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WDVA: Retaliation suit named wrong statute (access required)

A plaintiff alleging retaliation by his employer for an earlier charge of discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act could not rely solely on the retaliation provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The statutes protect different ...

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WDVA: Landowners helping tree-sitters held in contempt (access required)

Farmers held to be working in concert with anonymous people in trees for the purpose of blocking construction of a pipeline, in violation of a prior order of the court, are in contempt of court and subject to fines. Background ...

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WDVA: VDOC sanctioned for unprepared deponents (access required)

In a case brought by an autistic man for alleged mistreatment in prison, the Virginia Department of Corrections acted in bad faith by failing to adequately prepare organizational witnesses under FRCP 30(b)(6). Background Plaintiff Reginald Latson has moved to compel ...

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WDVA: Cabela’s customer stated claims against off-duty officers (access required)

A shopper who was handcuffed and tased by Cabela’s security guards can proceed with claims including wrongful imprisonment, assault and battery, and defamation. He may also be entitled to punitive damages. Background Defendants Patricia Eller and Wendy Brewer are Bristol ...

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WDVA: Tree-sitters in contempt, ordered to come down (access required)

Coles, Red, and Minor Terry were held in contempt of court for interfering with the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s use of easements of which it had been granted immediate possession. Red and Minor were given approximately one day to come down ...

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WDVA: Court fines relentless plaintiff, enjoins further filing (access required)

A plaintiff who persistently overwhelmed the court with meritless filings was sanctioned under Rule 11 and banned from filing in the Western District for two years. The court also ruled that violations could incur further sanctions of $300 each. Background ...

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WDVA: Blind man not harmed by inaccessible website (access required)

A blind plaintiff lacked standing to sue a Virginia bank for maintaining a website without reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, as he lived 300 miles from the nearest branch. Further, the bank’s voluntary upgrades – made prior to the ...

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WDVA: Accepting benefits, successor formed implied contract (access required)

Although written documents were unclear as to whether a therapy service contract transferred to a subsequent facilities operator, the successor’s acceptance of therapy services as if the service contract applied created a contract implied-in-fact, with the same payment terms as ...

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