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Tag Archives: Judge Michael F. Urbanski

ACCA Vagueness, VICAR Violations and Defining Violent Crimes (access required)

Alleged members of the Mad Stone Bloods gang request that a Roanoke U.S. District Court dismiss the counts in the superseding indictment charging them with the use and discharge of firearms during crimes of violence, in violation of 18 U.S.C. ...

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Christian’s religious bias claim survives (access required)

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A printing manager who says he was fired by a boss with a record of making anti-Christian remarks can go forward with his religious discrimination claim. A Harrisonburg federal judge has denied summary judgment in the case. The plaintiff contends ...

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Consent Decree OK’d for DuPont’s Mercury Damage (access required)

A Harrisonburg U.S. District Court approves a $42 million proposed Consent Decree between the federal and state governments and DuPont over damage to natural resources arising from DuPont’s twenty-year use of mercury in the manufacture of acetate fibers at its ...

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Carrier Payments to Medical Expert Admissible (access required)

In this personal injury suit in which defendant has admitted liability for an auto accident, the Roanoke U.S. District Court will admit plaintiff’s evidence showing that defendant’s medical expert has received $524,045 in fees from defendant’s carrier, State Farm, as ...

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No Title VII Claim for Harassment by Students (access required)

A Harrisonburg U.S. District Court dismisses an African-American male’s suit alleging defendant public school system violated Title VII and the Age Discrimination Employment Act when it dropped him from the roster of substitute teachers; the district judge accepts the magistrate ...

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Portions of Release Admissible to Show Risk (access required)

Prior to trial of plaintiff’s suit for injuries he suffered while playing indoor Segway Polo at the Homestead hotel, the Harrisonburg U.S. District Court denies plaintiff’s motion to exclude the “Segway Personal Transporter Tours Liability Release Form” in its entirety; ...

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Court Affirms Lifting Automatic Stay (access required)

After debtor received multiple opportunities to comply with bankruptcy court directives, the bankruptcy court did not err in lifting the automatic stay and dismissing her chapter 13 petition, says a Harrisonburg U.S. District Court. Court orders The bankruptcy court dismissed petitioner’s ...

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Rear-End Collision Goes to Jury on Contrib (access required)

In plaintiff’s personal injury action against the driver of a semi-trailer truck that rear-ended her SUV on Interstate 81 in Frederick County, traveling during snow and freezing rain, the Harrisonburg U.S. District Court denies defendant’s motion for summary judgment alleging ...

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Diabetic Ex-Inmate’s Third-Party Contract Claim Fails (access required)

A Harrisonburg U.S. District Court grants summary judgment to Southern Health Partners Inc., a provider of medical services to inmates at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Regional Jail, on a former prisoner’s claim regarding denial of insulin during his incarceration based on his ...

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Student, suspended for Facebook posts, settles suit (access required)

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Colleges have become frequent litigation targets for students who disagree with disciplinary penalties, but a recent, short-lived lawsuit against Virginia Tech focused – not on personal injury – but on social media behavior. A student claimed Virginia Tech officials violated ...

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