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Interest on reinstated punitives award runs from original judgment (access required)

Where a punitive damages jury verdict set aside by the district court is reinstated by the appellate court, the postjudgment interest on the award runs from the date of the original district court judgment. Background On Aug. 2, 2018, this ...

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No error in sentencing defendant for unlawful firearm’s possession (access required)

The district court did not err in increasing the defendant’s base offense level because of two prior convictions. Background In 2016, Allen pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of firearms by a convicted felon. The probation officer prepared a presentence ...

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Forest Service abdicated its responsibilities (access required)

The appellate court found that although the Forest Service had “serious environmental concerns,” it was “suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company’s deadlines” in issuing a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a natural gas ...

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Gang recruitment efforts insufficient for asylum (access required)

Although the petitioner asserted a gang was threatening him if he returned to El Salvador, evidence supported the immigration judge’s conclusion that the gang’s recruitment efforts were aimed at providing “more opportunities to increase membership,” rather than at persecuting him ...

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Petitioner get presumption of ‘fear of future persecution’ (access required)

The Board of Immigration Appeals erred by finding that petitioner from Benin had not established past persecution, despite credible testimony of death threats due to his bisexuality and homosexual relationship. In remanding, the court noted the petitioner is entitled to ...

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