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Monthly Archives: March 2009

VSB votes to ease rule on specialty advertising (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Council has approved a measure that would simplify the rule for advertising that a lawyer has been certified as a specialist in an area of law. The amendment to Rule 7.4 of the Rules of Professional ...

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Insurance – Fire Loss – Business Interruption – Statutory Appraisal (access required)

When an insulation plant sues its insurance carrier on a claim for business interruption loss after a fire at the Lawrenceville, Va. plant, an Alexandria U.S. District Court holds, in a case of first impression, that plaintiff, as a commercial ...

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‘UR Downtown’ center opens in Richmond (access required)

The University of Richmond has opened its “UR Downtown” to serve as a hub for legal and social services to the community. UR Downtown opened for limited service in January in the former Franklin Federal Savings & Loan building at ...

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Taxation – Illegal Drug Income – Prior Criminal Forfeiture (access required)

A taxpayer loses his challenge to the IRS’s assessment of his illegal drug income from the sale of marijuana from 1984 through 1998, without relying on findings from a prior criminal forfeiture of the taxpayer’s drug proceeds, and the 4th ...

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In June, VSB likely to act on diversity, ‘payee notification’ (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Council will have two significant action items on the agenda for its June meeting in Virginia Beach. The council will consider revising the agency’s mission statement to include promotion of “diversity in the administration of justice ...

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Intellectual Property – Trademark Infringement – ‘OBX’ Sticker (access required)

Although plaintiff registered a trademark for items with the “OBX” designation to indicate affiliation with the Outer Banks of North Carolina,“OBX” has become a common abbreviation for the Outer Banks, and the 4th Circuit says the district court did not ...

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Bankruptcy – ‘Principal Residence’ – Mobile Home – Loan Modification (access required)

Chapter 13 debtors can modify their debt on their mobile home, because it is not covered by the Bankruptcy Code’s anti-modification clause, and the 4th Circuit reverses a bankruptcy court’s contrary holding. The anti-modification clause in § 1322(b)(2) of the ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On February 26, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended the Virginia law license of Nathan H. Wasser of Cumberland, Md., based on his disbarment by consent on February 3 by the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland. According to ...

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