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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Immigration – Naturalization Application – Agency Denial – Review Granted (access required)

A Norfolk U.S. District Court grants a petition for review of denial of a Pakistani native’s application for naturalization by the U.S. DHS Security, Citizenship & Immigration Services, because the court finds the record does not support CIS’s finding that ...

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Administrative – Army – Medical Retirement – Pre-existing Condition – Jurisdiction (access required)

A determination by the Army Discharge Review Board that plaintiff’s physical disability prompting his discharge from service was “Existing Prior to Service,” so that he was discharged without pay, is not a final agency decision that allows for judicial review ...

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Civil Procedure – Personal Jurisdiction – Telephone & E-Mail Contacts (access required)

Four phone calls and 24 e-mails do not give an Alexandria U.S. District Court personal jurisdiction over defendants, an Indian corporation and a Colorado corporation, in this suit by a Virginia corporation alleging the two defendants conspired to breach a ...

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Search & Seizure – Search Warrant Particularity – Drugs & Guns (access required)

A search warrant seeking “US coins and currency,” crack cocaine and other controlled substances, firearms and weapons, showed sufficient particularity to allow police to seize marijuana and firearms from the double-wide mobile home where defendant had been observed selling drugs ...

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Tort – Privacy Violation – E-Mail Access – Damages (access required)

A woman who discovered during litigation that her boss, whom she accused of sexual harassment, was illegally accessing her personal e-mail account, can collect punitive damages and her attorney’s fees under the Stored Communications Act, but she must show actual ...

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Hall retires, gets ABC post

Del. Franklin P. Hall, D-Richmond, announced his retirement today after 34 years in the General Assembly, and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine promptly appointed him to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. Hall, 70, served as House minority leader from 2002-2008, ...

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Cogbill won’t accept judgeship

John V. Cogbill III has told the Richmond-area legislative delegation that he will not accept his appointment to the circuit court bench in Chesterfield and Colonial Heights. Cogbill is managing partner of McGuireWoods’ Richmond office and very highly regarded for ...

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Governor vetoes bills to expand death penalty

Gov. Tim Kaine has vetoed a handful of bills from this year’s General Assembly session aimed at increasing the scope of Virginia’s death penalty.  In particular, the governor has refused to sign legislation that would modify Virginia’s “triggerman” rule to ...

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Hall retires, gets ABC post

Del. Franklin P. Hall, D-Richmond, announced his retirement today after 34 years in the General Assembly, and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine promptly appointed him to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. Hall, 70, served as House minority leader from 2002-2008, ...

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