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Court Upholds AWA License Renewal Rules (access required)

In PETA’s suit challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s regulations under the Animal Welfare Act for license renewal of animal exhibitors, the 4th Circuit upholds a decision deferring to the agency’s decision to conduct spot-check inspections of licensees despite PETA’s ...

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Court Upholds Zoning Limitation Provision (access required)

A district court did not err in dismissing a landowner’s suit challenging a county’s comprehensive plan to extend sewer service, including a grandfather/merger provision designed to limit overdevelopment; finding a regulatory taking or constitutional violation in this situation would invalidate ...

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No Immediate Return of $19M Medicaid Payments (access required)

A Norfolk U.S. District Court grants plaintiff children’s hospital’s motion for emergency injunctive relief against the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ enforcement of FAQ 33, in order to reduce a statutory payment adjustment to hospitals that serve a disproportionate ...

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Jury Can Hear Quid Pro Quo Harassment Claim (access required)

Although plaintiff probation officer’s supervisor purportedly was only being a “caring supervisor” when he rubbed her hand with his thumb and said he “hoped they could work something out” so she could keep her job, plaintiff has presented a jury ...

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