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EDVA: Abu Ghraib abuse suit proceeds against contractor (access required)

Nearly 10 years after the action was first initiated, and following numerous motions for reconsideration and interlocutory and direct appeals, plaintiffs asserting claims under the Alien Tort Statute can proceed to discovery against a contractor whose employees allegedly abused and ...

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EDVA: Solitary confinement was cruel and unusual (access required)

The Eastern District enjoined the Department of Corrections from reverting back to solitary-confinement conditions for Virginia death-row inmates prior to 2015, as such conditions violate the Eighth Amendment. Background Plaintiffs Thomas Porter, Anthony Juniper, and Mark Lawlor have been convicted ...

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Army colonel’s reinstatement suit required exhaustion (access required)

Plaintiff John N. Haramalis was required to exhaust his administrative remedies before bringing a constitutional challenge to the expiration of his Mandatory Removal Date, the court said. Haramalis, who had the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army when he ...

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HS counselor can’t prove discrimination (access required)

The court granted summary judgment to Prince William County School Board on discrimination claims by Plaintiff Kwame Yeboah-Kankam, an African-American male originally from Ghana. The court also dismissed Yeboah’s claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Yeboah was hired as ...

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Contractor Can’t Challenge Space Program (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court dismisses plaintiff contractor’s suit seeking to enjoin the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s program for Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites Program, which plaintiff says violates multiple provisions of the 2010 National Space Policy and therefore ...

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Court Upholds Patent Lawyer’s Suspension (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court upholds a two-year suspension of plaintiff patent attorney’s license to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, on charges including his having signed a paper filed with the USPTO without first conducting a reasonable ...

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Contractor Not ‘Joint Employer’ in Bias Case (access required)

Defendant government contractor wins summary judgment in this pregnancy discrimination suit filed by the founder and sole employee of a subcontractor who alleges she was terminated because of her pregnancy; defendant was not plaintiff’s joint employer, says an Alexandria U.S. ...

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