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Employment Discrimination – Title VII – Successor Defendant – Virginia Sheriff (access required)

A Virginia sheriff may be an independent constitutional sheriff, but a successor sheriff has to face a successful Title VII sexual harassment claim filed against her predecessor, the 4th Circuit says. Lespia King, a former deputy in the sheriff’s office ...

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Don’t talk, tweet, post or click

Would it have made any difference at Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon’s trial? Any difference, that is, if the court had had the benefit of proposed model jury instructions just out for federal judges that explicitly tell jurors to stay off ...

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Domestic Relations – Joint Custody – Couple’s Failure – Communication (access required)

Where husband can only communicate with wife by e-mail or text messaging, under a JDR court protective order, and he testified he prefers no dialogue with wife and not to communicate with her at all, a Loudoun County Circuit Court ...

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Corporate – Stock Transfer – Constructive Trust (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court overrules defendant’s plea of the statute of limitations to this suit alleging that plaintiff’s attorney in act, acting under a power of attorney, illegally transferred title to stock of a corporation to defendant. Plaintiff seeks declaratory ...

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Tort – Business Tort – Phone Number Release – ‘Adult’ Hotline (access required)

Although plaintiff business has filed a complaint with the FCC in regard to defendant’s alleged release of a toll-free number the business used to market its products to an “adult” phone hotline, plaintiff nevertheless can pursue its state law claims, ...

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Negligence – Damage Award – Special Damages – Loose Dogs (access required)

Although plaintiff’s $30,000 jury award in this negligence action against a neighbor whose loose dogs knocked down plaintiff in her own driveway was only $2,532 greater than plaintiff’s special damages, a Fairfax Circuit Court says that Bowers v. Sprouse does ...

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