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Monthly Archives: August 2008

Intellectual Property – Trademark Infringement – Dice Game (access required)

The manufacturer and seller of a simple, generic dice game for three players, marketed at “LCR,” does not have a trademark infringement claim against defendant Imagination Entertainment’s use of the name “LEFT CENTER RIGHT” in connection with its sale of ...

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Criminal – Sentencing Guidelines – Crack Cocaine Reduction (access required)

A defendant who received a 16-percent reduction in his original 2005 sentence for distributing crack cocaine is entitled to a 16-percent reduction when the Alexandria U.S. District Court resentences him in 2008 under the revised sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine. ...

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Immigration – Asylum – Summons Investigation – Confidential Hearing (access required)

The 4th Circuit vacates the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of a Cameroonian’s application for asylum because a U.S. State Department letter to the woman indicates her right to a confidential asylum application under 8 C.F.R. § 208.6 was breached ...

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Search & Seizure – Traffic Stop – Consensual Search – Drug Dog (access required)

The 4th Circuit says Pulaski police did not violate defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights when an officer returned defendant’s license and registration and said he was free to go, after stopping him for an inoperable tag light, but then the officer ...

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Civil Rights – Excessive Force – Inmate Transfer – Pepper Spray (access required)

The family of a Maryland inmate who died from asphyxia after his forcible transport to another cell can sue correctional officials for violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the 4th Circuit says, based on claims that defendants used excessive force ...

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Wagner enters LG race

As expected, two weeks after announcing her resignation from the Kaine cabinet, Norfolk lawyer Jody Wagner has filed as a candidate for Virginia Lt. Governor. In her bid for the 2009 Democratic LG nomination, Wagner faces Russell County businessman Jon ...

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Va. lawyer will moderate national listserv

Fairfax solo practitioner David Kaufman has been selected to administer the popular “SoloSez” listserv hosted by the American Bar Association. Founded in 1996, SoloSez is a national e-mail forum that allows solos and small firm attorneys to exchange ideas and ...

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AG will appeal alcohol advertising decision

Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell has noticed an appeal of a decision striking down two Virginia Alcohol advertising regulations. U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Hannah Lauck in June ruled unconstitutional a regulation that barred the use of the term “Happy Hour” ...

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NALP releases new lawyer figures

Not all the economic news nowadays is gloomy. Or maybe the latest data on lawyer hiring just tracks those last few months before the economic tide turned. Data released at the end of July by the National Association for Law ...

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