Daily Dockets

Docket – April 29, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Schwartz v. JJF Mgm’t Servs. Inc. (P), 4th Cir. (Duncan) from DMD at Baltimore (Messitte). This appeal represents the latest salvo in the scorched-earth assault by the appellant and one of its franchisees. The… Read More ›

Docket – April 25, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Bell v. Brockett (P), 4th Cir. (Quattlebaum) from WDNC at Charlotte (Mullen). This case involves a defendant class action, a litigation “unicorn.” Here, while the district court failed to follow Federal Rule of Civil Procedure… Read More ›

Docket – April 24, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Am. Ass’n of Political Consultants Inc. v. FCC (P), 4th Cir. (King) from EDNC at Raleigh (Dever). An exemption to the Telephone Consumer Protect Act authorizing robocalls related to collection of debts owed to… Read More ›

Docket – April 23, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Haynes v. Waste Connections Inc. (P), 4th Cir. (Gregory) from DSC at Spartanburg (Herlong). The district court erred in granting summary judgment for an employer as to the plaintiff’s race discrimination claims. Here, a… Read More ›

Docket – April 22, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Hayes v. Carver (P), 4th Cir. (Gregory) from MDNC at Greensboro (Schroeder). The district court properly dismissed a habeas petitioner’s claim of actual innocence. He was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and sentenced… Read More ›

Docket – April 19, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Cap. Assoc’d Indus. Inc. v. Stein (P), 4th Cir. (Diaz) from MDNC at Greensboro (Biggs). To expand its membership, a plaintiff trade association wants to provide legal services to its members. But North Carolina… Read More ›

Docket – April 18, 2019

Supreme Court of Virginia Callison v. Glick (P), SCV (Goodwyn) from Staunton (Gill). The circuit court did not err in refusing to declare a party a subsurety (rather than cosurety) to a loan obligation, holding that a purchase-option contract was… Read More ›

Docket – April 17, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wright v. Lassiter (P), 4th Cir. (Richardson) from EDNC at Raleigh (Dever). The district court correctly found that North Carolina prison officials did not substantially burden the plaintiff’s constitutional and statutory religious-freedom rights, though… Read More ›

Docket – April 16, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Reyna v. Hott (P), 4th Cir. (Niemeyer) from EDVA at Alexandria (O’Grady). The district court properly dismissed the complaint on grounds that the plaintiffs did not sufficiently allege that the government’s practice of transferring… Read More ›

Docket – April 15, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Brandon v. Guilford Cty. Bd. of Elections (P), 4th Cir. (Niemeyer) from MDNC at Greensboro (Eagles). The district court erred in denying a fee award to eight voting citizens of Greensboro, North Carolina, who… Read More ›

Docket – April 12, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Lucas v. Henrico Cty. Pub. Sch. Bd. (U), 4th Cir. (per curiam) from EDVA at Richmond (Hudson). The district court erred in concluding that it lacked subject-matter jurisdiction over the plaintiffs’ federal civil rights… Read More ›

Docket – April 11, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Va. Dep’t of Corrs. v. Jordan (P), 4th Cir. (Richardson) from EDVA at Richmond (Lauck). The district court properly quashed a subpoena by two Mississippi death-row inmates who, in support of a challenge to… Read More ›

Docket – April 9, 2019

NOTE: There are no new case summaries for April 10, 2019. 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals McCaffrey v. Chapman (P), 4th Cir. (Quattlebaum) from EDVA at Alexandria (Trenga). Under the Elrod-Branti exception to First Amendment protection, the district court… Read More ›

Docket – April 8, 2019

4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Berkenfeld v. Lenet (P), 4th Cir. (Wynn) from DMD at Baltimore (Xinis). Because of Maryland’s high bar for taking questions of contributory negligence, the district court erred in finding that the plaintiffs were barred… Read More ›

Docket – March 29, 2019

NOTE: Evening docket will be on hiatus until April 8, 2019. Happy spring break, y’all! U.S. District Court – Virginia Eastern Dynex Capital Inc. v. Quilling, EDVA at Richmond (Lauck). In this decades-long dispute arising from breach-of-contract litigation against the… Read More ›