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

Sanctions on bankruptcy firm, lawyers are upheld (access required)


A Roanoke federal judge has upheld penalties against two Virginia lawyers who teamed up with a short-lived, Chicago-based national bankruptcy firm accused of high-pressure sales tactics and litigation misconduct. U.S District Judge Michael F. Urbanski refused to undo $5,000 sanctions ...

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Student twice fails to allege due process claim against Virginia Tech (access required)

Where a student found guilty of cheating on the final exam sued Virginia Tech and two employees after his initial suit was dismissed again failed to allege sufficient facts to establish a violation of a protected liberty interest, his second ...

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Defendants’ motion for ‘trifurcation’ rejected (access required)

Where a trial against prisoner transportation companies had already been bifurcated into a liability/compensatory portion and a separate punitive damages portion, the first phase of trial will not be further bifurcated because it would inconvenience the parties, the witnesses, the ...

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Bankrupt’s claims against financial institutions narrowed (access required)

Where a plaintiff in bankruptcy alleged a bank and mortgage company violated an automatic stay and committed fraud, his action was dismissed for failure to state a claim. His suit against a debt collector for allegedly violating the Federal Debt ...

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Jury to decide if defendants violated ADA (access required)

Where the record contained differing explanations for the plaintiff’s termination as controller, which came three months after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and one month after he began chemotherapy, a jury will decide if his employer violated the Americans ...

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Pipeline’s experts determined value of land in condemnation action (access required)

Mountain Valley Pipeline is constructing a natural gas pipeline and was granted easements over two parcels of land owned by the defendants. The company’s experts opined on the monies due to the landowners and because the landowners did not offer ...

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