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Student Loan Debtor Has Fair Debt Claims (access required)

A plaintiff owing money for student loans has stated claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act against defendant collection agency for a letter’s alleged false representations that defendant was authorized to and about to garnish plaintiff’s wages, but the ...

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No Suppression for NIT Warrant Delay (access required)

The government’s delay in serving a warrant for use of a Network Investigative Technique to uncover defendant’s child pornography computer files accessed through “Playpen,” a website that facilitated distribution of child pornography, does not require suppression of evidence for an ...

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SSA Claim Remanded for ‘Special Technique’ Reg (access required)

On a matter of first impression in this circuit, the 4th Circuit holds that an administrative law judge’s failure to follow the “special technique” required while evaluating a claimant’s mental impairment may constitute harmless error; however, it was not harmless ...

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Pipefitter Wins Benefits for COPD, Fracture (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds an award of medical benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act for a pipefitter’s treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including his treatment for a vertebra fracture diagnosed as having been related to claimant’s ...

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