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Tag Archives: Civil Practice

Cases stayed pending transfer to multi-district litigation (access required)

Where two Virginia counties separately sued a group of opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in causing the opioid crisis, their motions to remand the actions back to state court were stayed pending a decision on whether the cases ...

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Defendants awarded over $250,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs (access required)

Although the prevailing defendants were awarded almost all their claimed fees,  reductions were made for excessive hours, improper itemization, clerical tasks or duplicative time entries. Background On Jan. 17, 2019, the court determined that defendants are entitled to attorneys’ fees ...

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Previously resolved case reinstated, then dismissed again (access required)

Where a trial court erroneously reinstated its previously decided cases involving child support and arrearages, it realized its mistake and correctly vacated its reinstatement order. There was no error in denying a motion to reconsider. Background In 2016, Carolyn Rumbaugh ...

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Violation of injunction did not create personal jurisdiction (access required)

Where a Hungarian businessman sold a company to another Hungarian company, violating an injunction, the Hungarian company’s participation in the businessman’s injunction violation was insufficient to provide the court a basis for exercising personal jurisdiction over it.

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Defendant sanctioned for repeated discovery failures (access required)

Because the defendant in the insurance coverage dispute repeatedly failed to correct its discovery deficiencies, its ability to rely on its discovery responses was limited and the plaintiff may seek recovery of its own fees and costs. Background On or ...

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Jury instruction error in defamation case (access required)

A defamation verdict against appellant is reversed because three statements submitted to the jury had previously been ruled as nonactionable statements of opinion. Background Handberg retained Goldberg to advocate for his son, who attended Loudon County Public Schools. Goldberg supplemented ...

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Pipeline company could not add tree-sitters as defendants (access required)

Where two tree-sitters occupying certain parcels of land possession which had been granted to a company to construct its planned pipeline route, the company was not allowed  to join them in condemnation action because defendants did not have an actual ...

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