Supreme Court Decisions

D.C. Supreme Court to Amend Civil Rules

April 5, 2022

The D.C.Supreme Court passed amendments to several Civil Rulings, most notably Rule 12-I. The changes will go into effect on April 25th, 2022.  The three main changes to Rule 12-I are outlined below in a note from Judge Epstein, by way of Mr. Craig Brodsky:  Parties may no longer file points and authorities separate from…

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The United States Supreme Court, in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, upholds employer/employee right to contract and agree to individualized arbitration in employment agreements.

February 14, 2019

Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis In Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, 138 S. Ct. 1612 (2018), the United States Supreme Court addressed the issue of whether an agreement requiring an employer and an employee to resolve disputes through individualized arbitration (i.e. waiving class and collective proceedings) is enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and…

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Offers of Judgment after Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez and Fulton Dental LLC. v. Bisco Inc.

November 2, 2017

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68, Offers of Judgment, is a procedural mechanism that is used by defense counsel to resolve cases and avoid litigation. The purpose of the Rule is to encourage settlements. Rule 68 permits a defendant to serve the plaintiff with an offer of judgment up to 14 days before trial. See…

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Limited Circumstances for Wrongful Discharge Claims in Virginia

August 7, 2017

On February 23, 2017, the Supreme Court of Virginia issued its opinion in Francis v. National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, 293 Va. 167 (2017).  In Francis, the Court relied on its earlier decision in Bowman v. State Bank of Keedysville, 229 Va. 534 (1985), which established a public policy exception to Virginia’s…

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