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McCord & Burns Law Firm, L.L.P. v. Piuze

S-12-0877, McCord & Burns Law Firm, L.L.P. (Appellant) v. Michael J. Piuze and Michael J. Piuze, PC, d/b/a/ Law Offices of Michael J. Piuze (Appellee/Cross-Appellant)

Lancaster County, Judge John A. Colborn

Attorneys: Maren Lynn Chaloupka (Chaloupka Holyoke Snyder Chaloupka Longoria & Kishiyama PCLLO) and Jeffry D. Patterson (Bartle & Geier) (Appellant) --- Robert W. Mullin (Lieben Whitted Houghton Slowiaczek & Cavanaugh PCLLO)

Civil: Fee division agreement; breach of implied contract, quantum meruit

White v. Kohout

S-13-0046, William White, et al. (Appellants) v. Marvin Kohout, et al.

Seward County, Judge Alan G. Gless

Attorneys: Thomas R. Wilmoth, David A Jarecke, & Vanessa A. Silke (Blankenau Wilmoth Jarecke LLP) (Appellants) --- Stephen D. Mossman, Patricia L. Vamoy (Mattson, Ricketts, Davies, Stewart & Calkins)

Civil: Attorney fees

Proceedings below: The district court found the appellants filed a frivolous action in bad faith and awarded $16,342.28 in attorney’s fees.

State v. Brauer

S-12-1169, State v. Nathan Brauer (Appellant)

Cheyenne County, Judge Derek Weimer

Attorneys: Kimberly A. Klein (Attorney General’s Office) --- Maren Lynn Chaloupka (Chaloupka Holyoke Snyder Chaloupka Longoria & Kishiyama) (Appellant)

Criminal: Third degree sexual assault of a child

Proceedings below: Appellant was found guilty by the trial court. He was sentenced 24 to 36 months in prison. Appellant filed a Petition to Bypass the Court of Appeals that was granted by the Nebraska Supreme Court.

Service Employees Internatl Union v. Douglas County School Dist. No. 1

S-13-0009, Service Employees International Union (AFL-CIO) Local 226 v. Douglas County School District

Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations

Attorneys:  Timothy S. Dowd of Dowd Howard & Corrigan for the Appellants, Local 226; David J. Kramer and D. Ashley Robinson of Baird Holm, LLP for the Appellees Douglas County School District

Civil: Union – Mandatory Subject of Bargaining

Freeman v. Groskopf

S-12-0996, Jessica Freeman (Appellee) v. Michael L. Groskopf (Appellant)

Sarpy County, Judge Max J. Kelch.

Attorneys:  Benjamin E. Maxwell (Appellant) (Adams & Sullivan, P.C., L.L.O.) --- Christopher Perrone & Ryan D. Caldwell (Appellee) (Perrone Law & Caldwell Law).

Civil:  Child Support Modification

Carney v. Miller

S-12‑1138, Jeanette Carney v. Jacquelyn Miller (Appellant)

Lancaster County, Judge Steven Burns

Attorneys:  John Jelkin (Attorney General’s Office for Appellant) – Elaine Waggoner

Civil: 42 U.S.C. § 1983; qualified immunity from suit; statute of limitations

Proceedings below:  Plaintiff filed suit against Appellnat in her personal capacity for violation of plaintiff’s civil rights. Appellant filed a motion for summary judgment asserting qualified immunity. The district court denied Appellant’s summary judgment motion.

State v. Phillips (20)

S-12-0711, State v. Tyrese Phillips (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Thomas A. Otepka

Attorneys: Thomas C. Riley (Public Defender) --- Erin Tangeman (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: 2nd degree murder, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony

Proceedings below: A jury found Appellant guilty of both crimes. He was sentenced 50 to 60 years for 2nd degree murder with a consecutive 25 to 30 year sentence for use of a weapon.

Butler County School District 12-0502 v. Freeholder Petition of Jansa

S-13-0123, Butler County School District 12-0502, a/k/a East Butler Public School District, a political subdivision of the State of Nebraska (Appellant) v. Freeholders Petitions 1-10: Fern Jansa, Linda L. Semrad, Joyce A. Kucera and William F. Semrad; Roland and Adelyne Koranda and Janet Koranda; Lawrence J. Mach and Margaret A. Mach and Marvin V. Woita and Adelyne Woita; Darwin L. Vermeline and Sharon J. Mermeline, Co-Trustees; Mark A. and Julia A. Urban, Raymond Urban, Jr. and Ruby A. Urban; Leon W. Vermeline and Patty A. Vermeline; Eugene T. Kros and Millie Kros, Donald R.

State v. Muhannad

S-13-0042, State v. Wa’il M. Muhannad (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Gary B. Randall

Attorneys: Alan Stoler (Appellant) --- Stacy M. Foust (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Plea in Bar

Proceedings below: The court granted Appellant’s motion for mistrial. However, it denied Appellant’s plea in bar based on Double Jeopardy principles.

Strasburg v. Union Pacific Railroad Company

S-12-0999, Shawn Strasburg v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, A Corporation (Appellant)

Douglas County, Judge Marlon A. Polk

Attorneys: William Kvas and Richard L. Dinsmore (Appellee) --- Gary J. Nedved, Joel Bacon (Keating O’Gara Nedved & Peter PCLLO) (Appellant)

Civil: Federal Employers’ Liability Act, employee injury

Proceedings below: A jury returned a verdict in favor of Strasburg in the sum of $1,032,375.43. Appellant filed a Petition to Bypass the Court of Appeals which was granted by the Nebraska Supreme Court.