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‘Insulting words’: Woman can sue ex for defamation

Where a woman alleged that her ex-boyfriend sent false and defamatory emails to her government employer after their relationship ended, her defamation and insulting words claims survive his motion to dismiss. Judge Norman K. Moon of the Western District of ...

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Spouse shelves suit; no attorneys’ fees for ex

Couple's hands separating

When a man voluntarily dismissed a defamation suit against his ex-wife before she moved to dismiss in federal court, she cannot recover attorneys’ fees pursuant to Virginia’s “anti-SLAPP” statute, the Eastern District of Virginia has ruled in a matter of ...

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Student’s defamation claims vs. university survive dismissal

Student taking notes in class

A student’s claims that administrators of a Virginia university defamed him during his dismissal from the school’s physician assistant program due to patient safety concerns have survived dismissal. Judge Thomas T. Cullen of the Western District of Virginia wrote that ...

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Jury sides with prominent public figure in defamation suit — $5M verdict

Type of action: Defamation Name of case: Oliver v. Cohen Court: Virginia Beach Circuit Court Case no.: CL 19-692 Tried before: Jury Name of judge or mediator: Judge Beverly W. Snukals (Ret.) Date resolved: 4/1/2022 Demand: $10,000,000 Offer: $250,000 Verdict ...

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Richmond jury sides with trio of physicians in defamation case

Type of action: Defamation claim and counterclaim for fraud in the inducement Injuries alleged: Plaintiff alleged defamation; defendants alleged bullying and harassing conduct from plaintiff Name of case: Scarabelli v. Ellenbogen, et al. Court: Richmond Circuit Court Case no.: CL18003609-00 ...

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Ruling: Dismissal of defamation lawsuit against Fairfax upheld

(AP) A federal appeals court on June 23 upheld a ruling dismissing a defamation lawsuit filed by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax after CBS News broadcast interviews with two women who accused him of sexual assault. In its ruling, a ...

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Some counterclaims survive demurrer in defamation case

Where defendant was sued for defamation and has asserted counterclaims, some claims survive plaintiff’s demurrers while others are barred by the statute of limitations. Background In the underlying suit, filed on March 1, 2019, plaintiff John C. Depp sued defendant ...

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Judge tags dentist $140K for deleting evidence

In a court battle in which one dentist is suing another for defamation and for firing him, a circuit judge has ordered the defendant dentist to pay $140,554.65 in attorneys’ fees and costs for deleting digital records requested in discovery. ...

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