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Investor failed to show why pleadings should be sealed (access required)

Before a motion and documents are unsealed, an insurer has 14 days to show that less drastic alternatives to sealing are unavailable or would not provide sufficient protection. Background Plaintiff RLI Insurance Company filed a motion to seal its motion ...

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Only two meetings with lawyer not enough to show ineffectiveness (access required)

Where an inmate claimed he was denied effective counsel because his lawyer met with him only twice, the court rejects the habeas writ  because there is no minimum number of meetings required of to provide effective representation. Other claims had ...

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Joint request by feds, defendant to reduce term granted (access required)

Where the government and defendant jointly request that the defendant’s 132-month prison term was eligible for reduction to 102 months under the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision Hughes v. United States, the request is granted. Background Defendant was previously charged ...

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No ‘threshold showing’ that jurors acted with racial animus (access required)

Despite an affidavit asserting jurors made racially tinged statements, the district court did not abuse its discretion in concluding that interviewing jurors would not likely reveal evidence that racial animus was a motivating factor in the vote to convict defendant ...

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Venue is appropriate for Attorney General’s suit (access required)

An internet lender will face a suit brought by the Virginia Attorney General in Fairfax County alleging violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. Background The commonwealth sued NC Financial Solutions of Utah LLC (“Net Credit”) for violations of the ...

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