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State v. Rakosnik

A-13-0663, State of Nebraska v. Lewis Rakosnik (Appellant)

Pawnee County, District Court Judge Daniel L. Bryan, Jr.

Attorney for Appellant:  John S. Berry (Berry Law Firm)

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

Criminal Action:   Knowing and Intentional Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult, Attempted Theft by Deception, Attempted Knowing and Intentional Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult.

Action Taken by Trial Court:  Appellant was convicted of the above crimes following a jury trial.

Simmons v. Precast Haulers, Inc.

S-13-0848, Michael Simmons v. Precast Haulers, Inc. (Appellant)

Workers’ Compensation Court, Judge Laureen K. Van Norman

Attorneys: Gregory D. Worth (McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.A.) (Appellant) --- Travis Allen Spier (Atwood, Holsten, Brown, Deaver & Spier Law Firm, P.C., L.L.O.)

Civil: Excessive award

Proceedings below: The trial court awarded Appellee attorney’s fees, medical appliances, and compensation for home care provided by his wife.

deNourie & Yost Homes, LLC v. Frost

S-13-0656, deNourie & Yost Homes, LLC (Appellant) v. Joe Frost and Amy Frost and Security State Bank d/b/a Dundee Bank

Douglas County, Judge Gary B. Randall

Attorneys: Jerrold L. Strasheim (Appellant) --- Kristopher J. Covi (McGrath North Mullin & Kratz PCLLO) (Appellees Joe Frost and Amy Frost) --- Christopher J. Tjaden, Michael J. Whaley, Adam J. Wachal (Gross & Welch PCLLO) (for Appellee Dundee Bank)

Civil: Fraudulent inducement; contract; estoppel

Warner v. Simmons

A-13-0392, Lana L. Warner (Appellant) v. Lee M. Simmons and Niobrara River Ranch, LLC

Lancaster County, Judge Robert R. Otte

Attorneys: Gregory R. Coffey (Friedman Law Offices PCLLO) (Appellant) --- Robert S. Lannin (Shively & Lannin, PCLLO) and Victor Covalt (Ballew Colvalt Hazen PCLLO)

Civil: Negligence

Proceedings below: The jury found in favor of defendant. Appellant filed a Petition to Bypass the Court of Appeals which was granted by the Nebraska Supreme Court.

Skyline Manor, Inc. v. Rynard

S-13-0875, Skyline Manor, Inc. (Appellants) v. Robert Rynard, Rebecca Bartle, David Rchey, Paige Harvey, and Dana Wadman-Huth.

Douglas County, Judge Michael Coffey

Attorneys:  Keith Kosaki (Duncan & White) – William Hargens (McGrath North).

Civil: Equitable Accounting under Neb. Rev. Stat. § 21-1949

Proceedings below: dismissal for lack of standing

Issues: 1. The District Court erred in determining that Emerson Link's election to the Skyline

State v. Merchant

S-13-0903, State v. Thomas P. Merchant (Appellant)

Lancaster County, Judge Steven B. Burns

Attorneys: Mark Porto (Shamberg Wolf McDermott & Depue) (Appellant) --- Nathan A. Liss (Attorney General’s Office)

Criminal: Unlawful sale or purchase of motor vehicle, Neb. Rev. Stat. § 60-1416

Christiansen v. County of Douglas

A-13-0689) Sam Christiansen v. County of Douglas, et al. (Appellants)
A-13-0691) Rich McShane v. County of Douglas, et al. (Appellants)

(Consolidated Appeals)

Douglas County, Judge Gary B. Randall

Attorneys: Joel Bacon, Gary L. Young, Jefferson Downing, Thomas P. McCarty (Keating O’Gara Nedved & Peter PCLLO) (Appellees/Cross-Appellants) --- Bernard J. Monbouquette (County Attorney’s Office)

Civil: Contracts, estoppel; declaratory and injunctive relief

Schellhorn v. Schmieding

S-13-0418, Arlan D. Schellhorn & Dawn L. Schellhorn v. Joseph L. Schmieding & Carol L. Schmieding (Appellants)

Seward County, Hon. Karen B. Flowers

Attorneys: Kent E. Rauert & Matthew R. Watson, Svehla, Thomas, Rauert & Grafton, P.C. (Appellants)--- Timothy L. Moll, Rembolt Ludtke, LLP

Civil: quiet title--adverse possession--prescriptive easement

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