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Tag Archives: Judge David J. Novak

Family feud: Man’s lawsuit against sibling, mother survives (access required)

A man’s suit against his brother and his mother for allegedly siphoning money from a family-owned business will go forward on several counts after an Eastern District judge rejected the defendants’ motion to dismiss in part. Douglas Keil levied a ...

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True statements doom slander of title claim (access required)

Where property owners’ slander of title claim rested on allegedly false statements, but the statements weren’t false, their claim was dismissed. Background This case involves a commercial, retail and residential common plan development known as Celebrate Virginia South, located in ...

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Messenger protected: Two courts, two opinions on Bowman claim for whistleblowers (access required)

Despite a contrary earlier opinion from a federal court, a Hanover County circuit judge says employees can sue for tort damages claiming they were fired for blowing the whistle on safety problems. The Oct. 22 ruling by Judge Patricia Kelly ...

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Claim rejected — Judge: No ‘Bowman’ action for safety-claim retaliation (access required)

A Richmond federal judge has rejected a state-law wrongful termination claim based on alleged retaliation against an employee who reported safety and health violations. The Bowman claim fizzled because the state code already provides a “extensive statutory remedy” that precludes ...

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