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EDVA: Privilege doesn’t attach to valuation documents (access required)

Financial documents submitted to a valuation company and later sought by subpoena were not privileged under either attorney-client privilege or the work-product doctrine. In any event, the defendant’s motion to quash the subpoena was untimely filed. Background This action revolves ...

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WDVA: Va. had personal jurisdiction over N.C. contractor (access required)

The court could exercise personal jurisdiction over a North Carolina company sued for nonpayment by a Virginia contractor, without offending due process principles. Background Plaintiff Joe Rainero Tile Co., d/b/a Permatile, is a Virginia corporation located in Washington County. Defendant ...

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Va. Cir.: Complaint amended with party’s real name didn’t relate back (access required)

Filed days before the end of the limitations period and never served, the initial complaint didn’t put the defendant on notice of the suit, a Virginia circuit court held. The filing period also wasn’t extended by the defendant’s use of ...

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4th Cir.: Students show injury from SC school-disturbance law (access required)

Students’ fear of future arrest for violating vague school-conduct statutes was sufficiently well-founded to constitute an injury-in-fact and support their standing to challenge the laws’ constitutionality. Background In this case, a group of former and current South Carolina students has ...

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EDVA: Plaintiffs’ “deafening silence” dooms diversity cure (access required)

The Plaintiffs’ decade-old judgment of over $1 million, which they sought to enforce, was vacated due to the court’s lack of subject-matter jurisdiction over the action. The court declined to drop dispensable parties that destroyed jurisdiction, finding that the Plaintiffs ...

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Va. Ct. App.: Bifurcated divorce decree was final (access required)

The court of appeals could review a divorce decree that the circuit court had bifurcated from ongoing litigation of spousal support, equitable distribution, and attorneys’ fees due to the 90-year-old husband’s failing health. Background After 54 years of marriage, Husband ...

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EDVA: Privilege doesn’t attach to valuation documents (access required)

Financial documents submitted to a valuation company and later sought by subpoena were not privileged under either attorney-client privilege or the work-product doctrine. In any event, the defendant’s motion to quash the subpoena was untimely filed. Background This action revolves ...

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4th Cir.: Arbitrator’s decision mooted injunction appeal (access required)

An employer enjoined from moving its operations could no longer pursue its appeal after an arbitrator’s final decision. The matter was moot, despite the employer’s intention to seek attorneys’ fees. Background Appellant Airgas Inc. operates a facility in Hyattsville, Maryland, ...

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4th Cir.: Injunction denial required specific findings (access required)

Appellant Douglas A. Hoglan, a Virginia inmate, appeals the district court’s order denying his motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the enforcement of certain provisions governing incoming prisoner mail. In particular, Hoglan challenges the institutional requirement that images with ...

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WDVA: Limited jurisdictional discovery needed in patent suit (access required)

Outstanding stream-of-commerce issues prevented the court from immediately ruling on the defendant’s claim that the court lacked personal jurisdiction. Background Plaintiff MYA Saray LLC manufactures and distributes tobacco products, including hookahs and accessories. The company also owns a number of ...

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