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Board Heard Sectarian Prayers, Despite Neutral Policy (access required)

When a religious leader’s invocation at a county board of commissioners’ meeting referred to Jesus Christ and other tenets of the Christian faith, that prayer typified the board’s allowance of sectarian opening prayers at its meetings, and the 4th Circuit ...

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Qualified Immunity for Strip Searches after Ion Scan (access required)

Maryland prison officials who used ion scanning to screen employees and performed vehicle searches and strip searches of those who tested positive for drug residue have qualified immunity from the employees’ suit alleging violation of their Fourth Amendment rights; the ...

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Employer Couldn’t Change Retiree Health Benefits (access required)

A union contract did not allow defendant Volvo Trucks to unilaterally change retiree health benefits after expiration of the contract, and the 4th Circuit upholds a district court order restoring benefits lost from the company’s changes and enjoining the company ...

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Naturalization Process Differs When Parents Unmarried (access required)

Although an immigration judge in 1998 terminated a deportation proceeding against petitioner, a native of Jamaica, with the comment that petitioner appeared to be a U.S. citizen by virtue of his father’s naturalization, the comment was not a declaration that ...

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Note Holder Can Foreclose in Va. on Securitized Loan (access required)

A Virginia mortgage borrower cannot challenge a note holder’s foreclosure, by substitute trustee, on the borrower’s Woodbridge property on a theory that only the original lender has authority to foreclose; the 4th Circuit says the Virginia legislature has given parties ...

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Court Vacates Lawyers’ Pro Hac Vice Revocation (access required)

The 4th Circuit vacates a South Carolina trial judge’s order revoking temporary admission to practice for three Miami lawyers who asked the judge to recuse himself from hearing a suit involving supplemental cancer insurance policies. Transamerica Life Insurance Company and ...

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