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Sufficient evidence supports convictions for sex and drug trafficking (access required)

The court concluded there was sufficient evidence to support the convictions for sex trafficking and related drug counts. However, as a result of a Fourth Circuit decision issued after trial and post-trial briefing, the court granted the defendant’s motion for ...

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Defamation, due process suit against superintendent proceeds (access required)

A school superintendent who allegedly insinuated the former Chief Technology and Information Officer, or CTIO, engaged in dishonest conduct will face claims for defamation and denial of due process for failing to provide the employee a hearing before the information ...

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Pipeline’s federal preemption claim against regulations was ripe (access required)

Where a pipeline was denied permits for construction based on zoning regulations that had been enacted so that the county could participate in the National Flood Insurance Program, the regulations did not thereby achieve the status of federal law, and ...

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Employees terminated after plant closure could sue as a class (access required)

Employees who were laid off when the manufacturing facility they worked at was closed and claimed that their employer failed to provide adequate notice under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act could bring a class action suit against their ...

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Wife not entitled to discovery after equitable distribution hearing (access required)

Where a wife’s counsel withdrew prior to an equitable distribution hearing and the wife was given 11 months to retain new counsel before such hearing was held, the denial of her request for additional discovery, made more than six months ...

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Wife owed higher payments after husband’s benefits increased (access required)

Where a property settlement agreement provided that the wife was entitled to one-half of the monthly disability and retirement benefits her husband was receiving, and the amount of the husband’s monthly benefit increased after the divorce became final, the wife ...

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Separation agreement required court award all requested attorneys’ fees (access required)

Where a marital separation agreement provided that a defaulting party was responsible for any costs, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees that the prevailing incurred in enforcing the provisions of the agreement, the court did not have discretion to ...

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