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EDVA: Voter intimidation, defamation claims survive dismissal (access required)

Two publications purporting to reveal widespread voter fraud have given rise to a viable lawsuit. The published materials (called Alien Invasion I and II) allegedly reported falsely that specific individuals, identified by name and other personal information, had registered and/or voted illegally in ...

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WDVA: Buffet worker’s theft accusations could be defamatory (access required)

A woman and her mother sufficiently alleged defamation by a Golden Corral server, who publicly accused them of hiding food in their purses. But the court dismissed their claim for contract interference on account of their race and also struck ...

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EDVA: Prosecutor, officer face malicious-prosecution claims (access required)

An unsuccessful candidate for county sheriff sufficiently stated claims for malicious prosecution by a commonwealth’s attorney and a state police officer. The plaintiff said they conspired to prosecute him for election fraud with no evidence to support the charge. Background ...

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EDVA: Patient proves “horrifying” violations by medical staff (access required)

An involuntarily committed man who suffered from bipolar personality disorder was unreasonably denied necessary therapy, unlawfully restrained due to a nurse’s false report that he’d attacked her, and subjected to multiple severe assaults by another patient who acted at the ...

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4th Cir.: Student’s attitude outweighed school’s IDEA violation (access required)

High school staff failed to timely respond to parents’ requests for disability testing, but an administrative fact finder reasonably concluded that the student’s poor scholastic record was caused by his frequent absences and disdain for teachers, not the violation. Background ...

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State doctor hit with punitives for treatment denial (access required)

Emergency ER Hospital FEA

A patient who claimed he was denied recommended mental health treatment, beaten by another patient and unreasonably restrained at a state hospital won both compensatory and punitive damages against a doctor and a nurse – both state employees – in ...

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EDVA: Court rejects amended complaint as prolix, imprecise (access required)

In a multi-plaintiff race discrimination suit against a state agency, the court said an attempt to “streamline” the original complaint did just the opposite, finding that plaintiff-by-plaintiff presentation of allegations was repetitive and too many claims relied on “information and ...

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Important Opinions January – June 2018 (access required)


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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WDVA: Jails must deliver nonprofit’s materials to inmates (access required)

A regional jail authority is preliminarily enjoined from confiscating publications mailed to inmates by the Human Rights Defense Center. The policy banning delivery of such publications is not rationally related to any legitimate purpose identified by the defendants. Background Plaintiff ...

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WDVA: “Unite the Right” conspiracy claims survive dismissal (access required)

In 1871, Congress passed a law “directed at the organized terrorism in the Reconstruction South,” now codified at 42 U.S.C. § 1985. Over 140 years later, the Ku Klux Klan, various neo-Nazi organizations, and associated white supremacists rallied in Charlottesville. ...

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