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Retaliation claim defeated by justifiable termination (access required)

No reasonable juror could find that Plaintiff Mary David was subject to unlawful sex discrimination or retaliation by her employer, Defendant Winchester Medical Center, the district court said. David, WMC’s Director of Critical Care, alleged that Dr. Nicolas C. Restrepo’s ...

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Charitable immunity applies despite unwilling beneficiary (access required)

The district court held that Plaintiff Justis Funkhouser’s personal-injury claim against Defendant Henry & William Evans Home for Children was barred by Virginia’s charitable-immunity doctrine. Funkhouser – a minor in foster care at the time of the underlying events – ...

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Exigent circumstances justified search despite defective warrant (access required)

The Supreme Court held that, despite an invalid warrant, officers did not need a warrant to break up an ongoing “meth cook” at Appellee James Campbell’s home. On August 6, 2014, Investigator James Begley received multiple phone calls from a ...

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“Safety-valve” compliance attempted too late (access required)

Appellant Terrance Kevin Hall, a convicted cocaine dealer attempting to invoke Virginia’s “safety-valve provision” to evade mandatory-minimum sentencing, did not timely provide information required to do so, the court ruled. Hall was convicted of three counts of distribution of cocaine ...

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