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First Step Act decisions must be procedurally, substantively reasonable (access required)

Where procedural and substantive reasonableness requirements are necessary to ensure the broad remedial purposes of the First Step Act, but the district court here did not explain why it believed a large upward variance was warranted when it resentenced the ...

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Attorney disqualified from representing claimants (access required)

Where the Social Security Administration, or SSA, disqualified an attorney from representing disability claimants before the agency because he had been disbarred by two state bars, and the attorney challenged that decision on multiple grounds, each of his challenges was ...

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No facts showing school board acted in bad faith (access required)

Where a student failed to plead facts showing that the Henrico County School Board acted with bad faith or gross negligence in implementing her individualized education program, or IEP, her Rehabilitation Act claim was dismissed.  Background Plaintiff A.C., a minor, ...

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Employee didn’t administratively exhaust claim (access required)

Where a former employee alleged his former employer refused to rehire him because of his sexual orientation, but his charge of discrimination never mentioned that he applied for other positions, and instead stated that the last instance of discrimination took ...

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UVA dismisses former nurse’s COVID vaccination suit (access required)

Where a nurse who was discharged for not providing proof of vaccination or obtaining a religious or medical exemption sued the University of Virginia, her claims were dismissed. UVA’s policy is related to the government interest in preventing COVID-19 from ...

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