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Wedding venue’s challenge to COVID-19 order rejected (access required)

Where a wedding venue was unlikely to succeed on its claim that the governor’s COVID-19 order preventing wedding venues from nonreligious ceremonies with more than 25 attendees violated its First Amendment and equal protection rights, its motion for a preliminary ...

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Direct evidence of age bias was insufficient (access required)

Although the plaintiff presented direct evidence of age discrimination – a statement by a member of the interview committee that another candidate received the job because he was younger and more energetic – the employer nevertheless prevailed on summary judgment ...

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Attorneys’ fees demand results in FDCPA claim (access required)

Where defendants who provided a loan for the purchase of real property allegedly demanded attorneys’ fees before they became due under the promissory note, the plaintiff alleged a plausible claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, or FDCPA. Background ...

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Placing employee on PIP could be adverse action (access required)

The employer was denied summary judgment on the ADA retaliation claim because the Fourth Circuit has not resolved whether placing an employee on a performance improvement plan, or PIP, after they engaged in protected conduct, could be an adverse employment ...

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Plaintiff can’t amend complaint through joinder (access required)

Where the plaintiff moved to add Rehabilitation Act and Title VII claims to her second amended complaint through “joinder,” the motion was denied because a party cannot engraft claims on a complaint except through an amended pleading. Background Shawn Gonzalez ...

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