Portis v. Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Inc., No. 7:2015cv00118 - Document 27 (W.D. Va. 2015)

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Ac r ng t t c co di o he ompli ,Po tsr pore a va it ofuns f wor ng c tonst Rua ant ri e td rey a e ki ondii o n m a ge e t oughouthi e pl e .Por i a l ge t thi s pe vi or e t ri ed hi na m nt hr s m oym nt ts le s ha s u r s s ihe gnor s c pl nt ort e t d hi w ih ope hosiiy a r di ul .He a s c a m st tRua m a ge e om ai s r a e m t n t lt nd i c e l o l i ha n na m nt r prm a d hi f a num be ofm i of e es s e ofwhi h he d d notco m i,whi h e i nde m or r nor f ns , om c i m t c Portis v. Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Inc. Doc. 27 r ule i hi t r nai n o Nove r21 201 Ac or ngt t compl nt Rua us t e es t d n s e mi to n mbe , 2. c di o he ai , n ed hes r i andst di gui e t r r on f Ports' t m i i w hi w ast Ruan beleved hi eprm o s s he eal eas or i s er naton, ch hat i s c i ds eyc ant c dj opadieisbusnes rltons ps ontnue aft ompli s oul e r z t i s eai hi . 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Po ts di a t h t o e bisi s r i d tac w xhi t n uppo tofhi m oton. ne e bi i am e or ndum w ih a r s i O xhi t s m a t s m ar ofan i er e be wee Rua m a ge s Sha n Ra a BilBr a t um y nt vi w t n n na r w y nd l ady nd he De rm e ofLa .Se P1' M ot f rR e ons de a i a 4.The ot e bi i a dec a a i pa t nt bor e .s . o c i r ton t her xhi t s l r ton ofK a a Lynn M c i s a dipat he atRua 1 a 5- Pori alo s it a e a lt t r G nni , s c r n. d. t 6. ts s ubm ted n m i o he 3l hi fr ta e d m oto f r c i r to , Pori a tc d adecii n f om t Cic tCou tf t n s is m nde i n or e ons de a i n ts ta he s o r he r ui r or he Count ofRoa y noke t tc i r t que to ofne i ents r son ofan e pl ha ons de ed he s i n glg upe vii m oyeeby a e pl r Howe , n m oye . ver t sca e wasdec de o M a 4,2009,be o e t s c ts de s o c peli a bir ton,a t r or i no ne hi s i d n y f r hi our' cii n om lng r ta i nd he ef e s t w l w . o e ,t c ' c notfnd a t ng i t cas t two d s w t tt cou ter e i is a i a i of a M r over he oul an i ny hi n he e ha ul ho ha he r r d n t pplc ton t t l w whe dec di whe he t co pela bi a i a Po tsdo notar t i does Thus t c r he a n i ng t ro m r t ton, nd r i es r gue hat t . , he ou t conc ude t tPori ha notputf r h a a gume st t c te r d i de e mi ng t lgalquesi i is l s ha ts s o t ny r nt hat he our r e n t r ni he e tons n t pr vi m oton. e ous i U ni wih hi a ende m o i on Sept m be 21 201 l d s no a art ta oft e on t s m d ton e r , 5. t oe t ppe ha ny hes exhi t w e e pr vi usy fl d w ih Por i ' opposton breft Rua s m oton t c pe bis r e o l ie t ts s ii i o n' i o om l a bir to How e r t m e or ndum i da e M a 23,201 t dec a a i i da ed r t a i n. ve , he m a s td y 3, he l r ton s t De m be 4,201 a t e li da e M ay 5,20l1 Thus noneoft s doc e swer ce r 3, nd he mai s t d . , he e um nt e c e t d a t rRua f l d is m oton t c pela bir ton on M a 1, 5. n or r f t c t o r a e fe n ie t i o om r tai y 201 l de or he our t gr nta m oto f r c i r ton bas d on ne e de e Pori m us e a n why he c d not a i n or e ons de a i e w vi nc , ts t xpl i oul have i roduced t s i or aton prort t courtsdeci on on Ruan' m oton.See M ccov v. nt hi nf m i i o he ' si s i Ro ns n, 3: v555,2011W L 5 bi o No. 08c 975277,a *9( D. . v. 2011 (i antf, t E. 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