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Access to court documents trumps improper motive (access required)

A non-party’s alleged improper motive in seeking to unseal more than 1,300 pages attached to a motion for summary judgment was insufficient to continue the sealing. The documents were unsealed with personal identifying and financial information redacted. Background On March ...

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Binding agreement over insurance claim reached at mediation (access required)

Where the parties involved in a claim for insurance coverage arising from a fire that destroyed a garage and personal property agreed to all material terms at a mediation before a magistrate judge, the plaintiff’s subsequent dissatisfaction with that settlement ...

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Jail did not violate prisoner’s religious rights (access required)

Although the single-vendor policy of the Virginia Department of Corrections substantially burdened the prisoner’s exercise of his religion by restricting the vendors from whom he could buy prayer oils, the policy served compelling interests in maintaining prison security and efficiency, ...

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Page County must produce documents sought by ex-employee (access required)

A former county employee asserting claims for employment discrimination and retaliation is entitled to various categories of documents from the defendant, including material in the personnel files of other employees. Background Lynda Minke sued her former employer, Page County, alleging ...

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Unexplained delay barred assertion of new infringement claims (access required)

A patent owner who brought a large number of infringement claims against a manufacturer was not permitted to amend its complaint to assert new claims after the manufacturer successfully challenged the claims before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, or ...

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