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Tweet doesn’t restart statute of limitations for defamation (access required)

Where the personal trainer for the former president of Liberty University alleged he was defamed in two articles published in 2019, his March 2021 suit was dismissed because it was filed beyond Virginia’s one-year defamation statute of limitations. Although one ...

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Experts may testify about what body security scans reveal (access required)

Where a woman was terminated on the suspicion that she smuggled contraband into a Virginia Department of Corrections, or VDOC, facility, but she claimed that what appeared to be contraband was a tampon, the VDOC expert may testify that the scan ...

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Fire chief terminated for unauthorized truck purchase (access required)

Where a battalion fire chief alleged he was terminated because of his age, but the record showed he was fired after he made an unauthorized purchase of a “brush truck,” the county was awarded summary judgment. Background Botetourt County hired ...

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Doctor’s termination was not retaliation (access required)

Where a doctor alleged that he was terminated days after he complained about allegedly being pressured to commit fraud regarding hospital admissions, but there were legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons for his termination that he failed to show were pretextual, the employer ...

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Jury to decide if sheriffs liable for excessive force and battery (access required)

Where a video showed deputy sheriffs removing the plaintiff from a vehicle with such force that he was carried outside of camera range, and there was a dispute over what caused subsequent injuries suffered by the plaintiff, a jury will ...

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Statute survives: Parents lack standing to challenge grandparent visitation law (access required)

Grandparent and grandson playing with soccer ball

A federal judge has ruled that the parents of a minor child did not have standing to sue over the state’s grandparent visitation statute, as they failed to allege that they would imminently suffer a concrete injury. The case arose ...

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Research assistant’s retaliation claims dismissed (access required)

Where a graduate research assistant alleged that the University of Virginia retaliated against him after he complained about his advisor’s conduct, but there was almost one year between his complaint and the next alleged adverse action, and it was nearly ...

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False Claims Act suit against Walgreens dismissed (access required)

Where the federal government and Virginia alleged that Walgreens violated the False Claims Act and state laws when it falsified documents to obtain reimbursements for hepatitis C medications that would otherwise be denied by Virginia, but Virginia Medicaid’s requirements were ...

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