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Additional documents needed to resolve contract dispute (access required)

Although the defendants in a suit claiming breach of contract, indemnification and engineering and design malpractice argued the plaintiff’s common law indemnification claim should be dismissed, their motion was denied because they did not provide the settlement, design services and ...

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Tariff provides federal jurisdiction, dooms complaint (access required)

An “artfully pleaded” complaint for damages that asserted only state law claims was nevertheless removable to federal court because it sought to alter the terms of a tariff filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC. That same tariff ...

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Nature Conservancy gets most of permanent easement payout (access required)

Nature Conservancy, the holder of a conservation easement on property that has been taken as part of a permanent easement for construction of a natural gas pipeline, will receive the majority of the payout, based on its majority ownership of ...

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Partnership records demand must state proper purpose (access required)

A limited partner’s demand to inspect partnership records must state a proper purpose for doing so. Overview Plaintiff is a limited partner of defendant Arrowhead Apartments. Plaintiff petitioned to inspect partnership records after becoming concerned about declining profitability, mismanagement and ...

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$1.7 million awarded on unjust enrichment claim (access required)

Where plaintiffs and defendants were guarantors of a defaulted loan, and plaintiffs funded the settlement with the lending bank, defendants are liable to plaintiffs for $1.7 million on an unjust enrichment theory. Background The Coves, the Wallens and the Blacks ...

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EDVA: Plaintiff’s “unclean hands” irrelevant to antitrust relief (access required)

Holding that “unclean hands” is not a defense to equitable relief in antitrust, the court excluded the defendant’s evidence that the plaintiff misappropriated its trade secrets, finding such evidence not probative under Federal Rule of Evidence 402. Background Plaintiff Steves ...

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EDVA: Texas company’s purchase orders established “minimum contacts” (access required)

A out-of-state defendant is subject to the court’s jurisdiction, based on the numerous purchase orders (of large dollar value) that it placed with a Virginia health-care-products company. Background Plaintiff Belmora, a Virginia pharmaceutical company, is suing Defendant Midway Importing Inc. ...

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EDVA: No sovereign immunity for tribal lending companies (access required)

In a suit alleging usurious loans, two online-lending companies created by Chippewa tribal leaders failed to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that they were entitled to sovereign immunity as arms of the tribe. Background The Lac Vieux Desert ...

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EDVA: “We buy houses” trademark generic, unenforceable (access required)

A company that obtained a trademark for the phrase “we buy houses” cannot enforce it, because the phrase was used extensively by industry participants to describe a class of services rather than any particular service provider. Background Plaintiff Express Homebuyers ...

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