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4th Cir.: Genuine fact disputes revive grill branding litigation (access required)

Regarding its use of the mark “Backyard Grill,” genuine issues of material fact should have prevented the trial court’s conclusion as a matter of law that Walmart was liable for infringement damages of approximately $32.5 million, plus attorneys’ fees and ...

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4th Cir.: ACA contractor was immune from TCPA claim (access required)

A U.S. Department of Health & Human Services contractor that used an auto-dialer to send pre-recorded messages about the availability of health insurance enjoyed derivative sovereign immunity for what may have otherwise been a TCPA violation. Background The Affordable Care ...

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EDVA: All claims fail in sex-abuse fallout litigation (access required)

After reports of sexual misconduct appeared in the Washington Post, a private school sued its former executive director for allegedly sharing sensitive documents with the paper, and she counterclaimed based on the circumstances of her resignation. No reasonable jury could ...

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EDVA: Officers personally liable for $1.2M in business loans (access required)

Notwithstanding his claims that bank representatives misled him, the president of a Richmond-based energy company signed loan agreements and guarantees that clearly stated his personal liability for his company’s obligations. Background In 2009, Defendants Dominion Energy Management Inc. and its ...

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4th Cir.: State law targeting drug prices struck down (access required)

By effectively controlling drug prices charged in other states, Maryland’s newly-enacted law targeting pharmaceutical price-gouging violates the dormant Commerce Clause. Background In response to reports that pharmaceutical manufacturers were price-gouging for certain medications, Maryland’s legislature passed HB 631 during the ...

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Va. Cir.: Quasi-contract claims were within agreement’s scope (access required)

A subcontractor could not prevail on claims of quantum meruit or unjust enrichment when the disputed matters were clearly within the scope of the parties’ agreement. Background In 2014, Plaintiff Total Technology Solutions entered into an agreement with Defendant ActioNet ...

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4th Cir.: No appellate jurisdiction after voluntary dismissal (access required)

The court lacked authority to review, on the plaintiff’s appeal, a dismissal order that simply granted a putative class-action plaintiff’s request for voluntary dismissal. Background Appellant Erin Keena purchased a voucher from Appellee Groupon Inc. In the course of the ...

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EDVA – Owner may be liable for judgment against company (access required)

Dominion Virginia Power’s lawsuit to enforce a large judgment against a company that sold it “black mud” instead of coal will proceed against the company’s owner and president, with punitive damages potentially available. Background In 2014, Plaintiff Dominion Virginia Power ...

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SCV: “Add-back” exception only for income actually taxed (access required)

Rather than construing an ambiguous tax statute against the Commonwealth, the “add-back” statute intended to close a loophole – wherein a corporate entity pays royalties to an affiliated intangible holding company – required a national retail store to count such ...

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4th Cir.: No vicarious liability for sellers’ TCPA misconduct (access required)

Even though discovery was still open at the trial level, class-action plaintiffs could not present evidence creating a triable dispute about whether security-system manufacturers were vicariously liable for retailers’ TCPA violations. Background Appellee UTC Fire & Security Americas Corp. sold ...

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