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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Criminal – Immigration – Prior Deportation – Drug Trafficking (access required)

A Mexican citizen has his conviction and sentence under 8 U.S.C. § 1326 affirmed by the 4th Circuit for being “found in” the U.S. without permission after his prior deportation for an aggravated felony conviction. Defendant reentered the U.S. under ...

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Real Estate – Easement Deed – Mine Railroad Line (access required)

The 4th Circuit holds that the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act does not preempt enforcement of a covenant in the original deeds of easement granting defendant’s predecessor in interest a right-of-way across phosphate mine property for a rail line that ...

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Employment – FMLA – Russian Adoption (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds a Family Leave Act award to a pharmaceutical salesman who was fired in retaliation for taking FMLA leave to adopt a Russian child. A jury awarded plaintiff, who sued under the Family & Medical Leave Act, ...

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Contract Negligence – Constructive Fraud – Mold Verdict (access required)

A Loudoun County judge has reduced jury awards for a couple who contended that mold sickened them and left their home unlivable from $4.75 million to $1.45 million. Meng v. The Drees Company (Loudoun County Cir. Ct.) (VLW 009-8-048) (9 ...

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Government rests in Okun fraud trial

The prosecution has finished its case-in-chief against alleged investment scammer Ed Okun. The key witness in the case, a former manager of an exchange company purchased by Okun, testified she hid up to $18 million of client money to prevent ...

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Attorney cleared of threat claim

A Louisa County lawyer accused of threatening a witness will not face any criminal charge. The sheriff’s department told the Richmond Times-Dispatch it found no evidence to support the witness’ claim that lawyer John Maus solicited perjury from a family ...

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More crack sentences, more reductions

More drug defendants have had their sentences reduced under the crack cocaine amendment in the Eastern District of Virginia than in any other federal district court in the country. In 2007, the U.S. Sentencing Commission amended federal sentencing guidelines to ...

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