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Federal appeals court hears first healthcare law cases (access required)

The legal battle over the federal health care act has made it to the next level. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments May 10 in the first two cases to advance from the trial court level to ...

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Sanctions Denied for Destroyed Email (access required)

In DuPont’s lawsuit against a Korean competitor who hired a former DuPont employee and allegedly used DuPont’s confidential information and trade secrets to improve the competitor’s process for producing aramid fiber, a Richmond U.S. District Court denies the competitor’s motion ...

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Firefighter Sexual Harassment Suit Survives (access required)

Although a male lieutenant’s alleged harassment of a female firefighter recruit involved three in-person meetings and six telephone conversations, spread over a six-year period, the defendant was a superior officer who told plaintiff he “knew things about her” and an ...

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Mortgage Lender’s Refi Encouragement Not Fraud (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court dismisses plaintiff homeowners’ suit to prevent foreclosure on two properties based on allegations that defendant Wells Fargo’s committed fraud by denying the owners multiple loan modifications, while continuing to solicit their applications for loan modifications. ...

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Life Insurance Benefits Go to Daughter (access required)

Although husband and daughter claim the right to wife’s life insurance proceeds under theories of constructive trust, unjust enrichment, dissipation of marital assets and undue influence exercised by wife’s daughter (and husband’s stepdaughter) who was named beneficiary, a magistrate judge ...

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