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Author Archives: Deborah Elkins

Criminal – Drug Conspiracy – Money Laundering Conspiracy (access required)

Given the overlap between charges of drug conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy for one defendant in this multi-defendant prosecution of a Tidewater drug ring, virtually all the evidence supporting the drug conspiracy count was potentially probative of the money laundering ...

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Intellectual Property – Patent Infringement – Air Cushion Products (access required)

In this patent infringement case involving direct competitors in the business of making and selling air cushion products and apparatus, an Alexandria U.S. District Court grants defendant Free-Flow Packaging International’s motion for summary judgment as to the FPI-Pactiv agreement because ...

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Civil Rights – Prisoner Medical Treatment – Deliberate Indifference (access required)

A jail inmate who was diagnosed with a mass in his chest prior to his incarceration, and who repeatedly complained about breathing difficulty, loss of consciousness and other symptoms during his incarceration, may pursue claims for deliberate indifference to his ...

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Employment Discrimination – Disability – Patent Examiner – Job Performance (access required)

A former patent examiner who alleges disability from his diagnosis of coronary artery disease-unstable angina, cannot sue the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for disability discrimination for its alleged failure to accommodate plaintiff by allowing him a flexible work schedule ...

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Employment Discrimination – Race – Retaliation (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court grants defendant federal agency summary judgment in an employee’s suit alleging employment discrimination based on race and retaliation arising from her employment with the Transportation Security Administration. When plaintiff sought advancement to a deputy CFO ...

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Real Estate – Consumer Protection – ILSFDA – Discovery Sanctions (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court accepts a magistrate judge’s recommendation to dismiss from this suit alleging violations of the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act 82 of 120 plaintiffs who have repeatedly failed to comply with orders compelling discovery, and ...

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Consumer Protection – FDCPA – Consumer Loan – Business Purpose (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court grants summary judgment to defendant lender on plaintiff’s suit under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, as plaintiff borrower has admitted that he used a majority of the line of credit for a business purpose, ...

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