Tag Archives: Judge Leslie M. Alden

Arbitration clause enforced against housekeeper (access required)


A businessman who had his live-in housekeeper sign an arbitration clause when she started work at his house six years ago can use the clause to keep her job-related claims out of court, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. ...

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No Habeas Relief for Dual Pornography Convictions (access required)

A defendant convicted for possession of child pornography under 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5)(B) who then was convicted for production of child pornography using images of a girls soccer team that had supported the federal conviction, loses his state habeas challenge ...

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Worker’s leg crushed due to faulty dock plate – $1,100,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was injured while unloading a truck at Fort Belvoir. He was using a dock plate whose braking system failed, allowing it to rise up uncommanded, catching his leg between the dock plate and the pallet jack he was using. ...

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Woman died from blood clot after spinal surgery – Defense verdict (access required)

Plaintiff’s decedent was a 31-year-old woman admitted to the hospital on Aug. 9, 2007, for spine surgery. While in the pre-operative holding area, she was found to have deep venous thrombosis (DVT) involving three vessels in her right lower leg. ...

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Moving company sues basketball player for breach of contract – Motion to strike granted (access required)

This lawsuit arose from the alleged breach of a contract by defendant Gilbert Arenas, a professional basketball player, to move the contents of Arenas’ home in Fairfax County to California. In November 2010, Arenas and his girlfriend, Laura Mendoza-Govan, separated. ...

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Former HOA president’s emails were defamatory – $9,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff Sondra Cornwell filed a defamation per se case, alleging that she was defamed by four emails written and published by defendant James Ruggieri. The emails alleged that Cornwell had stolen homeowner association (HOA) funds five years earlier. Ruggieri was ...

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