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Sep 22, 2023

NC transgender health case might go to high court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal appeals court is considering cases out of North Carolina and West Virginia that could have significant implications on whether individual states are required to cover health care for transgender people with government-sponsored insurance. The Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in cases Thursday involving the coverage […]

Mar 12, 2019

Criminal – Defendant sent gifts to agent he believed was in ISIS

A defendant who sent gift cards to an undercover agent he believed was a member of ISIS was guilty of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization where his collection of Nazi paraphernalia suggested a predisposition to commit the offense. Background In 2010, the FBI opened a counterterrorism investigation into appellant Nicholas […]

Mar 6, 2019

Rushing confirmed to 4th Circuit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed a 37-year-old lawyer as a judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals despite opposition from civil rights and LGBTQ groups. Allison Jones Rushing, a partner at Williams & Connolly, a Washington, D.C. law firm, was confirmed for the lifetime appointment on March 5 by […]

Dec 5, 2018

Suit over arbitrator’s bias revived

Federal courts have the power to hear a motion to vacate or modify an arbitration award in any dispute where they would have the power to hear a motion to compel arbitration, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. It’s the first time the circuit has considered the issue, which has divided other […]

Aug 10, 2018

Hog nuisance trials get new judge after 3 industry losses

RALEIGH (AP) The federal judge who’s managing a series of North Carolina lawsuits accusing the world’s largest pork company of creating nuisances for rural neighbors is being temporarily replaced. The order replacing U.S. District Judge Earl Britt for a trial starting next month was finalized Aug. 6. Court records don’t indicate why Britt, who’s in […]

Jun 28, 2018

Supreme Court won’t take North Carolina county prayer case

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that barred a North Carolina county from opening its meetings with Christian prayers. The Supreme Court declined June 28 to take a case involving the Rowan County Board of Commissioners. The board was sued in 2013 over its practice of opening meetings with a prayer […]

Jun 6, 2018

Court restores lawsuit against North Carolina “ag-gag” law

RALEIGH (AP) A federal appeals court is resurrecting a lawsuit by animal-rights groups against a North Carolina law that discourages undercover investigations into conditions at farms and other workplaces. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on June 5,  reversed a North Carolina federal judge’s decision dismissing the lawsuit. A three-judge appeals panel said People For […]

May 24, 2018

Trial judge, 4th Circuit gut multimillion-dollar jury award

A Georgia-based corporation that won $4.7 million in jury verdicts against a North Carolina company has watched the awards slowly dwindle all the way to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

May 17, 2018

4th Circuit judge receives NCBA award

A 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge was recently presented with the North Carolina Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division’s Liberty Bell award. Judge James A. Wynn Jr. was given the award during Law Day 2018 festivities in Raleigh. The award is given “in recognition of an individual ‘who has strengthened the American System of […]

Jul 7, 2016

Employer faces trial over anti-Arab bias

Lawyers looking for a catalogue of comments offensive to Arab-Americans in the workplace can consult a new source: a federal appeals court decision that says it’s up to a jury to decide whether remarks such as “camel people” can create a hostile work environment.

May 20, 2015

Allegations of rampant racism at S.C. steel plant spur 4th Circuit to side with workers

Being a black steelworker at the Nucor Berkeley plant in South Carolina in the late 1990s and early 2000s must have been miserable.

May 7, 2015

4th Circuit nixes plea deal over judge’s coaxing

RICHMOND, Va.  – A trial judge may have been trying to help a defendant who balked at a deal offered by prosecutors, but an appeals court said the judge went too far. On April 28, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated Savino Braxton’s drug conviction and sent the case back to the trial […]

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