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Civil Procedure – Corporate Plaintiff – Pro Se Status (access required)

The president of a corporation who alleges copyright violations related to her company’s software for the Virginia Criminal Codes Database System cannot bring a pro se action on behalf of the corporation, and a Richmond U.S. District Court dismisses her ...

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Civil Procedure – Venue – Immigration – Status Adjustment (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court transfers venue to the District of Nebraska in this administrative appeal against the Department of Homeland Security arising from an application for adjustment of immigration status. In his amended complaint, plaintiff requests that the court ...

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Labor – Contract – Pilots’ Union – Grievance (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court grants defendant airlines’ motion to dismiss a complaint by a pilots’ union alleging that the Railway Labor Act requires defendants to create a multi-carrier board of adjustment to hear grievances relating to flow-through rights for ...

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Tort – Business Torts – Government Contractor (access required)

A government IT contractor cannot sue defendant competitor for tortious interference with contract because the purchase orders at issue were at-will and contained no non-solicitation clauses that prohibited defendant from soliciting plaintiff’s personnel, and an Alexandria U.S. District Court dismisses ...

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Criminal – Threat Against FBI – Supervised Release Conditions (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds defendant’s conviction for threatening federal officials for calls he made to the Fredericksburg, Va., FBI office threatening to mutilate or kill FBI personnel unless they paid him; but the court vacates the special conditions imposed by ...

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Criminal – Grand Jury – Document Subpoena – Congressman’s Staff (access required)

The 4th Circuit unseals a March 2007 opinion that affirmed the district court’s refusal to quash a grand jury subpoena for documents from the chief of staff of a U.S. Congressman under investigation for bribery and related crimes. This proceeding ...

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Civil Rights – First Amendment – Reporter – School Ban – Defamation (access required)

An Abingdon U.S. District Court denies defendant school board summary judgment in this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuit filed by a reported banned from entering school property because he wrote articles critical of the school administration, but the court dismisses ...

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