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SCV: Appellate claims can’t “piggy-back” on others’ notice (access required)

The circuit court, on appeal from a GDC case, lacked jurisdiction on plaintiff’s appeal to also consider the defendant’s counterclaim, let alone award damages, when the plaintiff was the only party that noticed its appeal. Background This case began in ...

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Va. Cir.: Oyer for corporate documents denied (access required)

A defendant may not crave oyer for documents other than deeds or letters of probate and administration, outside the narrow exceptions of (1) agreement of the parties, or (2) supplements to documents related to deeds or probate that are already ...

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Va. Cir.: GDC limit no bar to high ad damnum (access required)

A personal-injury plaintiff could claim $200,000 in ad damnum even though the circuit court was exercising only its appellate jurisdiction. The court acknowledged contrary precedent from the Supreme Court of Virginia, but sought to avoid retrial in the event of ...

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Va. Circuit Courts: GDC limit no bar to high ad damnum (access required)

A personal-injury plaintiff could claim $200,000 in ad damnum even though the circuit court was exercising only its appellate jurisdiction. The court acknowledged contrary precedent from the Supreme Court of Virginia, but sought to avoid retrial in the event of ...

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4th Cir.: Decision reserving judgment was not “final” (access required)

A written decision resulting from the parties’ agreed-upon dispute-resolution process was not a “final” decision under the Federal Arbitration Act because it reserved the decision-maker’s right – without time limitation – to change the decision if its underlying assumptions proved ...

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4th Cir.: Intervenor’s claim to seized cash not plausible (access required)

A man alleging that $200,000 found in a storage unit was his life savings did not have standing to claim it in a civil-forfeiture proceeding, as his financial difficulties contradicted his ability to save such a sum. Background In 2014, ...

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4th Cir.: Service on statutory agent doesn’t start removal clock (access required)

A plaintiff could not keep her lawsuit against her insurance company out of federal court because her service of process on a statutory agent didn’t start the clock for noticing removal to federal court. The court also deemed the company ...

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SCV: Ruling in pending action no basis for res judicata (access required)

A circuit court’s decision was not grounds for res judicata in a separate action, when the earlier matter remained pending on the court’s docket and contained no other language indicating it was a final decision on the merits. Background In ...

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4th Cir.: Intervenor’s claim to seized cash not plausible (access required)

A man alleging that $200,000 found in a storage unit was his life savings did not have standing to claim it in a civil-forfeiture proceeding, as his financial difficulties contradicted his ability to save such a sum. Background In 2014, ...

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