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Negligence – Premises Liability – Negligent Hiring & Training (access required)

In a woman’s suit alleging she was injured while shopping at a Wal-Mart store when an employee who was cleaning the floor ran into her with a buffer machine, a Richmond U.S. District Court dismisses the woman’s claims for negligent ...

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Judges’ chambers threatened by renovation plan

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, reports no movement in his effort to derail a $51-million renovation project at the federal building in Roanoke, headquarters of the Western District federal courts. Goodlatte, who has criticized the project as wasteful and ill-planned, told ...

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Judges’ chambers threatened by renovation plan

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, reports no movement in his effort to derail a $51-million renovation project at the federal building in Roanoke, headquarters of the Western District federal courts. Goodlatte, who has criticized the project as wasteful and ill-planned, told ...

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Contract – Office Equipment – Toner Cartridge Order – Respondeat Superior (access required)

A company that leased photocopiers and related accessories to defendant university wins summary judgment on its contract claim for $180,134 for the extra toner cartridges ordered by the authorized university employee, who in turn sold them to third parties and ...

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Employment Discrimination – Age – School Official – PR Job (access required)

In this case from Richmond U.S. District Court, a school system is not entitled to summary judgment in this age discrimination suit filed by its former director of community relations, who alleges she was forced into early retirement to make ...

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‘Sleep-driving’ remains a difficult defense

Another attempt at the “Ambien zombie” defense has come to naught at the Virginia Court of Appeals. As we noted last month, some sleep-inducing drugs such as Ambien apparently can cause users to take to the streets while still in ...

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Court to try age-bias case based on ‘skills’ comment

An age-discrimination case based on a demand for “21st Century skills” is set for trial in Richmond federal court this month. The case turns on what a school superintendent meant when he justified replacing the school system’s 60-year-old chief public ...

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