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Company response forecloses hostile environment liability (access required)

A viable hostile work environment claim based on a co-worker’s conduct requires facts showing the employer knew, or should have known, about the harassment and failed to take action to stop it. Here, because the complaint alleged Best Buy successfully ...

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‘Branch’ must handle mortgage business to trigger meeting rule (access required)

Where there is a “branch office” within 200 miles of the borrower’s home, federal regulations require a bank to conduct a face-to-face meeting before initiating foreclosure proceedings. However, that obligation is only triggered where the “branch office” conducts some business ...

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Judicial emergency orders tolled speedy trial right (access required)

Judicial emergency orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic tolled defendant’s constitutional and statutory speedy trial rights. Overview The parties concede that 103 days, for speedy trial purposes, elapsed from when defendant was arrested to the original trial date ...

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Attorneys’ fees ordered as discovery sanction (access required)

Where plaintiff did not disclose, in response to defendant’s discovery request, a medical care provider he consulted for a second opinion in this medical malpractice case, plaintiff must pay defendant’s attorneys’ fees relating to the discovery violation. Background Plaintiff sued ...

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Defendant wins state recommendation for service of federal sentence (access required)

Where a defendant asked that he receive a nunc pro tunc designation of the Virginia Department of Corrections for service of his 70-month federal sentence, he received a recommendation that the Bureau of Prisons grant his request. Background This matter ...

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Complaint, 109 pages long with 29 counts, against university dismissed (access required)

A 29-count suit filed by a disgruntled doctoral candidate at Liberty University was dismissed because there was no indication the plaintiff’s gender played any role, university policies and handbooks did not create a contractual relationship, the university did not owe ...

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Direct or alter-ego theory not available in furniture store dispute (access required)

The plaintiff, a retail furniture store in North Carolina, failed to establish jurisdiction over the two individuals who sold it the business. Neither of the two sellers assumed individual obligations in the supply agreement, which was the basis of the ...

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