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Expert Can Access Protected Materials (access required)

The Charlottesville U.S. District Court overrules a university patent foundation’s objections to the magistrate judge’s amendment of a protective order governing the scope allowed for plaintiff’s expert to review defendant’s confidential materials. The underlying technology in the case involves magnetic ...

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No ‘Public Concern’ in Employee Complaints (access required)

A former Senior Special Agent in the Lynchburg office of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles cannot show that her termination for allowing personal friction with a coworker to interfere with her professional judgment and responsibilities as a law enforcement ...

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Female Prosecutor Sues for Equal Pay (access required)

A Harrisonburg U.S. District Court dismisses an assistant female prosecutor’s Title VII retaliatory termination claim against the commonwealth’s attorney, who is not an “employer” subject to  Title VII; plaintiff may proceed with her Equal Pay Act claim against the commonwealth’s ...

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Defense Lawyer’s Suit Against Prosecutor Advances (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court says a criminal defense lawyer has stated claims including false arrest, malicious prosecution, abuse of process and intentional infliction of emotional distress  against the commonwealth’s attorney, for whom she formerly worked; plaintiff alleges defendant pursued ...

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Defense Lawyer’s Job Application Not a ‘Conflict’ (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court rejects petitioner’s “bizarre theory” that his court-appointed trial lawyer had a conflict of interest because he had a pending application for a magistrate judge position in the same federal court that sentenced petitioner on mail ...

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