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Tag Archives: Tort

Lack of evidence dooms trade secret claims (access required)

Where one government contractor alleged a competitor misappropriated trade secrets in order to create a copycat website, but there was no evidence that the defendant government contractor directly shared trade secrets or acquired trade secrets through improper means, the defendants ...

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Tweet doesn’t restart statute of limitations for defamation (access required)

Where the personal trainer for the former president of Liberty University alleged he was defamed in two articles published in 2019, his March 2021 suit was dismissed because it was filed beyond Virginia’s one-year defamation statute of limitations. Although one ...

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False Claims Act suit against Walgreens dismissed (access required)

Where the federal government and Virginia alleged that Walgreens violated the False Claims Act and state laws when it falsified documents to obtain reimbursements for hepatitis C medications that would otherwise be denied by Virginia, but Virginia Medicaid’s requirements were ...

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Claim that contamination at Marine camp caused death is barred (access required)

Where a widow alleged her husband’s death was caused by his exposure to contaminated water and environmental toxins while he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, her complaint was properly dismissed. The alleged exposure occurred in the course of the decedent’s ...

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Private plaintiff has no right to injunctive relief under RICO (access required)

In an issue of first impression that has divided other circuits, the court held that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO, Act does not give private plaintiffs a right to sue for injunctive relief. Background The named plaintiffs ...

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Student claims school officials failed to stop harassment, abuse (access required)

Although the defendants argued a student’s use of a Jane Doe pseudonym without court permission was a jurisdictional defect, that argument failed because her complaint alleging she was harmed by the school’s failure to end the sexual harassment and abuse ...

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Fourth Circuit RICO jurisdiction ruling applied (access required)

Where the Fourth Circuit previously held that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO, Act allows a plaintiff to establish personal jurisdiction over a defendant by effectuating service over the defendant in any district in which the defendant resides, ...

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