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PSA ambiguous on ex-wife’s right to insurance proceeds (access required)

Where a property settlement agreement was ambiguous on whether an ex-wife relinquished her rights to the husband’s life insurance policy as part of their divorce, the district court erred by awarding the policy’s proceeds to the decedent’s daughter. The issue ...

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‘Injudicious’ remarks about dogfighting do not require recusal (access required)

Although a judge’s comments about pit bulls and dogfighting made after vivid photos and videos were presented during the sentencing of defendants convicted of dogfighting and drug-trafficking offenses were “injudicious,” they did not require recusal. Nor were the sentences procedurally ...

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School board did not discriminate against teacher (access required)

Where a pre-K special education teacher was not meeting the expectations of the Arlington County School Board, no adverse employment action was taken against him and he did not show he was treated differently from similarly situated employees outside of ...

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Plaintiff’s false imprisonment case fails on numerous grounds (access required)

Where the charges against the plaintiff, who maintained his innocence in a missing person’s case, were ultimately dropped after he was arrested, extradited from Virginia to North Carolina and held in jail, his suit against various officials and entities for ...

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Defendant didn’t own waterslide at time of injury (access required)

Where the record demonstrated the defendant did not own or operate a waterslide at the time of a woman’s alleged injury, and she offered no evidence or testimony establishing notice of an unsafe condition, the defendant was granted summary judgment. ...

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Student twice fails to allege due process claim against Virginia Tech (access required)

Where a student found guilty of cheating on the final exam sued Virginia Tech and two employees after his initial suit was dismissed again failed to allege sufficient facts to establish a violation of a protected liberty interest, his second ...

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Defendants’ motion for ‘trifurcation’ rejected (access required)

Where a trial against prisoner transportation companies had already been bifurcated into a liability/compensatory portion and a separate punitive damages portion, the first phase of trial will not be further bifurcated because it would inconvenience the parties, the witnesses, the ...

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