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Monthly Archives: August 2007

Lawyers in the News (access required)

Christopher A. Jones has joined the Falls Church office of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston as a partner in the firm’s bankruptcy section. Jones previously worked for LeClair Ryan in Richmond. His practice focuses on handling insolvency matters for both debtors ...

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Tort – Alien Tort Claims Act – Torture & War Crimes (access required)

In this suit by members of the Isaaq clan of Somalia against the former prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Somalia, under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991, 28 U.S.C. Sect. 1350, and the Alien Tort Claims Act, ...

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Negligence – Slip & Fall – Airport Cleaning Crew – Willful Negligence (access required)

Where defendant company, an airport cleaning company that admitted liability after viewing a video of plaintiff’s accident in which she suffered injury after stepping off an airport moving sidewalk in an area allegedly recently cleaned and left wet by defendants, ...

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Employment Discrimination – University Professor – National Origin (access required)

Defendant Hampton University wins summary judgment in this employment discrimination suit filed by a professor of architecture, who was a native of Nigeria, who was terminated from his contract position based on complaints from colleagues about his teaching style and ...

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Intellectual Property – Patent Infringement – 'Circuit Board' (access required)

In this patent infringement litigation involving a system for monitoring the power quality and energy consumption for branch circuits, the district court, after conducting a claim construction hearing, construes “circuit board” to mean “an insulated board on which electrical components ...

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Civil Rights – Eighth Amendment – Execution Method – Lethal Injection (access required)

A Virginia death-row inmate loses his Eighth Amendment challenge to the commonwealth’s method of execution by lethal injection or electrocution. Plaintiff’s claims focus strictly on the methods of performing such procedures under Va. Code Sect. 53.1-234. Aside from questioning the ...

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Civil Rights – Age Discrimination – University Professor (access required)

Two defendant university officials being sued in their individual capacities for age discrimination by a plaintiff who contends he was not hired as a professor in violation of 42 U.S.C. Sect. 1983 win dismissal of the claims against them. To ...

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Civil Procedure – Personal Jurisdiction – Business Tort Claims (access required)

A Virginia-based consulting company with two branch offices in India cannot sue two defendants, a Colorado corporation and an Indian corporation, in Virginia because the Alexandria federal district court does not have personal jurisdiction over these two defendants, and the ...

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4th Circuit reverses business noncompete damage award

Last year, VLW reported a Richmond federal court decision that highlighted the difference between a noncompete in the sale of a business, versus an employment contract noncompete. In Western Insulation LP v. Moore, U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer awarded ...

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