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Teacher’s claims against school board fail (access required)

Where a teacher alleged a plausible failure to hire claim based upon his race, his disability discrimination, retaliation and defamation claims were dismissed as untimely or insufficient. However, he was given an opportunity to replead and state a claim for ...

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Lender cannot force debtor’s usury claims into arbitration (access required)

Where the debtor alleged a lender was violating Virginia’s usury and consumer finance laws, those were “constitutionally core” claims over which the bankruptcy court could retain jurisdiction. Referring those claims to arbitration would defeat the purpose of the Bankruptcy Code ...

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Ex-employee must return data, no damages for company (access required)

Where a company did not show it was damaged by an employee who breached his employment contract by retaining company documents after his termination and was ordered to return them, the company recovered no monetary damages. Background Defendant Christopher Steinke ...

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Plaintiffs given opportunity to avoid transfer of case (access required)

Where buyers agreed to an Indiana forum-selection clause when they purchased a new recreational vehicle, and the manufacturer was unable to repair several defects, they were granted a hearing to demonstrate that the clause should not be enforced because it ...

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Postal worker’s claim against U.S. precluded by Virginia law (access required)

Where a postal worker was injured while completing his delivery and pickup duties, his negligence claim against the United States was barred by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. Although he argued the Virginia Supreme Court had held the state’s workers’ compensation ...

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Race question on marriage application burdens right to marry (access required)

Where the plaintiffs had standing to challenge a Virginia code section because they were denied marriage licenses after they refused to provide their race on the application, and where the Attorney General’s opinion that the statute did not require race ...

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Five deemed ‘highly qualified’ for federal judgeship (access required)


A Virginia State Bar evaluation panel has recommended five candidates as highly qualified to succeed retiring Norfolk U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith. The VSB Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee interviewed the candidates Oct. 11. The VSB forwarded the evaluation report ...

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