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Immigration – Marriage Falsehoods Stymie Citizenship Hopes (access required)

Injeti v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Servs. A district court did not err in finding an Indian citizen was ineligible for U.S. citizenship because she had not been lawfully admitted for permanent residence based on immigration officials’ determination that she had submitted a fraudulent death certificate for her first husband; however, the 4th Circuit vacates the district court decision that appellant had failed to demonstrate good moral character.

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Criminal Practice – Ponzi Payouts Were Not Money Laundering (access required)

U.S. v. Simmons : A defendant’s payouts as a return on investment to two early investors in his Ponzi scheme were “essential expenses” of his underlying fraudulent scheme and the 4th Circuit vacates defendant’s money-laundering convictions based on these payments, but affirms defendant’s securities and wire fraud convictions and remands for resentencing.

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Civil Rights – Lawyer Fee Reduced for ‘Paltry’ Jury Award (access required)

McAfee v. Boczar The 4th Circuit reduces an attorney’s fee award of $322,340.50 to a flat fee of $100,000, in this suit in which the plaintiff won a jury award of $2,943.60 for her claim that defendant deputy sheriff violated her Fourth Amendment rights by arresting her without probable cause to believe the plaintiff had violated a Virginia statute requiring disclosure of the location of a dog who bit plaintiff.

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Contract – Relator’s Release No Bar to FCA Suit (access required)

U.S. ex rel. Steven May v. Purdue Pharma LP Although a relator in an earlier False Claims Act suit against defendant pharmaceutical company saw his FCA suit dismissed pursuant to a general release he signed to obtain a severance package when he was laid off as sales manager, that release was personal to the sales manager and does not bar a later FCA suit filed by two new relators – the sales manager’s wife and another sales representative for defendant.

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