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WDVA: Blind man not harmed by inaccessible website (access required)

A blind plaintiff lacked standing to sue a Virginia bank for maintaining a website without reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, as he lived 300 miles from the nearest branch. Further, the bank’s voluntary upgrades – made prior to the ...

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WDVA: Accepting benefits, successor formed implied contract (access required)

Although written documents were unclear as to whether a therapy service contract transferred to a subsequent facilities operator, the successor’s acceptance of therapy services as if the service contract applied created a contract implied-in-fact, with the same payment terms as ...

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WDVA: Despite state-law issues, abstention not warranted (access required)

Plaintiffs seeking to have their insurance company defend and indemnify them in underlying defamation actions in Virginia state court didn’t present any “good reason” for the federal court not to exercise diversity jurisdiction to interpret their policy coverage. Background Rickey ...

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EDVA: Cities lack standing to compel background-check info (access required)

In a suit targeting U.S. military agencies’ failure to report information that should have prevented the Sutherland Springs shooter from obtaining his weapon, the cities of New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco failed to allege a concrete injury or discrete ...

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4th Cir.: No combatant immunity for Taliban defendant (access required)

A Taliban fighter’s conviction for conspiring and attempting to destroy a U.S. helicopter in 2009 was subject to the rules of non-international conflict under the Third Geneva Convention, and accordingly U.S. courts could adjudicate and review it. Background Appellant Irek ...

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4th Cir.: Filed nearly a decade late, collusion claim dismissed (access required)

When the Department of Justice published in the Federal Register a group effort by table saw manufacturers to develop a new safety component, a company already marketing such a component was on sufficient notice that the manufacturers were working together ...

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4th Cir.: Not all mortgage loans require LPMI disclosures (access required)

In a class action against Bank of America for failure to provide information regarding lender-paid mortgage insurance, the district court did not err in concluding that the Plaintiffs’ type of mortgage loans didn’t require such disclosures under the Homeowners Protection ...

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4th Cir.: Genuine fact disputes revive grill branding litigation (access required)

Regarding its use of the mark “Backyard Grill,” genuine issues of material fact should have prevented the trial court’s conclusion as a matter of law that Walmart was liable for infringement damages of approximately $32.5 million, plus attorneys’ fees and ...

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4th Cir.: ACA contractor was immune from TCPA claim (access required)

A U.S. Department of Health & Human Services contractor that used an auto-dialer to send pre-recorded messages about the availability of health insurance enjoyed derivative sovereign immunity for what may have otherwise been a TCPA violation. Background The Affordable Care ...

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