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Amendment Barred to Name ‘John Doe’ Officers (access required)

A Charlottesville U.S. District Court denies plaintiff leave to amend his suit alleging multiple “John Doe” defendants violated his rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 with respect to actions taken by law enforcement agents after they obtained an emergency custody ...

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No Free Speech Claim from Facebook Comment Removal (access required)

A prosecutor’s deletion of plaintiff’s comment on the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s official Facebook page, and blocking of plaintiff from leaving further comments for several months, did not violate plaintiff’s First Amendment rights, an Alexandria U.S. District Court holds; defendant ...

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Nursing Student’s Free Speech Claim Advances (access required)

A nursing student who complained in class and to administrators about qualified instructors leaving the program, to be replaced by unqualified instructors, and who alleges she was subjected to a phony student misconduct charge in retaliation, states a claim against ...

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‘Redistricting’ Plaintiffs Win $1.3M in Fees, Costs (access required)

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s dismissal of an appeal of a three-judge panel’s decision that Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District reflects an unconstitutional racial gerrymander, the panel lifts the stay on its earlier award of $779,189.39 in attorney’s ...

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Jail Health Supervisor Can’t Claim ‘No Knowledge’ (access required)

In this suit arising from the death of a pretrial detainee in the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, the Norfolk U.S. District Court accepts the magistrate judge’s recommendation to deny dismissal of plaintiff administrator’s negligence claims against the defendant nurse employed ...

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Pretrial Detainee Care Is ‘Ministerial’ (access required)

In this suit arising from the death of a pretrial detainee in the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, the Norfolk U.S. District Court accepts a magistrate judge’s recommendation to deny defendant correctional officials’ motion to dismiss negligence claims; defendants are not ...

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