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Criminal – Espionage – Classified Information (access required)

In this criminal prosecution of two employees of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee for violations of the Espionage Act, 18 U.S.C. 793, for allegedly obtaining national defense information from governmental sources and unlawfully passing it on to other AIPAC ...

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No recovery for dog mauling death

A Spotsylvania County family left the courthouse empty handed yesterday after a jury refused to blame animal control officers for the brutal dog mauling death of an 82-year-old woman. Represented by Charlottesville’s Tom Albro, the family contended that the county ...

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Blogger gets support from free speech groups

A trio of free speech advocates has ridden to the aid of Charlottesville blogger Waldo Jaquith (left). Like many bloggers, Jaquith allows folks to post anonymous comments on his Cvillenews.com site.  After he reported on a defamation lawsuit filed against ...

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Consumer protection for space tourist

A disappointed space tourist can sue under Virginia consumer protection law, an Alexandria U.S. District Court ruled March 3. Japanese internet tycoon Daisuke Enomoto agreed in 2004 to pay Space Adventures Ltd., located in Vienna, $20 million to facilitate his ...

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New program to focus on state supreme courts

Organizers of a new, Virginia-based project want to raise the profile of state supreme courts in the U.S. The Institute of Bill of Rights Law at the William & Mary law school and the National Center for State Courts, headquartered ...

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Virginia Republican chairman loses McDonnell’s support

Republican state party chairman Jeff Frederick may be on the ropes as party leaders petition for his ouster and the GOP candidate for governor says it’s time for change. But Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick, R-Prince William, is vowing to fight ...

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Employment – FMLA – Russian Adoption

The 4th Circuit upholds a Family Leave Act award to a pharmaceutical salesman who was fired in retaliation for taking FMLA leave to adopt a Russian child. Dotson v. Pfizer Inc. (USCA) (VLW 009-2-048) (27 pp.)

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W & L law school gets $2 million gift

The Washington and Lee University law school has received a $2 million gift to support its new program for third-year law students.The gift is from John Huss, a member of the law class, and his wife, Ruth. Three-fourths of the ...

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Consumer Protection – TILA – Equitable Mortgage

Homeowners’ sale of their Norfolk home to an investor, who allowed them to stay in the property with monthly payments and gave them an option to buy the home back within 13 months, did not create an “equitable mortgage” that ...

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