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Martinez v. Excel Corporation

S-14-0681 Juan Martinez-Ceja v. Excel Corporation

Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court, Judge Tom Stine

Attorneys: Maria A. Vera (Appellant) --- waiver of right to file brief filed by Appellee

Civil: Denial of attorney lien for fees and costs

Golnick v. Callender

S- 14- 0032, Golnick v. Callender

Douglas County, Judge J. Michael Coffey

Attorneys: Matthew A. Lathrop (for appellant) — Joseph E. Jones & Alexander D. Boyd (Fraser Stryker) (for appellee)

Civil: Personal injury, negligence

Proceedings Below: The jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant Jack W. Callender on Jan J. Golnick’s personal injury claim. Golnick appeals.  

Flores v. Flores-Guerrero

S-14-224, Fabiola A. Flores (appellant) v. Manuel Flores-Guerrero

Sarpy County, Honorable William B. Zastera

Attorneys:  James Walter Crampton for appellant; Jamie E. Kinkaid and Nancy R. Shannon (Cordell & Cordell, PC) for appellee

Civil: Action to modify child custody

Proceedings below: District court modified decree (which had awarded mom physical and legal custody) to award legal custody to the court and joint physical custody to both parents

State v. Johnson

S-14-0245, State .v Tiuana Johnson (Appellant)

Lancaster County, Judge Jodi Nelson

Attorneys: Paul E. Cooney (Public Defender’s Office) and Mark Carraher (Senior Certified Law Student) (Appellant) --- George R. Love (Attorney General’s Office) and Mary C. Byrd (Senior Certified Law Student)

Criminal: Escape; habitual criminal

Siouxland Ethanol, LLC v. Sebade Brothers, LLC

S-14-0126, Siouxland Ethanol, LLC v. Sebade Brothers, LLC and Rick Sebade (appellants)

Dakota County, Hon. Paul J. Vaughan

Attorneys:  Brian C. Buescher and Garth Glissman (Kutak Rock) (for appellee); David Geier and Stuart B. Mills (for appellants)

Civil:  breach of contract

State v. Esch

S-14-0471, State v. Trent R. Esch (Appellant)

Custer County District Court, Judge Karin Noakes

Attorneys: David W. Jorgensen (Nye Hervert Jorgensen & Watson PC) (Appellant) --- Austin N. Relph (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Criminal Mischief; Use of a weapon to commit a felony

Unlimited Opportunity, Inc. v. Waadah

S-14-0012, Unlimited Opportunity, Inc. d/b/a Jani-King of Omaha (Appellant) v. Anthony Waadah, an individual, and d/b/a Legbo Services; Barinor Waadah, an individual, and d/b/a Legbo Services of Omaha; and Legbo Group, LLC. (Appellees)

Douglas County District Court, Judge W. Russell Bowie

Attorneys: Edawrd F. Pohren (Smith, Gardner, Slusky, Lazer, Pohren & Rogers, LLP)(Appellant) --- Philip J. Kosloske (Anderson, Bressman & Hoffman, P.C., LLO)(Appellees)

Civil: Breach of contract; injunctive relief

Kercher v. Board of Regents of University of Nebraska

S-14-0211, Kyle Kercher (appellee, cross-appellant) v. Board of Regents of University of Nebraska (appellant)

Lancaster County, Judge Paul D. Merritt, Jr.

Attorneys: Terry R. Wittler, Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson, & Oldfather, L.L.P.; John C. Wiltse, University of Nebraska & James C. Zalewski, Demars, Gordon, Olson, Zalewski & Wynner; Maynard H. “Mike” Weinberg, Weinberg & Weinberg, P.C.

Civil: Declaratory judgment and breach of contract.

Twin Towers Condominium Association v. Bel Fury Investments Group LLC

S 13-1047, Twin Towers Condominium Association v. Bel Fury Investments Group LLC, Gateway Community Bank, Credit Bureau Services, and Domina Law Group PC LLO

Douglas County, Honorable Joseph S. Troia

Attorneys: Brian J. Muench  for Appellant Bel Fury Investments Group; Thomas J. Young For Appellee Twin Towers; David A. Domina, Brian E. Jorde, and Shawn M. Grimsley (Domina Law Group); Janice M. Woolley and Erin R. Harris (McGill, Gotsdier, Wrokman & Lepp).

Civil:  Nonpayment of Condominium Dues and Lien Foreclosure

State v. Stevens

S-14-0036, State v. Malique Stevens (Appellant)

Lancaster County, Judge Jodi L. Nelson

Attorneys: Matthew K. Kosmicki (Brennan & Nielsen Law Offices, P.C.) (for appellant) — Jon Bruning & Melissa R. Vincent (Attorney General’s Office) (for appellee)

Criminal: Denial of transfer to juvenile court, consolidation of trials, in-court identification, impeachment, excessive sentence