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Student’s Grade-Change Complaint Dismissed (access required)

A college student cannot enforce a professor’s alleged agreement to change the student’s grade in a college course, as the university has 11th Amendment immunity from the student’s suit alleging breach of contract, defamation and fraud, a Richmond U.S. District ...

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Claims Dismissed in Truck Driver’s Rear-End Wreck (access required)

Merely stating that defendant was a professional driver of a commercial tractor-trailer when his poultry truck rear-ended plaintiff’s vehicle on Interstate 81 is not sufficient to state a claim for willful and wanton negligence, and the Roanoke U.S. District Court ...

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Online Job Offer Included Arbitration Clause (access required)

A Roanoke U.S. District Court denies defendant financial services company’s motion to compel arbitration of her Title VII, age discrimination and disability bias claims arising from her termination of employment; although defendant says plaintiff’s acceptance of its job offer online ...

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Defendant Can’t Show ‘Extraordinary Circumstances’ (access required)

A defendant convicted of the drug-related first-degree murder of two men in 1997 cannot overturn a district court’s denial of his Rule 60(b)(6) motion for relief from judgment as untimely; the 4th Circuit upholds denial of his motion filed years ...

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