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Racial Discrimination and Hostile Work Environment Claims in D.C. in in summary judgment

In Akridge v. Gallaudet University, No. 06-0346 (D.D.C. Aug. 3, 2010), Judge Urbina granted summary judgment to defendant Gallaudet University. The plaintiff, a hearing-impaired African-American male employed at the university, had aplied for the position of Career Center Director. Although the plaintiff was among 13 out of… Read More
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Trial Court’s Refusal to Allow Plaintiff To Name Substitute Expert Affirmed by D.C. Court of Appeals

In French v. Levitt, No. 09-CV-94 (D.C. July 8, 2010), the D.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s denial of plaintiff’s motion to designate a new liability expert and for a continuance. However, this result was based on an unusual combination of factors that is unlikely to recur often. The plaintiff ha… Read More
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Abuse of process claim in District of Columbia ends with summary judgment for defense

In Houlahan v. World wide Associationof Specialty Programs and Schools, 677 F.Supp. 2d 195 (D.D.C. Jan. 5, 2010), the Court awarded summary judgment to the defendants on the plaintiff’s claim of abuse of process. The abuse of process claim was grounded on a defamation lawsuit that the defendants had filed against the… Read More
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In Maryland workers’ compensation claim, employer must show actual prejudice from late notice

In Melody Elste v. ISG Sparrows Point, LLC et al., ___Md. App.___, ___A.2d___(2009), Maryland’s intermediate appellate court examined when an employer is “prejudiced” by an employee’s failure to provide notice of an accidental injury within ten days of the injury’s occurrence as required by Md.… Read More
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Legal malpractice opinion addresses superseding cause in Virginia

In Williams v. Joynes, 278 Va 57, 677 S.E.2d 261 (2009), the Supreme Court of Virginia reversed the Circuit Court’s ruling that plaintiff’s failure to file a personal injury action in a foreign jurisdiction was a superseding event sufficient to sever the link of proximate causation between the defendants’… Read More
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Legal Malpractice Claim Against Immigration Attorney Is Dismissed

In Baserva v. Remes, et al, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63597 (E.D. Va. 2009), a legal malpractice action, the plaintiff, a non-U.S. citizen, sued his former attorney for damages arising out of the plaintiff’s detention by immigration authorities. Mr. Baserva filed suit in 2008 against his attorney in connection with two se… Read More
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Legal Malpractice opinion in D.C. declines to follow exhaustion of appeals rule

In Bleck v. Power, 955 A.2d 712 (D.C. Sept. 4, 2008), the D.C. Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s ruling that the plaintiff’s malpractice suit was barred by the three-year statute of limitations. The issue was when the cause of action for legal malpractice accrued. The legal malpractice suit arose out o… Read More
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Award of Permanent Partial Impairment by Virginia Commission Is Voided On Appeal

In Hitt Construction v. Pratt, 53 Va. App. 423, 672 S.E.2d 904 (Va. App. Feb. 17, 2009), the Court held that for the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission to exercise its review authority under the Act, when that authority is timely challenged, it must be composed of three statutorily authorized members. As a result, a d… Read More
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In Virginia, An Error of Judgment, or Even Negligence, Does Not Show Bad Faith By Insurer

In Goldstein v. National Casualty Company, 2008 U.S. Dist. Lexis 58129 (W.D. Va. July 28, 2008), Judge Kiser granted the insurer’s motion for summary judgment on an insurance bad faith claim. The claim arose from an excess judgment. The insured was a truck driver who was involved in an accident as he was attempting to… Read More
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Legal Malpractice Suit in D.C. Dismissed For Plaintiff’s Lack of Expert Testimony

In Footbridge Limited Trust v. Zhang, 584 F.Supp. 2d 150 (D.D.C. Nov. 5, 2008), Judge Kollar-Kotelly dismissed a legal malpractice suit due to plaintiff's lack of expert testimony to support the claim. The suit arose out of a real estate closing in which the plaintiff had loaned certain non-party borrowers $1.5 million… Read More
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