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Cocaine Defendant Loses on Speedy Trial, Severance Claims (access required)

A defendant cannot overturn his cocaine conspiracy conviction with claims of violations of the Speedy Trial Act and of the Fifth and Sixth Amendments; the 4th Circuit says the district court properly granted a continuance, rightly denied defendant’s motion to ...

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E-Harassment Convictions Upheld, Court Orders Resentencing (access required)

A woman who electronically harassed her former supervisor at a real estate firm after they ended their two-year affair and she moved from Northern Virginia to Chattanooga, is convicted of electronic communications offenses for making harassing phone calls to the ...

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$13.5M false advertising verdict affirmed

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed today the largest jury verdict in Virginia in 2009, a $13.5 million false advertising judgment for PBM Products LLC, the Virginia-based manufacturer of store-brand baby formula. The verdict was against Mead Johnson ...

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FCA Relator Can’t Enforce ‘Settlement,’ But Wins on Fees (access required)

A former employee of a government IT contractor loses his appeal claiming the district court should have enforced his $9 million settlement of his False Claims Act suit against the contractor and committed error during trial of the case that ...

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Denial of Postconviction Relief Remanded for ‘Fresh Analysis’ (access required)

In the latest decision in Jeffrey MacDonald’s long quest to overturn his 1979 convictions for the murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters, the 4th Circuit says the district court took an “overly restrictive view” of what constitutes ...

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Fugitive Status Tolls Supervised Release Period (access required)

A defendant who absconded while on federal supervised release and remained at large for 13 years cannot overturn the district court’s revocation of his supervised release and imposition of additional sentences for supervised release violations that occurred after expiration of ...

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