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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Criminal – Social Security Fraud – Working Claimant (access required)

An Abingdon U.S. District Court says there was sufficient evidence for the jury to convict a married couple of knowingly making material false statements to obtain Social Security payments, because defendant husband was gainfully employed as a general contractor building ...

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Window washer slips on makeshift outdoor steps – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was a window washer who had washed windows at defendants’ residence once a year for 11 years. After completing his window washing job in 2006, he began to walk around defendants’ yard to “count the windows” for his bill. ...

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Civil Rights – Sexual Assault – Traffic Ticket (access required)

A magistrate judge for the Big Stone Gap U.S. District Court recommends summary judgment for plaintiff, a woman who alleges defendant police officer sexually assaulted her after offering to make her traffic tickets “go away” in exchange for sexual favors. ...

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Insurance – Indemnification – Workplace Assault – Tennessee Law (access required)

An insurance company, Admiral Insurance, that contributed funds to settle two wrongful death suits brought by the estates of two of the policyholder’s employees who were slain at work by a third employee, is entitled to indemnification from the excess ...

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Search & Seizure – Drug Search Warrant – No Probable Cause (access required)

An affidavit that stated that a “reliable informant” had seen oxycontin and methadone in a residence within the past 72 hours did not provide probable cause to search the residence, and a magistrate judge of the Abingdon U.S. District Court ...

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Tort – Bookkeeper Fraud – Business Torts (access required)

A pre-fab steel company that does structural work on construction projects around the country has stated a claim for fraud against defendant sales representative, who persuaded plaintiff’s president and sole shareholder to use the sales rep’s father as a bookkeeper ...

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Virginia bar groups weathering economy (access required)

The nation’s economic woes have been more of a blip than a bust to Virginia’s bar organizations, according to their leaders. Memberships and conference participation are off slightly, the groups report, but the downturn so far is not threatening any ...

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Civil Procedure – Personal Jurisdiction – Patent Claim – Chinese Company (access required)

In this complex litigation involving many parties and allegations of patent infringement, unfair competition and business conspiracy related to the purchase of computer locks from a company in China, the Norfolk U.S. District Court holds that the contacts of several ...

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