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A Richmond street scene

I was walking down Main Street in Richmond one sunny lunchtime about a week ago. It was one of those Richmond-in-June days…humid, temp around 80, not bad but you know it’s going to get ugly before long. Standing in line ...

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Civil Procedure – No Jurisdiction From Phone, E-Mail Contacts (access required)

Telephone talks and e-mails between a Virginia tech holdings company and Massachusetts defendants about forming a new joint venture did not give a Chesterfield County Circuit Court personal jurisdiction over defendants. PCR Tech Holdings LC v. Bell Ventures LLC (Chesterfield ...

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A higher hurdle

The U.S. Supreme Court has set a higher hurdle for a plaintiff filing a civil complaint in federal court. In 2007 the court issued an antitrust case that heightened the standard of proof required to survive a motion to dismiss ...

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Attorneys – Pauper Status – Patent Examiner (access required)

A former patent examiner who claimed pauper status to avoid legal filing fees has her discrimination complaint dismissed under 28 U.S.C. § 1915 by an Alexandria U.S. District Court, in light of her income, savings and three homes. Berry v. ...

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Supreme Court unveils Web site

It’s up and certainly spiffier. The Supreme Court of Virginia’s new interface for its Web site makes extensive use of layered menus and appears to be much easier to navigate for those with a steady hand on the mouse. Much ...

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Civil Procedure – Plaintiff Gets Late Appeal Bond (access required)

A plaintiff who won a GDC judgment can collect from the $2,500 appeal bond posted by defendant but released to plaintiff because the Greensville County Circuit Court had no jurisdiction after the appeal bond was late. Powell v. Rawlings (VLW ...

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CGL carrier must defend workplace shooting suit (access required)

A business insurance carrier must defend an employer after a workplace shooting leads to a negligence action by the employee’s estate. The “Employer Liability” exclusion – which usually protects a business carrier from paying for employee workplace injuries – did ...

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