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CFO discharged five months after filing complaint stated retaliation claim (access required)

A CFO who was terminated five months after filing a complaint with the Office of State Inspector General alleging financial wrongdoing by the executive director could proceed on his claims of retaliatory discharge, but he failed to show that any ...

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After crush death, car maker argued lock connectors altered – Defense Verdict (access required)

Clarence Whitaker alleged that his wife’s 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe was defective because a critical wiring harness had become disconnected. Mrs. Whitaker was found dead between her car and the side of her house. Police found that the vehicle was ...

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Lack of pervasive harassment dooms hostile work claim (access required)

Although the record showed the former operating room technician had multiple issues with employees, the alleged conduct, which included three direct confrontations, one overheard conversation and complaints made out of the employee’s presence, was not sufficiently severe or pervasive to ...

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Lack of pervasive harassment dooms hostile work claim (access required)

Although the record showed the former operating room technician had multiple issues with employees, the alleged conduct, which included three direct confrontations, one overheard conversation and complaints made out of the employee’s presence, was not sufficiently severe or pervasive to ...

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Professor’s defamation claim over social media criticism fails (access required)

A professor involved in exposing the water contamination in Flint, Michigan, could not sue individuals who criticized his actions on social media and in a letter sent to his university because the social media posts did not provide a basis ...

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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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