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Jail is permanently enjoined from blocking books, magazines (access required)

A prisoners’ rights group whose First Amendment rights were violated by a jail policy that allowed inmates to receive only preapproved books, and prohibited them from receiving magazines, is entitled to a permanent injunction governing the delivery of publications and ...

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Pharmaceutical company fails in bid to suppress evidence (access required)

A pharmaceutical company failed to suppress evidence obtained through a search warrant because the warrant did not omit material information, was compliant with Fourth Circuit law and was not overbroad. Moreover, it was not improper to seize corporate-issued electronics, even ...

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Fair Debt claim goes forward; Fair Credit claim dismissed (access required)

Where the plaintiff plausibly alleged a company was a “debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and was unfairly attempting to collect a debt, his FDCPA claim survived a motion to dismiss. But because a provision of the ...

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Student can proceed anonymously against Virginia Tech (access required)

A student involved in a university investigation of alleged domestic and dating violence can proceed anonymously in his civil rights suit against Virginia Tech and university employees because the suit implicates privacy interests, revealing his name could expose him or ...

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County cannot ‘halt’ federally approved pipeline project (access required)

Where the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, authorized the construction of an interstate natural gas pipeline, Nelson County could not “halt” construction by arguing the project violated local environmental regulations. Instead, the county’s floodplain regulations were preempted because they ...

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Courts stop speedy trial clocks because of virus (access required)

Many Virginia prosecutors have relief from their normally tight speedy-trial deadlines for bringing criminal defendants to justice under rulings from three influential courts. The decisions were prompted by the coronavirus outbreak. The federal courts of Virginia and the Fairfax County ...

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Virginia Tech student claims bias in disciplinary process (access required)

Where alleged differences in the way a male student was treated during a domestic violence investigation could lead a reasonable fact finder to conclude that gender bias played a role, the student’s Title IX claim survived a motion to dismiss. ...

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