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Tag Archives: Judge Elizabeth K. Dillon

Prosecutor’s press conference did not violate patient’s rights (access required)

Where a commonwealth’s attorney disclosed the fact that a psychiatric patient had psychological issues and had not taken his medication on the day he was shot by a hospital security guard, the patient’s guardian was unable to state a claim ...

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Pipeline company could not add tree-sitters as defendants (access required)

Where two tree-sitters occupying certain parcels of land possession which had been granted to a company to construct its planned pipeline route, the company was not allowed  to join them in condemnation action because defendants did not have an actual ...

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Sufficient evidence supports convictions for sex and drug trafficking (access required)

The court concluded there was sufficient evidence to support the convictions for sex trafficking and related drug counts. However, as a result of a Fourth Circuit decision issued after trial and post-trial briefing, the court granted the defendant’s motion for ...

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Non-diverse defendant not indispensable (access required)

Where the addition of a new defendant destroyed the court’s diversity jurisdiction and the plaintiff had already obtained a preliminary injunction against another defendant, the non-diverse defendant was severed from the case because, despite having an agency relationship with a ...

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Claims against CEO for alleged business torts to proceed (access required)

A CEO whose company employed a person allegedly bound by restrictive covenants has been sued by the former employer for tortious interference with contract and business expectancies, statutory conspiracy and aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty. Background The ...

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Product liability suit returning to state court (access required)

A case involving an allegedly defective hip implant is returning to state court after the court held that certain defendants were not fraudulently joined. Because the presence of those defendants destroyed diversity jurisdiction, the court returned the case to state ...

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Witness couldn’t be expert because of clear bias (access required)

A witness who has a “direct financial interest” in the outcome of the case has a “clear bias” that precludes him from testifying as an expert witness. Background David Steffens, along with Williams Ellis, founded Keystone Transportation Solutions LLC, and ...

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Probate exception no bar to court’s jurisdiction (access required)

A wife alleging her now deceased and often-estranged husband fraudulently transferred marital assets to a trust can pursue her claims in federal court. Because the federal court complaint was filed before the probate court obtained jurisdiction over the property, the ...

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