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Contempt Order Against Lawyers Upheld (access required)

In these consolidated appeals from the bankruptcy court, the Alexandria U.S. District Court upholds denial of appellant donors’ request to pursue litigation against debtor National Heritage Foundation Inc., a sponsor of tax-advantaged donor-advised funds managed by a family whose members ...

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Employer Not Liable for Racist Threats (access required)

Defendant airline wins summary judgment in an African-American female flight attendant’s suit alleging race discrimination and harassment based on her being questioned about rumors that African-American flight attendants were running a prostitution ring out of a flight base in Kuwait, ...

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‘Showing Up’ Is Essential Job Requirement (access required)

A Russian linguist hired as an instructor for the Department of Defense who had chronic attendance problems and ultimately was terminated for being AWOL cannot sue for disability discrimination based on her fear of flying; the Alexandria U.S. District Court ...

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Bad Job References Were ‘Speculative’ (access required)

A former employee of a government contractor may not sue for defamation based on her speculative assertions that defendant’s employees gave negative telephone references to potential employers; the Alexandria U.S. District Court grants summary judgment to defendant employer. Plaintiff’s only ...

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