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Professor Loses ‘National Origin’ Suit (access required)

A professor of East Indian origin, who taught in the physical therapy department at Hampton University, loses his suit alleging Title VII national original discrimination, as the Newport News U.S. District Court adopts the magistrate judge’s recommendation to grant summary ...

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Wetlands Have ‘Significant Nexus,’ Court Says (access required)

On remand from the 4th Circuit, the Norfolk U.S. District Court says evaluating the full administrative record, including plaintiff Precon Development Corporation’s experts’ factual findings and conclusions, defendant Army Corps of Engineers’ factual findings support its determination that the relevant ...

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Block-busters: Some judges frown on block billing, but others OK single-entry timekeeping

Block-busters: Some judges frown on block billing, but others OK single-entry timekeeping

Block billing. It’s a buzz phrase that can prompt a court to slash a lawyer’s fee request, anywhere from 10 percent to 35 percent. Lawyers know courts – and some clients – frown on the practice of lumping together lots ...

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