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Tag Archives: Judge Joel Hoppe

Government may proceed in consumer protection suit (access required)

Where defendants sued for violating federal and state laws while administering “immigration bonds” for indigent consumers facing deportation moved to quash subpoenas sent to non-parties, their motion was denied. The subpoenas properly sought information to “fully understand” the defendants’ financial ...

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Town must produce attorney’s report (access required)

Where the Town of Front Royal retained an attorney to conduct an investigation into a town clerk’s discrimination complaints, it must produce communications regarding the investigation, the attorney’s conclusions and her advice about any remedial measures to address the alleged ...

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Privilege waived: Town ordered to produce attorney’s report in harassment investigation (access required)

Attorney report

The Town of Front Royal has been directed by a magistrate judge to disclose its communications with its retained attorney on an investigation into harassment claims made by a former town clerk after the former clerk’s motion to compel was ...

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ALJ erred by relying solely on medical evidence (access required)

Where Social Security regulations provide that an administrative law judge, or ALJ, may not disregard a person’s statements about the intensity, persistence and limiting effects of symptoms solely because they are not substantiated by medical evidence, the ALJ erred by ...

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Libel defendant sanctioned for failing to preserve documents (access required)

Where a defendant sued for making allegedly defamatory statements about the plaintiff — a counter-protestor who posted video of the “Unite the Right” rallies in Charlottesville — failed to preserve potentially relevant documents, the plaintiff was entitled to an adverse ...

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Adverse inference warranted for failure to preserve evidence (access required)

Where a defendant sued for his alleged role in the “Unite the Right” rally failed to preserve a laptop, two cell phones and three social media accounts, an adverse inference instruction at trial was warranted. Background This matter is before ...

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