Category Archives: US. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Virginia Court of Appeals Rules that Statements Made by Decedent to His Heirs About the Cause of His Fall at a Hospital Were Sufficiently Collaborated by Statements Made to Disinterested Witnesses to be Admissible Under the Dead Man’s Statute

In Bon Secours-DePaul Med. Ctr., Inc. v. Rogakos-Russell, No. 1134-22-1, 2023 WL 7134822 (Va. Ct. App. Oct. 31, 2023), Father Constantine Rogakos, a Greek Orthodox priest, died after falling in an ultrasound examination room.  His Estate sued and at trial, the evidence established that Father Rogakos was elderly and had difficulty standing and walking ... Read More

SCOTUS Opinion: Court Requires More Information Before Resolving “Junk Faxes” Case

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act prohibits “unsolicited advertisements.” The Federal Communications Commission issued an order in 2006 interpreting that term to “include any offer of a free good or service.” However, under the Hobbs Act, the federal courts of appeals have the exclusive jurisdiction to enjoin, set a side, suspend . . ., or to determine the validity ... Read More

Conservation Lawsuit Revived—Whether Act Is Inconsistent With Another Law Does Not Deprive Court Of Jurisdiction

The Fourth Circuit again reversed dismissals under Rule 12(b) in Goldfarb v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, in a case regarding contamination claims brought under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, 42 USC sec. 6901, et seq. The City of Baltimore gave a parcel of land near the Patapsco River, formerly used for ... Read More