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Tag Archives: Judge Joel Hoppe

Court resolves discovery dispute in real estate suit

Although a company sued for allegedly breaching an agreement sell a 26-acre parcel of land raised numerous objections to discovery requests propounded by the plaintiffs, including that they were overbroad, irrelevant, vague and unclear, the court largely required it to ...

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Government may proceed in consumer protection suit

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

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

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

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

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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