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Putnam v. Scherbring

A-15-610, Mark A. Putnam (Appellant) v. Keri G. Sherbring, Dale J. Scherbring, and Janet Scherbring

Douglas County, District Judge Thomas J. Otepka

Attorney for Appellant: Herbert J. Friedman (Friedman Law Offices, P.C., L.L.O.) and Paul Galter (Butler, Galter & O’Brien)

Attorney for Appellee:  Mark C. Laughlin and Jacqueline M. DeLuca (Fraser Stryker P.C., L.L.O.)

Civil Action:  Personal Injury/Negligence

VanLaningham v. Harmon

A-15-0608, Jennifer VanLaningham v. Joel Harmon (Appellant)

District Court of Sarpy County, District Judge William Zastera

Attorney for Appellant:  Jason M. Bruno (Sherrets Bruno & Vogt LLC)

Attorney for Appellee:  Ryan D. Caldwell (Caldwell Law, LLC)

Civil Action:  Detrimental reliance, violation of Neb. Rev. Stat. § 76-2,120, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, and fraudulent concealment

State v. Pester (reargument)

S-15-0530 State v. Richard Pester (Appellant)

Scotts Bluff County District Court, Judge Randall L. Lippstreu

Attorneys: Bell Island (Island & Huff) (Appellant) --- Nathan A. Liss (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: DUI, 2nd offense; Refusal to submit to a chemical test

State v. Kantaras

S-15-1157 State v. Cyrus Kantaras (Appellant)

Buffalo County, Judge William T. Wright

Attorneys: Aaron M. Bishop (Public Defender’s Office) (Appellant) --- George R. Love (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Plea: Possession with intent to distribute; Class III felony.

Proceedings below: Appellant entered a no contest plea to the charge and was sentenced to 4 years’ probation.

Issues: The court erred in imposing an excessive sentence.



In re Interest of Tyrone K.

S-15-1057 In re Interest of Tyrone K., State v. Tyrone K. (Appellant)

Lancaster County Juvenile Court, Judge Reggie L. Ryder

Attorneys: Ashley J. Bohnet (County Attorney’s Office) --- Sarah J. Safarik (Public Defender’s Office)

Criminal: Transfer to county court

Proceedings below: The separate juvenile court granted the State’s motion to transfer and entered an order transferring Appellant’s case to the county court.

Issues: There was insufficient evidence to find Appellant’s case should be transferred to the county court.


State v. Benavides

S-15-1053 State v. Eric Benavides (Appellant)

Madison County, Judge James G. Kube

Attorneys: Chelsey R. Hartner (Public Defender’s Office for Appellant) --- Nathan A. Liss (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Plea: Assault in the 3rd degree—domestic, a Class IV felony

Wilczewski v. Charter West National Bank

A-15-1051 Michael J. Wilczewski and Michelle A. Wilczewski (Appellants) v. Charter West National Bank

Douglas County, Judge W. Russell Bowie, III

Attorneys; John Stalnaker, Ashley A. Buhrman (Stalnaker Becker & Buresh PC) (Appellants) --- Jeffrey A. Silver (Appellee)

Civil: Arbitration;  Fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, fraud and quantum meruit/unjust enrichment

State v. Hessler

S-15-960, State v. Jeffrey Hessler [appellant]

Scotts Bluff County, Honorable Randall L. Lippstreu

Attorneys: Alan G. Stoler and Jerry M. Hug for appellant; James D. Smith (Attorney General’s Office) for appellee

Civil: Postconviction action

Proceeding below: District court denied relief after conducting an evidentiary hearing

Devney v. Devney

S-15-0937 Clarence W. Devney v. Elizabeth A. Devney (Appellant)

Saunders County District Court, Hon. Mary C. Gilbride

Attorneys: Michael B. Lustgarten (Lustgarten & Roberts), for appellant. Frederick D. Stehlik and Zachary W. Lutz-Priefert (Gross & Welch), for appellee.

Civil: Dissolution of marriage

Proceedings Below: Court dissolved the parties’ marriage and enforced a postnuptial agreement.

Issue: Did the court err by enforcing a postnuptial agreement?


Steckelberg v. State Patrol

S-15-0879 Todd Steckelberg (Appellants) v. Nebraska State Patrol

Lancaster County District Court, Judge Susan I. Strong

Attorneys: Joy Shiffermiller (Shiffermiller Law Office, P.C., L.L.O.) (Appellant) --- David Lopez (Attorney General’s Office)

Civil: Public Records Act; mandamus

Proceedings below: Following a hearing, the district court denied Appellant’s petition for mandamus to release documents and allowed Appellee to change its claimed exemption.