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Tag Archives: Judge Jackson L. Kiser

Employee’s remark shows likely actual notice of spill (access required)

Where the plaintiff and her boyfriend both testified an employee of the defendant stated a spill should have been cleaned up, a reasonable juror could conclude that statement demonstrated the defendant’s actual notice of the spill. Background On or about ...

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Bankrupt was not ‘nominal’ for jurisdiction purposes (access required)

Although an individual defendant filed for bankruptcy protection after allegedly striking the plaintiff with his car and his insurance carrier interpled all relevant proceeds into the state court, he was not a “nominal” party for purposes of diversity jurisdiction and ...

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Claims against insurance carrier were contract matter (access required)

The court held that, to the extent the defendants failed to pay plaintiffs for covered damages, the claims sounded in contract, and could not be pursued in tort pursuant to Virginia’s “economic loss rule.” Background Plaintiffs Danville Commercial Industrial Storage ...

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Failure to ask lawyer to appeal dooms effort to vacate sentence (access required)

A defendant who did not instruct his attorney to bring an appeal cannot later claim the attorney rendered ineffective assistance of counsel for not appealing his sentence. Background Petitioner was indicted in a 16-count indictment on Oct. 15, 2015. On ...

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Court dismisses discrimination and retaliation claims asserted by doctor (access required)

A medical doctor alleges his employer discriminated and retaliated against him. The court held the complaint alleged only discrimination on the basis of immigration status, which is not a protected class. It further held the complaint did not plausibly allege ...

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WDVA: Obscene gesture at officer no grounds for stop (access required)

A plaintiff can proceed to trial on his claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 that a sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop without probable cause. The deputy’s explanation that the plaintiff made a concerning gesture was not constitutionally sufficient. Background ...

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WDVA: Dog rescuer can proceed on claims for larceny accusations (access required)

A woman charged with theft after she refused to return an emaciated dog to its owner sufficiently stated several constitutional and state tort claims against an animal control officer and his supervisor. Background In December 2017, Plaintiff Christen Waddle encountered ...

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