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Author Archives: Matthew Chaney

Whistleblower pleading standard clarified by court (access required)

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Direct evidence of government payment and receipt of fraudulent services must be alleged at the pleading stage for a qui tam action to survive a motion to dismiss, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Despite this, a ...

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Va. license suspension law faces new challenges (access required)

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A Virginia law which requires the automatic suspension of  the driver’s license of a resident who fails to pay court fines may soon be suspended itself as it faces challenges from multiple branches of state and federal government. Critics of ...

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Interest on reinstated verdict runs from judgment date (access required)

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Where a judgment has been reinstated on appeal, interest on an award must be calculated from the date of the original judgment, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on an issue of first impression. The Nov. 27 ...

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25 D.C. bar exam takers given wrong results (access required)

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An error in reporting bar exam results in Washington, D.C., in November left 13 applicants believing they had passed the July 2018 exam when they had not and 12 others falsely believing they had failed. The list of passing bar ...

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Title VII doesn’t protect illegal collection of evidence (access required)

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An employee cannot break the law in order to collect evidence in support of a workplace discrimination lawsuit, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Judge Diana Motz, writing for a unanimous panel, said that for an employee’s ...

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