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Federal court denies summary judgment in Title VII case (access required)

A federal court denied a Virginia school board’s motion for summary judgment in a Title VII case alleging gender-based discrimination in pay. The case, Barnett v. Roanoke County School Board, will now proceed to trial. United States District Judge Thomas ...

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Employee fails to show alleged retaliation related to activity (access required)

Where an employee alleged that after she complained about her pay, certain job responsibilities were taken away, her supervisor became “cold” and unfriendly and she did not receive a reference at separation, her retaliation claim failed because she did not ...

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Libel defendant sanctioned for failing to preserve documents (access required)

Where a defendant sued for making allegedly defamatory statements about the plaintiff — a counter-protestor who posted video of the “Unite the Right” rallies in Charlottesville — failed to preserve potentially relevant documents, the plaintiff was entitled to an adverse ...

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Inmates weren’t ‘in custody’ during prison interview (access required)

Even though incarcerated persons interviewed about safety following a stabbing were questioned in a separate location, isolated from the general prison population, restrained and not advised that they were free to leave, because of the totality of the circumstances, including ...

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Multiple claims in freezer patent dispute construed (access required)

Where the parties disputed whether a patent covering a rack-isle freezing system for palletized product was infringed, the court construed multiple terms, including airflow chamber and warehouse. Background Tippmann Engineering LLC brings this action against Innovative Refrigeration Systems Inc. and ...

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Migraines substantially limit employee’s ability to work (access required)

Where an employee alleged her migraines were “debilitating” and rendered her unable to drive, travel, read printed material, view computer imaging or be in a heavily lit room, she plausibly alleged the migraines substantially limited her ability to work. Background ...

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30-year sentence reduced under First Step Act to time served (access required)

Where the guidelines range for someone convicted today for the cocaine-related crimes involved here would be 262-327 months, and the defendant had already served 289 months of his 360-month sentence, his sentence was reduced to time served under the First ...

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Change in sentencing law leads to compassionate release (access required)

Where a defendant seeking compassionate release cited changes to the sentencing law showing that while he was sentenced to 360 months in prison the guidelines range today would be 188-235 months, his sentence was reduced to 212 months supported by ...

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Plaintiff’s allegations doom false imprisonment claim (access required)

Where a woman alleged no facts to show law enforcement lacked probable cause to arrest her for providing false information, and her own allegations suggested her equivocal response gave the officers probable cause, her false imprisonment claim was dismissed. Background ...

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Interpleader of disputed life insurance proceeds allowed (access required)

Where the decedent’s daughter and partner both claimed life insurance proceeds, the funds were interpleaded into the court’s registry because there was jurisdiction over the dispute and the insurance carrier agreed to deposit the funds with the court. Background On ...

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