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Claims go forward in predatory abuse case (access required)

Where plaintiffs, members of a church youth group, have sued a church, several church organizations and individual defendants for claims arising from a “sustained pattern of predatory abuse,” the bulk of the various defendants’ demurrers are overruled. Background Plaintiffs initially ...

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State senator’s suit challenging censure dismissed (access required)

Where a Virginia state senator alleged her censure by the Senate violated her First and 14th Amendment rights and the Senate’s own rules, her suit was dismissed because the Senate and clerk have sovereign and legislative immunity. Background According to ...

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Partial final judgment granted at plaintiff’s request (access required)

Where all claims and defendants except one assault and battery claim were previously dismissed, there was no significant relationship between the dismissed claims and the remaining one and the appeal of the dismissed claims would not be affected by the ...

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Attempt to manufacture diversity rejected (access required)

Where the plaintiff took multiple steps to manufacture diversity jurisdiction, including forming a new LLC that merged with the prior, nondiverse LLC right before filing its complaint, there was no federal jurisdiction. Because the court found the plaintiff’s efforts collusive ...

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Opioid-related suit to remain in federal court (access required)

Where Arlington County sued a host of opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies in state court for causing, or contributing to, the opioid epidemic in the county, two subcontractors properly removed the suit to federal court. Their operation of a government ...

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Plaintiff’s former counsel disqualified as defense counsel (access required)

Where defense counsel previously represented plaintiff in corporate matters, consulted on protecting trade secrets, and drafted and enforced employment contracts and noncompete agreements, plaintiff’s motion to disqualify defense counsel in a trade secret matter is granted. Background The Morrison & ...

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Leave to amend granted in contract breach case (access required)

Where a valid nonsuit was entered in plaintiff’s previous suit against a homeowners association, he has preserved his right to refile his case. Plaintiff is granted leave to amend his declaratory judgment count, or, in the alternative, to bring claims ...

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Defamation and emotional distress claims dismissed (access required)

Although all of the complained-of news reports fall within the statute of limitations, plaintiff’s defamation claims are dismissed because the statements are true and lack the necessary “sting” to be actionable defamation. Further, some of the statements are opinions. Plaintiff’s ...

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