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Farmers Cooperative v. State of Nebraska

S-16-0312, Farmers Cooperative (Appellant) v. State of Nebraska, Department of Revenue, and Leonard J. Sloup, acting Tax Commissioner of the State of Nebraska

Lancaster County District Court, Hon. Andrew R. Jacobsen

Attorneys:                  Thomas E. Jeffers and Andrew C. Pease (Crosby Guenzel LLP) for the Appellant; Douglas J. Peterson (Attorney General) and L. Jay Bartel (Assistant Attorney General) for the Appellees

Civil:                           Tax refund

Winder v. Union Pacific Railroad Company

S-15-1100 Kevin M. Winder (Appellant) v. Union Pacific Railroad Company

Douglas County District Court, Hon. Peter C. Bataillon and Hon. Kimberly Miller Pankonin

Attorneys: Jayson D. Nelson, William Kvas, and Richard L. Carlson (Hunegs LeNeave & Kvas), for appellant. Anne Marie O’Brien and Daniel J. Hassing (Lamson Dugan & Murray), and Andrew Reinhart (Hayden Reinhart, of Pittsburgh, Penn.), for appellee.

Civil: Personal injury, Federal Employers’ Liability Act

Proceedings Below: Jury returned a general verdict for the defendant.

County of Webster, Nebraska v. Tax Equalization and Review Commission

S-16-0583 The County of Webster, Nebraska (Appellant) v. The Nebraska Tax Equalization and Review Commission

Nebraska Tax Equalization and Review Commission (TERC)

Attorneys: Sara J. Bockstadter (County Attorney’s Office)(Appellant) --- L. Jay Bartel (Attorney General’s Office

Civil: TERC; property value equalization

State v. Torres

S-16-0269 State v. Marco E. Torres, Jr. (Appellant)

Hall County District Court, Judge James D. Livingston

Attorneys: James D. Smith (Attorney General’s Office) --- Alfred E. Corey, III (Shamberg, Wolf, McDermott & Depue) (Appellant)

Civil: Postconviction

Proceedings below: Following an evidentiary hearing, the district court denied Appellant’s second amended motion for postconviction relief.

Rodriguez v. Catholic Health Initiatives (15)

S-15-1205 Angela Rodriguez and Adan Rodriguez, Special Administrators of the Estate of Melissa Rodriguez [appellants] v. Catholic Health Initiatives, dba CHI Health, Alegent Creighton Health, now known as CHI Health Alegent Creighton Clinic, Lasting Hope Recovery Center of Catholic Health Initiatives, f/k/a/ Lasting Hope Recovery Center of Alegent Creighton Health, John Doe #1, and John Doe #2 (Collectively Lasting Hope); UNMC Physicians and Jane Doe Physician #1; and the Noll Company and Jane Doe Nurse #1

State v. Watson

S-16-0335 State v. Jerry Watson (Appellant)

Douglas County District Court, Judge Peter C. Bataillon

Attorneys: Erin E. Tangeman (Attorney General’s Office) --- Matthew R. Kahler (Finley & Kahler, PC, LLO) (Appellant)

Civil: Postconviction

Proceedings below: The district court denied Appellant’s motion for postconviction relief without an evidentiary hearing.

Issues: The district court erred in denying the Appellant’s motion for postconviction relief without holding an evidentiary hearing.



State v. Stevenson

A-16-476, State of Nebraska v. Brandon Stevenson (Appellant)

Lancaster County, District Judge Susan Strong

Attorney for Appellant: Sanford J. Pollack (Pollack & Ball, LLC)

Attorney for Appellee:  Douglas J. Peterson and Austin N. Relph (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  Motion to quash; plea in bar; refusal to submit to chemical testing

In re Estate of Howard

A-15-648, In re Estate of Robert Howard: John Howard (Appellant) v. Judy Forrestor

Douglas County, County Judge Marcena Hendrix

Attorney for Appellant: Martin A. Cannon (Cannon Law Office)

Attorney for Appellee:  Richard W. Whitworth (Reagan Melton & Delaney, LLP)

Probate Action:  Final accounting and proposed distribution

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The probate court approved the petition for formal settlement and accounting and found that the funds at issue were not gifted to appellant, but, rather, were part of the estate.

State v. Rivera

A-16-0255 State of Nebraska v. Jonathan J. Rivera (Appellant)

Lancaster County, District Court Judge Andrew R. Jacobsen

Attorney for Appellant:  Mark E. Rappl

Attorney for Appellee:  Douglas J. Peterson, Kimberly A. Klein (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  Second-offense DUI, over .15 BAC

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The county court found Rivera guilty of the above offense, pursuant to a stipulated trial. He appealed to the district court, which affirmed.

State v. Hawks

A-16-387, A-16-388, State of Nebraska v. Jeff Hawks

 Lancaster County District Court Judge Darla Ideas

Attorney for Appellant: Robert B. Creager (Anderson, Creager & Wittstruck, P.C.)

Attorney for Appellee: Douglas J. Peterson, Kimberly A. Klein (Nebraska Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Conviction: Third degree sexual assault