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Tag Archives: Judge Joel Hoppe

Jail did not violate prisoner’s religious rights (access required)

Although the single-vendor policy of the Virginia Department of Corrections substantially burdened the prisoner’s exercise of his religion by restricting the vendors from whom he could buy prayer oils, the policy served compelling interests in maintaining prison security and efficiency, ...

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Page County must produce documents sought by ex-employee (access required)

A former county employee asserting claims for employment discrimination and retaliation is entitled to various categories of documents from the defendant, including material in the personnel files of other employees. Background Lynda Minke sued her former employer, Page County, alleging ...

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Unexplained delay barred assertion of new infringement claims (access required)

A patent owner who brought a large number of infringement claims against a manufacturer was not permitted to amend its complaint to assert new claims after the manufacturer successfully challenged the claims before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, or ...

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Company’s property maintenance policies were discoverable (access required)

A plaintiff in a premises liability action was entitled to discover the policies and procedures used by the defendant to maintain the safety of its premises at the time of plaintiff’s injury because even though the policies and procedures could ...

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County must provide info in termination suit (access required)

The court rejected the county board of supervisors’ reliance on the Virginia Freedom of Information Act to resist disclosure of closed-session discussions about the plaintiff’s termination, finding that federal law, not state law, governed. Addressing the board’s claims of attorney-client ...

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WDVA: Threatening collection calls lead to award over $15k (access required)

A plaintiff is entitled to actual and statutory damages, attorneys’ fees, and litigation costs arising from debt-collection calls she allegedly received from the defendant, who did not respond. Background Plaintiff Betty West’s lawsuit arises out of a series of interactions ...

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