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University fails to dismiss ex-student’s defamation claims (access required)

Where a former student in the physician assistant studies program at Shenandoah University alleged that university officials made comments about his skills and critical decision making, and raised concerns about patient safety to other university employees that were untrue, he ...

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No anti-SLAPP fees where suit voluntarily dismissed (access required)

Where the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed his defamation suit before the defendant filed her motion to dismiss in federal court, the defendant wasn’t entitled to recover attorneys’ fees pursuant to the Virginia “anti-SLAPP” statute. The statute and caselaw make it clear ...

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Allegedly false statement wasn’t defamatory (access required)

Where the plaintiff asserted a claim for defamation based upon the defendants’ allegedly false statement that her house was scheduled for foreclosure, her defamation claim was dismissed because there were insufficient allegations the statement was defamatory under the law. Background ...

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Athlete’s name, likeness claims time barred (access required)

Where a former Virginia State University athlete alleged that the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association improperly used his name and likeness, but he waited more than five years before asserting the claims, they were time barred. ...

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