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Employee could bring counterclaim for retaliation (access required)

Where an employer brought a breach of contract action against an employee only two months after the employee filed a discrimination charged with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the employee had a counterclaim for retaliation under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, but ...

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United States was not liable for postal worker’s intentional torts (access required)

Where a contractor who provided mail deliveries for the United States Postal Service was repeatedly sexually harassed, assaulted and battered by a USPS employee, sovereign immunity shielded both USPS and the United States from liability for the employee’s behavior. Background ...

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Paying congressman to promote company was not bribery (access required)

Defendant’s conviction for bribery was vacated even though he paid a former congressman to help advance his company’s interests because the actions taken by the congressman, including suggesting and recommending the defendant’s company to the Army and a Nigerian company, ...

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Company did not have common law duty to protect customers from hacking (access required)

Where defendants claimed that a hack of a third party’s email communication caused them to misdirect funds to the hacker instead of the plaintiff, the defendants could not assert a claim for equitable indemnification and contribution against the third-party because ...

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Parties to consent decree should be included in action to approve it (access required)

The Commonwealth of Virginia was entitled to intervene in an action to approve a proposed consent decree to which it was a party and other parties with obligations under the proposed settlement agreement were joined in the action because they ...

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U.S. cannot claim sovereign immunity against torture claims (access required)

The United States cannot claim sovereign immunity against claims that Americans violated international law by subjecting plaintiffs to torture at the Abu Ghraib prison. While that ruling of first impression allowed a government contractor sued over its alleged involvement in ...

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Digital film bits on file-sharing network violated Copyright Act (access required)

The owner of copyrights to eight films was entitled to judgment against a defaulting defendant based on the proof attached to the complaint that the defendant had downloaded, copied and distributed digital bits of the copyrighted film files through a ...

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Lender not entitled to immunity as ‘an arm of a tribe’ (access required)

An allegedly usurious lender could not avoid liability by claiming sovereign immunity as an arm of a tribe where the facts showed the tribe did not meaningfully benefit from the relationship and that the relationship instead appeared intended to benefit ...

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