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No Copyright Case for Fighter’s Entry Theme (access required)

A South Carolina musician loses his copyright infringement suit against prizefighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. who allegedly used lyrics on top of plaintiff’s instrumental music track as Mayweather’s entrance theme for a WrestleMania appearance and a RAW guest host appearance; the ...

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Ammunition Conviction Sticks, But Not ACCA Sentence (access required)

Although defendant said the ammunition in his antique gun did not support his conviction as a felon illegally possessing ammunition, he presented no evidence to support his affirmative defense; however, the 4th Circuit vacates his sentence because his Maryland conviction ...

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Facebook ‘Like’ is Protected, But Sheriff Has Immunity (access required)

“Liking” a political candidate’s Facebook page is the “Internet equivalent” of a political yard sign and is protected speech, and the 4th Circuit reverses a trial court’s contrary holding and says three sheriff’s deputies who allegedly were fired as jailers ...

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No Sentencing Relief After Government Misconduct (access required)

Despite government misconduct in the investigation and prosecution of a large-scale drug conspiracy, including the leading investigator’s affair with defendant’s then-wife and subornation of perjury, the 4th Circuit, after remand of the case because of the government misconduct, denies post-conviction ...

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Developer Charges Union with ‘Sham’ Litigation (access required)

Plaintiff commercial real estate developers who allege defendants engaged in unfair labor practices by orchestrating 14 separate legal challenges to force the developers to end their relationship with a non-unionized supermarket, win a remand for the trial court to consider ...

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