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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Civil Rights – Schools – IDEA – ADHD Student (access required)

Maryland parents whose son suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and an auditory processing disorder are not entitled to reimbursement of their private-school expenses for their son, and the 4th Circuit upholds the district court’s judgment that defendant school system ...

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Administrative – FOIA – PTO Documents – Litigation Research (access required)

In this suit by a lawyer and by Hunton & Williams law firm seeking documents from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and the Department of Commerce related to ongoing patent litigation between NTP Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. ...

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Court reverses res judicata ruling

We meant what we said about claim splitting in 2003, the Supreme Court of Virginia said today in an unpublished order. That 4-3 decision in Davis v. Marshall Homes Inc. was regarded by the dissenters and commentators as inconsistent with the ...

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Negligence – Auto Accident – BAC – Toxicology Report

A Chesterfield County Circuit Court allows an opinion from plaintiff’s expert toxicologist and denies defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s punitive damages claim. Dimmick v. Pike (Chesterfield County Cir.Ct.) (VLW 009-8-024) (2 pp.)

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Jefferson would have approved

Work on the new Thomas Jefferson School of Law in California has come to a temporary halt with discovery of the remains of an ancient mammoth.  The creature died some 500,000 years ago at a site in what is now ...

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Workers’ Comp – Wrist Injury – Settlement – Lawyer Fraud (access required)

Although claimant’s lawyer Stephen Conrad committed fraud in connection with settlement of her claim for a work-related injury, a deputy commissioner declines to set aside the settlement. Claimant’s lawyer crossed out claimant’s address on the settlement documents and substituted that ...

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Fastcase contract extended

Lawyers may continue to use the Fastcase legal research through the Virginia State Bar for another year. The VSB has exercised its option to extend its contract for the Fastcase legal research service for one more year, effective Feb. 10, ...

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Smoking ban will affect nearly all restaurants

Gov. Kaine and legislative leaders are announcing what they call a “landmark agreement” to pass a statewide smoking ban in Virginia’s bars and restaurants.  The only exceptions, they say, are for private clubs and restaurants with independently-ventilated smoking rooms.  The ...

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