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Judge crossed line in plea talks

A federal trial judge nudged a little too hard to get a defendant to agree to a plea deal, prompting an appeals court to vacate the defendant’s drug conviction. Oluwaseun Sanya, accused of running a large-scale credit card fraud scheme, ...

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‘Boorish’ Comments Can Create ‘Hostile Environment’ (access required)

A co-worker’s persistent “boorish” and “moronic” sexual comments, gestures and invitations to plaintiff and other co-workers, whose complaint supervisors allegedly ignored, supported plaintiff’s request for a trial on her hostile environment claim, but the 4th Circuit upholds summary judgment for ...

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Fair Debt Act Covers Filing Judgment Assignment (access required)

Filing of an assignment of judgment in a debt collection action qualifies as debt collection activity that triggers the protections of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and defendant’s alleged misrepresentations of the amount of the judgment and debtor’s payments ...

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Western District rules changes offered

Comments are being sought on proposed rules changes for the federal courts of the Western District, including a provision for party requesting attorneys’ fees to have the last word. The Local Rules Committee for the U.S. District Court for the ...

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