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.
143150P.pdf   02/09/2016  Western Thrift and Loan Corp.  v.  Sebastian Rucci
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  14-3150
   U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota - Minneapolis    
   [PUBLISHED] [Bye, Author, with Smith and Benton, Circuit Judges] 
   Civil case - Settlements. District court retained ancillary jurisdiction 
   to enforce a settlement agreement when its order dismissing the case 
   reserved such jurisdiction; the district court record was sufficient to 
   create an enforceable agreement even though the parties did not 
   memorialize the agreement. 
  
143239P.pdf   02/09/2016  Parsons Electric, LLC  v.  NLRB
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  14-3239
                          and No:  14-3562
   National Labor Relations Board    
   [PUBLISHED] [Wollman, Author, with Beam and Gruender, Circuit Judges] 
   Petition for Review - National Labor Relations Board. The Board's finding 
   that the employer engaged in an unfair labor practice when it unilaterally 
   changed the written employee-break policy set forth in its employee 
   handbook without first notifying the local and affording the union an 
   opportunity to bargain is affirmed; the Board reasonably rejected the 
   employer's contention that the new policy merely clarified existing policy 
   and practice. 
  
151547P.pdf   02/09/2016  Continental Casualty Company  v.  The Valspar Corporation
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  15-1547
                          and No:  15-1623
   U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota - Minneapolis    
   [PUBLISHED] [Riley, Author, with Smith and Shepherd, Circuit Judges] 
   Civil case - Insurance. The district court did not err in determining 
   defendant National Union had a duty to defend Valspar in claims arising 
   out of the presence of benzene in the company's products and that it had 
   an equitable obligation to pay the costs of the defense; neither Valspar's 
   agreement to pay National Union's costs, Continental's agreement not to 
   recover defense costs from Valspar, nor Continental's alleged failure to 
   pay a small fraction of the costs defeats Continental's right to 
   contribution from National Union. 
  
151592P.pdf   02/09/2016  United States  v.  Earl Ramos
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  15-1592
                          and No:  15-1602
   U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Waterloo    
   [PUBLISHED] [Gruender, Author, with Riley, Chief Judge, and Bright, 
   Circuit Judge] 
   Criminal case - Criminal law and sentencing. The government showed that 
   defendant Mary Ramos knew the specific features of the substance she was 
   selling made it a controlled substance analogue; circumstantial evidence 
   of knowledge is sufficient to satisfy the government's burden and the 
   evidence the government produced showed that defendant: (1) knew she was 
   in possession of an analogue; and(2) understood the pharmacological 
   effects of the substance, i.e., that it produced a "high" similar to a 
   controlled substance; the district court did not err in determining, for 
   the purpose of calculating defendants' offense levels, that the synthetic 
   cannabinoids defendants sold were more like pure THC than an equal 
   quantity of marijuana. Judge Bright, concurring in part and dissenting in 
   part. 
  
151605U.pdf   02/09/2016  Lori Irish  v.  U.S. Department of Justice
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  15-1605
   U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota - Minneapolis    
   [UNPUBLISHED] [Per Curiam - Before Loken, Murphy and Bye, Circuit Judges] 
   Civil case - Bivens. Defendants' summary judgment affirmed without 
   comment. 
  
152217U.pdf   02/09/2016  Curtiss-Manes-Schulte, Inc.  v.  Safeco Insurance Company
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  15-2217
   U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri - Jefferson City    
   [UNPUBLISHED] [Per Curiam - Before Loken, Murphy and Bye, Circuit Judges] 
   Civil case. Defendant's summary judgment affirmed without comment.