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4th Cir.: Coin collectors’ quest to ease import restrictions fails (access required)

A numismatics lobbying group that intentionally imported ancient coins under international trade restrictions was unsuccessful in challenging forfeiture of the coins. Abuse of discretion is the appropriate standard for reviewing lower-court decisions to strike pleadings. Background In 1970, the U.S. ...

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4th Cir.: Data breach victims have standing for contract claims (access required)

After credit cards were fraudulently opened in their names, a class of optometrists alleged an injury in fact traceable to their professional organization. Background In July 2016, optometrists across the nation noticed that Chase Amazon Visa credit card accounts had ...

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4th Cir.: La. exemption law can apply to W.V. property (access required)

Debtors who moved from Louisiana to West Virginia could apply Louisiana bankruptcy exemptions to property located in West Virginia, because federal law allowed the debtors to choose a state exemption scheme, and Louisiana law is not limited to in-state property. ...

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4th Cir.: Ship owners liable for crew hiding sludge discharge (access required)

Two Greek entities were vicariously liable for violations of international maritime-pollution laws by their cargo vessel’s crewmembers, as well as for the crewmembers attempts to conceal those violations. Background In 2015, the cargo vessel Ocean Hope – owned and operated ...

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4th Cir.: No error in denying counsel at sentencing (access required)

A defendant who perpetrated a complicated insurance fraud scheme resulting in more than $100 million in losses was not denied his right to counsel after he repeatedly insisted on proceeding pro se but then requested counsel for his final sentencing ...

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Judges question roadblock to sentence review (access required)

4tth Circuit Seal FEA

A panel of federal appeals judges had sharp questions last month about why federal prosecutors are resisting a fix for a drug defendant sentenced to 12 years in prison under a mistaken standard. A mutual mistake about application of a ...

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4th Cir.: No appellate jurisdiction after voluntary dismissal (access required)

The court lacked authority to review, on the plaintiff’s appeal, a dismissal order that simply granted a putative class-action plaintiff’s request for voluntary dismissal. Background Appellant Erin Keena purchased a voucher from Appellee Groupon Inc. In the course of the ...

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