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Employment – Public Employee – Grievance Procedure – Social Worker (access required)

A Richmond social worker’s suit alleging that the city should have accepted her supervisor’s recommendation to downgrade the social worker’s discipline from a 10-day suspension to a serious reprimand is dismissed because the social worker has waived this issue in ...

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Workers' Comp – Neck Injury From Rock – Narcolepsy (access required)

An award of benefits is modified to provide for temporary total benefits for a three-day period due to a cervical injury that the claimant suffered when a rock struck him in the neck, and a partial disability award for an ...

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Negligence – Legal Malpractice – Contributory Negligence – Lawyer As Lender – Expert Witnesses (access required)

A law firm accused of legal malpractice arising from a loan transaction can assert a defense of contributory negligence. The plaintiff investment company, that won a $2.4 million summary judgment in the legal malpractice action, must now try the case ...

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Tort – Defamation – Shoplifting Accusation – Publication Of Remark (access required)

A 68-year-old woman suing a supermarket for defamation arising from a security guard’s accusation that the woman shoplifted meat need not show that any passersby in the store parking lot heard or understood the accusations in order to sue for ...

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Antitrust – Cable TV Ads – Exclusive 'Rep' Agreements – Horizontal Agreements (access required)

Sales representatives who have exclusive contracts with cable television companies to sell “spot” advertising on cable television are not violating federal and Virginia antitrust laws by denying access to sales and commissions to plaintiff, who styles itself as an “independent ...

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Civil Rights – First Amendment – Adult Bookstore – Maryland Local Ordinance – Delayed Judicial Review (access required)

A Maryland local ordinance that licenses and regulates adult bookstores violates the First Amendment because the ordinance does not provide for prompt judicial review of licensing decisions. “[A]s we explain more fully today in 11126 Baltimore Blvd. [Inc. v. Prince ...

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Taxation – Income Tax Deficiency – Self-Employed Minister (access required)

In this “test case” filed by a group of United Methodist ministers to determine their status as employees or self-employed persons and their entitlement to certain business deductions, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals adopts in its entirety the ...

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