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Tag Archives: Civil Procedure

Default for missed pleading deadline upheld (access required)

Code § 8.01-428(D) does not grant a court unlimited power to set aside a default judgment, and, as a result, where petitioner missed a pleading deadline in the underlying action, the default judgment granted in respondent’s favor is upheld. Parties’ positions ...

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Important Opinions January – December 2018 (access required)

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The “Important Opinions” that appear each week on the front page of Virginia Lawyers Weekly are those chosen by our editors as the most likely to impact law practice or a given subject area of law. Below is a listing, ...

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Substitute trustee can be sued for breach of fiduciary duty (access required)

Because the Eastern District of Virginia has previously recognized a cause of action for breach of fiduciary duty against a substitute trustee, the defendant was not fraudulently joined in the lawsuit. In addition, the defendant could not establish subject matter ...

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Tort claims against insurer dismissed because relationship governed by contract (access required)

An insured sued its insurer for conversion, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraud, and intentional misrepresentation, all arising out of the insurer’s refusal to pay the claim under the policy. Because each particular tortious breach ...

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Case lacking complete diversity remanded to state court (access required)

Because a homeowner and a mortgage company in a breach of fiduciary duty action are both citizens of Virginia, the federal court found no complete diversity between the parties and remanded the case to state court. Background Plaintiff alleges that ...

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Single action improper against online counterfeit defendants (access required)

The actions of 28 Chinese entities selling counterfeit goods on the internet did not arise out of the same transaction or occurrence, and they must be severed into individual suits. Background The Defendants, 28 unrelated individuals and entities located in the People’s ...

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Appeal of jurisdictional discovery order was frivolous (access required)

Defendants who asked the court to dismiss the case against them for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction had no basis to appeal the court’s denial without prejudice. The court had denied the motion on procedural grounds and ordered jurisdictional discovery to ...

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Single action improper against online counterfeit defendants (access required)

The actions of 28 Chinese entities selling counterfeit goods on the internet did not arise out of the same transaction or occurrence, and they must be severed into individual suits. Background The Defendants, 28 unrelated individuals and entities located in the People’s ...

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Appeal of jurisdictional discovery order was frivolous (access required)

Defendants who asked the court to dismiss the case against them for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction had no basis to appeal the court’s denial without prejudice. The court had denied the motion on procedural grounds and ordered jurisdictional discovery to ...

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Judgment final as to co-defendant who didn’t appeal (access required)

One of two defendants appealing a $24,000 judgment against them cannot add the other defendant to the appeal. General district court judgments are final as to parties who note no appeal. Background In 2016, Denise Johnson rear-ended Defendant Milford Smith, ...

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