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State v. Chan

A-13-0237, State of Nebraska v. Hokming B. Chan (Appellant)

Lancaster County, District Judge John A. Colborn

Attorney for Appellant:  Robert G. Hays (Deputy Public Defender)

Attorney for Appellee:  Stacy M. Foust (Assistant Attorney General)

Criminal Action:  Possession with Intent to Deliver (Marijuana)

Action Taken by Trial Court: After a jury trial, Chan was convicted of possession with intent to deliver (marijuana), a class III felony. He was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison. 

Vandebrug v. Vandebrug

A-13-0029, Cheryl Vandebrug (Appellant) v. Eric Vandebrug

Thurston County, County Court Judge Douglas L. Luebe, serving as a district court judge

Attorney for Appellant:  Scott V. Hahn

Attorney for Appellee:  

Civil Action:  Petition for Domestic Abuse Protection Order

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The district court reviewed the pleadings and dismissed the Appellant’s petition without an evidentiary hearing.

Nautilus Insurance Company v. Cheran Investments

A-13-0022, Nautilus Insurance Company v. Cheran Investments, LLC, Pinnacle Bank, Michael Perkins d/b/a Perkins & Perkins Co., and Blasini Inc. and Richard Bruno d/b/a Bruno Investments (Appellant)

Douglas County, District Judge Joseph Troia

Attorney for Appellant:  Ryan J. Lewis (Lewis, Pfanstiel & Reed, LLC)

Attorneys for Appellee:  Craig A. Knickerehm and Jonathan M. Brown (Walentine, O’Toole, McQuillan & Gordon, LLP)

Civil Action:  Distribution of insurance proceeds

The First State Bank & Trust Company v. Parkview Development, Inc.

A-12-1131, First State Bank (Plaintiff-Appellee) v. Parkview Development, Inc. (Defendant-Appellee) and James A. Davis and Debra A. Davis (Appellants)

Dodge County, District Court Judge Geoffrey Hall

Attorney for Appellants:  James M. Dake

Attorney for Appellee (Parkview Development, Inc.):  John A. Svoboda (Gross & Welch, P.C., L.L.O.)

Attorney for Appellee (First State Bank):  Bradley D. Holtorf (Sidner, Svoboda, Schilke, Thomsen, Holtorf, Boggy, Nick & Placek)

In re Estate of Murphy

A-12-1001, In re Estate of Marilyn Murphy: Patrick Murphy (Appellant) v. Elaine Clemens, Personal Representative

Holt County, County Judge James J. Orr

Attorney for Appellant:  George H. Moyer (Moyer & Moyer)

Attorney for Appellee:  Boyd W. Strope (Strope & Gotschall PC, LLO)

Civil Action:  Probate--Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Action Taken by Trial Court: The county court denied Patrick Murphy’s petition to surcharge the personal representative. 

O'Brien v. Bellevue Public Schools

A-12-0843, Robert O’Brien (Appellant) v. Bellevue Public Schools

Sarpy County, District Judge William B. Zastera

Attorney for Appellant:  Jeremy C. Jorgenson

Attorneys for Appellee:  Laura K. Essay, Kevin R. McManaman, Michael W. Khalili (Knudsen, Berkheimer, Richardson & Endacott, LLP)

Civil Action:  Summary Judgment--Wrongful Termination

State v. Alfredson

S-13-0036, State v. Joshua G. Alfredson (Appellant)

Lancaster County, Judge Karen B. Flowers

Attorneys: Nathan A. Liss (Assistant Attorney General) --- Nancy K. Peterson  (Appellant)

Civil: Postconviction relief

Proceedings below: The district court denied Alfredson’s motion for postconviction relief after an evidentiary hearing on Alfredson’s claim trial counsel was ineffective in failing to advise of a plea offer

Hara v. Reichert

S-13-0073, Sherry Hara v. Russell Reichert

Scotts Bluff County, Hon. Leo Dobrovolny

Attorneys: Todd Morten, Island & Huff --- Robert Brenner

Civil: issue preclusion

Kuhnel v. BNSF Railway Company

S-12-0296, Edwin H. Kuhnel (Appellant) v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co.

Scots Bluff County, Judge Randall L. Lippstreu

Attorneys: Michael J. Wilson (Schaefer Shapiro LLP) (Appellant) --- Nichole S. Bogen, Thomas C. Sattler (Wolfe Snowden Hurd Luers & Ahl LLP)

Civil: Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA); injury to covered worker

Ewald v. Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District

S-13-0277, Douglas A. Ewald, Tax Commissioner and Ruth Sorensen, Property Tax Administrator (Appellants) v. Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District and Keith County Board of Equalization

Tax Equalization and Review Commission

Attorneys: Jonathan D. Cannon, Special Asst. Attorney General (Appellants) --- Randy Fair (Keith County Attorney for Keith County Bd. of Equal.) --- Charles D. Brewster (Anderson Klein Swan & Brewster) (for Central Neb. Public Power and Irrigation District)