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Criminal – Forfeiture – Standing (access required)

Where one claimant to the forfeited property, two parcels of land, contends that he loaned defendant owner of the property $5,000 in exchange for the right to use a bridge which defendant constructed, and a second claimant contends he is ...

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Administrative – Social Security – SSI – Claimant's Contradictory Testimony – DOT's Job Requirements (access required)

Although claimant’s treating physician opined that he was totally disabled because of an arm injury and certain mental health problems, the administrative law judge did not err in rejecting the reports on the basis of the claimant’s contradictory testimony at ...

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Tort/Negligence – Workers' Comp Bar – Emotional Distress – 'Injury' (access required)

Where plaintiff alleged that her supervisor at defendant insurance company inflicted severe emotional distress when he intentionally singled her out for harassment and sought to humiliate her in front of other employees by making derisive comments about her weight, as ...

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Tort/Negligence – FELA – Railroad Employee – Split Crosstie – No Evidence Of Railroad's Negligence (access required)

Where plaintiff, a railroad employee who was injured when he fell while inspecting train brakes, testified that he had fallen over a “split crosstie sticking up,” but he failed to present sufficient evidence that the railroad was negligent in allowing ...

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Insurance – Municipal – UM Coverage – Va. Municipal Liability Pool (access required)

A sheriff injured in an accident involving a county car is entitled to only $25,000 in UM coverage from the county’s insurance carrier, the Virginia Municipal Liability Pool, because that entity is not subject to the Virginia UM statute. Although ...

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Workers' Comp – 'Employee' – Prisoner Doing Road Work (access required)

Where the state prisoner was injured while performing road work under a contract between the Department of Corrections and the Department of Transportation, the prisoner had entered into a contract and was an “employee” for the purpose of receiving workers’ ...

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