Monthly Archives: August 2013

Need to Track Social Media? Try These Tools

According to Fulbright’s 9th Annual Litigation Trends Report, 41% of U.S. companies were required to preserve or protect data from an employee’s mobile device to comply with either regulatory or litigation matters.  This was up 9% from the prior year. … Continue reading

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August 28, 2013 4th Circuit published opinion

Maryland v Universal Elections, Inc. Universal made robocalls during the 2010 Maryland gubernatorial election. After Maryland brought suit under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 USC 227, Universal sought a declaration the Act is unconstitutional as to political calls … Continue reading

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August 28, 2013 South Carolina Court of Appeals published opinions

State v Smith The trail court refused to grant a directed verdict based on self-defense in smith’s murder trial. The panel, with one judge concurring affirmed. The majority held that evidence smith came armed to the marijuana sale was sufficient … Continue reading

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August 28, 2013 South Carolina Supreme Court published opinions

State v Cope Cope was convicted of the rape and murder of his daughter. The Court of appeals affirmed. The Court, 3-2, affirmed as modified. The majority held the trail court did nto err in excluding four incidents involving a … Continue reading

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Law Ratchet: Curated Legal Intelligence

Check out Law Ratchet for a continuous feed of legal information.  Calling itself “curated legal intelligence,” Law Ratchet works like a pre-selected RSS feed reader.  According to the site’s home page, Law Ratchet is an app or a web site that … Continue reading

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August 27, 2013 4th Circuit published opinion

Town of Nag’s Head v Toloczko Town declared Toloczko’s beachfront home a nuisance and demanded it be demolished. Toloczko countersued in federal court seeking a declaration Town violated their property rights. The district court abstained under the Burford doctrine. The … Continue reading

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August 26, 2013 4th Circuit published opinions

United States v Cabrera-Umanzor Cabrera-Umanzor’s sentence was increased based on the district court’s ruling that a prior Maryland child abuse conviction was a crime of violence under the modified categorical approach. The panel reversed. It held that the Maryland child … Continue reading

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