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Monthly Archives: November 2008

Intellectual Property – Anticybersquatting Act – VW ‘Talk’ – In Rem Action (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court grants summary judgment in Volkswagen’s in rem action under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and orders defendant domain name, “VolkswagenTalk.com,” transferred to plaintiff. The domain name against which plaintiff filed this suit consists of the ...

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Taking the 4th: Obama can reshape appeals court (access required)

With President-elect Barack Obama poised to take office Jan. 20 – and four vacancies on the 15-member 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals – court watchers predict the completion of a seismic shift on the Richmond-based appellate panel. The court ...

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Senator: Audit the Board of Medicine (access required)

Sen. Toddy Puller wants the Joint Legislative and Audit Review Commission to take a second look at the Virginia Board of Medicine. The request by the Mount Vernon Democrat in Senate Joint Resolution 276 comes almost 10 years after JLARC ...

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Woman wins $200K in reverse discrim suit (access required)

A white woman claiming she was bypassed when a predominately black high school chose a new principal has won a $200,000 reverse discrimination verdict. A federal jury in Richmond returned the verdict for Pamela K. Hartnett, who sought the position ...

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A fight down on the farm (access required)

A family fight over the proposed breakup of a showplace cattle farm in Northern Virginia may be headed for the Supreme Court of Virginia. One family member argues that the courts should not force her to share the cost of ...

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Employment Discrimination – ADA – Retaliation – Respiratory Distress Syndrome (access required)

Even assuming plaintiff, who suffered from adult respiratory distress syndrome, established a prima facie case that defendant employer had retaliated against her for contesting her move to an office that was not smoke-free, the 4th Circuit says the district court ...

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Criminal – Supervised Release Revocation – Mootness (access required)

The 4th Circuit dismisses as moot this appeal by a defendant challenging the revocation of his supervised release, where defendant already has served the 14-month sentence imposed for violation of the conditions of his supervised release. Appellant contends the district ...

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Changes by Obama will reshape labor law (access required)

The election of Barack Obama promises to bring change to Washington, D.C., but the question most employment lawyers are asking these days is, “Who will benefit most from this change?” The answer to this question is simple – unions. Several ...

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VSB: Loosen the rule on claiming to be ‘specialist’ (access required)

The Virginia State Bar wants to loosen the ethical rule governing whether a lawyer can claim to be certified as a specialist. The loosening stops well short of what some states are doing, but it’s still further than the Supreme ...

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