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OK, don’t find it on Facebook (any more, anyway)

Sharon Nelson of Sensei Enterprises Inc., the Fairfax-based computer forensics firm, and her husband/business partner John Simek were in Grundy recently to deliver a talk at the Appalachian School of Law. Sharon and John went to talk about marketing one’s ...

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Escort service trademark not covered

All trade has gone global nowadays, we hear, but one business wasn’t global enough to gain protection under U.S. laws against cybersquatting, in a new decision in Alexandria federal court. “Tober and Skeat” sounds like a couple of barristers. But ...

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That dog won’t hunt

As we noted in the Daily Alert today, U.S. District Judge James P. Jones took away Buchanan County’s “Big Coon Dog” jury verdict.  The opinion is available at the Western District’s Web site. The county, whose elected officials took bribes ...

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Server overload

The Web site for the House of Representatives has been overwhelmed this week by a deluge of visitors trying to e-mail their representatives and download the financial bailout bill that was defeated Monday, according to CNET. Yes, Washington, you have ...

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Criminal – Robbery – Identification – Police Custody

Although a showup to identify robbery suspects was “impermissibly suggestive,” a Roanoke City Circuit Court will allow the robbery victims’ identification of the suspects. Commonwealth v. Thompson (Roanoke City Cir.Ct.) (VLW 008-8-213) (5 pp.)

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Roanoke trial has echoes of national money crisis

A former Giles County Circuit Court clerk is on trial in Roanoke accused of running a Ponzi scheme to defraud investors of millions of dollars.  As reported by The Roanoke Times, however, his attorney claims Ted James Johnson Jr. was ...

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Find them on Facebook (Jurors, that is)

Jury consultants are urging trial lawyers to use tools available on the Internet to do their juror research. A note of thanks to our colleagues at The Daily Record, who posted a piece in the Los Angeles Times. The L.A. reporter ...

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Professor Whitebread dies

Charles H. Whitebread, the former University of Virginia law professor who maintained his ties to the state through bar review courses and lectures long after he moved to the University of Southern California law school, has died. He was 65. Mr. ...

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Negligence – FELA – Podiatrist Expert Testimony (access required)

A railroad employee who alleges negligence under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act for injuries he has suffered from walking “on large ballast and debris” scattered throughout rail yards, cannot use podiatrists to testify as to causation, a Roanoke City Circuit ...

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Domestic Relations – Spousal Support – Imputed Income (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit Court decides to impute income at the level of husband’s recent job paying $140,000 annually that he left voluntarily, when the parties divorced after 30 years of marriage and husband remarried and stayed in Albania; husband must ...

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