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Tag Archives: Judge John A. Gibney Jr.

EDVA: Removal order unfair without notice of voluntary option (access required)

A defendant’s indictment for illegal re-entry was dismissed because the underlying removal order was entered without advising the defendant of his possible eligibility for voluntary removal. Background In 2011, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement took custody of Defendant Leodan Itehua, ...

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EDVA: Patent claims trimmed, damages theory rejected (access required)

In advance of an upcoming jury trial, a plaintiff could not prevail on claims related to one of its asserted patents, and the court refused to present its proffered theory of damages to the jury. Background In this patent-infringement case, ...

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EDVA – Owner may be liable for judgment against company (access required)

Dominion Virginia Power’s lawsuit to enforce a large judgment against a company that sold it “black mud” instead of coal will proceed against the company’s owner and president, with punitive damages potentially available. Background In 2014, Plaintiff Dominion Virginia Power ...

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EDVA: “Astounding allegations” sustain 11-count complaint (access required)

In October 2015, wind and rain damaged Plaintiff Constance Moss’s home. Moss’s homeowner’s insurer soon issued a claim check for over $15,000. In a move she has lived to regret, Moss sent the check to her mortgage company, Defendant Manufacturers ...

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EDVA: Hair-clip patent claims lack sufficient details (access required)

The patent-holder and licensee for a patented hair clip were granted leave to amend their patent-infringement claims against a former licensee who continues to sell products that the patent covers. Background Plaintiff Chan Soo Kim is listed as the inventor ...

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EDVA: Targeted-ad methods too abstract for patents (access required)

Three patents for “high-tech snooping” processes used for online marketing were not enforceable. The internet context didn’t establish sufficient inventiveness over conventional, abstract concepts. Background This case involves technology that helps businesses pry into peoples’ personal preferences and privacy. Advertisers ...

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Dueling Experts Don’t Satisfy Preponderance Standard (access required)

At a bench trial of a medical-malpractice claim, Plaintiff Eugene Gadson failed to prove his doctors’ negligence by a preponderance of the evidence because the parties’ respective experts offered diametrically-opposed testimony as to the appropriate standard of care. Three days ...

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Sierra Club Awarded Partial Fees, Costs for Limited Coal-Ash Victory (access required)

On Plaintiff Sierra Club’s motion to recover fees and costs as the prevailing party, the court granted attorney fees of $457,718 and expert fees of $102,000, as well as certain litigation costs. Sierra Club had sued Virginia Electric & Power ...

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