf...

Rowles v. Curators of the University of Missouri  
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1946

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff was found to have violated the University's policies prohibiting sexual harassment and stalking on the basis of sex, and was suspended for two years, he filed suit against the Curators of the University a...

United States v. Robinson  
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2207

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court first concluded that the district court did not err in denying defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained d...

Johnson v. Safeco Insurance Company of Illinois  
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2227

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Safeco after the insurance company denied her underinsured motorist insurance (UIM) coverage. The district court granted summary judgment to Safeco. The Eighth Circuit affirmed, holding that...

Finch v. Payne  
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2369

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of plaintiff's 28 U.S.C. 2254 motion for habeas relief based on the denial of his Sixth Amendment right to self-representation. Defendant was convicted of aggravated...

United States v. Holly  
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3202

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress firearms and drugs after defendant conditionally pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court held that t...

United States v. Jonathan Cochran
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3471
Kim Holston v. The City of Hope, Arkansas
Date: December 18, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1411
United States v. Brooks  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3199

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted by a jury of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm; one count of simple possession of methamphetamine; and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a narcotics offense....

United States v. Barthman  
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3268

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor. On remand, after denying defendant's request to withdraw his guilty plea, the district court imposed a sentence of...

John Daugherty v. Unum Group
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1271
Lisa Truong v. UTC Aerospace Systems
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1769
United States v. Michael Holton
Date: December 17, 2020
Docket Number: 20-2116
United States v. Roger Goodwin
Date: December 16, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1014
United States v. Weckman  
Date: December 16, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1954

Justia Opinion Summary: Weckman entered a credit union and placed an apparent make-shift bomb on the counter. The tellers placed approximately $1,600 in his duffle bag, including GPS-enabled fake currency. Weckman fled on a bicycle, which he ab...

United States v. Emanuel Moore, Jr.
Date: December 16, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2328
United States v. Hensley  
Date: December 16, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2417

Justia Opinion Summary: Hensley, charged with attempted enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual conduct (18 U.S.C. 2422(b)); attempted production of child pornography after having previously been convicted of child sex crimes (18 U.S....

Auge v. Fairchild Equipment, Inc.  
Date: December 16, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2578

Justia Opinion Summary: Auge, an experienced industrial-equipment salesman, started with Fairchild in 2013, with a base salary of $50,000 and a commission of 30% on the gross profits from most new equipment sales. Days after the company’s plan...

United States v. Tyrone Nelson
Date: December 16, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3597
United States v. Nelson  
Date: December 16, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-3686, 19-3597

Justia Opinion Summary: Nelson and Sykes pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute heroin, 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B), 846. Both were serving state sentences at the time of their convictions. The district court sentenced Nelson to 77 month...

United States v. James Lowe, Jr.
Date: December 16, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1486
Coffey v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue  
Date: December 15, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-3256, 18-3259

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit reversed the tax court's grant of appellees' motion for summary judgment in an action where the Commissioner determined that because Judith S. Coffey was not a bona fide resident of the United States V...

Judith Coffey v. CIR
Date: December 15, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3259
United States v. Carrillo  
Date: December 15, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2247

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 190 month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to two drug counts, one for conspiracy and another for possession. The court held that the district court did not err in rejectin...

United States v. Harrell  
Date: December 15, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2350

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 46 month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Even if the court assumes that the district court's statement at sentenci...

United States v. Robert Franke, III
Date: December 15, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3716
Reygadas v. DNF Associates, LLC  
Date: December 14, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3167

Justia Opinion Summary: DNF purchased a debt that plaintiff owed to a retailer, hired a law firm, and brought a collection action in state court. Plaintiff hired her own lawyer and moved to dismiss for insufficient process and service of proces...

United States v. Joshua Walker
Date: December 14, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1490
Gordon Miles v. Emily Piper-Johnson
Date: December 14, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1965
United States v. Barraza  
Date: December 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2718

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of kidnapping Maria Eloiza and her five-year-old son, resulting in the deaths of both. Defendant was 16-years-old at the time he committed the offense, and the district court sentenced him to the...

United States v. Fine  
Date: December 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3485

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, distributing methamphetamine, conspiring to commit money laundering, and tampering with a gove...

United States v. Maxwell Podgorski
Date: December 11, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1127
United States v. Terrae Johnson
Date: December 11, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1191
United States v. Conrad Taylor, Jr.
Date: December 11, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1580
United States v. LaGrange  
Date: December 9, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2307

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence seized from his person and vehicle after his arrest. Defendant conditional pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and firearm...

United States v. Robbie Hudson
Date: December 9, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1568
United States v. Jonathan Watkins
Date: December 9, 2020
Docket Number: 20-2107
Plaintiff v. Defendant
Date: December 9, 2020
Docket Number: 20-2188
United States v. Anthony Waits
Date: December 8, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3382
United States v. Myron Orr
Date: December 8, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3415
Federal Insurance Co. v. Axos Clearing LLC  
Date: December 7, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2653

Justia Opinion Summary: After Federal issued a Financial Institution Bond to COR, COR paid $2,080,000 to settle claims by investors that a former COR registered representative had conspired with others to defraud investors by carrying out a "pu...

United States v. Heriberto Barron
Date: December 7, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1405
Tile Shop Holdings, Inc. v. Allied World National Assurance Co.  
Date: December 7, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2404

Justia Opinion Summary: Tile Shop Holdings settled multiple lawsuits with its shareholders and then sought indemnification under its directors-and-officers insurance policies. Allied World, Tile Shop's excess insurer, denied coverage. The Eigh...

Todd Brown v. Andrew Saul
Date: December 7, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1036
Sudmy Trinidad-Alvarado v. William P. Barr
Date: December 7, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1462
United States v. Moses Francisco
Date: December 7, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1530
United States v. Moses Francisco
Date: December 7, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1531
United States v. Moses Francisco
Date: December 7, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1532
United States v. Ari Sorto
Date: December 7, 2020
Docket Number: 20-2119
Jonathan Valentine v. United States
Date: December 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2983
Scalia v. Red Lake Nation Fisheries, Inc.  
Date: December 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3373

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Fishery received two citations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), the OSHA Commission dismissed them. The citation stemmed from an incident where a Fishery boat capsized on the reservation in...

United States v. Carl Edwards
Date: December 4, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1237
Donna M. Gilbert v. RADM Michael D. Weahkee
Date: December 4, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1484
United States v. Wilbur Turner
Date: December 4, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1740
Estate of Douglas M. West v. Domina Law Group, PC LLO  
Date: December 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2143

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of the Estate's motion for a new trial under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(a)(1)(A). This action stemmed from a legal malpractice action against DLG, alleging...

United States v. Samuel Haley, III
Date: December 3, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1477
Daniel Ramirez-Munoz v. William P. Barr
Date: December 3, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1567
Bradley Blansette v. Bayer Corporation
Date: December 3, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1591
Seth Navratil v. Menard, Inc.
Date: December 3, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1659
United States v. Antonio Escobar
Date: December 3, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1664
United States v. Maurice Bivens
Date: December 3, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1835
United States v. Anthony Richardson
Date: December 3, 2020
Docket Number: 20-2490
Aaron Dalton v. Simonson Station Stores, Inc.
Date: December 2, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3642
United States v. Angel Martinez-Torres
Date: December 2, 2020
Docket Number: 20-2301
United States v. Holder  
Date: December 1, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3418

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty in 2008 to conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams of cocaine base. On appeal, defendant challenged the district court's denial of her motion to reduce her sentence under Section 404 of the Fi...

United States v. Matthew Haymond, Sr.
Date: December 1, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3426
United States v. Derrick Downs
Date: December 1, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3724
Quintin Ray v. Renaissance St. Louis Airport
Date: November 30, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1785
Iowa Department of Revenue v. DeVries  
Date: November 25, 2020
Docket Number: 20-6011

Justia Opinion Summary: The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel reversed the bankruptcy court's order confirming the Chapter 12 plan of debtors. The panel held that the plain language of Bankruptcy Code 1232 does not allow a Chapter 12 plan to compel a...

Brooks v. First Central Bank McCook  
Date: November 25, 2020
Docket Number: 20-6014

Justia Opinion Summary: The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel affirmed the bankruptcy court's order granting the Bank relief from the automatic stay. The panel held that the default provisions in debtor's Chapter 12 plan were dispositive of the Bank's...

Phillip Palade v. Bd. of Trustees Univ. of Ark.
Date: November 24, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1786
United States v. Ambrose Spires
Date: November 24, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1896
United States v. Diaz  
Date: November 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1801

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit held that, under the fugitive disentitlement doctrine, defendant forfeited his right to have his appeal heard because he escaped from prison. On the Government's request, the appeal will be dismissed t...

Moallin v. Barr  
Date: November 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2743

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied a petition for review of the IJ's and BIA's decisions denying relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). Petitioner claimed that the Somali government will acquiesce in his torture by Al...

Voigt v. Coyote Creek Mining Co., LLC  
Date: November 20, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2705

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit against CCMC, alleging that CCMC failed to obtain the proper construction permit under the Clean Air Act (CAA), and failed to implement the requisite dust control plan for the Coyote Creek Mine, whi...

United States v. Terrance Rush
Date: November 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2892
United States v. Ronald Vincent
Date: November 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3179
Craig v. Simon  
Date: November 20, 2020
Docket Number: 20-3126

Justia Opinion Summary: This action concerns the validity of Minn. Stat. 204B.13, subd. 2(c), which addresses the administration of an election when the candidate of a major political party dies after the seventy-ninth day before a general elec...

United States v. Maria Morales-Martinez
Date: November 19, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1571
Larry Newburn v. Kieth Repko
Date: November 19, 2020
Docket Number: 20-2175
Meridian Security Insurance Co. v. Schmitt-Selken  
Date: November 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2415

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Meridian in an action brought by Meridian seeking a declaration that it has no obligation to provide underinsured motorist (UIM) bene...

Jhonathan Robinson v. VSI Construction, Inc.
Date: November 18, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1383
Engineered Sales, Co. v. Endress + Hauser, Inc.  
Date: November 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1671

Justia Opinion Summary: Engineered Sales filed suit against Endress, alleging a violation of the Minnesota Termination of Sales Representatives Act. At issue is whether the Act, as amended in 2014, applies to their contractual relationship. T...

Hirchak v. W.W. Grainger, Inc.  
Date: November 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2642

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and his wife filed claims of negligence and failure to warn against Grainer, a distributor of industrial equipment, and its subsidiary, Dayton, after plaintiff was injured by a web sling at work. The Eighth Cir...

Mamadou Bella Balde v. William P. Barr
Date: November 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3494
United States v. Deandre Anthony
Date: November 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3532
Andre Saunders v. Warden
Date: November 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3677
United States v. Antwan White
Date: November 17, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1279
United States v. Nadine Robinson
Date: November 16, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2582
United States v. Angel Chavez-Soto
Date: November 13, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1524
United States v. Daniel Binion
Date: November 12, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1356
Katherine Jacobs v. Johnson Storage & Moving Co.
Date: November 12, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1545
Christopher McLees v. Andrew Saul
Date: November 12, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1828
United States v. Calvin Bankhead
Date: November 9, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3096
United States v. John Urfer
Date: November 9, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3644
Eric West-Viotay v. Andrew Saul
Date: November 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3648
Victoria Haynes v. Benton Bass
Date: November 6, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1166
Jarell Terry v. Sam Guiltner
Date: November 6, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1497
United States v. Timothy Gunn
Date: November 6, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1859
Rossley v. Drake University  
Date: November 5, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3258

Justia Opinion Summary: After Drake University and its Board of Trustees expelled plaintiff for sexually assaulting a female student, plaintiff filed suit for violations of Title IX and the Americans with Disabilities (ADA), as well as claims r...

Kimberly Moreland v. Chad F. Wolf
Date: November 5, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1201
United States v. Slater  
Date: November 5, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2800

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence of a firearm. The court held that, in light of the totality of the circumstances, the officer had reasonable suspicion th...

United States v. Carol Davis
Date: November 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2524
United States v. Stevenson  
Date: November 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3224

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for five controlled substance offenses. The court held that the evidence was sufficient to support defendant's convictions for conspiring to distribute crack and heroin...

United States v. Brian Rhodes
Date: November 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3332
United States v. Thomas DeMarrias
Date: November 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3479
Glicenia Logan v. Chris Waters
Date: November 4, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1114
Gregory Bartunek v. Hall County, Nebraska
Date: November 4, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1880
Anthony Hayes v. Mitchell Johnson, Jr.
Date: November 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2915
United States v. William Jackson
Date: November 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3630
United States v. Jack Phillips
Date: November 3, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1310
Robyn Edwards v. Gene Salter Properties
Date: November 2, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2465
Robyn Edwards v. Gene Salter Properties
Date: November 2, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2593
United States v. Doran  
Date: November 2, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3222

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court held that the district court did not err by applying an enhanced offens...

United States v. Crutchfield  
Date: November 2, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3767

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court held that the district court did not err by denying defendant's motion to suppress where police entry into the re...

United States v. Terry Miller
Date: November 2, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1703
United States v. Adam Facundo
Date: October 30, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1252
United States v. Javier Arredondo
Date: October 30, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1393
United States v. Louie Gutierrez
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2934
United States v. David Vogelpohl
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3760
Carson v. Simon  
Date: October 29, 2020
Docket Number: 20-3139

Justia Opinion Summary: Minnesota law dictates that election officials only count ballots received by election day. The Minnesota Alliance for Retired Americans Education Fund filed suit against the Secretary, alleging that Minnesota's statutor...

Bell v. Neukirch  
Date: October 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1713

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against his arresting officers and others, alleging claims under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and the Fourth Amendment, after the officers seized him without probable cause. The Eighth Circuit held that the evid...

United States v. Chastain  
Date: October 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2627

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for extortion, attempted extortion, and receipt of a firearm with intent to commit a felony. Defendant's convictions stemmed from the use of his official position on the...

United States v. Jamal Lewis
Date: October 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3039
United States v. Casey Jackson
Date: October 28, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1443
George Proby, Jr. v. Corizon Medical Services
Date: October 28, 2020
Docket Number: 20-2018
Velasquez v. Barr  
Date: October 27, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-1148, 19-2130

Justia Opinion Summary: A noncitizen who enters this country without inspection or admission, but who later receives Temporary Protected Status (TPS), may adjust her status to Lawful Permanent Resident because a TPS recipient is deemed inspecte...

Leymis Velasquez v. William P. Barr
Date: October 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2130
United States v. Smith  
Date: October 26, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2447

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. The court held that the district court did not abuse its discretion in admitting defendant's 2005 conviction f...

Timothy Briesemeister v. Nancy Johnston
Date: October 26, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1607
McKey v. U.S. Bank National Association  
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2638

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of U.S. Bank's motion for summary judgment in an action brought by plaintiff, alleging that the Bank fired her because of her age and in retaliation for reporting di...

Lywayne Scott v. Scott Lewis
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1105
United States v. Dennis Jenne
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1302
Organization for Black Struggle v. Ashcroft  
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Number: 20-3121

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs sought a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the enforcement of portions of Mo. Rev. Stat. 115.302, which provides for voting by mail-in ballot due to the ongoing global pandemic. Pl...

Craig v. Simon  
Date: October 23, 2020
Docket Number: 20-3126

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied the motion for an administrative stay and stay pending appeal of the district court's injunction in a dispute relating to the general election scheduled for November 3, 2020. This action concern...

Charles Burgett v. The General Store No Two Inc.
Date: October 22, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1299
United States v. Dierks  
Date: October 21, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2374

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for three counts of transmitting a threatening communication in interstate commerce based on a series of tweets he directed at United States Senator Joni Ernst. The cour...

United States v. Richard Perales
Date: October 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3291
Timothy Edwards v. Yankton FPC
Date: October 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3791
United States v. Chad Saeugling
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3061
Shane Johnson v. Unknown Grisham
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: 20-2082
Deck v. Jennings  
Date: October 19, 2020
Docket Number: 17-2055

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit reversed the district court's grant of habeas relief to petitioner based on the ineffective assistance of counsel. Petitioner was convicted for two counts of first degree murder among other things and...

Neal v. Navient Solutions, LLC  
Date: October 19, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2775

Justia Opinion Summary: Ohio law allows nonsignatory agents to compel arbitration under general principles of contract and agency law. The Eighth Circuit reversed the district court's denial of Navient's motion to compel arbitration against pla...

United States v. Bruce Billingsley
Date: October 19, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3107
United States v. Woods  
Date: October 16, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-3057, 18-3058

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed Defendants Woods and Shelton's convictions for crimes involving bribes and kickbacks using public funds. The court held that the district court did not err in denying defendants' motion to dis...

United States v. Jonathan Woods
Date: October 16, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3058
Goffin v. Ashcraft
Date: October 15, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1430
Barcomb v. General Motors LLC  
Date: October 15, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-1350, 19-1870

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit alleging that he was wrongfully fired from GM under both federal and state law because he reported safety issues with the manufacturing process at the plant in Wentzville, Arkansas. The district cour...

Richard Barcomb v. General Motors LLC
Date: October 15, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1870
United States v. Jarrod Kent
Date: October 15, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3616
Billy Davidson v. Tim Helder
Date: October 15, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1124
United States of America v. Frederick Herrod
Date: October 15, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1558
United States v. Reed  
Date: October 14, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2139

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for six counts of interference with commerce by robbery. The court held that the district court did not err in denying defendant's motion to suppress cell s...

United States v. Carlos Exinia, Jr.
Date: October 14, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3263
United States v. Devon Pratt
Date: October 14, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1561
United States v. Everett  
Date: October 9, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2806

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for threatening a federal law enforcement officer (Count I), forcibly resisting a federal law enforcement officer (Count 2), and being a felon in possession of a firearm...

National Green Gas, L.L.C. v. Estrategy, Inc.
Date: October 9, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2451
Deverick Scott v. Wendy Kelley
Date: October 9, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1638
United States v. Emmanuel Sanders
Date: October 8, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2666
United States v. James Widtfeldt
Date: October 8, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3372
Louis Castro v. Andrew Saul
Date: October 8, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3408
Justin Neill v. Roberto Saez
Date: October 8, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1619
United States v. Kasey Konzem
Date: October 8, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1725
United States v. Corey Burgess
Date: October 7, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1543
Timothy Walter v. Commissioner, Social Security
Date: October 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1073
United States v. Howard  
Date: October 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2473

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The court held that the evidence was sufficient to support defendant's conviction because it sh...

United States v. Taquan Johnson
Date: October 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3467
United States v. Hamed  
Date: October 5, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1184

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal is what effect, if any, a guilty plea has on later denaturalization proceedings. In this case, defendant had pleaded guilty to violating and conspiring to violate Iraqi sanctions and to misusing h...

William Sanders v. United States
Date: October 5, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3009
United States v. Coleman  
Date: October 5, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3119

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court held that, although defendant's prior Missouri conviction is not a predicate offense...

United States v. Deshone Dodson
Date: October 5, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1452
Ecclesiastical Washington v. Benjamin Brooke
Date: October 2, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1386
United States v. Free  
Date: October 1, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3207

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for sexual abuse of a minor under the age of twelve years old (count I); sexual abuse of a minor between the ages of twelve and sixteen years old (count II...

United States v. Thompson  
Date: October 1, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3381

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motions to suppress in a case where defendant entered a conditional plea of guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin and on...

Mario Bailey v. New Age Distributing Inc.
Date: October 1, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3514
Christopher Buie v. U.S. Dept. of Labor, Admin Bd
Date: October 1, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3763
United States v. Tremayne Scoggins
Date: October 1, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1358
United States v. Dontay Reese
Date: October 1, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1405
United States v. Gregory Markham
Date: October 1, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1596
Bernard Fraction v. Douglas Cty. Attorney's Office
Date: October 1, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1665
United States v. Williams  
Date: September 30, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2235

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 190 month sentence imposed under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) after he pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a felon. The court held that revising a sentencing recommen...

United States v. Lewis  
Date: September 30, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2549

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. The court held that the evidence was sufficient to support defendant's conviction; the district court d...

United States v. Karie  
Date: September 30, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2779

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 58 month sentence imposed after he was convicted of conspiracy to commit theft of public funds, theft of public funds, aggravated identity theft, money laundering, and mail fraud....

United States v. Williams  
Date: September 30, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2877

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress in a case where defendant pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm. The court held that the evidence seized in reliance...

United States v. Barrett Swan
Date: September 30, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3440
Lariat Companies, Inc. v. Wigley  
Date: September 25, 2020
Docket Number: 18-6027

Justia Opinion Summary: Years of litigation resulted from Debtor's spouse's personal guarantee of a lease of real property from Lariat. One suit resulted in a state court judgment holding Debtor and Debtor's spouse jointly and severally liable...

United States v. Amanda Holy Bull
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2463
J.S. Haren Company v. Fairfield Service Company
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3192
United States v. Nicholas Campbell
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3226
United States v. Cain  
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3540

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Cain was convicted of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Guideline changes reduced his sentence to 151 months. His five-year term of supervised release began in 2016. Within 14 months, he was revoked for te...

United States v. Henry Chase Alone
Date: September 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3753
Lonnie Snelling v. City of St. Louis, Missouri
Date: September 23, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1033
United States v. Roberts  
Date: September 22, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3249

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a shooting, police went to Roberts’s apartment to execute a search warrant on the residence and a Durango vehicle. Officers found firearms. An officer stated Roberts was not under arrest. Roberts admitted he...

Avitso v. Barr  
Date: September 22, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1117

Justia Opinion Summary: Avitso, a citizen of Togo, entered the U.S. as a student in 2004 and married a U.S. citizen. In 2011, USCIS denied a Petition for Alien Relative filed by Avitso’s wife and an application for adjustment of status filed by...

United States v. Kelly Mason
Date: September 22, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1467
William Collins v. United States
Date: September 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2321
Scott Goldsmith v. CIR
Date: September 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2727
United States v. Jefferson  
Date: September 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3159

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit held that the evidence was sufficient to convict defendant of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in posse...

Guillermo Luna v. U.S. Bank National Association
Date: September 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3309
Cynthia Metivier v. David L. Bernhardt
Date: September 17, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1013
Primerica Life Insurance Co. v. Reid  
Date: September 16, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2399

Justia Opinion Summary: After Primerica filed an interpleader action under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 22 in order to resolve competing claims to Garvin Reid's life insurance proceeds, the district court awarded summary judgment and the ins...

North Dakota v. Bala  
Date: September 16, 2020
Docket Number: 20-6002

Justia Opinion Summary: The Bankruptcy Court denied the State's claim filed on behalf of unnamed charities for lack of standing, and denied the State's claim on behalf of Team Makers on the equitable doctrine of laches. The Bankruptcy Appella...

United States v. Nyles Johnson
Date: September 15, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2858
Wendell Matthews v. Monte McNeil
Date: September 14, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1727
United States v. Paul Castillo
Date: September 14, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1548
Corey Turner v. Jason Watson
Date: September 14, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1562
Kelley v. Boosalis  
Date: September 11, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-1079, 19-2376, 19-2382, 19-2452

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from a Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Thomas Petters from 1994 to 2008 through his company, PCI. These appeals involve the Trustee’s separate claw back claims against defendants. The Trustee asserted claims...

Douglas A. Kelley v. Gus Boosalis
Date: September 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2382
Douglas A. Kelley v. Gus Boosalis
Date: September 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2452
United States v. Rodney Hurdsman
Date: September 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3138
United States v. Porter  
Date: September 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3325

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's revocation sentence, holding that defendant's sentence was not substantively unreasonable. In explaining the revocation sentence it was imposing, the district court discussed defen...

United States v. Phillip White
Date: September 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3656
United States v. Tavon Timberlake
Date: September 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3775
Danny Bugg v. Jason Stachey
Date: September 11, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1008
Jerry Bausby v. Jackson County Detention Ctr.
Date: September 11, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1370
United States v. Harrison  
Date: September 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2234

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit vacated defendant's sentence and remanded for resentencing before a different judge. Defendant alleged that, absent the district court's advice, he likely would have accepted the government's offer and...

United States v. Marquette Lawson
Date: September 10, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1518
Esteban Montelongo-Leyva v. William P. Barr
Date: September 9, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2737
United States v. Witherspoon  
Date: September 9, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3094

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence as an armed career criminal after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court held that the district court was entitled to treat the fact that...

United States v. Natalie Hampton
Date: September 9, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1290
United States v. Goodwin  
Date: September 8, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2778

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction of conspiracy to violate federal health care laws, as well as eleven substantive counts of health care fraud. The court held that the evidence was sufficient to support...

Ahmed v. Barr  
Date: September 4, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-3704, 19-2368

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied the petitions for review of the BIA's decision affirming the IJ's denial of petitioner's request for deferral and the BIA's denial of petitioner's motion to reopen his immigration case. The cour...

Trone Health Services, Inc. v. Express Scripts Holding Co.  
Date: September 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1774

Justia Opinion Summary: The Pharmacies filed suit against ESI, the nation's largest Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM), alleging breach of contract, attempted monopolization, and other claims. The district court dismissed the entire complaint with...

Doe v. University of Arkansas - Fayetteville  
Date: September 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1842

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a former student at the University, filed suit against the Board of Trustees and several university officials, claiming that they violated his rights in a disciplinary action against him. This case stemmed fro...

Raju Ahmed v. William P. Barr
Date: September 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2368
United States v. Hoskins  
Date: September 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2401

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit held that the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying defendant relief under the First Step Act. The court rejected defendant's contention that the district court violated his right to a...

United States v. Booker  
Date: September 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2402

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's reduction of defendant's sentence to 277 months' imprisonment under the First Step Act. The court held that defendant's suggestion that the district court did not understa...

United States v. Christopher Jefferson
Date: September 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2692
United States v. Christopher Grupe
Date: September 3, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1675
United States v. Ralston  
Date: September 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1252

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's convictions and sentence for sexually abusing a minor on a United States military installation and transporting an individual across state lines to engage in sexual activity. The c...

United States v. Christopher Grupe
Date: September 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1331
United States v. Daniel J. Richardson, Jr.
Date: September 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2272
Perficient, Inc. v. Munley  
Date: September 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2951

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2019, Perficient filed suit against its former employee and his new employer, Spaulding, alleging claims including breach of contract and violations of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and the Missouri Uniform Trade Secr...

United States v. Randall Crockett
Date: September 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3077
Crozier v. Westside Community School District  
Date: September 2, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1312

Justia Opinion Summary: A.C.'s Westside eighth-grade class watched a video about athletes kneeling during the national anthem. During a “critical thinking” discussion, the teacher insisted that A.C. share her ideas. A.C. stated that “kneeling w...

United States v. Michael Adeyemo
Date: September 2, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1556
United States v. Paris Hunter
Date: September 2, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2074
United States v. Howard  
Date: September 2, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3239

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion for return of property under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41(g). After defendant pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetam...

Iverson v. United States  
Date: August 31, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3137

Justia Opinion Summary: The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) removed sovereign immunity from suits for “injury or loss of property, or personal injury or death caused by the negligent or wrongful act or omission” of a federal employee acting with...

Turning Point USA at Arkansas State University v. Rhodes  
Date: August 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3016

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants in an action brought by a student and Turning Point USA, alleging that defendants violated plaintiffs' rights under the Fr...

F. Midyett v. Robert Wilkie
Date: August 31, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1032
United States v. Croghan  
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3709

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for receipt or attempted receipt of child pornography. The court held that the district court did not plainly err in admitting images of a female minor rela...

Al-Saadoon v. Barr  
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1335

Justia Opinion Summary: In Al-Saadoon I, the Eighth Circuit affirmed the denial of petitioners' (husband and wife) petitions for naturalization because husband engaged in unlawful employment and thus the couple never lawfully adjusted to perman...

United States v. Golding  
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1541

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for one count of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States and four counts of health care fraud. The court held that the evidence was sufficient to estab...

Thurmond v. Andrews  
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1557

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, six former inmates of the Faulkner County Detention Center, filed suit against the County and two jail employees under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that their conditions of confinement were unconstitutional becau...

Doe v. University of St. Thomas  
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1594

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit asserting Title IX violations and various state law claims against the University after it began disciplinary proceedings that resulted in plaintiff's suspension. The disciplinary proceedings arose f...

Krakowski v. Allied Pilots Ass'n  
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1816

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Allied Pilots in state court for conversion and unjust enrichment, arguing that he was entitled to keep his whole profit sharing payment rather than give some of it to the union for "dues." T...

McKennan v. Meadowvale Dairy Employee Benefit Plan  
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2163

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit reversed the district court's order requiring the Meadowvale Dairy Employee Benefit Plan to pay benefits and attorney's fees to Avera under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)....

United States v. Gant  
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2366

Justia Opinion Summary: After defendant pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, the Supreme Court decided Rehaif v. United States, 139 S. Ct. 2191, 2200 (2019). The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's d...

Francisco Kimeu v. William P. Barr
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2738
United States v. Marcus Wilkins
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2977
Eddie Jones v. Nwannem Obi-Okoye
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1454
Larry Rader v. Ally Financial, Inc.
Date: August 28, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1455
Felipe Jimenez-Zarate v. William P. Barr
Date: August 27, 2020
Docket Number: 18-1158
Green v. Byrd  
Date: August 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1132

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's adverse grant of summary judgment on plaintiff's 42 U.S.C. 1983 claim against the City for depriving plaintiff of her constitutional right to a prompt first appearance in...

United States v. McTizic  
Date: August 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2829

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for conspiring to violate federal health care laws and eleven counts of health care fraud. Defendant's conviction stemmed from his involvement in a health care fraud sch...

Raymond Semler v. Nancy Johnston
Date: August 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3669
Miller v. Union Pacific Railroad Co.  
Date: August 26, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2536

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff was injured while serving as an engineer for UP when the train he was operating partially derailed because of a misaligned switch, he filed suit under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA), alleging...

McIntyre v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co.  
Date: August 25, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2367

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit vacated the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the plan beneficiary in an action arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The court held that the district...

United States v. Reed  
Date: August 25, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2487

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for three counts of drug and gun charges. The court held that the evidence was sufficient to convict defendant for conspiracy to distribute heroin, powder cocaine, and c...

United States v. Tobias Ritesman
Date: August 25, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2560
Collins v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc.  
Date: August 25, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2622

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Abbott in an action brought by a former employee, alleging a failure-to-accommodate claim under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA)...

United States v. Bennett  
Date: August 25, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-3130, 19-3346

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm, holding that the district court did not err by denying defendant's motion to suppress evidence under the Fourth Amendment....

United States v. Jerry Bennett, Jr.
Date: August 25, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3346
Arthur Clemens, Jr. v. Local One, SEIU
Date: August 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3554
United States v. Dionysus Hale
Date: August 24, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1456
United States v. Dionysus Hale
Date: August 24, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1457
Liggins v. Cohen  
Date: August 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2045

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against a police officer under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that the officer used excessive force in seizing plaintiff's 16 year old son. The officer shot the son and the son sustained serious injuries p...

United States v. Julian Felix-Aguirre
Date: August 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2332
POET Biorefining - Hudson, LLC v. EPA
Date: August 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2429
United States v. Figueroa-Serrano  
Date: August 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2635

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence of a gun seized without a warrant during a traffic stop and his subsequent statements to law enforcement. The court held...

United States v. Frommelt  
Date: August 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2820

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion for judgment of acquittal, holding that the evidence was sufficient to support defendant's conviction for sexual exploitation of a child, cons...

John Kurz v. United States
Date: August 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2985
United States v. Meeks  
Date: August 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3173

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's reduction of defendant's life sentence to 360 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base. The district court left defendant's 360 month...

Wendt v. Iowa  
Date: August 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3300

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiffs received criminal citations for trespassing and traffic violations while hunting, they filed suit alleging unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment and Iowa Constitution, as well as vio...

United States v. Zambrano  
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1781

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 240 month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to distributing more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. The court held that the district court did not err by applying a four-lev...

Birkeland v. Jorgenson  
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-2086, 19-2172

Justia Opinion Summary: After Officers Jorgensen and Eckert shot and killed John O. Birkeland in his home, plaintiff filed a wrongful death action against the officers as well as the sergeant and the city. The district court granted summary jud...

Dean Birkeland v. John Jorgenson
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2172
Garcia v. Barr  
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2682

Justia Opinion Summary: After the district court granted petitioner's application for naturalization, petitioner then moved for attorney's fees and costs under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA). The district court denied the motion. The go...

United States v. El Herman  
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2920

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit held that the transferee court has jurisdiction to resolve a motion to reduce sentence under the First Step Act of 2018 when the offender is serving a term of supervised release and the sentencing cour...

Aimee Johnson v. St. Louis County Public Health
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3596
United States v. Troyce Lewis
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1196
United States v. Timmie Cole, Sr.
Date: August 20, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1384
Gonzalez v. Bendt  
Date: August 19, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2360

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, plaintiff filed a pro se damages action asserting equal protection and First Amendment claims arising out of his grievances stemming from his transfer to FPC Yankton where he was denied permission to possess an...

East Coast Test Prep LLC v. Allnurses.com, Inc.  
Date: August 19, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3197

Justia Opinion Summary: After unfavorable comments were posted about Test Prep, the company and its owner filed suit against several defendants, including Allnurses and its founder and a user. Test Prep alleged claims sounding in defamation, co...

Rollo-Carlson v. United States  
Date: August 19, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1815

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal, based on lack of subject matter jurisdiction, of plaintiff's suit against the government under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), alleging that the VA provided...

POET Biorefining - Hudson, LLC v. Environmental Protection Agency  
Date: August 19, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2429

Justia Opinion Summary: POET petitioned for review of a letter from the Assistant Administrator of the EPA, contending that the letter embodies the EPA's final decision to deny POET's application to generate D3 Renewable Identification Numbers...

United States v. Overton  
Date: August 19, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2574

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. Defendant challenges, among other things, the district cour...

United States v. Campbell  
Date: August 19, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3226

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant challenged his 336-month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to producing child pornography. The district court subsequently amended the original judgment to include the specific case numbers. The court h...

United States v. Michael Hanuman
Date: August 18, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2232
David James v. Eric Cheatham
Date: August 18, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1175
Farmers Edge Inc. v. Farmobile, LLC  
Date: August 17, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2900

Justia Opinion Summary: FEI, Crop Venture's successor-in-interest, filed suit alleging that the individual defendants took proprietary information they developed at Crop Ventures after they left the company and co-founded Farmobile (the corpora...

McManemy v. Tierney  
Date: August 17, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-3519, 18-3520, 18-3554

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to officers in an 42 U.S.C. 1983 action alleging that the officers used excessive force against plaintiff after he led them on a high speed chase...

Charles McManemy v. Bruce Tierney
Date: August 17, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3520
Charles McManemy v. Bruce Tierney
Date: August 17, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3554
United States v. Gallardo  
Date: August 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1282

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for two counts of Abusive Sexual Contact involving a child less than 12 years-old. The court held that the district court did not err by denying defendant's motion for a...

Riegelsberger v. Air Evac EMS, Inc.  
Date: August 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1414

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Air Evac in an action brought by plaintiff, alleging unpaid overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The...

Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. v. Barty  
Date: August 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2011

Justia Opinion Summary: Travelex filed suit against defendant to enforce an alleged agreement restricting her ability to compete with Travelex by soliciting business from certain customers. The district court granted partial summary judgment in...

United States v. Smialek  
Date: August 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2342

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for bank robbery. The court held that the district court did not err by denying defendant's motion to suppress statements where the special agent attempted to give defen...

Graham v. Barnette  
Date: August 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2512

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to police officers and the city in an action alleging claims arising under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and Minnesota state law after officers entered plaintif...

United States v. Harriman  
Date: August 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2679

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction of two counts of murder-for-hire. The court upheld the jury's verdict rejecting defendant's entrapment defense where defendant did not produce sufficient evidence that t...

United States v. Joshua Beach
Date: August 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3506
Deverick Scott v. Pamela Cook
Date: August 17, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1323
Grand Juror Doe v. Bell  
Date: August 14, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1436

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of plaintiff's action seeking both a declaration that the State of Missouri's grand jury secrecy laws are an unconstitutional abridgement of free speech as appli...

MPAY Inc. v. Erie Custom Computer Applications, Inc.  
Date: August 14, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2206

Justia Opinion Summary: MPAY, a Massachusetts corporation that develops and owns payroll-processing software that it licenses to its customers, appealed the district court's denial of its motion for a preliminary injunction against appellees. M...

United States v. Marlon Iron Crow  
Date: August 14, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2304

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for second-degree murder. The court held that the district court did not commit clear error in denying the Batson challenge where the reason proffered for t...

Bobby Earl Jefferson, Jr. v. Tom Roy
Date: August 14, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3223
United States v. Aquilar Escobar  
Date: August 14, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3251

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to dismiss the indictment charging defendant with illegal reentry in the United States. The court held that an alien may not collaterally atta...

United States v. Shawn Jones
Date: August 13, 2020
Docket Number: 12-2716
United States v. Flynn  
Date: August 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1263

Justia Opinion Summary: After defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States and filing a false tax return, he unsuccessfully tried to withdraw his plea. The Eighth Circuit affirmed and held that defendant failed to show fa...

United States v. Bartunek  
Date: August 12, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1584

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for distribution of child pornography and possession of a visual depiction involving a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The court held that photographs of fou...

Rodriguez Fuentes v. Barr  
Date: August 12, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1773

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied a petition for review of the BIA's final order affirming the IJ's order of removal. Petitioner and her son, natives and citizens of El Salvador, filed an application for asylum, withholding of r...

United States v. Jeffrey Hester-Jackson
Date: August 12, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2564
United States v. Jaktine Moore
Date: August 12, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3651
United States v. Ross  
Date: August 11, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-2800, 18-2877

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed Defendants Ross and King's convictions and sentences for multiple federal charges arising from the carjacking, kidnapping, and murder of Jaime Patton. Jaime was abducted in his Jeep Patriot wh...

United States v. Howard Ross, III
Date: August 11, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2877
Sittner v. Bowersox  
Date: August 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1742

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of a petition for writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. 2254 where petitioner raised two grounds for relief under the Sixth Amendment. Petitioner was convicted o...

United States v. Trimble  
Date: August 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2077

Justia Opinion Summary: After defendant pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and completed his initial prison sentence, defendant violated the terms of his supervised release. The district court resentenced defendant to one year in pr...

United States v. Steven Arce
Date: August 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2972
Stephen Newport v. Brian Payton
Date: August 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3531
United States v. Christopher Chmela
Date: August 11, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3722
United States v. Unique Cabines
Date: August 11, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1136
United States v. Luna  
Date: August 10, 2020
Docket Numbers: 18-1814, 18-3302, 18-3304

Justia Opinion Summary: In these consolidated appeals, Defendants Luna, Forthun, and Hussein were convicted of charges related to their membership in a recruitment-and-kickback scheme involving car-accident victims, a chiropractic clinic, and a...

United States v. Carlos Luna
Date: August 10, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3302
United States v. Carlos Luna
Date: August 10, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3304
Scott Smith v. Bradley Pizza, Inc.
Date: August 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2474
United States v. Marquis Tucker
Date: August 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2694
United States v. Ricky Wallace
Date: August 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3259
Adam Hill v. Dale Reed
Date: August 10, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1100
United States v. Nicholas Gruner
Date: August 10, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1468
Hopkins v. Jegley  
Date: August 7, 2020
Docket Number: 17-2879

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants appealed the district court's grant of a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of four state laws that regulate abortion: the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, the Sex D...

Pharmaceutical Care Management Ass'n v. Tufte  
Date: August 7, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2926

Justia Opinion Summary: PCMA filed suit claiming that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (Medicare Part D), preempt two sections of the Nort...

United States v. Williams  
Date: August 7, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2182

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. The court rejected defendant's claim that the district court abused its discretion by...

United States v. Caudle  
Date: August 7, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3219

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1). The court held that the undisputed facts taken together es...

Herman Hampton v. Standard Insurance Company
Date: August 7, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3501
Aaron Flemons v. Glenda Bolden
Date: August 7, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3633
United States v. Cory Phillips
Date: August 7, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1188
United States v. Norris Culver, Jr.
Date: August 7, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1189
Sylvester Barbee v. Jason Boyd
Date: August 7, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1261
Dooley v. Luxfer MEL Technologies  
Date: August 7, 2020
Docket Number: 20-6005

Justia Opinion Summary: Luxfer appealed the bankruptcy court's decision that payments to Luxfer were not protected by the ordinary course of business defense to a preference action. The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel held that it cannot make the...

United States v. Tapia-Rodriguez  
Date: August 6, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3751

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphet...

United States v. Haynes  
Date: August 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1701

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's order declining to impose a reduced sentence under the First Step Act of 2018. The court rejected defendant's suggestion that the district court mistakenly deemed him inel...

McGehee v. Nebraska Department of Correctional Services  
Date: August 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1770

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, Arkansas prisoners who are or were on death row for capital murder convictions, filed suit alleging that Arkansas' method of execution violated the Eighth Amendment. Plaintiffs served subpoenas on several sta...

Plaintiff v. Defendant  
Date: August 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1955

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against two police officers, alleging claims of excessive force under 42 U.S.C. 1983. Plaintiff's claims arose from the officers' response from a caller regarding two highly intoxicated individuals w...

United States v. Gilmore  
Date: August 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2106

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon. The court held that the district court did not err by declining to accept defendant's proposed amen...

Markel v. Douglas Technologies Group, Inc.  
Date: August 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2637

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff was injured after being thrown from his ATV when its right wheel came off, he filed suit against DTG, the manufacturer of the wheel, seeking redress for his injuries. The complaint alleged causes of actio...

Charles Hamner v. Rory Griffin
Date: August 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2998
United States v. Gatruol Puol
Date: August 6, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3674
United States v. Steven Lindquist
Date: August 6, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1551
Hillesheim v. O.J.'s Cafe, Inc.  
Date: August 5, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2508

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against O.J.'s Cafe under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), alleging that the slopes in the restaurant's parking lot deprived him of full and equal enjoyment of the facility. The restaurant...

United States v. Marcus Broadway
Date: August 5, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2979
United States v. Hala Alalewi
Date: August 5, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3244
United States v. Shawn Brooks
Date: August 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1790
United States v. Washington  
Date: August 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1938

Justia Opinion Summary: After defendant pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute cocaine base and heroin, he was sentenced to a below-Guidelines sentence of 160 months' imprisonment. The Eighth Circuit held that the district cour...

Topp's Mechanical, Inc. v. Kinsale Insurance Co.  
Date: August 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1991

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of Kinsale's motion to dismiss actions brought by TMI for breach of an indemnity policy. TMI bought a liability insurance policy from Kinsale and the policy excluded...

Taylor v. Dayton  
Date: August 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2064

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of habeas relief to petitioner, who was convicted of one count of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder. In this case, the Minnesota S...

Ivey v. Audrain County  
Date: August 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2507

Justia Opinion Summary: After Mark Ivey died while in jail, Mark's father (plaintiff) filed suit under Missouri's wrongful death statute against three jail employees under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging claims of deliberate indifference to Mark's ser...

Robert Bolinske v. North Dakota Supreme Court
Date: August 4, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2516
United States v. Sabas Rodriguez-Cisneros
Date: August 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2967
Dalton v. JJSC Properties, LLC  
Date: August 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3007

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against JJSC for discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), alleging that the company denied him full and equal access to one of its service and gas stations. After removal to fe...

United States v. Brianna Breaw
Date: August 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3344
United States v. Leighton Munger
Date: August 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3546
United States v. Matthew Gietzen
Date: August 3, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1056
Lasu v. Barr  
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3550

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied petitions for review of the BIA's final order of removal denying petitioner's application for deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). As a preliminary matter, the court h...

Vandevender v. Sass  
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1230

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff was assaulted by another inmate with a wooden board at a correctional facility, he suffered head injuries that require life-long medical treatment and has developed a seizure disorder. Plaintiff filed a 4...

Tholen v. Assist America, Inc.  
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1290

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and his wife filed suit against Assist American for defamation after the organization published a case study in a travel and insurance magazine concerning an injury plaintiff suffered. The district court grante...

United States v. James Walker, Jr.
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1872
United States v. Martinez  
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1906

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to knowingly receiving a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The court held that the district court did not...

United States v. Joshua Paul
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2241
Lawrence v. Saul  
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2355

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of plaintiff's challenge to the Commissioner's denial of her application for disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income. The court held that...

United States v. Jack Beadle
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2372
Alzawed v. Barr  
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2425

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied a petition for review of the BIA's order dismissing petitioner's appeal from an IJ's decision denying deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). As a preliminary matter, the...

United States v. Loggins  
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2689

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of a sentence reduction under the First Step Act of 2018. Defendant was originally sentenced to 353 months' imprisonment for three counts of Hobbs Act robbery and t...

Neylon v. BNSF Railway Co.  
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2905

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of BNSF in an action brought by plaintiff, alleging a claim of retaliation for engaging in protected activity under the Federal Railroad...

United States v. McSmith  
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-3163, 19-3461

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed Defendants McSmith and Teagues' sentences for drug-related offenses. The court held that the district court properly calculated the drug quantity under USSG 2D1.1; the district court correctly...

United States v. Dock  
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3359

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's eight year sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court held that the district court did not clearly err in finding that defendan...

United States v. Jalen McSmith
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3461
United States v. Gilberto Chavez
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3495
United States v. Valeriece Ealom
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1231
Pavek v. Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.  
Date: July 31, 2020
Docket Number: 20-2410

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit challenging Section 204D.13(2) of the Minnesota Statutes, which requires that major party candidates be listed on the ballot in reverse order of the parties' electoral showing in the last general el...

United States v. Gilbertson  
Date: July 30, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3745

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for 14 counts of aiding and abetting wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and six counts of aiding and abetting securities fraud. Defendant's...

International Union v. Trane U.S. Inc.  
Date: July 30, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2255

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit reversed the district court's dismissal of the union's claims against Trane concerning an arbitration award. In this case, the June Award indicated that the arbitrator did not intend for it to be final...

United States v. Sunni Newell
Date: July 30, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2680
Robert Avery v. Josh Hill
Date: July 30, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3185
United States v. Peerachet Thipboonngam
Date: July 30, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1024
Osseo Area Schools v. M.N.B.  
Date: July 29, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3255

Justia Opinion Summary: Independent of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Minnesota has adopted an "open enrollment" process that allows a parent to enroll a student in a school outside of the student's local district. Th...

Leonard N. Anderson v. Ed Smith
Date: July 29, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1959
Schlafly v. Eagle Forum  
Date: July 29, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2174

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a member of the Board of Directors of Eagle Forum, filed suit against Eagle Forum and others, alleging violations of the organization's bylaws and breach of fiduciary duties in connection with the organization...

United States v. Preston Baxter
Date: July 29, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2389
United States v. Kevin Smith
Date: July 29, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3114
Dormani v. Target Corp.  
Date: July 28, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2543

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, participants in Target's employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), filed suit against Target and its senior executives, alleging violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The Eighth Circ...

Michael Lind v. Linda McKinney
Date: July 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3398
United States v. Jonathan Graves
Date: July 28, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3652
Allen v. Wells Fargo & Co.  
Date: July 27, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2781

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's order dismissing plaintiffs' second amended complaint brought under sections 409 and 502 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), against Wells Fargo and fi...

Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. v. EOG Resources, Inc.  
Date: July 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1326

Justia Opinion Summary: Northern filed a quiet-title action in federal court against EOG over a dispute regarding the parties' competing interests in mineral rights in North Dakota. Northern and EOG both lease oil and gas rights, and their less...

United States v. Ferguson  
Date: July 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1723

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress and defendant's conviction for one count of arson related to a fire at a trailer home. In regard to the motion to suppress, the c...

United States v. DaCruz-Mendes  
Date: July 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1807

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence and defendant's sentence for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In regard to the motion to suppress, t...

United States v. Rendon  
Date: July 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2515

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit vacated the district court's denial of defendant's motion for a sentence reduction, holding that the district court erred in relying on a drug-quantity figure that did not match what was attributed to...

United States v. Glinn  
Date: July 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3021

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion for a new trial based on newly-discovered evidence. The court held that the district court did not clearly err in denying the motion without a...

United States v. Rachael Shackelford
Date: July 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3180
United States v. Lloyd Koger
Date: July 27, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3227
United States v. Patrick Richmond
Date: July 27, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1001
Scott v. Dyno Nobel, Inc.  
Date: July 24, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2897

Justia Opinion Summary: After a nitric acid manufacturing plant operated by Dyno emitted a cloud of nitric oxides engulfing workers, including plaintiff, plaintiff and his wife filed a negligence action against Dyno. The district court applied...

United States v. Arthur Lee, Jr.
Date: July 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1421
United States v. Mays  
Date: July 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1620

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 180 month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Hobbs Act by robbery, and one count of discharging a firearm during the commission of the robbery....

United States v. Knutson  
Date: July 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1737

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's judgment after defendant pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The court upheld the district court's denial of defendant's motion to s...

Boechler, P.C. v. Commissioner  
Date: July 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2003

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of Boechler's petition for review of a notice of determination from the Commissioner of the IRS based on lack of jurisdiction. Under 26 U.S.C. 6330(d)(1), a part...

Troy Scheffler v. City of Blaine
Date: July 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2153
United States v. Jackson Rodriguez-Robles
Date: July 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3315
United States v. Marcus Johnson
Date: July 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3595
Alberto Maldonado v. William P. Barr
Date: July 24, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3658
United States v. Red Cloud  
Date: July 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1210

Justia Opinion Summary: Red Cloud’s son, D.K.E., was born on August 20, 2014. Red Cloud was 20 years old; D.K.E.’s mother, J.K.E., was 15. On October 11, the baby was found not breathing. The autopsy reported the cause of death as emaciation/d...

United States v. Ivers  
Date: July 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1563

Justia Opinion Summary: Ivers filed a lawsuit against a life insurance company. Judge Wright granted the company summary judgment on all but one claim. Ivers mailed Judge Wright a packet of court-related materials on which Ivers had written st...

Shire v. Barr  
Date: July 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1714

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2001, Shire, a citizen of Somalia, was lawfully admitted to the U.S. as a refugee; in 2004, he obtained lawful permanent resident status. In 2006, Shire pled guilty to two drug offenses and was sentenced to 170 days'...

United States v. Myers  
Date: July 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1862

Justia Opinion Summary: After arriving in North Dakota, Myers supplied Volz and Kramer with heroin. After their third purchase, they smoked the heroin and lost consciousness. Kramer was unable to awaken Volz. Paramedics were unable to revive Vo...

Willie Jefferson v. J. Hudgens
Date: July 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1863
United States v. Jimmie Johnson
Date: July 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2406
United States v. Javon Jennings
Date: July 23, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3544
Miller v. Thurston  
Date: July 23, 2020
Docket Number: 20-2095

Justia Opinion Summary: AVF is sponsoring a ballot initiative to amend the Arkansas Constitution’s redistricting provisions and began circulating a petition during the COVID–19 pandemic. The Arkansas Constitution and statutes require canvassers...

United States v. Cosen  
Date: July 22, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2752

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 57 month sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute less than 50 kilograms of marijuana. The court held that the district court...

United States v. Denson  
Date: July 22, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3051

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 292 month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 1,000 grams or more of heroin. The court held that the district court did not clearly err in finding...

United States v. Antony Sallis
Date: July 21, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2186
United States v. Harris  
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1017

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for six drug-related offenses. The court held that the evidence was sufficient to support defendant's conviction for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and...

O'Neil v. United States  
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1422

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of petitioner's motion to vacate, set aside, or correct his sentence under 28 U.S.C. 2255. Defendant was convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The court...

LM Insurance Corp. v. Dubuque Barge and Fleeting Service Co.  
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1647

Justia Opinion Summary: LM filed suit against Newt Marine for breach of contract, alleging that Newt Marine wrongfully refused to pay premiums owed under three separate workers' compensation insurance policies. The Eighth Circuit affirmed th...

Slawson Exploration Co., Inc. v. Nine Point Energy, LLC  
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1945

Justia Opinion Summary: After Slawson entered into an oil and gas exploration and production agreement with TPC, TPC's successor-in-interest filed for bankruptcy. Slawson then filed a proof of claim seeking payment, pursuant to the Promote Obli...

United States v. Shaw  
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Numbers: 19-2109, 19-2165

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Basic appealed his conspiracy conviction and the district court's drug-quantity determination, and Defendant Shaw appealed the drug-quantity determination and an obstruction-of-justice enhancement applied to he...

United States v. Alonzo Brumley
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2144
United States v. Kinzey Shaw
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2165
Troy Scheffler v. Richard Trachy
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2179
United States v. Clinton McDonald
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2189
United States v. Anthony Acton
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2423
United States v. Barry Skog
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2586
United States v. Jason Bates
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2885
United States v. Alejandro Acosta
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3203
United States v. Rachel Horn
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3513
United States v. Calvertson Slim
Date: July 20, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1148
United States v. Sherrod  
Date: July 17, 2020
Docket Number: 18-2976

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court held that the common law knock-and-announce rule does not apply when officers enter an open door and...

United States v. Phillip Reinhart
Date: July 17, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2308
United States v. Ringland  
Date: July 16, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2331

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction of receipt of child pornography and the denial of defendant's motion to suppress. In this case, law enforcement officers seized and searched defendant's devices under au...

United States v. Natysin  
Date: July 16, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2684

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence imposed after she pleaded guilty to nine counts of wire fraud, two counts of tax evasion, and one count of making and subscribing a false tax return. The court held that t...

Anthony Walker v. Wendy Kelley
Date: July 16, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2969
United States v. Rodd  
Date: July 16, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3498

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion for compassionate release under Section 603(b) of the First Step Act. Defendant was convicted of four counts of wire fraud and one count of ma...

United States v. Edgar Martinez-Sanchez
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3443
United States v. Redditt  
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3660

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court held that defendant's three prior Minnesota first degree aggravated robbery convicti...

Brill v. Mid-Century Insurance Co.  
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1416

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's award of summary judgment to Mid-Century in an insurance coverage dispute over the amount Mid-Century owed plaintiff after her husband was struck and killed by an underins...

United States v. Owens  
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1516

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for drug trafficking and firearms offenses. The court rejected defendant's contention that he was convicted in violation of his rights under the Sixth Amend...

Russell v. Anderson  
Date: July 15, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2612

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against defendant for negligently crossing the highway's center line and sideswiping plaintiff's motorcycle. After the jury awarded plaintiff $7,000, the district court denied plaintiff's motion for...

United States v. Kenton Eagle Chasing  
Date: July 14, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2420

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's revocation sentence after he violated the terms of his supervised release. The court held that a revocation sentence under 18 U.S.C. 3583(e) does not violate defendant's constituti...

United States v. Dante Benson-Henry
Date: July 14, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3331
Pribyl v. County of Wright  
Date: July 13, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3743

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit alleging a sex discrimination claim for a failure to promote against the County of Wright and the Wright County Sheriff's Department under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Minnesota...

York v. Wellmark, Inc.  
Date: July 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1705

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a putative class action, asserting breach of contract claims under Iowa law and breach of fiduciary duty claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), based on allegations that Wellma...

Jennifer Adamczyk v. Andrew Saul
Date: July 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1901
United States v. Crumble  
Date: July 13, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2197

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for being a felon in possession of ammunition. The court held that defendant failed to meet his burden to prove that his substantial rights were affected by...

United States v. John Axelgard
Date: July 13, 2020
Docket Number: 20-1092
United States v. Freeman  
Date: July 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2055

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm and the district court's denial of his motion to suppress evidence. The court applied the Supreme Court's analysis in Michig...

Exide Technologies v. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers  
Date: July 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2317

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal stemmed from a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) dispute between the parties where an arbitrator resolved the dispute in favor of the union. The Eighth Circuit held that because the arbitrator was arguabl...

United States v. Jason Devers
Date: July 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-2431
United States v. Esquibel  
Date: July 10, 2020
Docket Number: 19-3177

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court held that the district court did not err by applying a four-level enhancement for po...

Shelton v. Stevens  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 18-3379

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against a police officer under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that the officer used excessive force and seeking damages for injuries sustained during plaintiff's arrest. The district court denied the offic...

United States v. Colombe  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1040

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit held that the evidence was sufficient to support defendant's conviction for conspiracy to retaliate against a witness. The court held that a reasonable jury could believe that defendant and her co-defe...

Hilliard v. Saul  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 19-1169

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the denial for disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income to plaintiff. The court held that the ALJ properly weighed the opinions of medical professionals, including a phys...