U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Virginia

Midgett v. Hardcastle

The defendant acted in bad faith by raising compulsory counterclaims in state court, essentially forum shopping to circumvent federal jurisdiction, and only now seeking to bring them in federal court after state proceedings appeared to stall. Adding the counterclaims now… Read More ›

United States v. Ritchie

Expert testimony from a former Drug Enforcement Agency chemist regarding the synthetic drug “spice” would have been cumulative and, thus, not material to the defendants’ convictions for drug crimes. At trial, the defendants had been allowed to produce two other… Read More ›

Falls Church Med. Ctr. v. Oliver

Virginia regulations may present unconstitutional obstacles to the provision of abortion services. Five healthcare providers sufficiently alleged facts to support their several legal requirements unduly burden patients’ right to seek abortions. The challenges surviving dismissal related to classification of facilities… Read More ›

FERC v. Powhatan Energy Fund LLC

The court declined to dismiss a FERC enforcement action against multiple energy traders. After the Commission assessing substantial amounts in civil penalties and disgorgement based on the respondents’ engaging in “wash trades” (trades arranged to cancel each other out and… Read More ›

United States v. Millender

Evidence was sufficient to convict a defendant for offenses related to wire fraud and money laundering, but the defendant’s wife’s convictions weren’t supported. The couple founded and led an Alexandria church, which the husband began to fund via soliciting funds… Read More ›

Babiak v. Mizuho Bank Ltd.

The court lacked personal jurisdiction over the defendant, a Japanese financial institution. The bank previously did business with a now-defunct company that claimed to be “the world’s most established bitcoin exchange,” wiring cash to the company’s users at their request…. Read More ›

United States v. Haas

In a trial for sex trafficking of a minor and receipt of child pornography, the government won’t be permitted to introduce “other acts” evidence of child molestation by the defendant. That evidence is not similar enough to the charged crimes… Read More ›