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Defamation claim based upon ‘insubordination’ statement may proceed (access required)

A former employee’s claim for defamation based on her prior employer’s statement to her new employer that she was terminated for “insubordination” may proceed. The statement can be proven true or false and suggested the employee lacked integrity in performing ...

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Florida defendant’s conduct did not touch Virginia (access required)

The Virginia court has no jurisdiction over a Florida-based defendant who allegedly entered into a promissory note with an individual in Georgia; even if the note included loaning money to the Virginia plaintiff. Background Plaintiff Straight Line Drive sued Jitan Kuverji and ...

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Stockholder sued for dissolution of restaurant business — $177,530 verdict (access required)

Type of action: Commercial law — business torts — minority shareholder judicial valuation (forced buyout) Injuries alleged: Tortious interference with contract; business conspiracy; petition for judicial dissolution Name of case: Jones v. Fridley Court: Waynesboro Circuit Court Case no.: CL19-199-00 ...

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Former Liberty student’s 13-count complaint dismissed (access required)

Where a former student brought 13 claims against Liberty University after being expelled from a doctoral program after disputes about her internships, all of her claims were dismissed, including those alleging breach of contract, negligence, tortious interference, fraud, defamation and ...

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Patient injured back while being restrained — $1.15 million settlement (access required)

Type of action: Civil assault Injuries alleged: Fractured vertebrae and PTSD symptoms Name of judge or mediator: Hon. Johanna Fitzpatrick (Ret.) Date resolved: 07/29/2020 Special damages: $13,471 Verdict or settlement: Settlement Amount: $1,150,000 Attorney(s) for plaintiff (and city): Chidi James, ...

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Allegedly defamatory statements to public not privileged (access required)

A school superintendent’s allegedly defamatory statements to the public about a cheating scandal at an elementary school were not protected by the “common interest” privilege. There were no cases holding the qualified privilege can apply between a supervisor and the ...

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