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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Employment Discrimination – Title VII – Female Firefighter – ‘Turnout’ Boots – Foot Injuries (access required)

The City of Portsmouth and its fire chief win summary judgment in this Title VII sex discrimination suit filed in Norfolk U.S. District Court by a female firefighter who contends the defendants did not adequately respond to her requests for ...

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Employment Discrimination – Race – Title VII – College Professor (access required)

Although plaintiff, a tenured Caucasian professor at a historically black university, has presented evidence that his superiors did not value his research and did not like him, there is no law that prevents superiors from hastening the departure of an ...

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Consumer Protection – Auto Loan – Return Of Vehicle (access required)

In this decision from the U.S. District Court in Richmond, purchasers of a vehicle who changed their mind and returned the vehicle to the dealer but nevertheless were pursued by the dealer for defaulting on the purchase contract, cannot pursue ...

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Intellectual Property – Patent Infringement – Wooden Decking Boards – Estoppel (access required)

A Norfolk carpenter and lumberyard owner cannot pursue this second patent infringement claim against defendant Winchester-based Trex Company of the carpenter’s ‘831 patent covering decking boards that are designed and manufactured with a convex shape, a Norfolk U.S. District Court ...

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Civil Rights – Schools – IDEA – School Suspension – Paintball (access required)

Defendant school board wins summary judgment in this suit filed by a high-school student who suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome and ADHD, whose suspension from school for a paintball shooting incident that damaged school property did not violate the Individuals with ...

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Criminal – Indictment – Bribery – ‘Official Act’ (access required)

A federal indictment charging defendant, a sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives, with conspiracy, wire fraud, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering, obstructing justice, racketeering and soliciting bribes, will not be dismissed by the U.S. ...

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Search & Seizure – Traffic Stop – Vehicle Equipment (access required)

Police had reasonable suspicion to stop defendant’s vehicle based on their observation of clear rear brake light covers, blue front turn-signal lights and a Massachusetts license plate, all of which prompted suspicion the vehicle equipment did not comply with Virginia ...

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Employment Discrimination – Race & Age – Exhaustion – EEOC Questionnaire (access required)

An African-American woman who submitted a questionnaire to the EEOC can use that questionnaire to demonstrate she exhausted her administrative remedies, a Richmond U.S. District Court holds. The questionnaire plaintiff filed with the EEOC was drafted in accordance with 42 ...

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Negligence – Premises Liability – Store Slip & Fall – Default Judgment (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court denies a slip-and-fall plaintiff’s motion for default judgment against a Chesterfield County T.J. Maxx store, but orders defendant store to pay the costs plaintiff incurred to seek an entry of default and default judgment. Because ...

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