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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Bankruptcy – Dischargeability Of Debt – Ch. 7 (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. Bankruptcy Court declines to reconsider its ruling after trial granting judgment for defendant debtor in plaintiff’s action objecting to debtor’s discharge and seeking a determination that plaintiff’s claim for money paid under a contract for deed is ...

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Bankruptcy – Proof Of Claim – Tolling Time Limit – Ch. 13 (access required)

The Internal Revenue Service asserts it did not receive proper notice to file a timely proof of claim, and an Alexandria U.S. Bankruptcy Court refuses to toll the claim bar date but will allow the chapter 13 trustee to withdraw ...

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Employment Discrimination – Title VII – Sex – Age – Jail Employees (access required)

Although the female former jail employee has shown that a “reasonable person” could find her harassment by defendant was “severe and pervasive,” she has not shown that the offending behavior had any impact on her personally, and a magistrate judge ...

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Employment Discrimination – Title VII – Sex – Age – Jail Employees (access required)

A magistrate judge for an Abingdon U.S. District Court recommends summary judgment for defendant regional jail authority in this discrimination suit filed by a female charge nurse who was terminated from her job at the jail. This case comes before ...

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Criminal – Drug Conspiracy – Witness Recantation – New Trial (access required)

In this drug conspiracy case involving 51 defendants, an Abingdon U.S. District Court denies a motion by two defendants for a new trial, based on their claim that prosecution witnesses have recanted their trial testimony. In this criminal case, after ...

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Budget report reignites tort reform debate (access required)

WASHINGTON—As lawmakers continue to wrangle with health care reform legislation, a new report reignited the issue of tort reform in the debate. An analysis issued Oct. 9 by the Congressional Budget Office found that medical malpractice reform efforts such as ...

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The ethics of ‘ghostwriting’ for pro se litigants (access required)

Massachusetts recently joined other states in allowing lawyers to undertake what’s known as “limited assistance representations.” In essence, this approach allows a lawyer to handle part of a litigant’s case, but not become the person’s lawyer for all purposes. This ...

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Judge won’t sanction patent company over ‘groundless’ suit (access required)

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema has decided not to sanction SPH America LLC, a Reston-based company that attempts to enforce patents on mobile phone technology, even though she said the suit it filed against the national law firm of Foley ...

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State tax collections continue to spiral down (access required)

Virginia’s tax collections continued to decline in September, even compared to the same disastrous month of stock market meltdowns from 2008, a monthly state revenue report shows. Every major general fund revenue source except for income taxes withheld from paychecks ...

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States want stimulus funds to help ease I-81 congestion (access required)

ROANOKE—A coalition of states is seeking $300 million in federal stimulus funds to improve rail lines and terminals in an effort to reduce truck traffic on congested Interstate 81, Virginia’s transportation chief said last week. Transportation Secretary Pierce Homer told ...

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