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Jack B. Stevens (access required)

Retired Fairfax Circuit Judge Jack B. Stevens passed away Dec. 20, 2018. He was 85. A native of Florida, Judge Stevens graduated from high school in Bakersfield, California in 1950; he then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned ...

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Virginia legislature lacks standing to challenge redistricting decision (access required)

After the Virginia Attorney General elected to not appeal a lower court decision holding certain redistricting violated the Equal Protection clause because it was based on race, members of Virginia’s House of Delegates took up the appeal. However, the court ...

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Discussion of C-section not relevant to use of force in vaginal delivery (access required)

Where a mother alleged that her obstetrician caused injuries to her child by using excessive force during her vaginal delivery but agreed that he did not violate the standard of care by proceeding with the vaginal delivery, she was precluded ...

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Enhancements based on prior arson and distribution convictions upheld (access required)

A defendant was properly subject to an enhanced sentence because his prior state conviction for distribution of crack cocaine qualified as a serious drug offense under the Armed Career Criminal Act, or ACCA, and a controlled substance offense under the ...

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Aiding and abetting fiduciary breach claims removed to federal court (access required)

State court class actions on behalf of owners of stock in an electric and gas utility, which alleged that the company’s CEO and board members breached their fiduciary duties by agreeing to a merger with an energy-based utility company and ...

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Sentence enhanced over conviction for accessory before armed robbery (access required)

A defendant properly received a sentencing enhancement under the Armed Career Criminal Act, or ACCA, because his prior state convictions for common law robbery and accessory before the fact of armed robbery both qualify as violent felonies. Background In 2009, ...

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Female servers harassed by manager entitled to compensatory damages (access required)

Three female servers at a restaurant, who alleged that they complained to the owner of the restaurant about repeated sexual harassment by one of their managers and were ultimately forced to resign as a result of the harassment, were entitled ...

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