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Tag Archives: Judge M. Hannah Lauck

Defamation counterclaim covered by jury trial waivers (access required)

Where a plaintiff sued a defendant for breaching an agreement to supply equipment based, in part, on the equipment’s failure to meet minimum quality standards and the defendant’s counterclaim for defamation was based on plaintiffs’ statements that maligned the equipment’s ...

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Policies provide no coverage for plaintiffs’ own conduct (access required)

Two waste management companies failed in their attempt to secure insurance coverage from insurers because the relevant agreements only provided coverage if the plaintiffs were sued for conduct of another company. Because the plaintiffs were sued only for their own ...

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No arbitration for ‘rent-a-tribe’ lending contracts (access required)

Where plaintiffs entered into loan agreements with interest rates that far exceeded those allowed under Virginia’s usury laws, they were not compelled to arbitrate their claims as required under the contract because the arbitration clause’s attempt to disavow federal and ...

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Company did not have common law duty to protect customers from hacking (access required)

Where defendants claimed that a hack of a third party’s email communication caused them to misdirect funds to the hacker instead of the plaintiff, the defendants could not assert a claim for equitable indemnification and contribution against the third-party because ...

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