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
29
Dec
USPTO To End First Action Interview Pilot Program Foley & Lardner LLP
18
Dec
IT’S ON! Federal Court Orders Creation of Two Massive Data Privacy MDLs This Week Involving Clearview and Blackbaud Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
11
Dec
A JARRING SHIFT: Here’s Why the Fourth Circuit Holding FCC TCPA Rulings Aren’t Entitled to Chevron Deference—Much Less Binding Effect Under the Hobbs Act– Is So Astonishing Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
10
Dec
4th Circuit Declines to Consider Dish Network’s “Premature” Appeal of District Court’s $11 Million Final Disbursement Order Faegre Drinker
10
Dec
Fourth Circuit Revisits FCC TCPA Deference Issues Following PDR Network Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
9
Dec
Promising Court Opinions in First Wave of COVID Insurance Loss Claims for Restaurants Norris McLaughlin P.A.
8
Dec
Mandatory Gratuities Are Not “Tips” But May Qualify as Commissions Under the FLSA, Fourth Circuit Holds Jackson Lewis P.C.
7
Dec
Competing Approaches in South Carolina McDermott Will & Emery
23
Nov
Content May Soon Run Out McDermott Will & Emery
17
Nov
Even the Rocket Docket McDermott Will & Emery
13
Nov
TCPA Quick Hitter: Court Holds Receipt of Two Unwanted Texts Sufficient to Cause Article III Harm Troutman Amin, LLP
12
Nov
Internet Service Provider (ISP) Cox Communications Found Liable to the Tune of $1 Billion For Allowing Users to Illegally Share Music Files on Peer-to-Peer Networks Stark & Stark
11
Nov
A More Conservative SCOTUS Slated to Hear Remand Question in Baltimore Climate Suit Beveridge & Diamond PC
6
Nov
Despite Absence of Settlement, Unclaimed Funds To Be Distributed To Government Or Charity Rather Than Revert To Dish Network Faegre Drinker
5
Nov
Franchisor Wins Attorneys’ Fees and Costs in Termination Decision Foley & Lardner LLP
19
Oct
The First Amendment: Legal and Practical Considerations for Schools in 2020 von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
15
Oct
Florida Appellate Court Authorizes the Use of the Risk-Utility Test in Complex Medical Device Cases Faegre Drinker
14
Oct
Climate Lawsuit To Be Heard By U.S. Supreme Court CMBG3 Law
6
Oct
Plaintiff’s Counsel’s Refusal to Provide its Client’s Credit Report Sans a Valid Opposition Results in Award of Defendant’s Reasonable Expenses for Defendant’s Motion to Compel Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
6
Oct
Meanwhile, in Maryland: Disbarred Attorney Seeks Sanctions Against TCPA Defendant for Arguing that His Number Belonged to a Law Firm Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
1
Sep
“Threadbare Allegations” not Enough to Prosecute a TCPA Claim Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
31
Aug
Transgender Students Protected from Discriminatory Restroom Policies under Equal Protection Clause & Title IX, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
28
Aug
NC Landlords Could Face Wave Of Class Actions Over Eviction Fees Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
10
Aug
Class Action Litigation Newsletter Summer 2020: Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Circuit Greenberg Traurig, LLP
30
Jul
U.S. Court Assistance with Foreign Arbitration Discovery: Should it, Will It, Be Allowed? Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
27
Jul
State Law Claims for Intercepted Electronic Communications are Not Preempted by the Federal Electronics Communications Privacy Act because the Federal Statute Does Not Provide for Exclusive Remedies Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
23
Jul
COVID-19 False Alarm Triggers Tipped Worker Collective Action Barnes & Thornburg LLP
23
Jul
TCPA Tipping Point?: Keller Williams Baits Disastrous N.C. ATDS Ruling that Could Send the Fourth Circuit Veering Toward Marks Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
20
Jul
4th Circuit: SEC Disgorgement Fine Does Not Trigger Double Jeopardy Protection Polsinelli PC
15
Jul
What is an ATDS Anyway? Here is Your DEFINITIVE Guide to the Massive Circuit Split Surrounding the TCPA’s ATDS Definition Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
14
Jul
The Bio/Pharma Beat July 2020 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
10
Jul
Court Punts Breach of Privacy Lawsuit in a Sweeping Defense Victory Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
8
Jul
TCPA Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Continue to Get Slapped Around in RICO Conspiracy Case Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
7
Jul
Forensic Report Deemed Not Privileged: Capital One Ordered to Release Report Hunton Andrews Kurth
30
Jun
District Court Affirms Order Requiring Production of Cyber-Investigation Report after Considering Totality of Circumstances Proskauer Rose LLP
29
Jun
District Court Decides Capital One Forensic Report Dispute Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
26
Jun
Price Gouging Laws and the Dormant Commerce Clause? Proskauer Rose LLP
24
Jun
Can a Debtor Choose Salvation Over Creditors? Ward and Smith, P.A.
22
Jun
Biogen v. Mylan: When Does a Specification Fail to Describe a Newly-Presented Claim? Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.
18
Jun
Disclosure Ordered of Data Breach Incident Response Report Prepared for Outside Counsel Faegre Drinker
13
Jun
Cannabis May be Legal in Your State, but That Doesn’t Mean Your “Punny” Name is Okay Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
12
Jun
Federal Court Finds Cybersecurity Forensic Report Not Privileged Under Attorney Work Product Doctrine Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
5
Jun
Broad Insurance Policy Construction Puts False Claims Act Claim Within Coverage for Medical Incidents Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
29
May
Class Action Litigation Newsletter Spring 2020 - Fourth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Sixth Circuit Greenberg Traurig, LLP
26
May
Vast FCRA Horizon: Court Casts Simple Breach of Contract as Potential FCRA Violation Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
23
May
Rolls-Royce Seeks to Resolve Circuit Split on Whether District Courts Can Order Discovery For Use in Private Arbitration Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
19
May
Fourth Circuit Affirms Ruling That Insurer Must Pay Millions For Breaching Duty to Defend Hunton Andrews Kurth
11
May
FCC Package Delivery Text Exemption Interpreted: The Meaning of "For" Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
5
May
Momentum Building for Applicability of 28 U.S.C. §1782(a) to Obtain Discovery for Use in Foreign or International Private Arbitrations Mintz
1
May
Recent Cases May Help Alleviate Concerns for H-1B Employers Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
 

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