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Expert testimony regarding diminished market value excluded (access required)

In an action to determine just compensation for the taking of certain property for the construction of a natural gas pipeline, where landlords were unable to offer testimony regarding the diminished market value of their property, the motion to exclude ...

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Claims of employee who falsified documents dismissed (access required)

Where a water waste treatment plant employee was terminated after falsifying official documents by back-dating them, he could not sue for discrimination because he could not demonstrate that the reasons for his termination were pretextual. Background In 2006, Henry Sliwinski, ...

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Cases stayed pending transfer to multi-district litigation (access required)

Where two Virginia counties separately sued a group of opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in causing the opioid crisis, their motions to remand the actions back to state court were stayed pending a decision on whether the cases ...

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Continuance granted based on Sixth Amendment concerns (access required)

Where a defendant’s motion for continuance of trial had already been denied, defense counsel’s pattern of delay raises Sixth Amendment effective assistance concerns and the defendant’s motion for reconsideration and continuance was granted in order to give him sufficient time ...

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Prosecutor’s press conference did not violate patient’s rights (access required)

Where a commonwealth’s attorney disclosed the fact that a psychiatric patient had psychological issues and had not taken his medication on the day he was shot by a hospital security guard, the patient’s guardian was unable to state a claim ...

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Pipeline company could not add tree-sitters as defendants (access required)

Where two tree-sitters occupying certain parcels of land possession which had been granted to a company to construct its planned pipeline route, the company was not allowed  to join them in condemnation action because defendants did not have an actual ...

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Sufficient evidence supports convictions for sex and drug trafficking (access required)

The court concluded there was sufficient evidence to support the convictions for sex trafficking and related drug counts. However, as a result of a Fourth Circuit decision issued after trial and post-trial briefing, the court granted the defendant’s motion for ...

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Non-diverse defendant not indispensable (access required)

Where the addition of a new defendant destroyed the court’s diversity jurisdiction and the plaintiff had already obtained a preliminary injunction against another defendant, the non-diverse defendant was severed from the case because, despite having an agency relationship with a ...

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Claims against CEO for alleged business torts to proceed (access required)

A CEO whose company employed a person allegedly bound by restrictive covenants has been sued by the former employer for tortious interference with contract and business expectancies, statutory conspiracy and aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty. Background The ...

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