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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Construction litigation booming as economy goes bust (access required)

Construction litigation is booming as the economy continues its downward spiral. The economic situation has spawned lawsuits over disputes that would be settled in a better economy. “In tough economic times, construction litigation always increases,” said Robert Denney, a Wayne, ...

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Del. court responds to SEC’s first certified questions (access required)

My July 2007 article in Atlantic Coast In-House described then-recent amendments to the Delaware State Constitution and the Rules of the Delaware Supreme Court that would permit the Securities and Exchange Commission to certify questions of law to the Delaware ...

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When an employee’s creditors come knocking … (access required)

A business owner is going through the day’s mail, and, in addition to normal invoices and business correspondence, receives a garnishment from an employee’s creditors seeking to garnish the employee’s wages. The business owner had heard rumblings of the employee’s ...

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Trenga confirmed

The Senate has confirmed Alexandria attorney Anthony Trenga’s nomination to a federal judgeship in the Eastern District of Virginia, reports the Associated Press. Trenga was one of five lawyers Senators Jim Webb and John Warner recommended for the federal bench ...

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Kentucky seizes gambling domain names

Sometimes state agents and federal revenooers bust up stills making illegal moonshine. Sometimes, vice squads raid crack parlors, brothels and other houses of ill repute. In Kentucky, they’ve gone to court to crack down on illegal online gambling. Yep, the ...

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Movement in Short murder case?

The FBI has released a cryptic statement indicating that the agency has a lead on a vehicle possibly connected to the five-year-old Short family murder case in Henry County.  WSLS reports that the FBI is not adding much in the ...

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Tort – Business Tort – Legal Malpractice – Conflict Of Interest

A Roanoke U.S. District Court dismisses an oil company’s $25 million legal malpractice and tortious interference suit against the West Virginia law firm that represented the oil company in an effort to buy Kentucky wells, two of whose partners formed ...

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Lawmakers consider noose display as hate crime

Sparked by two recent accounts of intimidation, some Shenandoah Valley legislators are considering whether the display of a hangman’s noose should be categorized as a hate crime in the Virginia code. According to this account in the Daily News Record, ...

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Negligence – FELA – Podiatrist Expert Testimony

A railroad employee who sues 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 Court says in a case of first ...

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Police chaplains protest prayer restriction

Five Virginia state police chaplains reportedly have resigned in protest over a directive that says the chaplains must use only non-denominational prayers in public events. According to this report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the chaplains have been told that their ...

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