Public Entities

McCaffrey v. Chapman (P)

Under the Elrod-Branti exception to First Amendment protection, the district court properly dismissed a Loudoun County deputy sheriff’s claims against the sheriff, who declined to reappoint the deputy for supporting the sheriff’s political opponent. The court’s prior precedent provides that… Read More ›

Parada-Segova v. Barlow

The defendant, an employee of Fairfax County, is entitled to sovereign immunity as to the plaintiff’s claim of simple negligence. The suit arises from the plaintiff’s allegations that the defendant struck her with his vehicle while she was crossing an… Read More ›

Groff v. Lawson

The plaintiff’s negligence claim against a Westfield school resource officer must be dismissed on grounds of sovereign immunity. The officer heard a report that students were “fleeing” the school, where an all-night graduation was being held. He considered the situation… Read More ›

Minke v. Page County, Va.

In this employment suit brought by a former county employee, the Virginia Freedom of Information Act doesn’t create a separate privilege allowing the County to refuse to produce discovery pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26. The Virginia General… Read More ›

Commonwealth v. Briggs (U)

The circuit court properly concluded that the defendant should have received Miranda warnings before he was questioned by a private prison investigator while incarcerated. The defendant was subjected to substantial restraints on his liberty in addition to those he experienced… Read More ›