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Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr.

Jan 21, 2023

Virginia UCC doesn’t apply to services contact

Where a government contractor asserted a claim for breach of an express warranty; a claim for the breach of implied warranty of merchantability and a claim for breach of the implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose against a subcontractor, but their contract was for services, the warranty claims was dismissed. The Virginia Uniform […]

Jan 21, 2023

IP support company escapes fraud claim

Where a company that provides intellectual property support services was sued for allegedly misrepresenting what it would charge for patent renewal services, but the alleged misrepresentations were only in the parties’ written agreement, and the complaint lacked allegations about the author, content and context of the alleged misrepresentations, the fraud claim was dismissed with prejudice. [&he[...]

Jan 12, 2023

Immigration and Nationality Act is constitutional

Where a man charged with illegal reentry in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act argued the court should review the constitutionality of the statute under heightened scrutiny, but he failed to show the statute was motivated by a discriminatory purpose, rational basis was the proper standard of review. The statute passed muster under that […]

Jan 5, 2023

Employee’s claims weren’t administratively exhausted

Where a former marketing specialist alleged claims for a hostile work environment based upon a disability and race, but she pursued only discrimination claims in her charge, never checked the “continuing action” box and pointed only to an isolated instance of purported disability-based discrimination in that filing, she failed to administratively exhaust the hostile work […]

Dec 15, 2022

Form correction defeats breach of contract claim

Where a bank initially sent a homeowner a form showing that his debt had been cancelled, but then issued a corrected form, the homeowner’s breach of contract claim was dismissed because there was no offer, acceptance or consideration. Background In 2017, Kim F. Henderson received an adverse judgment in favor of SunTrust Bank because of […]

Nov 29, 2022

Underpayment of pension benefit claims dismissed

Where a former employee asserted claims based upon purported underpayment of pension benefits, they were dismissed. The breach of contract claim was preempted by ERISA, and the ERISA claims failed as a matter of law. Background Sylvia Moore was employed by defendant Verizon Communications Inc. from 1989 until 2017. Her complaint seems to allege a […]

Nov 8, 2022

$1M penalty imposed against prime contractor

Where employees working for the subcontractor of a government prime contractor accepted more than $1 million in kickbacks, a civil penalty in that amount was imposed against the government contractor under the strict liability provision of the Anti-Kickback Act. Background In 2008, Management Consulting Inc., or Mancon, was awarded a prime contract with the U.S. […]

Oct 31, 2022

Cellphone customer’s suit sent to arbitration

Where a customer alleged his cellular phone provider and a debt collection company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act, but he agreed that any and all claims or disputes in any way related to or concerning cellular services must be arbitrated, his claims were sent to arbitration. Background Mohammad Ghouri alleges that T-Mobile USA Inc. […]

Oct 31, 2022

Lower performance rating not adverse employment action

Where a government employee based his discrimination and retaliation claims on the fact he received a lower performance rating, his claims were dismissed. A lower performance rating isn’t an adverse employment action. Background On Jan. 13, 2022, Terry Steele, represented by counsel, filed a complaint alleging employment discrimination on the basis of age and a […]

Oct 31, 2022

Judge limits scope of expert testimony

The Eastern District of Virginia has limited the scope of expert testimony in advance of a trial between two companies litigating whether commercial lease conditions relating to the construction and operation of a fitness club were breached. U.S. District Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. excluded one the plaintiff’s experts whose testimony he found “hinges largely […]

Oct 16, 2022

Tech companies accused of trade secret theft

Where two companies that provide geospatial information services allegedly hired the plaintiffs’ employees, induced them to disclose proprietary information in breach of their non-disclosure agreements and continue to disclose and use the plaintiffs’ trade secrets in their business operations despite a cease and desist notice, they were sued for misappropriation of trade secrets under both [&h[...]

Oct 16, 2022

Experts can’t provide subjective interpretations

Where companies who are litigating whether commercial lease conditions relating to the construction and operation of a fitness club were breached, experts will be precluded from providing their subjective interpretations of the lease terms. Those opinions touch directly on interpreting “the legal obligations of parties under a contract” and improperly tell the factfinder what decision [&hellip[...]

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