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VanLaningham v. Harmon

A-15-0608, Jennifer VanLaningham v. Joel Harmon (Appellant)

District Court of Sarpy County, District Judge William Zastera

Attorney for Appellant:  Jason M. Bruno (Sherrets Bruno & Vogt LLC)

Attorney for Appellee:  Ryan D. Caldwell (Caldwell Law, LLC)

Civil Action:  Detrimental reliance, violation of Neb. Rev. Stat. § 76-2,120, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, and fraudulent concealment

State v. Pester (reargument)

S-15-0530 State v. Richard Pester (Appellant)

Scotts Bluff County District Court, Judge Randall L. Lippstreu

Attorneys: Bell Island (Island & Huff) (Appellant) --- Nathan A. Liss (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: DUI, 2nd offense; Refusal to submit to a chemical test

State v. Kantaras

S-15-1157 State v. Cyrus Kantaras (Appellant)

Buffalo County, Judge William T. Wright

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

Criminal: Plea: Possession with intent to distribute; Class III felony.

Proceedings below: Appellant entered a no contest plea to the charge and was sentenced to 4 years’ probation.

Issues: The court erred in imposing an excessive sentence.



In re Interest of Tyrone K.

S-15-1057 In re Interest of Tyrone K., State v. Tyrone K. (Appellant)

Lancaster County Juvenile Court, Judge Reggie L. Ryder

Attorneys: Ashley J. Bohnet (County Attorney’s Office) --- Sarah J. Safarik (Public Defender’s Office)

Criminal: Transfer to county court

Proceedings below: The separate juvenile court granted the State’s motion to transfer and entered an order transferring Appellant’s case to the county court.

Issues: There was insufficient evidence to find Appellant’s case should be transferred to the county court.


State v. Benavides

S-15-1053 State v. Eric Benavides (Appellant)

Madison County, Judge James G. Kube

Attorneys: Chelsey R. Hartner (Public Defender’s Office for Appellant) --- Nathan A. Liss (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Plea: Assault in the 3rd degree—domestic, a Class IV felony

Wilczewski v. Charter West National Bank

A-15-1051 Michael J. Wilczewski and Michelle A. Wilczewski (Appellants) v. Charter West National Bank

Douglas County, Judge W. Russell Bowie, III

Attorneys; John Stalnaker, Ashley A. Buhrman (Stalnaker Becker & Buresh PC) (Appellants) --- Jeffrey A. Silver (Appellee)

Civil: Arbitration;  Fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, fraud and quantum meruit/unjust enrichment

State v. Hessler

S-15-960, State v. Jeffrey Hessler [appellant]

Scotts Bluff County, Honorable Randall L. Lippstreu

Attorneys: Alan G. Stoler and Jerry M. Hug for appellant; James D. Smith (Attorney General’s Office) for appellee

Civil: Postconviction action

Proceeding below: District court denied relief after conducting an evidentiary hearing

Devney v. Devney

S-15-0937 Clarence W. Devney v. Elizabeth A. Devney (Appellant)

Saunders County District Court, Hon. Mary C. Gilbride

Attorneys: Michael B. Lustgarten (Lustgarten & Roberts), for appellant. Frederick D. Stehlik and Zachary W. Lutz-Priefert (Gross & Welch), for appellee.

Civil: Dissolution of marriage

Proceedings Below: Court dissolved the parties’ marriage and enforced a postnuptial agreement.

Issue: Did the court err by enforcing a postnuptial agreement?


Steckelberg v. State Patrol

S-15-0879 Todd Steckelberg (Appellants) v. Nebraska State Patrol

Lancaster County District Court, Judge Susan I. Strong

Attorneys: Joy Shiffermiller (Shiffermiller Law Office, P.C., L.L.O.) (Appellant) --- David Lopez (Attorney General’s Office)

Civil: Public Records Act; mandamus

Proceedings below: Following a hearing, the district court denied Appellant’s petition for mandamus to release documents and allowed Appellee to change its claimed exemption.

Donut Holdings, Inc. v. Risberg

S-15-0851, Donut Holdings, Inc. (APPELLANT) vs. William Risberg et al.

District Court of Lancaster County, Hon. Andrew R. Jacobsen

Attorneys: Terry K. Barber (Barber & Barger, P.C., L.L.O.)—William Risberg (Pro Se)

Civil: Franchise Agreements

Proceedings below: On Donut Holding, Inc.’s (DHI) claim on a promissory note against William Risberg, the district court entered judgment in favor of DHI. But on the contract claim against Risberg Stores, L.L.C. (Stores), the district court denied judgment to DHI.