EDVA Confirms Specific Jurisdiction Exists for Intentional Torts Directed at Virginia Resident

It is probably impossible to square all of the judicial opinions on personal jurisdiction. Certainly, personal jurisdiction questions are highly...

10/18/16

General Assembly Amends Rarely Cited Immunity Statute

Effective as of July 1, 2016, the General Assembly added an attorney’s fees provision to a rarely used statute that provides immunity under certain...

10/11/16

Virginia Circuit Court Finds No Authority to Enter a Default Judgment Against a John Doe Defendant

Unlike in some states (e.g., California), complaints filed in Virginia typically do not name John Doe defendants. In some cases, however, a...

09/08/16

Online Defamation Case Dismissed for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

In FireClean, LLC v. Tuohy, 1:16-CV-0294, 2016 WL3952093 (E.D. Va. July 21, 2016), the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a defamation lawsuit...

08/26/16

EDVA Rejects Contract and Tort Claims Based on an Alleged Violation of a Non‑Disclosure Agreement

Non-disclosure agreements (“NDA”) are becoming more common in commercial transactions. In the mergers and acquisition context, parties frequently...

08/24/16

Western District Dismisses Tortious Interference Claim Brought by Former Employee

In Supinger v. Commonwealth, Case No. 6:15-cv-00017, 2016 WL865332 (W.D. Mar. 2, 2016), the United States District Court for the Western District of...

05/16/16

Be Careful in Relying on Promises Not to Assert the Statute of Limitations

In In Re Slaey, 2015 WL 5139317 (E.D. Va. Sept. 1, 2015), the Eastern District of Virginia clarified the operation of an infrequently litigated...

10/16/15

Eastern District of Virginia Clarifies the Relationship between Rule 9 and Rule 54 Regarding a Claim for Attorneys’ Fees as a Substantially Prevailing Party under a Lease

In a recent decision from the Eastern District of Virginia, the court provided guidance to litigants seeking attorneys’ fees under a "substantially...

10/09/15

Be Careful when Terminating a Lease - You May Be Cutting Off a Claim for Future Unpaid Rent

Many landlords probably assume that, if a tenant abandons a lease, the landlord may terminate the lease, re-enter the premises, and sue for damages,...

10/02/15

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