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Salvation Army bell ringer alleges retaliatory discharge

Where a seasonal bell ringer for The Salvation Army was terminated shortly after he complained about white employees getting better, more lucrative bell ringing assignments, he plausibly alleged a claim for retaliation. Background In late 2021, George Weatherford was hired ...

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Expert testimony limited in motor vehicle suit

Where an expert neurosurgeon did not review any of the plaintiff’s pre-accident medical records, she could not opine about the woman’s “significant prior medical history” or whether any pre-accident hypertension caused her headaches. Background This case arises from a serious ...

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Pre-filing injunction entered against ‘serial filer’

Where a man filed eight lawsuits centered around alleged financial losses, each of which was dismissed; recently started adding judicial officers to his latest lawsuits and continued his conduct even after being warned by the court, he was enjoined from ...

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Motion for separate trial correctly denied

Appellant’s motion for a separate trial was properly denied. Admission of the co-defendant’s out-of-court confessions, which incriminated appellant, did not violate his Sixth Amendment confrontation rights because the statements were not testimonial. Background Appellant Hargrove and Coleman planned to rob ...

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Claims in complaint would not violate no-contest clause

The trial court correctly issued a declaratory judgment that litigation of a trust beneficiary’s claims, which accuse his sister “of obtaining certain gifts from their parents through undue influence or fraud, thereby depleting their parents’ trusts and eroding [the beneficiary’s] ...

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Sufficient evidence supports burglary and firearm convictions

There is sufficient evidence to support appellant’s convictions of “being a violent felon in possession of a firearm, statutory burglary with intent to commit assault and battery, and of brandishing a firearm.” Felon in possession Appellant “Loftis asserts that the ...

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