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Sentencing Guidelines

The Armed Career Criminal Act (“ACCA”), 18 U.S.C. § 924(e)(1), provides for an enhanced sentence for an ex-felon who possesses a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), if that person has “three previous convictions … for a violent felony or a serious drug offense, or both … .” ACCA defines a “violent felony” to include a federal or state crime punishable by more than a year’s imprisonment that “has as an element the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person of another.”

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Statutory Interpretation

In the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011, 35 U. S. C. §100 et seq., Congress created the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and established three new types of administrative proceedings before the Board that allow a “person” other than the patent owner to challenge the validity of a patent post-issuance.

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Duty to Defend

Konecranes, Inc., Brian Angelroth, and Michael Carroll (collectively, “Konecranes”) appeal from judgments of the circuit court, entered on orders following a jury’s verdict, against Konecranes in favor of plaintiff Bradley Moore and third-party defendant Badger Alloys, Inc.

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