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Magistrate’s Discovery Sanctions Sustained (access required)

The magistrate judge properly sanctioned the United States $24,363 for evasive discovery tactics, the Norfolk U.S. District Court says. United States sued tugboat owner. During pretrial discovery, the United States delayed producing documents integral to tugboat owner’s defense.  Tugboat owner ...

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No Attorney’s Fees in Courthouse Condemnation (access required)

Although the government may have “played fast and loose” in instructing an independent appraiser to value a 1.604-acre parcel for a Norfolk federal courthouse annex without considering site improvements, the government’s pre-litigation valuation of the land at $10 million was ...

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Credit Complaint Investigation Was ‘Reasonable’ (access required)

A credit-card company’s failure to use the Consumer Data Industry Association’s 2009 Credit Reporting Resource Guide to investigate a credit reporting dispute after a debtor’s bankruptcy discharge did not violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s command to conduct a “reasonable” ...

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No Attorney-Client Protection for Docs (access required)

After in camera review of approximately 100 documents, a Richmond U.S. District Court overrules defendants’ claim of attorney-client privilege on all documents; defendants have failed to show their relationship with another company’s lawyers to extend the privilege to those communications; ...

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Personal Jurisdiction from Website Ads (access required)

A Newport News U.S. District Court has personal jurisdiction over a New York defendant whose website advertised on-the-job training programs in Virginia, allegedly using marks and training materials from plaintiff’s company, in violation of the Lanham Act. Plaintiff Jeffrey Nelson ...

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Hotline Complaint not ‘Protected Activity’ (access required)

An African-American woman’s anonymous call to her employer’s hot line to report a coworker’s alleged use of company Internet access for personal activities was not “protected activity” under Title VII and the Newport News U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge dismisses ...

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Corporation ‘Resident’ in Norfolk, Not Richmond (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court says a comparison of defendant corporation’s contacts with both the Richmond and Norfolk divisions shows this suit alleging breach of a noncompete contract should be transferred to the Norfolk division; and defendant’s assertion of a ...

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