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Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr.

Aug 16, 2021

Court can’t her negligent drug-testing claim

Where a former pilot alleged an airline employee acted negligently in connection with his drug test, the claim was dismissed because it would require the court to interpret the collective bargaining agreement over which the Railway Labor Act, or RLA, system board of adjustment has exclusive jurisdiction. Background Christopher Connor used to work for Republic […]

Aug 16, 2021

Staffing agency pact with client was void

Where a staffing agency’s agreement provided that if its client decided that it no longer wished to have the plaintiff provide services the agreement would be null and void, and the record showed that before the plaintiff started working the client decided to not bring him on board, the agreement was null and void. Background […]

Aug 4, 2021

Court strikes ‘placeholder’ opposition brief

Where the plaintiff obtained an extension to respond to the motion for summary judgment, but then filed a “placeholder” brief that was largely a verbatim copy of an opposition brief filed in another case before filing a “corrected” brief three days later, the “corrected” brief was struck. As the facts showed no FMLA retaliation or […]

Aug 4, 2021

Prior child pornography conviction admissible

Where the defendant was indicted in 2020 for possession of child pornography, details about a 2009 child pornography conviction were admissible because they explained why the probation officer was visiting the defendant in 2019 when he discovered the material. However, details about the 2009 sentence would be redacted. Background In 2009, defendant pleaded guilty and […]

Jul 12, 2021

Contractor fails to dismiss inducement claim

Although a government contractor argued that a subcontractor’s fraudulent inducement claim should be dismissed because the teaming agreement did not result in a contract, the claim survived because the teaming agreement was not the source of the duty. Background This matter comes before the court on defendant Human Capital Resources and Concepts Incorporated’s motion to […]

Jun 21, 2021

Company’s effort to disqualify employee’s counsel fails

Where the company moved to disqualify counsel representing an employee in her civil rights case because it was representing a co-defendant in a separate case involving the company’s successor corporation, the motion was denied because there was no actual or perceived conflict, the two matters were not substantially related and there was no appearance of […]

Jun 11, 2021

Destruction of loan documents not spoliation

Where a dispute arose over whether a loan guarantee was forged and the lender’s practice was to scan and shred loan documents within a month of being signed, the documents here were executed/shredded in 2005 while the litigation did not commence until 2018, there was no spoliation. Background On July 10, 2018, appellant filed a […]

Jun 2, 2021

Assets of pirate movie streaming site frozen

Where film companies showed that parties responsible for a pirate movie streaming website likely violated the Copyright Act and Lanham Act, thereby causing irreparable harm, the defendants’ assets were frozen. Background Plaintiffs—business entities involved in the film industry—seek a preliminary injunction ordering temporary asset restraint and other relief pursuant to the Copyright Act, t[...]

Apr 30, 2021

Reliance on unadmitted exhibit was error

Where the bankruptcy court relied on an exhibit that was not admitted into evidence in sustaining the debtor’s objection to claims filed by the appellant, and its error was not harmless, its decision was vacated. Background On July 10, 2018, appellee filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition with the bankruptcy court. Thereafter, appellant filed the […]

Jan 6, 2021

‘Limited fund’ settlement involving law school approved

Where there was “ample evidence” that Charlotte School of Law had limited funds to settle a class action over its compliance with the American Bar Association’s accreditation standards and the settlement was fair, reasonable and adequate, the court did not err in approving it. Background The dispute giving rise to the settlement centers around allegations […]

Dec 28, 2020

Assembly acts to fill new appeals court judgeships

A long-dormant proposal to expand the Court of Appeals of Virginia suddenly became a flashpoint issue this month as General Assembly Democrats prepared to fill an expected four new judicial seats while Republicans derided the initiative as a liberal “pack-the-court” plan. At the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee Dec. 17, Virginia bar groups began […]

Jul 9, 2020

Laches dooms injunctive relief challenge to absentee balloting

The plaintiffs’ delay in mounting a challenge to the absentee ballot process in Virginia because of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulted in injunctive relief being denied because of laches. Background On March 12, 2020, Gov. Ralph S. Northam declared a state of emergency in the wake of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. On March 16, 2020, defendants […]

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