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Impeachment of prosecution witness properly prevented (access required)

The trial court properly refused to let appellant impeach a prosecution witness because the testimony would have been improper propensity evidence under Virginia Rule of Evidence 2:413. Further, appellant could not attack the witness’s credibility under Rule 2:607(a). Overview Appellant ...

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Award of more than $10M in attorneys’ fees not excessive (access required)

Where plaintiffs’ counsel were awarded more than $10 million in attorneys’ fees for their role in settling a class action arising out of Lumber Liquidators’ sale of allegedly defective flooring products, objectors failed to show that the award was excessive ...

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BIA erred by not considering murder of applicant’s brother (access required)

Where a Honduran native’s first application for asylum was denied as untimely, but he then filed a second application after his brother’s murder, the Board of Immigration Appeals or BIA, erred by refusing to reopen the application. The murder constituted ...

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Asylum applicant fails to show attacks based on targeted group (access required)

Where the record showed that an asylum applicant was not targeted because of her membership in a particular social group but because the assailant attacked anyone who aided his former wife, the asylum claim was denied. Background Veronica Toledo-Vasquez petitions ...

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Providers can challenge Virginia’s Medicaid plan (access required)

Where medical providers alleged that amendments to Virginia’s Medicaid plan deprived them of just compensation required by the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause, the district court erred in holding the plaintiffs lacked standing. Background The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, the ...

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Customer’s $150B suit against Mercedes-Benz dismissed (access required)

Where a customer sued Mercedes-Benz for $150 billion because of its alleged conduct during her request for roadside assistance, her intentional infliction of emotional distress, or IIED, claim was dismissed because she did not show the conduct was intentional or ...

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