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Tag Archives: Judge Thomas T. Cullen

Interpleader of disputed life insurance proceeds allowed (access required)

Where the decedent’s daughter and partner both claimed life insurance proceeds, the funds were interpleaded into the court’s registry because there was jurisdiction over the dispute and the insurance carrier agreed to deposit the funds with the court. Background On ...

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Worker claims that denial of home quarantine violated law (access required)

Where the crew chief for a fire and water cleanup and restoration company alleged his employer refused to allow him to quarantine at home to avoid exposing his paralyzed bother to COVID-19 and the allegations showed he stood in loco ...

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Suit over denial of quarantine proceeds (access required)

An employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act interference and retaliation claims have survived his employer’s motion to dismiss. Christian Crawford, a crew chief for a fire and water cleanup and restoration company, alleged his employer refused to allow him to ...

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Bad economy not cause to withhold deferred compensation (access required)

Where a furniture company claimed the economic downtown allowed it to suspend payment of deferred compensation to executives, that argument fails. Neither the plan documents nor the impossibility doctrine allowed the suspension of payments based on a poor economy. Background ...

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Acceptance of erroneous check doesn’t make wife a fiduciary (access required)

Where a pension fund erroneously sent a check to the wife of a deceased union member, her acceptance of that check didn’t necessarily make her a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Background Following her husband’s death, Sandra ...

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Former DSS director advances wrongful termination claim (access required)

A former Department of Social Services (DSS) director can move forward on her First Amendment retaliation and wrongful termination claim against a member of the DSS Board and County Board of Supervisors, a federal court judge has ruled. But U.S. ...

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Rudeness not basis for hostile environment claim (access required)

Where an employee alleged her supervisor singled her out for criticism in front of other employees, embarrassed her in sales meetings, manufactured criticisms of her job performance and forced her to sign a document precluding her from filing a civil ...

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DSS director asserts she was terminated for speech (access required)

Where the director of the Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services, or DSS, was terminated two weeks after she spoke as a private citizen about community divisions affecting the delivery of social services in Pittsylvania County, a jury will decide ...

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Inapt comparators are fatal to gender bias suit (access required)

Where a Walmart store manager claimed she was paid less than male colleagues, but her alleged comparators worked in different departments, had different duties and dealt with different decisionmakers, she failed to state a prima facie case of gender bias ...

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