Weekly Fourth Circuit Summaries
In re: Search Warrant Issued June 13, 2019 (Amended 10/31/2019): The Fourth Circuit held that the use of a “Filter Team” — created ex parte by a magistrate judge and comprised of federal agents and prosecutors — to inspect privileged attorney-client materials is improper for several reasons, including, inter alia, the Team is contrary to foundational principles that protect attorney-client relationships, the Team’s creation inappropriately assigned judicial functions to the executive branch, and the Team was approved in ex parte proceedings prior to the search and seizures. . . .
United Financial Casualty Co. v. Ball (Niemeyer 10/30/2019): The Fourth held that neither the Employee Indemnification and Employer’s Liability exclusion or the Worker’s Compensation exclusion in a standard commercial automobile insurance policy barred coverage for the liability of a third-party permissive user of an insured vehicle who caused personal injuries to an employee of a named insured. . . .
Lawrence v. Saul (Diaz 10/24/2019): The Fourth Circuit held that the Social Security Administration properly denied disability benefits to a claimant who could perform work that exists in significant supply in the national economy. . . .
United States v. Alston (Motz 10/24/2019): The Fourth Circuit held that a firearm found during a police search of a vehicle was not the fruit of an illegal search where—irrespective of the defendant’s involuntary statements—police would have inevitably discovered the gun. . . .
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