DISCLAIMER:  The following unofficial case summaries are prepared by the clerk's office
                        as a courtesy to the reader. They are not part of the opinion of the court.
131953P.pdf   03/03/2015  Ray Nassar  v.  Earnestine Jackson
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  13-1953
   U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas - Jonesboro    
   [PUBLISHED] [Gruender, Author, with Bye and Colloton, Circuit Judges] 
   Civil case - Employment Discrimination. The defendants' nebulous Rule 
   50(a) motion cannot serve as a basis for an appeal; the court would 
   construe as a Rule 59 motion that part of defendants' Rule 50(b) motion 
   that challenged the $340,000 damage award to plaintiff Nassar; without 
   improperly-awarded front pay, the only evidence of the value of Nassar's 
   salary and benefits during the term of his contract showed his damages 
   were $245,639, and the jury's damage award is remitted to that amount; if 
   Nassar does not accept the award, the district court should conduct a new 
   trial on the issue; in light of the reduction of Nassar's damage award, 
   the district court's award of attorneys' fees is vacated and remanded for 
   further consideration. Judge Bye, concurring in part and dissenting in 
   part. 
  
132757P.pdf   03/03/2015  Stephany Draper  v.  Carolyn W. Colvin
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  13-2757
   U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota - Sioux Falls    
   [PUBLISHED] [Gruender, Author, with Murphy and Smith, Circuit Judges] 
   Civil case - Social Security. The Social Security Administration did not 
   err in finding that claimant's trust was not exempt from being counted as 
   a personal asset under 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1396p(d)(4)(A); while the statute 
   does not speak directly to the issue here, the SSA had authority to 
   interpret the statute and the provisions of the Program Operations Manual 
   System (POMS) it adopted were entitled to deference and were a permissible 
   interpretation of the statute; under these provisions, the trust was not 
   exempt and a state court order did not bring the trust into compliance 
   with the POMS. 
  
133324P.pdf   03/03/2015  BancInsure, Inc.  v.  Highland Bank
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  13-3324
   U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota - Minneapolis    
   [PUBLISHED] [Loken, Author, with Beam and Gruender, Circuit Judges] 
   Civil case - Insurance. Where the plaintiff denied a claim under the 
   Financial Institution Bond it issued to the Highland Bank, the district 
   court did not err in determining that the Bank's claim did not fall within 
   the coverage; while a provision of the Bond protected the Bank from a 
   forged guaranty, under the facts of this case, the Bank's loss did not 
   result directly from the the forged personal guaranty because the guaranty 
   was worthless to the Bank when it entered into the transactions in 
   question. 
  
133636P.pdf   03/03/2015  Civic Partners Sioux City, LLC  v.  Main Street Theaters, Inc.
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  13-3636
                          and No:  13-3638
   Appeal from the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit    
   [PUBLISHED] [Gruender, Author, with Murphy and Smith, Circuit Judges) 
   Civil case - Bankruptcy. The orders appealed were not final and the appeal 
   is dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. 
  
141327P.pdf   03/03/2015  United States  v.  William Jones, Jr.
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  14-1327
   U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri - Kansas City    
   [PUBLISHED] [Shepherd, Author, with Bye and Kelly, Circuit Judges] 
   Criminal case - Sentencing. The district court did nor err in imposing a 
   sophisticated means enhancement under Guidelines Section 2T1.1(b)(2) where 
   defendant's tax evasion offenses involved a repetitive and coordinated 
   scheme to hide his assets from the U.S. 
  
142198U.pdf   03/03/2015  Pamela Jones  v.  Carolyn W. Colvin
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  14-2198
   U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska - Omaha    
   [UNPUBLISHED] [Per Curiam - Before Murphy, Bowman and Shepherd, Circuit 
   Judges] 
   Civil case - Social Security. The ALJ's decision in the matter is 
   supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole and the denial 
   of benefits is affirmed without comment. 
  
143067U.pdf   03/03/2015  Levester Gillard  v.  Maurice Culclager
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  14-3067
   U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas - Pine Bluff    
   [UNPUBLISHED] [Per Curiam - Before Murphy, Bowman and Shepherd, Circuit 
   Judges] 
   Prisoner case - Prisoner civil rights. Dismissal of Section 1983 claim 
   affirmed without comment.