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Tag Archives: Civil Procedure

WDVA: Subpoena for attorney emails, work product quashed (access required)

In a teacher’s pay discrimination suit, emails and salary-comparison documents created by the school board’s attorney were privileged, even if created for pre-litigation settlement discussions. Background Plaintiff Debra Colley worked for Defendant Dickenson County public school system from 2007 until ...

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WDVA: Motion to compel caught in procedural labyrinth (access required)

Scheduling emails with a transferring judge’s chambers justified reconsideration of the plaintiffs’ motion to compel, initially denied on the court’s belief that the failed to set it for hearing, as well as the defendants’ motion for summary judgment. Background This ...

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4th Cir.: Contempt, sanctions for infringement affirmed (access required)

The district court did not err in holding a childcare center in contempt for violating the terms of an injunction related to use of the word “rainbow.” The center was liable for liquidated damages and attorneys’ fees, plus the cost ...

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EDVA: Court won’t reconsider contributory negligence (access required)

The defendants were not entitled to reconsideration of the court’s decision to grant summary judgment to the plaintiff on the issue of his contributory negligence, as their proposed grounds amounted to mere disagreement with the court’s earlier conclusions. Background In ...

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EDVA: Party thwarting jurisdiction not “fraudulently joined” (access required)

Because the plaintiff stated a claim against the only defendant to share her citizenship – the substitute trustee that executed foreclosure on her home – the court lacked diversity jurisdiction, and remand to state court was required. Background Plaintiff Norma ...

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SCV: Continuing objection too general to preserve error (access required)

After unsuccessfully requesting a foreseeability instruction to the jury, the plaintiff – attempting to avoid numerous objections during the defense’s closing argument – obtained permission to enter a continuing objection, but failed to object with sufficient specificity as to any ...

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WDVA: Restitution doesn’t preclude civil damages (access required)

A victim already entitled to restitution via criminal proceedings could still seek civil damages for the defendant’s abusive sexual contact, though restitution would be offset by the amount awarded. Background All that remains of this employment case is a single, ...

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WDVA: Student denied leave to proceed as “John Doe” (access required)

Asserting due-process claims after his school disciplined him for cheating, the plaintiff couldn’t use a pseudonym because his potential embarrassment did not outweigh the court’s presumption of openness. Background The plaintiff is a currently a senior at Defendant Virginia Polytechnic ...

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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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