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U.S. cannot claim sovereign immunity against torture claims (access required)

The United States cannot claim sovereign immunity against claims that Americans violated international law by subjecting plaintiffs to torture at the Abu Ghraib prison. While that ruling of first impression allowed a government contractor sued over its alleged involvement in ...

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Plaintiff entitled to return of stolen domain name (access required)

The court adopted the magistrate judge’s report finding a corporate plaintiff established that it owned the stolen domain name, which was unlawfully transferred by the defaulting defendant. Background Blackshore Properties Inc. filed this civil action against two defendants: John Doe, ...

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No relief for defendant convicted of aiding and abetting attempted murder (access required)

The court rejected a defendant’s argument that his conviction for aiding and abetting attempted murder does not qualify as a “crime of violence” under the §924(c)(3)(A) “force clause,” finding that just because an aspect of his conviction was attempted murder ...

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Challenge to family reunification policy goes forward (access required)

Claims by an unaccompanied minor and his relative that the Office of Refugee Resettlement policy violated the Administrative Procedure Act and the plaintiffs’ procedural due process rights, proceed to discovery. Background Plaintiffs/petitioners in this putative class action are four minors ...

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Judgment granted as sanction for discovery misconduct (access required)

Plaintiff was granted judgment on liability on a number of consumer claims as a sanction for defendant auto dealer’s misconduct during discovery, and he is entitled to more than $164,000 in damages. Background In this civil action, plaintiff brings a ...

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