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FLSA attorneys’ fee award vacated (access required)

In awarding attorneys’ fees, the district court failed to exclude time spent for plaintiffs whose claims were time-barred; it also incorrectly determined the percentage of sought damages actually won. Plaintiff Gregory Randolph brought suit against his former employer, Defendant PowerComm ...

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“Whistleblower’s” Disclosures Not Protected; Termination Warranted (access required)

Appellant William C. O’Hara, a federal contractor’s former employee, did not make protected disclosures of fraud to the contracting agency and, based on his work performance, would have been terminated from employment notwithstanding such disclosures. After winning a contract with ...

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Latex-Allergy Discrimination Claim Presents a Triable Issue (access required)

Plaintiff Delcie Farmer, a medical employee with a severe latex allergy, may proceed to trial on claims that Defendant HCA Health Services of Virginia subjected her to illegal discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Farmer had been employed ...

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Sierra Club Awarded Partial Fees, Costs for Limited Coal-Ash Victory (access required)

On Plaintiff Sierra Club’s motion to recover fees and costs as the prevailing party, the court granted attorney fees of $457,718 and expert fees of $102,000, as well as certain litigation costs. Sierra Club had sued Virginia Electric & Power ...

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Public Employees – Whistleblower Claim – Agency Timeliness & Reports – Administrative (access required)

Flynn v. U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (VLW No. 017-2-212, 18 pp.) (Wynn Jr., J.) 16-2122; Dec. 7, 2017; on petition for review from the Merit System Protection Board. 4th Cir. Holding: The applicable version of 17 C.F.R. § 201.900(a) ...

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Public Employees – Constitutional – First Amendment – Political Activism – Schools & School Boards – Inappropriate Comments (access required)

Penley v. McDowell County Board of Education (VLW No. 017-2-203, 31 pp.) (Thacker, J.) (Wilkinson J., concurring) 16-2034; Nov. 28, 2017; USDC at Asheville, N.C. (Cogburn J.) 4th Cir. Holding: A state house member allegedly threatened the plaintiff-teacher – who ...

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Public Employees – Constitutional – Free Speech & Association – Assistant State’s Attorney (access required)

Borzilleri v. Mosby (VLW No. 017-2-184, 13 pp.) (Wilkinson, J.) No. 16-1751; Oct. 17, 2017; USDC at Baltimore, Md. (Motz, S.J.) 4th Cir. Holding: Since assistant state’s attorneys implement the policies of their elected bosses, the newly elected defendant-state’s attorney ...

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