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Tag Archives: U.S. District Court – Western District

Restriction on firearm sales upheld (access required)

Although statutes prohibiting firearm sales by federal firearms licensees to persons under 21 were challenged as a violation of both Second and Fifth Amendment rights, the statutes are facially valid and survived an as-applied challenge under intermediate scrutiny. Background Plaintiffs ...

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Employer prevails against former employee (access required)

Where the employer showed its former employee breached a contract and tortuously interfered with the employer’s business expectancy, the employer prevailed on these claims. A jury will decide damages. Background This case involves claims by TechINT Solutions Group LLC against ...

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Charges of providing contraband to prisoner upheld (access required)

Although a defendant challenged charges for allegedly smuggling contraband into the Roanoke City Jail, including that the facility fell outside the scope of the criminal statute, there was nothing inherently vague about the statute that would lead to arbitrary enforcement or ...

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Suicide survivor’s suit against medical personnel dismissed (access required)

Where a woman sued medical personnel who treated her after a suicide attempt seeking to enjoin future treatment, her claim for injunctive relief was speculative and the University of Virginia Medical Center was granted judgment. Her claim, which came one ...

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Sentence will be based on ‘ice’ methamphetamine conspiracy (access required)

Where defendants objected to the application of advisory sentencing guidelines for “ice” methamphetamine, a high purity drug, instead of guidelines for mixtures that are less pure, the government successfully provided evidence that the conspiracy centered on ice methamphetamine. Background In ...

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Jail did not violate prisoner’s religious rights (access required)

Although the single-vendor policy of the Virginia Department of Corrections substantially burdened the prisoner’s exercise of his religion by restricting the vendors from whom he could buy prayer oils, the policy served compelling interests in maintaining prison security and efficiency, ...

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Jail violated publisher’s rights, but damages are limited (access required)

Although an adult detention center violated the First Amendment and due process rights of Prison Legal News by implementing a policy that prohibited prisoners from receiving books or magazines from PLN, the publisher was awarded only a fraction of its ...

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Bias case against school board goes forward (access required)

Where an employee sufficiently alleged she was underpaid because of her age and that her compensation for teaching certain classes was reduced after she complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the school board’s motion to dismiss discrimination and retaliation ...

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Prevailing plaintiff awarded almost $1 million in fees, costs (access required)

Where a former employee of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles sought over $1.8 million in fees and costs, the magistrate judge reduced the amount to approximately $938,000. The parties then reached a settlement on the amount of fees, costs ...

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New company not liable for prior entity’s breach of settlement agreement (access required)

Where a new company was not a mere continuation of a prior company, and did not engage in a de facto merger with that prior company, the new entity was not liable for the prior one’s failure to meet payment ...

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