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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Consumer Protection – FDCPA – Residential Foreclosure (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court dismisses plaintiff’s suit alleging defendant bank’s foreclosure on residential real estate violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Nothing in plaintiff’s conclusory allegations provides a plausible basis for relief after considering the settled law of ...

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Chancery court records now online

The Library of Virginia offers easy access to hundreds of records of historic equity disputes, large and small. Bedford County’s chancery records from 1755 to 1912 are among the latest local records to be processed, indexed and digitally reformatted, reports ...

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Health care reform bill offers many hidden changes (access required)

The new health care reform law doesn’t just provide for universal health care – it also includes various non-health care provisions relevant to lawyers. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama on March ...

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A Toast to TJ

Today, April 13, is Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. Tom would be 267 if he were here to blow out the candles on his cake. As an alternative way to celebrate his day, every year the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection ...

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Free-speech group flags First Amendment violations (access required)

(AP) Banning the sale of wine because of a nude, bike-riding nymph on the label of the bottle. Confining campus protests to a “free-speech patio.” Keeping street performers off the Las Vegas Strip. Those were some of the actions that ...

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Employment Discrimination – Sex – Truck Driver – Physical Abilities Test (access required)

Saying a jury could find that gender discrimination “was afoot,” the 4th Circuit reverses a district court’s summary judgment for a trucking company sued under Title VII by a female truck driver who claims the company discriminated against her by ...

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Constitutional – First Amendment – Alcohol Ads – College Newspapers (access required)

A regulation of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board that restricts alcohol ads in college newspapers is not facially unconstitutional, and the 4th Circuit reverses the district court’s contrary decision and remands the case for further proceedings. Both parties agree ...

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Search & Seizure – Search Warrant – State-Federal Drug Task Force – Rule 41 (access required)

A defendant challenges admission of heroin, a firearm and his inculpatory statements on the ground that a federally deputized city officer should not have searched under a state warrant without first trying to get a federal warrant, but the 4th ...

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Domestic Relations – Marital Home – Hybrid Property (access required)

Although husband, a “jack of all trades,” attempted improvements on the parties’ marital home, he was accident-prone and failed to complete many projects, and a Fauquier County Circuit Court factors this in with wife’s greater financial contributions, to award wife ...

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