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Law firm challenges use of ‘filter team’ to review its files (access required)

Where a district court allowed a government “filter team” to review privileged attorney-client documents unrelated to the investigation of lawyer A and client A, it was in error because it assigned judicial functions to the filter team and failed to ...

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SC stopped from ending Planned Parenthood agreement (access required)

Where the Medicaid Act’s free-choice-of provider provision creates a private right enforceable under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Medicaid recipient established she would suffer irreparable harm in the absence of a preliminary injunction, South Carolina was stopped from terminating ...

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Short-term home rentals violate zoning ordinance (access required)

The Fairfax Board of Zoning Appeals correctly upheld the county zoning administrator’s violation notice to petitioners, who were making short-term rentals of their residential home. Violation notice Petitioners own a home in a district zoned for “dwellings.” The applicable ordinance, ...

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Treasurer’s ordinance challenge goes forward (access required)

Where a city charter provides that the treasurer is the custodian of municipal funds, and the city council passed an ordinance giving that authority to the city’s tax collector instead, the court denies defendants’ demurrer to the treasurer’s complaint that ...

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Ineffective assistance warrants habeas relief (access required)

Petitioner is entitled to have her plea-based petit larceny conviction vacated because counsel did not advise her of the consequences the plea could have on her immigration status. Facts Petitioner, born in El Salvador, became a lawful permanent United States ...

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Denying visitation petition would not harm child (access required)

Even though petitioner is a “person with a legitimate interest” in visitation with respondent’s minor child, the visitation petition is denied. For a court to award a non-parent visitation over a parent’s objection, there must be clear and convincing evidence ...

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Doctor’s motion to quash records subpoena granted (access required)

Where a child’s therapist, who is not a party to this divorce action, moved to quash a subpoena duces tecum of the child’s mental health care records, the motion is granted. The controlling statute allows a health care professional to ...

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