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4th Cir.: Revocation hearing no vehicle to attack sentence (access required)

Considering revocation of the defendant’s supervised release, the district court correctly determined that it lacked jurisdiction to rule on the defendant’s challenge to the constitutionality of his underlying sentence. And based on the nature of the defendant’s threats to his ...

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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.: Not all mortgage loans require LPMI disclosures (access required)

In a class action against Bank of America for failure to provide information regarding lender-paid mortgage insurance, the district court did not err in concluding that the Plaintiffs’ type of mortgage loans didn’t require such disclosures under the Homeowners Protection ...

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Bon Mots: March 2018 Edition

As seasoned attorneys know, the lofty principles that attract aspiring lawyers can quickly be overshadowed by client emergencies, Sisyphean scheduling conundrums, unreasonable opposing counsel, billing targets, intrafirm politics, and understaffed courts. But from time to time, our esteemed judges take ...

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Bon Mots: February 2018

As seasoned attorneys know, the lofty principles that attract aspiring lawyers can quickly be overshadowed by client emergencies, Sisyphean scheduling conundrums, unreasonable opposing counsel, billing targets, intrafirm politics, and understaffed courts. But from time to time, our esteemed judges take ...

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4th Cir.: NC voluntary manslaughter requires volition (access required)

Federal law permitted harsher sentencing for a defendant’s drug crimes because his prior conviction for voluntary manslaughter in North Carolina qualified as a “violent felony” under the applicable statute. In sentencing Appellant Antoine Smith for drug-possession convictions, the district court ...

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4th Circuit Court of Appeals: MDL “bellwether” trial was fair (access required)

A medical-implant manufacturer, the defendant at a consolidated trial arising from a much larger multidistrict litigation, did not demonstrate either that consolidation was unfair or that the trial court otherwise committed reversible error, the court of appeals held. Appellant Boston ...

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Jury instruction on sex-trafficking “fraud” upheld (access required)

The court of appeals upheld Appellant Michael Maynes Jr.’s convictions for sex trafficking, holding that the trial court properly instructed the jury on the definition of “fraud” and also excluded evidence of the victims’ past engagement in commercial sex. A ...

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