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Agency Pesticide Opinion ‘Arbitrary,’ Court Says (access required)

A “biological opinion” issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service to the Environmental Protection Agency is arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 706, and the 4th Circuit reverses summary judgment for the Fisheries Service and ...

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Panhandlers’ First Amendment Claim Survives (access required)

A district court erred in dismissing plaintiffs’ First Amendment challenge to a Charlottesville city ordinance that restricts panhandling in certain areas; the 4th Circuit says plaintiffs have nudged their claim across the line from “conceivable” to “plausible.” The district court ...

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Judge: Prosecutors botched service on defendant company

U.S. District Judge Robert Payne of Richmond rebuked federal prosecutors for failing to get proper service on a South Korean company accused of stealing trade secrets for making body armor. The judge’s Feb. 22 ruling means a delay in the ...

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Portsmouth lawyer revoked by court, then by the bar

A lawyer accused of continuing to practice in bankruptcy court after being suspended by the Virginia State Bar now has lost his privilege to practice law altogether. Denny P. Dobbins of Portsmouth was suspended for three months beginning July 1, ...

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‘Willfulness’ Standard Disputed in Campaign Donation Case (access required)

In defendants’ prosecution for illegally soliciting and reimbursing contributions from their employees to Hillary Clinton’s political campaigns, the Alexandria U.S. District Court denies a defendant’s motion to reconsider the meaning of the “willfulness” element of the charged campaign finance violations. ...

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Tomb of the Forgotten Lawyer

San Diego lawyer Erubey Lopez had a meeting scheduled with a criminal client last Tuesday. He arrived at the local jail, where the client was residing, turned over his cell phone per jail procedures and went to the waiting room ...

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