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Law Digest

Opinions – 11/19/12: 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Civil Procedure Forfeiture BOTTOM LINE: Mandatory 90-day time limit in federal civil forfeiture statute is non-jurisdictional statute of limitations, and defendant therefore waived this defense by failing to raise it during course of government’s forfeiture action against him. CASE: U.S. ...

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Opinions – 11/13/12: 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Civil Procedure Diversity jurisdiction BOTTOM LINE: In actions against defendants for violations of antitrust laws and unfair trade practices act, in which State of South Carolina was the sole named plaintiff, State was pursuing quasi-sovereign interest and State’s additional request ...

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Opinions – 11/5/12: 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Criminal Procedure Contempt BOTTOM LINE: In finding defendant guilty of criminal contempt on the sole basis of his tardiness at trial, the court failed uphold safeguards required under Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, including notice, reasonable time to prepare a ...

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Law digest – 11/5/12

Election Law, Appropriation exception: County zoning ordinance allowing video slot machines in certain areas of county was not an appropriation ordinance and, therefore, was subject to a referendum under the Anne Arundel County Charter. Citizens Against Slots at the Mall v. PPE Casino Resorts Maryland, LLC, No. 154 Sept. Term, 2009. RecordFax No. 12-1024-20, 26 pages.

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