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No injunction against face mask executive order (access required)

Where plaintiffs challenge an executive order requiring the use of a face mask in certain settings, injunctive relief is denied because plaintiffs are “not likely to succeed on the merits of their claim.” Background Plaintiffs are a winery and, Strother, ...

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No injunction against crowd control measures (access required)

Where police used crowd control weapons and equipment to disperse demonstrators who were protesting police brutality, this did not violate plaintiffs’ rights to freedom of speech and assembly. The court declines to issue a declaratory judgment that the police unlawfully ...

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Unite the Right defendant must provide access to social media accounts (access required)

After the Rule 30(b)(6) representative for the National Socialist Movement, or NSM, refused to comply with the plaintiffs’ counsel regarding discovery, he was ordered to produce social media accounts and passwords, as well as electronic devices that may contain potentially ...

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Unite the Right defendant must respond to discovery requests (access required)

The defendant, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Heather Heyer at the Charlottesville rally in 2017, was ordered to supplement his “deficient,” “evasive or incomplete” discovery responses and to provide login information for his social media ...

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Commercial painter’s lawsuit did not breach forum-selection clause (access required)

A lawsuit brought by a commercial painter for unpaid painting and cleaning services did not breach a forum-selection clause in the parties’ master services agreement, or MSA, because that clause applied only to future work. Background This breach of contract ...

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‘Disproportionate’ discovery sanctions rejected (access required)

Although the defendant was ordered to respond to long-overdue discovery, the sanctions requested by the plaintiff, including striking of a counterclaim and affirmative defenses, were disproportionate. As the pandemic likely made discovery more difficult and the parties are still litigating ...

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Legislative history supports ricin possession conviction (access required)

The defendant argued her conviction for possession of ricin must be set aside because this conduct was not criminalized at the time of the possession. The court, relying upon legislative history, found the unregistered possession of ricin was unlawful at ...

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