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Monthly Archives: July 2007

Employment Discrimination – Religion – Car Salesman (access required)

An auto salesman who acknowledged the decline in his sales performance has not stated a claim for discrimination on the basis of his Jewish religion arising from his employment termination. Plaintiff has offered almost no evidence of any religious animus ...

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Criminal – Sexual Abuse – Discovery – Video Statement (access required)

A defendant charged with aggravated sexual abuse in violation of 18 U.S.C. Sect. 2441(c) is entitled to production of a videotaped statement by the nine-year-old victim, where she told officers immediately after the incident that the touching occurred over her ...

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Civil Procedure – Default Judgment – Third- Party Plaintiff – Set-Aside Factors (access required)

In this litigation in which plaintiff machine production company has sued the maker of gear boxes it purchased for incorporation into its machines, the district court denies defendant gear-box maker’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim for indemnity. Plaintiff seeks damages ...

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Civil Rights – Landfill Litigation – Settlement Agreements – Unconstitutional Conditions Doctrine (access required)

A plaintiff, who claims her husband who worked for defendant Rivanna Solid Waste Authority would not have died in an explosion at the RSWA’s Albemarle County landfill that occurred while he was cutting old oil storage tanks if defendants RSWA ...

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The dumb things lawyers do with e-mail (access required)

We have finally reached the point where virtually all lawyers have succumbed to our times and now use e-mail. There were a lot just five years ago who swore they never would. We are down to a handful of stragglers ...

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E-mail call: managing that cluttered inbox (access required)

For most attorneys, it’s not uncommon to receive 150-200 new e-mails per day, approximately 25,000 per year. With that kind of clutter, tangled with spam and other unimportant messages, it’s easy for a valuable e-mail concerning a client or case ...

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No benefits after VCU prof's affair (access required)

A former Virginia Commonwealth University professor and a student had different accounts of the nature of their sexual relationship. The student contended that Dr. Peng W. Hsia, an associate professor of biomedical engineering, had forced himself upon her in his ...

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The limits on a revocable trust (access required)

The distinction between outright ownership and control of a revocable trust by the person who is settlor, trustee and sole beneficiary seldom makes a difference. But Loudoun County Circuit Judge James H. Chamblin concluded that it can in the case ...

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