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Sovereign immunity denied to deputy in car crash case (access required)

Where plaintiff alleges she was injured in a chain reaction collision caused by defendant deputy’s negligence while driving to serve legal papers, defendant’s plea in bar based on sovereign immunity is denied. Defendant’s driving between locations to serve papers was ...

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Claim recognized for negligent credentialing (access required)

Where plaintiff claims a hospital negligently granted a doctor hospital privileges and “failed to properly evaluate his credentials on an ongoing basis,” the hospital’s demurer, based on plaintiff’s failure to state a valid cause of action under Virginia law is ...

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Alleged defamatory statements lacked ‘sting’ (access required)

Statements contained in appellant’s disciplinary form lacked the requisite “sting” to be actionable as defamation. Further, any republication of the statements and other statements made in proceedings before the Virginia Employment Commission are absolutely privileged. Overview Appellant Shannon was the ...

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Defamation claims related to COVID-19 tests go forward (access required)

Where a pharmaceutical company sued a newspaper for claims arising from an article about COVID-19 home testing, the newspaper’s demurrer to defamation claims is overruled. Demurrers to claims against the paper’s executives in their personal capacity the paper’s parent companies ...

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Landlord had no duty to check on tenant’s welfare (access required)

Even though one of defendant landlord’s employees reported to other employees that he saw plaintiff tenant sitting in his apartment bathroom “‘not very alert’ and potentially ‘ill,’” there was no duty to check on plaintiff’s welfare. As a result, the ...

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Comments about lawyer’s advice lacked defamatory sting (access required)

Defendant’s statements to the press about plaintiff’s legal advice to the Portsmouth City Council lacked the necessary sting to support his defamation suit. Background Plaintiff is Portsmouth’s former city attorney. Defendant is the former mayor. Plaintiff’s complaint alleges that after ...

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