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Attorneys’ fees ordered as discovery sanction (access required)

Where plaintiff did not disclose, in response to defendant’s discovery request, a medical care provider he consulted for a second opinion in this medical malpractice case, plaintiff must pay defendant’s attorneys’ fees relating to the discovery violation. Background Plaintiff sued ...

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020-8-046 – Robbins v. Sentara Hospitals (access required)

Robbins v. Sentara Hospitals, Case No. CL19-6344 (Order). March 9, 2020; Norfolk City Cir. Ct. (Hall) Carlton F. Bennett, Mary Elizabeth Sherwin, Alan B. Rashkind for the parties. VLW 020-8-046, 8 pp. Full-Text Opinion

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Defendant wins state recommendation for service of federal sentence (access required)

Where a defendant asked that he receive a nunc pro tunc designation of the Virginia Department of Corrections for service of his 70-month federal sentence, he received a recommendation that the Bureau of Prisons grant his request. Background This matter ...

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Complaint, 109 pages long with 29 counts, against university dismissed (access required)

A 29-count suit filed by a disgruntled doctoral candidate at Liberty University was dismissed because there was no indication the plaintiff’s gender played any role, university policies and handbooks did not create a contractual relationship, the university did not owe ...

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Direct or alter-ego theory not available in furniture store dispute (access required)

The plaintiff, a retail furniture store in North Carolina, failed to establish jurisdiction over the two individuals who sold it the business. Neither of the two sellers assumed individual obligations in the supply agreement, which was the basis of the ...

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Attorney’s bid for early release based on COVID vulnerability fails (access required)

A former tax attorney who pleaded guilty to bank and wire fraud was denied relief for a reduced sentence under the FIRST Step Act. Despite his claims of poor health and rehabilitation, he remains a threat to the community that ...

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020-3-222 – Dinning v. United States (access required)

Dinning v. United States, Case Nos. 12-cr-84, 12-cr-140, April 16, 2020. EDVA at Norfolk (Jackson). VLW 020-3-222. 7 pp. Full-Text Opinion

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