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Employment Discrimination – Retaliation – Billing Supervisor – Overtime Pay Rules (access required)

An African-American female employee who formerly worked as a billing supervisor at defendant trucking company loses her suit alleging discrimination and retaliation, as a Richmond U.S. District Court grants summary judgment to the employer. Plaintiff’s prima facie case on the ...

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Civil Procedure – Injunction – University Accreditation (access required)

In this suit arising from defendant Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education’s decision to place plaintiff Hampton University’s School of Pharmacy on probation as to its accreditation, a Newport News U.S. District Court denies Hampton’s request for preliminary injunctive relief; although ...

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Employment Discrimination – Disability – Patent Examiner (access required)

A former patent examiner for the U.S. PTO who is suing the Department of Commerce pro se for alleged employment discrimination in violation of the Rehabilitation Act, Title VII and the Civil Service Reform Act, loses his suit on summary ...

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Employment Discrimination – Disability – Hearing Loss – Rehabilitation Act (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court grants summary judgment to the federal government in a federal employee’s suit alleging disability discrimination pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, on the basis that his voluntary retirement from the U.S. Marshal Service amounted ...

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Intellectual Property – Patent Infringement – Internet ‘Cookies’ (access required)

In this patent infringement suit involving Internet “cookies,” an Alexandria U.S. District Court rules on the parties’ cross-motions for summary judgment and refines the issues for trial. Defendants have established by clear and convincing evidence that the § 102(b) statutory ...

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Criminal – Guilty Plea Withdrawal – Counsel Withdrawal (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court denies defendant’s motion to withdraw his guilty plea after the court has allowed his lawyer to withdraw as counsel; although defendant claims his lawyer threatened him and made promises to force him to plead guilty, ...

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