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EDVA: Party thwarting jurisdiction not “fraudulently joined” (access required)

Because the plaintiff stated a claim against the only defendant to share her citizenship – the substitute trustee that executed foreclosure on her home – the court lacked diversity jurisdiction, and remand to state court was required. Background Plaintiff Norma ...

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EDVA: Removal order unfair without notice of voluntary option (access required)

A defendant’s indictment for illegal re-entry was dismissed because the underlying removal order was entered without advising the defendant of his possible eligibility for voluntary removal. Background In 2011, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement took custody of Defendant Leodan Itehua, ...

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EDVA: Motion fees awarded, mostly at associate rate (access required)

The plaintiff was entitled to attorneys’ fees after prevailing on a motion to compel. Because the issues involved were not complex, time spent drafting and arguing was primarily awarded at a reasonable associate rate. Background This matter is before the ...

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EDVA: Patent claims trimmed, damages theory rejected (access required)

In advance of an upcoming jury trial, a plaintiff could not prevail on claims related to one of its asserted patents, and the court refused to present its proffered theory of damages to the jury. Background In this patent-infringement case, ...

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EDVA – Owner may be liable for judgment against company (access required)

Dominion Virginia Power’s lawsuit to enforce a large judgment against a company that sold it “black mud” instead of coal will proceed against the company’s owner and president, with punitive damages potentially available. Background In 2014, Plaintiff Dominion Virginia Power ...

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EDVA: FLSA plaintiffs win nearly $700,000 in fees, costs (access required)

After approving a settlement of $285,000 for the Plaintiffs’ wage claims, a federal court also awarded about 80 percent of their requested fees, noting that the Defendant fought every issue “to its last breath.” Background This is a Fair Labor ...

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EDVA: Firearm discovered in Terry stop suppressed (access required)

Police responding to gunfire in a Richmond neighborhood unreasonably detained a group of men walking away from where they heard shots. As a result, a firearm discovered after police detained the defendant was suppressed. Background Defendant Billy Curry was indicted ...

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EDVA: Privilege doesn’t attach to valuation documents (access required)

Financial documents submitted to a valuation company and later sought by subpoena were not privileged under either attorney-client privilege or the work-product doctrine. In any event, the defendant’s motion to quash the subpoena was untimely filed. Background This action revolves ...

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EDVA: Confinement was not contrary to sentencing order (access required)

A felon convicted in Richmond Circuit Court did not suffer cognizable violations of his constitutional rights when he was confined in jail, rather than by home electronic monitoring as he believed his sentence directed. Background Plaintiff Roy Black was convicted ...

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