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Before Ruling on Motion for Summary Judgment, Court Grants Plaintiff Limited Discovery in Defamation Suit

United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia found that the plaintiff was entitled to limited discovery of evidence that was within the control of defendants before ruling on defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment. The court found limited discovery necessary to respond to the defenses of immunity and qualified privilege asserted by the defendants.

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Court Denies Software Company’s Motion to Dismiss After Fraudulently Inducing and Misrepresenting Software to Purchaser

United States District Court for the District of Delaware found that a software purchaser had provided sufficient facts to support claims of fraudulent inducement and negligent misrepresentation against a software company. The court denied the software company’s motion to dismiss, holding that the software purchaser’s claims are not barred by the gist of the action doctrine or economic loss rule.

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Maryland Court of Special Appeals Rejects General Corporate Negligence and Apparent Agency Arguments in Medical Malpractice Case

Court of Special Appeals of Maryland found that appellants did not provide sufficient evidence to support a general corporate negligence or apparent agency theory. The court found that it is a general principle of corporate law that a parent corporation is not liable for the acts of its subsidiaries. The court also found that appellants lacked the subjective belief needed to support an apparent agency theory.

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