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Monthly Archives: August 2009

Employment Discrimination – Title VII – Race – Failure To Promote (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court refuses to reconsider its decision granting summary judgment to the Secretary of the Treasury in this discrimination suit filed by an IRS employee who says he was not promoted to a higher pay-grade position on ...

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Employment Discrimination – Title VII – Failure To Promote (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court grants summary judgment to defendant Secretary of the Treasury in an African-American plaintiff’s Title VII suit alleging race discrimination in his failure to be promoted to a higher grade from his position as an industrial ...

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Fewer lawyers on the Hill (access required)

The number of lawyers serving in the General Assembly and writing Virginia’s laws appears to be declining, and some lament that the process is more difficult when fewer legislators have legal training. There are currently 25 attorneys among the 100 ...

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Civil Procedure – Necessary Party – Policy Coverage – Contaminated Baby Formula (access required)

In a company’s declaratory judgment action seeking commercial property insurance coverage for an accident the led to contamination of private label infant formula manufactured at plaintiff’s Burlington, Vermont plant, a Richmond U.S. District Court denies defendant carrier’s motion to dismiss ...

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Fairfax custody appeal rejected (access required)

The Court of Appeals held Tuesday that it can’t hear a custody appeal while other issues in a divorce remain unresolved. In so ruling, the court answered a question about a common Fairfax divorce procedure that has nagged attorneys who ...

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Contract – False Claims Act – Logistics Support – Water Services (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court says a qui tam plaintiff who served as a water purification specialist at Camp Ar Ramadi in Iraq has stated a False Claims Act claim with allegations that defendant government contractor failed to test and ...

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Defamed lawyer’s win is reduced (access required)

A Petersburg writer has been ordered to pay damages to a Maryland lawyer the writer defamed with postings on two Web sites. A Richmond jury awarded the lawyer $236,000 in compensatory and punitive damages for defamatory comments about the lawyer’s ...

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Civil Procedure – Discovery Sanctions – Baseball Card – Online Sale (access required)

A woman who allegedly filed an insurance claim after defendant buyer said he did not receive $7,800 in vintage baseball cards she sold him, and who sued the buyer for malicious prosecution for swearing out a complaint that caused her ...

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Appeals court grants writ of innocence (access required)

For the first time, a Virginia appellate court has awarded a writ of actual innocence in a contested case. A divided panel of the Virginia Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned the conviction of a former Navy SEAL trainee in ...

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Negligence – Wrongful Death – Emotional Distress (access required)

An administrator who alleges mistreatment of his brother following surgery, resulting in his brother’s death from a combination of sedatives, rough handling by police officers and a hospital security guard, and intubation of his brother notwithstanding an outstanding “Do Not ...

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