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‘Small Motor’ Energy Conservation Reg Upheld (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds the Department of Energy’s energy conservation standards for electric induction motors that classify “small electric motors” as motors with a power output from .25 to 3 horsepower, despite a challenge from an industry trade association that ...

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Dismissal Order Vacated in ‘Sexually Dangerous Person’ Cases (access required)

In this action by the government seeking civil commitment of nine federal prisoners as “sexually dangerous persons” under 18 U.S.C. § 4248, the 4th Circuit says the district court erred in dismissing the proceeding on the ground that, for these ...

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Court Erred in Applying ‘Excessive Fines’ Clause to Forfeiture (access required)

The 4th Circuit affirms the judgment that an Ethiopian citizen engaged in illegal currency structuring through his deposits into two different banks in Fairfax, Va., but the appellate court says the district court erred in reducing the corresponding civil forfeiture ...

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Denial of Postconviction Relief Remanded for ‘Fresh Analysis’ (access required)

In the latest decision in Jeffrey MacDonald’s long quest to overturn his 1979 convictions for the murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters, the 4th Circuit says the district court took an “overly restrictive view” of what constitutes ...

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Employer faces harassment trial for third-party acts (access required)

When an employee of your biggest client is sexually harassing your employee, it’s a tough situation to manage. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hasn’t officially looked at whether an employer can be liable for harassment by non-employees. But ...

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Foot surgery case reinstated on fraud claim against podiatrist (access required)

A $2.35-million lawsuit over failed foot surgery, rejected by a Roanoke federal judge as an artful attempt to evade the statute of limitations, is alive again after an appeals court panel took a sharply different view of claims that a ...

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