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Ex-employee must return data, no damages for company (access required)

Where a company did not show it was damaged by an employee who breached his employment contract by retaining company documents after his termination and was ordered to return them, the company recovered no monetary damages. Background Defendant Christopher Steinke ...

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Prevailing plaintiff awarded almost $1 million in fees, costs (access required)

Where a former employee of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles sought over $1.8 million in fees and costs, the magistrate judge reduced the amount to approximately $938,000. The parties then reached a settlement on the amount of fees, costs ...

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No federal question jurisdiction over Virginia servicemember’s claim (access required)

Where a servicemember’s claim was brought under Virginia’s codification of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, or SCRA, resolution of that claim did not involve federal law as to provide federal question jurisdiction. Background This is a civil action alleging a ...

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Woman claimed retaliation for testimony against COO – $500,000 Settlement (access required)

High-level employee alleged that she was promptly placed under investigation and adversely transferred out of her position in retaliation for providing unfavorable testimony against the COO of the organization in an EEOC complaint that was filed by a subordinate employee. ...

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Court revives child’s claim vs. church (access required)


The Supreme Court of Virginia has recognized a church’s “special relationship” duty to protect children from a known dangerous employee. The new opinion also offers a host of guidance in other aspects of pleading a case. The decision builds on ...

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Fired detective’s federal job discrimination claim survives (access required)


Even though he appealed his termination from a state grievance process, a fired Virginia State Police special agent did not lose his right to sue in federal court for discrimination under federal law, a federal appeals court has ruled. The ...

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