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Tag Archives: Judge Elizabeth K. Dillon

Tweet doesn’t restart statute of limitations for defamation (access required)

Where the personal trainer for the former president of Liberty University alleged he was defamed in two articles published in 2019, his March 2021 suit was dismissed because it was filed beyond Virginia’s one-year defamation statute of limitations. Although one ...

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Jury to decide if company was responsible for accident (access required)

Where a driver alleged a road repaving company was responsible for his auto accident, and the parties disputed where the accident occurred and whether the driver switched lanes despite a posted “stay in lane” sign, the company’s motion for summary ...

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Plaintiff’s allegations doom false imprisonment claim (access required)

Where a woman alleged no facts to show law enforcement lacked probable cause to arrest her for providing false information, and her own allegations suggested her equivocal response gave the officers probable cause, her false imprisonment claim was dismissed. Background ...

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Expert witnesses’ testimony limited in pipeline case (access required)

Where one expert in a condemnation damages case related to the Mountain Valley Pipeline relied on insufficient and unreliable data, another made unreasonable assumptions and the remaining two did not identify the facts and data upon which their opinions were ...

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Plaintiff drops federal claims to orchestrate return to state court (access required)

Where some employees of Roanoke city jail who were sued for their alleged role in the death of an inmate removed the case to federal court, the plaintiff was allowed to drop her federal claims, leading to the case being ...

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Government can’t be sued for seizing and keeping cigarettes (access required)

Where the government seized cigarettes from a store as part of an investigation into alleged trafficking of contraband cigarettes, and kept them as evidence at trial, the store owners couldn’t sue the government for the value of the cigarettes. Background ...

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Alleged firing was sufficiently related to timely charge (access required)

Where the plaintiff timely filed an EEOC charge alleging ongoing retaliation, her termination months later was sufficiently related to that charge because it was the “predictable culmination of defendant’s retaliatory conduct.” Background On June 12, 2017, Sentara RMH Medical Center ...

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Debt collection letter wasn’t misleading (access required)

Where a woman received a debt collection letter titled “NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT IN FULL” that stated the account balance was $0.00, her argument that the letter was misleading failed because the least sophisticated consumer would understand the debt was settled ...

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Post-petition shareholder distributions belong to estate (access required)

Where an accountant formed a new company after he filed for bankruptcy protection, and then transferred assets from his prior company to his new practice, the bankruptcy court did not err in finding that the transferred assets were the property ...

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