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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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Bridge and tunnel district immune from tort claim (access required)

Where a truck driver died from hypothermia and drowning in Chesapeake Bay after the tractor-trailer he was driving went through a guardrail, sovereign immunity bars claims by the driver’s estate against the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel (CBBT) District. Overview ...

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