Million Dollar Verdict Overturned; Company Not Properly Registered With VA SCC

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Million Dollar Verdict Overturned; Company Not Properly Registered With VA SCC

A telecom company had its $2.35 million verdict overturned by the Supreme Court of Virginia because the company was not properly registered with the State Corporation Commission (SCC) prior to the entry of the final judgment.  Virginia law requires that foreign companies may file lawsuits in the Commonwealth but only after filing a certificate with the SCC before the final judgment is entered.

Virginia Lawyers’ Weekly reports in its article that “On July 20, the Virginia Supreme Court vacated the partial final judgment in favor of Tulynet and against Sidya, because the record showed that Tulynet – unlike WTXC – ‘did not obtain either a certificate of au­thority or a certificate of registration’ from the SCC prior to the entry of judgment, the court wrote in its unpublished order.”

If your company is not based in Virginia, and you intend to bring claims in Virginia courts, you could be putting your judgment at risk if you do not have the proper certificate with the VA SCC.  For more information, or for help registering your business in Virginia, contact Jason Hickman at (703) 565-5137 or at jeh@comptonduling.com.