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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Criminal – Sentencing – ACCA – State Conviction Vacatur (access required)

A district court erred in granting post-conviction relief from a weapons-possession sentence enhanced under the Armed Career Criminal Act, based on the state court’s vacatur of two of the five state court convictions used for the enhancement; because defendant could ...

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Civil Rights – Minority Contractor Preference – Highway Contracts (access required)

A North Carolina statutory scheme that seeks to end race- and gender-based discrimination in state highway construction subcontracting passes muster with the 4th Circuit in its application to African-American and Native American subcontractors, based on the state’s strong evidence of ...

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Yes, it’s that time again (access required)

Laptops in hand, over 1,000 law graduates converged on the Roanoke Civic Center this morning to pound out the July bar exam. The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners is hosting 1,515 applicants for the two-day exam, but only some 250 ...

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Privacy advocate prevails at 4th Circuit

Privacy advocate B.J. Ostergren, who posted state officials’ Social Security numbers as a dramatic demonstration of security lapses on official websites, won an appellate victory Monday. A 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed a district court ruling that ...

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Privacy advocate prevails at 4th Circuit

Privacy advocate B.J. Ostergren, who posted state officials’ Social Security numbers as a dramatic demonstration of security lapses on official websites, won an appellate victory Monday. A 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed a district court ruling that ...

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Employment – ERISA – AD&D Policy – Leg Injury (access required)

A Norfolk U.S. District Court says insurance carrier AIG did not unreasonably deny accidental death and dismemberment benefits to an insured whose leg was severely injured in an auto accident, but whose medical evidence did not demonstrate uniplegia under the ...

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Civil Rights – False Arrest – Probable Cause – Malicious Prosecution (access required)

Even though a robbery charge against plaintiff was nolle prosequi at a preliminary hearing, defendant detective had probable cause to arrest plaintiff for the offense, and an Alexandria U.S. District Court dismisses plaintiff’s suit alleging violation of his civil rights ...

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Civil Procedure – Discovery – Pro Se Plaintiff – Protective Order (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court grants employer’s motion to compel discovery responses from an African-American employee who alleges employer violated Title VII when it paid him less than it paid a white employee and subjected him to discriminatory discipline. To ...

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