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Lifetime ban on internet, computer use vacated (access required)

Where a man convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography was barred from accessing the internet, that was improper. A complete internet ban is almost always excessive for “non-contact child pornography activity, or similar conduct” where there was no actual ...

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Challenge to agency ratemaking authority dismissed (access required)

Where a Virginia consumer alleged that the Tennessee Valley Authority, or TVA, was charging individual consumers too much for its electric power, the court lacked jurisdiction to review that claim under the Administrative Procedure Act because ratemaking authority is committed ...

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Plaintiff sanctioned for ‘multiple’ Rule 11 violations (access required)

Where the plaintiff failed to support any of her claims with evidence, no reasonable person would believe the claims were factually justified and it appeared the suit was filed for an improper purpose, the plaintiff must pay the defendants’ legal ...

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Navy prevails on race bias, retaliation claims (access required)

Where the record showed that a Navy employee wasn’t selected for a supervisory position for reasons other than his race or prior employment complaints, the Navy prevailed on his discrimination and retaliation claims. Background Antonio Smith is an African American ...

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Liberty University dismisses disgruntled student’s suit (access required)

Where a student asserted multiple claims against Liberty University stemming from his dissatisfaction with a course in which he received an F grade, each of his claims was dismissed because they failed as a matter of law. Background Jerdonnis Murray ...

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NC-based doctor subject to jurisdiction in WDVA (access required)

Although a doctor who allegedly examined the Martinsville-based patient through a telemedicine program was physically present in North Carolina, there was personal jurisdiction over the doctor. The doctor’s alleged tortious actions are considered to have occurred in Virginia since the ...

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Settlement class certified in pizza delivery driver suit (access required)

Where the parties moved to settle the suit alleging that pizza delivery drivers were not paid overtime and the record showed that the collective-action plaintiffs all held the same job, were subject to the same overtime pay calculation, liability was ...

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