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EDVA: Solitary confinement was cruel and unusual (access required)

The Eastern District enjoined the Department of Corrections from reverting back to solitary-confinement conditions for Virginia death-row inmates prior to 2015, as such conditions violate the Eighth Amendment. Background Plaintiffs Thomas Porter, Anthony Juniper, and Mark Lawlor have been convicted ...

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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: Constructive amendment requires acquittal (access required)

Following his trial and conviction by jury, a deportee was acquitted for forcibly resisting ICE officers after the government offered evidence of forcible resistance only to CBP officers. Background Defendant Koffi Ameyapoh, a citizen of Togo, was ordered removed from ...

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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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State Farm settles fire loss that went to policy’s appraisal process – $243,000 Settlement (access required)

The insured’s Mecklenburg County home burned in July 2013. She had first-party homeowner’s coverage with State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. State Farm paid some on the claim, but not a reasonable amount. So the insured hired a public adjuster ...

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Eastern District of Va.: No immunity for sexual-assault accuser (access required)

In a defamation suit, Defendant Jane Roe was not entitled to immunity for her statements in university proceedings accusing Plaintiff John Doe of sexual assault, though the court advised that the issue could be revisited at a later stage. The ...

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