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Judge Raymond A. Jackson

Nov 22, 2022

Wife awarded judgment on wrongful death claim

Where a company failed to answer certain allegations in the third amended complaint, or TAC, did not attempt to file an answer until the plaintiff moved for default judgment and then submitted an incomplete answer, the plaintiff’s motion for judgment on the pleadings on the wrongful death claim was granted. Background This memorandum opinion and […]

Nov 14, 2022

Defendant may not file amended answer

Where a company sued for wrongful death was allowed to file a late answer, but was precluded from raising any affirmative defenses to the wrongful death claim, its motion to now amend its late answer to add responses and affirmative defenses was denied. The request was futile in light of the court’s recent orders, would […]

Nov 14, 2022

Change to Overtime Wage Act applied retroactively

Where the Virginia General Assembly amended the Virginia Overtime Wage Act on July 1, 2022, to eliminate the availability of treble damages, that change was procedural and thus applies retroactively. Background On April 29, 2022, Gwendolyn Meharg sued Harmony on the Peninsula, alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, and the Virginia […]

Nov 14, 2022

Student athlete can sue university for retaliation

A former student athlete’s Title IX retaliation and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims against the College of William & Mary can go forward, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled. The plaintiff alleged that her basketball coach surveilled her and threatened to remove her from the team, which would have revoked her scholarship. “Viewing […]

Oct 31, 2022

Coach accused of surveilling, threatening student athlete

Where a former athlete at the College of William and Mary, or W&M, alleged that a W&M administrator surveilled her at the request of the women’s basketball coach, and that the coach then threatened to remove her from the team or revoke her scholarship, she plausibly alleged claims for retaliation and intentional infliction of emotional […]

Sep 30, 2022

Late service of complaint excused by court

Although the plaintiff first served the complaint upon the defendant 111 days after the lawsuit was filed, and thus beyond the 90 days allowed by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m), the court agreed with the overwhelming weight of authority finding that it has discretion to extend the 90-day period for service of process, even […]

Sep 1, 2022

Time-barred complaint not subject to equitable tolling

Where an employee failed to timely file her charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC; failed to demonstrate that extraordinary circumstances beyond her control prevented her from filing on time and failed to diligently pursue her claim, her suit was dismissed. Background On Nov. 29, 2021, Cynthia Joy McClarigan filed a […]

Aug 23, 2022

Suit about destruction of historic house dismissed

Where plaintiffs sued the City of Norfolk for approving the demolition of a house located in a historic district, but they lacked any property interest in the house, they lacked standing to sue the city for inverse condemnation and gross negligence. Background Plaintiffs are upset that the City of Norfolk allowed a house located in […]

Aug 23, 2022

Contracts with VA entity establishes jurisdiction

Where out-of-state companies contracted with a Virginia-based corporation to implement uniform practices, including the practices that resulted in the alleged Fair Labor Standard Act violations at issue in this suit, the court could exercise jurisdiction over the foreign defendants. Background Defendants operate a chain of Mexican restaurants throughout the United States. Plaintiff alleges that, u[...]

Aug 23, 2022

Deficient performance dooms discrimination claims

Where an employee alleged that he was terminated because of his race and disability, but the record showed that he was not meeting his employer’s legitimate expectations for several months, the employer prevailed on the discrimination claims. Background Johnny W. Pope II filed a complaint against Western Tidewater Community Services Board, asserting claims for (1) […]

Aug 1, 2022

City defeats retaliation, hostile work environment

Where a Norfolk Fire and Rescue employee was selected for random drug testing and received verbal counseling over a separate incident, those were not “adverse employment actions.” Because there was no showing these interactions were because of the employee’s race, and they were not “severe or pervasive,” the city was granted summary judgment on a […]

Jun 24, 2022

No survival damages for alleged asbestos exposure

Where the representative of a now-deceased seaman alleging his exposure to asbestos aboard a Navy ship caused his death sought survival damages for pain and suffering as well as medical expenses, his claim was denied because survival damages for pre-death pain and suffering or medical expenses are unavailable under general maritime law. Background Herbert H. […]

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