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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Intellectual Property – Copyright – Video Production – Aging Parents (access required)

Although a Norfolk independent producer’s video series on caring for aging parents, that she provided to defendant network during negotiations, shares a general theme with a later production by defendant network, the network’s program provides an intimate glimpse into lives ...

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Civil Rights – Housing – Disability Discrimination – Handicapped Parking (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court dismisses a woman’s suit alleging violations of the federal Fair Housing Act and the Virginia Fair Housing Law because the Condominium Owners’ Association refused to provide her with a reserved handicapped parking space in front ...

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Intellectual Property – Copyright – Proprietary Database – Computer Password – Trade Secret (access required)

StateScape, a website that sells access to its searchable, proprietary database of local, state and federal bills and regulations, cannot sue defendants – including a former client-turned-competitor, a second former client, and a former marketing director hired by the competitor ...

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Criminal – Sentencing – Child Porn Distribution – File-Sharing Program (access required)

Joining the 7th, 8th and 11th Circuits, the 4th Circuit holds that a defendant’s use of a peer-to-peer file sharing program for child pornography means he can be sentenced for distribution, as well as possession; defendant’s sentence of 97 months, ...

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Criminal – Sentencing – Firearms Offense – Probation v. Jail (access required)

The 4th Circuit vacates a sentence of probation for a defendant convicted of weapons possession as a convicted felon who was eligible for a guidelines sentence of 37 to 46 months, because the judge did not state any particularized basis ...

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Warner honored by Law Foundation, Holocaust Museum

Former U.S. Sen. John Warner received the annual Rule of Law Award presented by the Virginia Holocaust Museum and the Virginia Law Foundation Friday in a place that he said is “a constant reminder to this generation and to future ...

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Chinese drywall class action filed in Norfolk

Five Virginia homeowners – on behalf of “hundreds” with similar claims – have filed a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer, supplier, and installers of allegedly-tainted Chinese drywall used in their homes. Norfolk attorney Richard J. Serpe filed the suit ...

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Washington divided, Cantor tells bar

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor told the Richmond Bar Association today that Washington is “very divided – much more divided than need be and much more divided than the country at large.”   Cantor’s 7th Congressional District includes part of ...

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Hill House dedicated in Roanoke

Veterans of the civil rights battles of Virginia recalled the fight as they honored the memory of attorney Oliver W. Hill on the sunny front lawn of Hill’s boyhood home this afternoon. The house in Roanoke’s Gainsboro community, renovated through ...

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JIRC asks censure for judge

The Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission has recommended that the Supreme Court of Virginia censure Virginia Beach J&DR Judge Ramona D. Taylor. The commission alleged that Taylor violated judicial ethics by acting “intentionally to thwart a juvenile defendant’s attempt to ...

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