Opinions

Guan v. Ran (P)

The court lacks jurisdiction to review an injunction that is not effective due to the movant’s failure to post a bond. Here, the order granting a temporary injunction is part of a complex litigation involving the parties’ divorce and the… Read More ›

McCaffrey v. Chapman (P)

Under the Elrod-Branti exception to First Amendment protection, the district court properly dismissed a Loudoun County deputy sheriff’s claims against the sheriff, who declined to reappoint the deputy for supporting the sheriff’s political opponent. The court’s prior precedent provides that… Read More ›

Owusu-Boakye v. Barr

Because of evidence that the plaintiff’s spouse had previously entered into a sham marriage for the purpose of evading U.S. immigration law, the Board of Immigration Appeals properly denied the plaintiff’s petition to grant his spouse a visa. Record evidence… Read More ›

Berkenfeld v. Lenet (P)

Because of Maryland’s high bar for taking questions of contributory negligence, the district court erred in finding that the plaintiffs were barred from recovery for their financial advisors’ alleged negligence. The plaintiffs’ evidence offers a reasonable basis to determine that… Read More ›

Bryant v. Commonwealth (U)

The court of appeals erred in dismissing the defendant-appellant’s appeal of his conviction, following guilty pleas to burglary with intent to rape, murder or rob while armed; malicious wounding; and assault on a person having a protective order against him…. Read More ›

Dynex Capital Inc. v. Quilling

In this decades-long dispute arising from breach-of-contract litigation against the plaintiff, the court will abstain from exercising jurisdiction over the plaintiff’s claim for declaratory judgment, due to litigation already pending in Texas state court. First, Texas has a greater interest… Read More ›

Gilmore v. Jones (P)

Plaintiff Brennan Gilmore was among hundreds of individuals who gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017 to protest various white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups participating in the “Unite the Right” rally. In footage he recorded that day, he captured… Read More ›

Bush v. Lawrence

The court has jurisdiction to hear the plaintiff’s suit against the trustee of her late husband’s trust. One of the trust defendants’ attorneys is likely to serve as a witness and thus may not serve as an advocate at trial… Read More ›

United States v. Jackson

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in McDonnell v. United States, defendant Vernon Jackson’s 2006 convictions for bribery and conspiracy must be vacated. In 2006, the defendant pled guilty to bribing and conspiring to bribe a former U.S…. Read More ›

Dwyer v. Town of Culpeper (P)

In this condemnation proceeding, the appellant did not timely appeal from an order distributing funds held by the circuit court. Contrary to the appellant’s argument, language in the court’s order stating that “the Court shall retain jurisdiction” didn’t render that… Read More ›

Rankin v. Commonwealth (P)

After a police officer fatally shot a suspected shoplifter, the circuit court in his murder trial denied his motion in limine to exclude his statement to a witness on the scene: “It’s my second one.” The statement was admitted at… Read More ›

Cox v. Commonwealth (U)

The defendant pled guilty to driving while intoxicated, second offense, possession of marijuana and felony hit and run. The trial court sentenced the defendant to a maximum sentence of five years, but the court also stated that it would reconsider… Read More ›