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Tag Archives: Judge Raymond A. Jackson

Website copyright infringement suit dismissed (access required)

Where a company that sells bulk food products alleged a competitor deliberately copied its product categorization system and descriptions from its website, but the defendant lacked any meaningful contacts with Virginia, the copyright infringement suit was dismissed for lack of ...

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Former school employee alleges officials defamed her (access required)

Where a school principal and the school district’s HR director allegedly accused the plaintiff of embezzlement, her defamation per se claim survived the motion to dismiss. Background Pamela Smith is a former employee of Norfolk Public Schools, or NPS. Plaintiff ...

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Patent dispute transferred because of lack of connection (access required)

Where a patent dispute lacked any significant connection to Virginia, and a lawsuit between the same parties over the same patents was already pending in Illinois, the suit is transferred to the Northern District of Illinois. Background On April 27, ...

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Norfolk fire chief sued for race discrimination (access required)

Although a Norfolk fire captain previously, but unsuccessfully, sued the City of Norfolk for impeding his ability to apply for a battalion chief position, because that prior suit did not name the fire chief in his individual capacity, and because ...

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Class certified in COVID-19 ‘all risk’ coverage dispute (access required)

Where a class of Virginia policyholders who were denied coverage for losses from businesses closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic had common and typical issues, were sufficiently numerous, and there was no conflict with the named plaintiff, a class was ...

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Difference of opinion no basis for vacating award (access required)

Where the court might have ruled differently on the parties’ dispute, the arbitrator acknowledged the applicable legal principles and applied at least some of the facts to those principles, therefore the manifest injustice standard was satisfied and the award was ...

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$45M settlement in alleged price fixing suit approved (access required)

Where a $45 million settlement between runner peanut farmers and one sheller satisfied the requirements of Rule 23, it was approved. Background Plaintiffs are a group of peanut farmers who sell raw, harvested runner peanuts to the defendants (also known ...

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