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Evidence Errors ‘Harmless’ in Murder-for-Hire Case (access required)

Even assuming the district court erred in allowing testimony about defendant’s alleged prior shooting of another man, or testimony from the later murder victim’s girlfriend, the 4th Circuit says any errors were harmless and did not unfairly affect the trial ...

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Hostile Environment Claim Remanded on Shift Supervisor Response (access required)

An employer survives summary judgment on most of the EEOC’s claims of a hostile work environment at a Maryland fiberglass tank plant, characterized by racial harassment of several African-American employees by multiple white employees over a two-year period, from racist ...

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FCA Relator Can’t Enforce ‘Settlement,’ But Wins on Fees (access required)

A former employee of a government IT contractor loses his appeal claiming the district court should have enforced his $9 million settlement of his False Claims Act suit against the contractor and committed error during trial of the case that ...

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Warrant, Detention Upheld in Child Porn Case (access required)

A defendant’s convictions and enhanced sentence for child pornography and supplying controlled substances to minors, involving the 14-year-old sister of his ex-girlfriend who was the mother of his child, is upheld by the 4th Circuit, despite defendant’s challenges to issuance ...

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ERISA Claimant Wins Long-Term Disability Benefits (access required)

A former payroll and benefits clerk whose work ethic was “unsurpassed,” according to her employer, is entitled to long-term disability benefits under the employer’s ERISA benefits plan for her inability to work due to disabling fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis; ...

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Employment Discrimination – Whistleblower Claims – Federal Health Researcher (access required)

A female African-American physician who worked as a sickle-cell disease health researcher for the National Institutes of Health, who alleges she was terminated due to race and gender discrimination and in retaliation for her opposition to the retention and “immortalization” ...

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Criminal – Drug Conviction – Firearm ‘Use’ – Sentence Reduction (access required)

The 4th Circuit says the new rule in Watson v. U.S., – that a person does not “use” a firearm under 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A) when he receives the gun in trade for drugs – applies retroactively to cases on ...

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