Tag Archives: U.S. District Court – Western District

Western District of Va.: Jury could find school board liable for abuse (access required)

A jury should decide whether Russell County Public Schools is liable for sustained abuse of its students perpetrated by an elementary school custodian, the court held. Although Plaintiff John Doe sued two former principals who supervised the custodian while he ...

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Man dealt with neck injury after auto crash – $660,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, a 57-year-old male construction supervisor, crashed into the defendant as she pulled away from a street parking space at about 25 miles per hour. Plaintiff felt pain in his neck immediately, and was advised to follow up with is ...

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Western District of Va.: Eminent domain possession requires proper valuation (access required)

The court held that Mountain Valley Pipeline had the right to condemn affected easements, but could not possess them before determining fair value. On October 13, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Certificate Order authorizing Plaintiff Mountain Valley ...

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“First-to-file” rule won’t reward forum shopping (access required)

A mattress company could not use a first-filed declaratory judgment complaint in Virginia courts to pull its trade-secrets dispute with an Ohio company to Virginia, the court held. Plaintiff MCCOA and Defendant RSS are both mattress retail companies. MCCOA is ...

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Prosecutor immune in ‘false prosecution’ case (access required)


Despite the allegation of “a grave injustice” in the abduction conviction of a Charlottesville-area grocer, a federal judge said the man’s civil lawsuit against the prosecutor’s office would not stand. Sovereign immunity protects the commonwealth’s attorney under the U.S. Constitution, ...

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Default judgment granted in copyright suit (access required)

The court awarded damages and attorneys’ fees for copyright infringement through the Defendants’ alleged use of a torrent network. Plaintiff ME2, which holds the copyright to the film “Mechanic: Resurrection,” alleges that defendants Mohamed Ahmed, Marisol Amaya, Daud Jan, and ...

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