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.
151629P.pdf   08/19/2016  John Galloway  v.  The Kansas City Landsmen, LLC
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  15-1629
   U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri - Kansas City    
   [PUBLISHED] [Loken, Author, with Riley, Chief Judge, and Benton, Circuit 
   Judge] 
   Civil case - Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act. This class action 
   was settled by the issuance of coupons and the award of attorneys' fees 
   was governed by the provisions of Section 1712 of the Act; while the 
   district court erred by following the Ninth Circuit's case of In re HP 
   Inkjet Priner Litig., 716 F.3d 1173 (9th Cir. 2013), which follows a 
   mandatory approach in applying Section 1712(a)-(c), without explicitly 
   stating that the award of attorneys' fees was based on an exercise of the 
   court's discretion to determine a reasonable attorney fee, the plaintiffs 
   do not argue that the award was an abuse of the court's discretion; the 
   Court's own review of the record establishes that any award greater than 
   that made would be unreasonable in light of class counsel's success in 
   obtaining value for the class and any error the district court may have 
   made is harmless. 
  
152415P.pdf   08/19/2016  Craig Schultz  v.  Verizon Wireless Services, LLC
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  15-2415
   U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Waterloo    
   [PUBLISHED] [Loken, Author, with Wollman and Benton, Circuit Judges] 
   Civil case. The district court did not err in determining, based on this 
   record, that the parties had not reached an enforceable settlement; the 
   district court did not err in finding plaintiff had agreed to arbitrate 
   the dispute, and its order compelling arbitration and dismissing the 
   action is affirmed. 
  
152800P.pdf   08/19/2016  United States  v.  Lona Lee Colhoff
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  15-2800
   U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota - Rapid City    
   [PUBLISHED] [Colloton, Author, with Riley, Chief Judge, and Kelly, 
   District Judge] 
   Criminal case - Criminal law. Defendant's witness tampering and conspiracy 
   charges were interrelated and were properly joined; evidence was 
   sufficient to support defendant's conviction for witness tampering; the 
   context in the case supports a conclusion that defendant's statement to a 
   government witness - "Snitches get stiches - would reasonably cause 
   someone in the witness's position to fear bodily harm and the statement 
   was a true threat and was not protected by the First Amendment. 
  
152861P.pdf   08/19/2016  Decker Plastics Inc.  v.  West Bend Mutual Insurance Co.
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  15-2861
   U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa - Council Bluffs    
   [PUBLISHED] [Per Curiam - Before Loken, Bye and Kelly, Circuit Judges] 
   Civil case - Insurance. Decker was sued after the bags it sold to a 
   customer disintegrated because the bags did not contain a UV inhibitor; 
   the matter was settled, and Decker sought to recover under its insurance 
   policy; the unexpected deterioration of the bags was a covered occurrence, 
   and the district court erred in ruling there was no occurrence which would 
   trigger coverage under the policy; reversed and remanded for further 
   proceedings. 
  
152917P.pdf   08/19/2016  Loren Noreen  v.  PharMerica Corporation
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  15-2917
   U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota - Minneapolis    
   [PUBLISHED] [Colloton, Author, with Riley, Chief Judge, and Kelly, Circuit 
   Judge] 
   Civil case - Employment discrimination. Without any evidence of any 
   inconsistent practice or manipulation directed at plaintiff, there is 
   insufficient evidence to infer age discrimination from the defendant's 
   repeated failure to follow its written policy guidelines concerning 
   evaluating employees for a reduction in force; plaintiff's statistical 
   evidence did not support an inference that age discrimination was a 
   motivating factor in his termination as part of a reduction in force; 
   defendant's summary judgment is affirmed. 
  
153075P.pdf   08/19/2016  Basim Sabri  v.  Whittier Alliance
   U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  15-3075
   U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota - Minneapolis    
   [PUBLISHED] [Murphy, Author, with Bright and Shepherd, Circuit Judges] 
   Civil case - Civil rights. In action by members of the Alliance claiming 
   the City of Minneapolis and the Alliance had adopted policies designed to 
   deprive them of their First Amendment rights, the plaintiffs had standing 
   to challenge the antidefamation bylaw passed by the Alliance as it 
   restricted their ability as members of the Alliance to vote for Board 
   candidates of their choice; further, their injury can be traced to the 
   objected-to bylaw and could be redressed by the relief they seek; however, 
   the adoption of the bylaws did not amount to state action as the City's 
   recommendation to amend the bylaws was not coercive and the Alliance's 
   receipt of public funds did not convert private actions by the Alliance 
   into state action. Judge Shepherd concurring in part and dissenting in 
   part.