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Monthly Archives: November 2007

Intellectual Property – Trademark Infringement – Parody – Pet Products (access required)

Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A., a French manufacturer of luxury luggage, handbags and accessories, cannot recover for alleged infringement of its trademark by defendant Haute Diggity Dog LLC, a Nevada corporation that manufactures and sells pet products nationally, for its alleged ...

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Taxation – Tax Debt Collection – Certificates Of Assessment (access required)

A taxpayer cannot avoid payment of a multi-million dollar tax debt just because the indebtedness balance reflected in the government’s Certificates of Assessment attached to its summary judgment motion did not cite the interest on that debt. The district court ...

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Redskins-Colts game ends with nose-biting fracas – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff and defendant Pettway were involved in an altercation outside defendant TGIFriday’s Restau-rant in Short Pump during a Washington Redskins v. Indianapolis Colts football game. Pettway admitted biting the plaintiff’s nose during the fight, but claimed that he acted in ...

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Woman slipped, fell on wet floor at convenience store – $70,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff is a 55-year-old female who slipped and fell on a wet floor in the defendant’s convenience store. The floor had been mopped approximately 10 minutes prior to the plaintiff’s entrance into the store. The plaintiff broke a bone in ...

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Chesapeake airport damaged home despite increase in value (access required)

A judge has ruled that the Chesapeake Airport Authority damaged a home even though the property more than doubled in value during the five years a couple owned it. George and Margaret Osipovs and 11 other property owners in the ...

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Fairness should guide the firing process (access required)

Juries who are called upon to hear wrongful termination cases almost uniformly express confusion about the jury instructions they receive on how to apply the discrimination laws to the facts presented in a case. It is not uncommon to hear ...

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Vick reports to prison ahead of his sentencing (access required)

Disgraced Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick surrendered last week before he is to be sentenced for a federal dogfighting charge, though a legal expert says it’s unclear whether the move will soften his punishment. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback is scheduled ...

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NN fishing company to pay $7M for employing illegals (access required)

NORFOLK—Owners of a Newport News fishing company have agreed to pay just under $7 million dollars in forfeitures and fines for employing illegal immigrants. Under a plea deal, Peabody Corporation and its owners pleaded guilty in a Norfolk federal court ...

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Richmond drops off of 'most dangerous' list (access required)

Richmond dropped from a private research group’s ranking of the nation’s 25 most dangerous cities, city police said last week. Richmond fell from last year’s 15th-place spot to 29th in the survey based on an analysis of FBI statistics published ...

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