4th Circuit (incl. bankruptcy)

The Fourth Circuit jurisdiction is one of the larger US Districts, in terms of the states which fall under its jurisdiction. The Federal Circuit Court for the District is the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Courthouse, which is located in Richmond, VA.

The districts and states which fall under the Fourth Circuit and appeals heard by the Federal Circuit Courthouse includes: District of Maryland, Eastern/Middle/Western Districts of North Carolina, District of South Carolina, Eastern/Western Districts of Virginia, and Northern/Southern Districts of West Virginia.

The district courts in each of the states/territories are the US District Court of Maryland in Baltimore,  the Eastern District Court of N. Carolina in Raleigh, the Middle District  in Greensboro, and the Western District of N. Carolina is in Charlotte. The District of S. Carolina is in Columbia. The Eastern District Court of Virginia is in Alexandria, and the Western District Court is in Roanoke, VA. In W. Virginia the Northern District Court is in Wheeling and Southern District in Charleston, WV.

There are currently 15 active judges and 3 senior judges who sit on the Fourth Circuit bench. Roger L. Gregory is currently the Chief Judge appointed to head the Federal Circuit Court for the Fourth District. As with the other Circuits, seats are filled and appointments made for new judges in the order which they were filled.

A famous case from the circuit is Zeran v. America Online (1997). In this case the court determined the immunity of ISPs for wrongs committed by their users under Section 230(c)(1) of the Communications Decency Act. The court held the CDA provided “federal immunity to causes of action which would make service providers liable for information originating from third-party users.” The court found that allowing plaintiff’s claims would release a floodgate for freedom of speech litigation, with the new wave of online/internet activity by third-party users under ISP service agreements.

Cases and content covered by the National Law Review from the Fourth Circuit includes: writs of mandamus, certiorari, Habeas Corpus (including custody and release of prisoners), appeals from tax cases, En Banc Determinations, NLRB decision appeals, bankruptcy proceedings, motions for relief, judgment, or final orders, and reviews of enforcement or agency orders. Further, our website often covers news and updates about federal appointments, judges stepping down, agency announcements, and general news which comes out of the Fourth District Federal Court, and local state court systems.

Date Title Organization
11
Aug
Was invoking the major questions doctrine really necessary for a 4th Circuit panel to agree fish aren't pollutants covered by the Clean Water Act? Mintz
4
Aug
WHO CALLED?: Court Holds a Plaintiff’s Own Labelling Cannot Be Used to State a TCPA Claim and Some Other Nice Things as Well Troutman Amin, LLP
27
Jul
Serving a Perfect 10: No Protection for Embedding McDermott Will & Emery
24
Jul
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case Regarding Gender Dysphoria’s Status Under the Americans with Disabilities Act Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
19
Jul
California Paid Sick Leave Claims May Be Enforced Under PAGA Greenberg Traurig, LLP
30
Jun
Mootness Requires Covenant Not to Sue to Be Unconditional and Irrevocable McDermott Will & Emery
28
Jun
DESTROYED: Diana Mey Crushes TCPA Defendants for $828,801.36–and They May Not Have Even Made the Calls! Troutman Amin, LLP
12
Jun
Does The National Do Not Call Registry Protection Apply to Cell Phones? It depends... Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
12
Jun
The Sixth Circuit Creates a New FLSA Certification Process Hunton Andrews Kurth
8
Jun
Supreme Court Sustains High Bar to Diligent Prosecution Defense for Clean Water Act Citizen Suits Barnes & Thornburg LLP
30
May
The Government Isn't Moving Quickly to Compensate Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Victims Ward and Smith, P.A.
28
May
Fourth Circuit: Church Seeking to Operate as Brewery or Farm Winery Did Not State RLUIPA Claim Robinson & Cole LLP
18
May
Chipping Away at Two-Step Conditional Certification in FLSA Collective Actions Jackson Lewis P.C.
18
May
Pending Appeal Does Not Divest Board of Statutory Authority to Institute IPRs McDermott Will & Emery
17
May
PFAS MDL Bellwether Looms and Personal Injury Trials Will Follow CMBG3 Law
10
May
Maryland’s Digital Advertising Gross Revenues Tax Not Dead (Yet) Greenberg Traurig, LLP
10
May
Fourth Circuit: Employers Can Enforce Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Employees Competing For New Contract ArentFox Schiff LLP
5
May
Fourth Circuit Says "Do the Math" For Attorneys' Fees Awards Ward and Smith, P.A.
3
May
Federal District Court in Virginia Rejects Familiar Two-Step FLSA Collective Certification Approach Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
20
Apr
Fourth Circuit Outlines Pitfalls in Using Severance Plans for Layoffs Hunton Andrews Kurth
5
Apr
Appeals Court Blocks Mountain Valley Pipeline Permit – Again Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir, P.C.
16
Mar
The Fondues and Don’ts of Certification Marks McDermott Will & Emery
15
Mar
Virginia Federal Court Finds Insufficient Connection Between Alleged Misstatements and Issuer of Unsponsored ADRs Proskauer Rose LLP
24
Feb
Fourth Circuit Reverses Mid-Trial Grant of Judgment Against SEC in Insider-Trading Case Proskauer Rose LLP
24
Feb
When Can You Freeze and Seize a Judgment Debtor’s Bank Account? Ward and Smith, P.A.
23
Feb
Message Received: US Courts Are Appropriate, More Convenient Venue to Adjudicate US IP Disputes McDermott Will & Emery
16
Feb
A Dozen Federal Lawsuits Filed Against West Virginia Wind Farm Operator Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir, P.C.
15
Feb
BAD NEWS IN STATE LAW WORLD: TCPA AND NCSTA Defendant Reliance First Capital, LLC Loses All FIVE Arguments! Troutman Amin, LLP
9
Feb
It’s PRUdent to Refrain from Cybersquatting: ACPA Applies to Domain Name Re-Registration McDermott Will & Emery
19
Jan
Fourth Circuit Precludes NGO Challenge to Trump Administration NEPA Rules as Biden Administration Promulgates Replacements ArentFox Schiff LLP
9
Jan
Federal Appeals Court Issues Decision Related to Calculation of Royalties on Natural Gas Liquids Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir, P.C.
8
Jan
Multinational Corporation and Several Individuals Charged with Multimillion-Dollar Organic Grain Fraud Scheme The U.S. Department of Justice
4
Jan
CFPB Files Amicus Brief in TILA Suit, Impacts How Banks Collect on HELOCs Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
28
Dec
2022 Key Developments For The Federal False Claims Act Binder & Schwartz
28
Dec
Court: “Literal” Reading Of Insurance Statute Is “Poppycock” Hunton Andrews Kurth
21
Dec
Online Public Records Aggregators Not Protected from FCRA Suit by Section 230 Jackson Lewis P.C.
20
Dec
Without Reservations: Fourth Circuit Affirms That Vague Reservation of Rights Waived Insurers’ Coverage Arguments Hunton Andrews Kurth
13
Dec
Court Holds NC State Health Plan Constitutes “Health Program or Activity,” Granting Summary Judgment for Transgender Plaintiffs With ACA Discrimination Claims ArentFox Schiff LLP
7
Dec
Beware of Procedural Pitfalls in HOA Foreclosures Ward and Smith, P.A.
30
Nov
HAND IT OVER: New Fraud-Stopping TCPA Ruling Requires TCPA Plaintiff to Turn Over Texts and Internet Search History–But It Could Have Been Even Better Troutman Amin, LLP
21
Nov
Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Ask EDVa to Allow Cost-Sharing Under the AKS Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
8
Nov
Class Action Litigation Newsletter | Fall 2022 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
25
Oct
TCPA Litigation Update — In the Fourth Circuit? Fire Up the Motions to Stay Mintz
25
Oct
Another Heavy Metals Consumer Class Action Lawsuit Dismissed Keller and Heckman LLP
25
Oct
Fourth Circuit Rules That Gender Dysphoria Is a Disability Under the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
25
Oct
Fourth Circuit Extends Territorial Reach of Wire Fraud Statute Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
19
Sep
MDL For PFAS AFFF Sees Long-Awaited Government Contractor Ruling CMBG3 Law
14
Sep
Fourth Circuit Holds That Gender Dysphoria is Protected Under the ADA Hunton Andrews Kurth
2
Sep
Fourth Circuit Changes Rule on Finality of Court Ordered Dismissal of Claims without Prejudice K&L Gates
1
Sep
AFFF PFAS MDL Supplemental Briefing Filed With Court CMBG3 Law
 

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