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WDVA: Dog rescuer can proceed on claims for larceny accusations (access required)

A woman charged with theft after she refused to return an emaciated dog to its owner sufficiently stated several constitutional and state tort claims against an animal control officer and his supervisor. Background In December 2017, Plaintiff Christen Waddle encountered ...

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WDVA: Fired county employee’s First Amendment claim is triable (access required)

A county’s former Director of Tourism presented genuine factual disputes as to whether he was fired in retaliation for his past vote to censure members of the county board of supervisors who voted to raise taxes. Background At a Bedford ...

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CAV: Notice of injury can include later complications (access required)

An employer was on notice that a workers’ compensation claim related not only to an initial work-related injury and surgery to repair it, but also to a subsequent knee replacement necessitated by the claimant’s post-operative stress fracture. Background Claimant Denzil ...

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WDVA: Bank wins summary judgment on teller’s age claim (access required)

After taking more than six months of medical leave before her employment was terminated, a bank teller failed to establish a prima facie case for age discrimination. Her medical leave followed a position change that she mistakenly believed was a ...

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WDVA: Conflicting reasons for employee’s termination merit trial (access required)

An employee failed to identify evidence that his supervisor’s lewd comments to him were because of (his) sex, but his employer’s varied explanations for terminating him after he complained precluded summary judgment as to retaliation. Because some evidence suggested that ...

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EDVA: Officers face trial over eviction confusion (access required)

After taking a homebuyer’s account of foreclosure purchase at face value, a sheriff and his subordinates may go to trial for events that transpired when they accompanied her to the home to remove the previous owners. Background Plaintiffs James and ...

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WDVA: Forest Service wins easement enforcement action (access required)

Property owners must remove a gate impeding reasonable use of an easement on their property by the U.S. Forest Service, providing regulated recreational access to public lands. They erected the gate to mitigate illegal behavior resulting from public access. Background ...

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WDVA: Diversity-based school staffing claims survive dismissal (access required)

A white high school principal can proceed with discrimination claims against the school board, which allegedly demoted her after the superintendent implied that school staff should “look like” the student body. Background Plaintiff Angela Weinerth is a white female over ...

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Judge won’t shield cops who kicked family out of home (access required)

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Law enforcement officers who forced two family members out of their Patrick County home after a foreclosure auction and blocked them from retrieving personal property face a jury trial on conversion and civil rights claims, a Danville federal judge has ...

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WDVA: No sovereign immunity in tax-lien discharge suit (access required)

A bank’s suit seeking a determination that tax liens against a foreclosed property must be discharged was a quiet title action for which the United States has waived sovereign immunity. Background The Knapps, who owned real property in Richlands, Virginia, ...

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