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Court to try age-bias case based on ‘skills’ comment (access required)

An age-discrimination case based on a demand for “21st Century skills” is set for trial in Richmond federal court this month. The case turns on what a school superintendent meant when he justified replacing the school system’s 60-year-old chief public ...

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Employment Discrimination – Age – School Official – PR Job (access required)

In this case from Richmond U.S. District Court, a school system is not entitled to summary judgment in this age discrimination suit filed by its former director of community relations, who alleges she was forced into early retirement to make ...

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Creditor’s Rights – Equipment Leases – Default – Insolvency – FRE 408 (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court grants summary judgment to plaintiff financial services company against a defendant who admits defaulting on multiple equipment leases, for a balance due of over $1.4 million. Plaintiff company alleges defendant has not made monthly payments ...

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Contract – False Claims Act – Student Loans – Public Disclosure Bar (access required)

Former telemarketers who solicited applications for consolidation of government-backed student loans have not stated claims under the False Claims Act based on defendants’ alleged preferred lender agreements, exit counseling program and bonus payments to employees, according to a Richmond U.S. ...

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Employment Discrimination – Age – Discovery – E-Mails – Personnel Records (access required)

A 60-year-old former public information director suing a school board after it promoted her younger male assistant to her job wins her motion to compel production of certain e-mails, personnel files and performance reviews, and material related to the RIF ...

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Social Security – Conflicting Medical Opinion – Credibility (access required)

Although claimant’s continued receipt of her son’s SSI checks after she no longer cared for him “reflected poorly” on claimant’s integrity, the administrative law judge’s credibility determination was not the only reason for denial of social security benefits, and in ...

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Civil Procedure – Venue Transfer – Builder Insurance – Chinese Drywall (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court declines to transfer venue to the Eastern District of Louisiana of an insurance company’s declaratory judgment action denying coverage to a developer on a resident’s claim for damages arising from the use of Chinese drywall ...

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Employment Discrimination – Age – School Board – PR Director (access required)

A school superintendent is dismissed as a defendant from an age discrimination suit filed by the school system’s former Director of Community Relations, a 60-year-old woman who alleges she was forced into early retirement and replaced by her 37-year-old male ...

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