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Motions Practice in the Rocket Docket

Business and Commercial DisputesNorthern Virginia Practice and Procedure By Binnall Law Group - 2018/01/09 at 09:25am

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia is able to keep cases moving quickly enough that it is known as the Rocket Docket and has the fastest average filing to trial time of all federal courts in the nation partly because of its motions practice guidelines. The rules for motions differs between the various divisions, but they all generally allow for motions to be heard and decided quickly. This is especially true in the Alexandria Division, which operates on a motions day system, and allows the parties to immediately know when their motions will be heard. The […]

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6th Circuit: Accused Student Entitled to Confront Witnesses in Disciplinary Proceeding

Civil Rights and Liberties By Binnall Law Group - 2018/01/01 at 12:00am

The story is becoming increasingly familiar: a college student is accused of violating a school conduct policy and then railroaded through a disciplinary process without anything approaching traditional notions of due process. When the allegations involve sexual misconduct or sex-based discrimination under Title IX, the proceedings are often even more skewed against the accused. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, however, said that the University of Cincinnati went too far when it denied an accused student’s right to cross-examine his accuser. In Doe v. University of Cincinnati, a college student, identified as John Doe, was accused of violating the student […]

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Binnall addresses National 8a Association on Teaming Agreements

Speaking Engagements By Binnall Law Group - 2018/01/01 at 12:00am

H&B Partner Jesse Binnall addressed the National 8a Association today, a professional association of small businesses that providing government contracting services. Jesse spoke to the attendees on teaming agreements, contracts that government contractors often enter into with each other to share the workload on a project. Specifically, he discussed the enforceability of such agreements, as they are often considered to be “agreements to agree” and thus not enforceable.

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