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No Ineffective Assistance for ‘Racial Selection’ Omission (access required)

A split 4th Circuit panel denies post-conviction relief to a convicted drug dealer, who is African-American, on his claim that his trial counsel was constitutionally ineffective in failing to develop a claim that his traffic stop based on window tint ...

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‘Boorish’ Comments Can Create ‘Hostile Environment’ (access required)

A co-worker’s persistent “boorish” and “moronic” sexual comments, gestures and invitations to plaintiff and other co-workers, whose complaint supervisors allegedly ignored, supported plaintiff’s request for a trial on her hostile environment claim, but the 4th Circuit upholds summary judgment for ...

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Fair Debt Act Covers Filing Judgment Assignment (access required)

Filing of an assignment of judgment in a debt collection action qualifies as debt collection activity that triggers the protections of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and defendant’s alleged misrepresentations of the amount of the judgment and debtor’s payments ...

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N.C. Abortion Law Violates First Amendment (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds a district court decision striking a North Carolina law requiring physicians to display a sonogram and communicate specific information about fetal development to women seeking abortions, as a violation of the First Amendment. The North Carolina ...

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