Fourth Circuit Summaries

Week 26 (2020)

In UMG Recordings, Inc. v. Kurbanov, the Fourth Circuit held that the defendant-appellee, Tofig Kurbanov, was subject to personal jurisdiction in federal court and remanded the case to the district court for the required reasonability analysis.

Week 25 (2020)

In United States v. Smith, the Fourth Circuit held that even though the district court erred in allowing the government to waive its initial closing argument, the error did not prejudice the defendant and, therefore, his sentence still stands.

Week 24 (2020)

In Estate of Jones v. City of Martinsburg, the Fourth Circuit held that the City of Martinsburg could not be held liable for a single incident of excessive force, by its police officers, that led to a man’s death.

Week 23 (2020)

In Parkway 1046, LLC v. U.S. Home Corp., the Fourth Circuit held Parkway’s contract claim accrued in April 2017 when U.S. Home refused to reimburse Parkway; that Parkway’s award of prejudgment interest dates back to April 2017; and that Parkway could not receive attorney’s fees because it was not a […]

Week 22 (2020)

In Affinity Living Group v. StarStone Specialty Insurance, the Fourth Circuit held that the insurance claim of Affinity Living Group (an operator of adult care homes) for Medicaid reimbursements was an extension of its insurance policy with StarStone Specialty Insurance, which covered claims “‘arising out of a medical incident.’”

Week 21 (2020)

In CSX Transportation v. S.C. Department of Revenue, the Fourth Circuit held that South Carolina failed to justify its exclusion of railroads from a state law that caps the amount that appraisal values on commercial and industrial properties can increase, in a five-year period, at 15%.