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Moon strikes another blow for judicial openness

U.S. District Judge Norman Moon has again declined an invitation to pull a cloak over the process of civil litigation in his court. Moon last week refused to seal records of a settlement in a Fair Labor Standards Act case ...

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Search & Seizure – Informer’s Background – Affidavit Omissions (access required)

A mother-daughter alleged oxycodone distribution team cannot suppress evidence seized from the daughter’s home or from the mother’s person when she was frisked, in this case from Big Stone Gap U.S. District Court. The mother-daughter pair had been under investigation ...

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Tort – Insulting Words – Confrontation – Union Activity (access required)

A former employee suspected of publicizing managers’ salaries and social security numbers during a labor strike can sue under Virginia’s “insulting words” statute on an allegation that she was falsely accused of criminal conduct, says an Abingdon U.S. District Court. ...

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Civil Rights – Race Discrimination – Court Costs – Private Process Servers (access required)

Although defendant won summary judgment in plaintiff’s 42 U.S.C. § 1981 lawsuit alleging he was fired because of race discrimination, an Alexandria U.S. District Court will not award defendant attorney’s fees, as plaintiff acted in good faith in filing his ...

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Creditor’s Rights – Bank Holding Company Act – TILA – Equity Line – Subordination Policy (access required)

A couple who wanted to refinance their primary mortgage can sue their home equity-line lender under the Bank Holding Company Act for its alleged blanket policy of refusing to subordinate its loan to a new loan from another lender; an ...

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Good Guy: Henry McLaughlin

The Central Virginia Legal Aid Society held a tribute luncheon for outgoing executive director Henry McLaughlin yesterday. McLaughlin fought the good fight for 32 years, serving as the leader of CVLAS since 1981. He is leaving to open a private ...

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