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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Criminal – Firearm Use – Robbery – Franklin Mint Replica Gun (access required)

A defendant who used a Franklin Mint “John Wayne Replica” .45 caliber handgun to demand Oxycontin from a pharmacist can be convicted of use of a firearm in the commission of a robbery, the Court of Appeals says. The commemorative ...

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Civil Procedure – Personal Jurisdiction – Virginia Contacts (access required)

In this litigation over construction of a dry mill ethanol plant near Riga, Mich., a Richmond U.S. District Court cannot exercise personal jurisdiction over defendant, an Oregon company, as plaintiff initiated contact with defendant, the contract was to be performed ...

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Civil Rights – Attorney’s Fees – ABC Board (access required)

In plaintiffs’ challenge to certain statutes and a regulation of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, a Richmond U.S. District Court will award plaintiffs $16,462.88 in attorney’s fees and $3,144.69 in costs. Prior to the actions taken by this court, ...

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Contract – Government – Secret Service Rifles – False Claims Act (access required)

A former employee of a government contractor that bid on a contract to provide the U.S. Secret Service with rifles with ambidextrous selector levels, who allegedly pointed out violations in the procurement process, has not engaged in “protected activity” under ...

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Civil Procedure – Wrongful Death Suit Venue (access required)

In this wrongful death suit arising from a multi-vehicle accident on I-81 in Shenandoah County, Va., resulting in the death of a Tennessee resident, a Richmond U.S. District Court transfers venue to the Western District of Virginia. Plaintiff’s only relation ...

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$900,000 is verdict for fired doctor

A doctor who claimed a hospital undermined her career by prodding her practice group to fire her won a $900,000 verdict from a Roanoke jury today, according to the doctor’s attorney. Emergency room doctor Karen Alldredge sued Lewis-Gale Medical Center ...

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Hospital limits exposure in tortious interference claim

An outspoken emergency room doctor who was fired from her practice group last year has lost a chance for substantial damages from the Salem hospital she claimed subverted her career. Karen Alldredge encouraged nurses who sought better working conditions at ...

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New DNA training dates and locations are set

The folks in charge of notifying convicts of possible DNA evidence related to their cases have added some additional dates for training of lawyers volunteering to help. The updated schedule, which now includes training sessions in McLean and Blacksburg, is ...

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Heckler a W&L grad

Those who attended Washington and Lee University with South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson in the late 1960s probably would have picked him to be among those least likely to heckle a president during a joint session of Congress. Wilson shouted, ...

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