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United States was not liable for postal worker’s intentional torts (access required)

Where a contractor who provided mail deliveries for the United States Postal Service was repeatedly sexually harassed, assaulted and battered by a USPS employee, sovereign immunity shielded both USPS and the United States from liability for the employee’s behavior. Background ...

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VFOIA closed-door discussion not automatically privileged (access required)

Although the Virginia Freedom of Information Act allows closed-door meetings to discuss confidential employment matters, there is no privilege that would automatically protect those discussions from discovery in federal court litigation. Background This matter comes before the court on defendant ...

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Experience with different gunpowder did not disqualify expert (access required)

Despite the fact that the defendant’s expert had more experience with a different gunpowder than the one used in this case, the expert was allowed to offer his opinion regarding the cause of the firearm explosion because his testimony offered ...

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Lacking special expertise, expert could opine on design defect (access required)

A metallurgical engineering expert’s lack of specific expertise in firearms did not preclude his testimony that the defendant’s choice of steel caused the plaintiff’s firearm to malfunction because any objections to the expert’s conclusions could be challenged on cross-examination. Background ...

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Jury may hear about decedent’s pain and suffering (access required)

A jury is poised to hear potentially powerful evidence about the decedent’s death and her minor children’s observation of that scene. Such testimony, a court ruled, may enable the jury to estimate the mental anguish of the beneficiaries. Background Defendants ...

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Ex-student’s claims against Virginia Tech, officials largely dismissed (access required)

The former student from China on an F-1 visa alleged Virginia Tech and two employees violated his rights by notifying Homeland Security when he dropped below the number of credit hours needed to maintain full-time status and by convening a ...

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Photographer’s copyright infringement claims survive motion to dismiss (access required)

The owner of a company argued she could not be held liable for alleged copyright infringement because the allegedly infringing actions were committed by her limited liability company. The court held, however, that the plaintiff pleaded sufficient facts to plausibly ...

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