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Labor & Employment – State Employee's Termination – Hatch Act Violation – Political Activities – Stay Of Termination Order (access required)

Where plaintiff, who worked for a state agency which administered federal funds, was ordered terminated from her position by the Merit Systems Protection Board after plaintiff ran for state office in violation of the Hatch Act, 5 U.S.C. § § ...

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Tort/Negligence – Contract – Pleading – Service Station Contract (access required)

Where plaintiff, the former operator of an Exxon service station, alleged various tort theories and claims for punitive damages arising from his conflict with the company over its termination of his distributorship and subsequent attempt to remove its underground storage ...

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Environmental – State Water Quality Standards – Maryland & Virginia Dioxin Standards (access required)

Although the plaintiff environmental groups argue that the federal Environmental Protection Agency was unduly deferential to the states of Maryland and Virginia in establishing permissible levels of dioxin in water under the federal Clean Water Act, the district court applied ...

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Admiralty – Death On High Seas Act – Reduction Of Award For Decedent's Expenses – Joint Tortfeasors – Set-Off – Pro Rata Doctrine (access required)

Where the trial court earlier reduced its award to decedent ship’s master’s estate under the Death On High Sea Act by 25 percent to account for the decedent’s estimated expenditure of the award as one member of a family of ...

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Tort/Negligence – FTCA – Independent Contractor – Physicians At Naval Base – 'Control' Test (access required)

Where plaintiff alleges that defendant health care providers, who were under contract to the federal government to provide medical services to Navy personnel, were negligent in failing to timely diagnose her malignant bone cancer, the health care providers who treated ...

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Intellectual Property – Copyright – Architectural Plans – Injunction (access required)

Where a former employee of defendant builder in this copyright infringement action alleges that the president of defendant builder instructed him to enter into the computer the layout of the “Louisa” home design, a copyrighted design of plaintiff builder’s, as ...

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Bankruptcy – Relief From Automatic Stay – Breach Of Debtor's Lease – Waiver Under New Agreement (access required)

Although the landlord accepted late rent and rent arrearage payments after it negotiated a new letter agreement so debtor could continue to operate its pizza business after defaulting on its original lease, the landlord’s conduct in accepting these payments did ...

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Municipal – Underinsurance Coverage – Self-Insured County – County Employee – Coverage Available (access required)

Where a police officer was injured in an automobile accident with a traffic violator whom the officer was pursuing, the employer county, which is self-insured, is required to provide underinsured motorist coverage to the officer. The trial court refused to ...

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