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Travel ban’s third iteration likely unconstitutional (access required)

The appellate court affirmed a nationwide preliminary injunction on the Trump administration’s travel ban, which the district court held was a likely violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedoms. Background Seven days after taking office, President Donald Trump ...

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NC voluntary manslaughter requires volition (access required)

Federal law permitted harsher sentencing for a defendant’s drug crimes because his prior conviction for voluntary manslaughter in North Carolina qualified as a “violent felony” under the applicable statute. In sentencing Appellant Antoine Smith for drug-possession convictions, the district court ...

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Termination unrelated to offensive comments (access required)

Despite his supervisor’s racially-tinged comments, a VDOT employee’s termination was not plausibly connected to racial or religious discrimination but was instead the result of unsatisfactory performance. Background Appellant Sinan Rayyan is a Muslim Arab-American who worked as a professional engineer ...

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Anticompetitive effects present jury questions (access required)

Several genuine disputes prevented summary judgment in a door manufacturer’s antitrust suit against the company that provided its manufacturing equipment. Background Plaintiff Steves and Sons Inc. and Defendant Jeld-Wen are both participants in the U.S. interior molded doorskin market. Doorskins ...

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Prior indecent exposure not per se threat to safety (access required)

An apartment management company could not categorically deny tenancy to an applicant with a prior conviction for indecent exposure, stemming from a period where he was not on medication for a mental-health condition. Background In 2016, Plaintiff Annette Simmons requested ...

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No personal jurisdiction over CA Porsche dealer (access required)

A Virginia buyer could not bring suit in the Commonwealth against a Los Angeles-based Porsche franchise because, although the transaction was within the scope of Virginia’s long-arm statute, the dealer did not purposefully avail itself of the privilege of conducting ...

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