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Monthly Archives: June 2009

Search & Seizure – Apartment Complex – Security Guards (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court denies defendant’s motion to suppress the firearm a security guard discovered when he saw defendant draw the weapon as he advanced on occupants of an apartment with whom he was arguing, but grants the motion ...

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Employment Discrimination – Arbitration Costs – Motion To Compel (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court says plaintiff must arbitrate her gender discrimination claim against defendant Fannie Mae Corporation, notwithstanding plaintiff’s claim that the cost of arbitration prevents effective vindication of her Title VII rights. It is clear the parties agreed ...

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Contract – Natural Gas Pipeline – ‘Ground Conditions’ (access required)

In this dispute arising out of a subcontract to provide horizontal directional drilling on a Columbia Gas Transmission pipeline project in Greene County, Va., a Richmond U.S. District Court denies summary judgment to defendant L.A. Pipeline Construction Co., and grants ...

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Civil Procedure – Employee Audiotapes – Protective Order (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court grants defendant employer’s motion for a protective order to prevent plaintiff former employee’s disclosure of audiotapes made in secret by the employee, who is suing the company for age discrimination. The tapes at issue were ...

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Civil Procedure – Amendment To Answer – Employment Discrimination (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court says defendant employer may amend its answer to a complaint alleging age discrimination in employment to assert a defense of “after-acquired evidence,” based on discovery of an audiotape of certain conversations made by plaintiff while ...

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Civil Rights – Excessive Force – False Arrest – Conspiracy (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court says an African-American plaintiff can pursue his excessive force claim against members of the Prince William County Police Department, based on his allegations that he was seized near a roadblock police had set up to ...

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Contract – Accounting Malpractice – Embezzlement (access required)

An accounting firm client can sue an individual partner of an accounting firm for professional malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty under the controlling District of Columbia law, based on allegations that the partner “reviewed the work done” by an ...

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Employment Discrimination – Racial ‘Jokes’ – Noose-Hanging Incident (access required)

An African-American crusher operator at a construction company’s recycling yard has alleged multiple incidents of racial “joking around” by white co-workers that he found offensive but did not report to management until an incident involving a hangman’s noose around a ...

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Contract – Brokerage House Mailing List – Confidentiality Agreement (access required)

A marketing company that successfully defended against plaintiff mortgage company’s suit alleging breach of a confidentiality agreement that allegedly covered development of a methodology for creating mailing lists for targeted promotional materials, wins attorney’s fees under the parties’ Service Agreement, ...

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Civil Procedure – Personal Jurisdiction – Va. Long-Arm Statute – Arbitration (access required)

A California ethanol company and its subsidiaries who contacted a Virginia corporation for assistance in building four ethanol plants in western states transacted business in Virginia through their sustained contacts with the Virginia corporation, including telephone and e-mail negotiations and ...

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