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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

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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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Plea Offer Disclosure Complaint Fails (access required)

After an evidentiary hearing, the Norfolk U.S. District Court concludes that petitioner’s former  lawyer, a highly experienced federal public defender, provided the more credible account of having explained all relevant options to petitioner, including the option of pleading guilty early ...

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Developer Loses Wetlands Challenge (access required)

On remand of a Chesapeake developer’s challenge to the Army Corps of Engineers’ exercise of jurisdiction over certain wetlands in the developer’s plan for a 658-acre mixed use project in southeast Virginia, the Norfolk U.S. District Court accepts the magistrate ...

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ADA Settlement Enforced by Court (access required)

A protective services company that settled a failure-to-hire disability discrimination case by agreeing to pay plaintiff $72,000, including attorney’s fees of $28,800, and that has failed to make payments, appear in court or respond to its lawyer’s attempts to contact ...

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