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Appeal of jurisdictional discovery order was frivolous (access required)

Defendants who asked the court to dismiss the case against them for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction had no basis to appeal the court’s denial without prejudice. The court had denied the motion on procedural grounds and ordered jurisdictional discovery to ...

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EDVA: Widow’s foreclosure claims don’t show breach of contract (access required)

A plaintiff allegedly trying to assume the loan obligations on a home owned by her late husband did not plausibly allege facts to support her breach-of-contract claims against the lender. The entity that conducted the foreclosure sale was dismissed as ...

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EDVA: Court rejects amended complaint as prolix, imprecise (access required)

In a multi-plaintiff race discrimination suit against a state agency, the court said an attempt to “streamline” the original complaint did just the opposite, finding that plaintiff-by-plaintiff presentation of allegations was repetitive and too many claims relied on “information and ...

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EDVA: Transfer to venue of company HQ was warranted (access required)

Although the plaintiff’s choice of venue would ordinarily be entitled to great weight, several factors tipped the balance in favor of transfer to California, including the location of the defendant company’s headquarters, the location of key witnesses, and the small ...

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EDVA: CEO’s references to contractor plausibly defamatory (access required)

A manufacturer stated a claim for defamation against the project-management company for whom it had provided turbines, based on oblique comments about “quality control” made by the company’s CEO on its shareholder earnings call. Background In this action, Plaintiff Fluor ...

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EDVA: Medical personnel face trial for inmate death (access required)

A man who was pronounced dead after a seizure he suffered while awaiting trial at the Richmond City Justice Center has, through his estate, presented sufficient evidence of medical staff’s deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs, as well as ...

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EDVA: Review framework may violate immigrants’ due process rights (access required)

In a defendant’s motion to dismiss his criminal indictment for illegal re-entry, he was entitled to some meaningful review of a deportation proceeding upon which his criminal prosecution was based. While he prevailed on his constitutional claim, he could not ...

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EDVA: Experience insufficient to qualify expert witness (access required)

In an age discrimination suit, the plaintiff’s designation of a human resources expert whose opinion was based only on 30 years’ experience in the field was stricken. Background Plaintiff Angela Georges has sued Defendant Dominion Payroll Services for terminating her ...

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EDVA: Experience insufficient to qualify expert witness (access required)

In an age discrimination suit, a federal court struck the plaintiff’s designation of a human resources expert whose opinion was based only on 30 years’ experience in the field, but no reliable principles or methods cited. Background Plaintiff Angela Georges ...

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