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Criminal – Sex Offender Registration (access required)

The 4th Circuit overturns four defendants’ convictions for failure to register as sex offenders, in violation of the federal statute, 18 U.S.C. § 2250(a); the appellate court declines to reach defendant’s constitutional challenges, finding that, as a matter of statutory ...

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Tort – Privacy Invasion – SCA Damages

A woman whose boss accessed her personal e-mail account must show actual damages to collect statutory damages under a federal privacy statute, but not to collect punitive damages or attorney’s fees, the 4th Circuit says. Van Alstyne v. Electronic Scriptorium ...

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