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Dark web search warrant issued in good faith (access required)

A warrant executed in good faith, even if unconstitutional, did not render resulting evidence of child-pornography crimes inadmissible, the court of appeals held. Appellant Robert McLamb was identified by the FBI as a visitor to Playpen, a website accessible only ...

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Firefighter presented triable Title VII issues (access required)

A reasonable jury could find that Defendant/Appellee Fairfax County did not adequately address a firefighter’s complaints of harassment and that it retaliated against her after she complained, the court of appeals held; thus, summary judgment for the County was improper. ...

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“Hate group” designation not commercial speech (access required)

A philanthropy guide’s publication of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate group” designation for Plaintiff Liberty Counsel is not grounds for liability under the Lanham Act, the court held. Liberty Counsel is a nonprofit education, advocacy, and legal defense organization ...

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Default judgment granted in copyright suit (access required)

The court awarded damages and attorneys’ fees for copyright infringement through the Defendants’ alleged use of a torrent network. Plaintiff ME2, which holds the copyright to the film “Mechanic: Resurrection,” alleges that defendants Mohamed Ahmed, Marisol Amaya, Daud Jan, and ...

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Fee, cost obligations defeat mootness dismissal (access required)

The sole question presented is whether the court of appeals erred in dismissing Appellant Dorothy Elizabeth Cilwa’s appeal from a judgment in the circuit court. After a long history of larceny arrests, substance-abuse counseling, and probation extensions, Cilwa’s probation officer ...

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