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No immunity for solitary confinement practices (access required)

Where detainees at supermax facilities alleged that solitary confinement violated their Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment and their 14th Amendment right to receive sufficient process, prison officials were properly denied qualified immunity at the ...

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Rule 11 doesn’t extend to notice of dismissal (access required)

Where defendants’ attorneys argued a statement in a notice of voluntary dismissal filed by plaintiffs’ attorneys violated Rule 11, their motion for sanctions was denied because Rule 11’s “later advocating” provision did not extend to the dismissal notice. Background The ...

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No survival damages for alleged asbestos exposure (access required)

Where the representative of a now-deceased seaman alleging his exposure to asbestos aboard a Navy ship caused his death sought survival damages for pain and suffering as well as medical expenses, his claim was denied because survival damages for pre-death ...

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