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Inmate Loses Challenge to Security Procedures (access required)

A Roanoke U.S. District Court grants summary judgment to the Virginia De­partment of Corrections in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuit claiming that the inmate’s 16 years spent in administrative segre­gation at Virginia’s Red Onion maximum security prison and classification ...

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Inmate’s Security Status May Violate RLUIPA (access required)

The Virginia Department of Correc­tions wins summary judgment in this lawsuit filed by an inmate in the Red On­ion maximum-security prison, challeng­ing Operating Procedure 830.A, under which plaintiff was classified in “Inten­sive Management”; also, the Roanoke U.S. District Court denies ...

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Magazine Critique is Party Admission (access required)

In UVA administrator Nicole Eramo’s defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine, the Charlottesville U.S. Dis­trict Court denies defendant’s motion to exclude a report by the Columbia School of Journalism and evidence regarding the report’s conclusions; the reports are ad­missible as ...

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Court Upholds Prison Security Classification (access required)

An inmate classified as Intensive Management, or “IM” status at Red Onion maximum security prison, and who has advanced to a higher status with more privileges under the Virgin­ia Department of Corrections’ Operat­ing Procedure 830.A, loses his consti­tutional challenge to ...

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No Separate Claim for ‘Loan-Servicing’ Fraud (access required)

A Harrisonburg U.S. District Court overrules plaintiff borrowers’ objec­tions to a magistrate judge’s recom­mendation to dismiss their suit against defendant mortgage servicer based on various consumer protection laws. Plaintiffs primarily – and prolifically – lodge objections to the report’s find­ings ...

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