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Norfolk Circuit Court

May 29, 2015

Court Excludes ‘Free Drink’ Evidence

A Norfolk Circuit Court grants defendant restaurant owner’s motion in limine to bar plaintiff from making any argument or implication that by serving “free drinks” to a co-defendant and his group, the movant violated Va. Code § 4.1-308. Defendant’s motion in limine related to proffered evidence that during the course of events which gave rise […]

May 15, 2015

FELA Suit Dismissed for Inconvenient Forum

A Norfolk Circuit Court dismisses on forum non conveniens grounds plaintiff administrator’s suit against defendant railroad company under the Federal Employers Liability Act, over a North Carolina employee’s death in North Carolina. Plaintiff chose to bring this FELA action in Norfolk Circuit Court, not in a federal district court. Plaintiff incorrectly points to the venue […]

May 15, 2015

Plaintiff Says Contract Promises Were Fraud

A plaintiff who alleges defendant never intended to honor a written Independent Contractor agreement and to employ and pay him for projects listed in the Agreement, has stated a claim for fraud, says a Norfolk Circuit Court. In the complaint filed March 12, 2015, plaintiff alleges defendant never intended to honor the promises made regarding […]

May 15, 2015

Defendant Faces Default for ‘Mistake’

Although a defendant served with process in Hong Kong admitted it made a “mistake” in failing to respond to plaintiff’s lawsuit because it was unfamiliar with the U.S. judicial system, the Norfolk Circuit Court enters a default judgment against defendant. Defendant raised the jurisdiction issue of the “first file rule” in its motion for reconsideration. […]

May 15, 2015

Punitives Claim Advances in ‘Negligent Repair’ Case

A Norfolk Circuit Court says a woman who was severely injured when the motorcycle on which she was a passenger went down and collided with the road surface has sufficiently pleaded a negligent repair claim against the contractor hired by the Virginia Department of Transportation to repair the roadway; the court also overrules the contractor’s […]

May 5, 2015

Manager Member Dissociated from LLC

A Norfolk Circuit Court upholds a commissioner’s decision rejecting certain claimed expenses by a manager of an LLC, reduces the amount the manager owes for utility bills and upholds the commissioner’s decision that defendant manager should be dissociated from the LLC. At a jury trial last summer in FGPRS v. Johnson [VLW 014-8-082], an action […]

May 5, 2015

Hotel Invitee Can’t Sue Elevator Company

A woman who alleges injuries from following a hotel employee’s directive to jump when a hotel elevator stopped between floors cannot sue the elevator maintenance company on contract claims; the Norfolk Circuit Court says the contract does not specifically intend to benefit plaintiff or other hotel invitees. Plaintiff may have alleged a breach of contract […]

May 5, 2015

Creditor Can Collect Against PLLC Interest

A Norfolk Circuit Court says Va. Code § 13.1-1041.1 allows it to enter a charging order against a member of an accounting professional limited liability company on behalf of a creditor who is not a member of the PLLC. Under the Virginia Code, a PLLC is defined as a limited liability company whose articles of […]

May 5, 2015

Board Demands Wetlands Mowing Permit

Property owners who are challenging the Norfolk Wetlands Board’s recent demand that they obtain a permit in order to continue mowing vegetated wetlands on their property cannot have the court determine the wetlands boundaries on their property, and the Norfolk Circuit Court says the parties will have to try other issues in the case. The […]

Apr 27, 2015

Accident victim filed bad faith motion against UIM carrier – $800,000 Verdict

Plaintiff sustained a mild traumatic brain injury in an automobile collision. Defendant admitted liability and the case was tried on damages only. The plaintiff had irritability and balance problems post-accident, which her expert physician opined was permanent. The defense expert doctor testified that the plaintiff recovered within one year and showed no injuries when he […]

Apr 9, 2015

Va. Court Has Jurisdiction in Custody Case

A Norfolk Circuit Court grants a father’s motion for Virginia to assume jurisdiction to hear child custody matters in this litigation in which the children lived in Virginia within six months before the father filed for divorce in Virginia, after wife moved to Mississippi and before she filed for divorce in Mississippi. Upon careful review […]

Apr 9, 2015

No Injury From Second Collision

A plaintiff who described in detail his vehicle being struck by a vehicle towing a trailer that suddenly turned into plaintiff’s lane, but who said he barely felt a second vehicle slide into the rear of his car, cannot sue the second driver for his injuries as his testimony establishes the first collision was the […]

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