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Sheriff can enforce immigration laws (access required)

The court rejects plaintiffs’ claim that a county sheriff’s cooperation agreement with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security to enforce federal immigration laws is an unauthorized use of local taxpayer funds. Background Defendant Jenkins, ...

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Government officials immune from reporter’s claims (access required)

Senior government officials, including the former Attorney General and the Postmaster General, cannot be held liable for claims they unlawfully relied on electronic surveillance to spy on a CBS television reporter because such conduct did not violate a clearly established ...

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Maryland agency immune from discrimination claims (access required)

A Maryland state agency enjoys 11th Amendment immunity against sexual orientation and disability discrimination claims brought by a former employee because the agency did not consent to suit in federal court. Background This appeal and ongoing proceedings in the District ...

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Assault with intent to murder is a ‘violent felony’ (access required)

A defendant was properly categorized under the Armed Career Criminal Act, or ACCA, because his conviction for assault with intent to murder qualified as a “violent felony” under the statute. Background Kevin Battle appeals from the district court’s denial of ...

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Estate could sue companies that sent medication to wrong customer (access required)

Where a woman died more than one month after taking prescription medication intended for another customer that was mistakenly delivered to her house, her estate could pursue claims of negligence against the pharmacy that prescribed the medication and the delivery ...

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Investors did not justifiably rely on errant media statements (access required)

The fraud claims of Chinese investors who each invested approximately $500,000 in a start-up car company without reading the underlying investment documents were dismissed because the investors could not have justifiably relied on stray misstatements made by the company’s founders ...

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Whistleblower’s claims not covered by Sarbanes-Oxley (access required)

Northrop Grumman successfully argued that an employee’s complaint was not within the scope of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, or SOX, and she therefore could not claim whistleblower protection under the Act. An ALJ’s order in favor of the employee was vacated. ...

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