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Saturday, September 13, 2014 to Tuesday, September 13, 2016

State v. Newman

A-12-0404 & A-12-0405, State of Nebraska v. Stewart O. Newman (Appellant)

Douglas County, District Court Judge J. Patrick Mullen

Attorney for Appellant:  Thomas C. Riley, Jeanine E. Tlustos (Public Defender’s Office)

Attorney for Appellee:  Jon Bruning, Stacy M. Foust (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  First degree sexual assault of a child and child pornography.

Action Taken by Trial Court:  Newman was convicted on one count of first degree sexual assault of a child and six counts of manufacture of child pornography.

State v. Washington

A-12-0470, State of Nebraska v. Rashad Washington (Appellant)

Douglas County, District Court Judge Peter Batallion

Attorney for Appellant:  Daniel R. Stockman (Dunn & Stockman)

Attorney for Appellee:   Jon Bruning, Kimberly A. Klein (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  First Degree Assault; Second  Degree Assault; Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Prohibited Person; Discharging a Weapon in Certain Cities, Villiages and Counties; Possession of a Stolen Firearm; Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony (multiple counts)

Becker v. Becker

A-12-0814, Katrina Y. Becker (Appellant) v. Kurt D. Becker

Douglas County, District Court Judge Peter C. Bataillon

Attorney for Appellant:  Michael B. Lustgarten, Britt Carlson (Lustgarten & Roberts, P.C., L.L.O.)

Attorney for Appellee:  James E. Kinkaid (Cordell and Cordell, P.C.)

Civil Action:  Dissolution of Marriage

State v. Higgins

A-12-0325, State of Nebraska v. Marcus C. Higgins (Appellant)

District Court for Sarpy County, District Judge Max Kelch

Attorney for Appellant:  Patrick J. Boylan (Sarpy County Public Defender’s Office)

Attorneys for Appellee:  Nathan A. Liss & Erin E. Tangeman (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal Action:  Domestic assault

Action taken by the Trial Court:  Higgins was found guilty following a trial in the county court. The district court affirmed the county court’s judgment.

McCaulley v. Nebraska Furniture Mart, Inc.

A-12-0463, Richard McCaulley and Michelle McCaulley, husband and wife, (Appellants) v. Nebraska Furniture Mart Inc., a Nebraska corporation

Douglas County, District Court Judge Timothy P. Burns

Attorney for Appellant:  Jason R. Fendrick, John G. Liakos (Liakos & Matukewicz LLP

Attorney for Appellee:  Brian T. McKernan (McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO

Civil Action:  Breach of Contract

Action Taken by Trial Court:  The trial court entered judgment in favor of NFM.

Hadfield v. Nebraska Medical Center

A-12-0556, Patricia Hadfield (Appellant) v. Nebraska Medical Center and Safety National Casualty Corporation

Workers’ Compensation Court

Attorneys for Appellant:  Sheldon M. Gallner & Laura L. Pattermann (Gallner Law Firm)

Attorneys for Appellees:  William J. Birkel & Noah M. Priluck (McGrath North Law Firm)

Workers’ Compensation Action:  Dismissal of worker’s claim for benefits

Sweet v. Omaha Public Power District

A-12-0744, Clint Sweet (Appellee/Cross-Appellant)  v. OPPD(Appellant/Cross-Appellee)

Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court

Attorney for Appellant:  James L. Quinlan (Fraser Stryker PC LLO)

Attorney for Appellee: Timothy Dowd (Dowd Howard & Corrigan, LLC)

Workers’ Compensation Action: Loss of Earning Capacity

Molina v. Salgado-Bustamante

A-12-0607, Nanci Molina, individually and as next friend for Agustin Bustamante-Molina v. Augustin Salgado-Bustamante (Appellant)

District Court for Douglas County, District Judge J. Russell Derr

Attorneys for Appellant:  John J. Heieck & Matthew Stuart Higgins (Higgins Law Office)

Attorney for Appellees:  Catherine M. Mahern (Abrahams Legal Clinic)

Civil Action:  Paternity, child support

Johnson v. Johnson

A-12-0587, Benjamin D. Johnson (Appellant) v. Vanessa R. Johnson

Douglas County, District Court Judge W. Russell Bowie

Attorney for Appellant:  Benjamin M. Belmont, Amanda M. Phillips (Brodkey, Peebles, Belmont & Line, LLP)

Attorney for Appellee:  Brent M. Kuhn (Harris Kuhn Law Firm, LLP)

Civil Action:  Application to modify child support and alimony.

Czapla v. Dennis

A-12-0670, Brent J. Czapala v. Erika M. Dennis n/k/a  Erika M. Robinson (Appellant)

District Court for Douglas County, District Judge Peter C. Bataillon

Attorney for Appellant:  Jeff T. Courtney

Attorney for Appellee:  James M. Buchanan (Buchanan Law Firm)

Civil Action:  Paternity, custody

Action taken by the Trial Court:  The trial court found that Czapala was the child’s father, awarded him sole legal custody, awarded the parties’ joint physical custody, and ordered the mother to pay $242 in child support.