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Daily Archives: January 11, 2010

Civil Rights – Schools – Title IX – College Varsity Sports (access required)

A Harrisonburg U.S. District Court dismisses a lawsuit filed by a sports-advocacy group against James Madison University alleging that JMU violated Title IX and the federal constitution by eliminating 10 varsity athletic teams in 2007, including men’s cross-country, track and ...

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Motorist’s elbow injured in tractor-trailer collision – $600,000 Verdict  (access required)

The plaintiff was a 34-year-old woman who was traveling on a four-lane highway in Chesterfield County. The defendant, operating a tractor-trailer, changed lanes, and the front of the tractor-trailer struck the left rear of the plaintiff’s car, causing the plaintiff’s ...

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Insurance – Duty To Defend – Web Advertising – No-Bark Dog Collars (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court says an insurance carrier has no duty under its “Web Xtend Liability” policy to defend plaintiff manufacturer on intellectual property claims from the manufacture and sale of dog training collars that allegedly use another company’s ...

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Civil Procedure – Jury Trial – Malpractice Defense Contract Claim – Dec Action (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court says a lawyer who wants a malpractice defense gets a jury trial on his contract counterclaim against his carrier, before trial of the parties’ dec actions. The issue at hand is not squarely whether a ...

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Criminal – Terrorist Conspiracy – Guilty Plea – Brady Claim (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds the conviction, on a guilty plea, of Zacarias Moussaoui to six criminal conspiracy counts arising from the al Qaeda terrorist organization’s plot to use commercial aircraft to commit terrorist attacks in this country, including the attacks ...

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Civil Procedure – Discovery – FOIA – ‘Common Interest’ Agreement (access required)

In this FOIA action arising from an earlier patent suit brought by New Technology Patents Inc., a client of Hunton & Williams, against Research In Motion Ltd., manufacturer of BlackBerry devices, the 4th Circuit affirms the district court conclusion that ...

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Criminal – Government Contract Fraud – Aviation Fuel Contracts – Restitution (access required)

In the government’s appeal of defendant’s probationary sentence in connection with his guilty plea to fraud charges from his participation in a procurement scheme involving aviation fuel contracts, the 4th Circuit vacates defendant’s sentence and remands for resentencing, and orders ...

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Student injured in fall through uncovered window well – $1,100,000 Verdict  (access required)

Plaintiff was a student at the College of William and Mary in October 2003, when she attended as a social guest a party given by Beta Theta Pi at its on-campus house. During the party she and several friends went ...

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Environmental – Clean Water Act – Natural Gas Terminal (access required)

The 4th Circuit denies a petition for review of the denial by the Maryland Department of the Environment of petitioners’ request for water quality certification under the Clean Water Act of a proposed large-scale liquefied natural gas marine import terminal ...

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