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Sovereign Immunity – Eleventh Amendment – Age Discrimination (access required)

Drewery v. Portsmouth City School Board (VLW No. 017-3-451, 14 pp.) (Smith, C.J.) 2:17-cv-20; E.D. Va. Holding:  For purposes of sovereign immunity, Virginia school boards act as independent local government agencies, not as arms of the state, and thus are ...

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Court Reinstates $2.3M Win for Pretrial Detainee (access required)

The 4th Circuit reverses a Maryland district court and reinstates plaintiff’s $2.3 million jury award against Baltimore police officers for violation of plaintiff’s civil rights in the use of questionable investigative strategies – including the officers’ failure to inform the ...

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Defamation Claim Sent Back to State Court (access required)

In plaintiff’s suit alleging defendant school officials violated his First and 14th Amendment rights and defamed him by making false accusations to his family, his employer, law enforcement, child protective services and the general public, an Alexandria U.S. District Court ...

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Student’s Title IX, Defamation Claims Advance (access required)

A former student and football player removed from defendant Liberty University following a determination that he had violated the Student Honor Code and the university’s Sexual Assault Policy has stated defamation claims against the university and the female student who ...

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