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Important Opinions January – December 2018 (access required)

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The “Important Opinions” that appear each week on the front page of Virginia Lawyers Weekly are those chosen by our editors as the most likely to impact law practice or a given subject area of law. Below is a listing, ...

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Company can pursue ex-employee for retained property, trade secrets (access required)

Because an employer did not abandon its claim that a former employee breached his employment agreement by retaining company property after resignation, the district court erred in dismissing the claim. And because the employer took steps to maintain the secrecy ...

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State can’t waive procedures for pipeline permit (access required)

The Army Corps of Engineers lacked the authority to alter a special condition imposed by West Virginia regarding the construction and operation of a natural gas pipeline.  And because West Virginia did not follow the mandated notice-and-comment procedures in waiving ...

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Unauthorized use of personnel files not ‘protected’ (access required)

The unauthorized inspection and copying of personnel files by a sheriff’s office employee in support of her discrimination claim was in violation of a valid, generally-applicable state law prohibiting such conduct and did not constitute “protected activity” sufficient to support ...

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Title VII doesn’t protect illegal collection of evidence (access required)

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An employee cannot break the law in order to collect evidence in support of a workplace discrimination lawsuit, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Judge Diana Motz, writing for a unanimous panel, said that for an employee’s ...

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