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Va. Cir.: “Unsigned” contract qualifies for 5-year limitations period (access required)

The material terms of the parties’ contract for services were committed to writing in daily sales tickets and an invoice for hours of services performed. Absent additional conditions agreed upon by the parties, an unsigned writing can be a written ...

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EDVA: Transfer to venue of company HQ was warranted (access required)

Although the plaintiff’s choice of venue would ordinarily be entitled to great weight, several factors tipped the balance in favor of transfer to California, including the location of the defendant company’s headquarters, the location of key witnesses, and the small ...

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CAV: Bench warrant for revocation hearing was proper (access required)

Under Code § 19.2-306, the circuit court had jurisdiction to hear the case against the appellant when it revoked her “indefinite” probation and ordered her to serve 90 days of her previously suspended sentence. Background Appellant Dorothy Cilwa was convicted ...

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Va. Cir.: Neighboring business was not entity’s registered agent (access required)

This court granted judgment by default against all three Defendants for $85,851, attorney’s fees, and costs. After the Plaintiffs attempted to execute the judgment several times, the Defendants moved to set aside the default judgment on four grounds. The court ...

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4th Cir.: Statistical significance analysis must be reliable (access required)

Experts’ calculation and application of statistical significance (p-values) must be relevant, reliable, and not likely to confuse jurors. After plaintiffs’ expert opinions were excluded, their non-expert evidence was not sufficient to survive summary judgment, and the district court appropriately granted ...

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EDVA: Court won’t seal trial records containing proprietary info (access required)

A company waived the confidentiality of its business information presented at trial. First Amendment principles and the company’s failure to follow Local Rule 5(C) also weighed against sealing the records. Background In this products liability action, a jury trial was ...

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4th Cir.: Court lacked jurisdiction to weigh equitable tolling (access required)

A petitioner filed her “innocent spouse” tax claim one week late because IRS representatives allegedly misinformed her of the filing deadline, but the U.S. Tax Court had no authority to waive compliance. Background The IRS charged Shari and Derek Nauflett ...

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4th Cir.: FAA service of final decision was proper (access required)

The Federal Aviation Administration’s extensions of its own decision deadlines were not equitable justification for untimely filing of a petition to review its ultimate determination. Background The Grand Strand Airport is a public use, general aviation airport located in Horry ...

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Va. Cir.: Full defendant name may relate back to “Kathy” (access required)

An amended complaint can relate back to the filing date of a name fragment if the plaintiff knew the defendant’s identity but not her name, and if all the statutory requirements of Code § 8.01-6 are met. Background Plaintiff Pam Frazier ...

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WDVA: Autistic plaintiff must testify in real-time (access required)

A plaintiff suing the Virginia Department of Corrections cannot offer a pre-taped deposition as testimony, despite his residence and Florida and difficulty staying on topic due to autism. He will be permitted to testify remotely by live video. Background Plaintiff ...

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