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Legal Memorandum: Dismissal of Title 10 V.I.C Claims

Issue: What are the parameters for dismissing a Title 10 V.I.C claim?

Area of Law: Constitutional Law, Employee Law
Keywords: Title 10 V.I.C claim; Dismissal
Jurisdiction: Federal, Virgin Islands
Cited Cases: 923 F.2d 258; 188 F.3d 172; 304 U.S. 64; 536 U.S. 273; 367 F.3d 180; 901 F. Supp. 199; 382 F.3d 412; 532 U.S. 275; 422 U.S. 66; 659 F. Supp. 1417; 881 F.2d 28; 251 F.3d 465; 277 F. Supp. 2d 600; 524 F.2d 19
Cited Statutes: 10 V.I.C. § 7; 10 V.I.C. §§ 61-75, 61, 69, 71, 73, 74, 64; 24 V.I.C. § 451; 10 V.I.C. §§ 71-73; 42 U.S.C. § 1983, 10 V.I.R.R. § 69-8 C.(1)(d)
Date: 09/01/2008

10 V.I.C. § 7, explicitly conferring that right.

Whoever, whether as owner, officer, manager, agent, or employee of any business or industrial establishment, labor organization, place of public accommodation, resort or amusement, or club, violates any of the provisions of this chapter, shall, for each and every such violation, be —

 

   (1) liable in actual damages, and in addition, thereto, to punitive damages not to exceed $ 5,000 to be recovered in a civil action by the person aggrieved thereby or by any resident of the United States Virgin Islands to whom the person aggrieved may assign his cause of action;

 

10 V.I.C. § 7.  See also Figueroa v. Buccaneer Hotel, Inc., 41 V.I. 502, 188 F.3d 172, 178 (3d Cir. 1999) (expressly finding that, “contrary to the holding of the District Court, a Title 10 claimant is not required to bring a claim with or through the Commission because chapter 1 of Title 10 creates a private cause of action for discrimination.”)

Moreover, the Court is required to look to the decisions of the Territorial Courts interpreting those laws.*FN1  See V.I. Conservation Soc’y, Inc. v. V.I. Bd. of Land Use Appeals, 881 F.2d 28, 35 (3d Cir.1989).  Chapter 5 of Title 10 of the Virgin Islands Code encompasses §§ 61-75.  More than 30 years ago, the District Court of the Virgin Islands, sitting as a Court of the […]

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