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EDVA: Habeas petitioner shows ineffective assistance (access required)

A defendant convicted of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony showed that his trial counsel never conveyed a favorable plea deal that had been offered by the Commonwealth, despite ...

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EDVA: Court won’t reconsider contributory negligence (access required)

The defendants were not entitled to reconsideration of the court’s decision to grant summary judgment to the plaintiff on the issue of his contributory negligence, as their proposed grounds amounted to mere disagreement with the court’s earlier conclusions. Background In ...

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EDVA: Privilege doesn’t attach to valuation documents (access required)

Financial documents submitted to a valuation company and later sought by subpoena were not privileged under either attorney-client privilege or the work-product doctrine. In any event, the defendant’s motion to quash the subpoena was untimely filed. Background This action revolves ...

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EDVA: Police threats implied custody, triggered Miranda (access required)

A drug-trafficking defendant’s conversation with police officers was custodial when police repeatedly implied that they would arrest him that day if he didn’t become an informant, causing him to lose his job. Because these threats constituted a custodial interrogation without ...

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EDVA: Privilege doesn’t attach to valuation documents (access required)

Financial documents submitted to a valuation company and later sought by subpoena were not privileged under either attorney-client privilege or the work-product doctrine. In any event, the defendant’s motion to quash the subpoena was untimely filed. Background This action revolves ...

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EDVA: Residential trash supported home search (access required)

Items recovered from a trash can associated with the defendant’s home — including plastic bags containing cocaine residue and Google directions listing his home as the starting address — sufficiently supported probable cause for a warrant to search his residence. ...

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EDVA: Affirmative defense not provable without expert testimony (access required)

Plaintiff Robert Benedict sues Hankook Tire Company for the production and distribution of an allegedly defective tire. Benedict seeks summary judgment as to the Defendants’ affirmative defense of contributory negligence. Expert opinions lacking The standard of care applicable in this case is ...

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EDVA: Entry of default attributable to attorney set aside (access required)

The court set aside entry of default against a defendant, where its failure to file a timely response appeared to be due to its attorney’s efforts to reach settlement and where its movement to correct the delay was expeditious and ...

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EDVA: Anticompetitive effects present jury questions (access required)

Several genuine disputes prevented summary judgment in a door manufacturer’s antitrust suit against the company that provided its manufacturing equipment. Background Plaintiff Steves and Sons Inc. and Defendant Jeld-Wen are both participants in the U.S. interior molded doorskin market. Doorskins ...

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