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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Bankruptcy – Promissory Note – Release (access required)

Debtor company’s former CEO, who bought $20 million in company stock when he joined the company by paying half in cash and signing a promissory note for $10 million, cannot escape plaintiff bankruptcy trustees’ efforts to collect on the note ...

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Commercial – Letters Of Credit – Contract – Residential Developer (access required)

A Prince William County developer can sue defendant bank for breach of contract for allegedly telling the developer that after payment of a fee the bank would extend expiration dates on letters of credit intended to show the county the ...

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Wynn, Diaz tapped for 4th Circuit (access required)

President Obama has nominated North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Jim Wynn and Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge Albert Diaz to fill seats on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. If confirmed by the Senate, Diaz would become the ...

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Criminal – War Crimes – Iraqi Nationals – Private Contractor (access required)

In these five consolidated cases involving 64 plaintiffs – Iraqi nationals or their estates who allege death or serious injury at the hands of employees of private government contractors – an Alexandria U.S. District Court dismisses plaintiffs’ claims under the ...

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Civil Rights – Drug Court Program – Religious-Based Treatment (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court grants summary judgment to defendants in plaintiff’s suit alleging his civil rights were violated when he was required, through the Rappahannock Regional Drug Court Program, to participate in Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous addiction treatment ...

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Civil Rights – Disability – Medical School Application – Bipolar Disorder (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court grants defendant medical school’s motion to dismiss a prospective medical student’s claim that the school’s denial of his application violated federal disability laws, because the school allegedly failed to view his prior GPAs and MCAT ...

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Criminal – Death Penalty – Victim Impact Evidence (access required)

A Newport News U.S. District Court denies a federal death-row defendant’s motion to set aside the death-penalty verdict, which argues that the court improperly allowed the government to present inappropriate victim-impact evidence related to the victim’s status as a Navy ...

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Intellectual Property – Patent Infringement – Claim Construction (access required)

In this patents-in-suit litigation involving electronic door locking mechanisms, a Richmond U.S. District Court sorts through the parties’ summary judgment motions, granting some and denying others, and identifies issues for trial. This is a patent infringement action consisting of several ...

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Marketing tips: Writing a great bylined article (access required)

Bylined articles are useful tools in marketing and public relations. In addition to showcasing a particular expertise, the byline format allows the writer a forum to express views unfiltered by an editor or other contributor. If the topic has a ...

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High court approves sale-of-practice rules (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia approved last week an amendment to Rule 1.17 of the Rules of Professional Conduct that allows an attorney to sell all or part of his practice and retain other parts of the practice in the ...

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