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Monthly Archives: May 2007

No contract claims for fired general counsel (access required)

A company’s general counsel, fired after 20 years of service, cannot sue the company’s chief operating officer on claims of tortious interference with contract, an Alexandria Circuit judge has ruled in Rubin v. Maloney (VLW 007-8-149). Burton J. Rubin sued ...

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TILA notice on cancellation won't create rescission right (access required)

Providing a cancellation notice under the federal Truth in Lending Act does not create a right of rescission for a mortgage secured by commercial real estate, a federal judge in Newport News has ruled. John C. Lynch, the Norfolk attorney ...

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Patent Reform Act proposes new ways to grant and test patents (access required)

The 2007 Patent Reform Act is the latest in several recent attempts to reform the patent system. While previous attempts languished, the Act is a bipartisan and bicameral effort that, thus far, appears to have the best chance yet of ...

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Criminal – Pretrial Detention – Immigration Status – Unexplained Cash (access required)

A district court affirms the decision of a magistrate judge to detain pending trial a defendant charged with drug conspiracy and money laundering. Defendant is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more ...

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Insurance – Life Insurance Proceeds – Slayer Statute – Pa. Law (access required)

A husband who is incarcerated on a voluntary manslaughter conviction in the fatal shooting of his wife is not entitled to collect proceeds from her life insurance policy naming him as beneficiary. Husband is currently incarcerated and represented by a ...

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Identifying and securing intellectual property (access required)

Companies can lose out when they fail to timely identify and secure ownership rights in their hard-earned work product. Businesses, both big and small, can lose valuable property and the commercial advantage that comes with it. To guard against such ...

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The importance of competent opinions from patent counsel (access required)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has resolved a conflict in its decisions on the question of when a manufacturer can be found liable for inducing infringement. In an en banc opinion, DSU Medical Corp. v. JMS ...

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Richmond J&DR judge to leave bench in September

Kimberly B. O’Donnell, a judge of the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court since November 1994, has announced her resignation, effective Sept. 9. Before taking the bench, O’Donnell worked in Richmond as an assistant public defender and as an ...

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