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Court not required to re-suspend entire sentence (access required)

Where the court initially suspended appellant’s five-year sentence and imposed a two-year period of supervised probation, the court was not required to again suspend the five-year sentence after a major probation violation. Overview Appellant pleaded guilty to a drug offense. ...

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Change to summary judgment procedures discussed (access required)

The General Assembly’s 2019 expansion of summary judgment procedures to allow certain business litigants to use affidavits and depositions to support summary judgment motions does not require opposing parties to file responsive affidavits or contrary deposition testimony to support a ...

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Workers’ Comp Act provides exclusive remedy for injury (access required)

Where the employee of a government contractor was allegedly injured when the elevator at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, or NGA, malfunctioned, her claims against the United States were dismissed. Because the United States was her statutory employer under the ...

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Refusal to reinstate PCT application arbitrary (access required)

Where the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO, refused to reinstate the plaintiffs’ patent cooperation treaty, or PCT, application after they paid the required fees, that was arbitrary and capricious. The office had granted relief to at least ...

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Male employee said sex bias played role in firing (access required)

Where a company executive allegedly told a male employee that it was easier to terminate him than contend with his female coworker who accused him of sex harassment, the employer’s motion for summary judgment was denied. Background Robert Whitley worked ...

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