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Patent firm avoids sanctions

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema decided today 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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Patent firm avoids sanctions

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema decided today 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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DUI defendant protects hospital records

A Norfolk Circuit Court has denied a prosecutor’s request for a DUI defendant’s hospital records from the night he was arrested at the hospital where he was taken after a traffic accident. In a case of apparent first impression, Norfolk ...

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Homeowners ass’n not liable for road maintenance levies

A property owners association may be powerless to collect assessments from community landowners to pay for road improvements, but at least it’s not liable for racketeering in the attempt, according to a ruling yesterday from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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Prince William drops loitering charges against Hispanics

The Prince William County’s commonwealth’s attorney has withdrawn charges against a group of Hispanic men who were cited for loitering in front of their own apartment building. The ACLU, which represented the men, claimed victory . "This is the second ...

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Hospital urges dismissal of consultant’s lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad seemed reluctant this week to pull the plug on a lawsuit alleging Rockingham Memorial Hospital is reneging on a deal to share revenue from a consultant’s secret idea to boost Medicare reimbursement. At a hearing ...

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Sen. Hurt to run for Congress

State Sen. Robert Hurt (R-Chatham) says he’ll challenge Rep. Tom Perriello for the 5th District seat in Congress next year. Hurt, a Chatham lawyer who has served in the Virginia Senate since 2008, says Washington needs a conservative voice for ...

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Thefts from Birth Injury Fund alleged

A former claims manager for the Virginia Birth Injury Fund has been indicted on federal charges related to the alleged embezzlement of more than $800,000 from the fund. Iris F. Allen, 44, of Richmond worked for the fund from 2004 ...

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Obama trimming campaign plans for Deeds

The White House is focusing on New Jersey, at the expense of Virginia, in support for Democratic gubernatorial candidates.  The Wall Street Journal reports that Democratic strategists are seeking to conserve the party’s political capital and avoid close association with a candidate ...

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The VLW Quick 10: Taking License

Have you ever thought about getting a law-related vanity license plate for your car? If you have, you’re not alone, there apparently are a lot of lawyer vanity plates out there. We haven’t seen them all, but we have seen ...

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