2021 Eighth Circuit US Court of Appeals Case Law

Opinions 1 - 500 of 1186

United States v. James Bell, III
Date: December 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1005
Buljic v. Tyson Foods, Inc.  
Date: December 30, 2021
Docket Numbers: 21-1010, 21-1012

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, relatives of individuals who worked at the Tyson Foods pork processing facility that contracted COVID-19 and later died, filed suit alleging claims for fraudulent misrepresentation and gross negligence. Plain...

Hus Buljic v. Tyson Foods Inc
Date: December 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1012
United States v. Victor Quijada
Date: December 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3099
United States v. Shumaker  
Date: December 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3467

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence. Defendant conditionally pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon and drug user in possession of a firearm. The court...

Whittington v. Tyson Foods, Inc.  
Date: December 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3518

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Tyson on plaintiff's interference claim under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The court concluded that Tyson's request for r...

Lee Pederson v. Phillip Frost
Date: December 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1260
Midwest Medical Solutions, LLC v. Exactech U.S., Inc.  
Date: December 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1621

Justia Opinion Summary: After Midwest failed to meet its sales quota for two or more consecutive quarters, Exactech terminated its Agency Agreement with Midwest. The Agreement contained a non-compete provision entitling Midwest to Restricted Pe...

Yufan Zhang v. UnitedHealth Group
Date: December 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2056
United States v. Mario Garmoo
Date: December 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2387
United States v. Orlando Ramirez  
Date: December 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3421

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

United States v. Trujillo-Linares  
Date: December 28, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1301

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine. The court concluded that there was no error in the district court's...

United States v. Matthew Garcia
Date: December 28, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1743
United States v. Palmira Garcia
Date: December 28, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2521
Eleazar Garcia v. Jeff Davis
Date: December 28, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2745
Kevin Tharp v. CitiMortgage, Inc.
Date: December 27, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3178
Roehr v. Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada  
Date: December 27, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1559

Justia Opinion Summary: After the termination of disability benefits under a long-term disability plan governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), plaintiff filed suit against the plan administrator, Sun Life, seeking reins...

United States v. Curtis Baldwin
Date: December 27, 2021
Docket Number: 21-3152
United States v. Smith  
Date: December 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1104

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence seized through execution of a search warrant of his motel room, his statements to police during an interrogation, and an...

Halsey v. The Townsend Corporation of Indiana  
Date: December 21, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2908

Justia Opinion Summary: After Tyler S. Halsey suffered a heat stroke while working for Townsend Tree Service, his parents filed suit for wrongful death and negligence. The district court dismissed the claims against the supervisor with prejudic...

United States v. David Cooper
Date: December 21, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2158
United States v. Davis  
Date: December 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1283

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to attempted coercion or enticement of a minor in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2422(a). Defendant was sentenced to time served and 120 months' su...

Sharon Roberts v. Merrick Garland
Date: December 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2048
Garcia-Ortiz v. Garland  
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3446

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied the petition for review of the BIA's decision upholding the IJ's denial of petitioner's application for cancellation of removal. Petitioner testified regarding his daughter's suicide attempt and...

United States v. Jose Mena-Valdez
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1120
United States v. Markese Watkins
Date: December 17, 2021
Docket Number: 21-3064
Irvin v. Richardson  
Date: December 16, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-2364, 19-2610

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs Irvin and Bates filed 42 U.S.C. 1983 actions against police officers, the police chief, and the city, alleging violations of their Fourth Amendment rights and claims under Iowa law when Officers Richardson and...

Larenzo Irvin v. Tyler Richardson
Date: December 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2610
United States v. Michael Cheeks
Date: December 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3243
United States v. Sunny Hassell
Date: December 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3383
Sunny Hassell v. United States
Date: December 16, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1730
United States v. Demarcis March
Date: December 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2240
United States v. Elbert  
Date: December 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2340

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 28 month sentence imposed after he violated his fourth term of supervised release. Although the district court did not recite the guideline range at the hearing, the record shows t...

United States v. Tinlin  
Date: December 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2862

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's imposition of the career offender enhancement to defendant's sentence after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and to posse...

Burton v. Nilkanth Pizza Inc.  
Date: December 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2984

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part in an action challenging the district court's award of attorney's fees and costs. The court concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion in setti...

United States v. Raiburn  
Date: December 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3314

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 360 month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to production of child pornography. The court concluded that there was no error in the district court's application of a two-leve...

C.P.X. v. Kelly Garcia
Date: December 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1206
United States v. Valen Gilmer
Date: December 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3378
United States v. Love  
Date: December 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3386

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for assault resulting in serious bodily injury at a place within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States. Defendant was servi...

United States v. Rogers  
Date: December 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3408

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 210 month sentence imposed by the district court after determining that he was a career offender under USSG 4B1.1(a). The court concluded that the district court did not abuse its...

United States v. Jess Brian Ducheneaux
Date: December 14, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1349
Alex George v. Benjamin Belmont
Date: December 14, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2260
United States v. Davis  
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2895

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of defendant's motion for modification of his sentence under the First Step Act and imposition of a reduced term of imprisonment. Defendant argues that the district...

Extra Hands, Inc. v. Missouri Dept of Mental Health
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1873
Tamera Peerson-Kershner v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1924
United States v. Christopher Allen
Date: December 13, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2915
Scott C. v. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education  
Date: December 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3077

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's award of attorney's fees to plaintiffs in an action alleging violations of the McKinney-Vento Act (MVA), the Rehabilitation Act (RA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (...

Duncan v. International Markets Live, Inc.  
Date: December 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3392

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against IML in state court, alleging claims for breach of contract, promissory estoppel, unjust enrichment, equitable estoppel, and fraudulent misrepresentation. After removal to federal court, the d...

United States v. Mark Johnson
Date: December 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3394
David Brodigan v. Ben Swink
Date: December 10, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1718
United States v. Alexander Holcomb
Date: December 10, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2042
United States v. Alexander Holcomb
Date: December 10, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2044
United States v. Todd-Harris  
Date: December 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3123

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 102 month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. The court concluded that the district court did not abuse its dis...

United States v. Andre Jones, Jr.
Date: December 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2860
United States v. McDaniels  
Date: December 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2902

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 96 month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The court concluded that defendant's within-Guidelines sentence was...

Vogt v. State Farm Life Insurance Co.  
Date: December 8, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-3481, 21-1370

Justia Opinion Summary: In a previous opinion, the district court affirmed a $34.3 million jury verdict in favor of the class represented by plaintiff and reversed the district court's denial of prejudgment interest. The court then remanded the...

Estate of Fritz v. Henningar  
Date: December 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3582

Justia Opinion Summary: The Estate of Willy Fritz filed suit against a police officer and the City of West Union, alleging a claim of recklessness, among other things, after the officer's police cruiser crashed into Fritz's truck which led to F...

Michael Vogt v. State Farm Life Insurance Comp
Date: December 8, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1370
United States v. Hosa Howard
Date: December 8, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2258
United States v. Jimmy Garner
Date: December 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3160
Axis Surplus Insurance Co. v. Condor Corp.  
Date: December 7, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1022

Justia Opinion Summary: Under Minnesota law, when the insurance policy in question refers disputes as to amount of loss to an appraiser, when the question presented by the dispute involves separating loss due to a covered event from a property'...

United States v. David Lemley
Date: December 7, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2092
United States v. Jose Morales
Date: December 7, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2272
Ackerman v. Iowa  
Date: December 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2226

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants in an action alleging retaliation, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims against plaintiff's...

Regional Home Health Care, Inc. v. Becerra  
Date: December 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3239

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of Regional's declaratory judgment claims alleging that defendants' procedures in suspending Regional's Medicare payments and forcing it out of business without...

United States v. Troy Davis
Date: December 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3409
Jose Calachij-Morente v. Merrick Garland
Date: December 6, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1636
United States v. Dmarquise Magsby
Date: December 6, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2426
United States v. Saddler  
Date: December 3, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1884

Justia Opinion Summary: Officers responded to a shooting in an apartment building's parking lot. Three victims were transported to the hospital. Officers observed a security camera in the window of apartment 1, pointed toward the parking lot. A...

United States v. Eric Grant
Date: December 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1158
United States v. Meyer  
Date: December 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2958

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence and defendant's sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of children. In this case, f...

United States v. Altedias Campbell
Date: December 2, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1310
Bryan Reichel v. James Snyder
Date: December 2, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2145
Floyd County Mutual Insurance Ass'n v. CNH Industrial America LLC  
Date: December 1, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1075

Justia Opinion Summary: After a tractor manufactured by CNH caught fire, Floyd filed suit against CNH in federal court under a theory of product liability, claiming that its insureds owned the tractor and other property on the tractor, both of...

United States v. Levy  
Date: December 1, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1296

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence after he pleaded guilty to mail fraud and involuntary manslaughter. Defendant's conviction stemmed from his intoxication at work while he was Chief of Pathology for the Ve...

United States v. Cristino Padilla
Date: December 1, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2332
United States v. Malliek Haynes
Date: November 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2947
United States v. Maurice Pennington
Date: November 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3444
United States v. William Carr
Date: November 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3456
Cristobal Martinez-Cruz v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: November 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3621
Duane Gonder v. Dexter Payne
Date: November 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3735
Duane Gonder v. Dexter Payne
Date: November 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1056
Placzek v. Mayo Clinic  
Date: November 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1678

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Placzek, a physician, entered into an employment agreement with MCHS In 2015, Placzek had a miscarriage, which required time off. MCHS provides Short-Term Disability (STD) benefits but Placzek did not submit an STD...

Avenoso v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co  
Date: November 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1772

Justia Opinion Summary: Avenoso, a maintenance supervisor, had long-term disability insurance under a Reliance policy, governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1132(a)(1)(B). The policy provided two years of...

United States v. Marcus Harmon-Wright
Date: November 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2241
Franklin Ashley v. Stephen Vossick
Date: November 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2357
United States v. Timothy Whittington
Date: November 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2490
Burns v. Cole  
Date: November 29, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-2961, 20-3284

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, formerly employed as deputy sheriffs, filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 action alleging that defendants violated their First Amendment rights based on Defendant Cole's retaliatory employment actions taken after plaintif...

John Burns v. Brad Cole
Date: November 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3284
United States v. Jeffrey Roads
Date: November 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3410
Jose Rivera-Campos v. Merrick Garland
Date: November 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1587
United States v. Justin Howard
Date: November 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1037
Central Specialties, Inc. v. Large  
Date: November 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3027

Justia Opinion Summary: CSI, which won a contract to perform road work on state highways across three Minnesota counties, filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 action against Mahnomen County and its Engineer, Jonathan Large, after Large stopped two of CSI's t...

Emilio Noyola v. Stiles
Date: November 24, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1941
United States v. Raul Martinez
Date: November 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3232
Feather v. United States  
Date: November 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3371

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of appellant's claims in his motion for 28 U.S.C. 2255 relief on the merits. Assuming without deciding that the government's use of false or discredited scientif...

United States v. Carlos Pacheco
Date: November 22, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2446
United States v. Emery  
Date: November 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3752

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant remains at large after escaping from a residential reentry center just over four months ago. Having given him a chance to surrender and respond to an order to show cause, the Eighth Circuit now exercises its di...

Smith v. Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co.  
Date: November 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2486

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a class action complaint against Farm Bureau, alleging breach of contract and seeking a declaratory judgment. Plaintiff's breach of contract claim was based, in part, on an alleged violation of Arkansas I...

United States v. Nilsen  
Date: November 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2688

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 63-month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The court concluded that the district court did not clearly err in imp...

United States v. Daniel Decker
Date: November 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3300
United States v. Mark Banes
Date: November 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1187
United States v. Mark Banes
Date: November 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1188
United States v. Williams  
Date: November 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1696

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion for a sentence reduction under the First Step Act, concluding that recent precedents foreclosed defendant's arguments. The court concluded tha...

United States v. Farr  
Date: November 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2790

Justia Opinion Summary: Jacqueline Mills was convicted of multiple counts of wire fraud, money laundering, and bribery. These charges were related to a years-long scheme to defraud the United States of monies intended to feed low-income childre...

Brad Erdahl v. Ken Pirc
Date: November 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3011
United States v. Hubbs  
Date: November 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3044

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 60-month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g). The court concluded that defendant's s...

Martin v. Julian  
Date: November 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3309

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit concluded that the district court did not err in determining plaintiffs' 42 U.S.C. 1983 claims for false imprisonment and unlawful search and seizure are time barred under Arkansas's three-year persona...

United States v. Roberto Gomez
Date: November 18, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1968
United States v. Dale Roberson
Date: November 18, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2125
Levitt v. Jacoway  
Date: November 18, 2021
Docket Number: 21-6004

Justia Opinion Summary: The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel dismissed debtors' appeal of the bankruptcy court's orders based on lack of standing. In this case, debtors challenged the bankruptcy court's orders (1) granting in part and denying in part...

Pharmaceutical Care Management Ass'n v. Wehbi  
Date: November 17, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2926

Justia Opinion Summary: PCMA filed suit to enjoin the enforcement of several North Dakota statutory provisions, claiming that they were preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and the Medicare Prescription Drug...

Michael Akins v. S & R Development Inc.
Date: November 17, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1602
William Adams v. City of Lincoln
Date: November 17, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1862
United States v. Swayze Santiago
Date: November 17, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2301
M.B. v. Tidball  
Date: November 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1886

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's award of over $3 million in attorney fees and expenses to plaintiffs in a settlement involving Missouri's foster-care system. Plaintiffs filed suit on behalf of a group of...

LeMay v. Mays  
Date: November 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2632

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of qualified immunity to defendant, a police officer, on a motion to dismiss an unlawful seizure claim based on his shooting two dogs during a residential security...

United States v. Donarius Kincaid
Date: November 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2646
United States v. Carmetrius Sanders
Date: November 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3231
United States v. Oscar Martinez Florez
Date: November 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1768
Al Salam v. Estella Bland
Date: November 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2083
United States v. Marcus Harris
Date: November 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3264
Cornice & Rose Intl. v. Jon Herbrechtsmeyer
Date: November 12, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2206
United States v. Porter  
Date: November 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2088

Justia Opinion Summary: Porter received a 104-month prison sentence for illegally possessing a firearm. Shortly before he was scheduled for supervised release, the probation office realized that he did not have a release plan and asked the dist...

United States v. Jeremy Saul
Date: November 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2863
United States v. Campbell-Martin  
Date: November 8, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-3054, 20-3181

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of Defendant Campbell-Martin and Leiva's motion to suppress. Defendants conditionally pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance....

United States v. Christin Campbell-Martin
Date: November 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3181
United States v. Childs  
Date: November 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3234

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The court rejected defendant's contention that the district court imposed an il...

Glenn Norris v. Kohler Company
Date: November 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3503
Adventist Health System v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  
Date: November 8, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1589

Justia Opinion Summary: The Hospitals filed suit to enjoin the OPTN's new policy, which significantly changes the method for allocating donated kidneys to kidney transplant patients, as unlawful under the Transplant Act and the Administrative P...

United States v. Terry Douglas, III
Date: November 8, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1985
United States v. Wise  
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3152

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 300-month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of a mixture or substance containing heroin. The court concluded that the distric...

Beverly Burkett v. Dept of Agriculture
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3310
Jack Jordan v. U.S. Department of Labor
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3402
Jack Jordan v. U.S. Department of Labor
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3404
James Steeles v. Dr. Carl Doerhoff
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3429
United States v. Kristopher Mitchell
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1703
Hussein Yousif v. Travis Knaele
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1771
Mohamed Mohamed v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1803
Charles Johnson, Jr. v. Nurse King
Date: November 5, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1812
Monohon v. BNSF Railway Co.  
Date: November 4, 2021
Docket Number: 18-3346

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit alleging that BNSF violated the Federal Rail Safety Act (FRSA) when it discharged him for reporting, in good faith, a hazardous safety condition. After the case proceeded to trial, the jury found in...

United States v. Donald Mauzy
Date: November 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1873
United States v. Gordon Franklin, Jr.
Date: November 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3202
Lee Woolverton v. City of Wardell
Date: November 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3511
Andrew Alexander v. Dusty Dodson
Date: November 4, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1397
Flor Carrera-Alarcon v. Merrick Garland
Date: November 4, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1607
United States v. Michael Vela
Date: November 4, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1926
Guy Greene v. Tara Osborne-Leivian
Date: November 4, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1937
United States v. Lionel Thompson
Date: November 4, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2065
United States v. Carl Renecker
Date: November 4, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2656
United States v. Aaron Meggs
Date: October 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2062
Portz v. St. Cloud State University  
Date: October 28, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-2921, 20-1366

Justia Opinion Summary: For budget reasons, St. Cloud State University shut down six of its sports teams, including women's tennis and Nordic Skiing teams. Female student-athletes brought a Title IX discrimination action. 20 U.S.C. 1681(a). Th...

Alexie Portz v. St. Cloud State University
Date: October 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1366
Susan Kelly v. Ethicon
Date: October 28, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1769
Donelson v. Steele
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1094
Sharon Rogers v. United States
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1455
Jeremy Pearson v. Joseph Morrell
Date: October 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2768
Graves v. 3M Company  
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1635, 20-2545, 20-2550, 20-2556, 20-3108, 20-3613-14, 20-3607, 20-3616-17, 20-3620, 20-3627, 20-3634, 20-3636, 20-3642-45, 20-3647-49

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, employees of civilian and military contractors who used Combat Arms Version 2 earplugs, filed separate suits against 3M in Minnesota state court, asserting failure-to-warn claims under state law. After remova...

Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2545
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2546
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2547
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2548
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2550
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2556
United States v. Lashawn Harris
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2674
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3108
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3607
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3613
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3614
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3616
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3617
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3620
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3627
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3634
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3636
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3642
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3643
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3644
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3645
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3647
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3648
Christopher Graves v. 3M Company
Date: October 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3649
United States v. Patrelle Green-Bowman
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2295
United States v. Martin  
Date: October 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1511

Justia Opinion Summary: After panel rehearing, the Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motions to suppress and his objection to application of the career criminal enhancement in USSG 4B1.1(a). Defendant robbed a S...

Safeco Insurance Co. of Illinois v. Palazzolo  
Date: October 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2941

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's judgment holding that Safeco was not liable for coverage for a claim stemming from an accident involving an uninsured driver. In this case, the insured was killed when her...

Lariat Companies, Inc. v. Wigley  
Date: October 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3132

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the bankruptcy appellate panel's decision affirming the bankruptcy court's determination that debtor's debt to Lariat is excepted from discharge because it was obtained by actual fraud. The co...

City of Plantation Police Officers Pension Fund v. Meredith Corp.  
Date: October 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3510

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of the Pension Fund's amended complaint in this securities fraud class action. The Pension Fund, as lead plaintiff, alleged securities fraud under section 10(b)...

Autumn Roberson v. CrawlSpace Solutions
Date: October 18, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1196
Marvin Suar-Chich v. Merrick Garland
Date: October 18, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1749
Sisney v. Kaemingk  
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2460

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit challenging the South Dakota State Penitentiary's pornography policy under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Plaintiff named as defendants four South Dakota corrections officials in their official...

Horace Crosby v. Brian Little
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3229
United States v. Taurus Hoyle
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1720
United States v. Taurus Hoyle
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1721
United States v. Angela Olson
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2254
United States v. Angelo Hambrick
Date: October 15, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2488
United States v. Keith Ivy
Date: October 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1566
United States v. Duianete Moore
Date: October 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3212
United States v. Heather Simmons
Date: October 14, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1701
United States v. Foster  
Date: October 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1241

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress after defendant pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. In this case, a police officer stopped the vehicle def...

United States v. Ryan Matone
Date: October 12, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1267
Oetting v. Sosne  
Date: October 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3672

Justia Opinion Summary: A global settlement was approved in 2002 in securities law class actions concerning the merger of companies to form Bank of America, which included an award of approximately $58 million in fees to the attorneys appointed...

Foster v. Walmart, Inc.  
Date: October 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1787

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit reversed the district court's ruling that an arbitration clause found in Walmart.com's terms of use was unenforceable against purchasers of gift cards. In this case, plaintiffs filed suit against Walma...

United States v. Marcussen  
Date: October 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2507

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion for compassionate release under the First Step Act of 2018, concluding that the COVID-19 pandemic is not an extraordinary and compelling circu...

Neal Maddox v. HUD
Date: October 7, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2461
Bhatti v. Federal Housing Finance Agency  
Date: October 6, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2506

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, the original Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) director resigned. President Obama replaced him with Acting Director DeMarco, under 12 U.S.C. 4512(f). The President's nomination of a new director stalled. Dur...

United States v. Eric Rhine
Date: October 6, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1106
Maria Ramos Tino v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: October 6, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1411
Brad Stevens v. MN Dept. of Corrections
Date: October 6, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2055
Young America's Foundation v. Kaler  
Date: October 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3029

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against University officials, alleging that the University's then-existing events policy was unconstitutional facially and as applied to them under the First and Fourteenth Amend...

Pedro Chavez-Ramirez v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: October 4, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1902
United States v. Jeremy Traylor
Date: October 4, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2043
Northport Health Services of Arkansas, LLC v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  
Date: October 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1799

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of HHS and CMS in an action brought by Northport, alleging that a regulation promulgated by CMS through notice and comment rulemaking is...

Jose Zamora v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: October 1, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1625
Clay Chastain v. JCK Legacy GUC Recovery Truste
Date: September 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3444
United States v. James Willis
Date: September 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1451
United States v. Adam Branton
Date: September 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1459
United States v. Stephen Miles
Date: September 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1921
Wheeler v. Kidder  
Date: September 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3292

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of qualified immunity to officers in a 42 U.S.C. 1983 action alleging that plaintiff's constitutional and state-law rights were violated when he was arrested for co...

Martha Martin-Tzoc v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: September 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1513
Barbara Ray v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: September 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1521
Ira Harris v. Ian Wallace
Date: September 29, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1546
United States v. Robert Ivers
Date: September 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1652
United States v. Adam Lee Reitz
Date: September 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2945
United States v. David Neadeau
Date: September 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2967
United States v. Oliver Thigpen
Date: September 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3048
United States v. Lavan Cortez-Johnson
Date: September 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3078
Barbara Chauvin v. Bayer Healthcare Pharma. Inc.
Date: September 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3192
United States v. Robert Ivers
Date: September 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3422
United States v. Curlie Quarterman
Date: September 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1236
United States v. Curlie Quarterman
Date: September 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1237
Moulay Tidriri v. Board of Regents
Date: September 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3240
Moulay Tidriri v. Board of Regents
Date: September 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3265
Haynes v. Minnehan  
Date: September 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1777

Justia Opinion Summary: On a well-lit summer evening in a Des Moines neighborhood with community-reported drug crimes, police officers Minnehan and Steinkamp lawfully stopped Haynes for suspected (mistaken) involvement in a drug deal. The excee...

United States v. John Stone
Date: September 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3588
Manning v. Ryan  
Date: September 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3490

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's adverse grant of summary judgment based on qualified immunity in a 42 U.S.C. 1983 action brought by a pretrial detainee against prison officials, alleging violation of his...

Osorio Tino v. Garland  
Date: September 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3508

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied a petition for review challenging the BIA's dismissal of petitioner's appeal from an IJ's decision denying her request to terminate proceedings based on Pereira v. Sessions, 138 S. Ct. 2105 (201...

Shirley Bonnett v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: September 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1619
Jeffrey Rodd v. Leann LaRiva
Date: September 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1724
Brown v. Precythe  
Date: September 17, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-2910, 19-3019

Justia Opinion Summary: In an action arising from a constitutional challenge to Missouri's remedial parole review process for individuals sentenced to mandatory life without the possibility of parole for homicide offenses committed as juveniles...

United States v. Traylor  
Date: September 17, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3555

Justia Opinion Summary: After the Eighth Circuit ordered a limited remand for further consideration of defendant's motion to suppress evidence seized from his car, the district court entered an order denying the motion. Defendant's appeal has b...

United States v. Dennis Brown, Jr.
Date: September 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1939
McCoy v. Walmart, Inc.  
Date: September 17, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2181

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of Walmart's motion to compel arbitration in an action brought by a customer, seeking to represent a nationwide class of disgruntled gift-card purchasers in Missour...

Stacy Arnold v. City of St. Joseph, Missouri
Date: September 17, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1261
United States v. Jerome Davis Kent
Date: September 17, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1885
Rouse v. United States  
Date: September 16, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-2007, 20-2015

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1994, the jury convicted Desmond and Jesse Rouse, their cousin Russell Hubbeling, and another cousin of sexually abusing five nieces. Defendants ultimately raised claims in Rule 60(b)(6) motions seeking relief from th...

Desmond Rouse v. United States
Date: September 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2015
Michael Anderson v. Wendy Kelley
Date: September 16, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2669
Penrod v. K&N Engineering, Inc.  
Date: September 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1355

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, three individuals who purchased oil filters designed by K&N, seek to represent a nationwide class of all purchasers of three styles of K&N oil filters that they allege share a common defect, although most pro...

Nunes v. Lizza  
Date: September 15, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2710

Justia Opinion Summary: Devin Nunes, a Member of Congress from California, appeals the district court's dismissal of his complaint alleging defamation and conspiracy claims against defendant and Hearst based on an article published in Esquire m...

United States v. Adams  
Date: September 14, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2531

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography and the district court's imposition of the challenged special conditions of supervised release. Howeve...

United States v. Michael  
Date: September 13, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1885

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's 96-month sentence imposed, on remand, based on defendant's probation violation after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. The court has previously held th...

Chase v. Andeavor Logistics, L.P.  
Date: September 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1747

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2017, Andeavor agreed with the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, known as the Three Affiliated Tribes, to renew the right-of-way over tribal lands, and to pay trespass damages for continued operation of an oil pipe...

Pals v. Weekly  
Date: September 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2505

Justia Opinion Summary: Following the death of five members of the Pals family in a car accident in a construction zone after defendant drove his semi-truck into the back of the Pals' vehicle, plaintiffs filed a wrongful death and negligence ac...

Moffitt v. State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Co.  
Date: September 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1044

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, vehicle owners, filed suit alleging that State Farm violated Arkansas Insurance Rule 43, which governs loss settlements, and thus committed fraud in the inducement, breached their contracts, acted in bad fait...

McClune v. Farmers Insurance Co., Inc.  
Date: September 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1768

Justia Opinion Summary: After settling with the liability carrier, plaintiff filed an Underinsured Motorist (UIM) claim with her insurer, Farmers. Farmers made a settlement offer that was rejected by plaintiff when she presented a significantly...

Sitzer v. National Association of Realtors  
Date: September 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1779

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit concluded that HomeServices waived its right to arbitrate after actively litigating this case in federal court for nearly a year. The court also concluded that, under circuit precedent, the issue of wh...

United States v. Eric Holloway
Date: September 10, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1728
United States v. Richard Robinson
Date: September 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1629
Sellars v. CRST Expedited, Inc.  
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2708

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, female truck drivers, filed suit against CRST alleging Title VII claims of retaliation and hostile work environment on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, as well as individual constructiv...

Stanley v. Hutchinson  
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1822

Justia Opinion Summary: After child abuse investigators removed seven minor children from their home, plaintiffs filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging claims against the Governor, DHS, Garland County, and numerous employees of the State and...

Charles Pollock, Jr. v. Warden Steve Kallis
Date: September 8, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1747
Jacobson Warehouse Co., Inc. v. Schnuck Markets, Inc.  
Date: September 7, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1595, 20-1690

Justia Opinion Summary: SMI, a supermarket retailer, and XPO, a logistics company, both appeal the district court's orders and judgment in a breach of contract and tort dispute arising out of the parties' business relationship. The Eighth Circ...

Jacobson Warehouse Co., Inc. v. Schnuck Markets, Inc.
Date: September 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1690
John Benson v. Ann Kemske
Date: September 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2943
Ikeisha Jacobs v. Nanette Barnes, Warden
Date: September 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3109
United States v. Rofelle McGee
Date: September 7, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3610
United States v. Michael Lewis
Date: September 7, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1700
United States v. Tracy Presson
Date: September 7, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1733
United States v. Clarence Johnson
Date: September 7, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1796
David Pitlor v. T.D. Ameritrade, Inc.
Date: September 7, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1797
United States v. Pedro Valdovinos
Date: September 7, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1807
United States v. Vanessa Vela
Date: September 7, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1930
United States v. Sierra-Serrano  
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1340

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence of drugs found during a safety inspection of a semi transporting three vehicles, one of which contained the drugs. The co...

Thayer v. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Inc.  
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2151

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a qui tam action under the False Claims Act (FCA), alleging that Planned Parenthood violated Iowa law by dispensing extra cycles of oral contraceptives without a physician’s order and that Planned Parenth...

Libertarian Party of Minnesota v. Steve Simon
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2244
United States v. Jose Espinoza, Jr.
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2354
United States v. Thompson  
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2781

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for attempting to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. The court concluded that the evidence was sufficient to support defendant's convictio...

United States v. Miller  
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2857

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for possession of a firearm by a felon. The court concluded that the district court did not err in denying defendant's motion to suppress and rejected defen...

United States v. Dewayne Gray
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1425
Lawrence LaDeaux v. Woodbury County Jail
Date: September 3, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1672
Ness v. City of Bloomington  
Date: September 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2571

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against the City of Bloomington, the Hennepin County Attorney, and two Bloomington police officers, seeking a declaration that a state harassment statute and a city ordinance are unconstitutional und...

Enrique Quinilla-Pu v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: September 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3236
Pius Nwinee v. St. Louis Devel. Disabilities
Date: September 2, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1185
Phelipe Linstrom v. Quiktrip Corporation
Date: September 2, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1258
United States v. Valarie Watson
Date: September 2, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1867
Clemel Penn v. Motion Industries, Inc.
Date: September 2, 2021
Docket Number: 21-2201
United States v. Tracy Vaughn
Date: September 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1643
United States v. Daifullah  
Date: September 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1667

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the government in an action where the government sought to revoke defendant's citizenship because he entered the country and sought a...

Spire Missouri, Inc. v. USIC Locating Services, LLC  
Date: September 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1790

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of a utility-locating service, USIC, in an action brought by Spire, a gas company, and its insurers, seeking full indemnification from U...

United States v. Mueller  
Date: September 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2731

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's judgment declining to exercise its discretion to reduce defendant's sentence under Section 404 of the First Step Act of 2018. The court has repeatedly held that the First...

United States v. Gastelum  
Date: September 1, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3451

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence from a warrantless search of a vehicle. In this case, a state trooper stopped defendant's rental car for a traffic violat...

Matt Raeburn v. James Gibson
Date: August 31, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2001
United States v. Mark Burdge
Date: August 31, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1765
Jo Ann Howard & Assoc., PC v. National City Bank  
Date: August 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2554

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's award of damages after a bench trial that resulted in a judgment in favor of appellees and a group of state guaranty associations where the district court ruled that Alleg...

City of Council Bluffs v. U.S. Department of the Interior  
Date: August 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2898

Justia Opinion Summary: After determining that it had appellate jurisdiction, the Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's order concluding that the National Indian Gaming Commission correctly determined that the Ponca Restoration Act does...

Jo Ann Howard & Associates v. National City Bank
Date: August 30, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3662
Jo Ann Howard & Associates v. National City Bank
Date: August 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1438
Selective Insurance Company of South Carolina v. Sela  
Date: August 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2029

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's finding that Selective denied insurance coverage in bad faith and the district court's award of taxable costs and prejudgment interest. In this case, Selective sought a de...

Westfield Insurance Co. v. Carolina Casualty Insurance Co.  
Date: August 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2103

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Westfield Insurance in an action seeking a declaratory judgment that it owed no obligations to Advanced Auto, Advanced Auto's employe...

Dowden v. Cornerstone National Insurance Co.  
Date: August 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2192

Justia Opinion Summary: The bankruptcy trustee sued Cornerstone on the insured's behalf, alleging that Cornerstone breached its duty to defend the insured by failing to timely file an answer to a complaint filed against him. The insurance polic...

Marcos Antonio Lara-Alvarez v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: August 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2334
McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, PC v. Commerce Bank  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1925

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert McGowen served as the president, was on the board of directors, and was a shareholder of MHCS, an account firm. After McGowen obtained a personal loan from Commerce Bank, Commerce attempted to secure McGowen's per...

Mumad v. Garland  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2140

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied a petition for review challenging the BIA's decision affirming the IJ's denial of relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). The court rejected petitioner's challenge to the non-per-se-P...

Holli Lundahl v. Julie Gross
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2172
Jose Lopez-Flores v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2218
United States v. Henderson  
Date: August 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2594

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and 120-month sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). The court concluded that the evidence was sufficie...

United States v. Hoxworth  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1562

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm after he brandished a stolen rifle in a stranger's backyard. The court concluded that, even if justification can serve as a...

Donelson v. Steele  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1094

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of habeas relief to petitioner in an action where petitioner was found guilty of two first-degree murder counts. Although the Missouri Court of Appeals' conclusion...

United States v. Anderson  
Date: August 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1729

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's order reducing defendant's sentence under section 404(b) of the First Step Act. The court concluded that the district court committed no procedural error in declining to f...

United States v. Arkansas Department of Education  
Date: August 25, 2021
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: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1342
United States v. Arkansas Department of Educ.
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1348
United States v. Arkansas Department of Educ.
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1349
United States v. McArthur  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1487

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 420-month sentence, following two remands for resentencing, for multiple drug and firearm counts. The court concluded that the district court did not clearly err in determining tha...

United States v. Salkil  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2058

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's convictions for unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine. The court concluded that the district court did not err in denying defendant's motion to suppres...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe v. United States  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2062

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's judgment declaring that the United States has a duty to provide "competent physician-led healthcare" to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and its members. In light of the promises t...

United States v. Tray Miller
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2361
Rodenburg LLP v. Cincinnati Insurance Co.  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2521

Justia Opinion Summary: Rodenburg purchased a Commercial Umbrella Liability Policy from Cincinnati. In the underlying action, a plaintiff filed suit against Rodenburg, asserting several theories including wrongful garnishment, tort-based claims...

Nancy Woods v. Circuit Attorney's Office
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2803
United States v. Busey  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3397

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's revocation of defendant's supervised release and imposition of a 24 month sentence. To the extent the district court considered a deputy marshal's hearsay statements in de...

United States v. Mitchell  
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1174

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's involuntary medication order under Sell v. United States, 539 U.S. 166 (2003), to maintain defendant's competency for trial. Given that the purpose of involuntary medicati...

United States v. Richard Huff
Date: August 25, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1557
Godfrey v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co.  
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3731

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against State Farm and GEICO for liability coverage after she was injured on her husband's boat. In this case, plaintiff was seriously hurt when she was thrown from the boat. The Eighth Circuit affi...

Williams v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America  
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1694

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit held that an accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy does not qualify as a health plan under Maine law, Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 24-A, 4303. Therefore, Unum Life's decision to deny benefits...

Davis v. Munger  
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1842, 20-1843, 20-1845, 20-1846, 20-2075, 20-2076, 20-2292

Justia Opinion Summary: After Justin A. Stufflebean died after allegedly being denied necessary medication while incarcerated at the Buchanan County Jail and the Western Reception Diagnostic and Correctional Center, his parents filed 42 U.S.C....

Brenda Davis v. Michelle L. Munger
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1843
Brenda Davis v. Michelle L. Munger
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1845
Brenda Davis v. Michelle L. Munger
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1846
Laredo Ridge Wind, LLC v. Nebraska Public Power District  
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1956

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of NPPD's wind-farm affiliates. NPPD contends that these affiliates breached their power purchase agreements (PPAs) by transferring cont...

Doe v. North Homes, Inc.  
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1974

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against North Homes, a private entity, under 42 U.S.C. 1983 after it confined her when she was 15 years old in a residential correctional unit where an employee sexually assaulted her for three days....

Brenda Davis v. Michelle L. Munger
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2075
Brenda Davis v. Michelle L. Munger
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2076
Brenda Davis v. Michelle L. Munger
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2292
United States v. Diana Bustamante
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2373
United States v. Todd Haulk
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2562
United States v. Jonathan Brown
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2847
Miller v. Honkamp Krueger Financial Services, Inc.  
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-3061, 20-3081, 20-3400

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiff left her employment at HKFS, she filed suit seeking a declaratory judgment that the restrictive covenants in her various employment contracts were unenforceable. HFKS brought counterclaims against plainti...

Cara Miller v. Honkamp Krueger Financial
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3081
Angela Richardson v. Tami Jo Aiken
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3205
Cara Miller v. Honkamp Krueger Financial
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3400
Randy Davidson v. Village of Freistatt
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3595
Lorinda Sampson v. Grady Renville
Date: August 24, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3708
United States v. Milton  
Date: August 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1916

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion for a sentence reduction under the First Step Act. The court has clarified that, while the district court may consider the 18 U.S.C. 3553(a) f...

United States v. Albert Price
Date: August 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3727
Maikijah HaKeem v. Chad Mesojedec
Date: August 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1506
Billy Johnson v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: August 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1820
United States v. Ameren Missouri  
Date: August 20, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3220

Justia Opinion Summary: Ameren appeals an adverse judgment of the district court in a Clean Air Act (CAA) enforcement action brought by the United States, acting at the request of the EPA Administrator, arguing that the district court erroneous...

United States v. Mario Aguilar
Date: August 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2268
Johannessohn v. Polaris Industries Inc.  
Date: August 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2347

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a putative class action alleging that Polaris failed to disclose heat defects and that this artificially inflated the price of their all-terrain vehicles. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's...

United States v. Barnes  
Date: August 20, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2583

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress geolocation data from his cell phone and his Google email account. The court concluded that officers were entitled to rely on the...

Timothy Harris v. Federal Express Corporation
Date: August 20, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1049
Designworks Homes, Inc. v. Thomson Sailors Homes, LLC  
Date: August 19, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3458

Justia Opinion Summary: Designworks filed suit alleging that defendants violated its copyright in the registered design of a two-story home. The district court granted summary judgment for defendants, concluding that defendants' home design was...

Leftwich v. County of Dakota  
Date: August 19, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1821

Justia Opinion Summary: After Cameron Leftwich committed suicide in jail, his father filed suit alleging 42 U.S.C. 1983 claims against defendants for failure to provide adequate medical care and failure to train, as well as wrongful death claim...

James Shaughnessy v. Edward Southern, MD
Date: August 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1463
McLaughlin v. Precythe  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: 18-3510

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner filed a habeas action alleging that he received ineffective assistance of sentencing counsel when his lawyer failed to investigate potential impeachment evidence of his own expert witness, and that his death s...

United States v. Robinson  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1947

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit reversed the district court's denial of defendant's motion for a sentence reduction under the First Step Act of 2018, concluding that the district court erred in determining that defendant remains subj...

Prowse v. Washington  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1995

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment against plaintiff where a reasonable factfinder could believe that plaintiff fully exhausted her administrative remedies. The court remanded for...

Vines v. Welspun Pipes Inc.  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2168

Justia Opinion Summary: After plaintiffs filed a class action against defendants under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Arkansas Minimum Wage Act (AMWA), plaintiffs negotiated a settlement agreement with Welspun for the wage claim an...

Ascente Business Consulting, LLC v. DR myCommerce  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2474

Justia Opinion Summary: Ascente filed suit against Digital River for Minnesota contract, fraud, and fraud-adjacent claims. Ascente's claims arose after it hired Digital River to build a customer-facing web portal and the portal fell below Ascen...

Vallone v. CJS Solutions Group, LLC  
Date: August 18, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2874

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit against CJS Solutions, a Florida entity doing business as The HCI Group, in the District of Minnesota. Plaintiffs moved to certify a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The...

Gareis v. 3M Company  
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Numbers: 18-3553, 18-3580

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's judgment in plaintiffs' case, which is part of the Bair Hugger multidistrict litigation (MDL). The court concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion by...

Louis Gareis v. 3M Company
Date: August 17, 2021
Docket Number: 18-3580
Amador v. 3M Company  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2899

Justia Opinion Summary: In December 2015, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation created and centralized the In re Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation (MDL) in the District of Minnesota for coordinated p...

Buckley v. Hennepin County  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3243

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit alleging 42 U.S.C. 1983 compensatory and punitive damage claims against paramedics for injecting her with ketamine without her consent, and against physicians who allegedly implemented ambulance prot...

Designworks Homes, Inc. v. Columbia House of Brokers Realty, Inc.  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-3608, 20-1099, 20-3104, 20-3107

Justia Opinion Summary: Charles James and Designworks filed suit against real estate companies, as well as their affiliates and agents, claiming that defendants infringed their copyrights when they created and published certain floorplans witho...

Designworks Homes, Inc. v. Columbia Hse of Brokers Realty
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1099
Pollreis v. Marzolf  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1745

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit reversed the district court's denial of qualified immunity to a police officer in a 42 U.S.C. 1983 action brought by plaintiff on behalf of her two minor sons. The claims stemmed from a gang-related st...

Forrest v. Polaris Industries, Inc.  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2518

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, 14 purchasers of off-road vehicles, filed a putative class action against Polaris alleging that a design defect caused the vehicles, all of which contain "ProStar" engines, to produce excessive heat. Plaintif...

WM Crittenden Operations, LLC v. United Food and Commercial Workers  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2538

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed an arbitration award that reinstated a member of the union to her former position after she was discharged by the company. The court concluded that the parties agreement authorized the arbitra...

United States v. Drew  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2596

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and 360-month sentence for unlawfully possessing a gun. Defendant's conviction stemmed from a botched gun sale to a confidential informant. The court concluded that th...

United States v. Roe  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-2626, 20-2627

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and violating his supervised release. The court concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion by d...

United States v. Levi Roe
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2627
United States v. Quinto-Pascual  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2715

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 180-month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to two firearm offenses. The court concluded that the district court did not clearly err in finding that defendant shot the victi...

Millard Gutter Co. v. Continental Casualty Co.  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2760

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Continental in an action brought by Millard Gutter, alleging that Continental breached insurance policies issued to third parties. Th...

United States v. Merrett  
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2801

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and 180-month sentence for offenses involving drug trafficking and possession of a firearm. The court concluded that the district court did not err in denying defendant'...

Designworks Homes, Inc. v. Columbia Hse of Brokers Realty
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3104
Designworks Homes, Inc. v. Columbia Hse of Brokers Realty
Date: August 16, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3107
United States v. Norris Andrews
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1644
Mohamed v. Garland  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1829

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied a petition for review of the BIA's decision ordering petitioner removed. The IJ had granted petitioner relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT), finding that it was more likely than not...

Jackson v. Payne  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1830

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's decision, on remand, that plaintiff has met his burden of showing that he is intellectually disabled and affirmed the district court's vacatur of plaintiff's death sentenc...

United States v. Luis Lopez
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2468
Magee v. Harris  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2590

Justia Opinion Summary: After defendant injured plaintiff while defendant was driving a vehicle owned by the US Postal Service, plaintiff filed suit against the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) and against defendant for ne...

Tom Magee v. Benjamin Harris
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2592
J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. v. BNSF Railway Co.  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2679

Justia Opinion Summary: After an arbitration panel issued its award in a dispute between J.B. Hunt and BNSF, the district court confirmed the award but denied Hunt's request for additional relief. The Eighth Circuit focused on the substance of...

Shipp v. Murphy  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2703

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's judgment in favor of defendants in an action brought under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and state negligence law against prison officials, medical staff, and a medical services company...

United States v. Green  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2796

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant moved twice to suppress evidence of guns, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia that the Kansas City police seized from his apartment. After the district court denied both motions, defendant appealed. Because the...

United States v. Espinoza  
Date: August 13, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3049

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for distribution of child pornography. The court concluded that there was no reversible error in suppressing defendant's motion to suppress evidence where t...

United States v. Mink  
Date: August 12, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3683

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out of defendant's incessant and extreme harassment of his ex-girlfriend, L.L., and her partner, D.B. A jury found defendant guilty on all counts of a 15-count indictment and the district court sentenced...

Grindley v. Kijakazi  
Date: August 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1946

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's order affirming the Social Security Administration's denial of plaintiff's claim for disability benefits. Plaintiff filed a claim for a period of disability, disability in...

Gonzales Quecheluno v. Garland  
Date: August 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2200

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit granted a petition for review of the BIA's order denying petitioner and her two daughters' motion to reopen and remand. After petitioners sought asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the...

United States v. Melvin Nolan
Date: August 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2780
Larry Rice v. Interfood, Inc.
Date: August 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2802
Morningside Church, Inc. v. Rutledge  
Date: August 12, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2954

Justia Opinion Summary: Jim Bakker and Morningside filed suit against several out-of-state defendants in Missouri federal court, alleging that defendants, while acting in their official capacities, violated their First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Am...

Wyatt Puckett v. Saint Louis County
Date: August 12, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1214
United States v. Haynie  
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: 18-2681

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for conspiracy under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) based on his involvement with the Crips street gang. The court concluded that the dist...

Morgan v. Ferrell  
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1171

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a Missouri resident, filed suit in state court against her former employer, Ferrellgas, a propane supplier, as well as James Ferrell and Pamela Brueckmann, Kansas residents and employees and officers of Ferrel...

United States v. Burning Breast  
Date: August 11, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1450

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the verdict, the cou...

Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Reynolds  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1364

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit challenging Iowa Code Sec. 717A.3A(1)(a)-(b), which makes it a crime for a person to gain access to an agricultural production facility by false pretenses and to make false statements on an employme...

Berndsen v. North Dakota University System  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2517

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit reversed the district court's grant of the University's motion to dismiss plaintiffs' action under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 for failure to state a claim. Plaintiffs, former players...

United States v. Hill  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1536

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a methamphetamine mixture. The court concluded that there was no error in the...

United States v. Lehman  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2009

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for making false statements to licensed firearms dealers, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 924(a)(1)(A). Prior to trial, the district court denied defendant's motion to dismiss...

United States v. Walking Bull  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2378

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). The court concluded that there was no error in denying defendant's motio...

United States v. George Taylor
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2629
Charleston v. McCarthy  
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2676

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's adverse grant of summary judgment on plaintiff's political retaliation claim related to disciplinary measures and his ultimate termination from the Sheriff's Office. The c...

Brock Fredin v. Lindsey Middlecamp
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3487
Brock Fredin v. Lindsey Middlecamp
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3513
Brock Fredin v. Lindsey Middlecamp
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3516
Brock Fredin v. Lindsey Middlecamp
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3525
Brock Fredin v. Lindsey Middlecamp
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3528
Brock Fredin v. Lindsey Middlecamp
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1132
Brock Fredin v. Lindsey Middlecamp
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1134
Brock Fredin v. Lindsey Middlecamp
Date: August 10, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1135
Hartman v. Payne  
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3639

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of the 28 U.S.C. 2254 petition for habeas relief as procedurally defaulted. In this case, petitioner's ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claim was first procedurall...

United States v. Merrett  
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1368, 20-2081

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed Defendants Merrett and Frencher's convictions and sentences for crimes related to their membership in a drug trafficking organization. The court affirmed the district court's denial of defen...

Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Vaught  
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1538

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed suit against Peco Foods and Jonathan and DeAnn Vaught, seeking an order that would prevent Peco Foods and the Vaughts from bringing a civil suit against plaintiffs under an Arkansas statute, Ark. Code An...

United States v. Shepard  
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1622

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 concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion in deciding not to...

United States v. Marshaun Merrett
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2081
Yusuf v. Garland  
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2316

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied a petition for review challenging the BIA's denial of petitioner's second motion to reopen her immigration proceedings. Having reviewed petitioner's proffered evidence, including her affidavit a...

Randy Kinder Excavating, Inc. v. JA Manning Construction Company, Inc.  
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2747

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's award of $283,609.15 in attorneys' fees to Manning in this action arising out of a contract dispute between Kinder, a general contractor, and Manning, a subcontractor. Th...

Michael Johnson v. Wendy Kelley
Date: August 9, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1551
Marshall v. Anderson Excavating & Wrecking Co.  
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3040

Justia Opinion Summary: The Union, Welfare Plan, and Pension Plan filed suit against Anderson Excavating, requesting that the district court order Anderson Excavating to pay the contributions it allegedly owes to the Welfare Plan and Pension Pl...

CRST Expedited, Inc. v. Swift Transportation Co.  
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-1097, 20-1098

Justia Opinion Summary: CRST filed suit alleging that Swift wrongfully recruited and hired long-haul truck drivers who were "under contract" with CRST. Ruling on post-verdict motions, the district court upheld the intentional interference with...

Jones v. Hendrix  
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1286

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of a petition for writ of habeas corpus where petitioner challenged his 2000 felon-in-possession conviction under Rehaif v. United States, 588 U.S. ---, 139 S. C...

Dinosaur Merchant Bank Limited v. Bancservices International LLC
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1994
United States v. Quantez Cribbs
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2224
Perry v. Zoetis LLC  
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2232

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the employer in an action brought by plaintiff, alleging that the employer violated the Nebraska Equal Pay Act and the Nebraska Fair Employmen...

United States v. James Hawkins
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3389
Neil Medved v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: August 6, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1465
Axline v. 3M Company  
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-1180

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, whose case is part of the Bair Hugger multidistrict litigation (MDL) against 3M, appeals the district court's orders deciding that Ohio substantive law applies in her case and denying her motion for leave to a...

United States v. Shawn Thomason
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2537
FishDish, LLP v. VeroBlue Farms USA, Inc.  
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Numbers: 19-3413, 19-3487

Justia Opinion Summary: A VeroBlue preferred shareholder, FishDish appeals the district court's order granting appellees' motions to dismiss FishDish's appeal of the bankruptcy court order confirming debtors' Chapter 11 plan of reorganization o...

FishDish, LLP v. VeroBlue Farms USA, Inc.
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3487
United States v. Shawn Thomason
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3702
Just v. Kuykendall  
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1049

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Officers Kuykendall and Henry, arguing that they violated his Fourth and First Amendment rights. After the district court denied defendants' motion for summary judgment on the basis of qualif...

United States v. Shawn Thomason
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1230
Nesse v. Green Nature-Cycle, LLC  
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2365

Justia Opinion Summary: Trustees of five multi-employer benefits funds filed suit against Green Nature under section 515 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA), allegi...

Agrifund, LLC v. Heartland Co-op  
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2833

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's order granting summary judgment to Agrifund on the conversion claim Agrifund brought against Heartland. The court concluded that Heartland failed to exercise reasonable co...

Agrifund, LLC v. Heartland Co-op
Date: August 5, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2898
Rosales-Reyes v. Garland  
Date: August 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2417

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied petitions for review of the BIA's decision affirming the IJ's order denying petitioner and her two minor children's claims for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention...

United States v. Coleman  
Date: August 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2623

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit reversed defendant's revocation sentence and remanded for resentencing on a closed record. The court concluded that the government lacked a reasonably satisfactory explanation for the assault victim's...

United States v. Asomani  
Date: August 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2842

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, two counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to launder money, and two counts of money laundering. The court concl...

Patrick Osuji v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: August 4, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3724
Kohlbeck v. Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Inc.  
Date: August 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1815

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, two couples who entered into multiple timeshare contracts with Wyndham, filed suit against Wyndham, alleging various improper trade practices under Missouri law. Wyndham counterclaimed for breach of contract....

Vinh v. Express Scripts Services Co.  
Date: August 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2017

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's adverse grant of summary judgment on plaintiff's discriminatory discharge and failure to accommodate claims under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) against his former...

Continental Indemnity Co. v. IPFS of New York, LLC  
Date: August 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2282

Justia Opinion Summary: CNI owed IPFS the unearned premium from an insurance policy that was cancelled prematurely, but the parties disputed the value of the unearned premium. The district court granted partial summary judgment to IPFS but deni...

PW Enterprises, Inc. v. Susan Bala
Date: August 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2488
PW Enterprises, Inc. v. Susan Bala
Date: August 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2498
JoAngela King v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: August 3, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2953
Rodney Reynolds v. Little Rock School District
Date: August 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1898
United States v. Helper  
Date: August 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1905

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact of his 12-year-old daughter. The court concluded that defendant's sentence was not substantively unreasonable whe...

Gilbertson v. Garland  
Date: August 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2355

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied a petition for review challenging the BIA's order denying petitioner removal relief. The court concluded that petitioner failed to rebut the presumption set out in In re Y-L-, 23 I.&N. Dec. 270,...

United States v. Richard Ogle, II
Date: August 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2666
United States v. Francisco Reyes
Date: August 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3442
Albert Brown Bloom v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: August 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3557
Julia Ramos-Gomez v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: August 2, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3661
Rosalind Clayton v. Louis DeJoy
Date: August 2, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1152
Rosalind Clayton v. Louis DeJoy
Date: August 2, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1153
Hawse v. Page  
Date: July 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1960

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of a complaint challenging a COVID-19 public health order entered by St. Louis County in April 2020 which included provisions limiting the size of gatherings in...

Robert Campo v. U.S. DOJ
Date: July 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2430
Mario Avendano-Elvira v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2775
United States v. Alex Kellum
Date: July 30, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3606
United States v. Michael Sinnawi
Date: July 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1043
Anderson Tooling, Inc. v. United States
Date: July 30, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1190
United States v. Lamm  
Date: July 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1128

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant distributed, received, produced, and possessed child pornography using two separate Facebook accounts: one under his name, and the other under the fictitious name Mike Malone. After the Government tried to auth...

United States v. James Guthrie
Date: July 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1632
United States v. Ramirez-Martinez  
Date: July 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1702

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The court concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion by admitting text messages and transcripts of phon...

Mencia-Medina v. Garland  
Date: July 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1724

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied a petition for review of the BIA's decision concluding that petitioner was removeable and denial of his request for a form of cancellation of removal available to children who have been battered...

Hairston v. Wormuth  
Date: July 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1806

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a former employee of the Pine Bluff Arsenal, filed suit against the Army under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, alleging that she was subject to a hostile work environment based on sex and that the A...

Weinbach v. The Boeing Company  
Date: July 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1906

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Boeing, alleging that defendants wrongfully escheated her property to the state. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of Boeing. The Eighth Circuit affirmed, concluding that p...

United States v. Lillich  
Date: July 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2086

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's partial denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence. Defendant pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (Count 2), and was sente...

United States v. Ronning  
Date: July 29, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2788

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's 180 month sentence imposed after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. At sentencing, the district court calculated defendant's Sentencing Guidelines offen...

Mahaska Bottling Co. v. Pepsico, Inc.  
Date: July 28, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1783

Justia Opinion Summary: Pepsi previously granted Mahaska exclusive rights to distribute bottles and cans of certain Pepsi products in identified territories. Pepsi also granted Mahaska limited rights to distribute fountain syrup products in ide...

Lincoln v. Snyder  
Date: July 28, 2021
Docket Number: 21-6002

Justia Opinion Summary: The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel dismissed debtor's appeal as moot where he challenged the bankruptcy court's order denying his motion for relief from a previous order denying his request for a waiver of the Bankruptcy Cod...

United States v. Corrigan  
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1682

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit dismissed defendant's appeal of his mandatory-minimum sentence of 60 months in prison. The court concluded that, no matter what it decides, defendant's sentence cannot get any shorter. The court explai...

Bruning v. City of Omaha  
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2581

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the City in an action brought by plaintiffs, challenging its enforcement of the City's zoning regulations against them. Plaintiffs' c...

United States v. Young  
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3085

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for four counts related to unlawful possession of drugs and a gun. Under the facts of this case the court concluded that defendant cannot show that voir dir...

United States v. Still  
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3103

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Assuming without deciding that a justification defense to prosecution under 18 U.S.C. 922(g) is available, the...

Pedro Mejia v. Merrick B. Garland
Date: July 27, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1254
Taylor v. Steele  
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 19-2763

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of a petition for writ of habeas corpus where petitioner alleged that his trial counsel was ineffective for not providing closing argument during the penalty phase...

United States v. Thompson  
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1228

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction and sentence for two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Assuming without deciding that defendant has standing to challenge the search, the court conclud...

Mary Lane v. Mack Ball, Jr.
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2139
League of Women Voters of Missouri v. Ashcroft  
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2440

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2018, plaintiffs filed suit against Missouri under Section 5 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. Plaintiffs ultimately obtained a preliminary injunction requiring Missouri to send voter registration forms...

Timber Ridge Escapes, LLC v. Quality Structures of Arkansas, LLC  
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-2640, 20-2928

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arose out of a construction dispute between Timber Ridge and Quality Structures. After a bench trial, the district court awarded Timber Ridge $22,500 in damages and Quality Structures an amount in excess of $...

Timber Ridge Escapes v. Quality Structures of Arkansas
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2928
Miriam C. Montileaux v. The Diocese of South Dakota
Date: July 26, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1570
United States v. Shipton  
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2570

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress and affirmed defendant's conviction for two counts of possessing child pornography. In this case, after a police officer downloade...

Sparks v. Shaver  
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2752

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against the City of Pierre, South Dakota, and one of its police officers, Matthew Shaver, under 42 U.S.C. 1983 in federal district court, alleging that his Fourth Amendment rights were violated. The...

Christina Eaton v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2932
Janine Clines v. Kilolo Kijakazi
Date: July 23, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1109
Onyiah v. St. Cloud State University  
Date: July 22, 2021
Docket Number: 19-3162

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a tenured professor, filed suit against MSCU, the University, and five University employees, under 42 U.S.C. 1981 and 1983, claiming various discrimination and retaliation counts. Plaintiff's complaint stemmed...

Northern Bottling Co., Inc. v. PepsiCo, Inc.  
Date: July 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1065

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of PepsiCo in an action brought by Northern, alleging that PepsiCo failed to protect Northern's interests under their exclusive bottling...

United States v. Kimani Sterling
Date: July 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1177
Tessier's, Inc. v. Secretary of Labor  
Date: July 22, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2359

Justia Opinion Summary: After a Tessier's employee was modifying a hole cover on the roof of an unfinished building when the cover collapsed and he fell 22 feet to the floor below, OSHA issued a citation against Tessier's under 29 C.F.R. 1926.5...

Finstad v. Gord  
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-1857

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the bankruptcy appellate panel's decision affirming the district court's dismissal of plaintiffs' action based on issue preclusion grounds. Looking to North Dakota preclusion law for the feder...

United States v. Brown  
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2170

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit vacated defendant's 72 month sentence for knowingly possessing a stolen firearm and remanded for resentencing before a different district court judge. In this case, defendant and the Government stipula...

United States v. Daye  
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2171

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's second revocation of supervised release and revocation sentence of 12 months' imprisonment. Defendant pleaded guilty to making false statements before a grand jury under o...

Avendano-Elvira v. Garland  
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-2775

Justia Opinion Summary: The Eighth Circuit denied a petition for review of the BIA's decision upholding the IJ's decision denying petitioner's request for cancellation of removal. The court concluded that the substitution of an immigration judg...

Jason Carter v. Mark Ludwick
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 20-3042
Madison Resource Funding Corp. v. Marsh  
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Numbers: 20-6018, 20-6019

Justia Opinion Summary: The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel affirmed the bankruptcy court's decisions that debt owed by each debtor to Madison related to U.S. Bank in the amount of $1,676,162.20, plus interest, costs and any attorney's fees awarded...

United States v. Brien Watson, Jr.
Date: July 21, 2021
Docket Number: 21-1536