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Search & Seizure – Auto – Inventory Search – Closed Containers (access required)

A police search of defendant’s impounded vehicle after his arrest on an outstanding warrant did not violate defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights and the 4th Circuit upholds defendant’s firearm conviction and convictions for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possession with intent ...

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No custody change from mom’s move (access required)

A mom who moved from Virginia to Colorado with her 4-year-old son, without telling the boys dad, did not forfeit custody of the child. Although the child’s guardian ad litem’s report supported a psychologist’s evaluation that the mother’s move had ...

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Intellectual Property – Consumer Web Site – Auto Dealer Feedback – Immunity (access required)

A car dealership cannot sue a consumer Web site on which shoppers posted negative experiences for defamation and tortious interference with business expectancy; the 4th Circuit affirms the district court holding that defendant Consumeraffairs.com Inc. has immunity from suit under ...

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