Posts Tagged ‘Federal court’

Uninvolved Defendants Must Be Aware of Default Judgment

By: Ian Lambeets On February 22, 2013, Judge Michael Urbanski from the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia—Harrisonburg Division, rendered his opinion in the case of Parks v. Discount Box and Pallet, et a.l, No. 5:12cv081 (W.D. Va. Feb. 22, 2013).  At issue in the case was whether to enter a […]


ERISA Can Be Key Defense in Serverance Claims

The leader of our Life and Health team, Robert B. “Chip” Delano, Jr., writes: Regardless of how carefully plaintiff’s counsel may attempt to disguise claims for severance in state law clothing, employers should remember that claims of entitlement to severance benefits by former employees under a plan established by the employer for the purpose of […]


School Officials May Be Liable For Suicide of Student Who Was Bullied

Should we turn up the heat on school administrators to protect younger students from bullying by imposing civil liability for suicides that result from a student’s harassment at school or is this the wrong vehicle for finding ways to increase protections to students harassed by other students in ways that are outside the protections of Title IX? Do school officials have a duty to keep kids physically safe from bullies, but leave kids like Clementi unprotected from cyber bullies?


Fourth Circuit Says Parties Bear the Risks of Removal to Federal Court

Attorneys advising clients on the strategic value of removal to Federal court are free to advise their clients without risking the threat of sanctions in the event the case is remanded back to state court after removal. Instead, clients bear the risks of sect. 1447’s award of costs and fees, which puts the client back […]