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Jurisdiction lacking over collection company owner (access required)

Because the plaintiff failed to sufficiently allege contact or connection between the owner of a debt collection agency and her FDCPA claim in the Western District, the court lacked personal jurisdiction. Background Betty West alleges that Americas Processing Center, Inc. ...

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Volvo granted injunctive relief in suit against dealerships (access required)

Volvo showed a likelihood of success on its claim that commercial-truck dealership owners likely violated a right of first refusal in their agreement with Volvo. Background Defendants Truck Enterprises Inc., James E. Hartman, Truck Enterprises Roanoke Inc., Truck Enterprises Lynchburg ...

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Dicta on sexual orientation discrimination is suspect (access required)

Dicta from the Fourth Circuit that Title VII doesn’t cover discrimination based on sexual orientation is questionable, but the plaintiff failed to plead sufficient facts to state claims against Virginia Tech. Background Brian Jones, who is openly gay, began working ...

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Transit authority sued for refusing to run advertisements (access required)

A group that opposes the use of dogs in medical experiments alleged facts that support its claims the Greater Richmond Transit Authority violated its First and Fourteenth rights by rejecting its advertisements. Background Plaintiff White Coat describes itself as a ...

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Petitioner lacked authorization for successive habeas petition (access required)

Because petitioner failed to obtain the Fourth Circuit’s authorization to file a successive  habeas petition as required under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, the court lacks jurisdiction and the claim must be dismissed. Background Plaintiff has ...

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