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WDVA: Landowners helping tree-sitters held in contempt (access required)

Farmers held to be working in concert with anonymous people in trees for the purpose of blocking construction of a pipeline, in violation of a prior order of the court, are in contempt of court and subject to fines. Background ...

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WDVA: Tree-sitters in contempt, ordered to come down (access required)

Coles, Red, and Minor Terry were held in contempt of court for interfering with the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s use of easements of which it had been granted immediate possession. Red and Minor were given approximately one day to come down ...

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Bon Mots: March 2018 Edition

As seasoned attorneys know, the lofty principles that attract aspiring lawyers can quickly be overshadowed by client emergencies, Sisyphean scheduling conundrums, unreasonable opposing counsel, billing targets, intrafirm politics, and understaffed courts. But from time to time, our esteemed judges take ...

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WDVA: Attorneys sanctioned for bad-faith litigation (access required)

Based on frivolous claims and lack of candor with the court, a charitable bond organization and its individual attorneys will be responsible for a Virginia sheriff’s legal fees in defending those claims. Background Plaintiff Nexus Services Inc. is a charitable ...

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WDVA: Disabled vet’s disparate-treatment claim is triable (access required)

A veteran who later went to work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, but whose employment was later terminated, presented genuine issues of material fact as to whether she was an individual with a disability and whether the VA’s ...

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WDVA: Prisoner’s dim-lighting claim can proceed to discovery (access required)

An inmate’s claim that officials at Green Rock Correctional Center violated his Eighth Amendment rights by keeping cell lights off for 23 hours per day survived a motion to dismiss. Other claims, including the inmate’s assignment to a top bunk ...

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WDVA: Medicare fraud allegations lack specificity (access required)

An employee accusing her former employer of Medicare fraud through misreporting of services provided didn’t provide sufficient detail, either of the fraudulent behavior itself or her alleged notice to the employer. Background Plaintiff Kimberly Branscome, a physical therapy assistant, brings ...

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WDVA: Immediate easement possession for pipeline co. (access required)

This court’s order of Jan. 31 granting Mountain Valley Pipeline immediate possession to numerous easements in the construction pathway of a FERC-approved pipeline was conditioned on its first presenting sufficient additional evidence that satisfies the constitutional requirements of eminent domain. ...

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