Midgett v. Hardcastle

The defendant acted in bad faith by raising compulsory counterclaims in state court, essentially forum shopping to circumvent federal jurisdiction, and only now seeking to bring them in federal court after state proceedings appeared to stall. Adding the counterclaims now would also force the court to re-open discovery, increasing prejudicial late-stage litigation costs on the other party.

Motion to amend denied.

Midgett v. Hardcastle, No. 2:17cv663, Oct. 3, 2018. EDVA at Norfolk (Jackson).

Categories: Opinions, U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Virginia

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