Split Fourth Circuit Panel Holds That District Court Did Not Err by Admitting Evidence of Parent Companies’ Net Worth in Liability Phase of Nuisance Trial

In McKiver v. Murphy-Brown, LLC,  No. 19-1019 (4th Cir. Nov. 19, 2020) – a closely-watched case against an industrial hog farm for common-law nuisance – a split panel affirms liability, though it remands the punitive damage award for redetermination. In addition to deciding Daubert challenges to the experts and other issues (not otherwise addressed here),Continue reading “Split Fourth Circuit Panel Holds That District Court Did Not Err by Admitting Evidence of Parent Companies’ Net Worth in Liability Phase of Nuisance Trial”

Fourth Circuit Holds That Absent a “Separate Document” Setting Out an Order as a Judgment Under Fed. R. Civ. P 58(a), Deadline for Attorney’s Fee Never Triggered

In CX Reinsurance Co. Ltd. v. Johnson, No. 19-1516 (4th Cir. Oct. 14, 2020), a confused timeline made it unclear whether defendant filed his attorney’s fee petition on time under the local rules. But because the district court failed to set out the judgment in a “separate document” under Fed. R. Civ. P 58(a), theContinue reading “Fourth Circuit Holds That Absent a “Separate Document” Setting Out an Order as a Judgment Under Fed. R. Civ. P 58(a), Deadline for Attorney’s Fee Never Triggered”

Negotiations Over Post-Termination Commission Should Have Been Excluded Under Fed. R. Evid. 408, Holds Fourth Circuit

In Macsherry v. Sparrows Point, LLC, No. 19-1281 (4th Cir. Sept. 1, 2020), a $1 million judgment in favor of plaintiff is vacated when the panel holds that evidence of negotiations over a claimed commission payment constituted offers to compromise a claim under Fed. R. Evid. 408, and thus should not have been admitted intoContinue reading “Negotiations Over Post-Termination Commission Should Have Been Excluded Under Fed. R. Evid. 408, Holds Fourth Circuit”

A Federally-Chartered Corporation Is a Citizen of Where It Has Its Principal Place of Business, Holds Fourth Circuit

Acknowledging a circuit split, the Fourth Circuit holds in Navy Federal Credit Union v. LTD Financial Services, LP, No. 19-1341 (4th Cir. Aug. 20, 2020), that for diversity of purposes, a federally-chartered corporation is deemed a “citizen” where it maintains its principal place of business under 28 U.S.C. § 1332(c)(1). The decision creates a split inContinue reading “A Federally-Chartered Corporation Is a Citizen of Where It Has Its Principal Place of Business, Holds Fourth Circuit”