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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Harris Poll reports view of U.S. Supreme Court

As new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was preparing to hear her first arguments, the Harris Poll conducted a survey aimed at determining how knowledgeable Americans are about the process of confirming a justice. Forty-two percent of 2,775 adults ...

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Finding long-distance legal help (access required)

Every law school graduate knows his diploma comes with a lifetime obligation to provide free legal information to family and friends. What you may not be prepared for is the inquiry from folks with serious legal needs out of state. ...

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Employment Discrimination – Government Contractor – Race – Discipline – § 1981 (access required)

A former vice president of a government contractor cannot sue for race discrimination in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1981 on the ground that disciplinary action taken against him allegedly displayed a racial animus because complaints from female co-workers never ...

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Bankruptcy – Circuit City – Reclamation Demand (access required)

A vendor who is attempting to reclaim $11.6 million in goods sold to Circuit City during the 45-day period before the electronic retailer’s bankruptcy petition loses its appeal to a Richmond U.S. District Court, as the vendor, Paramount Home Entertainment, ...

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Employment – Constructive Discharge – Va. Law – False Claims Act (access required)

A former director of operations for a government security contractor in Afghanistan cannot state a claim for wrongful “constructive discharge” under Virginia law, but plaintiff can predicate a False Claims Act claim on an alleged constructive discharge, says an Alexandria ...

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Judge says no to ‘confidential’ settlement

Abingdon U.S. District Court Judge James Jones yesterday refused to approve two settlement agreements in an overtime pay case because the parties insisted on confidentiality. Cynthia Murphy and Teresa Hale worked for Dollar General Stores. They sued Dolgencorp Inc., alleging ...

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Civil Procedure – Personal Jurisdiction – Corporate Director – Law Firm Fees (access required)

A Swedish law firm suing for unpaid legal fees can sue a former director of the client eSCRUB in an Alexandria U.S. District Court, but its claims are dismissed because it has failed to allege either misrepresentation attributable to the ...

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