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Torres v. Morales

S-13-0106, Orfa I. Torres v. Benjamin H. Morales

Lancaster County, Judge Steven D. Burns

Attorneys: Mark T. Bestul (Legal Aid of Nebraska) for Appellant Orfa I. Torres — Appellee in default

Civil: Denial of Protection Order

Proceedings below: Torres sought a domestic abuse protection order against Morales. After a hearing, the district court denied the request for a protection order and dismissed the case.

In re Interest of Samantha C.

S-13-0533, In re Interest of Samantha C. (Appellant)

Dodge County Court, Judge Kenneth J. Vampola

Attorneys: Sara VanBrandwijk (Dodge County Attorney’s Office) --- Shane J. Placek (Sidner Law)(Appellant)

Criminal: Truancy

Proceedings below: The trial court adjudicated Appellant for habitual truancy under § 43-247(3)(b).

State v. Juranek (20)

S-13-0542, State v. Michael Juranek (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Gary Randall

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

Criminal: First degree murder; use of a weapon to commit a felony

Proceedings below: After a trial to the court, Appellant was found guilty of both counts. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for first degree murder and five to ten years for use of a weapon to commit a felony.

State v. Robinson

S-13-0306, State v. Danny R. Robinson, Jr. (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Thomas A. Otepka

Attorneys: Michael J. Wilson, Jessica P. Douglas (Schaefer Shapiro LLP) (Appellant) --- Stacy M. Foust (Attorney General’s Office)

Civil: Postconviction

Proceedings below: The Supreme Court determined Appellant’s direct appeal. See State v. Robinson, 271 Neb. 698 (2006). The district court denied Appellant’s request for postconviction relief after holding an evidentiary hearing on some of the issues presented.

Carlson v. Versicherungs-Aktiegesellschaft (15)

S-13-049, Carolyn Carlson and Richard Carlson (appellants) v. Allianz Versicherungs Aktiengesellschaft

Lancaster County District Court, Judge Robert R. Otte

Attorneys:         Thomas G. Sundvold and Raymond D. McElfish ---Kyle Waller and Sarah Macdissi (Lamson Dugan Murray)

Civil: Vacation of order; declaratory judgment

Gaytan v. Wal-Mart

S-13-0039, Guadalupe Gaytan, Special Administrator of the Estate of Jose Sanchez Dominguez, Deceased v. Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Wal-Mart Real Estate Business, ABC Corporation, Graham Construction, Inc., and D&BR Building Systems, Inc.

Douglas County, Judge Leigh Ann Retelsdorf

Attorenys: Ronald J. Palagi and Joseph B. Muller (The Law Offices of Ronald J. Palagi, PC, LLO) for appellant; Jerald L. Rauterkus and Adam White (Erickson Sederstron, PC) for appellees.

Civil: Wrongful death

Coffey v. Planet Consulting, LLC

S-13-0194, William D. Coffey (Appellant) v. Planet Group, Inc.

Douglas County, Hon. Shelly R. Stratman

Attorneys: Theodore R. Boecker for Appellant Coffey; Julie Schultz Self, Heather Voegele-Anderson, and Kristin M.V. Farwell (Koley Jessen) for Appellee.

Civil: Breach of Contract / Nebraska Wage Payment and Collection Act

In re Trust of Batt

S-12-1226, In re Matter of the Trust Created by Lawrence I. Batt

Douglas County, Judge John E. Huber and Judge Darryl E. Lowe

Attorneys: D.C. Bradford and Ryan Dougherty (Bradford & Coenen, LLC) for appellant Valerie H. Batt; Bruce Vosburg and Gerald L.Friedrichsen (Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan, PC, LLO) for co-trustees; appellees.

Civil: Trust Administration Proceeding

Wisniewski v. Heartland Towing, Inc.

S-13-0171, Victoria Wisniewski (Appellant) v. Heartland Towing, Inc. v. Christopher Hawes

Douglas County, Hon. W. Mark Ashford

Attorneys:   Robert S. Sherrets---Christopher P. Welsh

Civil: Attorney Fee Award in Personal Injury Case

Proceedings below:  After a judgment was entered in Victoria Wisniewski’s favor in this personal injury case, the district court granted her attorney’s motion to pay attorney fees and costs from the judgment that had been deposited with the court.