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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.

Hall v. County of Lancaster (***)

S-13-0724, Jeff Hall v. The County of Lancaster (Appellant) and Norris School District No. 160 (Cross-Appellant)

Lancaster County, Judge Steven D. Burns

Attorneys: Richard C. Grabow (County Attorney’s Office) (County of Lancaster) — Jeanelle R. Lust (Knudsen, Berkheimer, Richardson & Endacott, LLP) (Norris School District) and Terry R. Wittler (Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, LLP) and Vince Powers (Vincent M. Powers & Associates) (Jeff Hall)

Civil: Negligence

In re Trust of Brennemann (PFR)

S-12-1029, In re Trust of Rolf H. Brennemann, Kim Abbott, Beneficiary (Appellant) v. John E. Brennemann, Mamie Brennemann and William Brennemann, Trustees

Grant County, Judge James T. Orr

Attorneys: Neil E. Williams, Nathaniel J. Mustion (Lane & Williams PCLLO) (Appellees) --- David A. Domina, Brian E. Jorde (DominaLaw Group pcllo) (Appellant)

Civil: Trust accounting

Kotrous v. Zerbe

S-13-589, Jimmie Kotrous (appellant) v. Ryan Zerbe et al.

Knox County, Hon. James G. Kube

Attorneys:  George H. Moyer (Moyer & Moyer) for Appellant Jimmie Kotrous--- James P. Meuret for Appellees Ryan Zerbe and Ryan Camden

Civil:  boundary fence; implied contract

In re Estate of Gsantner

S-13-0633, In re Estate of Gsantner

Douglas County, Honorable Lawrence Barrett

Attorneys:  Dean Suing (Katskee, Henatsch & Suing) – Andrew Sigerson

Civil: Probate

Proceedings below:  Award to Personal Representative of Fees.

Issues:  The probate court erred in finding the compensation awarded to the personal representative was reasonable under Neb. Rev. Stat. § 30-2480 (Reissue 2008).