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Alleged defamatory statements lacked ‘sting’ (access required)

Statements contained in appellant’s disciplinary form lacked the requisite “sting” to be actionable as defamation. Further, any republication of the statements and other statements made in proceedings before the Virginia Employment Commission are absolutely privileged. Overview Appellant Shannon was the ...

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Comments about lawyer’s advice lacked defamatory sting (access required)

Defendant’s statements to the press about plaintiff’s legal advice to the Portsmouth City Council lacked the necessary sting to support his defamation suit. Background Plaintiff is Portsmouth’s former city attorney. Defendant is the former mayor. Plaintiff’s complaint alleges that after ...

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School district can’t dismiss ‘failure to train’ claim (access required)

Where the plaintiff’s critical comments were removed from the Frederick County School Board’s Facebook page and one employee allegedly said he removed them because they violated FCSB’s terms and conditions, the plaintiff pleaded a viable failure-to-train claim. Background On Feb. ...

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