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Collateral estoppel bars legal malpractice claim (access required)

Where a federal jury determined that plaintiff knowingly violated the False Claims Act despite her argument that she relied on the advice of counsel in good faith, plaintiff is collaterally estopped from suing the law firm for malpractice in state ...

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Conviction for failing to reregister as sex offender upheld (access required)

A defendant was properly convicted of failing to reregister as a sexually violent offender. Background Jack Randall Young was indicted for multiple violations of the Virginia Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Act, including two counts of failing to ...

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Social media reporting did not violate First Amendment (access required)

Where a convicted sex offender was required to report his social media screennames to authorities, his First Amendment rights were not violated because the reporting requirements advanced a significant government interest and did not restrict his rights of free speech ...

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Defendants could be charged with use of firearm during violent crime (access required)

Where gang members from rival street gangs who allegedly collaborated to facilitate a murder, several attempted murders, two assaults and other related crimes, they could be charged with using a firearm during a crime of violence because murder and attempted ...

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Photog could sue for unlicensed photo use on company’s site (access required)

Where a company hired an outside firm to create a commercial website and the outside firm used an unlicensed, copyrighted photo to accompany an article posted on one of the webpages, both the company and the owner of the outside ...

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