U.S. Fourth Circuit
First Amendment Protects Right to Livestream Traffic Stops, Fourth Circuit Says
The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and seven other federal circuits protect the right to record police. But in a recent decision, the Fourth Circuit takes that protection further, finding that livestreaming is also a protected activity under the First Amendment.Read more about "First Amendment Protects Right to Livestream Traffic Stops, Fourth Circuit Says"
4th Shut Out of SCOTUS So Far, But Guns and Libertarians Await
This is odd. Out of all of the thirteen circuits, only one, the Fourth Circuit, has zero cases set for argument before the High Court. As part of our Supreme Court Week here at FindLaw, we're going through the big cases in each circuit that sit before SCOTUS, yet, for the Fourth there are none, nor are there any state cases from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, or West Virginia, according to Cert Pool. None, for now.Read more about "4th Shut Out of SCOTUS So Far, But Guns and Libertarians Await"
Drug Distributors Win Groundbreaking Opioid Lawsuit in West Virginia
Huntington and Cabell County alleged that the three distributors failed to maintain controls that would have prevented the oversupply of addictive substances like Oxycodone. At trial, attorneys for McKesson argued that holding the companies liable would "force distributors to second-guess doctors' prescribing decisions."Read more about "Drug Distributors Win Groundbreaking Opioid Lawsuit in West Virginia"
4th Circuit Sides With HS Girls Over Skirt Requirement
A federal appeals court has found that a North Carolina school's dress code violated female students' constitutional rights. From its opening in 2000, Charter Day School enforced a strict dress code requiring female students to wear skirts, jumper skirts, or skorts exclusively. Until recently, this strict guideline was upheld regardless of the girls' personal comfort with wearing skirts. Needless to say, male students were allowed to wear pants or shorts.Read more about "4th Circuit Sides With HS Girls Over Skirt Requirement"
Fourth Circuit Rules in Favor of Abortion Providers Suing South Carolina AG for "Fetal Heartbeat" Act—But State Asks for Rehearing En Banc
South Carolina passed a law banning abortions after a heartbeat is detected—generally after six weeks of pregnancy and before many people know that they are expecting. The District Court enjoined the enforcement of the law, and the Court of Appeals affirmed. Governor Henry McMaster has now asked for further review, arguing that the Courts' reasoning on standing and severability was flawed.Read more about "Fourth Circuit Rules in Favor of Abortion Providers Suing South Carolina AG for "Fetal Heartbeat" Act—But State Asks for Rehearing En Banc"
Federal Gun Restrictions Barely Survive Constitutionality Challenge in Fourth Circuit
A recent Second Amendment challenge to a law restricting the sale of guns to adults under 21 will be dismissed for "mootness" because the plaintiffs have since aged out.Read more about "Federal Gun Restrictions Barely Survive Constitutionality Challenge in Fourth Circuit"
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