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4th Circuit: Many paths lead to same-sex Title VII claim

The 4th U.S. Court of Appeals has revived a worker’s claim of same-sex sexual harassment, joining five sister circuits in holding that such plaintiffs aren’t limited to the three distinct evidentiary options outlined in a U.S. Supreme Court decision from ...

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Federal HIPAA does not create private right of action, 4th Circuit says

Where an inmate’s doctor disclosed his HIV status to others within earshot of their conversation, the man does not have a private right of action based on the federal medical privacy law, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ...

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Lawyer sues after SC watchdog acts to silence his hawk screech

A South Carolina attorney has filed a lawsuit accusing the state’s Commission on Lawyer Conduct of trying to squelch his free speech — and his hawk screech. John Hawkins, who has four HawkLaw offices across South Carolina, alleges that the ...

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What constitutes ‘exoneration’? Minnesota court reverses compensation ruling for murder case ‘linchpin’

A Minnesota manslaughter case that has bounced back and forth from the trial court and two appellate courts has raised complex questions about the nature of exoneration – and when compensation is justly required.

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U.S.-style legal discovery rules could soon become a global export

An intercontinental legal dispute that began with a fire at a Boeing plant in South Carolina is now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and it could end up significantly changing the way that companies that do business internationally resolve ...

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Change in the works in how judges handle expert testimony in federal court

BOSTON — A federal rules committee recently moved forward with an amendment that re-emphasizes and clarifies a judge’s duties as gatekeeper with respect to the expert testimony that may be considered in a case. On April 30, the Judicial Conference ...

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4th Circuit says evidence in zipped backpack not admissible

RICHMOND, VA — A 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision on the significance of placing items in a zipped-up backpack suggests a backpack could be a safe harbor in the right circumstances. The court examined whether police can search an arrestee’s ...

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IP attorneys doubt patent waivers will solve vaccine needs

BOSTON — It certainly makes for a good sound bite, especially as outbreaks rage across India. But some intellectual property attorneys doubt that waiving patent and other IP protections for COVID-19 vaccines would turn the tide on the global pandemic. ...

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Law partners sacrifice to repay clients after embezzlement

Four partners in a Charlottesville, Virginia, law firm went without pay for several months last year as the firm struggled to repay clients affected by a half-million-dollar embezzlement. A longtime bookkeeper took money from accounts at Dygert, Wright, Hobbs & ...

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