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Tag Archives: Judge Joel Hoppe

WDVA: Threatening collection calls lead to award over $15k (access required)

A plaintiff is entitled to actual and statutory damages, attorneys’ fees, and litigation costs arising from debt-collection calls she allegedly received from the defendant, who did not respond. Background Plaintiff Betty West’s lawsuit arises out of a series of interactions ...

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Man dealt with neck injury after auto crash – $660,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, a 57-year-old male construction supervisor, crashed into the defendant as she pulled away from a street parking space at about 25 miles per hour. Plaintiff felt pain in his neck immediately, and was advised to follow up with is ...

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Musical Chairs Game for Insurance Claimants (access required)

In plaintiff life insurance company’s interpleader action to resolve competing claims to life insurance proceeds by decedent’s children and her former daughter-in-law, the Harrisonburg U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge denies summary judgment to the daughter-in-law; although decedent had only one ...

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Possible Spoliation Sanction for Prison Officials (access required)

Defendant prison officials who destroyed surveillance video footage of a fight that occurred between an inmate and plaintiff inmate, who claims defendants violated his Eighth Amendment rights when they failed to intervene, should be subjected to sanctions for spoliation, a ...

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