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Complaints About Prof’s Conduct Not Defamation (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court grants defendant university’s motion to dismiss a professor’s claim alleging her department chair defamed her by accusing her of speaking disparagingly about the department, having “meltdowns” and “temper tantrums” and complaining that she did not ...

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Copyright Owner Can’t Sue Multiple ‘John Does’ (access required)

Plaintiff copyright owner who is suing John Does 1-10 for illegally downloading plaintiff’s movie, “London Has Fallen,” is not entitled to discovery of the identities of John Does 2-10 from their internet service providers, based on plaintiff’s allegation that the ...

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Government Contractor’s Tort Claim Survives (access required)

In this litigation between a small-business contractor and its defendant subcontractor to provide the U.S. Army with energy efficient relocatable shelters for use in Kuwait, defendant sub wins summary judgment on plaintiff’s claim for damages for transportation and storage costs ...

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Three-Year Md. Limit Applies to Title II ADA Claim (access required)

A Maryland bus rider’s disability discrimination suit alleging the Maryland Transit Administration violated the Americans with Disabilities Act is not untimely; the 4th Circuit says the court should apply the three-year limitations period for a general civil action, not the ...

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Debtors May Use ‘Standard’ Amounts for Expenses (access required)

Debtors may take the full National and Local Standard amounts for expenses in their chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding even though their actual expenses are less than the Standard amounts; the 4th Circuit upholds a bankruptcy court’s refusal to dismiss the ...

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