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Tag Archives: Judge Rebecca Beach Smith

Court limits discovery in pharma antitrust suit (access required)

Where two pharmaceutical companies accused of violating antitrust laws sought discovery from new plaintiffs who recently joined the suit, the magistrate judge limited the requests to those topics that were relevant in the long-running suit and proportionate to the companies’ ...

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Foreign manufacturer dodges exploding battery suit (access required)

Where a Virginia resident sued a manufacturer after its e-cigarette battery allegedly exploded, causing severe burns to his body, but the Korean-based manufacturer did not purposefully avail itself of the privilege of conducting activities in Virginia, the court lacked personal ...

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School principal alleges disability discrimination (access required)

Where a school principal alleged that the school board refused to transfer her to a school where her restrictive lung disease and asthma were not affected by environmental conditions, refused to let her work remotely, and instead transferred her to ...

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Gov’t contractor alleges religious discrimination (access required)

Where an employee for a government contractor alleged that, after concerns were raised about his praying at work, he was terminated with little explanation and was then immediately placed on a plane set to depart the country, his claims for ...

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Construction disputes over Fort Benning project resolved (access required)

Where a general contractor and subcontractor involved in a federal construction project at Fort Benning claimed the other was liable for damages, the court resolved all outstanding issues in a comprehensive opinion following a bench trial. Background This suit concerns ...

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Class certification denied in antitrust dispute (access required)

Where plaintiffs suing two pharmaceutical companies for allegedly entering into an unlawful and anticompetitive agreement concerning a cholesterol-reducing drug failed to establish that the class was so numerous that joinder of all members was impracticable, their motion for class certification ...

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‘Bowman’ claim can’t be based on VHRA violation (access required)

Where an employee relied on the public policy against age bias stated in the Virginia Human Rights Act, or VHRA, as a basis for a common-law wrongful termination claim, the claim was dismissed. When a Virginia statute already contains a ...

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Summary judgment denied on Miller Act claim (access required)

Where a prime contractor and its insurer argued a subcontractor’s claim for delay damages was foreclosed by the government’s decision, but the prime contract allowed the prime contractor to appeal that decision and seek additional compensation from the government for ...

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