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State v. Hettle

S-13-0661, State v. Logan Hettle (Appellant)

Seward County, Judge Jeffre Cheuvront

Attorneys: Kimberly A. Klein (Attorney General’s Office) --- James Mowbray, Sarah P. Newell (Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy)

Criminal: Motion for absolute discharge; speedy trial

Proceedings below: The trial court overruled Appellant’s motion for absolute discharge. Appellant filed a Petition to Bypass the Court of Appeals which was granted by the Nebraska Supreme Court.

State v. Rodriguez (PFR)

S-13-0062, State v. Lucio Rodriguez (Appellant)

Scotts Bluff County, Judge Leo Dobrovolny

Attorneys: Kimberly Klein (Attorney General’s Office) --- Bell Island (Island & Huff PCLLO) (Appellant)

Criminal: DUI, 3rd offense, BAC greater than .15, Class IIIA felony

Garza v. Garza

S-13-0606,  Donna L. Garza, a/k/a Donna L. Faust Aman (Appellee/Cross-Appellant) v. Arturo Garza (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Gary B. Randall

Attorneys:  Wendy J. Ridder of Law Offices of Daniel P. Bracht, P.C., L.L.O. (Appellant) — Benjamin M. Belmont of Brodkey, Peebles, Belmont and Line, LLP (Appellee)

Civil: modification of decree of dissolution

RFD-TV, LLC v. WildOpenWest Finance, LLC

S-13-0581, RFD-TV, LLC (Appellant) v. WideOpenWest Finance, LLC d/b/a WOW! Cable and Knology, Inc. (Appellees).

Douglas County, Judge Michael J. Coffey.

Attorneys:       Steven D. Davidson (Appellant) (Baird Holm LLP) --- Megan S. Wright & Vince M. Roche (Appellees) (Cline, Williams, Johnson & Oldfather, LLP and Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP, respectively).

Civil:   Personal Jurisdiction

In re Interest of Najazia S.

A-13-0916, In re Interest of Najazia S.

Lancaster County, Judge Roger Heideman

Attorneys: Patrick Carraher (Legal Aid of NE, for Appellant minor child) --- CJ Roberts (Special Assistant Attorney General for NDHHS)

Criminal: Disposition after a status offense

Payne v. Department of Correctional Services

S-13-0627, Christopher M. Payne (Appellant) v. Neb. Dept. of Corr. Servs.

Lancaster County, Judge John Colborn

Attorneys: Pro se Appellant -- Amie Larson (Attorney General’s Office)

Civil: This is a declaratory judgment action under § 84-911 of the APA to challenge the validity of a DCS regulation that limits inmates’ access to the law library to one hour per day.

Proceedings below: The court granted the Department’s motion for summary judgment, denied Payne’s motion, and dismissed Payne’s complaint with prejudice.  

In re Interest of Tiffany G.

S-13-0639, In re Interest of Tiffany G.

Lancaster County Separate Juvenile Court, Judge Linda S. Porter

Attorneys: Dennis Keefe & Chelsie Goetz (Public Defender’s Office) (Appellant) --- Maureen Lamski (County Attorney’s Office)

Civil: Truancy

Proceedings below: The juvenile court adjudicated Appellant under Neb. Rev. Stat. §43-247(3)(b).

Jacobson v. Shresta (PFR)

S-11-0438, Michael Jacobsen, Special Administrator of the Estate of Virginia A. Jacobson, Deceased and Myron J. Jacobson (Appellants) v. Sherry K. Shresta, M.D., and Gaston Cornu-Labat, M.D.

Sheridan County, Judge Randall L. Lippstreu

Attorneys: Christopher Welsh (Welsh & Welsh PCLLO) (for Appellants) --- Mark A. Christensen, Tracy A. Oldemeyer, Cristin McGarry Berkhausen (Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather LLP) (Appellees)

Civil: Medical malpractice

Aguilar v. Schulte

A-13-0541, Aguilar v. Schulte (Appellant)

Douglas County, District Court Judge Thomas A. Otepka

Attorney for Appellant:  James Walter Crampton

Attorney for Appellee:  Catherine Mahern, Nathaniel Romano (Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic)

Civil Action:  Custody

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The district court awarded the parties joint physical custody of their minor child and allowed the appellee the authority to travel with the child to Mexico during his parenting time.

Unger v. Olsen's Agricultural Laboratory, Inc.

A-13-0511, Harriett Jane Unger (Appellee/Cross-Appellant) v. Olsen’s Agricultural Laboratory, Inc. (Appellant)

Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court

Attorney for Appellant:  Patrick R. Guinan (Erickson | Sederstrom, P.C., LLO)

Attorney for Appellee:  P. Stephen Potter

Workers’ Compensation Action: Award of Benefits for Occupational Disease

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The trial court found that claimant gave timely notice and had proven occupational disease, and awarded benefits.