4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Edmonson v. Eagle Nat’l Bank (P)

In their suit asserting claims under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the plaintiff-borrowers alleged sufficient facts against the defendant-lenders to merit relief from the one-year limitations period under the tolling doctrine of fraudulent concealment. The district court erred in… Read More ›

Bell v. Brockett (P)

This case involves a defendant class action, a litigation “unicorn.” Here, while the district court failed to follow Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 its decision is affirmed due to the unique circumstances of this case. Class counsel was not appointed… Read More ›

United States v. Walker (P)

The district court properly rejected the defendant’s plea agreement, sustained the prosecution’s peremptory strike of an African-American juror before trial, and calculated the defendant’s Sentencing Guidelines range after his convictions for drug and firearms offenses. In finding the advisory Guidelines… Read More ›

United States v. Dennings (P)

The district court properly calculated the defendant’s Sentencing Guidelines range by including an offense characteristic enhancement for reckless endangerment during flight on foot. Here, the defendant’s situation involved flight plus something more. He fled from police sirens after having discharged a… Read More ›

Haynes v. Waste Connections Inc. (P)

The district court erred in granting summary judgment for an employer as to the plaintiff’s race discrimination claims. Here, a white comparator with the same supervisor had several workplace infractions, including twice using a cellphone while driving, driving while distracted,… Read More ›

United States v. Winbush (P)

The district court erred in substituting a previously unidentified conviction to sustain the appellant’s “career offender” designation. Thus, he must be resentenced without that enhancement. By habeas petition, the appellant brought a claim for ineffective assistance of counsel based on… Read More ›

Hayes v. Carver (P)

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 to two consecutive life terms. Here, the totality of the evidence fails to meet the exacting standard for… Read More ›

United States v. Sutherland (P)

The defendant’s convictions for filing three false tax returns and obstructing a grand jury proceeding will stand. Contrary to the defendant’s argument, providing fabricated loan documents to a U.S. Attorney’s office was not too distant from an ongoing grand jury proceeding… Read More ›

Wright v. Lassiter (P)

The district court correctly found that North Carolina prison officials did not substantially burden the plaintiff’s constitutional and statutory religious-freedom rights, though not for the result the court gave. The plaintiff is an inmate who follows Rastafarianism. He asked to celebrate… Read More ›

Mitchell v. Green (P)

In this appeal of a dismissed 28 U.S.C. § 2254 petition, under Wall v. Kholi, 562 U.S. 545 (2011), the one-year limitations period prescribed by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act was tolled by the petitioner’s state court motion… Read More ›

Reyna v. Hott (P)

The district court properly dismissed the complaint on grounds that the plaintiffs did not sufficiently allege that the government’s practice of transferring detained immigrants among various interstate detention centers violated a substantive due process right. Accordingly, the court also properly… Read More ›