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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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Group Can Intervene in Stormwater Dispute (access required)

The Roanoke U.S. District Court says the Chesapeake Bay Foundation may intervene in Norfolk Southern Railway Company’s suit against the city of Ro­anoke claiming the city’s stormwater utility ordinance violated the federal Railroad Revitalization and Regula­tory Reform Act of 1976; ...

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