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Whistleblower retaliation suit by vet proceeds (access required)

A whistleblower’s retaliatory termination suit against her former employer has survived dismissal, but the judge limited her allegations to those presented in her complaint to the Office of the Inspector General, or OIG. The veterinarian plaintiff alleged that her government ...

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‘Lost and irreplaceable’: Employee sanctioned over spoliation (access required)

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A federal court has sanctioned an employee who deleted electronically stored information, or ESI, from his former employer’s computers after receiving a litigation hold letter when he was fired for starting a competing company with several co-workers. Judge Roderick C. ...

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Court rules for insurer in UIM dispute (access required)

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The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled in favor of a defendant insurance company after the company and the plaintiff both submitted motions for summary judgment to determine the applicable limit for underinsured motorist coverage. The ...

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Sanctions vacated: Defamation, tortious interference claims not frivolous (access required)

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Where a claimant’s defamation suit was dismissed with a warning that further frivolous pleadings might justify sanctions, her subsequently filed claims based on new conduct were not frivolous and did not warrant sanctions. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

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Statements direct evidence of discriminatory motive (access required)

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A man’s gender-based wrongful termination claim has survived summary judgment because the company CEO’s alleged role in his firing provided direct evidence of discriminatory motive. The plaintiff alleged that during his employer’s investigation of sexual harassment complaints against him, the ...

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