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Monthly Archives: May 2008

Contract – Government Contract – Qui Tam – False Claims Act (access required)

Two former employees of KBR, a civilian government contractor in Iraq, cannot turn their wrongful discharge case into a qui tam action on a claim that the contractor fraudulently induced the U.S. to award it an Army task order in ...

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Lawyer referral trims procedures, seeks lawyers (access required)

It takes two lawyers to make a go of practice in a small town, so clients can sue each other. In some parts of Virginia, the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service would be happy to get just one lawyer signed up ...

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Search & Seizure – Consensual Encounter – Reasonable Suspicion – ‘High-Crime’ Area (access required)

A detailed examination of a detective’s encounter with a defendant in a high-crime neighborhood known for drugs and guns, showing the detective’s increasing suspicions about what defendant had in his pocket, provided reasonable suspicion for the detective to seize defendant ...

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Tort – Business Tort – Va. Computer Crimes Act – Trade Secrets (access required)

An entrepreneur who started several corporations to market optical imaging technology used in making tamper-proof ID cards, including a company later operated by his son-in-law, loses on summary judgment his suit claiming the son-in-law violated the Virginia Computer Crimes Act ...

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Consumer Protection – FCRA – Auto Loan – Bank Accounting Errors (access required)

A bank that admitted it made “accounting errors” in repeatedly telling a borrower he had a zero balance on an auto loan, and then hitting him with an accelerated loan amount, late fees and penalties and reporting the delinquent loan ...

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Task force will use funds for more investigators (access required)

BEDFORD—A Bedford County-based task force formed to track online sexual predators will use $750,000 in state funds to double its investigators. The Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will increase its investigators to six. Founder and Bedford County ...

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Virginia rates highly on driving-while-texting (access required)

NORFOLK — If you’re annoyed by motorists who chat on cell phones, then get ready to be more frustrated: A new survey ranks Vir-ginia sixth in the nation for drivers who send text messages behind the wheel. The online survey ...

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Henrico judges lauded for drug court work (access required)

Henrico Circuit Judges Gary A. Hicks and Catherine C. Hammond have received the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Bronze Key Award in recognition of their work with the Henrico County Drug Court. The court focuses on nonviolent adult ...

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Wytheville judge pleads guilty, will face JIRC hearing in June (access required)

MARION—A Wytheville juvenile and domestic relations district judge facing charges of driving under the influence has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving and will lose his operator’s license for a year. Judge Michael K. Blankenship, 44, also ...

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