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Tag Archives: Judge G. Steven Agee

4th Cir.: Longtime resident removable based on old drug offense (access required)

After a trip to his native U.K., a lawful permanent resident in the U.S. was denied admission upon his return, based on a seven-year-old conviction for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. His removal order was ...

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4th Cir.: Agency analysis of small-refinery exemption is flawed (access required)

Despite past efforts to improve its approach, the Department of Energy’s recommended analysis of economic hardship on small fuel refineries attempting to comply with federal renewable fuel standards is facially flawed. In considering a petition for a small-refinery exemption, the ...

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4th Cir.: Court lacked jurisdiction to weigh equitable tolling (access required)

A petitioner filed her “innocent spouse” tax claim one week late because IRS representatives allegedly misinformed her of the filing deadline, but the U.S. Tax Court had no authority to waive compliance. Background The IRS charged Shari and Derek Nauflett ...

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4th Cir.: Non-contact child porn victims entitled to restitution (access required)

A defendant waived his right to appeal an award of $100,000 restitution to his child victim, but the district court’s reasons for denying restitution to other, non-contact victims contradicted U.S. Supreme Court precedent. Background Appellant Mario Dillard used computer programs ...

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4th Cir.: “Career offender” designation was error (access required)

After prevailing on a prior motion under 28 U.S.C. § 2255, the defendant was resentenced but improperly designated as a career offender. Because the incorrect designation led to application of the wrong version of the Guidelines Manual, resentencing is required. ...

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Divided 4th Circuit rejects UIM coverage (access required)

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A federal appeals decision denying underinsured motorist coverage for a fatal truck accident has generated “alarm and concern” about the interpretation of millions of Virginia auto insurance policies, according to lawyers for the claimants. A divided panel of the 4th ...

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4th Cir.: Rule 9 particularity applies to fraud-based defenses (access required)

An employer’s collective bargaining impasse rights did not override its ERISA obligations to employees hired post-impasse. The employer also didn’t plead its fraud-dependent affirmative defenses with sufficient particularity. Background Appellant Just Born II Inc. and the Bakery, Confectionary and Tobacco ...

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4th Cir.: Filed nearly a decade late, collusion claim dismissed (access required)

When the Department of Justice published in the Federal Register a group effort by table saw manufacturers to develop a new safety component, a company already marketing such a component was on sufficient notice that the manufacturers were working together ...

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4th Cir.: UIM policy didn’t apply to rental truck incident (access required)

After an underinsured motorist caused death and injury to two of the insured’s contractors, limitations in the UIM policy’s declarations page were dispositive in determining whether the contractors’ vehicle was covered. Background Carlos Castillo and Marco Gabarette were independent contractors ...

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4th Cir.: Contempt, sanctions for infringement affirmed (access required)

The district court did not err in holding a childcare center in contempt for violating the terms of an injunction related to use of the word “rainbow.” The center was liable for liquidated damages and attorneys’ fees, plus the cost ...

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