Tag Archives: Judge Robert E. Payne

Life insurer faces claims for alleged fraudulent conduct (access required)

Where policyholders alleged their life insurer provided only “half-truths” in order to persuade the plaintiffs to keep their policies, when they would not have done so otherwise, the court denied the insurer’s motion to dismiss the fraud and unfair trade ...

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Disbarred lawyer warned about use of ‘JD’ in correspondence (access required)

The court explained that the disbarred attorney’s use of the term “JD,” and the related reference to “SLC Associates” as a firm, could be construed as practicing law without a license. Background This case is an appeal of a due ...

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No qualified immunity in malicious prosecution case (access required)

Where the facts showed the police officer included “false” statements in her criminal complaint, and omitted other evidence relevant to the case, the court held the officer was not entitled to qualified immunity in a civil rights lawsuit alleging malicious  ...

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Claims against orthopedic device maker dismissed (access required)

Although the plaintiff alleged the knee replacement manufacturer committed gross and ordinary negligence, breached express and implied warranties and should be held strictly liable for design defects, the claims were either preempted by federal law or failed to state a ...

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Judge’s in-court comments were not basis for recusal (access required)

Where the judge’s comments about the defendant were in direct response to the defendant’s conduct, they did not reflect a wrongful or inappropriate prejudice. Background Walter Graves is charged in a one-count indictment with a bank robbery that occurred on ...

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Lawyer fees cut in bias case against LeClairRyan (access required)


A modest recovery in a wide-ranging gender discrimination suit against the Richmond-based law firm of LeClairRyan became even more modest last month when a federal judge nixed a $135,630.30 fee enhancement for the plaintiff’s lawyers. U.S. District Judge Robert E. ...

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