If you file a frivolous lawsuit, you might have to pay the other side’s fees.

Judith Basinger v. Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C. Civil Action No. 1:10cv666 (E.D. Va. Dec. 23, 2010). In this Memorandum Opinion the Court considered the defendant’s motion for award of attorney’s fees and costs, after it had already dismissed all of the Plaintiff’s claims on summary judgment. The award sought was substantial—$25,650.00 in fees and […]

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You can’t substitute employee say-so for accurate time records, unless you’re the employee.

Lopez v. Asmar’s Mediterranean Food, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:10cv1218 (E.D. Va. January 10, 2011). Lopez sued her employer, Asmar’s Mediterranean Food, Inc., alleging that her employer failed to pay her overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). After some discovery, the employer filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing that there was […]

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If your employee assaults a co-worker, he’d better not be multi-tasking.

Katrina R. Meade v. Johnston Memorial Hospital and Jimmy Parks, Civil Action No. 1:10-cv-00024 (W.D. Va. Sept. 02, 2010). The Plaintiff, Katrina Meade, filed this action against her former employer, Johnston Memorial Hospital (JMH), and her former supervisor, Jimmy Parks. Meade asserted employment discrimination claims under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and […]

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If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything to a disinterested third party.

Suarez v. Loomis Armored US, LLC, Civil Action No. 3:10-CV-690-JRS (E.D. Va. December 7, 2010).The Defendant, Loomis Armored US, LLC, provides armored truck services and the Plaintiff, Suarez, was employed by Loomis as one of its drivers. Loomis terminated Suarez by a letter in which Loomis implied that Suarez had been stealing money from ATMs. In […]

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