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Tag Archives: Judge Elizabeth K. Dillon

Volvo granted injunctive relief in suit against dealerships (access required)

Volvo showed a likelihood of success on its claim that commercial-truck dealership owners likely violated a right of first refusal in their agreement with Volvo. Background Defendants Truck Enterprises Inc., James E. Hartman, Truck Enterprises Roanoke Inc., Truck Enterprises Lynchburg ...

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Deputy sheriff gets qualified immunity in shooting of dog (access required)

Where an Augusta County deputy sheriff shot a woman’s dog, asserting a claim of self-defense, the deputy’s acts were reasonable and is entitled to qualified immunity. Background Defendant Michael Roane is an Augusta County deputy sheriff. Roane shot and killed ...

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Strip-search of visitor to prison was reasonable (access required)

Where prison officials had a tip that a prisoner was smuggling contraband into the prison and a visitor’s gestures and mannerisms were nervous, a strip-search of the visitor was reasonable. Background Angela Calloway was strip-searched during the course of visiting ...

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Plaintiff’s claims barred by statute of limitations (access required)

Plaintiff sued the manufacturer of a machine and the company that manufactured a solvent used in the operation of the machine, alleging her exposure to the solvent caused permanent injuries. The court held that, because the record established the plaintiff’s ...

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Damages-as-revenue case merits minimum damages (access required)

The court granted default judgment against infringement defendants who did not respond to the plaintiff’s lawsuit, but awarded only the minimum in statutory damages and found counsel’s requested fees unreasonable. Background According to its complaint, Plaintiff LHF Productions holds the ...

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Damages-as-revenue case merits minimum damages (access required)

The court granted default judgment against infringement defendants who did not respond to the plaintiff’s lawsuit, but awarded only the minimum in statutory damages and found counsel’s requested fees unreasonable. Background According to its complaint, Plaintiff LHF Productions holds the ...

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WDVA: Jury should decide all three of worker’s FMLA claims (access required)

On reconsideration, an auto worker’s FMLA retaliation claim can go to trial after all. Having already found fact issues material to his other claims, the court concluded it would be inconsistent not to send the retaliation claim to the jury ...

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WDVA: Counsel disqualified for past representation of key witness (access required)

Despite informed consent from both clients, a defendant’s attorney was disqualified from representing her on a drug charge because he had previously represented a material witness for the government. Background In a prior criminal drug prosecution, Defendant Lauren Hoback’s defense ...

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WDVA: Pipeline construction run-off doesn’t merit injunction (access required)

Rain-induced sediment flows that have overcome Mountain Valley Pipeline’s erosion controls might not recur in the future, especially in light of heightened oversight by state and federal agencies. Therefore, preliminary injunctive relief is not appropriate. Background The Plaintiffs are landowners ...

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